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Trump's historic closing arguments will be a 'tale of 2 cases'

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The New York jury in Donald Trump’s hush money trial is returning to court after a weeklong hiatus for closing arguments that will set the stage for historic deliberations.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers on Tuesday will give dueling takes on the evidence and testimony presented over nearly five weeks. The jurors, who are expected to get the ...Read more

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Trump taunts Libertarians after rough reception at party convention

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Former President and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump made an appeal to Libertarian Party voters over the weekend that, despite its fairly historic nature, likely did not go as planned for the 45th President.

Trump joined the nation’s third largest political party for their national convention in Washington D.C. on Saturday, just a...Read more

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Crowd welcomes Donald Trump at Sunday's NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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As NASCAR drivers and more than 80,000 fans got ready for the start of the Coca-Cola 600, Donald Trump was part of the excitement before Sunday’s big race.

The Republican presidential candidate met with Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 car for Richard Childress Racing on the track. Fans and potential voters cheered and showed their ...Read more

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Lithuanian President Nauseda wins second term in a landslide

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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda was elected to a second five-year term on Sunday, as voters in the Baltic nation overwhelmingly backed continuity in foreign policy and a hard line on the threat of Russian aggression.

Nauseda won 76% of the vote in a runoff after ballots from 90% of the districts were counted, according to electoral ...Read more

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Pennsylvania elections 'have never been more safe and secure,' official says

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WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania's chief elections administrator says the state's elections have never been more safe and secure, even as voting procedures increasingly are questioned, prominent Republicans refuse to say they'll accept the results, and 4 in 10 Pennsylvanians doubt that the 2020 presidential election was conducted fairly.

Secretary ...Read more

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The countdown to South Africa's tightest post-apartheid election

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South Africa will hold national and provincial elections on May 29 that are set to be the most hotly contested since apartheid ended three decades ago, with a record 27.7 million people having registered to cast their ballots. Here’s a timeline of the key events:

—Political parties have begun wrapping up their campaigns this weekend, ...Read more

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'Democrats will learn a lesson': Some Muslims work to defeat Biden in battleground states

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Human rights Professor Hassan Abdel Salam has spent the past seven years teaching his students at the University of Minnesota about genocides around the world. On the last day of his class on global Islamophobia in April, he said he was quitting the classroom to oppose what he described as genocide in Gaza — by helping lead the "Abandon Biden"...Read more

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Trump vows to aid convicted 'Silk Road' founder in crypto appeal

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Donald Trump called to commute the sentence of Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the Silk Road online marketplace, in an attempt to position himself as a pro-cryptocurrency candidate to Libertarian voters.

Ulbricht, 40, is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2015 of running Silk Road, where customers used Bitcoin and other virtual ...Read more

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South African parties wind up campaigns ahead of pivotal vote

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South Africa’s political parties began winding up their campaigns ahead of next week’s pivotal elections, with the ruling African National Congress and the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters staging huge rallies that highlighted their mass appeal.

The May 29 vote is set to be the most hotly contested since apartheid ended, with a series of ...Read more

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The case against Donald Trump: 20 days of hush money trial testimony explained

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NEW YORK — Twelve Manhattanites are expected this week to begin deliberating whether Donald Trump is a felon who conspired to disguise lewd rumors of his past to help him win over voters during his 2016 run for the White House.

The historic determination could see an American president convicted for the first time at a time when Trump, the ...Read more

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Former President Donald Trump is coming to the Coca-Cola 600, and so are Democrats

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former President Donald Trump is expected to attend the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend, and Democrats are taking it as an opportunity to remind voters about the former president’s controversial policy positions.

Two billboards will be visible in high-trafficked areas of Charlotte, stating: “Beware: Trump’s Extreme MAGA ...Read more

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NASCAR and Donald Trump: Why the presidential candidate is attending Coca-Cola 600 race

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former President Donald Trump will signal the importance of North Carolina in the 2024 election when he returns to the Charlotte area Sunday for the Coca-Cola 600, political experts say.

It will be the first time a sitting or former president has taken in a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. The visit coincides ...Read more

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Stuck in Manhattan for his hush money trial, Donald Trump turns New York City into a campaign set

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NEW YORK — In a typical presidential election, the campaign is hardest fought in the battleground states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin.

But for Donald Trump, the past few weeks have looked a little different.

The presumptive Republican nominee, forced to maintain a tight radius around his hush money trial at 100 Centre St., ...Read more

Joe Biden, a father’s love and the legacy of ‘daddy issues’ among presidents

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President Joe Biden often talks about the close relationship he had with his father and how this influenced him growing up as “the scrappy kid from Scranton,” Pennsylvania.

Biden was born into wealth, the son of a polo-playing yachtsman. But his father, Joe Biden Sr., lost his job after World War II and abused alcohol, struggling ...Read more

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Editorial: A haunting abortion question: Could Florida's ban force unwilling women to terminate?

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Put yourself in the shoes of a young Central Florida woman staring down at a little blue plus sign on a pregnancy test. It’s bad news. She’s always wanted children someday, but she doubts she is ready now.

Before May 1, she would have had time to consider options. Could she rely on the baby’s father or her family for help? If she has ...Read more

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Smith seeks Trump gag order over false FBI assassination theory

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WASHINGTON — Special counsel Jack Smith asked for a court order forbidding Donald Trump from continuing to claim that FBI agents were authorized to kill him when they searched Mar-a-Lago last year for classified documents.

“Those deceptive and inflammatory assertions irresponsibly put a target on the backs of the FBI agents involved in this...Read more

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Lloyd Austin handed off Pentagon duties while undergoing procedure

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin briefly turned over his duties to his deputy on Friday while he underwent a medical procedure linked to an issue that left him hospitalized for two weeks in January.

The secretary had a “successful, elective, and minimally invasive follow-up non-surgical procedure related to his bladder issue...Read more

9 Michigan candidates for Congress found to have faulty petitions

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LANSING, Mich. — Staff for the Michigan Secretary of State's Office found nine candidates for seats in the U.S. Congress failed to submit enough valid petition signatures to make the ballot, according to reports released Friday afternoon.

The determinations, if confirmed by the Board of State Canvassers next week, could whittle down the ...Read more

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President Joe Biden will return to Philadelphia next week

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PHILADELPHIA — President Joe Biden will be back campaigning in Philadelphia on Wednesday, in what will be his fifth visit to the area and seventh to Pennsylvania this year.

Biden’s frequent stops in the commonwealth underscore the importance of the Philadelphia region — and the swing state as a whole — in a tense, competitive, and ...Read more

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RFK Jr. hits Trump's COVID-19 response in bid for Libertarian vote

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WASHINGTON — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. attacked former President Donald Trump on his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as he sought to court votes from Libertarian Party members and bolster his independent presidential bid.

“Trump presided over the greatest restriction of individual liberties this country has ever known. He did not stand up ...Read more