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Biden's campaign plans $280 million ad blitz in the fall

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic nominee Joe Biden's presidential campaign will buy $280 million in advertising time in the fall, almost twice as much as the $151 million President Donald Trump has slated so far for the final three months before Election Day.

The Democrat's campaign says the advance reservations of ad time will allow it to expand the ...Read more

Rep. Karen Bass faces rush of attacks as Biden's VP selection enters uncertain final stretch

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WASHINGTON -- Last week, allies of Karen Bass saw her vice presidential prospects on the ascent, believing she had supplanted fellow Californian Kamala Harris as one of the finalists to be Joe Biden's running mate.

"Kamala is done," said a Democratic congressman who has privately made the case for Bass to Biden aides.

But then unfavorable ...Read more

Census workers are trying to reach more poor Californians and people of color. But the coronavirus could make the wealthy harder to find

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LOS ANGELES -- For more than a year, state officials and community groups in California have pushed a singular message: the importance of filling out the decennial count.

Organizations canvassed neighborhoods, and hosted rallies and information sessions where they explained how census data turns into federal dollars that trickle down to cities ...Read more

Cori Bush defeats longtime Rep. Lacy Clay in Mo. Democratic primary

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ST. LOUIS -- Activist Cori Bush on Tuesday unseated longtime U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, ending his 20-year hold on Missouri's 1st Congressional District and becoming the first Black woman to represent Missouri in the nation's capital.

Clay narrowly beat Bush in St. Louis County, but Bush won decisively in St. Louis city.

Bush, 44, of ...Read more

LaTurner ousts incumbent Watkins in Kansas 2nd District after voter fraud charges

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Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner defeated embattled Republican Rep. Steve Watkins in the GOP primary Tuesday, three weeks after the freshman congressman was charged with voter fraud.

LaTurner has 49% of the vote with more than 50% of precincts reporting in the Kansas 2nd Congressional District. Watkins has 31%, while former Kansas Secretary of ...Read more

Carolyn Maloney prevails in primary after weeks of vote counting

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WASHINGTON -- New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney has won her primary after six weeks of vote counting in the 12th District.

New York City Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez confirmed Tuesday night that the board certified Maloney as the primary winner. The board also certified that New York City Councilmember Ritchie Torres...Read more

Donald Trump Jr. opposes Pebble Mine as Trump administration weighs key permit

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Avid sportsman Donald Trump Jr. said Tuesday on Twitter he opposes the Pebble Mine project, as the Trump administration considers whether to issue a key permit for construction.

Retweeting a post calling on the federal government to block the copper and gold mine, Trump Jr. said the Bristol Bay region is too important to ...Read more

Rep. Ilhan Omar's challenger hit with campaign finance complaint

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party officials charged Tuesday that Antone Melton-Meaux, the top challenger to incumbent U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, skirted campaign finance laws by hiding some of his top political consultants in next week's nationally watched Democratic primary.

A Federal Election Commission complaint obtained by ...Read more

South Carolina poll shows Harrison in striking distance of Graham, tight presidential race

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A new poll from Morning Consult put Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison within one percentage point of incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

According to the poll, 43% of voters said they would vote for the former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman, while 44% said they would go for the Seneca Republican. ...Read more

Trump says Epstein was never a Mar-a-Lago member. He was, and new book tells what got him exiled

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MIAMI -- Donald Trump severed ties with Jeffrey Epstein after the disgraced financier hit on the teenage daughter of a Mar-a-Lago member, threatening the Trump brand of glitz and glamour, according to a new book published about the president's Palm Beach club.

Trump publicly disavowed Epstein a day after the financier's arrest on July 11, 2019,...Read more

Trump backs off mail voting attacks in Florida as Democrats build huge advantage

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MIAMI -- After claiming inaccurately for weeks that mail voting is rife with fraud, President Donald Trump is now backing off his attacks on mail ballots in his home state.

"Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True," Trump tweeted Tuesday.

Trump's tweet -- in stark ...Read more

Rep. Karen Bass surged up Biden's VP list. Is she ready for the national stage?

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Karen Bass is an unlikely contender for vice president.

The five-term Los Angeles Democrat has never run for statewide office, much less a national one; she hasn't faced a tough reelection race in her comfortably liberal district.

Until recently, Bass was scarcely known outside California. And if the 66-year-old leader ...Read more

Trump's base starting to erode in California, new poll shows

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President Donald Trump's support among Republicans and other conservative voters has begun to erode amid the continued coronavirus pandemic and its associated economic havoc, a new poll shows.

The poll from the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies shows Trump far behind Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic ...Read more

Warren asks SEC about insider trading in Trump's Kodak pharmaceuticals announcement

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WASHINGTON -- Shares of Kodak began to soar last week even before President Donald Trump's announcement that the company was in line for a $765 million government loan to support the manufacture of pharmaceutical ingredients.

But was any of the unusual volume attributable to insider trading? That's what Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants the ...Read more

Trump's TikTok threat lacks coherent tech strategy, experts say

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's push to ban the popular video-sharing app TikTok is only the latest in a yearslong struggle by his administration to slow China's technology juggernaut.

But experts say the U.S. effort lacks a well-coordinated policy that addresses domestic tech investment as well as concerns of key American allies.

"I ...Read more

Confusing Georgia law at heart of debate over Lewis' successor

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ATLANTA -- Shortly after U.S. Rep. John Lewis died, grieving Democrats were faced with two difficult choices: tap a replacement for the late civil rights icon on the ballot within days or slow the process and risk a legal challenge.

Democratic insiders decided to hold a swift vote, electing party Chairwoman Nikema Williams to fill Lewis' place ...Read more

Census will rush to complete its count by Sept. 30, a month earlier than planned

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WASHINGTON -- The Census Bureau is ending efforts to count the country's population on Sept. 30, a month sooner than planned, the bureau's director announced Monday.

Only 63% of the nation's estimated 121 million households have responded to the 2020 Census by mail or phone or online. The last-minute change to the timeline raise concerns about ...Read more

Is a NC congressman using taxpayer-funded mailings to campaign? His opponent thinks so

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- When are members of Congress communicating with constituents? And when are they campaigning?

Democrats in North Carolina's 8th Congressional District say U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson appears to have crossed the line in the use of taxpayer-funded mailings.

Hudson, a Republican, has sent out 17 taxpayer-funded mailings or ...Read more

Trump orders limits on US contractors' use of foreign workers

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday barred federal agencies from dismissing U.S. citizens or green card holders and replacing them with foreign workers, and blasted a major state enterprise for having done so.

The executive order Trump signed Monday increases scrutiny of federal contractors' use of H-1B visas to bring in temporary ...Read more

Trump Organization puts 'Apprentice' chopper on the block

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NEW YORK -- A Trump Organization helicopter featured in the opening credits of "The Apprentice" with now-President Donald Trump is for sale.

The 1989 Sikorsky S-76B, painted red, white and blue, registration N76DT, is listed for sale without a price on controller.com. Helivalue, a helicopter appraisal business, values similar models at $400,000...Read more