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Billionaire Bloomberg ends campaign, endorses Biden

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:31 PM

'Three months ago, I entered the race for president to defeat Donald Trump. Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason: to defeat Donald Trump,' US media tycoon Michael Bloomberg says in a statement

BLOOMBERG DROPS OUT. In this file photo taken on March 03, 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg waves during a rally at Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP

Sanders roughed up, hits back at Democratic presidential debate

Feb 26, 2020 - 3:26 PM

His rivals band together in savaging the self-described democratic socialist as too radical to appeal to a broad swathe of Americans

Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gives an interview in the spin room after participating in the tenth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 25, 2020. Logan Cyrus / AFP

'Liar!': Rival White House bids strain Sanders-Warren friendship

Jan 17, 2020 - 5:06 AM

The first signs of tensions emerge earlier in the week with reports that Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in a private meeting in December 2018 that he did not believe a woman could win a presidential election

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JULY 30: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. 20 Democratic presidential candidates were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights at Detroits Fox Theatre. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP  JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Rivals clash with frontrunner Biden at Democratic debate

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Joe Biden is leading polls for the nod to take on President Donald Trump in 2020, and nearly all of the other 9 Democrats onstage attack him at some point

RIVALS. Democratic presidential hopeful US Senator from California Kamala Harris (R) delivers her closing statement flanked by Former Vice President Joe Biden during the second round of the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on July 31, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Democrat Crowley ousted by political novice in U.S. shocker

Jun 27, 2018 - 2:33 PM

According to a detailed profile this week in Vogue, just months ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was still working as a server in a restaurant. She identifies as a Democratic socialist.

VICTORY PARTY. Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is joined by New York gubenatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at her victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Democrats release counter-memo over Russia probe

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The Democrats' document is the latest salvo in a partisan fight over the Russia investigation

FBI HQ. The FBI headquarters is seen on February 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys

Feb 19, 2018 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) The legislation amounts to a narrow, technical fix, leaving unaddressed the broader, divisive issue of permissive gun laws under a constitutional amendment that protects the right to bear arms

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriff's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2017.  File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Bipartisan group in U.S. Senate unveils immigration plan, defying Trump

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The potential breakthrough comes as efforts to resolve the fate of 1.8 million immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children entered a crucial period in a week set aside for debate on immigration

BIPARTISAN LEADER. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill on February 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Congress gridlocked as budget, immigration deadlines loom

Feb 05, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Bitterly divided US lawmakers return this week to face a shrinking window for reaching deals on immigration, federal spending and the debt

A view of the Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington,DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. lawmakers warn Trump vs firing DOJ, FBI chiefs over memo

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:54 AM

The warnings come after the Republican-led House intelligence committee released a declassified memo that claims Democrat-funded research prompted the FBI to spy on a former Trump campaign aide

PUBLIC. The Republican memo released by Congress is displayed on a journalist's computer screen at a newsroom in Washington DC, on February 2, 2018. Eric Baradat/AFP

FULL TEXT AND VIDEO: Democratic Response to the 2018 State of the Union Address

Jan 31, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The response of the US Democratic Party to the 2018 State of the Union Address, delivered by Massachusetts Representative Joe Kennedy III

Joe Kennedy III speaks on September 4, 2012 during the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Robyn Beck/AFP

Trump calls for unity after tumultuous first year

Jan 31, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) Trump seeks to put the spotlight on the economic achievements of his first year in office and calls on a packed joint session of Congress to enact hardline curbs on immigration

SOTU. US President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

With eye to past glory, Democrats tap a Kennedy to rebut Trump

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:08 PM

37-year-old Massachusetts Rep Joe Kennedy III will provide his party's official rebuttal to Trump's address to a joint session of Congress

KENNEDY SCION. In this file photo, Joe Kennedy III speaks on stage at the Democratic National Convention on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Congress votes to end shutdown, Trump claims victory

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:46 AM

(UPDATED) US government operations will essentially return to normal on Tuesday, January 23

