Trump touts plan to speed infrastructure projects in Atlanta

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ATLANTA -- President Donald Trump used a brief trip to Atlanta on Wednesday to tout changes to the federal environmental review process, an overhaul he said would speed the permitting of infrastructure projects nationwide.

In a 41-minute address at UPS' airport hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Trump said his administration's ...Read more

Mark Harris won't face state charges in N.C. 9th District ballot fraud case

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former congressional candidate Mark Harris will not face state criminal charges in the ballot-fraud case that led to a redo of NorthCarolina's 9th District general election in 2018, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said Wednesday.

"Following more than a year of investigation by multiple State and Federal agencies ...Read more

Trump replaces Parscale in campaign shakeup with polls sliding

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump ousted Brad Parscale as manager of his campaign, replacing him with Bill Stepien as the president seeks to reverse a decline in the polls with less than four months before the November election.

Stepien, who formerly served as White House political director, was deputy to Parscale, the campaign manager since...Read more

Trump says announcement coming on dealing with crime in Chicago, other Democratic-run cities

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CHICAGO -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday vaguely referenced an upcoming announcement on how his administration intends to deal with crime in Democrat-led cities, again citing Chicago's violence as a problem he will tackle.

In a briefing with reporters about his ongoing efforts to deal with the MS-13 gang, Trump said he would have more to ...Read more

White House has 'zero concerns' Trump contracted coronavirus from Oklahoma governor

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WASHINGTON --The White House said Wednesday that it has "zero concerns" that Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt -- who announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus -- interacted with President Donald Trump at a June campaign rally.

Trump is tested every day, a White House official told McClatchy.

"That would be the longest incubation period in ...Read more

Court document alleges Kansas Rep. Watkins lied to detective in vote fraud case

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Prosecutors allege Kansas Congressman Steve Watkins lied to a Shawnee County Sheriff's detective on Feb. 10, according to court documents that reveal fresh details about the illegal voting case against him.

A criminal complaint accuses Watkins of providing the detective, Stephanie Dicken, information "knowing that such ...Read more

Trump opens new attack on Biden, suggesting he'll endanger lives

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President Donald Trump has opened a new attack on Democrat Joe Biden, suggesting that his policies will endanger Americans' lives.

The Trump campaign released a new television ad on Wednesday, with a phone ringing at a presumably abandoned police desk, followed by images of burning buildings, with the narrator saying that "the radical left wing...Read more

White House distances itself from Navarro's screed against Fauci

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The Trump administration is distancing itself from a senior adviser's critique of Anthony Fauci, the immunologist who has delivered warnings about the coronavirus's resurgence as the president pushes to reopen.

Peter Navarro, the White House's director for the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, wrote an op-ed published in USA Today, ...Read more

'Trump is a singular danger': The president faces unprecedented opposition — from his own party

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"I am ashamed to this day for voting for him."

"Donald J. Trump has broken my faith in the Republican Party."

"He's a pathological liar."

The pained testimony of more than a dozen Republican voters -- who go on to explain why they plan to vote for Democrat Joe Biden -- filled an ad that ran on Fox News last weekend. In the 60-second spot, one...Read more

Trump's former doctor wins Texas primary as one of several in GOP likely headed to House

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WASHINGTON -- The former White House physician under President Donald Trump as well as three other Republicans are likely heading to Congress next year after winning primary runoffs in ruby-red districts Tuesday.

The GOP contests were the main events in two districts in Texas and two in Alabama, where Republican retirements opened up House ...Read more

Trump signs Hong Kong sanctions law, revokes special trade privileges

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he had signed legislation that establishes a regime for gradually sanctioning foreign banks if they continue to indirectly support Chinese officials' crackdown on Hong Kong.

In a Rose Garden news conference, the president also announced he had signed an executive order that would revoke the...Read more

Trump says LA schools are making a 'mistake' by delaying reopening due to coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump called the decision by Los Angeles schools to not reopen campuses next month a "mistake" during a CBS News interview on Tuesday.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner announced Monday that the nation's second-largest school system will continue with online learning until further ...Read more

Kansas GOP Congressman Steve Watkins charged in illegal voting case

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WASHINGTON -- Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins was charged Tuesday with three felonies and a misdemeanor related to an investigation into whether he illegally voted in a 2019 municipal election.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced the charges about a half-hour before Watkins, a first-term Topeka Republican, was set to appear on a ...Read more

From 'politically correct' to pro-mask: Tracing Trump's shift on covering his face

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When President Donald Trump wore a face mask in public for the first time last weekend, his supporters were exultant.

"Goodnight, Joe Biden," tweeted Boris Epshteyn, a campaign adviser. "Game on," declared Sebastian Gorka, an official who recently rejoined the administration. Campaign manager Brad Parscale simply tweeted a photo of the masked ...Read more

NY's Mondaire Jones poised to become first gay Black man in Congress

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Attorney Mondaire Jones is poised to become the first openly gay Black man in Congress after winning a crowded Democratic primary in New York's 17th District. But he may share that distinction with another New York Democrat whose primary has yet to be called.

Jones, who worked in former President Barack Obama's Justice Department, had the ...Read more

Omar's primary challenger holds wide lead in campaign money

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Millions of dollars are pouring into the primary race for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, where opposition to Minneapolis U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is fueling an unprecedented surge in donations to her top Democratic opponent, political newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux.

Melton-Meaux, a mediation lawyer who emerged on the DFL scene...Read more

Trump clan's 'laundry' in book may not violate secrecy deal

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The New York judge who ruled it was too late to block a tell-all memoir by President Donald Trump's niece, Mary Trump, also signaled that the controversial airing of "family laundry" probably doesn't violate a 2001 confidentiality agreement at the center of the case.

On Monday, state Supreme Court Justice Hal Greenwald in Poughkeepsie denied a ...Read more

Trump pivots to self-pity with polls sinking, pandemic worsening

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump swept to power by championing the hardships of forgotten men and women, but his reelection bid has so far centered on the plight of just one person: himself.

Trump is struggling to respond to a resurgent pandemic, an economic downturn and nationwide protests for racial justice. The coronavirus has weakened ...Read more

Joe Biden sets out aggressive plan to tackle climate change

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden plans to unveil a proposal for rebuilding the economy that focuses heavily on restoring American leadership in the fight against global warming, directing government recovery efforts toward expanding clean energy and rapidly reversing the Trump administration's abandonment of climate efforts.

In a speech Tuesday in ...Read more

Q&A: Julian Castro plans to get out the immigrant vote in 2020

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WASHINGTON -- While Julian Castro's run for president may have ended earlier this year, his work as a key, multifaceted purveyor of progressive politics in the 2020 election has only started gaining steam.

In his time on the primaries debate stage, Castro unapologetically centered conversations about immigration, policing, climate justice, and ...Read more