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AOC to endorse Bernie Sanders in 2020 Democratic presidential primary

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., plans to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and appear with him at an event this weekend, The USA TODAY Network has learned. 

A person with knowledge of the plans confirmed the endorsement. The Washington Post had first reported the planned endorsement. 

Nina Turner, a former state senator and current Sanders campaign national co-chair, said to The USA TODAY Network that Ocasio-Cortez was returning the favor for the groundwork Sanders’ campaign had laid in 2016. 

“So the foundation that he laid in 2016 allowed for candidates to stand up and be bold and run their race,” Turner said. “This is coming full circle. One person doesn’t make or break a campaign, but the level of excitement, it’s going to take it to the next level for us.”

Later in the evening, Rep. Ilhan Omar, another member of the group of progressive House freshmen colloquially known as “the Squad” announced her endorsement of Sanders. 

Omar cited Sanders’ leadership of a “working class movement to defeat Donald Trump,” and his leadership on other major progressive issues – “And it’s why I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020,” she said in a release. 

Sanders had promoted the rally, which will take place in Queens, New York, during the debate, along with the promise of a “special guest.” 

Ocasio-Cortez’s district includes part of Queens, though the rally would take place right outside her district. The two also interacted on Twitter during the debate. 

“Tax the rich,” she tweeted, during a debate over income inequality. 

The Sanders campaign then quoted her tweet with the comment, “When we are in the White House, that is exactly what we will do.” 

The New York congresswoman and liberal firebrand was an organizer for Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign when the senator’s insurgent campaign in the Democratic primary caught fire against establishment pick Hillary Clinton.

The endorsement by the outspoken progressive could help the Sanders campaign, which has recently lagged in polls amid the rise of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and questions about Sanders’ health after he had a heart attack. 

Contributing: Ledyard King, USA TODAY; Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati Enquirer

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AOC to endorse Bernie Sanders in 2020 Democratic presidential primary

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., plans to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and appear with him at an event this weekend, The USA TODAY Network has learned. 

A person with knowledge of the plans confirmed the endorsement. The Washington Post had first reported the planned endorsement. 

Nina Turner, a former state senator and current Sanders campaign national co-chair, said to The USA TODAY Network that Ocasio-Cortez was returning the favor for the groundwork Sanders’ campaign had laid in 2016. 

“So the foundation that he laid in 2016 allowed for candidates to stand up and be bold and run their race,” Turner said. “This is coming full circle. One person doesn’t make or break a campaign, but the level of excitement, it’s going to take it to the next level for us.”

Later in the evening, Rep. Ilhan Omar, another member of the group of progressive House freshmen colloquially known as “the Squad” announced her endorsement of Sanders. 

Omar cited Sanders’ leadership of a “working class movement to defeat Donald Trump,” and his leadership on other major progressive issues – “And it’s why I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020,” she said in a release. 

Sanders had promoted the rally, which will take place in Queens, New York, during the debate, along with the promise of a “special guest.” 

Ocasio-Cortez’s district includes part of Queens, though the rally would take place right outside her district. The two also interacted on Twitter during the debate. 

“Tax the rich,” she tweeted, during a debate over income inequality. 

The Sanders campaign then quoted her tweet with the comment, “When we are in the White House, that is exactly what we will do.” 

The New York congresswoman and liberal firebrand was an organizer for Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign when the senator’s insurgent campaign in the Democratic primary caught fire against establishment pick Hillary Clinton.

The endorsement by the outspoken progressive could help the Sanders campaign, which has recently lagged in polls amid the rise of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and questions about Sanders’ health after he had a heart attack. 

Contributing: Ledyard King, USA TODAY; Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati Enquirer

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Bret Baier: Biden’s debate answers were ‘word salad,’ says Buttigieg had ‘best night’

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Special Report” anchor Bret Baier joined “Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream” in Ohio to give analysis on Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate, saying it was a rough night for former Vice President Joe Biden and a good night for South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

“Vice President Biden he just did not seem like he had a great night from the beginning,” Baier told Bream. “There were some answers, Shannon, that were word salad. I mean they were just all over the map.”

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Biden defiantly defended his son’s business practices overseas and vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

“We’ve always kept everything separate even when my son was the attorney general of the state of Delaware. We never discussed it so there’d be no potential conflict,” Biden said responding to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “My son made a judgment. I’m proud of the judgment he made.”

Baier said Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has a breakout performance, especially earlier in the debate but credited Buttigieg with the best performance.

“I think the best night tonight was Mayor Pete Buttigieg,” Baier said. “I think he steered the conversation a number of different ways on fighting to be the alternative perhaps to Joe Biden.”

Buttigieg lambasted Warren on health care saying, “Your signature is to have a plan for everything, except this.”

The mayor specifically knocked Warren for the non-answer, saying her failure to offer a direct answer is “why people are so frustrated with politicians” and arguing that “Medicare-for-All” would “unnecessarily divide this country.”

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Baier added, “So, overall I think Mayor Pete had a really strong night on a number of different fronts.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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5 Takeaways From Tuesday’s Democratic Debate: The Elizabeth Warren Pile-On

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The fourth Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night confirmed what has been evident in the polls for some time: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has overtaken former Vice President Joe Biden as the front-runner in the race for the party’s nomination.

The other candidates on stage in Westerville, Ohio, treated the senator from Massachusetts as the new favorite, hammering her repeatedly over her evasiveness when confronted with questions about her health care and wealth inequality plans.

Biden, in contrast to the previous debates, often seemed like more of an after-thought. The former vice president still got in his hits against President Donald Trump, but his rivals mostly ignored him.

Here are some key takeaways from the debate.

Welcome to life as a front-runner, Elizabeth Warren.

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and businessman Andrew Yang all took shots at Warren.

Buttigieg and Klobuchar got that bandwagon going early when they criticized Warren for not giving a straight answer to a question about whether middle-class taxes would go up under “Medicare for All,” a government-sponsored health care proposal she has backed.

“Your signature is to have a plan for everything, except this,” Buttigieg said. “No plan has been laid out to explain how a multitrillion-dollar hole in this Medicare for All plan that Sen. Warren is putting forward is supposed to get filled in.”

Klobuchar quickly piled on: “I’m sorry, Elizabeth, but … the difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something that you can actually get done.”

Warren responded by repeating her usual answer when challenged on this point, focusing on the bottom-line effect the plan would have on middle-class families and pledging she wouldn’t support a proposal that raised overall costs for them.

Republicans have also attacked Warren over not being willing to address the question, which she has dismissed as “Republican framing.”

Klobuchar and O’Rourke also went after Warren over her proposal to levy a 2% tax on the super-rich.

“I want to give a reality check here to Elizabeth; nobody on this stage wants to protect billionaires,” Klobuchar said.

In a nod to Tom Steyer, the wealthy hedge fund manager who just recently entered the presidential race and was participating in his first debate, Klobuchar wryly added, “Not even the billionaire wants to protect the billionaires.”

O’Rourke joined in by accusing Warren of being “more focused on being punitive or pitting one part of the country against the other instead of lifting people up.”

Yang called out Warren for not addressing the threat automation poses to U.S. workers. That prompted several other candidates to address his signature universal basic income proposal ― perhaps the biggest coup for his campaign so far.

Biden meandered in talking about the Ukraine flap.

Biden didn’t directly answer if it was wrong that during his tenure as vice president, his son Hunter served as a board member for the Ukrainian company Burisma Holdings ― which spurred Trump’s controversial phone call to Ukraine’s president, which in turn could lead to Trump’s impeachment.

“I never discussed a single thing with my son about anything to do with Ukraine. … We always kept everything separate,” Biden said about his son’s work overseas. “There would be no potential conflict. My son made a judgment. I’m proud of the judgment he made … the fact of the matter is this is about Trump’s corruption.”

Hunter Biden acknowledged in an interview with ABC airing Tuesday that it was “poor judgment” on his part to join the venture, and conceded it was likely that his last name helped him professionally.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker actually gave a more succinct answer in defense of Biden, noting the hypocrisy of Trump and Republicans seeking to attempt to make hay of the matter, given the financial conflicts of interest that cloud the Trump administration

“We are literally using Donald Trump’s lies, and the second issue we cover on this stage is elevating a lie and attacking a statesman,” Booker said, referring to Joe Biden.

