Could Saturday's outcome slow Sen. Bernie Sanders' momentum and change former Vice President Joe Biden's political future?
The Department of Health and Human Services secretary said on ABC's "This Week" that President Donald Trump was referring to the "partisan sniping" when the president referred to the novel coronavirus as a Democrats' "new hoax" at a Friday rally. "It's unnecessary, we don't need to have this made a political issue," Secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday. Azar also emphasized to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that the risk to most Americans was low.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said on ABC's "This Week" that despite his not coming in first in South Carolina on Saturday, he believes that his campaign has an "excellent chance" to win some of the larger states. Heading into the South Carolina primary, Sanders led the delegate count after winning the popular vote counts in Iowa and coming out on top of both the New Hampshire primary and Nevada caucuses. At a rally in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Saturday night, Sanders congratulated Biden and told the crowd, "you cannot win them all."
Former Vice President former Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that he's feeling good following his win in South Carolina, but knows that changes to his campaign are needed. "Well, there's a lot of changes coming," Biden said in an interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. Joe Biden: “He’ll have great trouble bringing along other senators, keeping the House of Representatives, winning back the Senate...”
A woman in who has been on the earth for 100 years has just technically celebrated her 25th birthday after being born on a leap year in 1920. Angie Crognale, originally from Port Norris, New Jersey, was born on Feb. 29, 1920 as the daughter of two Italian immigrants.
Lake Effect snow has ended in the Northeast and temperatures are actually set to trend milder across the eastern U.S. over the next few days. Attention turns immediately to a complex system developing in the western U.S. and part of this system will track across the country this week and set off yet another widespread heavy rain event in the South. This morning, there are some snow showers from Idaho to California with areas of limited visibility and slippery travel.
New York City is reportedly planning to remove all of the last remaining public payphones from the city’s streets. About 30 payphones will be removed from Hell’s Kitchen by the end of the month, according to ABC News’ New York City station WABC, followed by an estimated 3,000 more across the city’s five boroughs in the coming months. Before payphones, phone booths used to be ubiquitous around New York City but faded from popularity – and functionality – with the invention and use of the smart phone.
Four years after striking down a Texas law it said created an "undue burden" on abortion access, the Supreme Court is poised to take up a similar challenge. June Medical Services v. Russo (previously v. Gee) is a challenge from Louisiana abortion providers to a 2014 state law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges with a nearby hospital. It may not sound like an arduous requirement, but the plaintiff argues that the stipulation, if enforced, would effectively eliminate abortion access throughout the state.
With fears of the novel coronavirus spreading gripping Americans following the first death in the U.S. and just days before Super Tuesday -- when voters in 14 states and one territory head to the polls -- election officials in some areas are scrambling to assure voters and make sure disruptions are minimized. The Super Tuesday primaries -- where nearly a third of delegates are up for grabs -- are run at the state and local level, and currently, a uniform national response to voter disruptions does not exist. When asked about contingency plans, the communications director for the National Association of Secretaries of State said she'd "defer to states," as each may administer its own "specific plans" for emergency preparedness.
A college recruiter has been fired after a controversial visit to a prestigious high school after he asked students to line up based on the color of their skin complexion and by who had the “nappiest” hair. The incident occurred when a college recruiter for Oklahoma Christian University visited Harding Charter Preparatory School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and allegedly told the students it was time to “play a little game,” according to ABC News' Raleigh station WTVD. "He barely talked about the school itself," said Rio Brown, a student who was part of the exercise.
Former Vice President Joe Biden found new life coming out of the South Carolina primary Saturday after three previous contests in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada had brought forth a clear front-runner in Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Biden sent a message with his projected South Carolina victory three days shy of Super Tuesday -- about his candidacy's resiliency, Sanders' weaknesses among some voters and the potential durability of the Obama legacy in 2020. Saturday's primary also offered an opportunity for the contenders to test their strength among black voters, a significant bloc of the Democratic electorate.
Following Democrats' sweeping victories in the House of Representatives during the 2018 midterm elections, many in the party were eagerly anticipating the 2020 presidential election and the opportunity to unseat President Donald Trump. Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., have each since suspended their challenges to Trump in the Republican primary. In the video, he denounced the white supremacists who marched on Charlottesville in 2017 and Trump's response, calling it a "defining moment for this nation in the last few years."
Personal popularity, a large black electorate, fewer liberals and a fondness for Obama-era policies threw a lifeline to former Vice President Joe Biden in South Carolina -- while exit poll results found Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lagging in favorability and perceived sensitivity to racial issues alike. In handing Biden his first victory, Democratic primary voters also tossed a stink bomb to billionaire Mike Bloomberg. Just 26% saw Bloomberg favorably.
Billionaire businessman and liberal activist Tom Steyer, who poured millions into a bid for the White House despite initially saying he would not seek the Democratic Party's nomination in 2020, has ended his presidential bid. Running a campaign centered on rooting out corporate influence over American politics, and combatting the challenge of climate change, Steyer spent over $150 million of his own money on television advertisements to boost his name recognition and get himself in front of voters in the four early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
The number of Americans diagnosed with the novel coronavirus is now at least 70. Health officials in Illinois announced a presumptive positive case of coronavirus, the state's third case. The test, done locally with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention test, will be sent to headquaters in Atlanta to confirm -- the policy adopted by the agency as local tests get up and running.
Joe Biden is back and so is the Democratic primary race -- at least for a few more days, and very possibly for a few more months. The first primary victory of Biden's long political career, dating back to his first run for president in 1988 and through a subsequent try in 2008, is an enormous one. The former vice president's victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and the rest of the field in South Carolina on Saturday was commanding.
Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg spent Saturday morning rallying support in northern Virginia at a "Women for Mike 2020" event, appealing to moderate voters in the Washington suburbs ahead of Super Tuesday. Bloomberg, who has been criticized by some opponents over several nondisclosure agreements with former female employees stemming from alleged workplace comments, held the event with a group of longtime female employees who praised his leadership and the workplace he fostered in City Hall, his philanthropic organization, and at his financial data and communications company. Bloomberg thanked the women for their words and jumped right in, touting his relationship with his employees.
After a week-long deal to reduce violence across Afghanistan, the U.S. and the Taliban signed a historic agreement Saturday that would see U.S. troops start to withdraw, according to a statement issued Friday afternoon by President Donald Trump. Pompeo is in Doha, Qatar, where the U.S. and the militant group have engaged in talks for more than a year and a half and is where the signing ceremony took place.
ABC News has projected Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to be the winner of the Nevada caucuses. The second caucuses of the primary season, and the first nominating contest in the West, took off on Feb. 22 in Nevada. The Democratic contenders were vying for 36 delegates.
Kinley told ABC's Cheri Preston on ABC News Radio's "Perspective" podcast she wasn't worried about the virus when news first broke about the virus. "I didn't pay any attention to it, honestly," Kinley said. Switzerland's Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) confirmed one case of the coronavirus in the canton of Ticino, where Lily's school was located.
In a historic signing ceremony with the top U.S. diplomat and the Taliban's co-founder, the U.S. and the militant group agreed to begin to end America's longest war. The deal will commit the U.S. to begin withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, in exchange for the Taliban sitting down to peace negotiations with other Afghans and severing ties with terror groups like al-Qaida -- which the Taliban harbored ahead of the Sept. 11 attacks, prompting a U.S. invasion and over 18 years of war.