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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


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

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Missouri abortion rights campaign raises nearly $5 million ahead of signature deadline

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A campaign to overturn Missouri’s near-total abortion ban has raised nearly $5 million as it gathers signatures across the state to force a statewide vote.

The campaign, called Missourians for Constitutional Freedom, has raised $4.98 million since launching its campaign in January, according to the coalition’s quarterly...Read more

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Donald Trump's historic hush money criminal trial begins

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s historic hush money trial got underway Monday at Manhattan Supreme Court, where the former president was dealt a set of legal blows — when he wasn’t nodding off at the defense table — and a stern warning that he can’t pick and choose when he wants to turn up.

The trial officially got underway at 2:30 p.m. ...Read more

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Trump to hold campaign rally in North Carolina this weekend

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit North Carolina this weekend, six days after his criminal trial began in New York City.

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, is scheduled to hold a campaign rally Saturday at Aero Center Wilmington.

Doors open at 3 p.m., and Trump is set to give remarks ...Read more

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Officials search for offshore wind radar interference fix

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WASHINGTON — Racing against the Biden administration’s clean energy agenda, members of Congress are pressing for a solution for wind turbines that interfere with plane radars before more offshore wind projects are approved.

As turbines continue to expand in size and number, they create clutter on radar systems that increase the false alarm ...Read more

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Donald Trump reveals if he will make it to Barron Trump's high school graduation

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Donald Trump addressed the media Monday and said he will have to miss his youngest son’s high school graduation.

The former president was in court once again Monday and after the first day of his hush money trial, he addressed the media waiting for him outside the courtroom.

After thanking the media for being there, Trump first addressed the...Read more

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Supreme Court says no to Lindell's request for hearing on cellphone confiscation

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The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's claim that the FBI violated his First and Fourth Amendment rights by seizing his cellphone at a Hardee's drive-thru two years ago.

The court revealed Monday that it had denied a request from Lindell to hear his appeal of a decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Court ...Read more

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Donald Trump's historic hush money criminal trial begins

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump was in Manhattan Supreme Court Monday for jury selection at his historic hush money trial — the first criminal trial of a former president. The trial is the culmination of a multiyear investigation by the Manhattan district attorney into Trump and his alleged efforts to influence the results of the 2016 presidential...Read more

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Thin crowd of pro-Trump supporters gathers outside hush money trial courthouse

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NEW YORK — A small crowd of a few dozen flag-waving Donald Trump supporters mixed with a smattering of anti-Trump protesters outside Manhattan Supreme Court as the historic first criminal trial of a former U.S. president kicked off Monday.

Andrew Giuliani, son of former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, stood among the fans of his “uncle figure�...Read more


Judge rejects Giuliani's request for new defamation trial

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ATLANTA — A federal judge has rejected Rudy Giuliani’s request for a new trial in a defamation case brought by two former Fulton County election workers.

In December, a jury in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia awarded Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss more than $148 million in damages because Giuliani falsely and repeatedly accused...Read more