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Bernie Sanders’ campaign to request recount of Iowa caucuses

The Sanders campaign believes a recount could make a difference in the outcome, as the results show Sanders and Buttigieg in an effective tie.

  Ex-Gov. Blagojevich released from prison after Trump pardon

  Bloomberg to go face to face against rivals after ad blitz

Later bedtime linked with obesity for children under 6, study finds

  Judge refuses to delay sentencing of Trump ally Roger Stone

  Trump pardons Edward DeBartolo Jr., former San Francisco 49ers owner

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

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  Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time

  Rain postpones Daytona 500, dampening event, Trump’s visit

Shift to digital census raises fear of Iowa-like breakdown

  Diversity test: 2020 Democrats seek their fortunes in Nevada

  US and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

  Rep. Jim Jordan accused of telling OSU wrestler’s brother to deny abuse claims

Michelle Obama will have second California school named after her

The West Contra Costa Unified School District board in northern California has voted to rename one of its elementary schools after the former first lady.

  2020 Democrats step up attacks to blunt Bloomberg’s rise

They are accusing their billionaire rival of trying to buy his way into the White House and raising questions about his commitment to racial equality.

Barr: Trump tweets on cases make it ‘impossible’ to do job

Attorney General William Barr took a public swipe at President Donald Trump, saying that the president’s tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and cases “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

Trump Fed nominee Shelton faces skepticism at Senate hearing

One of President Donald Trump’s nominees for the Federal Reserve came under sharp questioning from senators over her unorthodox economic views, including from two Republicans whose doubts about her nomination could imperil it.

Senate acts to restrain Trump’s military powers against Iran

Trump bringing back trusted aide Hope Hicks to White House

John Kelly rebukes Trump on Ukraine, defends ousted impeachment witness

  With impeachment over, critics see Trump ‘retribution tour’

  Judge allows teen held by ICE to post bond in Ill.

  Former Md. officer jailed for ordering K-9 to bite suspect seeks pardon from Trump

  After Iowa, NH, Democrats seek path through diverse states

The Vermont senator is benefiting from a crowded and fractured primary field, with several moderate candidates dividing up the rest of the vote.

Iowa Democratic Party chairman resigns after caucus chaos

Chairman Troy Price announced his resignation Wednesday, saying Iowa Democrats deserved better than what happened on caucus night.

  Barr agrees to testify to House amid Roger Stone sentencing dispute

The resignations raise questions over whether President Trump had at least indirectly exerted his will on a Justice Department he often views as an arm of the White House.

Trump expected to attend Daytona 500 race Sunday in Florida

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday indicating that President Donald Trump is expected to attend the NASCAR race.

Jury finds Mar-a-Lago intruder not guilty of trespassing

A Florida jury has found a 56-year-old Chinese woman not guilty of trespassing at President Donald Trump’s part-time residence in Palm Beach.

  Deval Patrick, last black candidate in 2020 race, drops out

Patrick was the last remaining African American candidate in a Democratic presidential field once defined by its diversity.

  Trump wants Pentagon to review conduct of impeachment witness

President Donald Trump is suggesting that the Pentagon review the conduct of a former White House national security aide who played a central role in the Democrats’ impeachment case.

  Sanders narrowly edges out Buttigieg in New Hampshire, cements Dem front-runners

In his win, the 78-year-old Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, beat back a strong challenger from the 38-year-old former Midwestern mayor.

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

Democratic Party leaders and activists are describing widespread missteps in planning and implementation that made the Iowa caucuses a historic disaster.

  Yang, who created buzz with freedom dividend, ends 2020 bid

Democrat Andrew Yang is suspending his 2020 bid for president.

  Trial team quits Roger Stone case in dispute over sentence

A Justice Department official tells the Associated Press that the agency is backing away from its sentencing recommendation of between seven to nine years in prison for President Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone.

  In 2015 audio, Bloomberg advocates targeting minorities

The businessman and former New York mayor made the comments in defense of his support for the controversial “stop and frisk” policing tactic that has been found to disproportionately affect minorities.

