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China braces for worst as it becomes punching bag in US election

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With Beijing already becoming a top target in the U.S. election campaign, President Xi Jinping’s government is resisting any move that could backfire on the world’s second-largest economy.

China’s restraint was on display last week after President Joe Biden blasted Beijing as “xenophobic” and vowed to triple tariffs on Chinese steel ...Read more

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Gavin Newsom targets Republican abortion policies with plan to help Arizonans, ads in Alabama

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Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to make it easier for Arizonans to receive abortions in California, an announcement he made on the same day he debuted a new political advertisement that draws attention to Republican policies in Alabama.

Newsom’s latest efforts continue his attempts to denounce conservative campaigns trying to hinder reproductive ...Read more

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It's official: Ousted Fla. prosecutor Andrew Warren is running to reclaim his seat. Now, does he have a chance?

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At Tampa’s Martin Luther King Jr. Parade last year — a must-attend event for local pols — here came Suzy Lopez, Hillsborough’s state attorney, appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis after he booted Andrew Warren from the job in a political firestorm.

As Lopez handed out beads and waved to paradegoers, Warren was greeting crowds and posing for ...Read more

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Trump campaign mum on Nevada voter outreach efforts

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With seven months to go until the presidential election, the voter outreach strategies between the Biden-Harris and Trump campaigns in Nevada are looking different.

The Biden campaign has opened multiple campaign offices across the Las Vegas Valley and is holding regular events on a variety of issues, from gun violence with UNLV shooting ...Read more

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Trump has only $6.8 million for legal fees with trial underway

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Donald Trump spent $4.9 million on legal fees in March and has just $6.8 million left in the accounts he’s been using to fund his lawyers, setting him up for a cash crunch as his trial costs mount, according to campaign finance filings.

That forces Trump, a criminal defendant in a trial underway in Manhattan, to find other sources of cash to ...Read more

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Biden was up close and personal in Pennsylvania. He hopes it can help him win

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SCRANTON, Pa. — As Megan Bell Giroux introduced President Joe Biden, a childhood best friend of her father’s, she recalled the first time she’d learned the word “smitten.” Biden, on a return visit to Scranton, used it to describe the feeling of meeting his first wife, Neilia, who died in a car crash just six years into their marriage. ...Read more

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Uncle Luke for Congress? Luther Campbell, rapper turned civic activist, preparing to challenge congresswoman

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Luther Campbell, the civic and political activist who jolted the establishment status quo decades ago with his raunchy lyrics, has a new way to shake things up: challenging a sitting Florida congresswoman in a Democratic primary.

Publicly, Campbell hasn’t decided. But he’s been teasing a candidacy — sometimes in ...Read more

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Abortion in Missouri: A look at key claims in the 'decline to sign' effort

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With two weeks left for advocates to gather enough signatures to put abortion-rights on the Missouri ballot this year, opponents are urging people not to sign the petition, saying the proposed constitutional amendment would allow for a radical and unregulated expansion of the procedure.

Among the opponents' claims: the ...Read more

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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