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7 jurors chosen on 2nd day of Donald Trump's hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Seven diverse New Yorkers were sworn in as jurors at Donald Trump’s hush money trial on Tuesday, securing their places in history as those who will weigh the first criminal charges ever brought against a former U.S. president.

Among the three women and four men chosen to serve were an oncology nurse who lives on the Upper East ...Read more

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Trump visits Harlem bodega after 2nd day of hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump visited the Harlem scene of a dramatic 2022 self-defense stabbing following the second day of his hush-money trial on Tuesday.

He’d been expected to meet with Jose Alba, the bodega worker cleared in the deadly incident in the bodega where he was working about two years ago.

While Alba was a no-show, thousands of ...Read more

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Biden visits his childhood Scranton home and plays up working-class roots in first day of Pa. tour

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SCRANTON, Pa. — President Joe Biden described his childhood hometown of Scranton as a place that “climbs into your heart and never leaves,” as he launched a three-day long tour of Pennsylvania meant to appeal to working-class voters.

Biden has often returned to Scranton when he needs a boost or a political reset. Beneath a banner that ...Read more

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Senate readies for Mayorkas impeachment showdown

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WASHINGTON — The Senate received the articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday, as Democrats plan to vote as soon as Wednesday to quickly dispense with the effort to remove him from office.

Following the presentation of the articles, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said the ...Read more

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Biden pitches tax plan in Pennsylvania as Trump stews in court

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President Joe Biden pitched voters Tuesday in Pennsylvania — a crown jewel among swing states — on his tax record and ideas a day after Donald Trump posted a video on social media attacking the incumbent on that very issue.

“While you work hard and pay your taxes, Trump wants to give his billionaire friends the power to avoid paying even ...Read more

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7 jurors chosen on 2nd day of Donald Trump's hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Seven diverse New Yorkers were sworn in as jurors at Donald Trump’s hush money trial on Tuesday, securing their places in history as those who will weigh the first criminal charges ever brought against a former U.S. president.

Among the three women and four men chosen to serve were an oncology nurse who lives on the Upper East ...Read more

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Supreme Court casts doubt on obstruction charges against hundreds of Jan. 6 rioters

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on the legality of obstruction charges lodged against some 300 rioters arrested for breaking into the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The court’s conservatives questioned whether the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which was aimed at corporate accounting fraud, can be used more broadly to prosecute those...Read more

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House Republicans bring doomed Alejandro Mayorkas impeachment effort to Senate

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House Republicans on Tuesday delivered articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate, but the Democratic-led upper chamber planned to promptly reject what they deride as a politically motivated stunt.

A group of 11 GOP lawmakers marched across the Capitol to officially bring to the Senate the ...Read more

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Biden once rejected Trump's migrant policies. Now his ideas echo them

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WASHINGTON — Joe Biden came into office in 2021 vowing to undo Donald Trump’s harsh policies on the U.S.’s southern border and work with governments across Central America to reduce the motivations for their citizens to head north.

Tapping decades of experience with the region, Biden rebuilt relationships with efforts to boost economic ...Read more

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Commentary: Trump's antics didn't stop his New York hush money trial. Here's why he'll keep them up

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After a pretrial period replete with juvenile tantrums, nonstarter attempts to delay the proceedings, and savage attacks on prosecutors, the presiding judge and New Yorkers in general, Donald Trump is about to face the men and women who will decide whether he is guilty of 34 felony charges.

With the start of his historic hush money trial in ...Read more

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Supreme Court casts doubt on obstruction charges against hundreds of Jan. 6 rioters

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on the legality of obstruction charges lodged against some 300 rioters arrested for breaking into the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The court's conservatives questioned whether the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which was aimed at corporate accounting fraud, can be used more broadly to prosecute those ...Read more

Donald Trump hush money trial Day 2

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump is expected to return to Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday — and for the next two months — where hundreds more New Yorkers are due to be queried about whether they can keep an open mind about his alleged hush money payoff to porn star Stormy Daniels.

The Manhattan DA’s historic case — the first-ever criminal ...Read more

Congress' tech plate is full, with little time at the table

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WASHINGTON — Congress has a full slate of technology policy challenges to resolve, ranging from artificial intelligence systems to data privacy and children’s online safety — with not much time on the congressional calendar before the November election intrudes.

In the absence of federal legislation, more than a dozen states have enacted ...Read more

The US is losing access to its bases in Niger − here’s why that’s a big deal

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The United States was forced to stop its military operations in March 2024 in Niger – a landlocked, western African country in the Sahara desert. Niger may not immediately seem like a key ally for the U.S., but it served as a crucial staging ground for the U.S. military to carry out work and respond to terrorism in the region.

U.S. ...Read more

Supreme Court to consider whether local governments can make it a crime to sleep outside if no inside space is available

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On April 22, 2024, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could radically change how cities respond to the growing problem of homelessness. It also could significantly worsen the nation’s racial justice gap.

City of Grants Pass v. Johnson began when a small city in Oregon with just one homeless shelter began enforcing a local anti-...Read more

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Kudos to the House for ignoring Trump's nonsense. Let's finish the job and reauthorize FISA

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Jaime Castenada Jr. was reportedly out celebrating a family baptism when he met an alleged drug dealer in Hammond, Indiana, now accused of selling him $20 of cocaine. Within a few hours, Castenada was found outside, police say, propped between a car and a tree, bleeding from the nose. The drug had been laced with dangerous fentanyl, a coroner ...Read more

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Georgia election bills seek to satisfy skeptical Republicans

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ATLANTA — Conservative election activists got what they wanted from Georgia lawmakers this year, with a series of bills that cater to their demands for heightened scrutiny of ballots and voter registrations.

The bills would grant many wishes of skeptics who now say they’re starting to believe in elections again, nearly four years after ...Read more

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Trump leans on small group of rich donors to fund campaign

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump relied on a small cadre of wealthy donors to contribute $23.6 million, about one-third of amount he and the Republican Party raised in March, the latest disclosures to the U.S. Federal Election Commission show.

Real estate and aerospace entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren and Linda ...Read more

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Bidens paid 23.7% effective federal rate in tax-day disclosure

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden paid $146,629 in federal income taxes on a combined $619,976 in adjusted gross income in 2023 — meaning the first family paid an effective federal income tax of 23.7% — according to tax filings released by the White House.

The amount represents a slight uptick in both income and ...Read more

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Trump's trial is about more than sex and money. It's about what presidents 'can get away with'

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The adult film star. The betraying bagman. The brash billionaire. The plot reads like a "Sopranos" episode, a shadowy narrative of a nation's sins and troubling divisions, its characters converging in a New York courtroom where, for the first time in history, a former president will stand before a jury in a criminal trial.

Donald Trump is ...Read more