Judge clears major hurdle in T-Mobile’s $26.5B Sprint bid

After the deal closes, the number of major U.S. wireless companies would shrink from four to three.

  How crucial is New Hampshire win? It depends on whom you ask

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his top backers are downplaying expectations on the eve of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.

  Buttigieg, Sanders campaigns request Iowa caucus recanvass

In its Monday filing, the campaign cited “mathematical errors and inconsistencies” in more than two dozen caucus locations that it says would change the results if amended.

Trump’s $4.8 trillion budget proposal revisits rejected cuts

Trump’s fiscal 2021 plan was released Monday. It promises the government’s deficit will crest above $1 trillion only for the current budget year before steadily decreasing to more manageable levels.

  Bloomberg’s campaign bus tour makes stop Richmond

Part of the campaign's 'End The Gun Violence' tour.

Iran again fails to put satellite into orbit amid US worries

Iranian state television says the country’s space program has failed to launch into orbit a satellite.

Graham: DOJ has process to review Giuliani’s Ukraine info

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has established a way to review information gathered in Ukraine by Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani has targeted Democrat Joe Biden and his son.

Driver plows through GOP voter registration tent in Florida; suspect arrested

Detectives say they do not know if the suspect’s motivation was political in nature. However, the Duval County GOP believes its members were "intentionally targeted."

  New Hampshire debate: Democrats clash over electability in struggle to oust Trump

Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg enter the night as the top targets, having emerged from Iowa essentially tied for the lead.

AP FACT CHECK: Examining claims from the Democratic debate

Seven Democratic presidential candidates sparred Friday night in a wide-ranging debate held in the pivotal days before the New Hampshire primary.

  Impeachment witnesses Sondland, Vindman fired

Trump wouldn’t confirm that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was being forced out but said, “I’m not happy with him."

AP FACT CHECK: Ripping up copy of Trump’s speech not illegal

Legal experts say no laws were broken. They said it was not an original government document, but Pelosi's copy of the speech.

  Trump’s ex-Navy secretary endorses Bloomberg for president

Former Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said during an event at a maritime center in Norfolk, Virginia, that the U.S. needs a leader who has integrity and is “steady at the wheel.”

Venezuela rounds up US oil executives as Guaidó visits DC

Alirio Zambrano said early Thursday that his two sons and four other executives of Houston-based CITGO were abruptly taken from their homes Wednesday night by the SEBIN intelligence police.

US employers add 225,000 jobs, unemployment rises to 3.6%

U.S. employers added 225,000 jobs in January, and the unemployment rate rose to 3.6% as Americans flooded the job market.

  Republican Joe Walsh suspends presidential campaign

Republican Joe Walsh announced on Twitter Friday morning he is suspending his GOP presidential challenge to President Donald Trump, saying in part “our fight against the Cult of Trump is just getting started.”

  DNC calls for a ‘recanvass’ of Iowa results after delays

Technical problems and delays have marred the first contest on the 2020 election calendar.

Trump says U.S. operation killed al-Qaida leader in Yemen

President Donald Trump says the U.S. has conducted a counter-terrorism operation in Yemen that killed Qassim al-Rimi, an al-Qaida leader.

  After acquittal, Trump unleashes fury at impeachment

President Donald Trump triumphantly held up copies of two newspapers with banner “ACQUITTED!” headlines as he took the stage at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

Homeland Security suspends travel programs for New Yorkers over new driver’s license law

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that it would no longer let New York residents enroll in its “trusted traveler” programs because of a new state law that blocked federal immigration officials from accessing motor vehicle records.

China cuts tariffs on $75B of US imports in trade truce

Both sides have announced conciliatory steps since agreeing in October to a “Phase 1” deal under which Washington canceled planned additional tariff hikes and Beijing committed to buying more U.S. farm exports.

  Buttigieg, Sanders nearly tied as Iowa caucus results narrow

The chaos surrounding the reporting breakdown has undermined the impact of Iowa’s election, which typically rewards winners with a surge of momentum heading into subsequent primary contests.

