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Trump says Kanye West presidency bid 'very interesting'

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:40 AM

Trump notes that it may be too late for West to register in some states and that he lacks the 'infrastructure' for a White House bid

Hey, You! Rolling Stones warn Trump of legal action over song use

Jun 28, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The Stones are not the first major act to call on the US president to stop using their songs

Trump fans defy virus warnings at rally, even as staffers test positive

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:43 AM

(UPDATED) Thousands file into an indoor arena where Trump aims to revive his election fortunes after several bruising weeks

HEALTH RISK. US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Klobuchar exits VP contention, says Biden should pick black woman

Jun 19, 2020 - 1:04 PM

US Senator Amy Klobuchar says the protests that erupted in the aftermath of a brutal police killing of a black man in her state of Minnesota helped her realize the need for greater diversity in the presidential contest

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., gives her opening statement during a Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting on Capitol Hill on June 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senate committee gathered to vote on authorizing 35 subpoenas into the origins of the FBIs Russia investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. Carolyn Kaster-Pool/Getty Images/AFP POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Facebook to block foreign state media ads for U.S. election

Jun 17, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Facebook's move comes under growing pressure over its hands-off approach to misinformation and inflammatory posts and following criticism it turned a blind eye to foreign interference in the 2016 presidential poll

FACEBOOK. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about Facebook News at the Paley Center For Media on October 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump to accept Republican presidential nomination in Florida

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:47 PM

The most visible portions of the Republican National Convention will be moved to the city of Jacksonville following a row over coronavirus restrictions with the governor of North Carolina

Biden clinches Democratic nomination for 2020 race against Trump

Jun 06, 2020 - 2:29 PM

Biden passes the 1,991 threshold to secure his party's nomination as counting continued from Tuesday's round of Democratic primaries

BIDEN. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student center in Dover, Delaware, on June 5, 2020. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

As U.S. protests rage, a tale of 2 leaders: Biden and Trump

Jun 04, 2020 - 3:34 PM

'This is very much a tale of two types of leadership skills,' says a professor at the American University in Washington. 'What strength looks like to these two men is very different.'

Zuckerberg 'confident' Facebook can stop U.S. election interference

May 21, 2020 - 6:12 PM

Mark Zuckerberg tells BBC in an interview Facebook is better prepared to counter online misinformation campaigns but admits the social network was 'behind' during the 2016 election which Donald Trump won

MARK ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Paley Center For Media on October 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump aide Kushner suggests delay possible in U.S. election

May 13, 2020 - 11:31 PM

Although Jared Kushner does not say he wants a change in date and notes 'it's not my decision to make,' his remarks are attacked by Trump critics as evidence of overreach

ON US ELECTIONS. Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner looks on as US President Donald Trump holds a news conference on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on May 11, 2020. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. Democrats could allow remote voting in Biden nomination

May 12, 2020 - 2:22 PM

Former vice president Joe Biden is the sole contender on the Democratic side to face Republican Donald Trump in the November 3 presidential vote, but he is not yet formally nominated

JOE BIDEN. In this file photo taken on March 10, 2020, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden leaves after speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Leading Democrat Pelosi endorses Joe Biden for U.S. president

Apr 27, 2020 - 8:09 PM

'Today I am proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States because he will be an extraordinary president,' says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

ENDORSEMENT. In this file photo, former vice president Joe Biden, speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Paul Pelosi arrive for the funeral of Rep. Elijah Cummings at New Psalmist Baptist Church on October 25, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. File photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP

Biden predicts Trump will try to postpone U.S. election

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:19 PM

'Mark my words, I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can't be held,' Joe Biden says during an online fundraiser on April 23

BIDEN. In this file photo taken on March 12, 2020 former US Vice President and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19, known as the Coronavirus, during a press event in Wilmington, Delaware. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Warren becomes latest rival to endorse Biden for president

Apr 15, 2020 - 11:07 PM

'We can't afford to let Donald Trump continue to endanger the lives and livelihoods of every American,' says former White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren

WARREN ENDORSES BIDEN. In this file photo Democratic presidential hopefuls Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (L) and former Vice President Joe Biden take part in the sixth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by PBS NewsHour & Politico at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California on December 19, 2019. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Obama endorses Biden for president to 'heal' America

Apr 15, 2020 - 12:18 AM

The formal backing by perhaps the most popular politician in America is the latest shot in the arm for Joe Biden's surging candidacy

OBAMA'S ENDORSEMENT. In this file photo taken on January 12, 2017, US Vice President Joe Biden wipes away tears as he walks past President Barack Obama after he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a tribute to Biden at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Sanders endorses ex-rival Biden for U.S. president

Apr 14, 2020 - 2:37 AM

The swift endorsement marks a notable change from 2016, when Bernie Sanders lost the presidential nomination race to Hillary Clinton but delayed endorsing her candidacy

ENDORSEMENT. This combination of pictures created on April 13, 2020, shows Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden. File photos by Mark Ralston and Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Drowned out by pandemic, a muted victory for Joe Biden

Apr 11, 2020 - 6:36 PM

Like most Americans, Biden is under stay-at-home orders due to coronavirus, and therefore marked becoming the Democratic party's de facto 2020 nominee with a press release and comments broadcast online from his basement

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 12, 2020 former US Vice President and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19, known as the Coronavirus, during a press event in Wilmington, Delaware. Barack Obama celebrated the kickoff of his "historic" White House challenge before thousands of ecstatic supporters. Hillary Clinton also marked her "milestone," as the first woman nominee of a major US party, to thunderous applause. And what of Joe Biden? The resurgent Democrat has been denied the climactic rollout that his predecessors enjoyed.  SAUL LOEB / AFP

[OPINION] Acting local against COVID-19

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

With a government that is not exceptionally wise, just, and benevolent, one nationally mandated decision can cause damage to all

Sanders ends presidential bid, setting up Biden-Trump showdown

Apr 08, 2020 - 11:41 PM

(UPDATED) The announcement clears the way for rival Joe Biden to win the Democratic nomination and challenge incumbent Donald Trump in November

BERNIE. In this file photo, US presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire on February 9, 2020. File photo by Joseph Prezioso/AFP

Wisconsin holds primary vote despite coronavirus crisis

Apr 07, 2020 - 11:16 PM

With the Midwestern state ignoring calls to postpone the primary over health fears, many Wisconsinites are being forced into an agonizing decision: risk their health to fulfill their democratic right, or stay safe by staying at home

PRIMARY VOTE. An election observer cleans voting booths during a Democratic presidential primary election at the Kenosha Bible Church gym in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP

Democrats postpone White House nominating convention to August over virus

Apr 03, 2020 - 12:36 AM

The US Democratic nomination race has boiled down to former vice president Joe Biden, the clear frontrunner, and his lone remaining rival, the liberal Senator Bernie Sanders

POSTPONED. In this file photo, the, the site of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, is seen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 11, 2019. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP

New York postpones presidential primary over coronavirus concerns

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:04 AM

The vote, which was slated for April 28, will instead take place on June 23

THE CITY STOPS. A nearly empty Times Square is seen on March 23, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

Sanders to 'assess' campaign after primary drubbing by Biden

Mar 19, 2020 - 8:57 AM

Pressure mounts on the leftist Vermont senator to end his White House campaign

MASK. Supporters wait to hear Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders at his 2020 Super Tuesday Rally at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vermont March 3, 2020. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Biden wins Florida, biggest prize on virus-hit primary night

Mar 18, 2020 - 9:13 AM

A Biden trifecta would leave Sanders a gravely wounded candidate

JOE. Joseph 'Joe' Biden speaks during the an Easter Prayer Breakfast in the East Room of the White House in April 2015. Photo by Andrew Harrer/EPA

Biden wins Washington state Democratic primary – U.S. media

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Media reports say Joe Biden had won 37.9% of the vote, with the leftist Bernie Sanders close behind with 36.4%

JOE BIDEN. Democratic presidential hopeful former US vice president Joe Biden makes a point as he and Senator Bernie Sanders take part in the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in a CNN Washington Bureau studio in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. drops case against Russian firm accused of 2016 election meddling

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:36 AM

The case is against the company controlled by a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin that allegedly funded the campaign to meddle in the 2016 elections

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Biden commits to female running mate if he is Democratic nominee

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:14 AM

'There are a number of women who are qualified to be vice president tomorrow,' the moderate Biden says

CONTEMPLATING. US Democratic frontunner Joe Biden (C) with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (C, background) and Health Minister Susan Ley (R). Photo Tracey Nearmy/AFP

Biden tells plant worker he is 'full of shit'

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:44 AM

In February, Biden is also caught on camera calling a young woman a 'lying, dog-faced pony soldier'

SHARP-TONGUED. Former US Vice-President Joe Biden speaks during the an Easter Prayer Breakfast in 2015. Photo by Andrew Harrer/EPA

Biden says fighting for U.S. 'soul' after big primary wins

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:08 AM

(UPDATED) Barring surprises, Joe Biden now has a clear path to becoming the Democratic standard-bearer in a potentially bruising and deeply divisive matchup with Donald Trump

BIDEN. Democratic presidential hopeful former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks during the second Democratic primary debate. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Biden wins Harris endorsement, Sanders snags nod from civil rights leader

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Senator Kamala Harris says Joe Biden can best unify the country

Warren, once a frontrunner, ends her U.S. presidential campaign

Mar 06, 2020 - 12:03 AM

'I may not be in the race for President in 2020, but this fight – our fight – is not over,' Elizabeth Warren says in remarks to her campaign staff

WARREN'S CAMPAIGN ENDS. In this file photo Democratic presidential hopeful Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren arrives to participate 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. File photo by Logan Cyrus/AFP

Wall Street's wild ride continues as Biden wins boost Dow

Mar 05, 2020 - 9:45 AM

The Super Tuesday contests establish former United States vice president Joe Biden as a major rival to leftist Bernie Sanders, who has worried investors

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 4, 2020 in New York City. The news of Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden's delegate lead after the Super Tuesday primaries helped the market rebound and close at over 1,100 points. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/AFP

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

'New race': Biden seizes momentum with Super Tuesday surge

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:49 AM

(5th UPDATE) The results signal a remarkable comeback for Joe Biden, a former vice president under Barack Obama, who is vying once again for frontrunner status

SUPER SUPPORTERS. Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden attend a Super Tuesday event in Los Angeles on March 3, 2020. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

O'Rourke latest ex-rival to endorse Biden for U.S. president

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:58 AM

'He's decent, he's kind, he's caring, he's empathetic,' says O'Rourke of Biden

ENDORSER. Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump whips up crowd on eve of Democrats' big primary day

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:07 AM

'Crazy Bernie's going to be (even) more crazy,' Trump says to swelling laughter from the crowd

THE DON. US President Donald Trump smiles at a crowd. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Resurgent Biden earns Klobuchar, Buttigieg backing before Super Tuesday

Mar 03, 2020 - 10:26 AM

'It is no secret...that there is a massive effort trying to stop Bernie Sanders,' the frontrunner says about himself

BIDEN SUPPORTERS. Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden hold signs during a campaign event at Wofford University February 28, 2020 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Who's in, who's out in Democratic White House race

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:59 AM

The top 3 remaining are all septuagenarian white men

CONTENDERS. Democratic presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Photo by Frederic Brown/AFP

What you need to know about 'Super Tuesday'

Mar 02, 2020 - 2:05 PM

March 3 is the biggest day of the entire presidential primary process, with tens of millions of Americans eligible to cast ballots. Here are a few things to watch for on Super Tuesday.

SUPER TUESDAY INCOMING. People walk past a polling station as the state votes in the primary election on February 29, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Hollywood split as Democrats swap glitzy fundraisers for rallies

Mar 02, 2020 - 12:11 PM

Stars such as Tom Hanks, Johansson, and John Legend have donated to candidates they feel could beat Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential elections

(FILES) In this file photo Democratic Party Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg meets with supporters after speaking during a grassroots fundraising event at Avalon Nightclub in Hollywood, California on August 27, 2019. - From Tom Hanks to Scarlett Johansson, Hollywood A-listers determined to see President Donald Trump defeated are badly split over the best Democratic candidate to back with their silver-screen dollars. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Big win for Biden puts him back in U.S. race as 'Super Tuesday' nears

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:43 AM

With 48% of the vote in South Carolina, the former vice president more than doubles the 20% won by national frontrunner Bernie Sanders

CHALLENGER. Former US vice president Joe Biden leaves a rally organized by UFCW Union members to support Stop and Shop employees. Photo by Joseph Prezioso/AFP

Buttigieg dropping out of U.S. presidential race

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:16 AM

The first openly gay US presidential candidate from a major party ends his campaign

DROPPED OUT. Peter Buttigieg talks about Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence in front of potential voters. Photo by Derek Henkle/AFP

Former VP Joe Biden wins South Carolina primary

Mar 01, 2020 - 9:01 AM

The victory is seen as crucial to Joe Biden's hopes of challenging Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination

BOUNCING BACK. Democratic presidential hopeful former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks during the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 27, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Biden counting on primary win in South Carolina to revive hopes

Feb 29, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Former US vice president and now presidential candidate Joe Biden leads in state polling in South Carolina, a dozen points ahead of Sanders

WIN? Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden hold signs during a campaign event at Wofford University February 28, 2020 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood backs Michael Bloomberg – report

Feb 23, 2020 - 11:45 AM

The actor has supported Donald Trump when he ran for president 4 years ago

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 03: Director-producer Clint Eastwood attends the 20th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI/AFP

Sanders claims big win in Nevada, tightens grip on Democratic race

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:59 AM

Bernie Sanders' win is a substantial accomplishment in a state seen as an important bellwether because it is the first diverse electorate to weigh in on the 2020 presidential race

VICTORY. In this file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes the stage during a primary night event on February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo by Joe Raedle/AFP

Bloomberg to release accusers from contracts requiring silence

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:46 AM

There are at least 3 non-disclosure agreements presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg signed with women in the past 30 years

END TO SILENCE. In this file photo taken on July 24, 2019 Michael Bloomberg, addresses the NAACP's (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) 110th National Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

Russia meddling in U.S. election to boost Trump, lawmakers told

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:15 PM

A US intelligence official reportedly told lawmakers Russia is once again meddling in the US election on Donald Trump's behalf, according to The Washington Post and New York Times

US ELECTIONS. In this file photo, then Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on September 26, 2019, in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Septuagenarian Democrats spill their baggage on debate stage

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:16 AM

There are mentions of the heart attack suffered by Sanders in October and coronary stents Bloomberg received 20 years ago

DEBATE. Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (L) speaks next to former Vice President Joe Biden during the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Trump seeks to tighten grip on Arizona, likely swing state in 2020

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:28 AM

In the border state, US President Donald Trump stands by his campaign promise of building the wall

ALLIES. US Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) hugs President Donald Trump at a rally at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Caitlin O'Hara / Getty Images North America/AFP