Buttigieg, Klobuchar made a play for the middle lane.

Buttigieg and Klobuchar may have delivered their best debate performances yet.

Buttigieg, in particular, seemed to put more sustained effort into positioning himself as an alternative for centrists to Biden. He played up his small-town roots by recalling driving past closed factories while growing up in the post-industrial Midwest. The 37-year-old also repeatedly expressed his aversion to Washington elites, calling out “senators” and “congressmen” who have not gotten many things done during his “entire adult life.”

During a conversation on foreign policy and Trump’s recent decision to withdraw troops in Syria, Buttigieg drew applause after he called for the U.S. to stand by its allies.

“The slaughter going on in Syria is not a consequence of American presence, it a consequence of a withdrawal and a betrayal by this president of American allies and American values,” he said. 

Buttigieg made another nod to more moderate voters when he called out O’Rourke for not giving more details on how the Texan’s proposed mandatory buyback program for assault weapons and a voluntary buyback program for handguns would work.

“I don’t need lessons from you on courage ― political or personal,” Buttigieg, a military veteran, told O’Rourke in one sharp exchange.

Bernie Sanders bounced back.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders didn’t look or sound like a guy who had a heart attack two weeks ago. He was as animated as ever, landing sharp blows against Trump and other Democrats on stage.

“I’m healthy, I’m feeling great,” said the 78-year-old when asked about his health and age.

After Booker jokingly interjected that Sanders supports medical marijuana, Sanders quipped, “I’m not on it tonight.” The line elicited laughter and applause from the audience. 

But Sanders’ best moment may have been a fast-ball at Biden after the former vice president asserted that he knew how to “get stuff done,” and that he didn’t simply offer plans about how to do so.

“You know what else you got done? You got the disastrous war in Iraq done. You got a bankruptcy bill that’s hurting middle-class Americans all over the country,” Sanders retorted, referring to positions Biden took as a senator from Delaware.

There were some missed opportunities.

Steyer, whose focus is on combating climate change, started strong in the debate’s opening act, saying that “every candidate here is more decent, more coherent and more patriotic than the criminal in the White House.”

That may have been his only good line of the night, however, as the debate hummed along and he barely made his presence felt.

California Sen. Kamala Harris also needed a breakout moment ― similar to the one she enjoyed in the first debate in June ― to reverse her struggling poll numbers. She won applause and good marks from women’s rights groups when she noted that none of the previous encounters had featured any direct questions about reproductive rights, calling the omission “outrageous.”

Ultimately, this debate did feature such a query. But Harris, meanwhile, had nothing that would qualify as a standout remark or exchanges.

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Mark Levin blasts Pelosi, Democrats for delaying impeachment vote, calls any future roll call a ‘sham’

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If House Democrats are not ready to hold a full vote on the Trump impeachment inquiry, it proves any future vote will be a “sham,” according to radio host Mark Levin.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her caucus are keeping the American people and the White House largely in the dark about the specifics of the process, Levin claimed Tuesday on “The Mark Levin Show” on Westwood One.

“If you’re not going to have a vote as of now then you don’t need to have a vote at all,” he said.

“Because, they’re doing all the dirty work now, without the president’s counsel available — without the opposing party being able to call witnesses, without cross-examination, without all those things that are supposed to take place.

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“They’re keeping the American people out of the process, they’re keeping the president of the United States out of the process and keeping the Republicans out of most of the process.”

“They’re keeping the American people out of the process, they’re keeping the president of the United States out of the process and keeping the Republicans out of most of the process.”

— Mark Levin

He said that, if in three weeks or so, Pelosi and her caucus decide to then hold a vote on a formal impeachment inquiry, it will have been a “sham” because by that point they will have been continuing their current investigation for several weeks.

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“That is a sham,” he said. “It’s not an impeachment inquiry of course, it is whatever they’re doing but they dress it up as an impeachment inquiry.”

