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Pelosi and McConnell hurtling toward coronavirus relief showdown

Pelosi and McConnell hurtling toward coronavirus relief showdown

Both parties agree a deal has to get done. But nobody knows what it will look like or when it will come together.From left, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell haven’t even begun private conversations about the fifth relief package, according to sources close to both offices. | Andrew Harnik/AP PhotoThe number of coronavirus cases is surging, and congressional leaders are squabbling. It’s an ominous foreshadowing of the coming partisan clash over the next relief package.Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are...

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Former Trump physician Ronny Jackson: ‘Wearing a mask is a personal choice’

Former Trump physician Ronny Jackson: ‘Wearing a mask is a personal choice’

The remarks from the Republican congressional candidate contradict public health experts and undermine Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.Ronny Jackson, former physician to the president. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesRonny Jackson, a Republican congressional candidate in Texas and the former physician to the president, said Wednesday that Americans should not be required to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.“I think that wearing a mask is a personal choice, and I don’t particularly want my government telling me that I have to wear a mask. And so I think that’s a choice that I can...

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Trump says he would welcome Michael Flynn back to his administration

Trump says he would welcome Michael Flynn back to his administration

Flynn's legal troubles are on the verge of receding and the former national security adviser has become a hero among Trump supporters.Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser. | Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoPresident Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would welcome retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn back into his administration now that the former national security adviser’s legal troubles are on the verge of receding.The president’s comments come as Trump and his allies have worked to lionize Flynn as a victim of "deep state" investigations.Advertisement“He’s gone...

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Tuberville beats Sessions in Alabama Senate runoff

Tuberville beats Sessions in Alabama Senate runoff

The Maine Senate race officially kicked off, with Sara Gideon winning the nomination to face Susan Collins in perhaps the most hotly contested Senate election this year.Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville gestures while greeting supporters in Montgomery, Ala., after he defeated Jeff Sessions in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. | Butch Dill/AP PhotoAlabama GOP voters turned aside Jeff Sessions’ Senate comeback bid Tuesday night, instead choosing Tommy Tuberville, who had the backing of President Donald Trump, over the former attorney general and longtime...

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Kansas Republican Rep. Steve Watkins charged with voter fraud

Kansas Republican Rep. Steve Watkins charged with voter fraud

Watkins' father is under investigation by Federal Election Commission probe as well.Rep. Steve Watkins called the charges "very suspicious" and "hyper political."Kansas GOP Rep. Steve Watkins was charged Tuesday with three felony counts of voter fraud related to the 2019 municipal elections, according to court records.But the freshman lawmaker dismissed the charges as politically motivated, claiming the prosecutor bringing the case has ties to a GOP primary opponent.AdvertisementWatkins was charged by Shawnee County District Attorney Michael Kagay with “Interference with a law enforcement...

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Newsom, Garcetti face political distress as California locks down again

Newsom, Garcetti face political distress as California locks down again

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s taken four months and 7,000 deaths for Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti — high-profile California Democrats with even higher political aspirations — to go from vanguards to nearly vanquished in the fight against Covid-19.Newsom’s early success in the Covid-19 crisis turned into a sobering reversal Monday after the state flared into a deadly hot spot, prompting the governor to to contain the alarming outbreak.AdvertisementGarcetti, likewise vaunted for swift action in March, warned that the nation’s second largest city is now on the brink of...

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Trump plans to appoint controversial former aide Sebastian Gorka to national security education position

Trump plans to appoint controversial former aide Sebastian Gorka to national security education position

Gorka left the White House in acrimonious fashion in 2017 and has been widely criticized for his comments on Islam.Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka. | Susan Walsh/AP PhotoPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday announced his intent to appoint controversial former aide Sebastian Gorka to a board that oversees the federal government’s national security education program.Gorka will serve a four-year term on the National Security Education Board, the White House said on Tuesday afternoon.AdvertisementA White House aide for less than a year, Gorka in acrimonious fashion in August 2017. The White...

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New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss resigns, citing hostile culture and lack of ideological diversity

New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss resigns, citing hostile culture and lack of ideological diversity

“Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery,” Weiss wrote.The New York Times building. | Andrew Burton/Getty ImagesNew York Times Opinion staff editor and writer Bari Weiss announced her resignation on Tuesday, decrying the newspaper's workplace culture as "hostile" toward staffers who hold anything other than left-of-center ideologies.Weiss’ resignation is the latest development in a tumultuous period for the Times. The media institution is grappling with increased internal dissent, especially over its opinion section, its coverage of communities...

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Reopen the Canada-U.S. border? Canadians say sorry, but no thanks

Reopen the Canada-U.S. border? Canadians say sorry, but no thanks

Restrictions on travel across the border are about to be extended for a fourth time since the start of the pandemic. Most Canadians are fine with that.The Canada-U.S. border. | Elaine Thompson/AP PhotoU.S. lawmakers are applying pressure on Ottawa and Washington to ease restrictions on the Canada-U.S. border, but few Canadians want to welcome their American neighbors any time soon.A growing chorus is agitating for Canada and the U.S. to loosen the rules around "essential" travelers, even as coronavirus cases skyrocket in the states and for another month. The travel industry, border...

