Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign staff will join a union


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As Bernie Sanders launches his second presidential campaign, big crowds but some doubt in early states


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The independent Vermont senator hopes to revive the energy of his 2016 campaign but, with staff and supporters scattered, is behind other candidates for the Democratic nomination

Sen. Jeff Merkley opts out of Democratic presidential contest and will run for reelection to Oregon seat


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The senator declines to endorse his 2016 favorite, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and hopes others will press for solutions to three “mega crises” he sees the nation facing

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, in Iowa and not running for president — yet


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The Republican is one of the few leaders in his party willing to entertain a challenge to President Trump in 2020.

At his presidential campaign kickoff, Sanders gets personal


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The senator from Vermont makes a more biographical appeal to Democratic voters than he did in 2016.

Caught between Trump and the left, Democratic candidates seek to avoid the socialism squeeze


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The presidential candidates are tussling over how far left to move policies, as Republicans take aim at their most liberal proposals.

‘It woke a sleeping giant’: Republicans challenge Democrats over N.Y. abortion law, Northam’s comments


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The GOP says moves to ease restrictions on late-term abortions show Democrats are out of step with mainstream America.

Northam controversy threatens to complicate Democrats’ bid to draw sharp contrast with Trump, GOP on race


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For the moment, Democrats are grappling with a difficult situation involving race, a topic which has often put Republicans on defense.

Trump dismisses prospect of Pompeo leaving for Senate run, even as nation’s top diplomat has signaled openness


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The president said in a televised interview that he has spoken with his secretary of state.

McConnell privately cautions Trump about emergency declaration on border wall


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Senate Republicans are divided about a national emergency, with several concerned about the precedent. McConnell told the president the move could trigger political blowback.

‘This is your fault’: GOP senators clash over shutdown inside private luncheon


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Sen. Ron Johnson lashed out at Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who snapped back, “Are you suggesting I’m enjoying this?”

Senators hope defeat of dueling plans produces a solution to shutdown


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“We are trying to figure out how we get beyond tomorrow,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski as both sides wonder whether the votes’ outcome will lead to a resolution.

Democratic group to launch ads targeting six GOP senators over shutdown


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The group has produced 30-second ads singling out senators potentially facing tough reelections in 2020, escalating the political fight over the longest shutdown in history.

Senate Republicans stand with McConnell on the sidelines of shutdown fight


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The majority leader has effectively ceded the talks to Trump and the Democrats, even though some GOP senators are nervous about the implications at the polls.

McConnell, Thune notably absent as Trump, House GOP leaders talk about shutdown


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Aides to the top Senate Republicans said the men were unaware of Trump’s plans to hold a news conference after meeting with congressional leaders.

For the first time, GOP women join Senate Judiciary Committee


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Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) will be on the panel.

Trump breaks with predecessors, rallies conservatives for government shutdown


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“A government shutdown should not be part of the budget negotiation any more than chemical warfare should be a part of war,” says veteran GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Florida recount: DeSantis looks certain to win governor’s race; Senate contest goes to a manual recount


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Federal judge gives Florida voters until Saturday to correct signature problems roiling close races


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A federal judge has ordered more time for Florida voters and elections officials to clear up mismatched signatures on about 4,000 rejected ballots.

Florida recount: Judge’s ruling awaited as deadline for machine recount looms


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