However, Levin predicted Pelosi will have to eventually call an impeachment vote in the House to formally label the probe as such and be able to say for certain she oversaw an impeachment inquiry into Trump.

“Near the end, they’re going to have a vote in order to put a label on it, and say, ‘See that? The House voted for an impeachment inquiry,’ and then try to pull in everything they’ve already done under that nomenclature,” he said.

But, such a move will not go unnoticed by many Americans.

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“That won’t get past us,” he added.

Earlier Tuesday, Pelosi announced after meeting with the House Democratic caucus there will be no vote — at least for now — on the launch of formal impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

“There’s no requirement that we have a vote, and so at this time we will not be having a vote,” Pelosi said. “We’re not here to call bluffs — we’re here to find the truth, to uphold the Constitution of the United States. This is not a game for us. This is deadly serious.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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In Democratic Debate, A Fiery Clash Over U.S. Role In Syria

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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg answer questions during Tuesday night’s debate in Ohio. The two military veterans each took a very different tack when it came to the latest foreign policy crisis over Syria and Turkey. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Democrats onstage during their party’s presidential debate were quick to condemn President Trump’s abrupt and unilateral decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria. But their responses as to what role the U.S. should play in the region were generally cloudier.

Trump’s decision last week appeared to set in motion a Turkish incursion into northern Syria and the advancement of Turkish-backed militias against Kurdish forces that had helped the United States battle ISIS.

The most fiery clash in the Democratic debate over Syria came between the two military veterans on the stage.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who served in Iraq, said Trump has blood on his hands for abandoning Syrian Kurds, but she went on to accuse members of both parties of fueling “regime change wars” across the Middle East.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who served in Afghanistan, shot back at the congresswoman, saying she was “dead wrong,” and argued that the “slaughter going on in Syria” is Trump’s fault, not a consequence of America’s presence in the region.

“We need to get out of Syria, but it’s also the case that a small number of specialized special operations forces and intelligence capabilities were the only thing that stood between that part of Syria and what we’re seeing now, which is the beginning of a genocide and the resurgence of ISIS,” said Buttigieg.

In response, Gabbard accused Buttigieg of supporting “endless war.”

“You would continue to support having U.S. troops in Syria for an indefinite period of time to continue this regime change war that has caused so many refugees to flee Syria,” Gabbard said.

Despite unanimous agreement among the Democratic candidates that Trump made a poor decision, there’s little consensus on what role the United States should play in the Middle East moving forward.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren echoed Gabbard in arguing that U.S. troops need to be pulled out but warned it must be done in a “smart way.”

U.S. forces first entered Syria in 2015 during the Obama administration. Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden, said during the debate that the United States needs to provide military support to Syrian Kurds and claimed that past and current military commanders are ashamed that the U.S. is leaving its allies in Syria to fend for themselves.

“It has been the most shameful thing that any president has done in modern history in terms of foreign policy,” Biden said.

Trump has defended his decision to pull U.S. troops from the region, saying that it’s time to bring them home and that they should not be serving as a “police force” thousands of miles away.

Nonetheless, Trump reversed some of his decisions amid a bipartisan and international outcry and slapped sanctions on Turkey.

“We put the strongest sanctions that you can imagine, but we have a lot in store if they don’t have an impact, including massive tariffs on steel,” Trump said.

On Wednesday, Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are headed to Turkey to try to negotiate a cease-fire.

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Eric Trump blasts Hunter Biden over ‘rampant corruption’

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Eric Trump said Tuesday it’s never good to criticize the children of politicians, but stressed that critiques of Hunter Biden are not based on personal animus.

Trump claimed on “The Ingraham Angle” that Biden, the 49-year-old son of former Vice President Joe Biden, is involved in “rampant corruption.”

“I don’t like attacking politicians’ kids — I’ve been on the receiving end of this,” he said.

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“I would never do it to the Obama kids, I’ve never done it to the Bush kids, I wouldn’t do it to Chelsea [Clinton],” he added. “The problem is this is rampant corruption.”

Reacting to clips from the younger Biden’s Tuesday interview with ABC News, Trump said it was interesting to hear Biden mention his experience on the Amtrak’s board when reacting to questions about his foreign business dealings.

