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Hundreds of Trump supporters pack Bronx rally as counterprotesters jeer outside

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Hundreds of Trump supporters packed into Crotona Park in the Bronx on Thursday evening while counterprotesters jeered from the sidelines.

A sea of MAGA-hat wearing attendees rallied in support of the former president, who has spent recent weeks in a Manhattan courtroom several miles away from the South Bronx park. They chanted “USA!, USA!” ...Read more

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Voters, worried about inflation, are favoring Trump in swing states, poll shows

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Former President Donald Trump narrowly leads President Joe Biden in six of the seven states considered key in this year's election rematch, an advantage powered by the perception that the Republican challenger would do a better job controlling inflation, according to a poll released Thursday.

Trump's overall advantage in the seven states stands...Read more

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Noncitizen voting bill advances as Republicans continue messaging push

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WASHINGTON — The House Administration Committee advanced a pair of messaging bills Thursday along party lines that Republicans said would curb foreign interference in U.S. elections and would prevent noncitizens from voting in federal elections — something federal law already forbids.

Chairman Bryan Steil argued that the legislation was ...Read more

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Haley said Trump will 'drag the entire Republican ticket down.' Now she'll vote for him

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Eleven weeks after halting her presidential campaign, Nikki Haley on Wednesday ended billowing speculation about her 2024 intentions by announcing her support for Donald Trump in the general election.

Speaking at Washington’s Hudson Institute, where she’s assumed the position of Walter P. Stern chair, the former United Nations ambassador ...Read more

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Commentary: Trump's hush money trial will go to the jury soon. What's the most likely verdict?

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After 20 days, 22 witnesses and intermittent courtroom fireworks, the evidence in Donald Trump’s New York hush money trial is all in. The case will soon be in the hands of the jury.

Who holds the advantage at this critical juncture? My assessment, after attending much of the trial in person, is that it’s the prosecution’s case to lose.

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Supreme Court backs South Carolina's congressional map

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WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a lower court ruling that found South Carolina had discriminated against Black voters when it drew its latest congressional districts.

The 6-3 decision found that the evidence did not support the lower court’s conclusion that state legislators had relied on race when they drew the ...Read more

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Delta Sigma Theta says Georgia House member falsely claiming membership

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ATLANTA — On the day before she won the Democratic primary to retain her seat representing DeKalb County in the Georgia House of Representatives, Angela Moore received a stinging letter from one of the country’s largest Black sororities, accusing her of misrepresenting her membership.

In other words, Angela Moore is not a Delta.

In a ...Read more

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Supreme Court OKs shift of Black voters to shore up GOP congressional district

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a state's mapmakers may shift tens of thousands of Black voters to a different district if they were seeking to shore up a partisan advantage for a Republican candidate.

In a 6-3 decision, the justices upheld a redistricting map drawn by South Carolina's Republican Legislature and overturned ...Read more

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The race for a central KS House seat kicked off last month. There's already a front-runner

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WASHINGTON — Just a month ago, Rep. Jake LaTurner stunned Kansas Republicans by announcing his retirement from Congress. There’s already a front-runner to replace him: former Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

Schmidt, fresh off a failed bid to defeat Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly in 2022, jumped into the race about a week after LaTurner�...Read more

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Biden has slight edge in NH, UML poll shows; Ayotte missing the mark

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BOSTON — Despite dodging the state’s first-in-the-nation primary election, a recent poll shows President Joe Biden holds a slight edge over former President Donald Trump in New Hampshire.

A poll of 600 likely New Hampshire voters conducted UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion and YouGov from May 6 to May 14 shows that the 45th ...Read more

Stage collapses at Mexico campaign event, killing 9

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Gusts of wind brought down the stage at a campaign event for Mexican presidential candidate Jorge Alvarez Maynez’s Movimiento Ciudadano party, killing nine people.

The accident occurred in San Pedro Garza Garcia in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon. State Governor Samuel Garcia said that in addition to the deaths, 70 had been taken to the ...Read more

Local 'blue wave' Democrats face reelection in 2024 in Georgia counties

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ATLANTA — The blue wave that hit Gwinnett and Cobb counties four years ago, sweeping Democrats into power at all levels of local government for the first time in decades, will be tested in the November general election after most incumbents in both counties easily won their primary races on Tuesday.

The first sign of a political shift came ...Read more

Calls for divestment from apartheid South Africa gave today’s pro-Palestinian student activists a blueprint to follow

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In recent weeks, college campuses across the U.S. have been roiled by pro-Palestinian protests, with the police called in to arrest demonstrators and students threatened with expulsion.

But there’s nothing unusual about the protesters’ tactics of taking over university buildings and erecting tent encampments on college lawns and ...Read more

Militia extremists, kicked off Facebook again, are regaining comfort in public view

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When journalists sounded alarm bells in early May 2024 that more than 100 extremist militia groups had been organizing and communicating on Facebook, it wasn’t the first time militias had garnered attention for their online activities.

As a scholar of militias, I’ve seen extremists get kicked off Facebook before.

This time...Read more

9 justices, many opinions: How the Supreme Court tells lawyers, judges and the public about its decisions and disagreements

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When the U.S. Supreme Court issues opinions, you may hear that the nine justices reached a 6-3 or a 5-4 decision. You may also hear that certain justices wrote a concurrence or that there were multiple dissents.

Those concurrences and dissents are where Supreme Court justices express disagreement with the majority opinion.

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Most Israelis dislike Netanyahu, but support the war in Gaza – an Israeli scholar explains what’s driving public opinion

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Eight months after Israel invaded the Gaza Strip, some critics observe that the Israeli military hasn’t met either of its goals of destroying Hamas and rescuing all of the remaining 133 hostages Hamas is holding.

Yet two-thirds of Israelis still support their military’s aggressive approach in Gaza – including limiting ...Read more

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Editorial: The Libertarian Party's peculiar invitation to Donald Trump

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Former President Donald Trump is set to speak at the Libertarian Party’s National Convention on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

It’s in some sense both a big win and loss for the party. For a former president to address the party is a symbolic victory. But, on the other hand, it is a bizarre thing for the party to do given that Trump is ...Read more

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In France, abortion restrictions offset by medical autonomy

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PARIS — In an airless classroom in Paris City University one Friday afternoon in March, a group of 17 female health care professionals — some doctors, some midwives — gathered to spend the weekend learning how to perform surgical abortions.

Sophie Gaudau is the no-nonsense leader of REVHO health network, which started providing abortion ...Read more

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Editorial: The GOP's porny pilgrimage to a Manhattan courthouse

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Like pilgrims they came, many dressed in the requisite attire of their newfound religion — blue jacket, red tie — to prostrate themselves before the MAGA altar in and around a Manhattan courthouse.

There was House Speaker Mike Johnson, third in the line for the presidency, first in line to confirm his party’s slavish obedience to a ...Read more

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FEC complaint filed against Sam Liccardo, Super PAC that funded the Congressional District 16 recount

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SAN JOSE, California — Former San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and the Super PAC that funded the Congressional District 16 recount are being hit with a Federal Elections Commission complaint from a local attorney who alleges the funders of the recount broke the law in “an apparent attempt to hide who was actually paying for the recount.”

The ...Read more