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POINT: What Donald Trump should say (but probably won't)

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My fellow Americans,

Tonight, with millions of you watching from home, as you did so many times when I was hosting “The Apprentice” — you remember that, Joe? (Looks at President Biden.) Probably not. It was past your bedtime.

Anyway, with so many of you watching and worrying about which of us is ready to serve as your president for the ...Read more

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China has no favorite in Biden-Trump race, US intelligence finds

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WASHINGTON — U.S. spies believe China’s leaders see little or no upside to the looming electoral showdown between President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump.

Ahead of next week’s first debate of the presidential campaign, U.S. intelligence agencies assess that China has no clear preference between the two candidates, according ...Read more

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Ex-Trump administration officials win GOP runoffs for US House

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ATLANTA — Two former Trump administration officials will seek to represent Georgia in Congress after prevailing in separate Republican primary election runoffs Tuesday.

Brian Jack, then-President Donald Trump’s White House political director, is almost certainly headed to Congress after defeating former Georgia Senate Majority Leader Mike ...Read more

Paying reparations for slavery is possible – based on a study of federal compensation to farmers, fishermen, coal miners, radiation victims and 70 other groups

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As Americans celebrate Juneteenth, legislation for a commission to study reparations for harms resulting from the enslavement of nearly 4 million people has languished in Congress for more than 30 years.

Though America has yet to begin compensating Black Americans for past and ongoing racial harms, our new research published in the ...Read more

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Accountability thy name isn't Biden

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The buck famously stopped on President Harry S. Truman’s desk. The current White House prefers to dissemble, point fingers and run for the hills.

One of the enduring characteristics of President Joe Biden is his repeated attempts to blame imaginary gremlins for problems he himself has helped create. The latest manifestation of this ...Read more

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Editorial: Trump's special treatment in Florida is a privilege other felons don't get

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The national political soap opera continues as former President Donald Trump prepares for his July 11 sentencing in the hush money criminal case. As expected, Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to play the top supporting role by vowing to restore Trump’s voting rights as a felon so he can cast a ballot in Florida’s November elections.

Oh, the drama.

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During Watergate, the Supreme Court spoke with one voice. Can it do the same in Trump's case?

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WASHINGTON -- Fifty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court was mulling a landmark case with profound implications for America's democracy.

The question before justices in the Watergate tapes dispute was whether the president was above the law, shielded from prosecutors and a judge who were investigating a crime.

The court's answer was ...Read more

Saying a final goodbye to Willie Mays, baseball’s ‘Say hey’ kid

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In 1959, when Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev visited San Francisco and members of the International Longshoreman’s Union greeted him with cheers, newspaperman Frank Coniff quipped: “This is the damndest city. They cheer Khruschev and boo Willie Mays.”

It was the height of the Cold War and, for Coniff and many of his readers, ...Read more

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Biden enlists Bill and Hillary Clinton to counter Trump's fundraising

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President Joe Biden was joined by former President Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a Virginia fundraiser on Tuesday, part of a week of furious fundraising to neutralize a flood of donations to former President Donald Trump.

The event, which also featured former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, came just ...Read more

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California man sentenced for threatening to kill Biden and Harris

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California man was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday for threatening to kill President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, after he was arrested in Iowa while embarking on a cross-country trip.

Kuachua Brillion Xiong, 27, who lived in Sacramento County after working as a grocery clerk in Merced, appeared ...Read more

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Former Trump aide wins GOP runoff for US House seat in west Georgia

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ATLANTA — A former aide to President Donald Trump defeated a former state senator in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff election in Georgia's 3rd Congressional District.

Brian Jack is almost certainly headed to Congress after defeating Mike Dugan in the runoff. In November, Jack will face Democrat Maura Keller in the west Georgia district ...Read more

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Democrat Missy Cotter Smasal wins Virginia's 2nd District primary, will face Republican US Rep. Jen Kiggans

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NORFOLK, Va. — Missy Cotter Smasal handily defeated Jake Denton Tuesday to earn the Democratic nomination in the race to represent the 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Associated Press called the race at 8:04 p.m. Eastern time with 22% of votes. Smasal has 68% to Denton’s 32%.

Smasal, 46, is a Navy ...Read more

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For many undocumented South Floridians, new Biden policies offer a welcome chance to stay

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MIAMI — For a decade, Lowell Laban mixed drinks for the passengers of cruise ships that bobbed between South Florida, the Caribbean, and other harbors around the world.

Laban, 47, would visit his home town, the port city of Bluefields on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, from time to time. But during a visit to the United States, Laban decided ...Read more

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'No to dictators, no to Trump': Billboard on Palmetto Expressway draws outrage, agreement in Miami

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MIAMI — A roadside billboard in Miami that draws comparisons between Donald Trump and dictators like Fidel Castro is aiming to strike a chord with South Florida Hispanics. For some, it’s touching a nerve.

The billboard, which reads “No a los dictadores, no a Trump” – “No to dictators, no to Trump” – was posted Monday along the ...Read more

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George Latimer accuses Jamaal Bowman of 'lies' in ad suggesting NY Daily News endorsement in 16th District race

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NEW YORK — Democratic congressional candidate George Latimer accused his opponent, incumbent Rep. Jamaal Bowman, of “lying” in a TV ad that suggests the New York Daily News gave him the newspaper’s endorsement, which it did not.

The Bowman ad in question attributes the statement “America needs brave leaders like Jamaal Bowman” to ...Read more

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Trump, Biden tied in a dead heat heading into next week's debate, poll shows

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A new poll shows the former and incumbent presidents tied in a dead heat with just over a week to go before their first head-to-head debate of the 2024 election cycle.

An NPR/PBS News/Marist National Poll released Tuesday shows both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump tied for support at 49%. Trump gains a slight 1% edge, ...Read more

How Biden’s executive order to protect immigrant spouses of citizens from deportation will benefit their families and communities

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Rodrigo Salazar is a man who entered the U.S. without a visa and has been living in the country without legal status ever since. Because of this, Rodrigo, who asked that we not use his or his wife’s real names in order to protect their identity, cannot advance from low-paying jobs at restaurants and car washes.

His wife, Carmela, is...Read more

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Trump Media sinks as SEC declaration may dilute existing holders

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Trump Media & Technology Group Corp. sank in late trading after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission declared effective a regulatory filing that could dilute shareholders.

The long-awaited clearance lets investors in the firm’s derivatives, known as warrants, swap their holdings for shares in the company which can dilute long-time ...Read more

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'Preponderance of evidence': Sen. Paul presses lab leak theory in hearing on coronavirus origins

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul accelerated his case Tuesday that the COVID-19 pandemic likely originated from a lab leak in Wuhan, China, castigating government scientists for continually concealing information favorable to that conclusion more than four years after the outbreak.

“Do we know for certain it came from the lab? No,” Paul, a ...Read more

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'California wins big' with Biden's new immigration policy shielding undocumented spouses

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WASHINGTON — California’s undocumented population stands to benefit significantly from the White House’s immigration policy announced Tuesday to extend sweeping protections to undocumented residents who have lived in the country for years and are married to U.S. citizens.

Roughly 12%, or 315,000, of California’s undocumented residents ...Read more