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Trump shooter never should have had 'direct line of sight': DHS head

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The man who attempted to assassinate former President Donald Trump should not have had a direct line of sight on the presumptive Republican nominee, according to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

“A direct line of sight like that to the former president should not occur,” Mayorkas told “Good Morning America” on Monday. “...Read more

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J.D. Vance named by Trump as vice president pick

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Sen. J.D. Vance, a Republican rising star who burst on the national scene by chronicling his upbringing in small-town Ohio, was named by former President Donald Trump as his vice presidential pick on the first day of the Republican National Convention.

Trump unveiled Vance, 39, as his running mate as the GOP kicks off its convention just two ...Read more

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Trump co-defendant in Fulton RICO case again asks court to disqualify DA

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ATLANTA — Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should be removed from the election interference case against former President Donald Trump to uphold the integrity of the criminal justice system, a court filing on Monday said.

The Georgia Court of Appeals can use this case to establish that a prosecutor in the state who labors under an ...Read more

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JD Vance named by Trump as vice president pick

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Sen. J.D. Vance, a Republican rising star who burst on the national scene by chronicling his upbringing in small-town Ohio, was named by former President Donald Trump as his vice presidential pick on the first day of the Republican National Convention.

Trump unveiled Vance, 39, as his running mate as the GOP kicks off its convention just two ...Read more

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Florida federal judge tosses out Trump classified documents case

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WASHINGTON — A Florida federal judge dismissed the case against former President Donald Trump that alleges he mishandled classified documents after his first term, finding on Monday that the special counsel handling the case was appointed unconstitutionally.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, said in Monday’s order that ...Read more

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Judge Cannon dismisses classified documents case against Trump in Florida

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WASHINGTON — Judge Aileen Cannon has dismissed a federal case against former President Donald Trump over his handling of highly classified documents in Florida, ruling that the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel to prosecute the case was in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Trump stood accused of taking some of the most...Read more

7 ways to avoid becoming a misinformation superspreader when the news is shocking

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The problem of misinformation isn’t going away – and may be getting worse, in the wake of the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump. Internet platforms like Facebook and X have taken some steps to curb its spread and say they are working on doing more. But no method yet introduced has been completely successful at ...Read more

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Trump classified documents case is dismissed by Judge Aileen Cannon

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Judge Aileen Cannon Monday dismissed the classified documents case against former President Trump on the grounds that the appointment of Special Counsel Jack Smith was unconstitutional.

Cannon, who has been harshly criticized for her previous pro-Trump rulings, ruled that Attorney General Merrick Garland had no authority under the Constitution ...Read more

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'Always packing heat': After Trump shot, KC-area candidates vow to keep public events

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Will Scharf has made his work as a lawyer for former President Donald Trump a centerpiece of his campaign for Missouri attorney general. The day after a would-be assassin shot Trump in the ear, Scharf was courting voters in public.

“I’ve been getting death threats almost everyday since I first went public with my ...Read more

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GOP convention kicks off amid calls for unity from Donald Trump following assassination attempt

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With the Republican National Convention beginning today, the GOP could set the tone for the remainder of the presidential election as members respond to the attempted assassination Saturday of their party leader and former president, Donald Trump.

The gathering of Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters in Milwaukee was already set to be a ...Read more

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Editorial: Trump shooting a shocking and perilous moment for America

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The attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump on Saturday during a campaign rally was a shocking moment for America, though thankfully he wasn’t seriously wounded.

Since the nation’s founding, both U.S. presidents and presidential candidates have been killed or injured in acts of political violence, but it has been more than ...Read more

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Editorial: Let us have peace: After failed assassination, Biden and Trump are right to call for calm

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The horrid attempted assassination against former President Donald Trump Saturday evening amidst a rancorous presidential campaign brings to mind the phrase, “let us have peace.” Those are the words chiseled high over Riverside Drive, right above the portico on Grant’s Tomb.

It was the slogan used by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, the victorious ...Read more

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Editorial: Assassination attempt roils a divided nation

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The nation remains in shock as law enforcement officials unravel the mystery of what drove 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks to carry out an assassination attempt against former President Donald Trump during a Saturday rally in Pennsylvania.

Secret Service snipers took down Crooks after he opened fire from a nearby rooftop outside the political...Read more

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Commentary: The American tragedy of the Trump assassination attempt

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Saturday’s assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump was a crime against the entire country and against democracy itself. Every American should be grateful that it failed, and that Trump has survived it.

Let’s say it plainly. It is an abomination that he was wounded as he campaigned for a return to the White House. Every one of...Read more

Trump shooting points to growing threats of political violence

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The would-be assassin's gunfire that wounded former President Donald Trump and sent panic through a Pennsylvania campaign rally on Saturday was unleashed at a time of increasing hostilities in American politics that have roused extremes on the left and the right and further inflamed divisions ahead of the November election.

Multiple shots rang...Read more

After Trump is shot, conspiracy theories flood the internet, creating dangerous 'spiral'

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The attempted assassination of former President Trump at a rally Saturday in Pennsylvania almost immediately gave rise to internet conspiracy theories that experts say will influence how the nation deals with the shocking act of political violence.

The Trump attack marks the first time in decades someone had tried to take a presidential ...Read more

How Smithsonian curators scavenge political conventions to explain the present to the future and save everything from hats to buttons to umbrellas to soap

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Thousands of Republicans, from a presidential candidate to grassroots party members, began assembling in Milwaukee on July 15, 2024, for that quadrennial political ritual, the party convention. Political history curators from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History were there, too. They’re self-described “scavengers” of...Read more

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Commentary: Overcoming AI voice cloning attacks on election integrity

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Imagine it’s Election Day. You’re getting ready to go vote when you receive a call from a public official telling you to vote at an early voting location rather than your Election Day polling site. So, you go there only to discover it’s closed. Turns out that the call wasn’t from the public official but from a replica created by voice ...Read more

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: Country needs 'a better path for our politics'

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called on the country to "chart a better path for our politics" on Sunday night, a day after a gunman attempted to assassinate Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally.

Whitmer, a Democrat, frequent Trump critic and co-chairwoman of President Joe Biden's reelection campaign, urged unity ...Read more

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Trump assassination attempt unsettles Michigan's already tumultuous presidential campaign

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The attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump over the weekend upended an already tumultuous White House campaign season as Democrats reassessed how to argue against a second Trump presidency Sunday while Republicans sought to capitalize on a moment of party unity heading into their national convention.

This comes as Michigan ...Read more