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Polling increasingly suggests Texas will be a swing state in November

Polling increasingly suggests Texas will be a swing state in November

Photo: Spencer Platt/Win McNamee/Getty ImagesEight polls released publicly and rated by since the beginning of June indicate that President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are in a dead heat in Texas, with Biden up by an average of 0.3% with 114 days to go until the election, .Why it matters: The once-Republican stronghold has become more competitive in recent years and is likely to be a presidential swing state in November. A Democratic candidate for president has not won Texas since 1976.Driving the news: A new battleground poll from has President Trump polling at 46% and Biden...

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Duckworth blasts Tucker Carlson, saying he "doesn't know what patriotism is"

Duckworth blasts Tucker Carlson, saying he "doesn't know what patriotism is"

Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Photo: Greg Nash/POOL/AFP/Getty ImagesSen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) attacked Fox News host Tucker Carlson in a on Thursday, saying he "doesn't know what patriotism is," after her a "deeply silly and unimpressive person."Why it matters: Duckworth, a Purple Heart recipient and double amputee, and Carlson have engaged in a back and forth since Duckworth that "we should listen to the argument" for removing George Washington statues.What Duckworth is saying:"So while I would put on my old uniform and go to war all over again to protect the right of Tucker Carlson and Donald...

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John Bolton muses on how Trump spends his Oval Office time

John Bolton muses on how Trump spends his Oval Office time

Former national security adviser John Bolton said comparing the amount of time President Trump spends in the Oval Office with how often he listens to cable news networks would be a "very interesting statistic."Why it matters: Trump is known for valuing what is circulating on cable television networks, particularly Fox News. He has on how the media portrays him and his decisions. The exchange on CBS's "Face the Nation:" MARGARET BRENNAN: "Does the president and his thinking get more shaped by television or government advisers?"BOLTON: "Well, I think it's a combination of television...

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Two U.S. aircraft carriers head to South China Sea

Two U.S. aircraft carriers head to South China Sea

On board the USS Ronald Reagan in October 16, 2019. Photo: Catherine Lai/AFP/Getty ImagesTwo U.S. aircraft carriers—the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz—are heading toward the South China Sea to conduct military exercises just as China is conducting drills in the area as well, The big picture: China claims sovereignty over most of the sea, which other Southeast Asian countries reject, per the Journal. Tensions between the U.S. and China also remain high over trade, the coronavirus pandemic and China's recent effort to exert more control over . Between the lines per Axios' Bethany...

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Bill Barr forms task force to address "anti-government extremists"

Bill Barr forms task force to address "anti-government extremists"

Attorney General Bill Barr. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesAttorney General Bill Barr to address "anti-government extremists," as protests continue over police brutality and systemic racism.Why it matters: The establishment of the task force further escalates federal law enforcement's response to violence that sometimes emerges amid otherwise peaceful demonstrations.What he's saying: "Among other lawless conduct, these extremists have violently attacked police officers and other government officials, destroyed public and private property, and threatened innocent people," Barr wrote. The...

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Novak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus after organizing fan-packed tennis tournament

Novak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus after organizing fan-packed tennis tournament

Photo: Milos Miskov/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic, the world's top-ranked tennis player, announced Tuesday that he tested positive for coronavirus after facing widespread criticism for organizing an exhibition tournament that also left other players and coaches infected.Why it matters: The fallout highlights the difficulty in returning to sports in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic — even in relatively distanced sports, like singles tennis — if safety protocols aren't strictly implemented and followed.The state of play: The Adria Tour, organized by Djokovic across his...

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U.S. attorney for Southern District of New York says he will not step down

U.S. attorney for Southern District of New York says he will not step down

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty ImageU.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman released a late Friday night indicating he has "no intentions of resigning," and will "step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate."Why it matters: Berman said he learned of his own departure when Attorney General Bill Barr put out a earlier Friday evening announcing Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton had been and that Berman would be "stepping down."Yes, but:...

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Trump targets International Criminal Court for sanctions over war crimes probe

Trump targets International Criminal Court for sanctions over war crimes probe

Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Trump signed an executive order Thursday authorizing economic sanctions and travel restrictions against workers from the International Criminal Court who are investigating American troops and intelligence officials for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.Why it matters: This is the ICC's first of U.S. forces, and both Afghan and U.S. officials oppose it. The U.S. does not formally recognize the jurisdiction of the court, and the Trump administration is refusing to cooperate with the investigation.Yes, but: The ICC is moving forward with the...

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North Carolina asks RNC if convention will honor Trump's wish for no masks or social distancing

North Carolina asks RNC if convention will honor Trump's wish for no masks or social distancing

Photo: Sara D. Davis/Getty ImagesMandy Cohen, North Carolina's health and human services secretary, sent a letter Friday to the RNC asking for clarification about how it plans to hold August's national convention in Charlotte, including whether it would honor President Trump's wish to hold his nominating event "without social distancing or face coverings for attendees."Why it matters: The RNC sent Gov. Roy Cooper a letter Thursday it planned to take for the event, which Trump has . This latest letter from state officials puts the ball back into the RNC's court as they decide how to move...

