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Biden considers regulating 'ghost guns,' other executive actions to curb gun violence

Biden considers regulating 'ghost guns,' other executive actions to curb gun violence

The president's movement on guns has, so far, been more meetings than action.President Joe Biden speaks during a White House event. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoThe White House is weighing a number of gun safety proposals as it looks to deliver on President Joe Biden's campaign promises. But some activists are upset that after one month in office the administration has yet to set a firm timeline or provide specifics about its overarching plan.Among the executive actions under consideration by the administration is one that would require buyers of so-called ghost guns — homemade or makeshift...

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A MAGA ambassador violated the Hatch Act. Biden must decide what to do about it.

A MAGA ambassador violated the Hatch Act. Biden must decide what to do about it.

Carla Sands ran afoul of the law, said an independent federal agency that is also investigating other former Trump officials. It’s now Biden’s mess.Then-U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands in Copenhagen in December 2017. | Philip Davali/AP via RitzauDonald Trump’s ambassador to Denmark, Carla Sands, violated federal law when she urged Americans to donate to her boss’s campaign using her official Twitter account.She did it again when she tweeted — once more from her official account — an article questioning whether Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrants, was eligible to be vice...

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Trump allies warn him not to run in 2024

Trump allies warn him not to run in 2024

Weeks ago, he seemed like the clear frontrunner. Now, Republicans blame him for inciting riots at the Capitol and his 2024 prospects are in doubt.Allies of President Donald Trump say the president hasn’t decided what he will do after he leaves the White House. But he has told them he wants to hold rallies and campaign against Republican candidates who didn’t support his bid to overturn the election. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesAfter he lost his reelection bid in November, Donald Trump immediately told allies he planned to run for president again in 2024, preparing to announce as soon as...

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Trump’s pressure on Georgia election officials raises legal questions

Trump’s pressure on Georgia election officials raises legal questions

In audio from a Saturday phone call, the president is heard urging the officials to reverse his loss.President Donald Trump was heard saying: "There’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.” | Tasos Katopodis/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump’s effort to pressure Georgia officials to “find” enough votes to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory could run afoul of federal and state criminal statutes, according to legal experts and lawmakers, who expressed alarm at Trump’s effort to subvert democracy with less than three week left in his term.“We have...

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Snowden allies see opening amid Trump clemency blitz

Snowden allies see opening amid Trump clemency blitz

Republican members of Congress who have spoken with the president recently view him as increasingly malleable to their suggestions in his closing days.Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden addresses attendees through video link at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon on Nov. 4, 2019. | Armando Franca/APThe pardons have started. And they’re not going to stop.Sensing an opening, some of Trump’s closest congressional allies are imploring the president to add one controversial name to his list: Edward Snowden.Aware that Trump bypasses the formal pardon process and...

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Andrew Desiderio
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Trump tells allies he will run in 2024, but hints he may back out

Trump tells allies he will run in 2024, but hints he may back out

In calls to allies, Trump has been asking how to navigate the next two years and floated a possible trip to the Middle East.President Donald Trump has spent days calling a dozen or more allies to ask what they think he needs to do over the next two years to “stay part of the conversation." | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoDonald Trump doesn’t need to run for president again. He just needs everyone to think he is.The president’s recent discussions with those around him reveal that he sees his White House comeback deliberations as a way to earn the commodity he needs most after leaving office:...

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Dec 14
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Trump to restart foreign deals, breaking a post-presidency norm

Trump to restart foreign deals, breaking a post-presidency norm

A return to overseas dealmaking raises new ethical issues no ex-president has ever confronted. Trump’s sprawling global company is private and increasingly reliant on foreign lenders.President Donald Trump waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One on Jan. 31, 2020. | Susan Walsh/APAfter he leaves the White House, Donald Trump is expected to do something no president before him has done: cut multimillion dollar deals with foreign governments and companies for his own private business.Trump’s namesake company plans to resume foreign real estate projects, likely luxury hotels, as it...

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Trump blocks Biden’s incoming staff in unprecedented ways

Trump blocks Biden’s incoming staff in unprecedented ways

Trump’s stonewalling of the incoming administration is leaving even some in his own party concerned.President Donald Trump has yet to concede defeat. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesFor the first time in more than half a century, an outgoing administration is stonewalling an incoming one at every level — with no intention of relenting.President Donald Trump hasn’t called President-elect Joe Biden. The Trump campaign hasn’t reached out to the Biden campaign. The White House and federal agencies haven't briefed the Biden transition team. First lady Melania Trump hasn’t invited Jill Biden to the...

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Anita Kumar
Nov 17
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‘This f---ing virus’: Inside Donald Trump’s 2020 undoing

‘This f---ing virus’: Inside Donald Trump’s 2020 undoing

How Biden prevailed and Trump fell short in an unforgettable election, according to conversations with 75 insiders.President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows arrive in Michigan for a campaign rally. | AP Photo/Evan VucciBrad Parscale was on the phone with President Donald Trump and top White House officials in mid-February when someone on the line asked the campaign manager what worried him the most.Parscale, speaking from his Arlington, Va. apartment, had just told the president how good his internal poll numbers looked. But now he had an...

