Democrats 2020: Should Bernie Sanders' fundraising worry rivals?

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On Tuesday Bernie Sanders announced he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. On Wednesday he demonstrated why he will be a formidable candidate.

In 24 hours the Vermont senator amassed $6m (£4.6m) in small-dollar campaign contributions from more than 225,000 supporters.

That number dwarfs the rest of the Democratic field, including the previously impressive $1.5m mark California Senator Kamala Harris brought in from 35,000 donors in her first day as an official candidate.

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Mr Sanders' fundraising prowess shouldn't come as a huge surprise, however.

In 2016 he raised $228m, which allowed him to compete on equal financial footing against Democratic establishment favourite Hillary Clinton. During that campaign he compiled a list of millions of donors. On Tuesday, the senator essentially reopened the spigots and waited for the campaign cash to flow in.

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Elizabeth Warren: Three things that could stop her shot at the White House

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Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has been a favourite of the progressive left for more than a decade. Can she translate her policy knowledge and popularity with the liberal grassroots into presidential campaign success? In a crowded field, it may not be easy.

"So, I want to tell you a story."

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What US ruling may mean for Roe v Wade

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Image caption Activists for and against abortion march outside the US Supreme Court on the anniversary of Roe v Wade

Just a few hours before a temporary stay expired at midnight, the US Supreme Court issued an injunction blocking implementation of new abortion restrictions in Louisiana.

The state law, passed in 2014, would have required doctors who provide abortion services to be certified to practise at a nearby hospital.

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Trump's State of the Union: Five takeaways from speech

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It's the halfway point of Donald Trump's first term in office, and - for more than an hour - the president had the nation's undivided attention. It was a speech that was billed as bipartisan, but beneath the flowery language were the same sharp divides and disagreements.

Here are five takeaways from the president's address, plus analysis of the Democratic response.

New speech, same conflict

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Nancy Pelosi: The remarkable comeback of America's most powerful woman

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When Nancy Pelosi is sworn in as Speaker of the House on Thursday, she becomes not just the third most powerful US politician but also the leader of the Trump opposition. Both loved and loathed, her comeback story is an extraordinary tale of political survival.

After eight years in the political wilderness, Nancy Pelosi is back on top.

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Five big things from Trump’s head-spinning week

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This week in Washington has distilled all the chaos, upheaval, drama and conflict of the first two years of the Donald Trump presidency down to its purest form.

It's been a bungee jump from high to low, then careening everywhere in between - and it's not altogether clear that it won't end with the loud and final thud of an impact on the ground.

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Trump Russia: Seven legal headaches for the president

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Investigations into Donald Trump's election-eve hush money payments and any possible ties between his presidential campaign and Russia have been dominating headlines. But there are other legal woes too.

In New York and Washington, the list of inquiries into the Trump world is expanding - any of which could produce serious headaches for the president.

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How Trump feud with 'dumb as a rock' Tillerson erupted

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Donald Trump allows no bit of criticism to go unanswered, Exhibit Eleventy-Billion.

On Thursday night, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a rare public appearance that he had to repeatedly tell Donald Trump that some of the things the president wanted to do were impossible because they were against the law or violated a treaty.

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George HW Bush: Four ways his funeral was different

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On a chilly day in December, friends, family, officials and dignitaries gathered at the Washington National Cathedral to memorialise President George HW Bush.

Just over three months earlier, on a scorching first day of September, the same grandiose site was the scene of another memorial service, for senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

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Trump-Russia: Five big things Mueller is looking at

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After a lull around the mid-term elections, Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is accelerating again. But where does it go from here?

Former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen's plea deal was the exclamation point at the end of a week that gave numerous hints and indications of where the special counsel's office may be focusing its efforts in the days to come.

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