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FILE - In this pair of Aug. 17, 2020, file photos, Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse, left, and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, right, wait for the start of a debate in Springfield, Mass. Morse is a candidate and Neal is the incumbent in Massachusetts' 1st congressional district in the Sept. 1 Democratic primary election. (Don Treeger/The Republican via AP, File)

Progressive challengers' year: 3 wins and some close calls

Sep. 3, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Progressives trying to shove Congress to the left by competing in this year's Democratic primaries ousted three moderate incumbents, won other victories and established themselves as a force that's not going away. But some challengers lost, and their overall wins were a modest number...

In this image from video, Jill Biden is joined by her husband, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, after speaking during the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)

Sanders, rising Democrats call for Midwest to unite to win

Aug. 19, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders and others from the liberal wing of the Democratic Party called on Democrats from key Midwestern states Wednesday to work together to not only defeat President Donald Trump, but to also forge ahead with a progressive agenda. They spoke to activists from five...

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, Bucks County commissioners Diane Ellis-Marseglia, left, and Robert Harvie unpack a new ballot drop box at the county's administration building prior to the primary election in Doylestown, Pa. With the Trump administration openly trying to undermine mail-in voting this fall, some election officials around the country are hoping to bypass the Postal Service by installing lots of ballot drop boxes in libraries, community centers and other public places. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Ballot drop boxes seen as a way to bypass the post office

Aug. 18, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — With the Trump administration openly trying to undermine mail-in voting this fall, some election officials around the country are hoping to bypass the Postal Service by installing lots of ballot drop boxes in libraries, community centers and other public places. Such boxes have been used...

This Aug. 13, 2020 photo shows the skyline of downtown Milwaukee, the location of a scaled down Democratic National Convention. About 50,000 visitors were expect to inject about $250 million into the economy of the key presidential battleground state. But now, thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the convention is nearly entirely online, with all of the major speakers, including presumptive nominee Joe Biden, skipping the trip to Milwaukee. It would have been the first time Milwaukee, a city of 1.6 million, hosted a presidential nominating convention. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

Milwaukee misses Democratic convention: 'It is a gut punch'

Aug. 17, 2020 6:29 AM EDT

Downtown Milwaukee restaurant owner Omar Shaikh envisioned overflowing crowds, packed dining rooms and a big payday when the Democratic National Convention came to town. Shaikh, chairman of the VISIT Milwaukee board, also saw the international attention hosting a convention would bring as a chance for the city...