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White House’s top ranks hit with new round of coronavirus cases

White House’s top ranks hit with new round of coronavirus cases

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff and a top political aide tested positive for coronavirus, renewing questions about the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic as the 2020 race enters its final days.Marc Short. | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP PhotoVice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, a sign of the virus hitting the inner circle of the White House's coronavirus task force with just 10 days left in the 2020 election.Pence, who tested negative Saturday, will continue to headline campaign events in the coming days even...

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Oct 25
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Trump gets grilled as Biden coasts: Takeaways from the dueling town halls

Trump gets grilled as Biden coasts: Takeaways from the dueling town halls

Trump pleaded ignorance to QAnon, and Biden punted on court packing — but nothing happened that's likely to change the race. So, advantage Biden.President Donald Trump speaks during an NBC News Town Hall in Miami on Thursday. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoIt came off less like a split screen than a breach in the political universe – “Die Hard” versus “It’s a Wonderful Life.”At the edge of his seat at his town hall in Miami, Donald Trump refused to disavow QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory, and sidestepped questions about his coronavirus tests. On a more sober, distant stage in Philadelphia,...

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‘He’s getting a bit desperate’: Trump tramples government boundaries as election nears

‘He’s getting a bit desperate’: Trump tramples government boundaries as election nears

As his fundraising has slipped, Trump has upped his use of federal resources to compensate.President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Des Moines International Airport on Oct. 14, 2020, in Iowa. | AP Photo/Alex BrandonThe farther behind Donald Trump has fallen in the competition for campaign dollars, the more he’s milked government resources to make up the difference.Millions of boxes of food doled out to needy families — signed by the president taking credit stuffed inside. An $8 billion program for drug-discount cards to seniors featuring Trump branding — intended to arrive...

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ZACH MONTELLARO
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Oct 15
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President Pelosi? Pence prepares to risk it all for Trump

President Pelosi? Pence prepares to risk it all for Trump

The vice president is under pressure from some Republicans to secure himself in Washington. Trump’s campaign has other plans.Vice President Mike Pence gives a thumbs up at the end of an event in Carter Lake, Iowa, on Oct. 1, 2020. Pence will travel to Utah on Monday as he plays the Trump campaign’s lead act for the foreseeable future. | AP Photo/Nati HarnikHe’s the GOP’s one line of defense between a hospitalized commander-in-chief and a President Nancy Pelosi, and he’s about to depart Washington on a four-day campaign swing in the middle of his boss’s health crisis.Vice President Mike...

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Oct 5
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What pandemic? Trump tries rapid shift to Supreme Court

What pandemic? Trump tries rapid shift to Supreme Court

Trump allies are buoyed the Supreme Court confirmation fight has taken focus away from the coronavirus outbreak six weeks before the election.President Donald Trump on the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 22, 2020. | Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesFor seven months, President Donald Trump’s team has been searching for something — anything — to take the nation’s attention away from the coronavirus outbreak.His aides are hoping they finally have it.AdvertisementWith a Supreme Court nomination fight that will generate attention for much of the next six weeks, Trump — at least for now —...

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Sep 22
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Trump weighs Barrett, Lagoa for Court seat

Trump weighs Barrett, Lagoa for Court seat

The president’s aides prepared for months for a potential election-year Supreme Court replacement. Now they’re also weighing other election considerations.President Donald Trump is expected to announce a nomination by the middle of next week, according to two people familiar with the plans. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoPresident Donald Trump and his team are weighing a key decision this weekend: whether to nominate a Supreme Court candidate who already has been carefully vetted and interviewed, or take extra time to select someone newer to his process who could yield a bigger election-year...

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Don Jr. robocall urges supporters to vote by mail

Don Jr. robocall urges supporters to vote by mail

AdvertisementThe president's son made the appeals as his father continues to rail against widespread mail-in voting.Donald Trump Jr. speaks at the annual CPAC event this year. | Samuel Corum/Getty ImagesDonald Trump Jr. is urging voters to cast absentee ballots in robocalls detected across the nation Wednesday — even as his father continues to rail against widespread mail-in voting.The , which reference this week's Republican National Convention have been deployed in 13 states — Arizona, Florida, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Georgia,...

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Democrats question whether Trump is breaking the law with RNC speech

Democrats question whether Trump is breaking the law with RNC speech

The House Oversight Committee continues to ask questions about Trump’s decision to deliver his acceptance speech from the White House next Thursday.President Donald Trump listens to a reporter's question in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday. | Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoA House committee is questioning whether President Donald Trump might be breaking the law next week if he orders government employees to assist in his Republican National Convention speech.Trump will formally accept his party’s presidential nomination next Thursday from the White House, an unusual choice that...

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