Updated Jan 13, 2020 - Politics & Policy

What you need to know about the 2020 presidential candidates, in under 500 words

Read up on the candidates who have announced their runs for president to learn about their backgrounds and criticisms and see where they stand on key issues.

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Coronavirus sparks stock market tumble

People wearing masks on the first day of the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong, Jan. 25. Photo: Dale de la Rey/AFP via Getty Images

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 450 points Monday, as worries about the coronavirus rattled U.S. markets.

Why it matters: The coronavirus could drastically affect markets if consumers refrain from travel. Companies that rely on tourism including airlines and resorts were hit especially hard Monday. The sell-off marked the Dow's first five-day losing streak since August, AP reports. It was also the S&P 500's worst day since October.

Go deeperArrowJan 27, 2020

Despite Trump-Bloomberg feud, risers are a common debate secret

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President Trump used his Super Bowl interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, taped at Mar-a-Lago, to accuse Michael Bloomberg of wanting "a box for the debates to stand on," which led Bloomberg's campaign to say Trump was "lying."

Here's the thing: TV networks routinely offer a riser to debate participants. For example, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, who has since dropped out, used one at September's Democratic debate in Houston.

Bernie and Biden now polling even at 20% in Iowa

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The latest Iowa poll averages from FiveThirtyEight put Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden neck and neck in Iowa at 20.2% and 20.1%, respectively with less than two weeks before the caucuses.

The state of play: Sanders and Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet are all tied up with the Senate impeachment trial — giving other candidates an opportunity to seize on their absences to gain ground in Iowa, which hosts the nation's first 2020 presidential nominating contest.

Go deeperArrowJan 25, 2020