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Trump vows to aid convicted 'Silk Road' founder in crypto appeal

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Donald Trump called to commute the sentence of Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the Silk Road online marketplace, in an attempt to position himself as a pro-cryptocurrency candidate to Libertarian voters.

Ulbricht, 40, is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2015 of running Silk Road, where customers used Bitcoin and other virtual ...Read more

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South African parties wind up campaigns ahead of pivotal vote

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South Africa’s political parties began winding up their campaigns ahead of next week’s pivotal elections, with the ruling African National Congress and the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters staging huge rallies that highlighted their mass appeal.

The May 29 vote is set to be the most hotly contested since apartheid ended, with a series of ...Read more

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The case against Donald Trump: 20 days of hush money trial testimony explained

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NEW YORK — Twelve Manhattanites are expected this week to begin deliberating whether Donald Trump is a felon who conspired to disguise lewd rumors of his past to help him win over voters during his 2016 run for the White House.

The historic determination could see an American president convicted for the first time at a time when Trump, the ...Read more

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Former President Donald Trump is coming to the Coca-Cola 600, and so are Democrats

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former President Donald Trump is expected to attend the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend, and Democrats are taking it as an opportunity to remind voters about the former president’s controversial policy positions.

Two billboards will be visible in high-trafficked areas of Charlotte, stating: “Beware: Trump’s Extreme MAGA ...Read more

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NASCAR and Donald Trump: Why the presidential candidate is attending Coca-Cola 600 race

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former President Donald Trump will signal the importance of North Carolina in the 2024 election when he returns to the Charlotte area Sunday for the Coca-Cola 600, political experts say.

It will be the first time a sitting or former president has taken in a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. The visit coincides ...Read more

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Stuck in Manhattan for his hush money trial, Donald Trump turns New York City into a campaign set

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NEW YORK — In a typical presidential election, the campaign is hardest fought in the battleground states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin.

But for Donald Trump, the past few weeks have looked a little different.

The presumptive Republican nominee, forced to maintain a tight radius around his hush money trial at 100 Centre St., ...Read more

Joe Biden, a father’s love and the legacy of ‘daddy issues’ among presidents

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President Joe Biden often talks about the close relationship he had with his father and how this influenced him growing up as “the scrappy kid from Scranton,” Pennsylvania.

Biden was born into wealth, the son of a polo-playing yachtsman. But his father, Joe Biden Sr., lost his job after World War II and abused alcohol, struggling ...Read more

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Editorial: A haunting abortion question: Could Florida's ban force unwilling women to terminate?

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Put yourself in the shoes of a young Central Florida woman staring down at a little blue plus sign on a pregnancy test. It’s bad news. She’s always wanted children someday, but she doubts she is ready now.

Before May 1, she would have had time to consider options. Could she rely on the baby’s father or her family for help? If she has ...Read more

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Smith seeks Trump gag order over false FBI assassination theory

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WASHINGTON — Special counsel Jack Smith asked for a court order forbidding Donald Trump from continuing to claim that FBI agents were authorized to kill him when they searched Mar-a-Lago last year for classified documents.

“Those deceptive and inflammatory assertions irresponsibly put a target on the backs of the FBI agents involved in this...Read more

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Lloyd Austin handed off Pentagon duties while undergoing procedure

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin briefly turned over his duties to his deputy on Friday while he underwent a medical procedure linked to an issue that left him hospitalized for two weeks in January.

The secretary had a “successful, elective, and minimally invasive follow-up non-surgical procedure related to his bladder issue...Read more

9 Michigan candidates for Congress found to have faulty petitions

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LANSING, Mich. — Staff for the Michigan Secretary of State's Office found nine candidates for seats in the U.S. Congress failed to submit enough valid petition signatures to make the ballot, according to reports released Friday afternoon.

The determinations, if confirmed by the Board of State Canvassers next week, could whittle down the ...Read more

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President Joe Biden will return to Philadelphia next week

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PHILADELPHIA — President Joe Biden will be back campaigning in Philadelphia on Wednesday, in what will be his fifth visit to the area and seventh to Pennsylvania this year.

Biden’s frequent stops in the commonwealth underscore the importance of the Philadelphia region — and the swing state as a whole — in a tense, competitive, and ...Read more

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RFK Jr. hits Trump's COVID-19 response in bid for Libertarian vote

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WASHINGTON — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. attacked former President Donald Trump on his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as he sought to court votes from Libertarian Party members and bolster his independent presidential bid.

“Trump presided over the greatest restriction of individual liberties this country has ever known. He did not stand up ...Read more

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Louisiana first in US to make possessing abortion pills without prescription a crime

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Louisiana became the first state to make it a crime to possess the two main U.S. abortion pills without a prescription, after a new law added mifepristone and misoprostol to the list of controlled substances like highly addictive narcotics.

Gov. Jeff Landry, a Republican who opposes abortion access, said in a social-media post Friday that he’...Read more

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Lloyd Austin will hand off Pentagon duties while undergoing procedure

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WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will turn over his authorities to his deputy while he undergoes a medical procedure linked to a bladder issue that left him hospitalized for two weeks in January.

Doctors will perform “a scheduled, elective, and minimally invasive follow-up non-surgical procedure related to his previously reported...Read more

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Giménez and Díaz-Balart want to ban visits by Cuban officials to US airports

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Miami Republican members of Congress said Friday they will introduce legislation to ban Cuban delegation visits to U.S. airports, following news that island officials were given access to Transportation Security Administration facilities at Miami International Airport on Monday as part of a long-standing cooperation program on aviation safety.

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British Cabinet Minister Gove joins Tory exodus before UK election

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Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said he was standing down as a member of Parliament, adding to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s struggles during the opening days of campaigning ahead of the July 4 general election.

While Gove, 56, said he still supported Sunak, he argued that the toll of being a politician meant it was time for “a new generation�...Read more

What to watch for in Trump trial’s closing arguments, from a law school professor who teaches and studies them

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After more than four weeks of often sordid testimony, accusations of lying and even a warning from Judge Juan M. Merchan to a witness to stop giving him the side-eye, lawyers in the hush-money case involving former President Donald Trump are expected to make their closing arguments on May 28, 2024.

In a jury trial, opening statements ...Read more

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Trump says Haley will be on his team; he calls her a “capable person”

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After months of silence post election suspension, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said she’d vote for former President Donald Trump in the 2024 election. Now, he’s saying there is a place for her on his team.

Trump said Haley was a “very capable person,” and was sure she would be part of his team “in some form,” after Haley ...Read more

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The race to replace Andy Kim: 9 people are running for the seat in the New Jersey primaries

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Five New Jersey Democrats and four Republicans are running in primaries to replace U.S. Rep. Andy Kim in the U.S. House.

On the Democratic side, two New Jersey General Assembly members could have an advantage over a handful of political outsiders in the open seat race. In the Republican race, one candidate leads in fundraising while another has...Read more