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Donald Trump attends a Bucks County fundraiser and a rally in Lehigh County in battleground Pennsylvania

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Former President Donald J. Trump told thousands of supporters at a campaign rally in Lehigh County on Saturday night that Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel was a symptom of U.S. “weakness” and would never have happened if he were still president.

“God bless the people of Israel; they’re under attack right now,” Trump said, ...Read more

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Harris hammers Trump on abortion in surprise Los Angeles appearance

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LOS ANGELES — Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday continued to hammer Arizona's new abortion ban and former President Donald Trump's role in overturning Roe v. Wade during a surprise appearance in Century City.

"Here's the thing about what they're doing and the cruelty of it: No exception in some states even for rape and incest. You are ...Read more

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First lady Jill Biden to visit NC and highlight career-connected learning programs

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First lady Jill Biden will visit North Carolina on Monday, aiming to talk up the administration’s focus on education.

Stopping in Greenville and Greensboro, Biden will visit local community colleges to discuss career-connected learning programs.

At 12:30 p.m., Biden will make her first stop at Pitt Community College in ...Read more

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Donald Trump is coming to Pa. for a Bucks County fundraiser, followed by a rally in Lehigh County

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PHILADELPHIA — Former President Donald Trump will be in Bucks County on Saturday for a fundraiser before heading to the Lehigh Valley for a rally.

Both areas are critical battlegrounds in Pennsylvania as Trump campaigns against President Joe Biden this year.

Trump’s third visit to Pennsylvania this year comes just 10 days before the state�...Read more

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2 California congressional candidates tied. Now, recount requests are complicating it even further

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LOS ANGELES — The astonishing saga of a tied Silicon Valley congressional race took another zag this week, with multiple citizens submitting official requests for recounts.

Two candidates tied for second place in the primary to replace retiring Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., meaning both they and the first-place finisher will face off in the ...Read more

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Donald Trump says he'll 'absolutely' testify in upcoming hush money criminal trial

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NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump said he’ll have no issue taking the stand in his upcoming criminal trial centered on an illicit hush money payoff to porn star Stormy Daniels.

“I’m testifying,” he declared during a press briefing Friday night. “I tell the truth. All I can do is tell the truth, and the truth is there’s no ...Read more

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What you need to know about the Donald Trump hush money criminal trial

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NEW YORK — For the first time in the nation’s history, a former U.S. president will go on trial Monday when jury selection kicks off in District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case against Donald Trump focused on an illicit hush money payoff to Stormy Daniels.

The scheme at the heart of the case has long been public knowledge, first hitting the ...Read more

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Trump in line for extra SPAC payday despite $4.5 billion selloff

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A rocky start for Trump Media & Technology Group Corp. shares has wiped out $4.5 billion in market value in just a couple of weeks. But it will have to lose a lot more than that to put at risk the massive special bonus due to the former president and his corporate insiders.

As part of the startup’s blank-check deal, Trump Media insiders — ...Read more

What happened to Confederate money after the Civil War?

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Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com.

What happened to Confederate money after the Civil War? – Ray G., 12, Arlington, Virginia

At the time the Civil War began in 1861, the United States government did not ...Read more

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Trump's untruths pile up. Biden gets facts wrong too. Do voters care?

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Former President Donald Trump was on another one of his screeds about how Democratic prosecutors were persecuting him, saying he’d been “investigated by the Democrats more than Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Al Capone combined.”

The crowd at a 2022 rally in North Carolina seemed to eat if up, having a hearty laugh when Trump concluded: �...Read more

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Biden in appeal to Black voters touts record to National Action Network

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NEW YORK — Looking to buoy support among Black voters, President Joe Biden rattled off a list of promises kept, from police reform to relieving student debt, on Friday to the National Action Network.

In brief remarks to the civil rights organization, Biden praised his administration for pushing an agenda that builds Black wealth, protects ...Read more

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President Biden will swing through Scranton and Philly next week for an 'economic tour' across Pa.

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PHILADELPHIA — President Joe Biden is heading back to his childhood home next week to kick off an economic-themed tour across the state.

Biden is averaging nearly a trip a month to Pennsylvania in his bid to hold onto the state — and the White House. He will visit Scranton on Tuesday as part of a three-day swing that will also bring him to ...Read more

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Judge Merchan denies another Trump bid to delay imminent hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Denying yet another bid by Donald Trump to delay his pending trial, Judge Juan Merchan said on Friday that the former president personally generated “much, if not most,” of the media circus he complains about.

Merchan agreed with prosecutors’ arguments opposing Trump’s request for an indefinite delay because of intense ...Read more

Young men in violent parts of Philadelphia, Chicago die from guns at a higher rate than US troops in the heat of battle

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Mass shootings tend to dominate the debate over gun violence – but they accounted for just 3% of all firearm homicides in the United States in 2021.

The vast majority of gun homicides are murders that happen in an extremely concentrated number of neighborhoods – places where the rate of gun deaths rivals war zones.

As a ...Read more

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Majority of Catholics support abortion rights, says new study

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Nearly 60% of U.S. Catholics believe abortion should be legal, according to a new poll.

That includes 39% of Catholics who believe abortion is a right in most cases and more than 20% who regard terminating a pregnancy to be an entitlement in every case.

According to the Pew Research Center, only 11% of Catholics in the U.S. feel all abortions ...Read more

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Trump offers support for Johnson as he downplays GOP divisions

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Former President Donald Trump offered support for embattled House Speaker Mike Johnson — who is fighting to keep his job under pressure from ultraconservative lawmakers— seeking to tamp down on divisions in the Republican caucus.

Johnson traveled to Florida and promised to introduce legislation touching on two of Trump’s favored political...Read more

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Biden to return to Pittsburgh area Wednesday as part of three-day swing through Pennsylvania

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is returning to Pennsylvania next week, including a stop in the Pittsburgh area, the White House said Friday.

Biden first is to travel to Scranton, where he was born, on Tuesday to talk taxes. He then is scheduled to visit the Pittsburgh area on Wednesday and, after returning to Washington, go to Philadelphia ...Read more

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Biden also used political donations to cover lawyer costs

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, who has criticized Republican rival Donald Trump for relying on political donations to pay his legal bills, used nearly $2 million raised by the Democratic National Committee to pay his own lawyers.

The DNC paid $1.1 million to Bob Bauer PLLC, the firm of the veteran political lawyer, hired to defend Biden in...Read more

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House plans to send Mayorkas impeachment articles to Senate on Tuesday

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WASHINGTON — The House plans to deliver impeachment articles for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate Tuesday afternoon, after a delay sparked by Senate Republican efforts to ensure an impeachment trial.

Senate Democrats have said they plan to quickly dismiss or otherwise dispense with the two articles of the historic ...Read more

‘I’m not black, I’m O.J.’: What O.J. Simpson’s life showed about transcending race and being trapped by it

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It’s still unclear when – or if – O.J. Simpson actually said the words that rapper Jay-Z attributed to him in his 2017 Grammy-nominated song “The Story of O.J.”

But the words stuck and came to symbolize the complicated relationship the Black community had with Simpson, who died on April 11, 2024, from complications of ...Read more