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Biden's communion denial highlights faith-politics conflict

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest's denial of communion to Joe Biden in South Carolina on Sunday illustrates the fine line presidential candidates must walk as they talk about their faiths: balancing religious values with a campaign that asks them to choose a side in polarizing moral debates.

Oct. 29, 2019 11:05 PM EDT
Trump-Netanyahu embrace boosts progressive Jewish Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Israel and the United States grapple with uncertain politics that could have a massive effect on the future of Israel-Palestinian relations, politically progressive Jewish Americans are showcasing their influence.

Oct. 28, 2019 5:43 PM EDT
Biden's abortion shift tests the politics of his faith

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was one of the first stress tests of Joe Biden's presidential campaign: A sudden reversal of his decades-long support for restricting federal funding of abortions.

Sep. 17, 2019 11:17 AM EDT
How 2020 Democrats want to overhaul criminal justice laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every top Democratic presidential contender is touting a detailed overhaul of the criminal justice system to end rules and practices that have been blamed for the mass incarceration of a generation of African Americans.

Sep. 10, 2019 10:49 PM EDT
Democratic candidates focus on climate change in town halls

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democratic presidential contenders talked tough Wednesday on cutting climate-damaging emissions from oil, gas and coal, turning their focus to global warming in a marathon evening of town halls that gave the candidates a chance to distinguish themselves on a topic of growing importance to their party's liberal base.

Sep. 4, 2019 11:23 PM EDT
Warren apologizes for heritage claim, woos Native Americans

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that's proved to be a big political liability.

Aug. 19, 2019 8:23 PM EDT
2020 Democrats target Trump gains in rural areas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — They're flanked by hay bales on otherwise deserted fields, speak atop countertops at small-town coffee shops and tour farms far removed from city centers.

Aug. 7, 2019 3:47 PM EDT
2020 hopeful Warren pitches new private equity constraints

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren is proposing new regulations on the private equity industry, pitching constraints designed to end what she decries as "legalized looting" by investment firms that take over troubled companies.

Jul. 18, 2019 9:15 AM EDT
Warren raises $19.1M, topping Sanders in new fundraising

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren raised $19.1 million in the second quarter, her campaign said Monday, cementing her status in the top tier of Democratic presidential contenders and surpassing Bernie Sanders, her main liberal rival.

Jul. 8, 2019 7:30 PM EDT
A matter of faith: Democrats embrace religion in campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 10 Democratic presidential candidates were pressed on immigration policy during their recent debate, Pete Buttigieg took his answer in an unexpected direction: He turned the question into a matter of faith.

Jul. 7, 2019 6:08 AM EDT
New ruling puts high court overhaul back on 2020 Dems' radar

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thursday's Supreme Court decision on partisan gerrymandering reignited calls from progressives for overhauling the high court, putting new pressure on Democratic presidential hopefuls during their first nationwide debates.

Jun. 27, 2019 10:50 PM EDT
2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren pushes election security plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday pitched a sweeping overhaul of the nation's systems for securing its elections, including the creation of a "uniform federal ballot" and the replacement of the independent commission that currently helps administer the vote.

Jun. 25, 2019 10:56 PM EDT
Biden's words on segregationist senators draw rivals' fire

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is dismissing calls to apologize for saying that the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed.

Jun. 20, 2019 6:17 AM EDT
2020 hopefuls lend support in Queens district attorney race

WASHINGTON (AP) — An election for district attorney in the New York City borough of Queens became an unexpected proving ground in the Democratic presidential primary on Wednesday as two leading 2020 candidates offered their endorsements.

Jun. 19, 2019 4:06 PM EDT
Warren challenges Sanders for progressives' 2020 support

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — As a Michigan field organizer for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, Mike McDermott trained volunteers to knock on doors and call voters, helping the Vermont senator upset Hillary Clinton in a crucial Midwestern state.

Jun. 10, 2019 5:52 AM EDT
In Michigan, Warren touts plan to boost US manufacturing

DETROIT (AP) — Elizabeth Warren launched her first tour of Michigan as a Democratic presidential candidate on Tuesday with a proposal to boost domestic manufacturing, including the creation of a Cabinet-level department charged with "creating and defending" American jobs.

Jun. 4, 2019 2:11 PM EDT
Democrats face setbacks in recruiting top Senate candidates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are stinging from a trio of high-profile failures to recruit candidates who could help reclaim the majority, including Stacey Abrams' announcement that she would pass up a U.

May. 1, 2019 11:30 AM EDT
Harris, Booker miss most votes of senators running in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have each missed more than one-fifth of the Senate's votes so far this year as they campaign for president, according to an Associated Press analysis of congressional data.

Apr. 17, 2019 4:59 PM EDT
Dem activists eye a 2020 focus beyond 'getting rid of Trump'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of a prominent liberal group are urging Democratic presidential contenders who are pitching massive policy changes to also focus on more fundamental "structural reforms" to American democracy.

Apr. 9, 2019 12:18 AM EDT
Democrats pivot to health care as Trump attacks 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling on Republicans to revive the effort to quash the Affordable Care Act, handing Democrats an opportunity to unite in defense of the law as they try to move past the Russia investigation and win the White House in 2020.

Mar. 27, 2019 8:54 AM EDT
Warren takes aim at Electoral College in 3-day trip to South

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrapped up a three-state Southern swing on Tuesday with appearances in Alabama, where the Democratic presidential candidate ramped up her call to eliminate the Electoral College.

Mar. 19, 2019 10:23 PM EDT
Biden could get boost by back-to-back 2020 departures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden isn't a presidential candidate yet. But with two key rivals already getting out of the way, the former vice president has more space to court voters who could help him claim the Democratic nomination.

Mar. 7, 2019 7:59 PM EST
Biden's 2020 opening? Dem field missing foreign policy hand

WASHINGTON (AP) — In town halls, television interviews and social media posts, Democratic presidential candidates are touting their support for "Medicare-for-all," higher taxes on the wealthy and a war on climate change.

Feb. 23, 2019 10:23 PM EST
Ready to fight: Cory Booker shows his tough side to voters

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Nearing the end of a lively town hall with hundreds of voters packed into an art gallery, Cory Booker surveyed the crowd and reassured them that his sunny, unity-first presidential campaign is also tough.

Feb. 20, 2019 6:17 PM EST
Booker holds back on questions about 'Empire' actor attack

Democratic presidential candidates spent Sunday courting voters in states with influential early roles in the 2020 primary, their busy pace of holiday weekend campaigning demonstrating that the contest to challenge President Donald Trump is fully underway.

Feb. 17, 2019 11:11 PM EST
Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build "an America that works for everyone.

Feb. 10, 2019 12:48 AM EST
'Love ain't easy': Booker brings upbeat vibe to 2020 fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cory Booker leaped into the 2020 presidential race on Friday with a call for Americans to unite in a time of bitter polarization while some of his Democratic rivals are taking a more combative stance as they vie to take on President Donald Trump.

Feb. 2, 2019 7:18 AM EST

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