Behind closed doors: How Biden's team weighed the VP candidates

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WILMINGTON, Del. -- The vetting Kamala Harris endured to earn her spot on Joe Biden's presidential ticket was like none other in recent history.

It was at once a public audition and highly secretive. It took sharp turns as the nation struggled with a pandemic and erupted in protest following the killing of George Floyd. In the era of Trump, the...Read more

Harris pick sends Trump into a favorite pastime — bashing California

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WASHINGTON -- Early Wednesday, the morning after Joe Biden asked Kamala Harris to run as his vice president, Republicans blasted her as "A California Progressive Radical."

Hours later, the Trump campaign slammed the first-term U.S. senator from the nation's most populous state as "a California Radical who Completes the Left-Wing Takeover of Joe...Read more

How will Kamala Harris impact the rest of the Democratic ticket?

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WASHINGTON -- The fundraising email from California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris hit inboxes Tuesday evening with the subject line "Proud to announce." But it wasn't about Harris making history as her party's vice presidential nominee.

"I'm excited to let you know ... that I'm proudly endorsing Cindy Axne for Congress!" read the email, touting...Read more

'America is crying out for leadership': Biden and Harris make first appearance as Democratic ticket

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WILMINGTON, Del. -- The Biden-Harris presidential ticket made its pandemic-inflected debut on Wednesday, forgoing the conventional giddiness of an introductory campaign event for a more somber tone centered on the challenges facing the nation.

Instead of cheering crowds and waving campaign signs, there were face masks and temperature checks, as...Read more

Conn. candidate who was arrested a day before GOP primary is in a virtual tie

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Justin Anderson led Thomas Gilmer by four votes in the Republican primary in the 2nd Congressional District as of early Wednesday afternoon.

The primary in eastern Connecticut was unexpectedly thrown into chaos Tuesday when voters learned that the Gilmer, the party-endorsed candidate from Madison, had been arrested late ...Read more

Trump says 'suburban housewife' will vote for him. What do polls, 2018 election show?

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted that the "suburban housewife" will vote for him in the upcoming election -- but polls and past election results tell a different story.

"The 'suburban housewife' will be voting for me," the president tweeted. "They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income ...Read more

The legislative record of Kamala Harris shows a loyal Democrat and Trump counter-puncher

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WASHINGTON -- Kamala Harris' arrival in the Senate coincided with the start of the Trump administration in 2017, and the Democratic vice presidential candidate's legislative record shows her to be a reliable soldier of the opposition party.

Because of that reality, there's been limited opportunity for crossover voting for Joe Biden's choice of ...Read more

Trump weighs replacing Esper at Pentagon after November election

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has privately said that he intends to replace Secretary of Defense Mark Esper after the November election, according to people familiar with internal discussions.

One person said Esper has told people close to him that he intends to leave regardless of the election's outcome, meaning he could exit the ...Read more

Picking Harris, Biden puts centrist stamp on Democrats' future

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WASHINGTON -- In picking Kamala Harris as his running mate, Joe Biden set a marker for how he believes Democrats can win -- both in this election and in the future -- with a multiracial coalition that can excite voters, but a center-left brand that steers clear of the most far-reaching progressive demands.

Harris, like Biden, but unlike some of...Read more

Trump adds grandiose promises to campaign pitch

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WASHINGTON -- The payroll tax, a bedrock of the American retirement system since 1941, will end as soon as President Donald Trump is reelected, he promised last weekend.

A new Iran nuclear deal will come to pass a month after that, he said Monday, around the same time as a new national health care plan, a middle-class tax cut and a string of ...Read more

QAnon supporter wins GOP's US House runoff in Georgia

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ROME, Ga. -- Marjorie Taylor Greene was victorious in Georgia's 14th Congressional District Republican runoff, and she is likely to become the first QAnon supporter to earn a seat in Congress.

Addressing supporters shortly after 9 p.m. Eastern, she credited her willingness to buck party leadership in her win over neurosurgeon John Cowan.

"The ...Read more

Rep. Ilhan Omar wins contentious primary in Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS -- U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar won a five-way Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary Tuesday in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, topping her nearest contender by double digits after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Central time.

Her leading challenger, Democratic newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux, trailed significantly with more than 90% of the...Read more

NC House candidate is under fire for posts some call sympathetic to white nationalists

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A North Carolina congressional candidate faced scrutiny Tuesday after three-year-old social media posts went viral that some say signal support for white nationalism.

And media reports also debunked Republican Madison Cawthorn's claim that the accident that left him paralyzed was the reason he did not attend the U.S. Naval ...Read more

'Extraordinarily nasty': Trump and his campaign launch swift attack on Kamala Harris

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump called California Sen. Kamala Harris "nasty" and the "meanest" member of the U.S. Senate shortly after Joe Biden named her as his running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket.

Trump said Harris was "extraordinarily nasty" in her questioning of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate ...Read more

Kamala Harris brings prosecutor's legacy to Biden ticket, for better or worse

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Kamala Harris made a career of straddling issues and rebranding herself while moving from prosecutor to legislator. Now the Democratic vice presidential nominee will have to rebound from her hard-nosed law enforcement record to become an agent of change in the age of racial justice protests.

At 55, Harris brings to the Biden campaign relative ...Read more

Kamala Harris in California: Big winner but a polarizing figure

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden's choice of Sen. Kamala Harris brings to the Democratic ticket a woman who has won three times statewide in California -- but has also been a polarizing figure.

She was San Francisco's top prosecutor from 2004 to 2011, then attorney general from 2011 until 2017. While holding statewide office, she called herself ...Read more

Sen. Kamala Harris is Joe Biden's pick for vice president

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Joe Biden has named his one-time rival Kamala Harris as his running mate, the campaign revealed Tuesday, elevating California's junior senator as the first woman of color to appear on a major party's presidential ticket.

Harris, who centered her unsuccessful White House bid last year on a promise to "prosecute the case" against President Donald...Read more

It's official: Kamala Harris named Joe Biden's vice presidential running mate

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After weeks of growing speculation, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden answered on Tuesday the most highly anticipated question of his campaign, naming California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate.

"Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau," Biden tweeted, referring to his late son. ...Read more

With Harris as Biden's VP pick, Newsom has chance to appoint history-making senator

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- With California Sen. Kamala Harris now cemented as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's running mate, Gov. Gavin Newsom could soon face the politically perilous decision of whom to select as her replacement in the U.S. Senate.

The appointment promises to be one of the most consequential of his political career, ...Read more

GOP operatives want Kanye West on the presidential ballot — but will it really matter?

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When a Democrat or Republican runs for president, there's usually a stable of low-profile legal experts affiliated with the party who can help navigate the country's thicket of ballot-access laws.

But if you were, say, music megastar Kanye West mounting a not-exactly-viable presidential bid under the banner of the not-exactly-serious "Birthday ...Read more