United States

John Whitesides

Biden healthcare plan draws contrast with White House rivals

Jul 15 2019

WASHINGTON Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden unveiled a $750 billion healthcare plan on Monday that he said would strengthen the Affordable Care Act, drawing a contrast with rivals who back a more sweeping "Medicare for All" government-run system.

In Iowa, Biden's front-runner status looks shaky

Jul 05 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa Joe Biden is still the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, but the crown is slipping.

As Trump plans July 4 speech, his challengers march to a different drummer

Jul 04 2019

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa U.S. presidential contender Joe Biden and two Democratic rivals marched on Thursday in the same 4th of July parade in Iowa, a small-town scene in sharp contrast with Republican President Donald Trump's plan to speak at Washington's Lincoln Memorial accompanied by battle tanks and military flyovers.

Bernie Sanders raises $18 million in second quarter for 2020 bid, trails Buttigieg

Jul 02 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders raised $18 million in the second quarter for his White House run, his campaign said on Tuesday, putting his total behind 2020 Democratic rival Pete Buttigieg for the period.

Bernie Sanders calls for canceling $1.6 trillion in student loan debt

Jun 24 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders proposed a plan on Monday to cancel $1.6 trillion in student loans and pay for it with a tax on Wall Street, elevating the issue in the 2020 debate and going beyond proposals from his Democratic White House rivals. | Video

For lesser-known Democrats, debates offer opportunity and risk

Jun 21 2019

WASHINGTON For most of the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, next week's debates will be their first leap into the high-risk, high-reward glare of the national political spotlight.

Democratic contenders Biden, Sanders to face off in Miami debates

Jun 14 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden will appear on the same stage with Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and six other rivals during the second of two nights of candidate debates scheduled for later this month in Miami. | Video

Taking heat from critics, Bernie Sanders defends democratic socialist views

Jun 12 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, under fire for his democratic socialist views, defended his philosophy on Wednesday as a natural extension of former President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and accused his Republican critics of "corporate socialism." | Video

Bernie Sanders to defend democratic socialism as 'unfinished business'

Jun 11 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will give a speech on Wednesday defending his democratic socialist agenda as the "unfinished business" of former President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and a vital step toward guaranteed economic rights.

Democratic 2020 candidates pitch Iowa party leaders on how to beat Trump

Jun 10 2019

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Nineteen Democratic presidential candidates delivered rapid-fire sales pitches to Iowa party leaders on Sunday, touting their ability to energize voters, win the White House and deliver on longtime party goals such as universal healthcare. | Video

World News

Iran denies its missile program is up for negotiation

Iran denied on Tuesday that it was willing to negotiate over its ballistic missile program, contradicting the chief U.S. diplomat and appearing to undercut President Donald Trump's statement that Washington had made progress on its disputes with Tehran.