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Breakouts, burns and zingers: What to watch in the debates

Jun. 26, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty seconds for answers, a television audience of millions and, for some candidates, a first chance to introduce themselves to voters. The back-to-back Democratic presidential debates beginning Wednesday are exercises in competitive sound bites featuring 20 candidates hoping to oust...

Robert Mueller to testify publicly before 2 House committees

Jun. 26, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly before Congress on July 17 after Democrats issued subpoenas to compel him to appear, the chairmen of two House committees announced. Mueller's unusual back-to-back testimony in front of the House Judiciary and the Intelligence...

2020 Democrats converge in Miami for 1st night of debates

Jun. 26, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Ten presidential candidates, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, will converge on the debate stage on Wednesday on the first night of Democratic debates to offer their pitches to voters and attempt a breakout moment for their campaigns. For many of the White House hopefuls, it will be the...

2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren pushes election security plan

Jun. 25, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday pitched a sweeping overhaul of the nation's systems for securing its elections, including the creation of a "uniform federal ballot" and the replacement of the independent commission that currently helps administer the vote....

Can 2020 Dems do more than just decry Trump on immigration?

Jun. 25, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

Democratic presidential hopefuls face a challenge as they gather in Miami for the opening round of primary debates: presenting immigration ideas that go beyond simply bashing the Trump administration. Most of the proposals that the contenders have advanced combine long-held Democratic priorities — such as...

Pence launches 'Latinos for Trump' coalition

Jun. 25, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told a Latino crowd Tuesday that President Trump has been "a great champion of Latino and Hispanic Americans," touting the president's economic policies while warning Democrats want to bring socialism to America. "Tomorrow night, many of (the Democratic Party's)...

High stakes for NBC News ahead of 2-night Democratic debate

Jun. 25, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Don't envy NBC News executive Rashida Jones, who is behind this week's inaugural Democratic presidential debate and will have to juggle 20 candidates, five news personalities and, it's likely, one tweeting president. While the event is obviously important for politicians getting their first...

Biden: Congress should immediately make 'Dreamers' citizens

Jun. 24, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

Ahead of the first Democratic debates, Joe Biden is proposing that Congress grant immediate citizenship to more than 800,000 U.S. residents who were brought to the country illegally as children. The former vice president and Democratic polling leader introduced some of his immigration priorities Monday in a...

New phase in 2020 presidential race tests Dems' aggression

Jun. 24, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The unwritten rules that have so far prevented the Democratic presidential contest from devolving into all-out conflict are about to be tested. The early front-runner , former Vice President Joe Biden, has so far fended off the relatively gentle wrath of his rivals. The shortcomings of his...

TAKEAWAYS: In South Carolina, a new Democratic landscape

Jun. 23, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty-two Democratic presidential candidates descended on South Carolina this weekend along with the brightest of political spotlights trained on the party in the South's first primary state. Here are some takeaways as the primary contest shifts to the first debates this week: BIDEN...