Life Off the Democratic Debate Stage: Sparse Crowds, Daily Indignities

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Dozens of reporters and photographers descended on the Hawkeye Downs speedway, all…

2020 Democrats Fan Out Across Iowa and New Hampshire on Labor Day

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The 2020 Democratic primary race this Labor Day weekend was more about…

Fearing Hackers, D.N.C. Plans to Cancel Iowa’s ‘Virtual’ Caucuses

WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee is planning to block Iowa Democrats’ plans to allow some…

Democratic Candidates Jostle, and Gripe, as Debates Winnow the Field

WASHINGTON — The suspense was high. The hour was late. The questions about the next Democratic…

Steve King Back in Spotlight After Comments on Uighurs

WASHINGTON — Representative Steve King of Iowa, who has a history of issuing racist remarks and…

A Tom Steyer Debate Spot Is in Limbo. His Money Is Poised to Upend 2020 Anyway.

DES MOINES — As Tom Steyer, the 62-year-old billionaire former hedge funder and impeachment impresario, made…

Joe Biden’s Poll Numbers Mask an Enthusiasm Gap

PROLE, Iowa — Joseph R. Biden Jr. is coasting in the national polls. Surveys show him…

Bernie Sanders Sets a Goal: Double Union Membership in 4 Years

ALTOONA, Iowa — Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Wednesday rolled out an ambitious plan to…

Hickenlooper Exits as O’Rourke Presses On: This Week in the 2020 Race

ImageCreditIvan Pierre Aguirre for The New York Times O’Rourke tries the reset button After 22 people…

Steve King Asks if There Would Be ‘Any Population’ Left Without Rape and Incest

Representative Steve King of Iowa, a Republican whose history of making racist and divisive remarks led…

What We Learned From the Iowa State Fair

Hi. Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. I’m Lisa Lerer,…

How Bernie Sanders Was the Exception to the Rules of the Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES — Bernie Sanders examined the butter cow. He power-walked by the Ferris wheel. He…

Kamala Harris, in a Pivot, Makes Her Play for Iowa

STORM LAKE, Iowa — Senator Kamala Harris ordered tacos at a Mexican joint in Storm Lake…

At Iowa’s Wing Ding Dinner, Democrats Assail G.O.P. on Gun Control

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — The Democratic presidential candidates paused here for a moment of silence for…

Can Anyone Catch Joe Biden?

DES MOINES — The pack of cheering voters, sweating reporters and snapping cameras surrounding Joe Biden…