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Republicans are breaking from Trump’s coronavirus talking points

Republicans are breaking from Trump’s coronavirus talking points

A growing number of the president's allies are undercutting his attempts to minimize the pandemic's dangers.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis adopted a more somber tone on Monday as he addressed residents’ fears over the virus. | Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesFrom masks to school reopenings to the testing abilities of the United States, some of President Donald Trump’s central political talking points are being undermined by a growing circle of usually reliable allies as the coronavirus roars back to alarming levels.The breaks with Trump come as the president’s poll numbers on handling the virus and his...

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Iran executes defense ministry staffer as alleged CIA spy

Iran executes defense ministry staffer as alleged CIA spy

The report said Reza Asgari was executed last week.The CIA symbol is shown on the floor of CIA Headquarters. | Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesTEHRAN, Iran — Iran has executed a former employee of the defense ministry who was convicted of spying on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency, the country’s judiciary said Tuesday. It was the second such execution in the past month.The report said Reza Asgari was executed last week. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said Asgari had worked in the airspace department of the ministry and retired in 2016.Advertisement“In the last years of his...

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Judge rules Mary Trump is free to discuss her tell-all book

Judge rules Mary Trump is free to discuss her tell-all book

The president’s niece had been blocked by a restraining order from publicizing her work.Mary Trump, niece of President Donald Trump.President Donald Trump’s niece is free to release and discuss her damning book on the president’s family, a New York Supreme Court judge on Monday.Mary Trump, daughter of the president’s deceased older brother, Fred Trump Jr., had been blocked from publicizing her highly anticipated tell-all by a temporary restraining order as her uncle Robert Trump sued her to impede its release. But New York Supreme Court Judge Hal Greenwald shut down the restraints on Monday...

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Padilla, Becerra, Bass in the mix to replace Harris as senator amid VP buzz

Padilla, Becerra, Bass in the mix to replace Harris as senator amid VP buzz

OAKLAND — Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Rep. and and even 86-year old former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown are among a crowd of Democrats getting buzz as possible candidates to replace Sen. as senator should she end up as Joe Biden's vice president.Biden is set to reveal his vice presidential pick on Aug. 1, sparking rampant speculation in the state Capitol about whom Gov. Gavin Newsom might appoint to fill a rare open U.S. Senate seat. People close to the governor say he's had no discussions on a decision — one he wouldn't even begin to consider until...

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China sanctions Cruz, Rubio in response to U.S. human rights penalties

China sanctions Cruz, Rubio in response to U.S. human rights penalties

The Trump administration announced last week it would bar entry into the U.S. by three Chinese Communist Party officials.Beijing’s sanctions targeted Sen. Ted Cruz, along with Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Chris Smith. | Graeme Jennings/Pool via APThe Chinese government on Monday leveled sanctions against top American officials, including a trio of congressional Republicans.The sanctions followed the U.S. government’s move last week to impose its own penalties on three senior members of Beijing’s ruling Communist Party for alleged human rights abuses.AdvertisementAnnouncing the “corresponding...

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‘Everyone is lying’: Trump questions public health experts on Twitter

‘Everyone is lying’: Trump questions public health experts on Twitter

Sharing messages from a former game show personality, the president prolonged his feud with Dr. Anthony Fauci.President Donald Trump. | Joshua Roberts/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump on Monday shared a handful of social media posts questioning the expertise of his own public health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, and suggesting their scientific counsel was intended to thwart his political standing ahead of November’s general election.In a burst of early morning online activity, Trump retweeted messages from the politically conservative former game show personality Chuck Woolery —...

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Incumbent inches ahead as Poland awaits results of cliffhanger presidential election

Incumbent inches ahead as Poland awaits results of cliffhanger presidential election

Exit polls show a divided country.President Andrzej Duda (right) and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda cast their ballots in their hometown of Krakow, Poland, on July 12, 2020. | Czarek Sokolowski/AP PhotoRZESZÓW, Poland — Poland was on tenterhooks Monday awaiting the result of its presidential election, with a late exit poll showing incumbent President Andrzej Duda, backed by the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, with a narrow lead.Duda captured 51 percent of the vote, according to the IPSOS poll, while his opponent, centrist Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski of the Civic Platform...

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Cornyn releases TV ad meddling in Texas Democratic runoff

Cornyn releases TV ad meddling in Texas Democratic runoff

Cornyn's new TV ad launching Friday focuses on state Sen. Royce West.Sen. John Cornyn's campaign is launching a new TV ad Friday taking aim at one of his potential Democratic opponents, the latest in several steps his campaign has taken to meddle ahead of next week's Democratic primary runoff.Cornyn's launching Friday focuses on state Sen. Royce West, who is running against veteran MJ Hegar in the runoff after they finished in the top two spots in the March primary.AdvertisementA narrator in the TV ad calls West a "liberal politician" and attacks him on abortion, guns and taxes, and also...

