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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Iowa Central Community College, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Far from Senate, Biden largely avoids impeachment politics

Jan. 21, 2020 9:26 PM EST

AMES, Iowa (AP) — As the Senate begins President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on Capitol Hill, Democrat Joe Biden is 1,000 miles away in Iowa, trying to capitalize on the circumstances without allowing the proceedings to overshadow the closing case he’s making ahead of the first 2020 votes....

Democratic presidential rivals Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders link arms during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

2020 Democratic contenders link arms in MLK Jr. Day march

Jan. 21, 2020 1:26 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates hit pause on their recent feuds Monday as they walked shoulder to shoulder through the streets of South Carolina’s capital city to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and rally around their push to defeat President Donald Trump in...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a forum broadcast on radio in a New Hampshire Public Radio station, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Democrats navigate sensitive gender politics as voting nears

Jan. 19, 2020 9:51 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates spent the weekend grappling with how to address questions surrounding sexism and gender bias as they sought to balance support for women against concerns of a political blowback. After his wife went public with her own experience of sexual assault...

In this Jan. 18, 2020, restaurant server Chloe Sokolov poses for a photo while working at Eatery A in Des Moines, Iowa. Though Sokolov always considered herself a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., she plans to caucus for the first time this year in part because Sanders' campaign convened more than 50 service industry workers to discuss their economic challenges. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Candidates seek new caucus voters in trailer parks, rallies

Jan. 19, 2020 10:27 AM EST

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders is sending organizers to convenience stores across Iowa and staking out drug stores and even nursing homes. Pete Buttigieg has a more technocratic model. He's compiling detailed lists of the personal networks of his supporters, turning them into crowds and sifting...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Iowa State Education Association Candidate Forum, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Buttigieg says Oval Office needs wartime veteran

Jan. 19, 2020 7:30 AM EST

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Saturday the Oval Office benefits from the perspective of a wartime veteran, a niche he occupies exclusively among top-tier candidates in his party's race for the 2020 nomination. During an interview on Iowa PBS in suburban Des...

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., talks to reporters just after the start of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sanders steps up appeals to women after flap with Warren

Jan. 18, 2020 9:25 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stepped up his pitch to women in early-voting New Hampshire on the heels of a squabble over sexism in politics with fellow progressive and 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren. The Vermont senator delivered a brief speech Saturday at the...

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...

Iowa State Patrol and members of the Animal Rescue League work to move pigs from an overturned semi truck in the northbound lane of the I-80/35 Mixmaster in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Over 100 piglets died in semi-trailer crash near Des Moines

Jan. 17, 2020 2:31 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 100 piglets died Thursday when a semi-trailer carrying about 1,700 of the animals overturned on a freeway just north of Des Moines. Tom Colvin, chief executive officer of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, said Friday about 100 piglets were found dead at the crash site....

Iowa State Patrol and members of the Animal Rescue League work to move pigs from an overturned semi truck in the northbound lane of the I-80/35 Mixmaster in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Crews round up over 1,700 piglets after semi overturns

Jan. 17, 2020 6:03 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Iowa had to round up more than 1,700 young pigs who were in a semi-trailer that overturned Thursday on a freeway just north of Des Moines. The crash happened about 1:30 p.m. when the truck overturned on a ramp to Interstate 35. Iowa State Patrol troopers had to close...

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...