Chief Justice Roberts was hospitalized overnight after head injury in June

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WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized overnight last month for an injury he suffered to his forehead after falling while walking for exercise, a U.S. Supreme Court spokeswoman said.

Roberts' doctors believe the fall was due to lightheadedness caused by dehydration and have ruled out a seizure, spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. ...Read more

South Texas officials sue to block Trump's 'racist' border wall

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South Texas elected officials claim in a new court challenge that President Donald Trump's border wall is a politically motivated attack on Mexican Americans, a protected class under the U.S. Constitution.

Zapata County officials allege that Trump's "hostile and racist remarks" led directly to Department of Homeland Security policies that ...Read more

Trump urges K-12 schools to reopen; others aren't so sure

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged the nation's public schools to reopen "quickly and beautifully" and jabbed at districts such as Los Angeles' that remain uncertain, again injecting politics into the pandemic response.

As the nation's death toll from COVID-19 surged past 130,000 this week, cases are rising in 38 states, ...Read more

Business relief program hits the campaign airwaves

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WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan federal package to rescue the pandemic-rocked U.S. economy this spring has morphed into a cudgel on the campaign trail in pivotal Senate races where outside groups and candidates have launched ads with sometimes veiled attacks on pieces of the law or its earlier iterations.

Montana, Maine, North Carolina and Iowa are ...Read more

Social media platforms gird for 78 days of disinformation chaos after Election Day

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WASHINGTON -- The 78 days between Election Day this fall and Inauguration Day next January could be a greatly unsettled time for American democracy.

Unlike most presidential elections, when ballots are tallied and counted in a majority of precincts by midnight on Election Day and news outlets are able to project a winner before you go to bed, ...Read more

Mary Trump book paints a harsh portrait of her uncle, the president

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is the product of a deeply dysfunctional family that makes him a uniquely destructive and unstable leader for the country, his niece writes in a new book obtained by The Times.

"Honest work was never demanded of him, and no matter how badly he failed, he was rewarded in ways that are almost unfathomable. He ...Read more

Trump will visit the Southern Command in Miami in a nod to Venezuelan voters

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MIAMI -- President Donald Trump will review the advance of a counternarcotics operation in the Caribbean in a visit to the U.S. Southern Command in Doral on Friday.

According to the White House, the trip aims to highlight "his Administration's relentless, whole-of-government approach to curb the trafficking of drugs into our country."

In April...Read more

'Trump is frightening them': President's reelection message risks alienating voters, strategists say

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WASHINGTON -- His back up against a wall, President Donald Trump has made a concerted effort in recent weeks to regain a coalition of white voters who can help him win the 2020 presidential election with a message finely calibrated to play on racial anxieties.

He has criticized NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag and defended statues ...Read more

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