As infections soar, Trump finally dons a face mask. Will it help?

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WASHINGTON -- The messaging was unmistakable: Surgeon Gen. Jerome Adams, on a network news-talk show Sunday, wore a large white mask that left little showing but his eyes -- which were wide and impassioned as he pleaded with Americans to wear face coverings in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Adams is often photographed wearing a ...Read more

Analysis: Trump's justices give him a boost but Supreme Court's balance holds

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump got much of what he wanted in the two U.S. Supreme Court justices he appointed. It just wasn't enough in a term that showed how hard it is to tip the court's balance.

Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh embellished their conservative credentials in their second term together, which ended Thursday with ...Read more

Trump dons face mask during visit to Walter Reed Hospital

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump wore a mask during a scheduled visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a rare instance of doing so publicly as coronavirus cases continue to pile up.

Trump on Saturday was photographed with a dark-colored mask, walking in the halls of the hospital in Maryland, where he was set to meet with...Read more

Pelosi plans bill to limit pardons in wake of Stone commutation

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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that in the wake of President Donald Trump's commutation of Roger Stone's criminal sentence, she plans to support a bill limiting the ability of presidents to take such actions.

"President Trump's decision to commute the sentence of top campaign adviser Roger Stone, who could directly implicate him ...Read more

Trump vows to sign executive order to change immigration laws

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Friday he would seek sweeping changes to U.S. immigration policy through an executive order, suggesting he might create a "road to citizenship" for certain migrants brought to the country illegally as children and shift the criteria for new arrivals to a "merit-based" system.

The new effort will be ...Read more

Hearing on Trump taxes set for July 16 after Supreme Court ruling

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WASHINGTON -- A federal judge in New York City ordered a hearing for Thursday on a New York prosecutor's attempt to obtain President Donald Trump's financial records, including tax returns.

The hearing will allow Trump's defense to lay out its initial arguments opposing a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney, after the Supreme Court ...Read more

Self-help guide to Congress: Reports detail ways the institution could better itself

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WASHINGTON -- Proposals for how Congress could overhaul the lobbying disclosure system, provide lawmakers with continuing education opportunities and make legislative action more transparent are just a few of the big ideas in eight reports made public by the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress on Friday.

In early March, the ...Read more

Trump says US will review universities' tax-exempt status

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump ordered the Treasury Department on Friday to review the tax-exempt status of colleges and universities, following his threats to cut federal funding to schools that do not reopen due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The president's attack on institutions of higher education comes as they're struggling with how ...Read more

Trump vows to 'fight for Venezuelans' at visit to US Southern Command

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DORAL, Fla. -- On a visit to Miami on Friday, President Donald Trump portrayed himself as tough on drugs and a champion of Venezuelans, at a time when U.S. policy toward the troubled South American nation has not yielded the expected results and polls show him falling behind his Democratic rival in Florida.

"We are going to be fighting for ...Read more

Trump's campaign, struggling in the polls, aims for a comeback

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WASHINGTON -- For weeks, President Donald Trump's campaign aides have fretted about whether he could draw a major crowd to an outdoor venue Saturday night in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, or if not, whether they could stage the event to make it look full.

The danger, all agreed, was a repeat of Trump's disastrous last rally, three weeks ago in ...Read more

Chief Justice Roberts, in full control, steers the Supreme Court to a surprising term

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court opened its term in October facing major cases on gay rights, guns, abortion and religious schools, as well as on President Donald Trump's effort to repeal the Obama-era policy that has protected young immigrants known as "Dreamers."

The stage seemed set for a sharp move to the right. Conservatives had celebrated ...Read more

Trump doesn't wear a mask while greeting Republicans at Miami airport

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MIAMI -- President Donald Trump stepped off Air Force One Friday in Miami, into one of the worst coronavirus hot spots in the country.

He wasn't wearing a mask, though Miami-Dade County has a mask-wearing mandate in public. A spokesman for Miami International Airport had said earlier in the week that he wouldn't need to, since he would be going...Read more

With runoffs ahead, campaigning continues as COVID-19 cases rise

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WASHINGTON -- Images of Wisconsin voters standing at the polls in early April as the coronavirus spread across the country stuck with Jerri Yoss. She wondered how voting could be safe in her home state of Texas, where voting by mail is limited.

So in May she helped launch a new group, "Dems Care Vote Safe," to prepare voters with supplies to ...Read more

Republicans boost efforts to woo minority voters for Trump

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WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee is working alongside President Donald Trump's campaign to recruit Black, Latino and Asian-Pacific American voters to support his reelection even as the president has faced criticism for stoking racial tensions and culture wars.

The groups are reaching out directly to potential voters and the RNC ...Read more

What's Trump endorsement worth? Texas House and Alabama Senate runoffs will tell

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WASHINGTON -- Loyalty to President Donald Trump has defined Republican primaries since 2016. So when he chooses sides in intraparty contests, it can make a difference.

It's not a perfect record. In the last month, Trump-backed GOP Reps. Scott Tipton of Colorado and Denver Riggleman of Virginia failed to get their party's nod for reelection. And...Read more

House military spending bill barring funds for border wall advances

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WASHINGTON -- House appropriators approved a $115.5 billion Military Construction-VA spending bill Thursday on a 30-20 vote, with Texas Republican Will Hurd joining Democrats to advance the legislation to the floor.

The rest of the panel's Republicans opposed Democrats' decision to add $12.5 billion in emergency spending to the annual funding ...Read more

Trump taxes likely going to Manhattan D.A., but maybe few others

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NEW YORK -- Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance could soon get his hands on President Donald Trump's tax returns, but that doesn't mean the public will see them.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the president's claim of absolute immunity shielding his corporate and personal tax records from a subpoena Vance issued to Trump's ...Read more

Striking populist tone, Joe Biden touts $700 billion plan to boost US manufacturing

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Joe Biden laid out a populist economic vision on Thursday, starting with a $700 billion proposal to reinvigorate the nation's manufacturing sector, and laced into President Donald Trump for being out of touch with the challenges facing the American public.

Speaking at a metal works plant in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, the presumptive Democratic ...Read more

Barr says probe Trump sought of FBI may yield results by summer's end

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WASHINGTON -- A criminal investigation into whether FBI officials acted improperly while probing Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and his associates may produce some results by the end of summer, Attorney General William Barr said.

"The investigation is going to take the time that is necessary to do a thorough and good investigation ...Read more

Trump wins court hold on hotel emoluments suit during appeal

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NEW YORK -- A U.S. appeals court extended a temporary hold on subpoenas issued to the Trump Organization and other entities in a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting from his Washington hotel.

The extension by the federal appeals court in Washington on Thursday all but assures that a pair of Democratic attorneys ...Read more