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Biden widens his lead over Trump during protests, pandemic

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Joe Biden further widened his lead over President Donald Trump as unrest gripped much of the country, up 11 percentage points over the incumbent in the latest Monmouth University poll.

The poll found that registered voters favored Biden 52% to Trump's 41%. Last month Biden led Trump 50% to 41% and in April, 48% to 44%.

"The race continues to ...Read more

Rod Rosenstein to testify about Russia probe

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WASHINGTON -- As deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein oversaw the Russia investigation for two years, pushing back on White House criticism and declaring it wasn't the "witch hunt" that President Donald Trump had claimed.

Rosenstein, who appointed Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel in 2017 and supervised his work, is scheduled to ...Read more

Biden, rescued by black voters, now has to enthuse them

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Joe Biden's political resurrection in the race for the Democratic nomination was due largely to overwhelming support from black voters. Yet racial tensions laid bare by nationwide protests have revealed a problem for Biden in the November election -- he doesn't excite younger black voters who want change, not just a sympathetic ear.

Biden's ...Read more

Lawmakers dust off old proposals on police overhauls

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WASHINGTON -- The policy ideas Democratic members of Congress will propose this month to address deadly police force have been around for years, but so has the opposition from law enforcement advocacy groups and the lawmakers who support them.

Rep. Steve Cohen first filed a bill to track incidents of deadly police force in the wake of unrest in...Read more

New Mexico rematch: Herrell to face Torres Small again

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WASHINGTON -- Former state Rep. Yvette Herrell won a nasty Republican primary in New Mexico's 2nd District on Tuesday, setting up a rematch against Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, one of the GOP's top targets this year.

Herrell, who lost to Torres Small by less than 2 points in 2018, beat oil industry executive Claire Chase and ...Read more

Trump says he's pulling Republican National Convention from Charlotte

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he is moving the Republican National Convention from Charlotte, N.C., hours after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said he couldn't guarantee that the August event would be at full capacity due to the coronavirus.

In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump said: "Had long planned to have the Republican National ...Read more

'Up there with World War II and the Civil War': Three-headed crisis reshapes Biden-Trump race

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WASHINGTON -- The death of George Floyd and subsequent vitriolic nationwide demonstrations against police violence have added yet another crisis to a presidential campaign already gripped by a public health emergency and economic calamity, thrusting the race into unprecedented terrain as Donald Trump and Joe Biden seek to show they can lead the ...Read more

Police say pepper balls were used to clear protesters for Trump's walk to church

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Park Police acknowledged that its officers used smoke and irritating pepper agents to clear protesters outside the White House on Monday before President Donald Trump walked to a historic church that was damaged by arson.

The police agency denied in a statement on Tuesday that it used "tear gas" to disperse the protesters...Read more

Vulnerable senators offer mixed reviews of Trump in crisis

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WASHINGTON -- Senators with the toughest reelection fights offered varying levels of criticism Tuesday for President Donald Trump's hard-line approach to demonstrators, reflecting the tightrope that Republicans especially walk when it comes to the commander in chief.

Trump on Monday declared himself the law-and-order president and said he would...Read more

Trump sued over executive order targeting social media companies

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President Donald Trump's executive order targeting social media companies was challenged in court by a nonprofit group that claims the edict violates free speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The Center for Democracy and Technology sued in Washington federal court Tuesday, claiming the order is an unconstitutional retaliation ...Read more

Facebook's Zuckerberg defends Trump content decisions to staff

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Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg told staff at a companywide meeting that he won't change his mind about a decision to leave up posts shared by U.S. President Donald Trump last week that many workers felt violated the company's policies against violent rhetoric.

At an all-hands meeting via video chat on Tuesday, Zuckerberg ...Read more

Can Trump campaign on a vow to end the disorder and unrest that he's fueling?

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WASHINGTON -- With protests erupting across the country, President Donald Trump is ripping a page from Richard Nixon's playbook, claiming to stand for "law and order" and calling out to the "silent majority" that he hopes will grant him a second term.

But 2020 is a long way from 1968, and there's no assurance that Trump's message will resonate ...Read more

In Philly speech, Biden accuses Trump of 'accelerating' divisions, vows racial reconciliation

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PHILADELPHIA -- Speaking at Philadelphia City Hall on Tuesday morning as the country buckled under the combined strains of police brutality, protests, riots and the coronavirus, Joe Biden condemned President Donald Trump for spreading hatred, and vowed to put racial equality and healing at the forefront of his presidency.

"The country is crying...Read more

Nadler seeks to punish Barr for not testifying

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WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee squared off against Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday to counter what Democrats say is continued defiance of Congress for refusing to testify at a Justice Department oversight hearing.

Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced that he would introduce legislation this week to slash the budget of the ...Read more

'More interested in power than in principle': Trump is using racial wounds for political gain, Biden says

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden, in a major speech on civil unrest and protests across the country, delivered a blunt attack Tuesday on President Donald Trump for being "more interested in serving the passions of his base than the needs of the people in his care."

Biden likened Trump to Southern segregationists of the 1960s, accusing him of exploiting ...Read more

Lawmakers look at military gear transfers to police

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WASHINGTON -- The eruptions of violence at protests of police brutality in recent days have rekindled congressional efforts to end the practice of giving surplus military gear to law enforcement agencies.

The program, which is run through the Defense Logistics Agency, dates back to the 1990s, with the goal of finding additional uses for ...Read more

Biden fans and the Pa. Democratic establishment are taking a quiet primary victory lap: 'He's the guy to beat Trump'

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PHILADELPHIA -- When David Bradford hosted a Joe Biden debate watch party in his Philadelphia apartment in October, only one person showed up. More than a dozen people were running to be the Democratic presidential nominee back then, Biden's early lead in the polls was slipping, and pundits were pointing to the lack of enthusiasm for his ...Read more

Biden fans and the Pa. Democratic establishment are taking a quiet primary victory lap: 'He's the guy to beat Trump'

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PHILADELPHIA -- When David Bradford hosted a Joe Biden debate watch party in his Philadelphia apartment in October, only one person showed up. More than a dozen people were running to be the Democratic presidential nominee back then, Biden's early lead in the polls was slipping, and pundits were pointing to the lack of enthusiasm for his ...Read more

Old law could leave 2020 presidential race in stalemate

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WASHINGTON -- The nation's 133-year-old law for picking a president has a provision that has never been needed to settle a disputed election, since it deals with a situation that would only happen after a cascade of seemingly improbable events.

Then again, this is 2020, a year that feels cursed with historic worsts.

And election law experts ...Read more

Will Joe Biden make a former Florida police chief his 2020 running mate?

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WASHINGTON -- Val Demings' rise from Orlando, Fla.'s first black woman police chief to a congresswoman with a central role in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial landed her on Joe Biden's vice presidential shortlist.

And now, as protests over the death of George Floyd grip the country, those same credentials are propelling Demings ...Read more