“Isn’t the next obvious question, ‘What qualified you to sit on the board of Amtrak?'” Trump asked.

Trump told host Laura Ingraham he believed Biden got his place on the Amtrak board because his father, a former U.S. senator from Delaware, was vice president.

Trump remarked he would ride Amtrak weekly while attending Georgetown to commute on weekends between New York and Union Station in Washington.

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“That does not qualify me to sit on the board of Amtrak,” he said.

“It is rampant corruption and it … shouldn’t happen and it’s disgusting and quite frankly it is disqualifying.”

Trump also offered a response to Hunter Biden’s remarks about himself and his elder brother, Donald Trump Jr.

In response to Eric Trump joking to a Minneapolis rally crowd that shouts of “Lock her up!” might change to “Lock him up!” — in an apparent reference to Biden — the son of the former vice president told ABC News, “Who cares?”

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“Barnum and Bailey,” he remarked, making a nickname for Donald Trump Jr., and calling him, “not somebody I really care about.”

In response to Biden, Eric Trump told Ingraham there is a difference between himself and the younger Biden.

“The difference between us and Hunter is, when my father became commander-in-chief of this country, we got out of all international business. When his father became vice president of the United States, he got into international business.”

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6-year-old Minnesota boy vanishes after getting off school bus

Hundreds are helping in the search for a 6-year-old boy who vanished after he got off a school bus in a small town in Minnesota Tuesday afternoon.

The boy, identified only by his first name, Ethan, left the bus with his siblings north of Becker, Minn., and ran off to play with his family’s dog just after 4 p.m., the Sherburne County Sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.

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He has not been seen since.

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Ethan has blond hair and was wearing a light blue Becker spirit T-shirt, grey Becker sweatpants and blue hoodie with no writing on it, the sheriff’s department wrote on Facebook.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

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Warren Draws Fire From All Sides, Reflecting a Shift in Fortunes in Race

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WESTERVILLE, OHIO — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts faced a sustained barrage of criticism from her Democratic rivals at a presidential debate in Ohio on Tuesday, tangling with a group of underdog moderates who assailed her liberal economic proposals, while former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. appeared to fade from the fray after parrying President Trump’s attacks on his family.

The debate confirmed that the primary race had entered a new phase, defined by Ms. Warren’s apparent strength and the increasing willingness of other Democrats to challenge her. She has risen toward the top of the polls while confronting limited resistance from her opponents, and in past debates she attracted a fraction of the hostility that Democrats trained on Mr. Biden.

That changed in a dramatic fashion on Tuesday, when a group of her rivals voiced sharp skepticism of Ms. Warren’s agenda or accused her of taking impractical stances on issues like health care and taxation. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., insistently charged Ms. Warren with evading a “yes-or-no” question on how she would pay for a “Medicare for all” health care system, while Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota cast parts of Ms. Warren’s platform as a “pipe dream.” Former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas branded Ms. Warren’s worldview as overly “punitive.”

Ms. Warren sought at every turn to dispense with her critics by casting them as lacking ambition or political grit. When she addressed criticism of her proposal to tax vast private fortunes, for instance, Ms. Warren suggested her opponents believed it was “more important to protect billionaires than it is to invest in an entire generation” but did not single out her rivals.

The debate unfolded in a drastically altered political landscape, with Mr. Trump facing impeachment and Mr. Biden in the center of a firestorm over his son’s financial overseas financial dealings. The candidates were prompted to cover a wide range of issues, including a number that had featured little or not at all in past debates, such as the impeachment of Mr. Trump, the Turkish invasion of Syria and the details of gun control policy and the taxation of great wealth.

The moderators began with a series of questions about impeachment to each of the 12 candidates — the largest field ever for a primary debate — affording them an opportunity to denounce Mr. Trump. And Mr. Biden was quickly asked about his son Hunter Biden’s overseas financial work, delivering a narrow, repetitive answer in which he said neither he nor his son had done anything wrong.

