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Sen. Cory Booker exits the Democratic presidential primary, making the field less diverse

Cory Booker, the New Jersey senator who pitched himself as a candidate of hope and optimism, is suspending his presidential campaign, he said Monday.


Redistricting power at stake in 2020 legislative elections

The reins of political power will be at stake in the 2020 U.S. elections – not just for the presidency, but for thousands of lower-profile elections for state House and Senate seats


Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson ends 2020 White House bid

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, the spiritual guru and bestselling author, ended her campaign on Friday, weeks before voting begins, saying she did not want to make it tougher for a progressive to win.


Trump heading to Ohio for 1st campaign rally of 2020

President Donald Trump heads into his first campaign rally of the election year flush with cash, chafing at impeachment and hoping to capitalize on his order to take out Iran’s top general.


Warren, Klobuchar, Booker recent fundraising lags top rivals

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker says he raised $6.6 million for his Democratic presidential campaign in the final three months of last year


Methodists propose split in gay marriage, clergy impasse

A group of United Methodist Church leaders from around the world and across ideological divides is proposing an amicable separation


Video edited to suggest Biden made racist remark

A video clip that shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden saying, “Our culture is not imported from some African nation or some Asian nation,” is being taken out of context and posted on social media to suggest he is racist. One tweet featuring the edited video clip with the false claim has been viewed more than a million times


Sanders and Trump surge, Biden rebounds in fundraising race

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign says it raised $22.7 million in the final quarter of 2019


Conservatives seek immediate purge of 200,000 voters in Wisconsin

A conservative law firm on Thursday asked a judge to find the Wisconsin Elections Commission in contempt and impose $12,000 a day in fines until it immediately purges more than 200,000 voters from the rolls, a move Democrats are fighting in the key battleground state.


Democrat Julian Castro drops out of 2020 presidential race

The only Latino candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential race is ending his bid


Pete Buttigieg raises $24.7 million during 4th quarter

Pete Buttigieg’s campaign says he raised more than $24.7 million in the last three months and now has a campaign staff of 500 people nationwide


As more women run for office, child care remains a hurdle

Women are expected to run for office in high numbers in 2020, but many of them face financial hurdles paying for child care while they campaign


Spin Control: Some mentions – honorable and dishonorable – for 2019

Before 2019 goes away, Spin Control marks its highlights and low lifes.


Biden leaves it unclear if he would honor Senate subpoena

Joe Biden is seeking to clarify his assertion that if the Senate subpoenas him to testify in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, he will defy the order.


States are on front lines of 2020 election-security efforts

Inside a hotel ballroom near the nation’s capital, a U.S. Army officer with battlefield experience told 120 state and local election officials that they may have more in common with military strategists than they might think.


Buttigieg leads 2020 rivals in Wall Street contributions

The financial sector, blamed by progressives for spawning the 2008 financial crisis, is lining up behind Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.


Weeks from Iowa vote, Klobuchar steps up hits on Buttigieg

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar has argued for weeks that Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of a small Indiana city, doesn’t have enough experience to be a serious contender for the Democratic nomination for president. As she heads into a 27-county tour of Iowa, the lead-off caucus state, she’s brought those frustrations fully into public view.


Buttigieg-Warren clash on campaign trail spills into debate

The long-festering feud between Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg has erupted in a high-stakes debate that’s testing the strength of the Democratic Party’s shrinking pool of presidential candidates


Wisconsin Democrats vow to register voters who may be purged

Democrats in the key swing state of Wisconsin vowed Monday to double down on efforts to ensure that any voters whose registrations are nullified by a judge’s recent ruling will be able to register again before the 2020 presidential election.


Trump threatens to bypass Commission on Presidential Debates

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump made clear Monday that he intends to participate in at least three general election debates, but he is threatening to sidestep the nonprofit group charged with running them. “I look very much forward to debating whoever the lucky person is who stumbles across the finish line in the little watched Do Nothing Democrat Debates,“ Trump tweeted Monday morning after The New York Times reported that he was considering skipping them entirely.


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