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House passes bill via proxy vote to sanction Chinese officials for Uighur human rights abuses

House passes bill via proxy vote to sanction Chinese officials for Uighur human rights abuses

Photo: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty ImagesThe House voted 413-1 on Wednesday in favor of the , a Senate bill that would sanction Chinese officials responsible for detaining of the ethnic minority in forced labor camps in Xinjiang.Why it matters: The passage of the bill will further exacerbate tensions between the U.S. and China, which are already running extremely high as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing's aggressive actions toward Hong Kong.Worth noting: This is the first time in House history that a bill has been passed via proxy voting, which was introduced as part of the 45-day...

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"Close them down": Trump threatens action against social media platforms after Twitter fact-check

"Close them down": Trump threatens action against social media platforms after Twitter fact-check

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty ImagesPresident Trump threatened to shut down or regulate social media platforms due to anti-conservative bias in — the day after against the president's claims on its platform.Reality check: While his claim that social media companies isn't new, last year found that stories about the 2020 presidential election that drove the most engagement online often came from right-wing media outlets.The big picture: Twitter's fact-check on Trump's unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots could drive voter fraud came after it — and other platforms — have faced criticism for...

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Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced

Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced

President Trump on stage during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Ohio. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty ImagesPresident Trump threatened in to move this summer's Republican National Convention from Charlotte if North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, doesn't allow the event to be held at full capacity.The state of play: Mandy Cohen, the state's health and human services secretary, said last week that the GOP should "plan for the worst" as mass gatherings will be a "very big challenge" if the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to increase, .What...

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McConnell: “I was wrong" on Obama administration's pandemic playbook

McConnell: “I was wrong" on Obama administration's pandemic playbook

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News on Thursday that the Obama administration did leave behind a pandemic playbook after initially criticizing them for failing to do so.The big picture : President Obama has rarely commented on Trump since leaving office, but he has begun to speak out on the president and his administration's policies. McConnell noted former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush "kept their mouths shut" on successors because they deemed it inappropriate to comment on other presidents.Go deeper: World Health Organization Director-General that initial...

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Trump slams "loser" Lincoln Project Republicans for new coronavirus attack ad

Trump slams "loser" Lincoln Project Republicans for new coronavirus attack ad

Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Trump early Tuesday morning against the Lincoln Project after released an ad, titled "," directly attacking the president's coronavirus response.Why it matters: The Lincoln Project, which includes Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, has been attempting to provoke the president with — and it finally succeeded.: "A group of RINO Republicans who failed badly 12 years ago, then again 8 years ago, and then got BADLY beaten by me, a political first timer, 4 years ago, have copied (no imagination) the concept of an ad from Ronald...

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Biden vows to recognize 1915 Armenian genocide

Biden vows to recognize 1915 Armenian genocide

Joe Biden. Photo: Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesFormer Vice President Joe Biden on Friday that he will formally recognize the 1915 Armenian genocide if elected president.Why it matters: President Trump and past presidents have previously avoided the issue, . The last December, classifying the event as a genocide. However the Trump administration did not formally acknowledge the event, as such a decision could harm relations with NATO-ally Turkey."If we do not fully acknowledge, commemorate, and teach our children about genocide, the words 'never again' lose their...

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Republicans say they will not negotiate over coronavirus relief

Republicans say they will not negotiate over coronavirus relief

Sen. Mitch McConnell. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty ImagesSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) released a Saturday indicating they will not negotiate with Democrats after their proposal to add $250 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program .What they're saying: "Republicans did not ask to change any policy details that were negotiated by both parties and passed unanimously. All we want to do is put more money into a popular job-saving policy which both parties designed together."Between the lines: "Their statement appeared to...

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Bernie Sanders wins North Dakota Democratic presidential caucus

Bernie Sanders wins North Dakota Democratic presidential caucus

Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post/Getty ImagesSen. Bernie Sanders is the projected winner of the Democratic presidential primary caucus in North Dakota, which has 14 delegates at stake, The state of play: Sanders is nearly 200 delegates behind former Vice President Joe Biden, who won Missouri, Michigan and Mississippi on Tuesday. Sanders previously won North Dakota in 2016.Go deeper: Joe Biden is the projected winner in the Michigan, Mississippi, and Missouri presidential primaries, per . The news agency also projected early Wednesday that he won Idaho. The big picture: Democratic...

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It's been a year since the last daily White House press briefing

It's been a year since the last daily White House press briefing

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe last daily White House press briefing was held one year ago — on March 11, 2019, when Sarah Huckabee Sanders was still President Trump's press secretary.Why it matters: It's a significant milestone that is emblematic of the erosion of traditional norms regarding interactions between the White House and the press corps under the Trump administration.Worth noting: Trump administration officials have been at the podium in the briefing room since the last daily briefing took place — including the president himself.Go deeper: The White House Tuesday that...

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9 Democratic senators call on Bill Barr to resign over Roger Stone case - Axios

9 Democratic senators call on Bill Barr to resign over Roger Stone case - Axios

Attorney General Bill Barr. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty ImagesNine U.S. senators signed a letter on Friday calling for Attorney General Bill Barr to immediately resign after the Justice Department submitted a new sentencing recommendation for former Trump adviser Roger Stone this week, .What they're saying: "The interference in this case by you or other senior DOJ officials working under you is a clear violation of your duty to defend fair, impartial, and equal justice for all Americans."The senators who signed the letter:Trump acknowledged in a that Barr personally intervened to sentencing...

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