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FILE - In this May 10, 2019 file photo, a Sapp Bros. gas station in Percival, Iowa, stands in floodwaters from the Missouri River. Republican senators from four states that have seen severe flooding from the Missouri River are backing legislation that would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change its management of the river to reduce flooding risk. The measure, which was introduced Thursday, March, 5, 2020, follows criticism from residents of flooded areas that the Corps should give flood protection a higher priority than environmental, recreational and other needs. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Senators urge changes to reduce Missouri River flooding

Mar. 5, 2020 7:44 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republican senators from four states that have seen severe flooding from the Missouri River are backing legislation that would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change its management of the river to reduce flooding risk. The measure, which was introduced Thursday, follows...

Rush Limbaugh reacts as first Lady Melania Trump, and his wife Kathryn, applaud, as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Limbaugh draws bipartisan criticism for Buttigieg remarks

Feb. 13, 2020 10:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh drew bipartisan criticism Thursday for saying the country won't elect Pete Buttigieg president because he's been “kissing his husband" on stage after debates. Limbaugh's comments came eight days after President Donald Trump awarded him the...

Caucus goers arrive at a caucus at Roosevelt Hight School, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Iowa's coveted voting status in doubt after delay on results

Feb. 5, 2020 12:27 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's coveted position as the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating contest faces its most daunting challenge in light of problems that kept the state Democratic Party from reporting results. The caucuses were already facing plenty of headwinds amid criticism that the...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, right, looks to his husband Chasten Buttigieg, left, as they meet with members of the audience during a campaign event at Northwest Junior High, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Coralville, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In Iowa, anxiety and unpredictability cloud caucus finish

Feb. 3, 2020 12:22 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Democratic presidential candidates hustled across the state trying to fire up voters and make a last appeal to those struggling to make a final decision about their choice in the crowded field. Speaking to several hundred supporters in Cedar Rapids...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a Get Out the Caucus Rally at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Latest: Warren assures supporters a woman can win

Feb. 2, 2020 5:46 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has answered a question she says people are “embarrassed” to ask about her candidacy: “Can a woman win?” Speaking at a rally...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles as he talks with members of the audience at a campaign stop at National Cattle Congress Pavilion, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The critical fight inside Democrats' establishment primary

Feb. 2, 2020 8:01 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Within the Democrats' sprawling presidential contest is a smaller, yet critical competition among a handful of candidates jockeying to secure the backing of their party's establishment wing. The first answers come Monday in the Iowa caucuses when voters begin sorting out the fight...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Feb. 1, 2020 11:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang ___ NBC's “Meet the Press" — Buttigieg; Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. ___ CBS' “Face the Nation" — Buttigieg; White...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Aiming at Trump, Biden says a president's character matters

Jan. 30, 2020 1:01 PM EST

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) — With four days until the Iowa caucuses, Joe Biden is looking beyond his Democratic rivals and taking square aim at President Donald Trump as the two men campaign within miles of each other on the same day. “In November, America will have the chance to answer the question: Does...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Biden under pressure to prove he can thwart new GOP attacks

Jan. 30, 2020 9:13 AM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — With five days until the Iowa caucuses, Joe Biden is fending off a new onslaught of GOP attacks over his son's business overseas and facing piling pressure to show Democratic voters he can handle the incoming. As Republicans amplified their allegations against the former vice...