Sep 22, 2019

In photos: 2020 Democratic candidates flock to Iowa steak fry

The crowd at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday. Photo: Polk County Democrats/Facebook

Organizers of the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, say more than 12,200 attend Saturday's event, as 17 of the 19 Democratic presidential candidates made their pitch to voters in the state.

The big picture: The gathering comes less than 5 months ahead of the Iowa caucuses —the first to take place in the U.S.

The event coincided with 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren emerging as the Democratic front-runner in Iowa in a new poll. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden works the grill at the Water Works Park event. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
2020 hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris dances with supporters in Des Moines. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg with his supporters. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
2020 candidate Sen. Cory Booker takes a selfie. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses the crowd. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
2020 candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar marches with supporters. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke greets an event attendee. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
2020 candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard works the grill. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang greets event attendees. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Attendees listen to 2020 candidate Rep. Tim Ryan speak. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
An attendee puts syrup of a stack of pancakes. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
Democratic presidential campaign signs are displayed during the event. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images

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In photos: A tale of 2 cities on 70th anniversary of Communist China

The Tiananmen Square parade in Beijing marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

China showed off a new hypersonic ballistic nuclear missile, the DF-17, as it displayed its military might during a grand parade in Beijing marking the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule, AP reports. But clashes between police and protesters in Hong Kong cast a shadow over celebrations.

The big picture: Hong Kong authorities had tried to thwart protesters as Chinese President Xi Jinping oversaw the Beijing parade that showcased some 15,000 soldiers and 100,000 performers, per the New York Times. Hong Kong went into unprecedented lockdown, Reuters notes. But tens of thousands of protesters defied a ban on marches and attended rallies throughout the city, per Bloomberg.

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In photos: Violent weekend protests break out around the world

A bus burns down in Santiago, Chile on Oct. 18. Photo: Claudio Reyes/AFP via Getty Images

Protests blazed across the world this weekend, as outrage over Chile's economic situation boiled over, separatist Catalan activists again clashed with police, and tens of thousands amassed in day three of anti-government corruption protests in Lebanon.

Where it stands: Hundreds of civilians and law enforcement officers have been injured in all three countries, in unrelated protests that have dragged on for days.

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In photos: The life and work of Rep. Elijah Cummings

Elijah Cummings. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) died on Thursday at age 68 due to "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," according to a statement from his office.

The big picture: A longtime public servant, Cummings worked for 13 years in Maryland's House of Delegates before he was elected to represent Maryland's 7th Congressional District in 1996. He served in Congress for 23 years.

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