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Trump unloads in morning interviews as U.S. struggles to tame virus

Trump unloads in morning interviews as U.S. struggles to tame virus

With Covid-19 threatening the president’s reelection effort, he stoked culture wars and railed against China.President Donald Trump's remarks during radio interviews Tuesday morning centered on the return of sports amid the pandemic. | Andrew Harnik/AP PhotoPresident Donald Trump let loose in a pair of lengthy radio interviews Tuesday morning, weighing in on foreign affairs and cultural flashpoints while continuing to speak dismissively of the rampant coronavirus threat.Much of the president’s remarks centered on the return of sports amid the pandemic, as he railed against athletes who...

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Opinion | No, Now Is Not the Time for Another Russia Reset

Opinion | No, Now Is Not the Time for Another Russia Reset

Until Moscow is willing to do its part, Washington should avoid pointless dialogue and instead push back firmly against Vladimir Putin’s aggression.AP Photo/Ivan SekretarevThe authors and signers of the calling for a “rethink” of America’s Russia policy that was published in on August 5 include people we know, like and respect. We agree that U.S.-Russia relations are in a poor state. But we disagree strongly about the reasons why and what should be done in response. Our colleagues’ arguments require forceful response.We are a bipartisan group of former diplomats, military and intelligence...

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Trump promotes book by former aide who talked Ivanka, Tiffany with reporters

Trump promotes book by former aide who talked Ivanka, Tiffany with reporters

Madeleine Westerhout abruptly resigned in August 2019 after coming under scrutiny for sharing intimate details about the president’s family with the press.President Donald Trump. | Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump encouraged his supporters Tuesday to purchase a new memoir by a former top White House aide who was fired last year after making critical comments to reporters about the president's daughters.“Great new book by former Director of Oval Office Operations, Madeleine Westerhout, entitled ‘Off the Record,’” Trump on Twitter. “When I look at all of the Fake Books and garbage...

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Democrats seize on Trump's payroll tax deferral as an attack on Social Security, Medicare

Democrats seize on Trump's payroll tax deferral as an attack on Social Security, Medicare

Entitlements are a key issue for older voters.Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez looks on during the Democratic Presidential Committee (DNC) summer meeting on August 23, 2019 in San Francisco, California. | Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesDemocrats are pouncing on President Donald Trump’s new, as his secret plan to end Social Security and Medicare — traditional priorities for older voters that have not been central themes in this year’s presidential campaign.They hope Saturday’s executive order, coming less than three months before Election Day, will shore up their messaging that...

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Bernie Sanders delegates mount convention rebellion over 'Medicare for All'

Bernie Sanders delegates mount convention rebellion over 'Medicare for All'

At least 360 Democratic delegates, mostly his supporters, have signed a pledge to oppose the Democratic platform unless it endorses single-payer.The warning is all but certain to set up a clash between Sen. Bernie Sanders’ most dedicated supporters and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. | Scott Eisen/Getty ImagesA revolt is brewing among Bernie Sanders delegates three weeks from the Democratic National Convention.More than 360 delegates, most of whom back Sanders, have signed on to a to vote against the Democratic Party’s platform if it does not include support for "Medicare for...

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‘He better pick a Black woman’: Biden faces Whitmer backlash

‘He better pick a Black woman’: Biden faces Whitmer backlash

African American activists and operatives say Biden would pay a steep price if he chooses a white woman for the ticket.Joe Biden’s meeting with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer about his vice-presidential pick set off alarm bells in some quarters. | Matt Rourke/AP PhotoAnticipation has been growing for weeks that Joe Biden will make history by choosing the first Black woman as a running mate on a major party’s presidential ticket.But after news broke over the weekend that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a white woman, had flown to meet with Biden to discuss the vice presidency, frustration...

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Kudlow: Trump’s executive order will stop evictions

Kudlow: Trump’s executive order will stop evictions

CNN’s Dana Bash counters that Trump’s order doesn’t really say that.“The health secretary has the authority, working with the CDC to declare it an emergency. And, therefore, there will be no evictions,” White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesWhite House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s executive order on evictions unveiled Saturday will put a full stop to tenants being evicted, an assertion disputed by CNN host Dana Bash.“The health secretary has the authority, working with the CDC to declare it an emergency. And,...

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Trump aides exploring executive actions to curb voting by mail

Trump aides exploring executive actions to curb voting by mail

Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party have taken to the courts dozens to challenge voting rules. Trump's aides are pondering possible executive actions.President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House. | Alex Wong/Getty ImagesThis past spring, President Donald Trump began a full-fledged assault on voting by mail, tweeting, retweeting and railing about massive fraud and rigged elections with scant evidence.Then the Republican apparatus got to work backing up the president.AdvertisementIn the weeks since, Trump’s campaign and the...

