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As the Democratic Party moves left, can Sanders still stand out?

As the Democratic Party moves left, can Sanders still stand out?

By Alex Roarty, McClatchy Washington Bureau

February 27, 2019

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders’ boundary-pushing policy agenda defined the septuagenarian senator as a fresh, revolutionary candidate to legions of young and progressive supporters, helping carry him to unexpected success in his first try for the presidency. He won’t have it as easy the second time a...

Fired-up Iowans want a winner but disagree on who can beat Trump

Fired-up Iowans want a winner but disagree on who can beat Trump

By John McCormick, Sahil Kapur and Emma Kinery, Bloomberg News

February 27, 2019

The deep desire among Democrats to beat President Donald Trump in 2020 is filling the chairs in Iowa homes and meeting halls as candidates parade through the state. Even though the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses won’t be held for another 11 months, large and energetic crowds more typical o...

Second TV journalist, Telemundo’s Daniel Garrido, is abducted and detained in Venezuela

Second TV journalist, Telemundo’s Daniel Garrido, is abducted and detained in Venezuela

By Meg James, Los Angeles Times

February 26, 2019

A second television journalist working for a U.S. media outlet was abducted and detained for several hours Tuesday in Caracas, Venezuela. The correspondent, Daniel Garrido, was later released. Garrido is the Venezuela correspondent for Telemundo, the Spanish-language network owned by media giant NBCUniversal....

No military threat at southern border, top US general says

No military threat at southern border, top US general says

By Patrick Kelley, CQ-Roll Call

February 26, 2019

The U.S. military commander tasked with defending North America said Tuesday that there is no military threat at the southern border, where President Donald Trump has deployed troops to assist law enforcement in stemming illegal border crossings. "It is not a military threat," Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy,...

House passes resolution overturning Trump’s border emergency declaration

House passes resolution overturning Trump’s border emergency declaration

By Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times

February 26, 2019

The House's approval Tuesday of a resolution to override President Donald Trump's emergency declaration at the southern border sets up a difficult vote for Senate Republicans. Three Republican senators have said they plan to support the resolution, just one shy of the four GOP votes needed to pass...

Trump-Kim Summit rekindles dream of Korean rail link with Asia

Trump-Kim Summit rekindles dream of Korean rail link with Asia

By Kyunghee Park and Youkyung Lee, Bloomberg News

February 22, 2019

At South Korea's northernmost train station, the tracks stop abruptly ahead of the demilitarized zone that marks the North Korean border. A sign reads: "The steel horse wants to run." That may soon become a reality as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un prepare for a second summit...

Rep. Steve King says he has been cyberbullied

Rep. Steve King says he has been cyberbullied

By Emily Kopp, CQ-Roll Call

February 22, 2019

Rep. Steve King was defiant in an interview with Iowa public television this week, insisting he won't apologize for the racist remarks and actions that cost him all of his committee assignments and endangered his reelection. "I have nothing to apologize for," King told a roundtable of reporters on...

Democrats embrace tax-the-rich label after years of ducking it

Democrats embrace tax-the-rich label after years of ducking it

By Laura Davison, Bloomberg News

February 22, 2019

Some of the top Democratic presidential candidates are trying to make a name for themselves by calling for higher taxes on the wealthy. And for some wealthy donors, that's not a problem. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont are focusing their 2020 campaigns on trendy...

In Syria, US-backed militia trying to evacuate civilians trapped by Islamic State

In Syria, US-backed militia trying to evacuate civilians trapped by Islamic State

By Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times

February 19, 2019

A U.S.-backed militia has sent trucks to the edge of Islamic State's dwindling territory in eastern Syria to evacuate hundreds of civilians as well as surrendering fighters, many of them foreign-born, commanders said Tuesday. About 200 families remain trapped in Islamic State's last remaining slice...

‘Incompetence and malfeasance’ led to voter suppression effort, Stacey Abrams says

‘Incompetence and malfeasance’ led to voter suppression effort, Stacey Abrams says

By William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau

February 19, 2019

Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams told a congressional subcommittee examining ways to boost voting rights that a toxic combination of "incompetence and malfeasance" led to a systemic voter suppression effort in Georgia. "Incompetence and malfeasance operates in tandem...

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