Foreign policy played a greater role on Tuesday evening than in any other debate, pushed to the political foreground by the renewed outbreak of war and humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. The Democrats chiefly trained their attention on Mr. Trump’s role in instigating the crisis there: For instance, Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, condemned Mr. Trump for “caging kids on the border and letting ISIS prisoners run free” in Syria.

With Mr. Biden a diminished force, Mr. Buttigieg and Ms. Klobuchar appeared determined to present themselves as strong alternatives for voters in the middle. Both emphasized their Midwestern credentials, and Mr. Buttigieg invoked his experience as a military veteran in several wide-ranging answers on foreign policy.

Their new aggressiveness represented a shorter-term calculation about halting Ms. Warren’s increasing strength in Iowa. With Ms. Warren gaining there, Ms. Klobuchar and Ms. Buttigieg plainly decided to target her in an effort to appeal to the state’s moderate voters, who so far have lined up with Mr. Biden.

With a powerfully funded campaign and an expanding field operation in Iowa, Mr. Buttigieg may be uniquely well positioned to cut into Mr. Biden’s blocs of support in the leadoff caucus state.

In an intense argument that reflected their changing fortunes in the race, Mr. Biden briefly went on the offensive against Ms. Warren toward the end of the debate, describing her health care plans as “vague” and demanding in a raised voice that she give him some credit for her signature accomplishment, the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the 2008 financial crisis. Ms. Warren expressed gratitude for the help she had received — not from Mr. Biden but from former President Barack Obama.

But Ms. Warren was on the defensive for much of the evening and most of all on the issue of single-payer health care, when she again declined to specify precisely how she would fund a sweeping system of government-backed insurance. Unlike Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Ms. Warren has not acknowledged in plain terms that a “Medicare for all” plan would quite likely have to substitute broad-based taxes for private insurance premiums and other costs.

“I will not sign a bill into law that does not lower costs for middle-class families,” Ms. Warren said, declining to elaborate.

Ms. Klobuchar, in her most assertive debate performance yet, chided Ms. Warren for not explaining to voters “where we’re going to send the invoice” for single-payer care.

“At least Bernie’s being honest here,” Ms. Klobuchar said.

Ms. Warren was squeezed, at times, from the left as well: While Mr. Sanders never broke their informal nonaggression pact, he agreed with several of the moderates that it was “appropriate” to enumerate the financial trade-offs involved in single-payer health care, including taxes on Americans that would be “substantially less than what they were paying for premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.”

And while Mr. Sanders, who had a heart attack this month, was forced to address new concerns about his health, his campaign aides confirmed during the debate that he had secured an endorsement from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York that could inject new energy into his candidacy.

But there were also the germs of a broader debate about the role of the United States in the Middle East: In an intense exchange between the two military veterans onstage, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said that it was not only Mr. Trump who had “the blood of the Kurds on his hands,” but also politicians in both parties and news media organizations that had cheered for “regime change war.”

Her remarks drew forceful pushback from Mr. Buttigieg, who said Ms. Gabbard was “dead wrong,” arguing that “the slaughter going on in Syria is not a consequence of American presence — it a consequence of a withdrawal and a betrayal by this president of American allies and American values.”

While Mr. Biden and Ms. Warren did not clash directly over foreign policy, they diverged in a stark fashion over the situation in Syria. Mr. Biden said he would want to keep American troops there and convey to the Turkish government that it would pay a “heavy price” for its invasion. Ms. Warren said she opposed Mr. Trump’s handling of the situation but believed the United States should “get out of the Middle East.”

Throughout the evening, Mr. Biden played a far less central role than he did in past debates, stepping to the foreground for exchanges over foreign policy but otherwise taking a more passive approach. His most important moment of the night may have come early on, when he was pressed by a moderator to explain why his son had not crossed any ethical lines by doing business in Ukraine while his father was overseeing diplomacy there for the Obama administration.

Mr. Biden said several times that he and his son had done “nothing wrong,” and alluded repeatedly to an interview Hunter Biden gave to ABC News, in which he said it had been an error in judgment to sit on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while the elder Mr. Biden was vice president. Mr. Trump has accused the Bidens of corruption, often in false or exaggerated terms, and his efforts to enlist the government of Ukraine in tarring Mr. Biden instigated an impeachment inquiry.