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How ‘San Francisco Democrats’ Took Over the Country

How ‘San Francisco Democrats’ Took Over the Country

Once a punchline, Bay Area liberalism has grown and changed into a national governing force—one that could propel Kamala Harris to the doorstep of the presidency.Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful House speaker in a generation. Gavin Newsom, governor of California, is seen as future presidential timber. And bidding for a spot at the top of that list is Kamala Harris, who is on the shortlist of potential running mates for Joe Biden. | POLITICO illustration/Getty Images, AP, iStockNot too long ago, the term “San Francisco Democrat” was shorthand for out-of-touch liberalism, a lefty fringe that...

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European health commissioner: Coronavirus vaccine could be ready as soon as this year

European health commissioner: Coronavirus vaccine could be ready as soon as this year

Stella Kyriakides says predictions are still “risky.”European Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides arrives for a news conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on July 15, 2020. | Francisco Seco, Pool/AP PhotoA vaccine for the coronavirus could be ready as soon as the end of this year or the beginning of next year, according to EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.“Although making predictions is risky at this point, we have good indications that the first vaccine will be available toward the end of this year or beginning of next year,” Kyriakides told German business newspaper in...

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The Black, Millennial Mayor Who Tore Down His City’s White Monuments

The Black, Millennial Mayor Who Tore Down His City’s White Monuments

Under pressure from protesters in the former capital of the Confederacy, Levar Stoney bucked tradition and preempted state law to remove a street of statues, putting his reputation and reelection prospects on the line.Ryan M. Kelly/AFP via Getty ImagesRICHMOND, Va. — At noon on June 2, more than a thousand people thronged the plaza outside City Hall to hold the young mayor to account.The night before, protesters had gathered in front of an equestrian statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on the city’s famous Monument Avenue, demanding that it come down. George Floyd had been killed in...

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Opinion | The NRA Might Be Weakened. Gun Rights Voters Are Not.

Opinion | The NRA Might Be Weakened. Gun Rights Voters Are Not.

And that presents a challenge for Democrats determined to press for gun control in a Biden administration.AP Photo/Michael ConroyDemocrats rejoiced at the news that the New York Attorney General is aiming to the National Rifle Association. , the progressive rising star expected to win New York’s 17th Congressional District seat, Thursday summed up the prevailing Democratic view: “Dissolving the NRA would remove one of the biggest impediments to gun safety measures at the state and federal level.”But that’s a dangerous assumption for Democrats to make. Even if the NRA is gone or tied down by...

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Progressives alarmed by Rice's vast financial investments

Progressives alarmed by Rice's vast financial investments

The multimillionaire VP finalist bought into the company that owns the Keystone XL pipeline project — and many other Democratic Party villains.Susan Rice speaks at a conference. | Win McNamee/Getty ImagesWhen Susan Rice was under consideration for secretary of state in 2012, she was attacked by environmentalists for holding stock in the controversial Keystone Pipeline XL deal.Now, with the multimillionaire Rice in contention to be Joe Biden’s running mate, that investment is again drawing fire from progressives. They say her extensive past holdings in an array of industries at odds with...

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Over 300 DNC delegates, members urge Biden to pick Bass for VP

Over 300 DNC delegates, members urge Biden to pick Bass for VP

“We urge Vice President Biden to choose her to join the ticket," the announcement reads.Karen Bass, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, has emerged as a leading contender for Biden’s vice presidential choice. | Greg Nash-Pool/Getty ImagesMore than 300 delegates to the Democratic National Convention and members of the Democratic National Committee have signed on to a statement pushing Joe Biden to choose Rep. Karen Bass as a “unity” vice presidential pick, POLITICO has learned.The lobbying effort, which comes days before the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is expected to...

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Biden: Latino community is diverse, ‘unlike the African American community’

Biden: Latino community is diverse, ‘unlike the African American community’

President Donald Trump quickly attacked Biden over the remark.Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. | Andrew Harnik/AP PhotoJoe Biden said in remarks on Wednesday that the Latino community is "incredibly diverse," "unlike" the Black community."Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly diverse attitudes about different things," Biden said. "You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration than you do in Arizona. So it's a very diverse...

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DOJ moves to seize property from Ukrainian oligarch linked to Rudy Giuliani

DOJ moves to seize property from Ukrainian oligarch linked to Rudy Giuliani

DOJ announced it filed two civil forfeiture complaints on Thursday: one for an office park in Dallas, and the other for an office tower in Louisville.The Justice Department building. | Samuel Corum/Getty ImagesThe Justice Department has moved to seize property from a powerful Ukrainian oligarch, according to court filings released Thursday. That oligarch, Igor Kolomoisky , has long been seen as allied with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky. Both men were important characters in the saga that led to President Donald Trump’s impeachment.The department filed two civil forfeiture...

