Latest 2020 United States presidential election News

The Latest: Lawmakers getting briefed on Iran at White House

Jun. 20, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Iran (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Top administration officials and lawmakers are arriving at the White House for a briefing about Iran's downing of an American surveillance drone in the Middle East amid mounting tension between the U.S. and Iran. The...

Group sues for records on US election hacking vulnerability

Jun. 20, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A voting security advocacy group is trying to force the former president of a group of state election officials to release documents on whether she wrongly asserted that electronic election systems are safe from hacking. The National Election Defense Coalition filed a lawsuit Thursday...

Police shooting poses Buttigieg's biggest 2020 challenge yet

Jun. 20, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Mayor Pete Buttigieg stood before newly sworn police officers to welcome them to the city's ranks, just as he has more than a dozen times since taking office. But this time he was a Democratic candidate for president, speaking days after a white officer fatally shot a black man the...

Maine moves toward presidential primaries with ranked voting

Jun. 20, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is one step away from ditching its presidential caucuses for a primary system that would be the nation's first to allow voters to rank candidates from first to last on the ballot. The Democratic-led Senate enacted Wednesday a bill to switch to presidential primaries. It now...

Putin open for talks with Trump, warns against force on Iran

Jun. 20, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he's open for a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump but doesn't expect quick progress on easing tensions with Washington. The Russian leader also strongly warned the United States against using force on Iran, saying it will trigger a...

Biden's words on segregationist senators draw rivals' fire

Jun. 20, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is dismissing calls to apologize for saying that the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed. His rivals for the 2020 nomination, including the two major black candidates in the race, roundly criticized...

Booker vows to pursue clemency for nonviolent drug offenders

Jun. 20, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker says if he's elected, he plans to use the powers of the office to pursue clemency for what his campaign estimates is more than 17,000 prisoners incarcerated for nonviolent drug crimes. The New Jersey senator's clemency plan would affect...

The Latest: Biden says Booker, not he, should apologize

Jun. 20, 2019 4:05 AM EDT

The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says he won't be apologizing for saying the Senate "got things done" with "civility" decades ago when he served alongside segregationists. He says if anyone should apologize, it...

Biden not apologizing for remarks on segregationist senators

Jun. 20, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

Joe Biden refused calls to apologize Wednesday for saying that the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed. His rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, including the two major black candidates in the contest, roundly criticized Biden's...

Maine moves toward presidential primaries with ranked voting

Jun. 19, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Legislature sent a proposal to the governor Wednesday to ditch the state's presidential caucuses for a primary system that would be the nation's first to allow voters to rank candidates. The Democratic-led Senate approved funding the bill, which had already passed the House....