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Democratic money jitters ease after big second quarter haul

Jul. 15, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some big fundraising hauls by Democrats have eased worries that lackluster totals last quarter were a sign the party would struggle to stockpile cash for the general election fight with President Donald Trump. All campaigns have to report their second quarter fundraising totals to the...

Joe Biden draws line against progressives on health care

Jul. 15, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model. Biden on Monday released a plan...

Biden campaigns as Obamacare's top defender

Jul. 14, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending Obamacare, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model. The former vice president will spend much of the...

Dem infighting on race spills into 2020 presidential contest

Jul. 13, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The highly public rift between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a clutch of freshmen congresswomen led by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has spilled into the 2020 Democratic presidential contest. The intramural conflict is threatening to overshadow President Donald Trump's history of...

As Dems debate busing, southern schools slowly desegregate

Jul. 11, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — This small Mississippi Delta town serves as a reminder that fierce debates over the integration of black and white students are not a thing of the past. Two rival high schools in Cleveland, one historically black and the other historically white, had to be merged just two years ago...

Democratic presidential hopeful Inslee opposes pipeline plan

Jul. 10, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee waded into a Great Lakes regional controversy on Wednesday, calling for the defeat of a plan to construct a disputed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel that connects two of the lakes. In a statement released to The Associated Press,...

Sanders facing tougher 2020 competition for liberal support

Jul. 10, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

Barbara Lee supported Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential bid, helping him score one of his most decisive victories that year when he dominated the New Hampshire primary. But as he wages another bid for the White House, Lee is looking at a different candidate. "I like him, I like his ideas," the 66-year-old retired...

Tom Steyer launches 2020 campaign after saying he wouldn't

Jul. 9, 2019 9:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Steyer, the billionaire investor and activist, said Tuesday he's joining the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, reversing course after deciding earlier this year that he would forgo a run. Steyer, 62, is one of the most visible and deep-pocketed liberals advocating for...

3rd Democratic presidential debate to be held in Houston

Jul. 9, 2019 9:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The third Democratic presidential debate will be held in Houston in September. The more than two dozen candidates in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary face tougher requirements to appear in the fall debates than in the summer debates. The Democratic National Committee is requiring...

Who's in, who's out: Meet the Dems running for president

Jul. 9, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

Tom Steyer ruled out a 2020 presidential bid earlier this year. Now he's changed his mind. The billionaire investor and activist announced Tuesday that he would join the crowded Democratic primary for the White House after all, saying his campaign will focus on reducing the influence of corporations in politics....