U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke to the overflow crowd at a campaign event at a mall Saturday in Mason City, Iowa.

Klobuchar's first campaign trip underscores Iowa's importance

Gatherings like Sunday's will be the focus of Klobuchar's presidential campaign until Iowa picks its presidential nominee Feb. 3. For Klobuchar, who lacks the national name identification and fundraising prowess of some of her competitors for the Democratic nod, a strong showing in the state is crucial.

Walz faces pressure from all on first budget

February 17
Gov. is pushing campaign priorities, but is up against opposition, constraints.

Warren highlights her work on economic crisis in Vegas stop

February 17
Democrat Elizabeth Warren used her first visit to Nevada as a presidential candidate to describe a squeeze on working families and a political system that she says fails to protect homeowners, including the residents of Las Vegas who were pummeled by the mortgage crisis a decade ago.
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FILE- In this April 10, 2018, file photo Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Com

UK lawmakers slam Facebook, recommend stiffer regulation

British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that accused Facebook of intentionally violating privacy and anti-competition laws in the U.K., and called for greater oversight of social media companies.
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DC's many prankster activists turn anger into street theater

In the nation's capital, it can be hard for protesters to stand out. Fifty people — or even 500 — holding signs and shouting hardly merits a second glance in this city of protests.
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President Donald Trump, seen speaking at an event in the Rose Garden to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern borde

White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday.
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FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then-FBI acting director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Forei

Ex-FBI official: 'Crime may have been committed' by Trump

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a "crime may have been committed" when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia.
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North Carolina to hold hearing on undecided US House race

North Carolina's elections board is holding a hearing Monday on ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional election.
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February 17

Border wall could be tricky issue, especially for O'Rourke

When Donald Trump visited Beto O'Rourke's hometown to argue that walling off the southern border makes the U.S. safer, the former Democratic congressman and possible 2020 presidential hopeful was ready.
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February 17

AP FACT CHECK: Trump spins fiction about diversity visas

President Donald Trump is going after the "horror show" known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction.
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February 17

The Latest: Booker talks policy, plays Pac-Man at barcade

The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times EST):11:15 p.m.Amid music from video games and the ringing of pinball machines and the sound of…
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February 17

Booker holds back on questions about 'Empire' actor attack

Democratic presidential candidates spent Sunday courting voters in states with influential early roles in the 2020 primary, their busy pace of holiday weekend campaigning demonstrating…
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February 17
Shift workers arrived at a chicken processing plant in Charles City, Iowa, part of Floyd County, which voted for Donald Trump after backing a string o

Iowans have first say in 2020, and mood on politics is testy

White House hopefuls are already swarming the state to court them. Floyd County, which voted for Donald Trump after backing a string of Democrats, is an up-for-grabs fulcrum.
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February 17
Kamala Harris fielded a question in Des Moines during a town hall gathering telecast by CNN.

Who gets to have the mic and question candidates at CNN town halls?

Minnesota's Sen. Amy Klobuchar's turn to field questions comes Monday night.
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February 17
FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington. Th

State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said.
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February 17

Saudis say crown prince doesn't intend to buy Man United

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman does not intend to buy Manchester United, the kingdom's government said, while confirming its sovereign wealth fund held sponsorship…
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February 17
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz

Minnesota Capitol sees change in addressing opioid crisis

Supporters of bills to fight opioid abuse and addiction think they have the votes at the Minnesota Legislature to pass a comprehensive response to the crisis.
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February 17
President Donald Trump with NATO leaders in Brussels, July 11, 2018.

Rift between Trump and Europe is now open and angry

In the last few days of a prestigious annual security conference in Munich, the rift between Europe and the Trump administration became open, angry and concrete, diplomats and analysts say.
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February 17
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) embraces her 10-year-old son Henry during a campaign stop at Dartmouth College, her alma mater, in Hanover, N.H., Sat

'Carer-feeder': Gillibrand plays up motherhood in 2020 race

Kirsten Gillibrand had a flurry of pots on the stove and steak, haddock, peas, steamed vegetables and rice on the menu.
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February 17

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017.
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February 17

Suspect in killing of 4 hostages during standoff has died

A man who shot and killed four people he held hostage in a Mississippi home has died from gunshot wounds he received during the 12-hour standoff, authorities said Sunday.
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February 17

Patrick Caddell, pollster to Jimmy Carter, dies at 68

Patrick Caddell, the pollster who helped propel Jimmy Carter in his longshot bid to win the presidency and later distanced himself from Democrats, has died, a colleague said. He was 68.
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers

Report: Wisconsin governor pushes to decriminalize marijuana

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers will propose decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in his plan for the next state budget, a newspaper reported Sunday.