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Joe Biden backs new California labor law as Uber, Lyft and DoorDash try to undo it

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Joe Biden has declared himself firmly against the California initiative to overturn the new state law requiring companies to provide more benefits to app-based workers for Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and others.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee made his view clear in a tweet posted on the same day he got the enthusiastic endorsement of ...Read more

As House moves to hold first-ever proxy vote, Republicans attack on campaign trail and in court

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WASHINGTON -- For the first time in U.S. history, House members on Wednesday were poised to vote without being physically present in the Capitol, a change in congressional rules brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic that Republicans are already turning into a campaign issue.

In the past, House members always had to be present in the House ...Read more

Trump finds a new enemy: Twitter

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to strongly regulate or close down social media platforms he deems unfriendly to conservatives, escalating a war with Silicon Valley a day after Twitter for the first time warned that Trump was posting false claims, about mail-in voting.

Trump's attacks came as Twitter faced competing ...Read more

Trump threatens to shut social media companies after Twitter fact check

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President Donald Trump threatened to regulate or shutter social media companies -- a warning apparently aimed at Twitter Inc. after it began fact-checking his tweets.

In a pair of tweets issued Wednesday morning from his iPhone, Trump said that social media sites are trying to silence conservative voices, and need to change course or face ...Read more

Iowa Rep. Steve King facing toughest primary yet

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Steve King reminded those watching a virtual candidate forum on Facebook on Saturday that he has never lost a race. But that could change next week.

While it's rare for incumbents to lose primaries, the Iowa Republican is facing a close race against state Sen. Randy Feenstra, who has outraised him and has help from outside ...Read more

Twitter issues fact check of Trump tweets for the first time

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WASHINGTON -- Twitter issued a fact check of some of Donald Trump's tweets on Tuesday, marking the first time the U.S. president's favored social media platform has pushed back against him spreading falsehoods.

The move, which is likely to heighten tension between Trump and the social media giant, came in the form of a label under two of the ...Read more

Biden to keynote Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's virtual convention

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's virtual convention Sunday, making an appeal directly to activists in a state President Donald Trump is targeting this fall.

Biden's appearance, which will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook, comes on...Read more

House Republicans sue Nancy Pelosi to block proxy voting rule

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WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with 20 other Republicans and four constituents, challenged the constitutionality of proxy voting in the chamber on Tuesday with a lawsuit aimed at Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The plaintiffs claim that the transition to proxy voting -- spurred by the coronavirus pandemic -- dilutes members' ...Read more

Trump targets California in latest attack on mail-in voting

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WASHINGTON -- Facing a potentially difficult path to reelection, President Donald Trump on Tuesday expanded his attacks on states using mail-in ballots, a scorched-earth campaign that could undermine confidence in the democratic process as the novel coronavirus threatens to make in-person voting more dangerous.

The president targeted California...Read more

Trump to make Florida the face of America's reopening at Cape Canaveral rocket launch

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MIAMI -- Grounded for weeks in Washington by the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump is returning to Florida on Wednesday for the first launch on American soil in nearly a decade of astronauts into space.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are set to attend an anticipated 4:33 p.m. EDT liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy ...Read more

Supreme Court refuses for now to block release of prisoners due to COVID-19

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down an appeal from Trump administration lawyers who sought to preemptively block the release of any inmates from an Ohio prison who were at high risk for COVID-19.

Over dissents from three conservatives, the court said it would not intervene for now.

But the court left the door open for the ...Read more

U.S. government's most experienced watchdog steps down

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WASHINGTON -- Glenn Fine, a top official in the Pentagon inspector general's office, stepped down Tuesday in the latest installment of a recent drama over internal oversight in the Trump administration.

Fine, who is one of five inspectors general to have been recently demoted or dismissed by President Donald Trump, issued a statement ...Read more

Supreme Court won't block order to move inmates threatened by virus

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court left in force a judge's order that could require federal prison officials to move hundreds of inmates out of an Ohio facility where at least nine people have died from the coronavirus.

The justices on Tuesday rejected calls from President Donald Trump's administration to block the order. U.S. Solicitor ...Read more

Widower of Joe Scarborough's former intern calls on Twitter to delete Trump's murder conspiracy tweets

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As President Donald Trump continues floating wild, unsubstantiated conspiracy theories on Twitter, the widower of one of his favorite subjects has personally asked CEO Jack Dorsey to help.

Timothy Klausutis, in a letter obtained by the New York Times, pleaded with Dorsey to delete Trump's tweets accusing former Congressman Joe Scarborough of ...Read more

Ilhan Omar says she believes woman's sex assault claims against Joe Biden

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First-term U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, who won the DFL endorsement in her reelection bid, told the Sunday Times of London that she believes Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer who has leveled sexual assault allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden.

"I do believe Reade," Omar told the newspaper in an interview that ran Sunday, the same day ...Read more

President Trump speaks at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, likening military service to those on front lines of coronavirus fight

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BALTIMORE -- President Donald Trump gave a Memorial Day address at Fort McHenry in Baltimore on Monday honoring recent and past fallen military members and likening their service to those on the front lines battling the coronavirus.

Trump spoke of the virus as an "invisible enemy."

"We mourn alongside every single family that has lost a loved ...Read more

Trump threatens to move Republican National Convention from North Carolina

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President Donald Trump threatened to move the planned Republican National Convention from North Carolina unless the state's governor can guarantee the party will be allowed full attendance.

Trump took aim at North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, in a series of posts on Twitter Monday, saying he wanted a guarantee that Republicans ...Read more

Biden lays memorial wreath in first public event since virus

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Joe Biden emerged Monday from his stay-at-home lockdown after more than 10 weeks to mark Memorial Day with a tribute to veterans.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and his wife, Jill, visited the Veterans Memorial Park at the Delaware Memorial Bridge to lay a wreath of white roses. Both wore black masks over their mouths and noses...Read more

As deaths near 100,000, Trump and others head outdoors, often without precautions

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WASHINGTON -- Preparing to celebrate Memorial Day, Americans flocked to beaches and parks on Sunday, with many ignoring disease precautions even as the nation's coronavirus-related deaths approached the bleak milepost of 100,000.

As public health experts made a fresh round of appeals for physical distancing and face coverings, President Trump ...Read more

Trump finishes controversial malaria drug course to combat virus

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President Donald Trump said he completed his course of treatment with hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he's promoted as a therapy for coronavirus despite an outcry from medical professionals about its unproven efficacy and potential side effects.

"Finished, just finished," Trump said in an interview on Sinclair Broadcast Group program ...Read more