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Stakes high for NBC News ahead of 2-night Democratic debate

Jun. 25, 2019 12:25 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...

Trump says he'd rather face Biden, isn't prepared to lose

Jun. 23, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he'd prefer to run for re-election against Joe Biden, suggesting that the former vice president won't be the "great candidate" Hillary Clinton was in 2016. Trump told NBC's "Meet the Press" that Clinton was "very smart. She was very tough. She...

The Latest: Biden says comments taken out of context

Jun. 23, 2019 3:27 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Joe Biden says his controversial comments about segregationists have been taken out of context. At a fundraiser earlier this week, Biden recalled that in his early days in the Senate, a...

2020 Democrats strongly defend abortion rights at forum

Jun. 22, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty Democratic presidential candidates attending a Planned Parenthood forum on Saturday vowed to defend abortion rights under nearly any circumstance while largely ignoring nuances around the issue that have already roiled their party heading into the 2020 election. The event...

Harris, Warren, others counter Biden's electability argument

Jun. 22, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Standing before a throng of party faithful in a key early primary state, Joe Biden's leading rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination sought Saturday to undercut the former vice president's argument that he's the ideal Democrat to oust President Donald Trump. They did it...

The Latest: Democratic candidates make rapid-fire appeals

Jun. 21, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Nearly all of the Democrats running for president in 2020 have made rapid-fire appeals to hundreds of cheering, sweating supporters at the "world famous" fish fry hosted by South Carolina...

Roy Moore in uphill battle to woo skeptical Alabama voters

Jun. 21, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a state that has long been reliably Republican, Roy Moore faces an uphill battle in winning over skeptical voters to take back the Alabama Senate seat he lost two years ago amid allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls. With GOP leaders including President Donald...