Editor Jeff D'Alessio asked political junkies on both sides of the aisle for the one thing they're most eager to learn about the crowded field the next two nights. With the Illinois primary still another 265 days away, the Democrats' process of picking a nominee to run against Donald Trump takes center stage tonight with the first of back-to-back two-hour, 10-candidate debates in Miami (8-10 p.m., NBC). read more

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  • Virus crisis ebbs in China, spreads fear across the West
    PARIS – The coronavirus epidemic shifted increasingly westward toward the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. on Tuesday, with governments taking emergency steps to ease shortages of masks and other supplies for front-line doctors and nurses. “We are concerned that countries’ abilities to respond are being compromised by the severe and increasing disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment, caused by rising demand, hoarding and misuse,” said World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. More
  • Virus spread prompts Fed to slash rates
    WASHINGTON – In a surprise move, the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by a sizable half-percentage point Tuesday in an effort to support the economy in the face of the spreading coronavirus. Chairman Jerome Powell said at a news conference that the virus “will surely weigh on economic activity both here and abroad for some time.” It was the Fed’s first move since last year, when it reduced its key short-term rate three times. More
  • Sanders wins top prize, California; rival Biden surges nationwide
    WASHINGTON – Bernie Sanders seized victory in Super Tuesday’s biggest prize, California, while a resurgent Joe Biden scored wins in the upper Midwest and African American strongholds in the South, in a dramatic offensive. The two Democrats, lifelong politicians with starkly different visions for America’s future, were battling for delegates as 14 states and one U.S. More
  • Thousands of migrants look for way around shut Greek border
    KASTANIES, Greece – Thousands of migrants and refugees searched for ways to cross Greece’s border with Turkey on Tuesday, as Athens ramped up its diplomatic efforts for help from the European Union to seal off its eastern land and sea frontiers. Turkey has made good on a threat to open its borders for those seeking to cross into Europe. More
  • Elgin restaurant closes abruptly with weddings, events still booked
    Gifford's Kitchen & Social in Elgin closed abruptly this week, leaving in a lurch customers who booked parties, fundraisers and weddings. A steady stream of unhappy people stopped by the restaurant at 2300 Bushwood Drive on Tuesday afternoon after news spread on social media. More
  • How smartphones upended presidential debate strategy
    Spinning the performances of Biden and Trump involves an army of operatives targeting an array of audiences and platforms.
    09/27/2020 - 4:46 am | View Link
  • Trump demands drug tests before presidential debate
    President Trump demands a drug test from the Democratic nominee Joseph R. Biden for their first televised debate this week.
    09/27/2020 - 4:42 am | View Link
  • How Trump, Biden are preparing for first presidential debate
    Ahead of the first debate-stage matchup between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, each campaign is promising a stark contrast in policy, personality and preparation.
    09/27/2020 - 4:33 am | View Link
  • Trump renews call for pre-debate 'drug test'
    President Trump on Sunday renewed his call for he and his Democratic presidential opponent Joe Biden to be tested for drugs before the upcoming debate between the two candidates.
    09/27/2020 - 4:17 am | View Link
  • Trump, Biden Prepare for Debate on Coronavirus, Supreme Court Fight
    The president has played down the need for traditional debate preparation, while the Democratic nominee has said he will serve as a “fact checker on the floor.” ...
    09/27/2020 - 4:05 am | View Link
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