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Elizabeth Warren again is pressed on past claims of Native American heritage

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More than 200 Cherokees and other Native Americans have signed a letter urging Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to fully retract her past claims to being Native and help dispel false beliefs held by many white people that they have American Indian ancestry.

The letter cites a Los Angeles Times investigation that found more ...Read more

Lawmakers warn Pentagon about shifting money to border wall

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WASHINGTON -- Top members of the House Armed Services Committee assailed Pentagon leaders Wednesday, warning that the administration's reprogramming of $3.8 billion of Defense Department money for a border wall could damage its relationship with Congress.

Echoing a letter they sent to Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper on Tuesday, Reps. Adam Smith...Read more

House passes measure making lynching a federal crime

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WASHINGTON -- Congress by the end of the week will send President Donald Trump a bill to make lynching a federal crime for the first time, a long overdue recognition of the country's history of the hateful acts, the sponsors of the legislation said Wednesday.

The House on Wednesday passed, 410-4, a version of the legislation, introduced by ...Read more

Trump campaign sues New York Times Co. over Russia coverage

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump escalated his war against the press by suing New York Times Co., accusing it of knowingly publishing false and defamatory statements claiming his 2016 election campaign had an agreement with Russia to exchange positive foreign policy for help defeating his rival, Hillary Clinton.

The suit, filed in New York ...Read more

Joe Biden wins endorsement from James Clyburn in South Carolina after raucous debate

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Former Vice President Joe Biden picked up the endorsement of a towering figure in South Carolina's African American political establishment Wednesday, giving him a crucial boost in the wake of a contentious candidate debate and as his rivals vied with him for support among black voters.

Rep. James Clyburn, the highest-...Read more

Elizabeth Warren again is pressed on past claims of Native American heritage

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More than 200 Cherokees and other Native Americans have signed a letter urging Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to fully retract her past claims to being Native and help dispel false beliefs held by many white people that they have American Indian ancestry.

The letter cites a Los Angeles Times investigation that found more ...Read more

Jim Clyburn endorses Joe Biden for president days ahead of SC's primary

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn is officially backing Joe Biden for president.

The South Carolina Democrat and state party kingmaker announced Wednesday morning he is throwing support behind the former vice president, who was present for the announcement.

Clyburn delivered the news at Trident Technical College in...Read more

Analysis: A week late, Democratic candidates wake up to Sanders' potential to beat them all

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An air of desperation suffused the Democrats' presidential debate almost from its first moments Tuesday night as six of the candidates confronted a reality they had previously tried to wish away: The seventh, Sen. Bernie Sanders, was on the verge of beating them all.

As recently as their last debate less than a week ago in Las Vegas, most of ...Read more

'They need a time out.' Black voters in South Carolina want Democrats to calm down

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Darryl Thompson furrowed his brows, wearily rested his chin on his fist and kept repeating one phrase as he watched Democratic presidential candidates battle one another for the better part of two hours Tuesday night: "Come together."

Thompson, a 53-year-old truck driver, watched the debate with 50 other voters at a ...Read more

Democrats charge ahead after Charleston debate

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WASHINGTON -- With South Carolina and Super Tuesday looming, and the potential of a second term for President Donald Trump staring the party in the face, seven Democratic candidates didn't miss an opportunity to attack each other during the debate in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday night. But will any of it matter?

TWO BLOOMBERGS

Once again, ...Read more

Sanders, Bloomberg draw fire as debate asks who can beat Trump

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Democrats running for president ripped into two of their own in the last debate before Super Tuesday, saying that nominating either front-runner Bernie Sanders or the best-funded candidate, Michael Bloomberg, would all but guarantee Donald Trump's re-election.

It's a grim prescription for a party that still can't believe it ...Read more

Rivals hammer Bernie Sanders at crucial South Carolina debate

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Rival Democratic candidates moved urgently to blunt Bernie Sanders' momentum Tuesday, charging in a crucial debate here that he is misleading voters about the cost of his ambitious agenda and warning that his nomination would cost Democrats not just the White House, but down-ballot races across the country.

The attacks were ...Read more

5 takeaways from the fiery Democratic debate as South Carolina and Super Tuesday loom

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The 10th Democratic presidential primary debate in South Carolina was a predictable sequel to last week's fiery fracas in Las Vegas. It was gloves off, bitter and, at times, personal.

But like most spin-offs, the novelty of a seven-way food fight lost its luster and appeared to wear on all of the candidates, who as a whole, ...Read more

5 takeaways from the South Carolina Democratic debate

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Well, that was spunky!

South Carolina has a history of rapscallion politicians and rowdy debates and Wednesday night's two-hour throw down in Charleston was no exception.

For those not named Michael R. Bloomberg or Bernie Sanders the debate may have been the last best chance for candidates to assert themselves ahead of Saturday's Democratic ...Read more

Senate rejects effort to advance anti-abortion bills

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate fell short on Tuesday in limiting debate on whether to take up two bills that are abortion policy priorities for Republicans and President Donald Trump.

The votes come the week before the Supreme Court holds oral arguments in a highly anticipated case involving a Louisiana abortion law, which is the first abortion case ...Read more

Mitch McConnell tempers GOP enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders

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WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers and campaign committees have jittered with excitement over the prospect of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an avowed "democratic socialist," winning the Democratic presidential nomination and dragging down-ballot Democrats to their doom, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stayed true to form, ...Read more

Havana gives front-page coverage to Bernie Sanders for praising Fidel Castro

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While presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has created a storm of criticism in the U.S. after his recent comments on Fidel Castro, there is a place where the Vermont senator has become front-page news, and in a positive light.

That place is Havana, where the newspaper of the Communist Party prominently displayed a report about Sanders and his ...Read more

Supreme Court's conservatives shield border agent in killing of unarmed teenager in Mexico

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's conservative majority on Tuesday shielded a U.S. border agent from being sued for shooting and killing an unarmed teenager standing on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.

Ending a 10-year legal battle, the justices by a 5-4 vote said neither Congress nor the Constitution clearly authorized damage suits over ...Read more

Trump declines to condemn India's anti-Muslim law

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NEW DELHI -- Wrapping up a two-day trip to India, President Donald Trump declined Tuesday to condemn India's new citizenship law, which discriminates against Muslims, and downplayed the threat from the coronavirus, which has spread rapidly around the globe, claiming it's "very well under control in our country."

At a news conference in New ...Read more

Democrats want revenge on Jeff Van Drew in New Jersey. First they have to pick a candidate

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EGG HARBOR CITY, N.J. -- Six New Jersey Democrats piled into a Teamsters hall here last week to make the case for why they should be the one to take on their party's longtime ally turned archenemy.

On the surface, there wasn't much tension between the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who defected ...Read more