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Democratic 2020 candidates threaten to skip debate because of labor dispute

Dec 14 2019

WASHINGTON The seven Democratic candidates who have qualified for next week's presidential debate in California threatened to skip it on Friday, saying they will not cross a picket line of union workers embroiled in a labor dispute.

Media mogul Bloomberg enters U.S. presidential race, takes aim at Trump

Nov 25 2019

WASHINGTON Billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of America's largest city, jumped into the race for the Democratic U.S. presidential nomination on Sunday as a moderate with deep pockets unabashedly aiming to beat fellow New Yorker Donald Trump in the November 2020 election. | Video

In suburban Virginia, divisions over impeachment on display

Nov 22 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Cheers, boos and frequent applause reflected the intense partisan divide over the possible impeachment of Republican President Donald Trump during a town hall meeting with voters in the liberal suburbs of Virginia on Thursday.

Top Democratic 2020 contenders promise to strengthen veterans' services

Nov 11 2019

WASHINGTON Top U.S. Democratic White House contenders said on Monday they would improve benefits and healthcare for military veterans if elected, putting a priority on upgraded medical facilities, stronger suicide prevention programs and better care for military spouses and children.

Bernie Sanders vows to strengthen services for U.S. veterans if elected president

Nov 11 2019

WASHINGTON, Nov 11 U.S. Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders promised on Monday to boost healthcare services for military veterans if he is elected, putting a priority on upgrading facilities and hiring more doctors and nurses for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Bloomberg faces big challenges if he leaps into 2020 White House race

Nov 08 2019

WASHINGTON Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has the money and name recognition to shake up the Democratic presidential race, but he will face huge hurdles to the nomination if he makes the leap to become a formal candidate.

Democratic White House candidates make their pitch at Iowa dinner

Nov 01 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa A parade of 13 Democratic presidential hopefuls vowed on Friday to oust Republican Donald Trump from the White House in 2020, promising a raucous crowd in Iowa they would lead the fight to fulfill longtime party goals like ending income inequality and providing universal healthcare.

Virginia state elections offer early political test ahead of 2020 U.S. race

Oct 30 2019

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. The off-year elections for the Virginia state legislature are often a quiet, little-noticed interlude before the frenzy of the U.S. presidential campaign. But not this year.

Bernie Sanders promises to use executive order to legalize marijuana

Oct 24 2019

WASHINGTON Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a longtime proponent of legalized marijuana, promised on Thursday that in his first 100 days in the White House he would issue an executive order directing the drug be removed from the list of controlled federal substances.

At evangelical conference, concerns about Syria but cheers for Trump

Oct 11 2019

WASHINGTON Prominent evangelical leaders have sharply criticized U.S. President Donald Trump over his decision to pull American military forces out of Syria, saying he was endangering tens of thousands of Christians in the Muslim-dominated region.

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