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Warren outshines Biden in race to build Iowa 2020 ground game

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Boxes of printers and office supplies lay scattered on the ground. Campaign staff sat on the floor in mostly unfurnished offices as they were just starting to occupy Joe Biden's Iowa headquarters in Des Moines after weeks of working remotely in coffee shops around the city.

The delayed headquarters opening is just one of the many ways Biden is ...Read more

CBS stations blacked out for DirecTV customers after deal with AT&T fails

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Millions of DirecTV subscribers lost access to CBS programming late Friday after talks over a new distribution deal collapsed.

CBS Corp. and AT&T Inc., which owns DirecTV, failed to reach an agreement by an 11 p.m. Pacific deadline. Without a contract in place, AT&T no longer had authorization to include CBS station signals in its television ...Read more

Trump tells Sweden he'll vouch bail for jailed rapper A$AP Rocky

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President Donald Trump said he received assurances from Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven that detained American rapper A$AP Rocky would be "treated fairly" after promising to "personally vouch" for the bail of the hip-hop artist.

The leader-to-leader phone call came after recording artist Kanye West lobbied Trump to help secure the release ...Read more

California board diversity mandate spreads to other states, Washington

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's mandate that boards of directors overseeing public companies include women is catching fire as states including Illinois, New York and New Jersey, as well as lawmakers in Washington, consider similar rules to promote diversity, government officials told CQ Roll Call.

But efforts to establish requirements for ...Read more

Marco Rubio aims to boost small biz, counter China, with SBA reauthorization

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WASHINGTON -- Even if you follow Congress, you might not realize that Sen. Marco Rubio is the chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.

But the Florida Republican has been active with that part of his portfolio too, this week unveiling a chairman's mark for what would be the first full reauthorization and overhaul of the ...Read more

Presidential field: The 700 club?

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There is just about every shade of politics you can imagine represented by the people who run for president.

There is Vermin Supreme, the perennial candidate who wears a boot for a hat and wants to give everyone free ponies. Or 89-year-old Mike Gravel, a former senator from Alaska who allows two teens to run his antiwar candidacy. And there's ...Read more

How the Apollo program turned military pilots into lunar rock experts

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Step through the Cinder Lake Crater Field roughly 12 miles outside Flagstaff, Ariz., and you might encounter a white crystal-filled rock that has absolutely no business being there.

The chunks of anorthosite weren't deposited there by nature -- they were trucked in from the mountains around Pasadena, Calif. And the craters were carved not by ...Read more

What's behind Iran's aggression in the Strait of Hormuz?

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The seizure of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is the latest example of how tensions between the U.S. and Iran have spilled into one of the world's most strategic and vital waterways for oil. Since May, Iran has been accused of harassing and attacking oil tankers in the strait.

As the ...Read more

Tension rises as Iran seizes tanker

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WASHINGTON -- Iran's detention of two British-owned oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz sharply escalated tensions with London and Washington on Friday, increasing the odds that the two allies would undertake new military steps to protect shipping in the strategically important Middle East waterway.

Naval forces from the Iranian Revolutionary ...Read more

Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. Who will be the first woman?

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Fifty years after a military test pilot made the first striated boot prints in the thick gray powder of the lunar surface, NASA has an ambitious plan to send humans back to the moon by 2024.

But this time there's a twist.

The next time a pair of astronauts set foot on the moon, the space agency has vowed that at least one of them will be a ...Read more

LA police ticketed drivers on streets with expired speed limits, lawsuit says

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LOS ANGELES -- Police officers in Los Angeles wrongly ticketed motorists on streets with expired speed limits, violating a law that bans the use of speed traps in California cities, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The lawsuit, which is seeking class action status, says the Los Angeles Police ...Read more

Sheriff Alex Villanueva's son was hired to be a deputy seven months after his father took office

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LOS ANGELES -- When Alex Villanueva appeared onstage in December to be sworn in as Los Angeles County sheriff, his son was standing nearby cheering him on.

Now, 33-year-old Johannes Jared Villanueva is working for the department as a deputy sheriff trainee, on track to graduate from the academy in November.

The son, an Army veteran, was hired ...Read more

Trump seeks Supreme Court help on building border wall quickly

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WASHINGTON -- Trump administration officials want the Supreme Court to help them hurry up and spend up to $2.5 billion to construct a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border before Congress thwarts them with new spending legislation on Oct. 1.

The administration argues it needs a ruling from the Supreme Court by July 26 so it can spend money on ...Read more

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to cut print edition to 3 days

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PHILADELPHIA--The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, one of Pennsylvania's largest newspapers, will cut its print edition to three days as it grapples with declining advertising and digital threats, according to newsroom sources and widely published reports.

A Post-Gazette memo distributed to employees said the newspaper would be printed only for ...Read more

Mueller's testimony the latest in long line of Trump-era hearings

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WASHINGTON -- Robert S. Mueller III wanted to keep a low profile.

The former special counsel -- who famously avoided cameras for nearly two years when he led the Russia investigation -- made clear he did not want to testify to Congress beyond what he wrote in his 448-page report.

"It is important that the office's written work speak for itself...Read more

Trump to push Pakistan's Imran Khan for permanent Taliban ceasefire

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will push Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, to pressure the Taliban into signing a permanent ceasefire in Afghanistan, an administration official said.

Trump will also demand that Pakistan's government free Shakil Afridi, a physician imprisoned after helping the U.S. government locate and kill Osama bin...Read more

US plans for post-Maduro future with team to send to Venezuela

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ASPEN, Colo. -- The U.S. State Department is setting up a 13-person Venezuela unit that will be based in Colombia for now and deploy to Caracas once security allows, as the Trump administration continues to exert pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

The Venezuela Affairs Unit, based at the U.S. embassy in Bogota, will allow the ...Read more

US imposes more sanctions on Venezuela's military intelligence agency

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on four senior officials of Venezuela's military intelligence agency, DGCIM, following the death of a navy captain who was allegedly tortured to death.

The four were named as Division Gen. Rafael Ramon Blanco Marrero, Col. Hannover Esteban Guerrero Mijares, Major ...Read more

British Foreign Office confirms seizure of second vessel

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LONDON -- The British Foreign Office has confirmed that a second naval vessel has been seized in the Strait of Hormuz by Iranian authorities.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Friday he was "extremely concerned" by the incident, the latest in weeks of tensions centered on the key shipping lane in the gulf.

Earlier Thursday, Iran's ...Read more

Despite opposition, University of South Carolina board hires retired general as school's next president

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A divided University of South Carolina board of trustees voted Friday to hire retired Army Gen. Robert Caslen as its next president.

After a rare contentious meeting, the school's board of trustees rejected protests from faculty, some students and several politicians in choosing Caslen, the former superintendent of the U.S. ...Read more

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