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Trump leads Biden in monthly campaign fundraising for first time

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Donald Trump raised more money last month than Joe Biden for the first time in this election cycle, but the president’s campaign still holds a wide financial edge over his Republican rival.

Biden and the Democratic Party raised $51 million in April, compared to the $76 million Trump and the Republican National Committee amassed, according to ...Read more

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Prosecutors rest hush money case against Donald Trump as Michael Cohen wraps testimony

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NEW YORK — Manhattan prosecutors rested their case against Donald Trump on Monday — more than five years after they began investigating him and a month after the hush money trial began — during a dramatic day that saw both jurors and journalists booted from the courtroom amid a tense exchange between the judge and a witness for the ex-...Read more

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Rana Abbasova, NYC Mayor Adams aide whose home was raided, is cooperating with feds' campaign finance probe

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NEW YORK — An aide to Mayor Adams whose home was raided amid an FBI probe into his 2021 campaign is cooperating with federal authorities, a source with knowledge of the matter said Monday.

The aide, Rana Abbasova, is one of several people whose residence was raided as the feds probe allegations that the Turkish government funneled illegal ...Read more

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Biden urges GOP leaders to revive immigration bill opposed by Trump

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden urged the Republican leaders of the House and Senate in calls on Monday to revive a bipartisan immigration measure that failed after Donald Trump proclaimed his opposition.

In his conversations with Speaker Mike Johnson and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Biden “reiterated that congressional Republicans ...Read more

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Boston pro-Palestine protesters plan rally against Biden visit Tuesday

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BOSTON — President Joe Biden’s visit to Boston is expected to be felt around the city through Tuesday, with Boston Police warning of major traffic delays along his route and a pro-Palestine rally against his visit planned downtown.

Biden is scheduled to fly into Boston and attend two campaign receptions in the city, following a stop to ...Read more

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George Logan wins GOP nomination to face Democrat Jahana Hayes for Congress in 5th District

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WATERTOWN, Conn. – Gearing up for the year’s biggest rematch, former state Sen. George Logan won the Republican Party’s nomination unanimously Monday night to face his bitter rival, U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes.

After Logan lost to Hayes by less than 1 percentage point in 2022 in the state’s closest Congressional race, the rematch started ...Read more

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Former President Donald Trump plans to attend Coca-Cola 600 in NC this weekend

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former President Donald Trump plans to attend the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, a high-ranking campaign official confirmed to McClatchy on Monday afternoon.

The confirmation came after The Charlotte Business Journal posted on social media that Charlotte Motor Speedway General Manager Greg Walter said he was hearing that Trump was...Read more

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Late GOP push for incumbent state Supreme Court Justice Pinson highlights partisan rift in Georgia court race

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ATLANTA — Georgia Republicans believe they have an answer to a former Democratic lawmaker’s attempt to turn his quest for a Georgia Supreme Court race into a referendum on abortion rights.

They are stepping up their support for incumbent Supreme Court Justice Andrew Pinson, who is facing a stiff challenge from former U.S. Rep. John Barrow ...Read more

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Abortion protections initiative receives 200,000 signatures to make November ballot

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LAS VEGAS — The coalition behind efforts to put abortion protections on the ballot in November announced they submitted more than 200,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Nevadans for Reproductive Freedom, a coalition of groups heading the initiative to enshrine abortion protections in the Nevada Constitution, filed the signatures with ...Read more

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Spared angry protests at Morehouse, Biden pushes postwar Gaza plan

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden was not shouted down by pro-Palestinian protesters Sunday at Atlanta’s Morehouse College, but he used a commencement speech to address the anger that has fired up many other campuses and sent a key signal about his Middle East policy.

The speech at the private, all-male historically Black college was billed ...Read more

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Prosecutors rest hush money case against Donald Trump as Michael Cohen wraps testimony

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NEW YORK — More than five years after they began investigating Donald Trump and a month after the hush money trial began, Manhattan prosecutors rested their case against the former president Monday afternoon, moments after former fixer Michael Cohen wrapped up his testimony after four days on the stand.

Prosecutor Susan Hoffinger ended ...Read more

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Trump embraces mail-in-voting. Here's how that fits into California Republicans' playbook

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BURLINGAME, Calif. — In a stark pivot, former President Donald Trump is embracing vote-by-mail and third-party ballot handoffs known as “ballot harvesting.”

“It turned out to be not such a bad idea,” Trump said in a video message to California Republican delegates Sunday, on the final morning of their spring convention. “We may not ...Read more

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Upside-down flag controversy is the latest for Supreme Court Justice Alito

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WASHINGTON — Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., the Supreme Court's most predictable conservative of late, is again battling complaints that some of his actions demand that he recuse himself from pending cases.

Alito has responded that he is a victim of unjust criticism.

Here's a look at some of the recent controversies.

What is the upside-down ...Read more

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Eight questions for elections in five states on Tuesday

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WASHINGTON — Voters will pick a replacement for former Speaker Kevin McCarthy in California, nominees for open seats in Georgia and Oregon and settle intraparty battles in Idaho and Kentucky as five states hold elections on Tuesday.

Races include possible GOP meddling in a Democratic primary, retaliation by a pro-Israel group against a ...Read more

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On redirect, Michael Cohen insists Trump Org payments were not a retainer at hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Michael Cohen testified that he stole from the Trump Organization when he returned to the witness stand for the end of his cross-examination Monday at Donald Trump’s hush money trial in Manhattan, as defense lawyers continued to attack the former fixer’s credibility.

Prosecutors begin redirect questioning

Starting redirect ...Read more

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Michael Cohen challenged on whether Trump Org payments were a retainer at hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Michael Cohen testified that he stole from the Trump Organization when he returned to the witness stand for the end of his cross-examination Monday at Donald Trump’s hush money trial in Manhattan, as defense lawyers continued to attack the former fixer’s credibility.

Trump lawyer challenges Cohen on retainer

Defense lawyer ...Read more

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Round 2 of Fani Willis DQ fight gears up in Fulton County

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ATLANTA — Fulton County Superior Court began sending thousands of pages of documents to the Georgia Court of Appeals over the weekend, teeing up the second round of fighting over Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis’ leadership of the election interference case involving former President Donald Trump and others.

The office of Ché Alexander...Read more

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Michael Cohen testifies he stole from Trump Org at hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Michael Cohen testified that he stole from the Trump Organization when he returned to the witness stand for the end of his cross-examination Monday at Donald Trump’s hush money trial in Manhattan.

Defense lawyer Todd Blanche resumed his questioning by digging into Cohen’s credibility, eliciting testimony that he had paid $20,...Read more

With Trump in court, former advisers are quietly drafting his economic policy

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As Donald Trump spends his days on trial in a New York City courthouse, a clutch of former advisers are quietly drafting his economic policy over phone calls, emails and drinks.

These competing factions of outside advisers are offering sometimes conflicting plans on tariff hikes, China, health care and taxes, according to people with knowledge ...Read more

Republicans look to reverse rule based on gun law they backed

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WASHINGTON — Republican backers of a once-in-a-generation gun violence bill now lead the charge against one part of the Biden administration’s implementation of the law, a falling out that illustrates the delicacy of trust required to pass legislation on hot-button issues.

A Congressional Review Act joint resolution of disapproval ...Read more