Al Franken, second from right, resigned from the U.S. Senate last year after accusations of sexual impropriety.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Good-character testimonies from some people don’t shield a person from being questioned about whether they have sexually harassed others.
Joe Biden remains the favourite to win the Democratic nomination.
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Despite a drop in support after the first Democratic presidential debate, Joe Biden's perceived electiability is serving him well in the race to secure his party's nomination.
People watch the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates at Shaw’s Tavern in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2019.
The 2020 US election could set a record for ugliness and division. Two previous elections provide important context for what that division can mean.
Joe Biden: running for president again.
As Joe Biden runs for US president, the strange tale of how he helped shape the UK Labour party.
The U.K.‘s Tony Blair, left, campaigned on 'modernizing’ the welfare system. Bill Clinton, right, campaigned on reducing welfare in the U.S.
Democratic presidential candidates share many ideas and opinions. What they don't share, writes one historian, is the label 'liberal.'
Joe Biden is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
Joe Biden remains the favourite in the Democratic race - but there are question marks over whether he can beat Donald Trump.
The leading Democratic candidates to take on Trump (clockwise from top left corner): Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
There's one reason the US Democratic presidential field is so crowded – a belief Trump can be beaten. Here's a closer look at the five leading candidates.
Democratic U.S. 2020 election presidential candidates during the second night of the first Democratic presidential candidates’ debate.
The problems facing America are unrestrained capitalism and corruption, said the Democratic presidential candidates over two nights of debates. Or was that really Teddy Roosevelt speaking?
Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke at his presidential campaign kickoff rally in Houston, March 30, 2019.
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Charisma may be a necessary trait for getting elected – but it also discourages voters from independent moral deliberation about a potential leader's qualifications to govern.
President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and Vice President Joseph Biden in 2019.
Library of Congress, photo Alexander Gardner; AP/Nati Harnik
The news is filled with stories about inappropriate touching by politicians. But touch by politicians was long important in the US, and Abraham Lincoln's handshake helped engage and guide the nation.
Joe Biden greets people at a Delaware pizza parlour shortly after announcing on April 25 he was running for president. Allegations of “inappropriate conduct” by several women have had little impact on his candidacy.
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Several women recently came forward to complain about "inappropriate conduct" by Joe Biden. Even in the #MeToo age, the allegations appear to have little impact on Biden's status as the front-runner.
Most dollars spent on fighting domestic violence go to the criminal justice system.
As lawmakers debate the future of the primary federal program aimed at ending domestic violence, one scholar says the criminal system supported by the legislation isn't the way to stop that violence.
Joe Biden and Malcolm Turnbull shake hands during a joint press conference in Sydney on Tuesday.
Australia has agreed to expand its training work in Iraq to include not just the army but also law enforcement authorities.
From outside the US, Donald Trump might seem a buffoon who cannot be seriously thought of as president.
EPA/Erik S. Lesser
The generation who grew up during the Cold War and came to age through the unrest of Vietnam and the civil rights movement still dominate American politics.
Clinton campaigns in Illinois.
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Forget about classified messages. Hillary Clinton's campaign has bigger problems to worry about.
The letter’s author - freshman Senator Tom Cotton - fitting right in
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US and Venezuela meet in Brazil
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Can it stand?
When US Vice President Joe Biden complained recently that “There isn’t a Republican Party,” nobody thought to reply, “Well, it takes one to know one.” Not so long ago, a Republican might well have said…
All parties are posturing for influence.
US Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Asia next week could not come at a more timely moment. It is the first high level visit since President Obama cancelled his trip during the government shutdown in…