“This is about Trump’s corruption,” Mr. Biden said. “That’s what we should be focusing on.”

None of Mr. Biden’s Democratic rivals chose to press the subject, reflecting both the political sensitivity of issues touching on Mr. Biden’s family and also a calculation, by his most immediate rivals, that Mr. Biden is likely to continue sinking in the race without a further onslaught from fellow Democrats. While a number of candidates are hoping to peel away moderate voters from Mr. Biden, they tried to do so on Tuesday by challenging the left rather than by blasting the leading candidate of the center.

Defending his political stature, Mr. Biden at one point described himself as “the only one on this stage who has gotten anything really big done,” and cited his work on the Violence Against Women Act and the Obama administration’s health care law.

That argument drew a fierce response from Mr. Sanders, who said Mr. Biden had also achieved far less laudable feats, like the passage of the NAFTA trade deal and a law tightening the federal bankruptcy code. “You got the disastrous war in Iraq done,” Mr. Sanders said.

And Ms. Warren, too, took issue with Mr. Biden’s claim, pointing to her role as the architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — an agency, she said, that represented “structural change in our economy.” In a moment of crackling tension, Mr. Biden raised his voice and urged Ms. Warren to give him credit, too, for the birth of the agency.

“I went onto the floor and got you votes,” he said.

Ms. Warren retorted by saying she was “deeply grateful for President Obama, who fought so hard to make sure that agency was passed into law,” as well as for others in the administration who did the same.

Just as striking as the offensives by Ms. Klobuchar and Mr. Buttigieg were the more passive showings by Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris — both of whom were counting on a strong outing.

Mr. Booker repeatedly said the focus of the debate should be on Mr. Trump. He denounced the moderators’ questions about Mr. Biden’s son. “The only person sitting at home enjoying that was Donald Trump,” Mr. Booker said.

And he even defended the fitness of the septuagenarian candidates onstage — Mr. Biden, Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren — by noting that Mr. Trump would be the least healthy candidate running in 2020. Ms. Harris also mostly trained her fire on the president, at one point using her new catch line: “Dude gotta go.”

The only moment when Ms. Harris showed any appetite for tangling with the other candidates was when she demanded to know why Ms. Warren would not join her in urging Twitter to remove the president’s account.

Ms. Harris seemed more focus on trying to build support with women, as she spoke most forcefully about the importance of defending abortion rights. “It is her body, it is her right, it is her decision,” she said.

After presenting her message at the previous three debates with only intermittent challenges from her rivals, Ms. Warren was met with cutting criticism of her signature populist flourishes.

“I want to give a reality check to Elizabeth,” said Ms. Klobuchar, before alluding to another candidate onstage, the hedge fund executive Tom Steyer. “No one on this stage wants to protect billionaires. Not even the billionaire wants to protect billionaires. We just have different approaches.”

Mr. Buttigieg was just as pointed, repeatedly casting Ms. Warren as a “Washington politician,” but he and Ms. Klobuchar were not alone. Even lagging candidates such as former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Andrew Yang, a former tech entrepreneur, took on Ms. Warren, all but confirming her front-runner status.

Mr. Sanders was not as ubiquitous a presence as he had been at past debates, but he drew applause by pre-empting a question about his health. “I’m healthy, I’m feeling great,” he said before vowing “a vigorous campaign.”

That, Mr. Sanders said, “is how I think I can reassure the American people.”

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Washington Nationals sweep St. Louis Cardinals for first trip to World Series in 86 years

The Washington Nationals picked the right time to get hot.

NATIONALS’ STRASBURG DOMINANT IN 8-1 WIN OVER CARDINALS; 1 WIN FROM WORLD SERIES

The team scored seven runs in the first inning at home in Washington, to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 for a four-game sweep of the National League Championship Series. The wild-card team, which quickly dispatched the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division series, benefited from their star pitchers that have closed the doors on their opponents.

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The Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 4 of the baseball National League Championship Series Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-4 to win the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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The team will have one week to bask in the glory of their first pennant in 86 years before they face off against either the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros in the World Series.

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