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Climate activists urge Biden to shun Obama-era energy moderates

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WASHINGTON -- Climate change activists are pressuring Joe Biden to distance himself from former Obama administration advisers they view as either too moderate or too cozy with the fossil fuel industry, a sign of disunity on the eve of the Democratic convention.

Groups such as Data for Progress and the Revolving Door Project are building a case ...Read more

US offers millions in rewards for election interference information

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WASHINGTON -- The United States is offering rewards of up to $10 million for information on foreign government interference in the country's upcoming election, the State Department announced Wednesday.

Russia was accused of interfering in the last presidential election in 2016, with numerous reports, including by former special counsel Robert ...Read more

Twitter blocks Trump campaign's account over COVID-19 misinformation

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Twitter Inc. briefly blocked U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign account, @TeamTrump, from posting on its social network for violating the company's policy on coronavirus misinformation.

Trump's personal account, @realDonaldTrump, had retweeted a post of a video that included an interview Trump did Wednesday with Fox News in which he said ...Read more

Supreme Court blocks mandate requiring better coronavirus protections for inmates in California case

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday freed jails in Orange County, California, from a federal judge's order that required social distancing among inmates, regular testing and distribution of cleaning supplies and hand sanitizers.

Acting by a 5-4 vote, the justices granted an emergency appeal from the county's lawyers and put on ...Read more

A week before Kobach's defeat, Kansas asked the Supreme Court to revive his voter law

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WASHINGTON -- Kansas quietly filed its petition last week with the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Kris Kobach's signature policy requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship to register to vote.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab's office announced in June their plans to file the petition with ...Read more

Biden's campaign plans $280 million ad blitz in the fall

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic nominee Joe Biden's presidential campaign will buy $280 million in advertising time in the fall, almost twice as much as the $151 million President Donald Trump has slated so far for the final three months before Election Day.

The Democrat's campaign says the advance reservations of ad time will allow it to expand the ...Read more

Rep. Karen Bass faces rush of attacks as Biden's VP selection enters uncertain final stretch

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WASHINGTON -- Last week, allies of Karen Bass saw her vice presidential prospects on the ascent, believing she had supplanted fellow Californian Kamala Harris as one of the finalists to be Joe Biden's running mate.

"Kamala is done," said a Democratic congressman who has privately made the case for Bass to Biden aides.

But then unfavorable ...Read more

Census workers are trying to reach more poor Californians and people of color. But the coronavirus could make the wealthy harder to find

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LOS ANGELES -- For more than a year, state officials and community groups in California have pushed a singular message: the importance of filling out the decennial count.

Organizations canvassed neighborhoods, and hosted rallies and information sessions where they explained how census data turns into federal dollars that trickle down to cities ...Read more

Cori Bush defeats longtime Rep. Lacy Clay in Mo. Democratic primary

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ST. LOUIS -- Activist Cori Bush on Tuesday unseated longtime U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, ending his 20-year hold on Missouri's 1st Congressional District and becoming the first Black woman to represent Missouri in the nation's capital.

Clay narrowly beat Bush in St. Louis County, but Bush won decisively in St. Louis city.

Bush, 44, of ...Read more

LaTurner ousts incumbent Watkins in Kansas 2nd District after voter fraud charges

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Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner defeated embattled Republican Rep. Steve Watkins in the GOP primary Tuesday, three weeks after the freshman congressman was charged with voter fraud.

LaTurner has 49% of the vote with more than 50% of precincts reporting in the Kansas 2nd Congressional District. Watkins has 31%, while former Kansas Secretary of ...Read more

Carolyn Maloney prevails in primary after weeks of vote counting

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WASHINGTON -- New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney has won her primary after six weeks of vote counting in the 12th District.

New York City Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez confirmed Tuesday night that the board certified Maloney as the primary winner. The board also certified that New York City Councilmember Ritchie Torres...Read more

Donald Trump Jr. opposes Pebble Mine as Trump administration weighs key permit

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Avid sportsman Donald Trump Jr. said Tuesday on Twitter he opposes the Pebble Mine project, as the Trump administration considers whether to issue a key permit for construction.

Retweeting a post calling on the federal government to block the copper and gold mine, Trump Jr. said the Bristol Bay region is too important to ...Read more

Rep. Ilhan Omar's challenger hit with campaign finance complaint

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party officials charged Tuesday that Antone Melton-Meaux, the top challenger to incumbent U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, skirted campaign finance laws by hiding some of his top political consultants in next week's nationally watched Democratic primary.

A Federal Election Commission complaint obtained by ...Read more

South Carolina poll shows Harrison in striking distance of Graham, tight presidential race

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A new poll from Morning Consult put Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison within one percentage point of incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

According to the poll, 43% of voters said they would vote for the former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman, while 44% said they would go for the Seneca Republican. ...Read more

Trump says Epstein was never a Mar-a-Lago member. He was, and new book tells what got him exiled

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MIAMI -- Donald Trump severed ties with Jeffrey Epstein after the disgraced financier hit on the teenage daughter of a Mar-a-Lago member, threatening the Trump brand of glitz and glamour, according to a new book published about the president's Palm Beach club.

Trump publicly disavowed Epstein a day after the financier's arrest on July 11, 2019,...Read more

Trump backs off mail voting attacks in Florida as Democrats build huge advantage

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MIAMI -- After claiming inaccurately for weeks that mail voting is rife with fraud, President Donald Trump is now backing off his attacks on mail ballots in his home state.

"Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True," Trump tweeted Tuesday.

Trump's tweet -- in stark ...Read more

Rep. Karen Bass surged up Biden's VP list. Is she ready for the national stage?

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Karen Bass is an unlikely contender for vice president.

The five-term Los Angeles Democrat has never run for statewide office, much less a national one; she hasn't faced a tough reelection race in her comfortably liberal district.

Until recently, Bass was scarcely known outside California. And if the 66-year-old leader ...Read more

Trump's base starting to erode in California, new poll shows

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President Donald Trump's support among Republicans and other conservative voters has begun to erode amid the continued coronavirus pandemic and its associated economic havoc, a new poll shows.

The poll from the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies shows Trump far behind Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic ...Read more

Warren asks SEC about insider trading in Trump's Kodak pharmaceuticals announcement

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WASHINGTON -- Shares of Kodak began to soar last week even before President Donald Trump's announcement that the company was in line for a $765 million government loan to support the manufacture of pharmaceutical ingredients.

But was any of the unusual volume attributable to insider trading? That's what Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants the ...Read more

Trump's TikTok threat lacks coherent tech strategy, experts say

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's push to ban the popular video-sharing app TikTok is only the latest in a yearslong struggle by his administration to slow China's technology juggernaut.

But experts say the U.S. effort lacks a well-coordinated policy that addresses domestic tech investment as well as concerns of key American allies.

"I ...Read more