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Biden, Obama, celebrities expected to raise record amount at downtown LA event

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LOS ANGELES — President Joe Biden arrived at a star-studded fundraiser Saturday evening in downtown Los Angeles that is expected to raise at least $28 million — the largest cash haul from a one-night event in Democratic history.

Former President Barack Obama, George Clooney and Julia Roberts are among the headliners at the gathering at L.A....Read more

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One in four voters are double-haters, rejecting Trump and Biden

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WASHINGTON — The ranks of the double-haters — voters who say they don’t like either major party presidential candidate — are at a historic high and make up one-quarter of the electorate, according to a new analysis from Pew Research Center.

That’s nearly twice as many as at this point in 2020.

Double-haters were a key factor in ...Read more

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Biden campaign plans fundraiser at Hamptons home of Jana founder

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President Joe Biden will head to the Hamptons later this month as he seeks to bring in more campaign cash than his rival Donald Trump.

The event will be held June 29 at the oceanfront estate of hedge fund manager Barry Rosenstein and his wife, Lizanne, according to an invitation seen by Bloomberg, which listed no other names. Rosenstein, 65, ...Read more

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Biden looks to Hollywood for 2024 boost. It hasn't been that simple

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Joe Biden is banking on Hollywood’s A-list to help propel him to victory in November, but their star power has yielded a mixed bag for the embattled president.

Big-name actors and musicians, from Robert De Niro to Barbara Streisand, have enticed donors to back Biden’s reelection effort but there’s little evidence they’ve energized ...Read more

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Trump scores Kilpatrick endorsement as he courts Black voters in Detroit

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DETROIT — Former President Donald Trump's campaign announced the endorsement of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Saturday in a statement ahead of a campaign appearance at a Detroit church with Black voters.

Kilpatrick's name was listed among a few dozen Black leaders who had endorsed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's ...Read more

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Democrat has strong showing in deep-red Colorado congressional district as candidates file fundraising reports

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DENVER — Colorado’s latest congressional campaign fundraising snapshot — the final one before the June 25 primary — showed new and intriguing dynamics emerging to stir things up in a high-profile presidential election year.

But some things have stayed the same — including in U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert’s current district, long after ...Read more

Why Biden's protest problem has reached deep-blue California and why it matters

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WASHINGTON — As former President Donald Trump’s motorcade coursed through Beverly Hills, Newport Beach and San Francisco last week, packs of MAGA hat-wearing, flag-waving fans lined the posh streets and coastal highways and cheered.

Yet when Vice President Kamala Harris, who was raised among community activists in Berkeley, headed to a San...Read more

Thousands protest in France to oppose Le Pen's far right

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Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across France Saturday to oppose Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally, which is predicted to finish first in the upcoming snap legislative election called by President Emmanuel Macron.

The demonstrators are seeking to call attention to the nationalist party’s policies on human rights, ...Read more

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CNN is sharing its presidential debate with rivals. But there are strings attached

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CNN's deal to produce the first debate of the 2024 presidential election cycle is a major coup for the news network. It won't let viewers forget it.

The scheduled June 27 showdown between the presumptive nominees, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, is the first time in history that a single TV network has landed exclusive ...Read more

Thousands take to streets in France to oppose Le Pen's far right

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Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across France Saturday to oppose Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally, which is predicted to finish first in the snap legislative election called by President Emmanuel Macron in two weeks.

The demonstrators are seeking to call attention to the nationalist party’s policies on human ...Read more

Juneteenth celebrates just one of the United States’ 20 emancipation days – and the history of how emancipated people were kept unfree needs to be remembered, too

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The actual day was June 19, 1865, and it was the Black dockworkers in Galveston, Texas, who first heard the word that freedom for the enslaved had come. There were speeches, sermons and shared meals, mostly held at Black churches, the safest places to have such celebrations.

The perils of unjust laws and racist social customs were ...Read more

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Editorial: Biden can't win from the basement

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The numbers look grim for President Joe Biden and his party. Donald Trump, despite his criminal convictions, still leads the 2024 race by about a percentage point nationally and by significant margins in almost every battleground state. Biden’s approval rating has been underwater since 2021 and hasn’t topped 40% in nine months. Democratic ...Read more

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Editorial: Supreme Court keeps medication abortion safe -- for now

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The Supreme Court did the right thing Thursday by unanimously ruling against a challenge to the safety of mifepristone, the first of two drugs used in medication abortions.

Of course, this wasn’t the Court protecting access to abortion, which it gutted by overturning Roe vs. Wade two years ago and taking away the constitutional right to ...Read more

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Commentary: The far right makes unnerving gains in EU elections

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I was in France during the recent European Union elections and witnessed the shock of many as Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally nearly doubled its support from five years ago. National Rally secured 31.5% of the vote, more than twice that of French President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance coalition. Though it was most pronounced in ...Read more

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Commentary: Supreme Court ethics lapses aren't a partisan issue

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Ethics reform at the Supreme Court is not a partisan issue. Nor is it a cynical attempt to shame or bully the court. It’s true that the justices most in the news for ethical lapses — Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito — are staunch conservatives. But liberal justices have had their issues, too.

Pointing this out isn’t “both-sidesing” ...Read more

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Women bypass Florida's 6 week abortion ban through telehealth, mail, travel

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ORLANDO, Fla. — In the month since Florida imposed a six-week abortion ban, Lana’e Hernandez has helped nearly 200 women figure out how to end later pregnancies, work that sometimes means securing airfare, hotel rooms and money to pay clinics in places as far away as Illinois.

Her clients have included a first-time mother who terminated a ...Read more

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Maryland abortion-rights opponents say amendment is 'Trojan horse'; supporters say passage is critical

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BALTIMORE — Abortion-rights advocates are in the midst of a campaign to enshrine abortion protections in a state constitutional amendment this fall.

Parental rights advocates also are gearing up in opposition — door-knocking and sharing literature with voters, preparing for TV and radio advertisements and fundraising. They say the proposed ...Read more

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Trump paints dark picture of America, promises rosy future if he defeats Biden

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Celebrating his birthday, former President Donald Trump presented a dark vision of America that he said could only be transformed one way — with his return as president.

He said the country was hobbled by rising prices, endangered by criminals from other countries and threatened by terrorists he claimed are roaming ...Read more

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Closed Wichita abortion clinic hires consultant in effort to reopen as interim CEO resigns

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The interim CEO of Wichita’s largest abortion clinic resigned Friday, and the clinic’s board hired a national healthcare consultant in hopes of reopening this summer.

Trust Women Wichita has not offered abortions for nearly a month after its board of directors reportedly fired the clinic’s co-executive directors — Schaunta James-Boyd ...Read more

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Maryland Democrats advertise Donald Trump's support of Larry Hogan on Baltimore billboards

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BALTIMORE — The Maryland Democratic Party has launched two billboards in Baltimore to highlight former President Donald Trump’s new support of Republican Larry Hogan — the latest sign, slightly more than 24 hours after Trump’s statement, that Democrats think the former president is a liability to Hogan’s chances in Maryland’s U.S. ...Read more