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The stage is set for a Democratic presidential primary debate, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Latest: Biden backer hopes his name comes up in debate

Feb. 25, 2020 6:09 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic primary contest (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Prominent Joe Biden supporter and South Carolina state Sen. Dick Harpootlian said he wouldn’t mind hearing his name again on the Democratic debate stage. Harpootlian has publicly chastised...

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on President Donald Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the urgent $2.5 billion plan for coronavirus he sent to lawmakers will prepare the nation in case of an outbreak in the U.S. and help other nations unprepared to handle the threat. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump, US officials send mixed messages on virus risk here

Feb. 25, 2020 5:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and chief economic adviser said Tuesday that the new coronavirus is under control in the U.S., even as the government's top disease fighters warned Americans to prepare for an outbreak here. The mixed messages came as the stock market tumbled for a second straight...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by the GOP leadership, speaks to reporters just after meeting with Attorney General William Barr to discuss expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other government intelligence laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dems thwart Senate Republicans on 2 abortion-related bills

Feb. 25, 2020 5:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a pair of Republican bills that would ban most late-term abortions and threaten prison for doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions. The measures have been defeated multiple times in recent years, but Senate...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Feb. 25, 2020 5:36 PM EST

February 23, 2020 The (Moline) Dispatch & The Rock Island Argus Celebrity Justice Nobody should have been surprised when Rod Blagojevich called himself a victim and a "political prisoner" last week. Blagojevich never was very good at telling the truth. He is good at gaming the system, and he did it again last...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during First in the South Dinner, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Suit seeks to remove Sanders from Florida Democratic ballot

Feb. 25, 2020 5:33 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a state where elections and litigation are intertwined, add this to Florida's ballot box saga: A pair of Floridians are asking a court to remove Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic front-runner for president, from the state's March 17 primary ballot. Although Sanders is...

Attorney General William Barr arrives for a meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill about expiring intelligence provisions, in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Barr meets with Senate GOP to push surveillance renewals

Feb. 25, 2020 4:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr met with lawmakers Tuesday to encourage them to extend expiring surveillance authorities, making his first visit to Capitol Hill since news broke a week ago that he had contemplated resigning over President Donald Trump's refusal to heed his warning to stop...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with his wife Jane, left, speaks during a campaign event in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

As Bernie Sanders surges, Texas liberals take their own shot

Feb. 25, 2020 11:06 AM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren endorsed her, Texas' largest labor union is on her side and she surpassed $1 million in donors. Jessica Cisneros, who at 26 would become the youngest member of Congress, is the best shot liberal activists could've taken for a win in the 2020 election....

U.S.President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind during the playing of the national anthem at a state banquet at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

The Latest: Trump hails India trip as 'learning experience'

Feb. 25, 2020 11:02 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to India (all times local): 8:40 p.m. President Donald Trump says an India visit that featured a mega-rally, a tour of the Taj Mahal and meetings with business leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a “tremendous learning...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a campaign rally at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Bloomberg’s influence stretches far and wide

Feb. 25, 2020 10:41 AM EST

When Mike Bloomberg held a rally this month at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the signs of his wealth and influence were everywhere. Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, long a paid adviser to one of Bloomberg’s charitable programs and now to his campaign, warmed up the crowd with...

FILE - In this July 1, 2019 file photo U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter leaves federal court after a motions hearing in San Diego. The race to fill the vacated seat of Hunter, of California, has turned into a GOP slugfest. Hunter held one of the party's few remaining House seats in California before he pleaded guilty to a corruption charge and resigned last month. The race to replace him has been especially bitter between the Republican front-runners, former congressman Darrell Issa and San Diego radio host and political commentator Carl DeMaio. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)

California congressman's vacated seat unleashes GOP slugfest

Feb. 25, 2020 9:11 AM EST

LAKESIDE, California (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter's resignation from Congress last month after pleading guilty to a corruption charge unleashed a GOP slugfest over the vacancy in one of the party's few remaining House seats in California. Most of the action in the 50th District involves two...