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Trump cancels North Carolina rally because of thunderstorm warnings

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump postponed his first rally since the start of his first criminal trial over severe weather warnings.

Trump was scheduled to appear in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Saturday, but called into the rally, telling supporters to go home to avoid thunderstorms in the area. He did attend a ...Read more

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In case you missed Donald Trump's hush money trial, here are this week's highlights

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NEW YORK — The historic first criminal trial of a former U.S. president got off to a wild start.

Between Donald Trump nodding off, jurors being selected only to drop out, and Trump’s alleged repeat violations of a gag order prohibiting him from speaking publicly about trial participants, it’s clear the six-week trial will be an ...Read more

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Poll: Biden support drops dramatically among young men

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden maintains a healthy lead over former President Trump among young Americans, but his margin has shrunk from four years ago, primarily because of a big drop in support from young men.

At this point in the 2020 campaign, Biden led Trump among young men by 26 points; now he leads by 6, according to the Harvard ...Read more

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Defendant Trump is staying on the campaign trail

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NEW YORK — It begins at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, with a black motorcade pulling into the morning rush.

It ends four miles downtown, at a dingy courthouse – with TV cameras, photo ops and the familiar soundbites: “rigged,” witch hunt,” “disgrace.”

Now, repeat – back and forth, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday — ...Read more

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Man who set himself on fire outside Trump hush money trial dies, NYC police say

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NEW YORK — Max Azzarello, who set himself on fire outside Manhattan Criminal Court where former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial was being held, has died of his extensive self-inflicted injuries, police said Saturday.

The Florida resident set himself on fire inside Collect Pond Park across the street from the courthouse to draw ...Read more

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Editorial: Oh so now Eric Schmitt and Josh Hawley are concerned about impeachment, Constitution?

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Now we know: Sen. Eric Schmitt isn’t really a “half-a-loaf” guy.

The Missouri Republican on Tuesday scuttled any chance that Republicans would get to debate the articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas — so Democrats went ahead and dismissed the charges outright.

Schmitt’s problem? Democrats ...Read more

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Trump Media suggests illegal shorts are cratering its stock

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NEW YORK — Trump Media & Technology Group Corp. says an illegal form of short selling might be behind the battering of its stock and it’s asking regulators at Nasdaq Inc. to step in.

The company backing former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social network penned a letter to Nasdaq Chair Adena Friedman asking her to ensure market makers ...Read more

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Jury selection completed for Trump hush money trial in NYC; opening arguments begin Monday

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NEW YORK — The action-packed first week of Donald Trump’s Manhattan hush money trial ended Friday with 12 seated jurors and six alternates locked in — and a fourth failed bid by the former president to sabotage it, paving the way for prosecutors to begin presenting their case.

Four women and one man were selected as the final alternates ...Read more

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Florida man who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial courthouse touted conspiracy theories

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NEW YORK — A Florida man set himself on fire in a city park across from Manhattan Criminal Court where former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial was being held Friday to draw attention to an array of conspiracy theories including his belief that Ivy League colleges were “fronts for the mob,” authorities said.

There was no ...Read more

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Man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial spouted conspiracy theories

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The man who set himself on fire Friday outside the New York City courthouse where former President Donald Trump is on trial was described by police as a “conspiracy theorist.”

Maxwell Azzarello, 37, of St. Augustine, Florida, arrived in New York this week, authorities said.

On Friday, he joined other protesters, Trump supporters and media ...Read more

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Jury complete for Trump hush money trial in NYC; opening arguments begin Monday

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NEW YORK — Jury selection at Donald Trump’s historic hush money trial was completed Friday with the seating of five more alternates, clearing the way for prosecutors to begin making their case against the former president Monday.

Trump is accused of falsifying New York business records to cover up a hush-money scheme intended to hide ...Read more

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Florida man lights self on fire outside Trump trial courthouse in NYC

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NEW YORK — A Florida man set himself on fire in a park across from Manhattan Criminal Court Friday where former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial continues, according to a report.

Court officers and cops monitoring the press outside raced over to help put out the fire, which erupted in a penned-off section of Collect Pond Park ...Read more

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How popular is Idaho's abortion ban? Poll shows many disagree with laws

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BOISE, Idaho — New polling released Friday indicates Idaho’s abortion laws are out of step with what residents prefer, imposing more restrictions than most survey respondents find necessary.

The poll was commissioned by Idahoans United for Women and Families, a fledgling nonprofit that announced Friday its intent to run a ballot measure to ...Read more

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Man lights self on fire outside Trump trial courthouse

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NEW YORK — A man set himself on fire in a park across from Manhattan Criminal Court Friday where former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial continues, according to a report.

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians were called to the scene about 1:15 p.m. after the man burst into flames inside a barricaded area at the park.

“...Read more

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Biden administration updates campus protections for LGBTQ students, assault victims

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday finalized new rules designed to bolster legal protections at colleges and universities for LGBTQ+ and pregnant students and victims of sexual misconduct.

The new rules do not address the politically contentious issue of transgender athletes competing on women’s sports teams, however. Last year...Read more

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As Florida Democrats profess optimism, polling shows voters favor Donald Trump and Rick Scott

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Democratic Party leaders have been flooding the zone with optimistic outlooks, insisting they have a chance to produce some November surprises in Florida and arguing there’s no reason for their party to give up on the state.

On Thursday, the White House announced that President Joe Biden would travel soon to Tampa for what the Tampa Bay Times...Read more

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Trump back in NYC court for hush money trial, slams 'unfair' gag order

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Trump back at court, complains gag order is ‘unfair’

NEW YORK — Jury selection at Donald Trump’s historic hush money trial is expected to enter the home stretch Friday, with only five alternates to be seated before prosecutors make their case against the former president to a panel of his peers.

Trump returned to the lower Manhattan ...Read more

Congressional Black Caucus chair backs Hollier over Rep. Thanedar for Detroit seat

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WASHINGTON — The chair of the Congressional Black Caucus is endorsing a challenger to first-term U.S. Rep. Shri Thanedar, a Detroit Democrat, in a striking pass over of a fellow member of the House Democratic Caucus.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford of Nevada, chairman of the CBC since January 2023, on Friday endorsed former state Sen. ...Read more

South Korean President Yoon faces foreign policy challenges after the National Assembly election

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South Korea’s parliamentary election of April 10, 2024, was widely seen as a referendum on President Yoon Suk Yeol’s first two years in office.

That being the case, the nation collectively expressed its strong disapproval.

With a relatively high turnout of 67%, voters handed Yoon’s conservative People’s Power Party ...Read more

How Trump is using courtroom machinations to his political advantage

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The second week is wrapping up in former President Donald Trump’s first criminal trial on charges from the state of New York related to paying hush money to an adult film star. So far, the jury has been selected, but no other proceedings have begun.

The Conversation U.S. interviewed Tim Bakken, a former New York prosecutor and now a...Read more