  Not guilty: Senate acquits Trump of impeachment charges

There is not expected to be anywhere near the two-thirds vote necessary in the Republican-held Senate to convict and remove the president from office.

US trade deficit drops 1.7% last year to $616.8 billion

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the gap between what the United States sells and what it buys abroad fell 1.7% last year to $616.8 billion.

Report: At least 138 sent from US to El Salvador were killed

The group says a majority of those deportees were killed within a year and some within days of returning to a country with the highest homicide rate in the Western Hemisphere.

  Buttigieg, Sanders lead in Iowa caucus results with 71% of precincts reporting

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, holds a slight lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar trail behind.

  State of the Union: Trump campaigns, boasts of economic gains; Pelosi rips up speech

Against a sharply partisan backdrop, President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared the nation was “stronger than ever before."

Medicare could save billions negotiating insulin cost, study says

It shows that using price formulary and negotiations could have shaved about $4.4 billion from Medicare's estimated $7.8 billion spending on insulin.

  Senate so far split neatly along party lines on impeachment

McConnell announced Tuesday he will vote to acquit Trump.

  Democratic caucus results in Iowa delayed indefinitely due to ‘quality checks’

Problems with a mobile app appear to have forced the delay, as the campaigns, voters and the media pressed party officials for an explanation — and got few answers.

Trump wins 2020 Iowa Republican caucuses

President Donald Trump is the winner of the 2020 Iowa Republican caucuses, a largely symbolic vote as he was facing no significant opposition.

  Trump impeachment trial closing arguments aim at voters, history

The four hours of arguments provide one final chance to influence public opinion and set the record ahead of expected Senate acquittal.

Ukraine: Recordings show Iran knew jetliner hit by a missile

A leaked recording of an exchange between an Iranian air-traffic controller and an Iranian pilot purports to show that authorities in Iran immediately knew a missile had downed a Ukrainian jetliner after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard.

  Impeachment trial heads to historic end in frenetic week

Senators are all-but-certain to acquit him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, but there’s still plenty of drama to unfold before the final vote Wednesday.

  In Iowa, anxiety and unpredictability cloud caucus finish

Campaigns and voters acknowledged a palpable sense of unpredictability and anxiety as Democrats begin choosing which candidate to send on to a November face-off with President Donald Trump.

  Iowa Caucuses: First votes of 2020 Election to be cast Monday

A year of listening to candidates at town hall meetings and through TV ads gave voters plenty to think about before making up their minds.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Democrats, impeachment and cows

A look at recent rhetoric about impeachment, Trump's newly signed trade deal and more.

  Man’s family threatened over anti-Trump golf cart in Fla.

A sign on the front calls President Donald Trump a "compulsive liar," along with the number of alleged lies reported by a major newspaper.

  Trump acquittal now likely Wednesday; Senate nixes witnesses

The Senate narrowly rejected Democratic demands to summon witnesses for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial late Friday.

  Britain leaves the European Union, leaps into the unknown

Brexit became official Friday at 11 p.m. (6 p.m. ET).

Trump curbs immigration for 6 nations; not a full travel ban

The Trump administration is curbing immigration for six countries as part of an election-year push.

Trump signs order creating post focused on human trafficking

President Donald Trump has marked the 20th anniversary of federal legislation to help combat human trafficking by dedicating a new White House position to the issue.

  Senate may push final Trump trial vote to next week

Trump faces charges from the House that he abused his power like no other president, jeopardizing Ukraine and U.S.-Ukraine relations by using military aid as leverage while the vulnerable ally battled Russia.

  John Delaney withdraws from 2020 presidential race

John Delaney, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, has withdrawn from the race, he said Friday.

Tenn. lawmaker introduces resolution calling CNN, Washington Post ‘fake news’

A Tennessee state lawmaker has introduced a resolution in the State House seeking to recognize the Washington Post and CNN as “fake news and part of the media wing of the Democratic Party."

  Poll: GOP more fired up for 2020, Democrats anxious

The poll finds that Republican enthusiasm for the race is up since October, while two-thirds of Democrats report anxiety about it.