Tag: Politics

Shock Trump ban on travel from Europe as virus surges

by Frankie TAGGART US President Donald Trump announced a shock 30-day ban on travel from mainland Europe over the coronavirus pandemic that has sparked unprecedented lockdowns, widespread panic and another financial market meltdown Thursday. Trump's unexpected move in a primetime TV address from the Oval Office...

Joe Biden: senator, vice president, now on brink of White House run

by Chris Lefkow Joe Biden, whose life has been marked by triumph and tragedy, is on the brink of winning a prize that has eluded his grasp on two previous occasions -- the Democratic presidential nomination. The 77-year-old moderate Democrat moved a step closer to heading...

Buttigieg drops out of US presidential race

by Ben Sheppard Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay US presidential candidate from a major party, on Sunday ended his campaign to be the Democratic nominee in the November election against Donald Trump. The 38-year-old had risen rapidly from being a virtual unknown to becoming a...

Biden revives White House hopes with South Carolina victory

by Leila Macor with Chris Lefkow in Washington Former vice president Joe Biden decisively won the South Carolina primary on Saturday, reviving his flagging campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and casting him as the leading rival to frontrunner Bernie Sanders. The victory was the 77-year-old...

Tindering for votes: political activists turn to dating apps

by Rob Lever Days ahead of the Iowa Caucuses vote, Rhiannon Payne was on the Bumble dating app -- not to find a partner but to press her case for her candidate, Elizabeth Warren. Payne, a 28-year-old digital communications consultant, flew from San Francisco with a...

Trump ally to be sentenced amid firestorm over presidential meddling

by Charlotte PLANTIVE Donald Trump's longtime aide Roger Stone will be sentenced Thursday in a case that has caused a stir in Washington following meddling by the US president and his attorney general. Stone, one of the Republican leader's allies and "oldest friends," was convicted in...

In US politics, height matters and Trump knows it

by Danny Woolls When Donald Trump literally belittles his perceived enemies -- by mocking their stature -- he is weaponizing a long-standing maxim of US presidential politics: taller guys tend to win the White House. Trump -- who stands at about 6'3" (1m90) depending on which...

Trump ally draws fire for homophobic jab at Buttigieg

Mockery of Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg's homosexuality by a close ally of President Donald Trump drew fire Friday, pushing the politically sensitive issue higher into the headlines than ever before. Buttigieg is the first openly gay man with a realistic chance of getting a major...

Biden calls voter a ‘lying dog-faced pony soldier’

Former US vice president Joe Biden drew criticism Sunday after he called a woman a "lying dog-faced pony soldier" at a campaign event in New Hampshire. In an exchange that was widely shared on social media, 21-year-old Georgia college student Madison Moore asked the presidential...

New Hampshire: tiny state packs punch in US presidential race

by Michael Mathes Even out on ice-covered Lake Winnipesaukee the talk turns to politics, as voters in tiny New Hampshire, which plays a disproportionate role in picking American presidents, mull which Democrat should face Donald Trump in November. "I'm surprised the candidates aren't out here. This...