National Newswatch

Bernie Sanders faces questions about political future

Jan 11 2019 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — Allies of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are rallying behind the embattled presidential prospect even as they reluctantly begin to ponder the painful possibility of a 2020 campaign without him. The 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist is the most prominent contender to face a serious setback in the evolving White House field. He's been […]

Sanders eyes ‘bigger’ 2020 bid despite some warning signs

Dec 3 2018 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — BURLINGTON, Vt. — An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse. A final decision has not been made, but those closest to the 77-year-old self-described […]

Sanders: Dems must ‘do the opposite’ of Trump

Nov 29 2018 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — BURLINGTON, Vt. — Reasserting himself as a leading voice in Democratic politics, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday called on the political party to work harder to convince people of all races, regions and income levels that liberal policies will help them. "Our job is to do exactly the opposite of what Trump is trying […]

Neighbors wage shadow campaigns in New Hampshire for 2020

Nov 19 2018 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — Even before they announce their White House intentions, New Hampshire's ambitious neighbours are in the midst of a shadow campaign to shape the nation's first presidential primary election of the 2020 season. Democrats on the ground expect a rush of presidential announcements soon after New Year's. That could include as many as […]

Democrats’ hopes high for taking House, but nothing certain

Nov 5 2018 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The day of reckoning for American politics has nearly arrived. Voters on Tuesday will decide the $5 billion debate between President Donald Trump's take-no-prisoner politics and the Democratic Party's super-charged campaign to end the GOP's hold on power in Washington and statehouses across the nation. There are indications that a modest "blue wave" […]

GOP plays blame game while fighting to save House majority

Oct 15 2018 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority. The party's candidates may not go quietly, but from the Arizona mountains to suburban Denver to the cornfields of Iowa, the GOP's most powerful players this midterm season are actively shifting resources away from vulnerable Republican House […]

Manchin scorched from both sides after Kavanaugh vote

Oct 8 2018 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Danielle Walker cried on Joe Manchin's shoulder after she shared her story of sexual assault in the senator's office. She thought he listened. The 42-year-old Morgantown woman said she was both devastated and furious when Manchin became the only Democrat in the U.S. Senate to support President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, […]

Kavanaugh bump? GOP fights for new energy as vote nears

Oct 5 2018 — Steve Peoples, The Associated Press — NEW YORK — On the brink of a political gender war, President Donald Trump's Republican Party is threatening to erode Democrats' enthusiasm advantage as the fiery debate over his Supreme Court nominee enters its final phase. Political strategists in both parties suggest the GOP's enthusiastic embrace of Brett Kavanaugh despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct […]