Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google CEOs to testify to House July 27

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WASHINGTON -- The chief executive officers of Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc. and Apple Inc. will testify on July 27 before a congressional panel investigating competition in the technology industry, according to an announcement from the House Judiciary Committee.

Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook are likely ...Read more

Businesses associated with Trump, administration officials among recipients of coronavirus loans

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Businesses associated with President Donald Trump and members of his administration were among recipients of COVID-19 small-business loans, newly released data show.

Irongate Azrep Bw LLC, Trump's business partner in a hotel and residential tower in Waikiki, Hawaii, received a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program in the range of $2 million...Read more

House Democrats propose removal of 'racial intolerance' statues from Capitol

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WASHINGTON -- The draft House fiscal 2021 Legislative Branch spending bill released Monday would order the removal from the Capitol statues of Confederates and others "with unambiguous records of racial intolerance," including John C. Calhoun and Roger B. Taney, according to a summary.

The draft text of a $4.2 billion bill, which calls for the ...Read more

Lindsey Graham, facing tough reelection, breaks with Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham has publicly opposed President Donald Trump five times in the past few weeks, an unusual torrent of dissent from one of the president's top allies in Washington just months before the South Carolina Republican faces a tough reelection challenge.

Since June 20, Graham has blocked a Trump U.S. attorney nominee, ...Read more

Trump support withering in areas where virus cases are rising

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Coronavirus is skyrocketing in Republican-leaning Sunbelt and interior states, where shifting attitudes about the virus and President Donald Trump's handling of it could spell more trouble for his re-election effort.

New cases have exploded in particular in Arizona and Florida, battlegrounds Trump must retain to win re-election. Jacksonville, ...Read more

Supreme Court rules electoral college representatives must honor choice of state's voters

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WASHINGTON -- Anxious to avoid chaos in the electoral college just months before the U.S. vote, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that electors who formally select the president can be required by the state they represent to cast their ballot for the candidate who won their state's popular vote.

The justices unanimously rejected the claim that ...Read more

Trump to host outdoor New Hampshire rally with masks encouraged

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President Donald Trump will hold an outdoor rally in New Hampshire on July 11 at which face coverings are "strongly encouraged," a change in tone after months of skepticism about the value of wearing masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The event is set for 8 p.m. EDT outside the Portsmouth International Airport, the Trump campaign said ...Read more

Trump's views — bleak about the US, rosy about coronavirus — put Republicans on the spot

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WASHINGTON -- White House surrogates and GOP lawmakers struggled Sunday to defend President Donald Trump after he spent the Fourth of July holiday weekend denigrating the racial-justice movement galvanized by George Floyd's killing and playing down a deadly pandemic by claiming that 99% of coronavirus cases are "completely harmless."

In a pair ...Read more

Former NSA Rice says Trump has been doing Putin's 'bidding'

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Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice rejected White House assertions that President Donald Trump wasn't told of intelligence that Russia may have offered bounties on American troops, a subject that's consumed Washington over the past week.

"We have a president who is doing our arch adversary's bidding," Rice said on NBC's "Meet the Press...Read more

Trump's taxes, birth control top Supreme Court's closing agenda

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The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to cap a term like no other with potentially blockbuster decisions covering birth control, religious rights and President Donald Trump's efforts to keep his financial records private.

The justices will tackle their eight remaining cases starting Monday, when they issue opinions in July for the first time since ...Read more

Gen Z's protest zeal stirs Democratic hopes for energy at polls

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Nationwide demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd in police custody drove tens of thousands of young people to the streets. Now liberal activists have reason to believe they can channel that energy into votes for Joe Biden.

During the first two weeks of June, as protesters gathered across the country, more than 293,000 Americans ...Read more

Biden vows to uproot systemic racism in Fourth of July message

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Former Vice President Joe Biden vowed Saturday to "rip the roots of systemic racism out of this country" in a Fourth of July message that contrasted sharply with President Donald Trump's warning at a Mount Rushmore fireworks display that "angry mobs" at protests against racism were assaulting America's history and culture.

In a video posted on ...Read more

Trump marks July 4 with a pledge to defeat the 'radical left'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump marked Independence Day by promising to defeat the "radical left" and boasting of his handling of the coronavirus, even as cases spike in the U.S.

Trump, speaking from the South Lawn of the White House, reprised themes from a speech he delivered in South Dakota the day before, by lashing out at those ...Read more

At Mount Rushmore, Trump uses Fourth of July celebration to stoke a culture war

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump used an elaborate fireworks display and Air Force One flyover at Mount Rushmore on Friday night to rally his base, ushering in Fourth of July celebrations a day early with accusations that a "new far-left fascism" is part of "a merciless campaign to wipe out our history."

The combative address in South ...Read more

Senate Republicans seek to join defense in Minnesota abortion case

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Days after the United States Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana abortion law, Minnesota Senate Republicans moved to get involved in a legal battle over the state's own measures on abortion access.

In a party-line vote Thursday evening, the Senate Rules Committee voted to hire outside counsel to defend a slate of state abortion...Read more

Trump to host Mount Rushmore fireworks show with masks optional

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Donald Trump heads to Mount Rushmore Friday for an early Independence Day celebration with thousands of guests who won't be required to wear masks or socially distance, as the president continues an aggressive public schedule despite a spike in U.S. coronavirus cases.

Friday's show will feature a military flyover and the first fireworks in more...Read more

'Burned to the ground': Anti-Trump Republicans set new goal of defeating the GOP Senate

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WASHINGTON -- A loose association of current and former Republicans working to sink President Donald Trump's reelection now see another political feat that's necessary for them to have a shot at reclaiming their party: flipping the U.S. Senate to the Democrats.

The emerging belief, based on more than a dozen interviews, is that defeating Trump ...Read more

Mary Trump fires back in defense of her right to publish memoir

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump's niece slammed her family's attempt to block the release of her upcoming memoir and urged a New York judge not to grant their request for an injunction.

Mary L. Trump on Thursday said in a court filing that she would not have consented to a secrecy deal that was part of a legal settlement two decades ago over...Read more

As coronavirus cases soar, Trump continues cheerleading for reopening the economy

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WASHINGTON -- While celebrating better-than-expected economic numbers at the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump conceded that the coronavirus outbreak wasn't over but insisted "we're putting out the fires."

It's more like a blaze raging out of control.

The president appears to be in denial as the country racks up record numbers of...Read more

Senate undoes proposed power shift in nuclear arms budgeting

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted quietly Thursday to undo a proposal in its fiscal 2021 defense authorization bill that would have given the Pentagon extraordinary new power to shape the Energy Department's future nuclear weapons budgets.

CQ Roll Call reported this week on behind-the-scenes opposition to provisions in the Senate Armed Services ...Read more