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2020 Democrats warn Alabama portends larger abortion fight

May 15 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidates rushed Wednesday to condemn Alabama's approval of a ban on nearly all abortions, warning that it portends a larger offensive by conservatives around the country to undermine the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is deciding whether to sign a bill making performing abortions at any […]

Beer pong 2020: Will Gillibrand’s cool campaign pay off?

May 4 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — NASHUA, N.H. — She's trailed better-known rivals in the packed Democratic 2020 presidential field in poll support and fundraising, but New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is making a case for being the coolest candidate. She went sledding in February in New Hampshire. She's played foosball and baked cookies, arm wrestled and hung out with drag […]

Tension emerges between Congress, 2020 Dems on impeachment

Apr 23 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Some top Democrats vying for the White House in 2020 are clamouring for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, but many of their congressional colleagues — who would have to manage such efforts — are far more wary. The same day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged rank-and-file Democrats to proceed with caution following […]

O’Rourke says he gave more to charity than tax returns show

Apr 17 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Facing questions about his relatively meagre charitable giving, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said Wednesday that he and his family had donated more than reported on past tax returns because they weren't interested in taking deductions. Speaking to reporters after addressing hundreds at a crowded Jamaican restaurant in Fredericksburg, about 50 miles […]

O’Rourke team begins national staffing talks amid 2020 buzz

Feb 28 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — AUSTIN, Texas — Beto O'Rourke's advisers have begun speaking to Democratic political strategists about positions in a national campaign as the former Texas congressman promises to announce a decision on a 2020 presidential run soon. A person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday that O'Rourke's team is having early, […]