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As deaths near 100,000, Trump and others head outdoors, often without precautions

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WASHINGTON -- Preparing to celebrate Memorial Day, Americans flocked to beaches and parks on Sunday, with many ignoring disease precautions even as the nation's coronavirus-related deaths approached the bleak milepost of 100,000.

As public health experts made a fresh round of appeals for physical distancing and face coverings, President Trump ...Read more

Trump finishes controversial malaria drug course to combat virus

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President Donald Trump said he completed his course of treatment with hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he's promoted as a therapy for coronavirus despite an outcry from medical professionals about its unproven efficacy and potential side effects.

"Finished, just finished," Trump said in an interview on Sinclair Broadcast Group program ...Read more

Republicans risk political backlash in Trump's haste to reopen

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President Donald Trump is pushing to reopen the United States economy quickly as his core supporters are hit harder by job losses than by the coronavirus.

The balance between lives and livelihoods during the pandemic has been experienced very differently across the partisan divide. In states Trump won in 2016, 23 people have lost a job for ...Read more

California elections officials suggest schools as voting sites for social distancing

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Elections officials across California, seeking a way to offer in-person voting in November with strict coronavirus protections, are urging lawmakers to close schools and allow campus gyms and auditoriums to be used in the days leading up to and including election day.

The proposal was made this week in a letter to ...Read more

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to stop release of inmates at risk for COVID-19

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to intervene for the first time in a case related to COVID-19, to block a judge's order that a low-security federal prison in Ohio transfer, release or send home some of its elderly and medically vulnerable inmates.

"The government is currently facing numerous suits challenging ...Read more

Trump heads to golf course for first time since virus lockdowns

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President Donald Trump headed to the golf course for the first time in over two months, engaging in his personal passion as well as attempting to show how the country can return to normal after stay-at-home orders taken against the coronavirus.

Trump arrived at the Trump National Golf Club in suburban Virginia around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. He ...Read more

House Democrats seek to overhaul Puerto Rico financial oversight

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A group of House Democrats on Friday introduced a long-shot bill that would overhaul the federal government's relationship with Puerto Rico, allow an independent audit of the commonwealth's billions in debt and give local authorities the power to discharge unsecured debt deemed excessive.

The proposal by House Natural Resources Chairman Raul ...Read more

Biden: If you can't choose me over Trump, 'you ain't black'

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Joe Biden, whose presidential bid was buoyed in the primary by support from African Americans, came under scrutiny Friday for telling a radio host that black people who were considering voting for President Donald Trump "ain't black."

The comments by the former vice president came at the end of a spirited interview with Charlamagne Tha God, a ...Read more

Trump orders houses of worship reopened, vows to override states

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he would order states to allow places of worship to reopen from stay-at-home restrictions imposed to combat the coronavirus outbreak, promising to override any governor who refuses without explaining what authority he had to do so.

"The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important...Read more

Trump campaign slams Biden

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African-American Republicans slammed Democrat Joe Biden Friday after he told a radio host that if a voter is still undecided, "you ain't black."

Surrogates for President Donald Trump called the comments by the presumptive Democratic nominee "racist and dehumanizing." They come a day after Trump was also criticized for remarks around race at a ...Read more

Hydroxychloroquine linked to deaths, heart risks in COVID study

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Antimalaria drugs that President Donald Trump has touted for treatment of COVID-19 were linked to an increased risk of death and heart ailments in a study.

Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine didn't benefit patients with the coronavirus, either alone or in combination with an antibiotic, according to the study published Friday by The Lancet ...Read more

Want to know who won the presidential race on election night? Get ready to wait

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PHILADELPHIA -- It's a familiar election night routine: Polls close, and everyone wants to know who won -- immediately. Every minute matters for Americans anxiously awaiting the results. News organizations race to meet the demand by using complex statistical models to "call" the winner long before all the votes are counted.

But get comfortable ...Read more

Biden says he doesn't yet know who he'll pick as running mate

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden said Thursday he knows what qualities he's looking for in his vice-presidential pick but stressed that he was far from a decision.

"I honest to God don't know who -- I promise you -- right now," he said on CBS's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert."

Asked about reporting that Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota had agreed ...Read more

Biden limits media access to virtual Wall Street fundraiser

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden's campaign limited media access to a fundraiser with Wall Street donors on Thursday night, the first time reporters were unable to join the video portion of a virtual fundraiser or hear the presumptive Democratic nominee answer questions.

The fundraiser was hosted by Roger Altman, the founder of Evercore Inc.; Blair ...Read more

Amy Klobuchar reportedly being officially vetted to be Joe Biden's running mate

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, long seen as a possible running mate for former Vice President Joe Biden, is reportedly getting official consideration for the job.

That's according to a tweet Thursday from a CBS News campaign reporter who said Klobuchar has been asked by Biden "to undergo vetting to be considered for his VP." The report was ...Read more

Trump plans to exit arms control treaty with Russia

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WASHINGTON -- The United States intends to withdraw from a treaty with Russia that allows unarmed surveillance flights over each other's territories, President Donald Trump said Thursday, a move that marks the latest U.S. pullback from a major international arms pact and could further strain ties with Moscow and European allies.

But the ...Read more

Baltimore mayor urges Trump to reconsider Memorial Day visit to Fort McHenry with city under stay-at-home order

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young is urging President Donald Trump to reconsider his planned visit to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on Memorial Day, in light of the stay-at-home order in place in the city to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

"I wish that the President, as our nation's leader, ...Read more

Trump heads to Michigan amid clashes with state officials

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is heading to Michigan on Thursday to tour a factory that's churning out ventilators and personal protective equipment for the coronavirus crisis, but his visit to the election-year battleground state was overshadowed by self-inflicted controversies over voting and masks before he left.

He sparked a furious ...Read more

Trump Doral announces 250 furloughs will now become permanent layoffs

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MIAMI -- Trump National Doral Miami, President Donald J. Trump's Miami-Dade resort hotel and golf course, has announced 250 workers who were originally furloughed indefinitely will now be permanently laid off.

In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act notice dated May 15 and posted to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's website ...Read more

News Analysis: Trump's obsession with Obama turns two-way race into a three-way tangle

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More than three years after leaving the White House, Barack Obama appears to have taken up renewed residency.

Not within its living quarters but, rather, inside President Donald Trump's head.

In a barrage remarkable even by Trump's norm-demolishing standards, the nation's 45th chief executive has spent a good deal of time lately savaging the ...Read more