Northern Star




Northern Star

Northern Illinois University’s student news organization since 1899


Ensure student journalism survives. Donate today.

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Official: Iowa caucus turnout on pace to match 2016 levels

By RYAN J. FOLEY and SARA BURNETT | February 4, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Turnout for Monday's Iowa caucuses was on pace to match 2016 levels based on early data, a state party official said, even as some sites reported long lines and a record number of people participating as Democrats began choosing...

AP VoteCast: Iowa Dems split on best challenger for Trump

By JOSH BOAK and HANNAH FINGERHUT | February 3, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa Democrats are fiercely united by the goal of unseating President Donald Trump, but they were sharply divided Monday over which candidate was best equipped to do so, according to the AP VoteCast survey.Iowa, which hosts the nation's...

Online misinformation fuels doubt as 2020 vote kicks off

By DAVID KLEPPER and AMANDA SEITZ | February 3, 2020

Well before Iowans cast the first ballots of the 2020 presidential race, an insidious campaign to seed distrust in the election process was already underway.Conservative and liberal activists took to social media to push outright false or unproven claims...

Snubbing Iowa, Bloomberg charts his own path in 2020 contest

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD | February 3, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Iowa? Who cares.On the day the 2020 presidential election kicks off with the Iowa caucuses, Michael Bloomberg was half a continent and a leap of faith away in California, where the Democratic candidate sought to bring attention...

Trump trial closing arguments aim at voters, history

By LISA MASCARO and ERIC TUCKER | February 3, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing arguments Monday in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial were directed more toward history than to sway the outcome, one final chance to influence public opinion and set the record ahead of his expected acquittal in the...

AP Explains: New rules could muddle results of Iowa caucuses

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | February 3, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Iowa caucuses are never simple.On Monday, voters who have gathered at more than 1,600 caucus sites will begin their night by declaring support for their preferred presidential candidate. After a feverish round of lobbying, supporters...

AP Explains: In Iowa, complex caucus now even more intricate

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | February 3, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Iowa caucuses, a staple of the early election season in a U.S. presidential election year, are never simple. And they’re going to seem even more intricate this year — especially if you’re on the outside looking in.Three sets...

YouTube: No ‘deepfakes’ or ‘birther’ videos in 2020 election

By MATT O'BRIEN | February 3, 2020

Better late than never, YouTube is making clear there will be no “birtherism” on its platform during this year's U.S. presidential election. Nevermind that the conspiracy theory around former President Barack Obama's citizenship emerged in 2008 and...

2020 Watch: Now it’s time for real votes to shape field

By STEVE PEOPLES | February 3, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:———Days to Iowa caucuses: 0Days to general election: 274———THE NARRATIVEThe end of the beginning is here. After a year...

Iowa in Focus: Democrats open 2020 with hope, anxiety

By The Associated Press | February 3, 2020

Hopeful but also afraid. Uncertain but still focused. Iowa's Democrats will arrive at their 2020 kickoff caucuses on Monday with a mix of emotions and one urgent mission: voting President Donald Trump out of office in November.For months, Associated Press...

Trump bashes Democratic rivals during pre-Super Bowl show

By JILL COLVIN | February 3, 2020

PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — President Donald Trump used a Super Bowl pregame interview to rail against Democrats, accusing them of hatred and offering schoolyard insults about his potential 2020 rivals.“I see the hatred. ... They don’t care about...

In Iowa, anxiety and unpredictability cloud caucus finish

By JULIE PACE and SARA BURNETT | February 3, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Democratic presidential candidates hustled across the state trying to fire up voters and make a last appeal to those struggling to make a final decision about their choice in the crowded field.Speaking...