BACK IN BUSINESS. The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC on January 22, 2018 after the US Senate reached a deal to reopen the federal government, with Democrats accepting a compromise spending bill. Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. shutdown extended as crunch vote delayed

Jan 22, 2018 - 6:57 AM

(UPDATED) The shutdown casts a huge shadow over the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration as president and highlights the deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats

LATE NIGHT. Night view of Capitol Hill on January 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Alabama Democrat in shock U.S. Senate win over Trump-backed Republican

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) It marks a bitter blow to the president in one of the reddest of deep South states, and hands opposition Democrats a cherished Senate seat

WINNER. Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones prepares to greet voters outside of a polling station at the Bessemer Civic Center on December 12, 2017 in Bessemer, Alabama. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Alabama chooses a senator in test for scandal-buffeted Republicans

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:31 PM

US President Donald Trump has made the special election a test of his brand of populism

STILL FOR MOORE. People attend a campaign rally for Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore at Jordan's Activity Barn on December 11, 2017 in Midland City, Alabama. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Democrat Franken under pressure to quit U.S. Senate

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) With 6 other women now reportedly coming forward to accuse Franken of touching them inappropriately, a chorus of Democratic senators says it is time for him to go

ACCUSED. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) looks over his papers during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, on Capitol Hill November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Trump again backs alleged harasser, Democrat gives up key post

Nov 27, 2017 - 6:32 AM

US President Donald Trump redoubles his support for embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore, ignoring the sexual harassment allegations plaguing the ex-Alabama judge's campaign

NOT QUITTING. In this file photo, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore speaks as his wife Kayla Moore looks on during a news conference with supporters and faith leaders, November 16, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Democratic NY mayor wins second term – U.S. media

Nov 08, 2017 - 11:03 AM

The vote is seen as a ringing endorsement for De Blasio's anti-Trump stance in an overwhelmingly Democratic city where 80% of the electorate voted for Hillary Clinton and Trump is despised

RE-ELECTED. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio greets people at the 72nd Street subway stop on the Upper West Side of New York on November 7, 2017. Timothy A Clary/AFP

Democrat Phil Murphy wins NJ governor race, vows to push back vs Trump

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:23 AM

Phil Murphy will succeed Chris Christie as governor of New Jersey

NEXT GOVERNOR. NJ governor elect Phil Murphy says he'll 'push back against the mean winds blowing at us from Washington DC.' Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP

Virginia elects Democrat governor, in rejection of Trumpism

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:36 AM

(UPDATED) A handful of US states held elections Tuesday, November 7, one year after Donald Trump's shock presidential victory

VOTE. Karina Smith holds her 2-year-old son Kyler as she fills out her ballot at the polling place at Washington Mill Elementary School November 7, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Former Democratic Party chair considered replacing Clinton with Biden – book

Nov 05, 2017 - 8:02 AM

Donna Brazile also wrote that Clinton's campaign was badly mismanaged, 'anemic' and had taken on 'the odor of failure'

DNC RIFT. This combination of files photos created on November 3, 2017 shows former DNC Vice-Chair Donna Brazile and former former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Saul Loeb and Angela Weiss/AFP

In flip-flop, Trump cools to bipartisan health deal

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:57 AM

A bipartisan effort to stabilize Obamacare's individual health insurance markets runs into political headwinds when US President Donald Trump warned against the plan

In this file photo, Donald Trump speaks during a meeting at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:35 AM

US senators announce they have reached a bipartisan deal to continue a program that helps low-income Americans purchase health insurance

An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. Rhona Wise/AFP

Republicans freeze as Democrats demand action on gun violence

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Lawmakers in US President Donald Trump's party appear stymied over what legislative steps, if any, to take to contain US gun violence in the aftermath of America's deadliest shooting in modern history

FIRST RESPONDERS. An ambulance leaves the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Trump, Democrats agree on DACA, but no border wall for now

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Top US congressional Democrats emerge from a meeting with President Donald Trump, claiming progress on a deal that protects young immigrants and boosts border security, while not including a border wall

