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'We're making it up': How coronavirus shifts conservative playbook in Supreme Court fight

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WASHINGTON - FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon has spent the two years since President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court perfecting his advocacy playbook.

Fly conservative activists to Washington for a multiday workshop. Gather them in a hotel ballroom for training sessions. Send them to the U.S. Capitol to ...Read more

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TikTok 'not a great look' for lawmakers, security experts say

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WASHINGTON - Despite official warnings for nearly a year about the security risks of the Chinese-owned TikTok video-sharing app, several politicians who might be ideal targets for Beijing's spies still have accounts.

These include two former presidential candidates, plus members of Congress who oversee military, intelligence and digital ...Read more

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U.S. Agency for Global Media unrecognizable under Trump ally

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WASHINGTON - It was, in essence, an oversight hearing of a relatively small government agency, but what it amounted to was yet another indictment of a bureau taken over by a Trump ally and made unrecognizable to the members of Congress - from both parties - who fund and monitor it.

Democrats and Republicans joined in expressing anger and dismay...Read more

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Healthy corals in Biscayne Bay surprised scientists. They may help reefs survive

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MIAMI - During a scouting mission to check on coral colonies in inshore Biscayne Bay last year, Caroline Dennison and a few other marine biology graduate students found something astounding: healthy populations of brain corals.

There were no signs of white spots or bleaching and the vivid yellowish brown colors indicated that the corals were ...Read more


Post-COVID-19 clinics get jump-start from patients with lingering illness

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Clarence Troutman survived a two-month hospital stay with COVID-19, then went home in early June. But he's far from over the disease, still suffering from limited endurance, shortness of breath and hands that can be stiff and swollen.

"Before COVID, I was a 59-year-old, relatively healthy man," said the broadband technician from Denver. "If I ...Read more

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Latinos find a piece of Old West dream in 'Bonanza' country, fires be damned

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LOS ANGELES - Zenon and Marta Mayorga called their four adult children to the family home in Glassell Park the night of Sept. 18. Everyone settled in the living room, turned on the TV and prepared to see their dream house burn down.

Newscasts aired live shots of the wreckage wrought by the massive Bobcat fire. Authorities had mandated ...Read more

College senior creates a 'prevention pantry' to keep students safe in the pandemic

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PHILADELPHIA - When rising senior Jasmine Mays got to thinking about returning to Villanova University this semester, the coronavirus weighed on her mind.

"I was concerned about our safety and our actual security on campus," said the psychology major and biology minor.

But Mays being Mays, she did more than just think about it. She came up ...Read more

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Proud Boys organizer, celebrating Trump endorsement, says group will keep battling left-wing activists

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SEATTLE - A leader of the Proud Boys, the far-right organization emboldened by President Donald Trump to "stand back and stand by," said the group's mission is to combat left-wing insurrection in the increasingly volatile culture wars leading to the November election.

Joe Biggs, a Florida-based organizer for the male-only group known for street...Read more

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Trump's voter fraud claims on mail ballots are 'fiction,' Montana judge says

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President Donald Trump's campaign lost an effort to block Montana election officials from automatically mailing ballots to all registered voters for the Nov. 3 election - a setback for Republicans in a state with a tight Senate race that could help flip control of the chamber to Democrats.

U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen in Helena, ...Read more

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Brad Parscale steps aside from Trump campaign after police episode

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WASHINGTON - Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale has stepped aside from his role in the campaign days after he was detained at his Florida home and taken to a hospital, a campaign official said Wednesday night.

Parscale was taken into custody Sunday after Fort Lauderdale police responded to a 911 call indicating he had barricaded ...Read more

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National Guard could be tasked to protect voting. So far, few governors have asked

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WASHINGTON - The National Guard is prepared to help with security at polling sites, sort ballots or bolster cybersecurity for the November elections, but so far few governors have requested that assistance, Guard units across the country told McClatchy on Wednesday.

The Kentucky National Guard, which was most recently called to respond to civil...Read more

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Far-right groups, feeling support from Trump, find fertile recruiting ground in the Northwest

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SANDY, Ore. - The son of Polish immigrants who fled World War II, Andrew Jerzy grew up in a family of Democrats in Southern California amid the cultural and political upheavals of the 1960s.

Taking a different path from many in his generation, he became a staunch conservative - voting Republican, tuning in to Rush Limbaugh and advocating gun ...Read more

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Study: Police across California disproportionately cite Black people for minor infractions

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LOS ANGELES - Police in major cities across California issue citations to Black residents for minor infractions such as loitering, drinking in public and sleeping on the street at far higher rates than white residents, according to a new study by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.

In Los Angeles, Black ...Read more

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US sanctions powerful Cuban general and former son-in-law of Raul Castro

The United States on Wednesday sanctioned Gen. Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja, the former son-in-law of Cuban leader Raul Castro who manages most of the Cuban economy as head of the powerful conglomerate of military companies GAESA.

The Treasury Department included ...Read more

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Police filing portrays Trump aide Parscale as man in crisis; judge OKs taking his guns

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MIAMI - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager appears to be a man in deepening emotional crisis - drinking heavily since his demotion, physically abusing his wife, brandishing guns and threatening to shoot himself or others.

That portrayal of Brad Parscale, filed in Broward County Circuit Court by Fort Lauderdale police, was enough ...Read more

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Seagram's heiress Clare Bronfman sentenced to more than 6 years in prison for role in NXIVM sex cult

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NEW YORK - NXIVM sex cult funder Clare Bronfman was sentenced to more than six years in prison Wednesday for her role in the upstate cult.

The Seagram's heiress, wearing a pink sweater, betrayed no emotion as Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis handed down the 81-month sentence. But she did share a few words of regret before being taken ...Read more

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Florida reports nearly 200 new COVID-19 deaths and almost 2,000 new cases

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MIAMI - Florida's Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed 1,948 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's known total to 706,516. Also, 172 Florida resident deaths were announced, bringing the resident death toll to 14,315.

One new nonresident death was also announced, bringing the nonresident toll to 171 for the novel coronavirus ...Read more


US sanctions powerful Cuban general and former son-in-law of Raúl Castro

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The United States on Wednesday sanctioned Gen. Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja, the former son-in-law of Cuban leader Raul Castro who manages most of the Cuban economy as head of the powerful conglomerate of military companies GAESA.

The Treasury Department included Lopez-Calleja on the list of specially designated nationals and blocked ...Read more

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Judge gives Kentucky attorney general 2 extra days to release Breonna Taylor grand jury recording

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - A judge gave Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron until noon Eastern time Friday to release grand jury recordings in the Breonna Taylor case after he asked for a longer delay.

After Cameron agreed to release an audio recording of the grand jury hearing that resulted in the indictment of one of three officers involved in the...Read more

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California task force will consider paying reparations for slavery

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - With Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature, California became the first state government in the country Wednesday to adopt a law to study and develop proposals for potential reparations to descendants of enslaved people and those impacted by slavery.

Newsom said the new law and bipartisan support for its passage is proving "a ...Read more