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How antisemitism is being politicized in Washington

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WASHINGTON — At a time when Jewish people in the United States are facing "the worst crisis of antisemitism in a generation," according to the ADL, congressional Republicans are speaking out and advancing new legislation on the issue.

They've focused on anti-Jewish bias in the wake of pro-Palestinian campus protests, and have chosen to take ...Read more

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Judge scolds Trump lawyer for 'outrageous' comments in closing about Trump's prison threat

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NEW YORK — Justice Juan Merchan scolded Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche for improperly invoking the threat of prison time facing the former president toward the end of the defense’s summation at the historic hush money trial.

“It’s simply not allowed. Period,” the judge boomed, saying Blanche should have known better as a former ...Read more

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Trump's hush money trial verdict could come this week. Here's what each outcome could mean for the election.

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Twelve jurors in New York City are poised to make history when they reveal the verdict in the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president.

The decision could influence some voters in a close presidential race in key swing states like Pennsylvania with six months until the election.

Closing arguments in former President Donald Trump's hush ...Read more

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President Biden will be back in Philadelphia to launch a coalition to shore up support with Black voters

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The warning signs surrounding President Joe Biden's support with Black voters have been flashing for months.

On Wednesday, Biden will stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the most influential Black Democrats in the country and debut a coalition that the campaign hopes will help shore up support with the key Democratic constituency.

Biden is...Read more

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2 Missouri lawmakers have shown up at the Trump trial in New York. Here's why

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Burlison wasn’t expected back in Congress until Tuesday. His wife and kids were flying to visit family.

So on a Sunday night, he took a late flight from Missouri to New York City, arrived after midnight, donned his navy suit and red tie so he could stand behind President Donald Trump as he stands trial over whether ...Read more

Trump lawyer tells hush money trial jury he's innocent, 'cannot convict' based on Michael Cohen testimony

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s defense lawyer asked a Manhattan jury not to convict his client based on the words of Michael Cohen as closing arguments commenced Tuesday at the former president’s hush money trial.

“You should want and expect more than the testimony of Michael Cohen,” Todd Blanche said as he began his summation, rattling ...Read more

'Ready for the fight': After narrow loss in 2022, Logan aims for Hayes' Connecticut House seat

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DANBURY, Conn. — In this deep-blue state, Republican George Logan came unexpectedly close to defeating Democratic Rep. Jahana Hayes following a late surge in 2022.

Logan is running again, and this time, he’s making an early and aggressive push for the 5th District seat. “I’m ready for the fight,” he told a group of supporters at a ...Read more

Iran’s intervention in Sudan’s civil war advances its geopolitical goals − but not without risks

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Iran’s role in funding and arming proxy groups in the Middle East has been well documented and has gotten extra attention since the Hamas-led attack in Israel in October 2023. Similarly, Tehran’s arms shipments to Russia are well known and have prompted complaints and sanctions from the West.

But Tehran has received little ...Read more

Quick adoption in 34 states of Erin’s Law to prevent child abuse shows power of one individual to make policy

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Policymaking, a process by which governments make decisions about how to address social issues, is shaped by various factors, such as the political climate, socioeconomic conditions and cultural and historical backgrounds.

Some factors are obvious, others not. Often, policy is made by groups of people working together – advocates, ...Read more

Americans break election ties in crazy ways − and jeopardize democracy in the process

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Commentators and observers are concerned about the possibility of a tie in the November 2024 presidential election. One possibility is that both major-party candidates end up with 269 electoral votes – one short of the 270 required to claim victory. Another scenario is that Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who appears to be attracting significant ...Read more

What the Thai senate race means and why it's all different

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Thailand has kicked off the process to hold its first Senate race since a coup in 2014, after the military-appointed batch completed its five-year term earlier in May. The Election Commission received more than 48,000 submissions after a five-day application period that ended May 24.

Up for grabs are 200 seats in the upper house of the Thai ...Read more

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From Allentown to the White House: How a Pa. radio host is playing an outsized role in the 2024 presidential election

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. — As a former host for mainstream corporate radio stations across the country, Victor Martinez was told to stay away from politics while on air.

While working for a Washington, D.C., radio station in 2016, a large immigration-related protest was planned in the city. But corporate leaders told Martinez and the other radio ...Read more

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Where South Africa's crunch election will be won and lost

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The 56,000-seat Moses Mabhida Stadium in the South African port city of Durban was jammed for the unveiling of the ruling African National Congress’s election manifesto launch.

“We are supported by millions and millions of people,” President Cyril Ramaphosa told the cheering crowd in February, scoffing at the notion that his party was a ...Read more

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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