WITH LAWMAKERS. US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House on September 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump strikes slew of budget deals with Democrats

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:42 PM

US President Donald Trump shocks Republicans by agreeing to ease US borrowing limits forestall a government shutdown and approve hurricane relief siding with opposition Democrats

US President Donald Trump meets with congressional leadership in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 6, 2017. (From L to R), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

White House accuses Democrats, Ukraine of 'collusion'

Jul 18, 2017 - 7:29 AM

White House spokesman Sean Spicer repeats allegations that a Democratic operative had met with Ukrainian embassy officials during the campaign

Voters cast ballots at a polling station at the Big Bear Lake Methodist Church in Big Bear, California, November 8, 2016. Bill Wechter/AFP

Trump slams Democratic 'obstruction' on health reform

Jun 25, 2017 - 9:00 PM

UPDATED Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer maintains US President Donald Trump shouldn t expect any support from them in the bid to repeal Obamacare

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump pauses during a press conference with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden of the White House June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP  TRUMP. US President Donald Trump pauses during a press conference with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden of the White House June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Democrat eyes anti-Trump upset in high-stakes Georgia race

Jun 20, 2017 - 2:37 PM

UPDATED Republicans are facing a sobering reminder of their president s poor approval ratings as 30 year old centrist Democrat Jon Ossoff a filmmaker and onetime political assistant clings to the narrowest of leads

CHALLENGER. Jon Ossoff in a file photo. Photo courtesy Ossoff's Twitter account

Democrats fume over 'secret' Republican healthcare bill

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:25 AM

Democrats are condemning a US Senate replacement bill being crafted by Republicans behind closed doors

The U.S. Capitol is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Anti-Trump gunman attacks U.S. lawmakers, dies in shootout

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:16 PM

4th UPDATE A rifle wielding critic of President Donald Trump opens fire on US lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game seriously wounding a top Republican congressman and 3 others

CRIME SCENE. A view of a baseball field after a shooting during a practice of the Republican congressional baseball at Eugene Simpson Statium Park June 14, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Anxious for win, Trump and Republicans revive health care push

Apr 22, 2017 - 7:57 AM

US President Donald Trump has suddenly heaped pressure on congressional Republican leadership by saying he expects a vote on a revived version of the bill next week or shortly thereafter

OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT. A copy of the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is shown during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol March 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Georgia race seen as early Trump test goes to run-off

Apr 19, 2017 - 1:16 PM

UPDATED A Democrat nearly claims outright victory in a closely watched congressional primary in Georgia

'FLIP THE 6TH' Supporters of Georgia 6th district congressional candidate Jon Ossoff hold up campaign signs in a photo posted on Ossoff's page on Facebook, April 18, 2017. Photo by Dustin Chambers/Jon Ossoff campaign page on Facebook

With Georgia congressional race, litmus test looms for Trump

Apr 18, 2017 - 9:13 AM

Democrat Jon Ossoff aims to strike the first blow in what is shaping up to be a bitter 18 month battle for control of the US Congress in the 2018 elections that come halfway through Trump s presidential term

WILL HE TRUMP TRUMP? Jon Ossoff, running for the House seat for the 6th district of Georgia, hopes to flip the district in favor of the Democrats, in a test of Donald Trump's popularity. Photo courtesy Jon Ossoff/Twitter

U.S. Senate moment of truth nears with Gorsuch vote

Apr 06, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Political moves could bulldoze century old Senate traditions and potentially do irreparable damage to the deliberative body

GO OR NO? Neil Gorsuch, in an undated photograph. Photo courtesy White House/Twitter @GorsuchFacts

U.S. Senate girds for battle over Trump Supreme Court pick

Apr 02, 2017 - 1:28 PM

It is a very public game of political chicken that could shape the makeup of the US Supreme Court for years to come and unravel any remaining pretense of bipartisanship in the upper chamber of Congress

