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Commentary: Retired military leaders shouldn't endorse presidential candidates. America is divided enough

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Two weeks ago, 235 retired generals and admirals signed an "open letter" supporting President Donald Trump's reelection campaign. The letter is disgraceful and runs counter to military norms. Unfortunately, a second group is likely to respond in kind with a similar statement in support of former Vice President Joe Biden.

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President Trump paid $750 in income taxes in 2016 and 2017, NYT says

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump paid just $750 in income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, reported losing millions of dollars from his golf courses and has hundreds of millions in debt that will come due in the next few years, according to a report in The New York Times.

Trump paid no income taxes in 10 of the 15 years before he was elected, ...Read more

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Trump campaign stop sets stage for fierce battleground in Jacksonville area

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When Air Force One landed on the runway at Cecil Airport, it left no doubt the Jacksonville area will be a battleground for Republicans and Democrats trying to swing Florida in the clash between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump's campaign rally at Cecil Airport marked the first personal ...Read more

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Battle lines quickly drawn in Georgia over Barrett's nomination

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ATLANTA - Top Georgia U.S. Senate candidates raced to draw battle lines over President Donald Trump's push to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before Election Day, as Republicans quickly endorsed her appointment and Democrats blasted the rushed process.

Trump's nomination of Barrett, a favorite of many conservative advocacy ...Read more

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With court battle looming, Trump and Biden compete for Catholic voters

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Four years ago, Marge Hansen was deeply skeptical of Republican Donald Trump, dismissing the thrice-married businessman who once boasted about grabbing women "by the p---y" as sharply out-of-step with her own conservative Catholic values.

This year, she's firmly behind Trump - even though former Vice President Joe Biden, the ...Read more

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Dwayne Johnson endorses Biden and Harris. Why the Rock's video shouldn't surprise us

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After briefly flirting with the idea of a 2020 presidential run himself, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has officially endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, his first time publicly backing a political candidate.

"Now this is something that I've certainly not done in the past, so I'm going to go big," he said in a video ...Read more

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Democrats focus on health care in opposing Trump court pick

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Democrats zeroed in on the risk to Americans' health care coverage in previewing the tactics they'll use to oppose the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's new Supreme Court pick.

Regardless, Barrett's confirmation seems assured given the Republican majority in the Senate. She would replace the most progressive member of ...Read more

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Biden says voters won't accept GOP 'abuse of power' in pushing Barrett's confirmation

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WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden declared Sunday that voters "are not going to stand for this abuse of power" if President Donald Trump's Senate Republican allies push through the election-season confirmation of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

As Senate Republicans vowed to swiftly secure ...Read more

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In nasty tweet, President Trump calls for pre-debate drug test for Joe Biden

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President Donald Trump repeated his calls for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to take a drug test before their upcoming debate, continuing a nasty line of attack on his opponent.

"I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night. Naturally, I will agree to take one also," ...Read more

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Biden has upper hand over Trump in expectations game for debate

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Democrat Joe Biden takes the stage at the first presidential debate of 2020 on Tuesday staring at an opponent, in President Donald Trump, who has unwittingly done him a big favor - lowered expectations for Biden's performance.

The president has spent months painting Biden as doddering and senile, a move that may have lowered the bar for Biden's...Read more

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Poll: Majority of Minnesotans want Senate to hold off on Supreme Court pick

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MINNEAPOLIS - A majority of likely Minnesota voters want the U.S. Senate to wait until after the November election to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, results of a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll show.

Just 39% of those polled said the U.S. Senate should take up the nominee ahead ...Read more

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Worst-case election scenario: A Pennsylvania counting meltdown

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WASHINGTON - It's the morning after the Nov. 3 election, and the world doesn't know who won the U.S. presidency because there are hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots in the pivotal state of Pennsylvania that won't be counted for days as lawyers descend to battle over the votes.

That's the worst-case election scenario emerging if the race ...Read more

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Democrats fret over Biden's outreach to Latino voters

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WASHINGTON - Some Democrats are fretting over polls suggesting that Joe Biden's presidential campaign isn't reaching Latino voters, missing an opportunity to connect over the response to the coronavirus pandemic that the group identifies as its biggest campaign issue. Or just to connect. Others are telling the worriers to relax.

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Trump's pick for Supreme Court justice draws GOP support, Democratic ire … as expected

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President Donald Trump's nomination of conservative federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, like much of his White House tenure, was applauded and attacked across a nation divided.

While Democrats and liberal groups were quick to rip Trump and demand a vote delayed until after the Nov. 3 presidential election, Republicans and ...Read more

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Barrett could be most conservative Justice since Clarence Thomas

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WASHINGTON - Amy Coney Barrett brings a resume that could make her the most conservative new justice since Clarence Thomas and a dream addition for Republicans looking to remake the U.S. Supreme Court.

Barrett, nominated Saturday by President Donald Trump, champions the "originalist" approach that has become conservative orthodoxy for ...Read more

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Supreme Court nominee Barrett is mother of 7, conservative Catholic, law professor

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Federal Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett is many things: A Louisiana native. Former clerk for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. A conservative Catholic, a mother of seven, a Notre Dame Law School professor.

And now, President Donald Trump's choice to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and became the youngest justice on the ...Read more

As Trump questions US election system, Sen. Blunt says it's 'secure as it's ever been'

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While President Donald Trump has refused to promise a peaceful transfer of power should he lose, saying he wasn't sure the election could be honest with the proliferation of mail ballots, Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt says the U.S. election system is "secure as it's ever been."

Blunt, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and member of ...Read more

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Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON - By the time President Donald Trump officially introduced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee Saturday evening at the White House, much of the dramatic tension already had been resolved over what unfolds over the next weeks, months and years.

Barrett, a former law professor and reliably conservative federal appeals court ...Read more

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Trump to announce Supreme Court pick

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is expected to name his pick Saturday night for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, a move that could further shift the high court to the right and reshape American law on abortion, healthcare, religion and guns for a generation.

U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett has emerged as Trump's leading candidate,...Read more

In Amy Coney Barrett, conservatives see the Supreme Court champion they've longed for

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WASHINGTON - In his all-but-certain nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump has chosen a well-regarded legal scholar who has strong appeal to conservatives and who almost surely would move the high court significantly to the right on abortion, guns and other high-profile issues.

If the Senate's Republican majority holds to...Read more