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Judge dismisses Republican lawsuit seeking to block proxy voting

Judge dismisses Republican lawsuit seeking to block proxy voting

It was not immediately clear whether House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy planned to appeal the ruling.House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. | AP Photo/Carolyn KasterA federal judge on Thursday dismissed House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy's lawsuit seeking to overturn the House's adoption of proxy voting — a measure embraced by Democrats to permit members to cast votes from their district to avoid traveling during the coronavirus crisis.Washington, D.C., federal district court Judge Rudolph Contreras determined that...

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Biden hits back at reporter asking if he took a cognitive test: ‘Are you a junkie?’

Biden hits back at reporter asking if he took a cognitive test: ‘Are you a junkie?’

The former vice president, who has bristled at attacks from Trump claiming he's mentally slowing, confirmed he has not taken a cognitive test.Joe Biden rebuked a reporter who asked if the former vice president had taken a cognitive test, claiming that asking the question was similar to asking the interviewer if he was using cocaine.CBS correspondent Errol Barnett prompted the presumptive Democratic nominee to clarify if he had taken a test measuring his mental acuity, leading to a tense exchange.Advertisement"No, I haven't taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man,” Biden...

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Trump will slap tariffs on Canada's aluminum again

Trump will slap tariffs on Canada's aluminum again

The White House could make the announcement as soon as Thursday afternoon or Friday.New tariffs imposed on aluminum from Canada could cause the price of canned beer and soft drinks to rise. | Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will reimpose tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada, a move reignites trade tensions just a month after his signature North American trade deal took effect.The U.S. will slap a 10 percent duty on some aluminum from Canada starting on August 16. It comes after the U.S. failed to get Canada to impose quotas on its exports of...

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Commission rejects Trump campaign’s request for debate in early September

Commission rejects Trump campaign’s request for debate in early September

Rudy Giuliani had pushed for a face-off to be held before many voters send in their ballots via mail.Then-candidate Donald Trump at a presidential debate in 2016. | Win McNamee/Getty ImagesThe Commission on Presidential Debates on Thursday rebuffed the Trump campaign’s request for an early-September debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.In a letter addressed to Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, the commission’s co-chairs wrote that the campaign’s fears of mass early voting before a debate had occurred were unfounded.Advertisement“There is a...

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Trump praises Arizona as 'model' for pandemic as cases, deaths remain high

Trump praises Arizona as 'model' for pandemic as cases, deaths remain high

The state's coronavirus cases surged dramatically after it relaxed restrictions on businesses and gatherings in May.President Donald Trump meets with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday. | Andrew Harnik/AP PhotoPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday praised Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s handling of the pandemic — even as the virus tears through the state at an alarming rate.“Arizona's record in reducing the spread of the virus while maintaining hospital capacity and allowing society to continue functioning and functioning very nicely, very successfully, is an...

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Trump campaign requests earlier debate date to get ahead of mail-in ballots

Trump campaign requests earlier debate date to get ahead of mail-in ballots

The president’s attorney Rudy Giulani said the current schedule failed to account for the altered campaign timeline caused by the coronavirus pandemic.President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said having the debates after the first voters send their ballots would amount to disenfranchisement. | Carolyn Kaster/AP PhotoPresident Donald Trump’s reelection campaign wants his first debate with Joe Biden to be held earlier to account for the shift toward vote-by-mail amid the coronavirus pandemic.Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has pushed for an additional debate to be...

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Missouri voters latest to approve Medicaid expansion

Missouri voters latest to approve Medicaid expansion

Once again, voters in a conservative state defied Republican leaders who refused the Obamacare program.Campaign workers delivered boxes of initiative petitions signatures in May 2020 to the Missouri secretary of state's office in Jefferson City, Mo. | David A. Lieb/AP PhotoMissouri voters on Tuesday approved Medicaid expansion to many of the state’s poorest adults, making their conservative state the second to join the Obamacare program through the ballot during the pandemic.The Missouri ballot measure expands Medicaid to about 230,000 low-income residents at a time when the state’s safety...

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White House eyes executive orders to upend virus negotiations

White House eyes executive orders to upend virus negotiations

Trump has speculated whether he has the authority to take such actions.White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoThe White House is considering a trio of executive orders aimed at shaking up coronavirus relief negotiations with Democrats, a sign of frustration within the Trump administration at the sluggish pace of the talks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.The three actions under consideration would delay the collection of federal payroll taxes, reinstitute an expired eviction moratorium, and in the riskiest gambit of them all, extend...

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Trump campaign mum after aide confirms he’ll debate Biden 3 times

Trump campaign mum after aide confirms he’ll debate Biden 3 times

The president’s reelection campaign also wants to add a debate to the calendar.“Yes, we have agreed with the debate commission,” Perrine said in response to a Fox interviewer’s question. | Paul Marotta/Getty Images for SiriusXMA Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman said Tuesday that the president has agreed to participate in three scheduled debates against Joe Biden organized by an independent commission.Trump spokeswoman Erin Perrine appeared on Fox News and said the campaign has come to an agreement with the commission. “Yes, we have agreed with the debate commission,” Perrine said in...

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