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Howie Hawkins goes national

Howie Hawkins goes national

ALBANY — Syracuse resident Howie Hawkins has officially won the Green Party’s nomination for president, giving him a chance to take the relative success he’s found in New York to the rest of the country. The party designated him as its nominee during a virtual convention on Saturday.Hawkins, the Green Party’s top vote-getter in his home state thanks to his showings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the past three gubernatorial campaigns, is now in a familiar spot. As was the case with his statewide races, he’ll try to persuade progressives to vote for a real socialist rather than a traditional...

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Larry Hogan argues for a ‘bigger tent’ GOP as 2024 rumors swirl

Larry Hogan argues for a ‘bigger tent’ GOP as 2024 rumors swirl

Maryland’s governor offers some advice for the Republican Party moving forward.Maryland Governor Larry Hogan talks to reporters during a news briefing | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesAs rumors swirl that Larry Hogan is eyeing a run for president in 2024, the Republican governor of Maryland has some advice for the post-Trump GOP: Be more like me.“I don't know what the future holds in November, but I know that the Republican Party is going to be looking at what happens after President [Donald] Trump and whether that's in four months or four years,” Hogan said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the...

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Nightlife facing crisis in the city that never sleeps

Nightlife facing crisis in the city that never sleeps

NEW YORK — New York City has long been a place that comes alive after dark.But as the coronavirus pandemic places an indefinite hold on any kind of indoor crowd, hundreds of nightclubs, music venues, performance spaces and swaths of Broadway itself are at risk of vanishing — bringing down with them one of the central pillars of the city’s economy.AdvertisementThe city gradually started reopening in recent weeks but pressed pause as the coronavirus surges throughout the U.S. — despite New York’s recent success in keeping new infections low. Owners and industry leaders say the finances of...

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Trump isn't secretly winking at QAnon. He's retweeting its followers.

Trump isn't secretly winking at QAnon. He's retweeting its followers.

There were 14 retweets on July 4th. And those around Trump are even more explicit. It’s giving a boost to the sprawling, Trump-centric conspiracy movement.A man holds up a "Q" sign while waiting in line to see President Donald Trump at a Pennsylvania rally in 2018. | Rick Loomis/Getty ImagesOn July Fourth, before President Donald Trump spoke to the nation from the White House lawn, he spoke indirectly to another community on Twitter: QAnon.That afternoon, he 14 tweets from accounts supporting the QAnon conspiracy theory, a sprawling and ever-mutating belief that a mysterious government...

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Trump on private border wall segment: ‘It was only done to make me look bad’

Trump on private border wall segment: ‘It was only done to make me look bad’

A report indicated a section of the wall is already displaying structural troubles.President Donald Trump inspects part of the border wall in Arizona on June 23, 2020. A section in Texas has come under scrutiny for construction flaws. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoSaying it was done to embarrass him, President Donald Trump on Sunday said a reportedly defective section of his new border wall should not have been built by a private company.ProPublica and the Texas Tribune Thursday that a segment of the wall along the Texas-Mexico border was showing dangerous “signs of erosion“ only months after being...

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Tammy Duckworth bursts into VP contention

Tammy Duckworth bursts into VP contention

The Purple Heart recipient has captured the imagination of donors and the Biden team.Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s diverse background, military credentials and attack dog ability have caught the attention of Democratic donors. | Scott Olson/Getty ImagesCHICAGO — Tammy Duckworth is no longer an afterthought in the Democratic veepstakes.The Illinois senator and Purple Heart recipient has landed squarely in the conversation after a high-profile clash with Tucker Carlson last week and her advocacy against politicization of the military in the weeks prior.AdvertisementThe attention hasn't escaped...

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DeSantis downplayed New York help his aides ‘very much appreciated’

DeSantis downplayed New York help his aides ‘very much appreciated’

TALLAHASSEE — Florida will start getting shipments this weekend of an antiviral drug that has shown signs of helping severely ill Covid-19 patients — cargo senior aides scored in part from New York just as Gov. Ron DeSantis was publicly dismissing the state's help, emails show.Fresh doses of remdesivir were expedited with help from Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, DeSantis told reporters Saturday during a news conference at the Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, noting that hospitals across the state will start receiving shipments. While...

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How the Smallest State Engineered a Big Covid Comeback

How the Smallest State Engineered a Big Covid Comeback

When Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo realized that Washington wasn't going to be much help, she called CVS, Salesforce—and the bishop.AP Photo/David GoldmanRhode Island is once again open for business. You can go to the movies, to restaurants, to the beach, even to indoor concerts, although crowd sizes are capped at 125 spectators, and masks remain mandatory throughout the state. Day care centers, museums and bars are open, too; you can’t actually belly up to the bar, but you can get served at your seat.Life hasn’t yet returned to normal in America’s smallest state, but it’s at least no...

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