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Beto O'Rourke. Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty Images

A Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll of potential Iowa caucus voters reveals that former Vice President Joe Biden (32%) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (19%) are leading what is likely to be a massive field of Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential primary, followed by Rep. Beto O'Rourke (11%), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (8%) and Sen. Kamala Harris (5%).

The big picture: The Iowa caucuses are still 14 months away, and none of the leading contenders have officially declared that they'll run for president. But given that Iowa is the first state to vote and is often seen as a barometer for later contests, it's noteworthy that voters favored a more "seasoned political hand" over a "newcomer" by a margin of 49% to 36%. O'Rourke is perhaps the most intriguing of the leading potential candidates, having been lifted to national prominence after narrowly losing his Texas Senate race last month.

The full list:

  1. Former Vice President Joe Biden — 32%
  2. Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) — 19%
  3. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas) — 11%
  4. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) — 8%
  5. Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) — 5%
  6. Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) — 4%
  7. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) — 3%
  8. Michael Bloomberg — 3%
  9. Other candidates — 4%

Go deeper: Why Democrats are taking Beto seriously for 2020

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Biden to sign executive orders focused on women's rights

President Biden. Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images

President Biden will sign executive orders Monday establishing a Gender Policy Council and directing the Department of Education to review the federal law Title IX, according to administration officials.

Why it matters: The Biden administration is signaling its priorities to advance gender equity and equality as women, particularly women of color, have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Report: U.S. calls for UN-led Afghan peace talks

Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department in Washington, D.C., in February. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a letter outlining a plan to accelerate peace talks with the Taliban that the U.S. is "considering" a full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Afghan outlet TOLOnews first reported Sunday.

Why it matters: In the letter to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, also obtained by Western news outlets, Blinken expresses concern that the Taliban "could make rapid territorial gain" after an American military withdrawal, even with the continuation of U.S. financial aid, as he urges him to embrace his proposal.

Harry and Meghan accuse British royal family of racism

Photo: Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions via Reuters

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle delivered a devastating indictment of the U.K. royal family in their conversation with Oprah Winfrey: Both said unnamed relatives had expressed concern about what the skin tone of their baby would be. And they accused "the firm" of character assassination and "perpetuating falsehoods."

Why it matters: An institution that thrives on myth now faces harsh reality. The explosive two-hour interview gave an unprecedented, unsparing window into the monarchy: Harry said his father and brother "are trapped," and Markle revealed that the the misery of being a working royal drove her to thoughts of suicide.