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Trump's order to bypass Congress on coronavirus relief faces likely legal challenges

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Saturday said he was bypassing Congress and taking unilateral action to provide financial relief to Americans struggling during the coronavirus crisis, despite uncertainty about his legal authority to do so.

Following the breakdown of talks on Capitol Hill to reach a bipartisan deal, Trump signed four ...Read more

Trump orders extended jobless benefits, payroll tax deferral

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President Donald Trump announced four executive actions on Saturday, including continued expanded unemployment benefits and a temporary payroll tax deferral for some workers, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hobble the U.S. economy.

Trump also ordered continued eviction protection and student-loan relief.

The moves could jeopardize ...Read more

Oakland ready for Trump attacks if 'proud daughter' Kamala Harris joins Democratic ticket

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- When Joe Biden's vice presidential search committee met with a who's who of California Democrats on a Zoom call late last month, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf used up every second of her turn to make an urgent pitch for Kamala Harris, a self-described proud "daughter of Oakland, California."

Schaaf has known the U.S. senator ...Read more

Trump's path to winning Pa. runs through small Rust Belt towns — like one near Biden's hometown

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CARBONDALE, Pa. -- Mayor Justin Taylor sat in his office in the century-old brick City Hall building overlooking downtown Carbondale, a framed photo of him with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on the wall. Taylor became mayor in this small city of 8,000 when he was 25, just a few years out of the University of Scranton.

Now, 18 years later,...Read more

Trump banned TikTok and WeChat. Are video games next?

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President Trump's two executive orders targeting Chinese companies went public just after 6 p.m. Pacific on Thursday.

The first went after TikTok, to no one's surprise. The video app had been the subject of intensifying rhetoric from the Trump administration for weeks. The order declared that all U.S. entities would be banned from doing ...Read more

Trump says he's considering executive actions on virus aid, preexisting conditions

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he will be "pursuing" an executive order in the next two weeks requiring health insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions for all customers.

"That's a big thing," he told reporters at his golf club Friday evening in Bedminster, New Jersey. "We have to cover preexisting conditions. This has ...Read more

Russia trying to undermine Biden in election, White House intelligence report says

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WASHINGTON -- Russia is once again interfering in the U.S. election, trying to covertly undermine Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, according to a U.S. intelligence assessment released Friday.

Moscow's effort involves a "range of measures," according to the intelligence assessment, which was released by the White House Office of ...Read more

Court extends legal fights over McGahn subpoena, border wall

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WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Friday that the House Judiciary Committee has the right to go to court to enforce a subpoena against former White House counsel Don McGahn, but did not fully resolve that same issue regarding a House effort to stop the Trump administration's spending on barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border....Read more

Rep. Tlaib directed to reimburse campaign for $10,800 in post-election paychecks

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WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee is directing Rep. Rashida Tlaib to repay her campaign for salary she drew after Election Day 2018.

Congressional candidates are allowed to draw paychecks from their campaigns, but as the House Ethics Committee explained in a report released Friday, the payments are only allowed during an active candidacy...Read more

From veepstakes to Cabinet? Where Biden's running mate contenders might land if he wins

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All but one of the women Joe Biden might pick as his running mate will end up disappointed, but already a new guessing game has started: What other roles could they fill in his administration?

Most of the women are Democratic Party stars with expertise in public policy, making them contenders for jobs in Biden's administration should the former...Read more

Trump, losing his grip on GOP, wields less influence as crises mount

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WASHINGTON -- Less than three months before Election Day, evidence is mounting that President Donald Trump is losing political influence in Washington and facing the early onset of "lame duck" status as Republican leaders in Congress increasingly appear willing to defy or rebuff him.

In recent days, GOP lawmakers who once saluted -- or at least...Read more

10 most vulnerable House members in 2020

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WASHINGTON -- For the first time this election cycle, a Republican tops the list of the 10 most vulnerable House members.

California Rep. Mike Garcia takes the No. 1 spot after winning a May special election for a seat President Donald Trump lost in 2016. The list now features the same number of Republicans and Democrats, as Trump struggles in ...Read more

10 most vulnerable senators in 2020

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate map has expanded in Democrats' favor heading into the fall, and that's bad news for Republican incumbents.

Eight Republicans now rank among the most vulnerable senators as the GOP defends its majority in the Senate, with Georgia's David Perdue once again making the list. Georgia has become an increasingly competitive ...Read more

Trump signs executive order to ban TikTok

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President Donald Trump made good on his threat to ban TikTok on Thursday, issuing an executive order that will bar the wildly popular video app's parent company, ByteDance, from conducting business transactions with other American companies beginning in 45 days.

A separate order bans business transactions involving WeChat, a popular ...Read more

Trump fails to stall rape accuser's lawsuit; deposition looms

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump can't stall a defamation lawsuit filed by a New York advice columnist who claims he raped her two decades ago, a judge ruled, allowing the two sides to start digging for evidence.

E. Jean Carroll, who went public with her claims last year and sued Trump after he called her a liar, will now seek to depose the ...Read more

Biden apologizes for comments on racial diversity among Black people

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden apologized late Thursday for comments he made earlier in the day that suggested that the African American community was not diverse.

"In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith -- not by identity, not on issues, not at all," Biden said in an series of ...Read more

Rep. Rodney Davis maintains opposition to proxy voting after positive COVID-19 test

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WASHINGTON -- Three months ago, the Committee on House Administration's ranking member, Rodney Davis, led the GOP opposition to Democrats' proxy voting rule that allows members to cast votes from their districts during the pandemic. Now the Illinois Republican, stuck quarantining at home after a positive COVID-19 test, will likely miss his ...Read more

Trump bumbles another geographical name: 'Thigh-land'

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Maybe he needs to take a few days off and unwind in Frorida.

For the second time in three days, President Donald Trump is being ribbed for reading a geographic term phonetically from a prepared statement during a live speech. Although the president caught his mistake quickly, ridicule over his slip-up moved just as fast.

Thursday's faux pas ...Read more

Commission turns down Trump's request for fourth debate

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WASHINGTON -- The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Thursday rejected the Trump campaign's request for an additional debate against Joe Biden in early September as well as its efforts to select moderators for the three scheduled debates.

The commission wrote to President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani that while voters in ...Read more

Political climate was just right for Bush to topple Clay dynasty in Missouri

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ST. LOUIS -- Cori Bush's historic victory in unseating U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay and toppling a 52-year political dynasty in Missouri may have been the result of a "perfect storm," St. Louis University political analyst Ken Warren says.

A registered nurse who jumped into politics after the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown, Bush's campaign...Read more