DONALD'S PICK. In this file photo, Judge Neil Gorsuch (C) and his wife Marie Louise look on, after US President Donald Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court, at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 31, 2017. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Despite Trump push, health care vote going to the wire

Mar 23, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The Republican controlled House of Representatives votes on the controversial measure despite challenges over whether Trump and ally House Speaker Paul Ryan have enough backing to get the measure over the finish line

OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT. A copy of the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is show during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol March 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

FULL TEXT and VIDEO: Donald Trump's first address to U.S. Congress

Mar 01, 2017 - 9:00 AM

UPDATED Here is the full text and video of US President Donald Trump s first address to the US Congress February 28 2017

ADDRESS TO NATION. U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-Obama cabinet member wins U.S. Democratic leader post

Feb 26, 2017 - 8:12 AM

With opposition Democrats preparing for crucial 2018 midterm elections and the nation s next presidential race on the distant 2020 horizon nothing less than the future of the party was seen as being at stake

In this file photo, Tom Perez, then the Labor Secretary, speaks at a press conference before New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signs an executive order raising the living wage law on September 30, 2014 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Trump aides had contacts with Russia during election – NYT

Feb 15, 2017 - 11:47 AM

The New York Times report says intercepted phone calls and phone records showed the repeated contacts with Moscow s intelligence community during the 2016 US presidential campaign season

In this file photo, Paul Manafort, then the campaign manager for Donald Trump, speaks on the phone while touring the floor of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump's first major test is U.S. travel ban uproar

Jan 30, 2017 - 8:48 AM

UPDATED The ban is criticized by allies sparks confusion over its implementation and galvanizes Democrats looking for a lightning rod to beat Trump

Demonstrators at Philadelphia International Airport protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning Muslim immigration on January 29, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images/AFP

Rushed confirmation hearings latest Trump clash with Dems

Jan 10, 2017 - 7:17 AM

The Republican led Senate coordinated with the Trump team to cram in 9 confirmation hearings this week despite Democrats calls to slow the process

The US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC, on November 15, 2016. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump doubtful as U.S. spy chiefs to testify on Russian hacking

Jan 05, 2017 - 1:55 PM

The American public could get a better idea of the strength of the evidence on the alleged hacking as the Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing

US President-elect Donald Trump answers questions from the media after a day of meetings on December 28, 2016 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. Don Emmert/AFP

Electoral College, archaic and unloved, prepares to anoint Trump

Dec 18, 2016 - 10:50 PM

Some Democrats however are still clinging to the slender hope that a few dozen Republican electors might decide not to vote for Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump speaks in Mobile, Alabama, during a 'Thank You Tour 2016' rally on December 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Trump defends diplomat pick Tillerson against critics

Dec 14, 2016 - 11:38 AM

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have expressed concerns over ExxonMobil s Rex Tillerson s ties to Russia

Exxon Mobil chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson smiles during a discussion organized by the Economic Club of Washington in Washington, DC on March 12, 2015. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. Congress, at odds with Trump, eyes Russia hack probe

Dec 13, 2016 - 8:17 AM

The president elect has dismissed the intelligence reports as ridiculous defying an increasing number of senators from his own party as well as top Democrats the Central Intelligence Agency and the outgoing White House

A man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8, 2016. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Trump on Russia meddling in U.S. election: 'I don't believe it'

Dec 12, 2016 - 12:05 AM

US President elect Donald Trump claims the Democrats are merely trying to find excuses for their defeat

President-Elect Donald Trump speaks in Des Moines, Iowa on December 8, 2016 during the USA Thank You Tour 2016 at the Hy-Vee Hall in the Iowa Events Center. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

US House Democrats reelect Nancy Pelosi as leader

Dec 01, 2016 - 7:34 AM

Pelosi 76 retains her post as minority leader after an anxious closed door vote in which she survived a challenge from congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio to extend her 13 year grip on party control in the chamber

STILL ON TOP. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), speaks to the media after winning the House Democratic leadership election on Capitol Hill, November 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP