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Challenging Trump on economy, Biden unveils $700 billion recovery plan

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:26 AM

Biden presents the sweeping 'Build Back Better' proposal, a contrast to Trump's 'America First' agenda, during a speech at a metal works plant in Pennsylvania

(FILES) 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. - Biden on Mat 1, 2020, emphatically denied sexually assaulting a former staffer, saying the incident she claims occurred in 1993 "never happened." "They aren't true. This never happened," Biden said of the accusations made by Tara Reade, a former staffer in his US Senate office. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

Biden-Sanders taskforces unveil proposals for party unity

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:28 AM

The 110-page document calls for major steps to combat climate change, reduce systemic racism, expand affordable health care, and reform a US economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic

Democratic presidential hopefuls former US vice president Joe Biden (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders greet each other with a safe elbow bump before the start of 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)

FBI chief says China has preferences in U.S. election

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:09 AM

'China's malign foreign influence campaign targets our policies, our positions, 24/7, 365 days a year,' says Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Trump idea of 'National Garden of American Heroes' raises questions

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'We will defend, protect, and preserve the American way of life, which began in 1492 when Columbus discovered America,' Trump says

HEADLESS. People photograph a statue depicting Christopher Columbus which had its head removed at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park on June 10, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Biden says will not hold campaign rallies due to pandemic

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:05 AM

'This is the most unusual campaign I think in modern history,' the former vice president says

(FILES) 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. - Biden on Mat 1, 2020, emphatically denied sexually assaulting a former staffer, saying the incident she claims occurred in 1993 "never happened." "They aren't true. This never happened," Biden said of the accusations made by Tara Reade, a former staffer in his US Senate office. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

Biden to accept presidential nomination in person at scaled-back convention

Jun 25, 2020 - 8:56 AM

'Unlike this president, Joe Biden and Democrats are committed to protecting the health and safety of the American people,' says Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez

ALL SMILES. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles while standing with supporters at a campaign event at the W Los Angeles hotel on March 4, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Obama helps raise $11 million for Biden in online fundraiser

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:19 AM

Some $7.6 million of that came from 175,000 grassroots donors 'who continue to power this campaign every single day,' press secretary TJ Ducklo tweets

(FILES) 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. - Former US President Barack Obama is set to endorse Biden as a the Democratic nominee running against US President Donald Trump, sources close to ex-president said on April 14, 2020. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP)

Trump campaign seeks to reset after flubbed rally

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:48 AM

Trump has something of an obsession with big crowds, frequently boasting about the size of his rallies compared with those of Joe Biden, his Democratic rival for November's presidential election

SUPERSPREADER. Protesters march and protest near the BOK Center where US President Donald Trump a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20,2020. Photo by Seth Herald/AFP

U.S. attorney general seconds Trump warning on mail-in voting

Jun 22, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Some Democratic critics speculate that Trump was laying the groundwork for a legal battle in case he loses to Democrat Joe Biden

TRUMP AND BARR. Composite photo of US President Donald Trump and US Attorney General William Barr. Photos by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP and Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump asked China's Xi for re-election help, claims Bolton

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:28 AM

According to book excerpts, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slipped Bolton a note maligning the president, saying: 'He is so full of shit'

SHAKING HANDS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Biden: Trump may try to 'steal' election or not leave office

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:21 AM

'Leave it to Democrats to go out there and grandstand and level these conspiracy theories,' says White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

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Trump asks supporters not to sue if they catch COVID-19 at his rally

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:31 AM

'By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present,' the waiver for the first of Trump's rallies states

THE DON. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters May 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

After George Floyd, pressure on Biden to pick black VP

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:53 AM

'I want someone strong, and someone who is ready to be president on day one,' Biden says

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)

White House race becomes digital dogfight due to pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Digital will play a critical role in the 2020 White House race as social media takes the place of rallies and door-to-door campaigning

Huge U.S. labor union endorses Biden over Trump

May 27, 2020 - 9:07 AM

'[Trump's] response to COVID-19 has been delinquent, delayed, disorganized and deadly,' says AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka

TRUMP VS BIDEN? Donald Trump and Joe Biden. File photos by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump threatens to pull Republican convention out of North Carolina

May 26, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Trump wants the state's Democratic governor to guarantee that he will swiftly lift restrictions on large gatherings of people during the coronavirus pandemic

POINT. US President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Bojangles' Coliseum on March 2, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Joe Biden makes first public appearance since March 15

May 26, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Biden wears a mask covering his mouth and nose for the brief ceremony, in contrast with his rival for the US presidency, Donald Trump, who has yet to wear a mask in public

MASKED. Democratic presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden arrives to pay his respects to fallen service members on Memorial Day at Delaware Memorial Bridge Veteran's Memorial Park in Newcastle, Delaware, May 25, 2020. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

U.S. Justice Department drops case against ex-Trump aide Flynn

May 08, 2020 - 9:13 AM

In a nearly unheard-of reversal, the department says that Flynn's December 2017 guilty plea was moot because the lies were insignificant

TRUMP AND FLYNN. US President Donald Trump and former national security advisor Michael Flynn. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Mask-less Trump visits mask factory in Arizona

May 06, 2020 - 8:13 AM

President Donald Trump's first major trip since the lockdown comes with political color, as he mentions the elections and endorses his political allies

Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump relaunches campaign with vaccine promise, vision of 'incredible' future

May 04, 2020 - 9:31 AM

(UPDATED) 'We can't stay closed as a country, we're not going to have a country left,' Trump says at the TV town hall

GRIMACE. US President Donald Trump looks on prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Biden under pressure to address sexual assault allegation

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:48 AM

Tara Reade, 56, claims that the assault took place in 1993, when she was a 29-year-old staff assistant in the office of Biden, then a US senator from Delaware

GRIMACE. In this file photo taken on March 12, 2020 former US Vice President and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Hillary Clinton endorses Biden's White House bid

Apr 29, 2020 - 10:54 AM

'I wish you were president right now,' says Clinton, who headed the Democratic ticket in 2016 but lost to Republican Donald Trump

HILLARY. Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks onstage at the Ms. Foundation for Women 2017 Gloria Awards Gala & After Party at Capitale on May 3, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/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 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

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

Biden surges past Sanders in Democratic race as Bloomberg exits

Mar 05, 2020 - 8:26 AM

President Donald Trump hails the 'incredible comeback' of the 77-year-old former vice president

ALL SMILES. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden smiles while standing with supporters at a campaign event at the W Los Angeles hotel on March 4, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/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

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

Trump campaign sues New York Times

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:20 AM

In response to the lawsuit, a New York Times spokesperson says the Trump campaign 'has turned to the courts to try to punish an opinion writer for having an opinion they find unacceptable'

SUED. New York City Police officers stand outside the office of the The New York Times, October 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Sanders wins big in Nevada but some Democrats worry

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Trump issues a sarcastic-sounding congratulations on Twitter to the man he calls 'Crazy Bernie'

FEELING THE BERN. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) greets rally attendees on February 1, 2020 in Cedar Rapids, United States. Photo by Tom Brenner/AFP

In U.S. politics, height matters and Trump knows it

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:41 AM

Taller guys tend to win the White House

HEIGHT. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press after arriving on Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, September 26, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Democratic presidential frontrunner Sanders in early New Hampshire lead

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:03 AM

While Sanders is expected to win, a solid second place for Buttigieg could provide the biggest bounce from New Hampshire, after he won narrowly in Iowa

BERNIE DOLL. A supporter holds a Bernie action figure outside a campaign event of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at Ingersoll Tap February 2, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Yang announces withdrawal from U.S. Democratic presidential race

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:55 AM

Andrew Yang is known for his campaign promise of giving every adult American $1,000 a month

WITHDRAWAL. In this file photo Democratic presidential hopeful Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang gestures during the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Democrat Kamala Harris ends 2020 White House bid

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:12 AM

The exit of Senator Kamala Harris leaves 15 candidates in the battle to see who challenges President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election

ENDING THE WHITE HOUSE BID. In this file photo taken on October 10, 2019 Democratic presidential hopeful California Senator Kamala Harris speaks during a town hall devoted to LGBTQ issues hosted by CNN and the Human rights Campaign Foundation at The Novo in Los Angeles. File photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

[ANALYSIS] How Congress can and will follow up on a redacted Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Here are some of the ways the US House of Representatives will likely follow up with more investigation

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Trump says Russia probe head acted honorably, but warns of retaliation

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:04 AM

President Donald Trump, who feels vindicated by the dropping of collusion allegations, says he will favor publication of the wider Mueller report

MUELLER REPORT. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Kremlin denies meddling in U.S. vote after Mueller probe

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) Moscow calls reports of Russian interference 'malicious slander,' while analysts say the conclusions of the probe are unlikely to improve bilateral ties

'BASELESS.' Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attend the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) leaders summit in Astana on October 16, 2015. Photo by Sergei Guneev/Ria Novosti/AFP

Obama protege Julian Castro set to join 2020 race

Jan 12, 2019 - 3:06 PM

The Obama-era housing secretary would become the most high-profile Democrat to date to officially enter the 2020 presidential race

OBAMA PROTEGE. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2016, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro addresses the North American Building Trades Union National Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump sends written responses to special counsel Mueller

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Trump also confirms that the written answers to questions sent in by Special Counsel Robert Mueller have been completed

RESPONSE. US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Stormy Daniels lawyer wants to run vs Trump in 2020

Aug 13, 2018 - 7:58 AM

The lawyer of adult film star Stormy Daniels says he would 'hit harder' if he campaigns against Donald Trump when the US presidential comes

DANIELS AND TRUMP. This combination of pictures created on March 25, 2018 shows file photos of adult film actress Stormy Daniels and US President Donald Trump. Photos by Ethan Miller, Olivier Douliery/AFP

Ex-lawyer says Trump knew of 2016 meeting with Russians – report

Jul 27, 2018 - 11:35 AM

According to CNN and NBC, Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen claims he was present when Donald Jr told his father about the Russians' offer to meet, and Trump approved it

COHEN. This file photo taken on December 16, 2016 shows attorney Michael Cohen as he arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with US President Donald Trump in New York. File photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP

Comey memos show Trump's obsession with Russia probe

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Trump 'said he was trying to run the country and the cloud of this Russia business was making that difficult,' FBI director James Comey writes in a memo on a conversation they had on March 30, 2017

Trump congratulates Putin, summit on cards

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Although a spy attack has topped global headlines for weeks, it did not come up during the leaders' conversation, according to both the Kremlin and White House

REELECTION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP