Trump orders TikTok's parent to sell its US assets

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the Chinese owner of the popular music video app TikTok to sell its U.S. assets, citing national security concerns.

Trump's decision came after an investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which reviews acquisitions of American businesses by overseas investors. ...Read more

The 2020 fight over the Postal Service underscores its long-unaddressed challenges

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WASHINGTON -- The current standoff between President Donald Trump and Congress over the U.S. Postal Service is rekindling a long-standing debate over how to overhaul an agency delivering more packages from online shoppers, but not enough letters to overcome a mounting revenue decline and growing retirement costs.

Bipartisan calls from lawmakers...Read more

Harris says Biden broke through 'substantial barriers' by picking her

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WASHINGTON -- Kamala Harris said Friday that Democratic nominee Joe Biden had broken through "one of the most substantial barriers" in the U.S. by picking her to be his running mate.

"Joe Biden had the audacity to choose a Black woman to be his running mate. How incredible is that?" Harris said in her first one-on-one interview since the former...Read more

Trump allies plan 'largest effort ever' to mobilize the Jewish vote

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Boasting that they are about to embark on "the largest, most sophisticated, most targeted state-of-the-art campaign" in history, leaders of a conservative Jewish advocacy organization announced Thursday that they plan to spend up to $10 million this fall in Florida and other swing states on behalf of President Donald Trump.

Republican Jewish ...Read more

Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in deal with prosecutors reviewing Russia probe

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WASHINGTON -- A former FBI attorney plans on pleading guilty to making a false statement in the first legal salvo fired by a federal prosecutor investigating the origins of the U.S. probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The felony charge, filed Friday in Washington's federal court, is part of a plea deal between ...Read more

A congressional candidate was arrested on domestic violence charges just days ago — but GOP insiders knew of the allegations for months

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The arrest of Connecticut congressional candidate Thomas Gilmer on the eve of this week's Republican primary threw the race into disarray. But details of his alleged violent domestic assault were known in Republican circles for more than two months before anyone contacted authorities.

Gilmer's primary opponent, Justin ...Read more

Ex-FBI lawyer pleads guilty in probe Trump sees harming Biden

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A former FBI lawyer agreed Friday to plead guilty to falsifying a document that's part of a broad investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, in the first criminal charge under an inquiry into whether government officials committed wrongdoing.

The former lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, admitted he altered an email from the CIA that...Read more

President Trump to campaign in Minnesota, Wisconsin next week

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MINNEAPOLIS -- President Donald Trump will campaign for re-election in Mankato, Minn., on Monday as he starts a tour of battleground states on the same day that Democrats kick off their national convention.

He is scheduled for a 2 p.m. event at North Star Aviation in Mankato, where he will "deliver remarks on Joe Biden's failures on Jobs and ...Read more

Trump probe not limited to Stormy Daniels payment, DA says

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. made his clearest statement yet that a grand jury probe into Donald Trump goes beyond investigating 2016 payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Vance on Friday again urged U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero to reject Trump's latest challenge to a subpoena seeking his tax filings and other records from ...Read more

Constituent communications went digital due to COVID-19, and that could stick, report says

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WASHINGTON -- Congress has ramped up email newsletter frequency, videoconferencing and telephone town halls to stay connected to constituents as the coronavirus pandemic transforms daily life. And a new report suggests some of those shifts could be here to stay.

The Congressional Management Foundation on Friday released a report, "The Future of...Read more

Trump's net worth has declined $300 million in the past year

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As the presidential election nears, American voters are sure to be asked if they're better off financially than they were four years ago.

Donald Trump isn't. The president's net worth has declined $300 million in the past year to $2.7 billion, erasing 10% of his fortune since he took office, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

The ...Read more

On China, Biden may have little choice but to continue Trump's hard-line policy

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WASHINGTON -- As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris launch their drive for the White House, the essence of their campaign is to be the un-Trump ticket -- different from the president in every way possible.

But when it comes to what may be the nation's biggest foreign policy challenge -- China -- a Biden administration may well end up closer to Trump's...Read more

'This is what our founders had in mind.' HBCUs celebrate Kamala Harris' vice presidential run

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When Joe Biden announced Sen. Kamala Harris would be his running mate, alumni from the nation's historically Black colleges and universities and members of Black sororities and fraternities rejoiced.

Harris is one of their own, a Howard University graduate who joined the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority when she was a student on the HBCU's campus in ...Read more

Convention speeches are an art. How Biden and Trump can get it right, virtually

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The impresarios of the Democratic and Republican national conventions are facing the same theatrical problem that playwrights, stand-up comics and concert singers have been grappling with since the pandemic darkened our stages: how to simulate the look, sound and feel of live performance.

Creative minds have been searching desperately for ...Read more

Baseless birther attack on Kamala Harris shows how Trump is struggling to define her

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump amplified a false claim Thursday that California-born Kamala Harris might be ineligible to serve as vice president, a smear that recalls the racist "birther" campaign he waged against former President Barack Obama.

It marked a new turn in Trump's scattershot response to Democratic rival Joe Biden's selection...Read more

In controversial fight for top bank job, Trump nominee lays out his Caribbean commitment

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Mauricio Claver-Carone, President Donald Trump's candidate to control a key multilateral financial institution in the hemisphere, is hoping that his vision and experience -- and not his hard-line position on Cuba and Venezuela as a Trump adviser-- will be the deciding factor for Caribbean governments still unsure of whether to support his ...Read more

Donald Trump, a critic of mail voting, is getting a mail ballot for next week's Florida primary — but isn't voting by mail

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- President Donald Trump, a constant and outspoken critic of voting by mail, is using a mail ballot for Tuesday's Florida primary.

But he's not actually voting by mail.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump, who have made the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach their official residence, are using a procedure outlined in Florida ...Read more

Former Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen advising Biden, Harris

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris received their first joint economic briefing on Thursday, which included former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen.

Two of Biden's longtime economic advisers, Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey, were among those in the briefing, as well as Yellen, ...Read more

Biden calls for nationwide mask mandate in US

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on Thursday called for a nationwide mask mandate in the United States to curb coronavirus contagion.

"Every single American should be wearing a mask when they're outside for the next three months at a minimum," Biden told a news conference. "Let's institute a mask mandate...Read more

Following primary loss, Kansas Rep. Watkins faces House Ethics investigation

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WASHINGTON -- Kansas Republican Rep. Steve Watkins will face a House Ethics investigation during his final months in Congress.

Watkins, a freshman Republican from Topeka, lost his primary last week to Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner after he was charged with three felonies in Shawnee County on July 14.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike ...Read more