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In this Jan. 15, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump hands a pen to Chinese Vice Premier Liu He after signing

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's compulsive claims of 'biggest' ever

Jan. 18, 2020 8:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Size matters to President Donald Trump. So much that he exaggerates continually, sometimes spectacularly, the size of what he does. Just as his tax cuts are far from the biggest in history, the economy isn't the best ever and his election victory in 2016 was no landslide of historic...

Amanda West, 38, a stay at home mother, poses for a photograph following an interview with the Associated Press, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Iowa Democrats treat Warren-Sanders dust-up as 'Who cares?'

Jan. 17, 2020 8:42 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ann Stromquist watched this week’s Democratic presidential debate like the research scientist she is. She studied the candidates' answers carefully, looking for something to help her make a final decision between supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders or Sen. Elizabeth Warren when...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,, center, speaks as fellow candidates businessman Tom Steyer, from left, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. listen, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats announce new criteria to qualify for Feb. 7 debate

Jan. 17, 2020 5:52 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Democratic National Committee on Friday announced its criteria for the first debate to be held after voting begins in the 2020 presidential campaign, including a new pathway to the stage based off delegate pledges. As they have before, qualifiers will need to meet polling and...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate businessman Tom Steyer speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. On Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, The Associated Press reported on a manipulated video circulating online incorrectly portraying Steyer criticizing Democrats during the Iowa presidential debate saying they would

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 17, 2020 5:06 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer criticized Democrats...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., talk Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, after a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa., as businessman Tom Steyer looks on. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

'You called me a liar,' Warren told Sanders post-Iowa debate

Jan. 16, 2020 6:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of calling her a liar before a national television audience during a tense, post-debate exchange in which she refused to shake his outstretched hand, according to audio released by CNN. The Democratic presidential rivals are strong progressives who...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. talk Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, after a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Warren-Sanders rift has progressives nervous about fallout

Jan. 15, 2020 8:42 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For nearly a year, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders pushed strongly progressive ideas into the Democratic primary spotlight, feeding off each other to build support for proposals long dismissed as radically leftist: “Medicare for All,” tuition-free college and a...

North Carolina Sen. Tillis seeks 5 TV debates with Democrat

Jan. 15, 2020 4:07 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis on Wednesday proposed holding five televised debates with the Democratic nominee, starting this spring. At least one Democratic primary candidate, former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, said immediately he “is ready to debate Thom Tillis...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Sanders' wife on feud with Warren: 'This discussion is over'

Jan. 15, 2020 2:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jane O'Meara Sanders, the wife of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, has a clear message about the simmering dispute between her husband and Elizabeth Warren: It's over. O'Meara Sanders defended her husband's integrity during a Wednesday interview, but she declined to attack...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., talk Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, after a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. Candidate businessman Tom Steyer looks on (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

CNN draws fire for debate question that ignores denial

Jan. 15, 2020 12:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN is drawing fire from Bernie Sanders supporters for a debate moderator's question that appeared to dismiss his denial of a story that he had told rival Elizabeth Warren that a woman couldn't win the presidential election. The issue, first raised in a story reported by CNN earlier this...

Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, left, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., talk while Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., heads off stage at a break Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Key takeaways from Democratic presidential debate in Iowa

Jan. 15, 2020 8:27 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some key takeaways from Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines, the final forum before the Iowa caucuses: CIVILITY AND SUBSTANCE OVER FIGHTING AND FRICTION After the United States’ killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Democrats were bracing for fights...