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  • Sanders’s upset victory in the northern state heightens the drama in the primary season.
  • With a primary here on Tuesday, Sunday night's debate in Michigan, will be one of Bernie Sanders' last, best chances to slow down Hillary Clinton.
  • Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders go head-to-head Sunday in a CNN Democratic debate certain to focus on racial barriers and economic fairness but that will above all be defined by the toxic water crisis afflicting its host city, Flint, Michigan.
  • The debate airs on PBS Thursday night, two days after Bernie Sanders walloped Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary. Here's what NPR will be watching.
  • Hillary Clinton won the first round against Bernie Sanders -- even though the results in the Iowa caucuses don't get much closer to an even draw. Now just a two-person race after Martin O'Malley abandoned his bid, Clinton and Sanders' week-long sprint to the New Hampshire primary goes before a national audience as they appear at a CNN town hall event moderated by Anderson Cooper. Here are five things to watch in Wednesday night's event:
  • The campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have agreed on a rough schedule for four new debates over the next few months, according to various sources, a move that shows the Democratic primary is now set to shift into a higher gear and signals we may be headed for a long, drawn-out battle.
  • Here's this year's debate schedule.
  • The Democratic presidential candidates will face off on the debate stage again on Saturday at a time when national security has renewed importance following the San Bernardino attacks. But overshadowing the debate is the tension between the candidates and the Democratic National Committee, which was most recently put on display on Friday. On the eve of the debate—which will be held in Manchester, New Hampshire, at 8 p.m.—Bernie Sanders’s team accused the DNC of sabotaging the campaign hours after the committee denied the camp access to a crucial voter database. The DNC said that Sanders’s campaign had improperly accessed Hillary Clinton’s private campaign data.
  • The terrorist attacks in Paris have dramatically changed the outlook and focus of Saturday night's Democratic presidential debate. And they could very well alter a Democratic race largely defined by economic and social issues. The debate, beginning at 9:00 pm ET and airing on CBS, will take place in the shadow of Friday's attacks, which killed at least 129 and left 352 others wounded according to French authorities. France has declared a state of emergency and ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadliest attacks on the country since World War II.
  • What should we expect this Saturday night? The Democratic race has come into clearer focus since the presidential contenders first faced off one month ago. The field has winnowed from five candidates to three, after former Sen. Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee abandoned their bids for the White House. And Vice President Joe Biden’s decision last month to bypass this race provided a boost to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who would have vied for many of the same supporters and donors.
  • This Saturday’s second Democratic debate will be a much smaller affair than the first. With only three candidates on stage, CBS News plans to delve deep into the issues with each candidate and have taken advantage of the smaller pool by doing some intense research. Read more:
  • Tonight's Democratic presidential debate from Las Vegas won't look anything like the first two Republican debates. It will be smaller (just five candidates are participating). There will be no undercard debate. And, of course, there will be no Donald Trump. Below is our guide for what each candidate needs to accomplish in tonight's first Dem debate, which starts at 9:00 pm ET:
  • We're finally here -- just hours away from the first Democratic presidential debate, and the pressure is on. Five candidates are meeting tonight under the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip, but it’s up to them to make sure the event isn’t lackluster. Democrats need to show they can bring as much excitement, energy and passion to the race as Republicans.
  • The shadow boxing that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have played at for months -- they've barely mentioned each other on the campaign trail -- will give way to more direct jabs Tuesday night. That's when the two rivals line up on stage at the first Democratic debate of the 2016 campaign, sponsored by CNN and Facebook. The encounter will provide a crucial opportunity for Clinton and Sanders -- the leading Democratic contenders -- to contrast their personalities, experience and approach to the key issues in the campaign.
  • The five Democrats running for president will debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas, a much-anticipated showdown in which someone not onstage — Vice President Biden — will continue to loom over the proceedings as he considers whether to join the race. People close to Biden insist that no decision on a presidential run will come before Tuesday night, but a broad expectation is that we are nearing the conclusion of a months-long public conversation about whether he will throw his hat in the ring.
  • Hillary Clinton will be center stage on Tuesday night for the Democratic presidential candidates' first debate, according to the podium order released by CNN, which is hosting the event. The position of the five candidates on the stage at the CNN Facebook Democratic Debate in Las Vegas is based on polls since Aug. 1 and was announced on CNN's "State of the Union."
  • The Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced the details of the last two Democratic debates scheduled for early next year. Democratic presidential candidates will gather in Wisconsin on February 11 and then in Miami on March 9, DNC spokesperson Miryam Lepper confirmed to CBS News. PBS will host the Wisconsin debate -- the Democratic party's fifth -- while Univision and the Washington Post will take the helm on the sixth debate in Florida.
  • Oct 07 2015
    Democratic Debate Preview
    Next Tuesday, we will finally get some degree of parity in the world of televised presidential debates, as the Democrats come together for the first time to make their case to the American public. The Republicans have already held two debates and will hold their third later this month. The Democratic National Committee decided to restrict the number of debates held, which has left the field open to the Republicans for two months now. This decision has been hotly debated, mostly by Democrats not named "Hillary Clinton" (who make the case that the debate schedule was shortened to give Hillary an easier time of it). But whatever you think of the decision, we're finally about to see all the Democratic candidates on one stage.