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Trump's order on social media meets swift resistance

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WASHINGTON -- Even before it was signed Thursday, President Donald Trump's executive order encouraging federal regulators to reconsider legal immunity for social media companies was pilloried by a diverse coalition of opponents who questioned the order's legality and Trump's motivations.

The order, signed by Trump on the heels of a multiday ...Read more

Twitter flags tweet by Trump as 'glorifying violence' as protests rage in Minneapolis

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Twitter has tagged a tweet by President Donald Trump as a violation of its rules "about glorifying violence" after he threatened a harsh crackdown on protests in Minneapolis, warning that "any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

The move by the social-media giant is sure to inflame the ...Read more

Twitter flags tweet by Trump as 'glorifying violence' as protests rage in Minneapolis

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Twitter has tagged a tweet by President Donald Trump as a violation of its rules "about glorifying violence" after he threatened a harsh crackdown on protests in Minneapolis, warning that "any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

The move by the social-media giant is sure to inflame the ...Read more

Pennsylvania primaries to set match-ups in House battlegrounds

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WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania will be a crucial battleground in the presidential race, and the Keystone State will also host a handful of competitive House races in 2020, including some the GOP considers critical to winning back the House.

Republicans need a net gain of 17 seats to win the majority, and they're hoping to get some of them in ...Read more

Outside money pours into Iowa Senate primary, with more to come

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WASHINGTON -- Millions of dollars have already been spent in Iowa ahead of Tuesday's Senate primary, mostly from outside groups bolstering Democrat Theresa Greenfield in her bid to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst.

And the spending so far is just a preview of what's to come.

Both parties' Senate campaign committees and aligned super PACs ...Read more

The facts about Section 230, the internet speech law Trump wants to change

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On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting social media companies such as Twitter. The order centers on Section 230, a fragment of law from the 1990s that underpins much of today's internet and is often misunderstood.

Here's a rundown of what the law is, what's at stake, and what Trump's executive order might ...Read more

Nevada Sen. Cortez Masto withdraws from consideration as Biden running mate

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WASHINGTON -- Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said Thursday she no longer wished to be under consideration as Joe Biden's running mate.

Cortez Masto, the first Latina elected to the Senate, was viewed as a top contender for the Democratic presidential ticket, but she said in a statement she wanted to focus on helping Nevada recover from the ...Read more

Guilfoyle's influence rises as Trump re-election race tightens

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Former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle has built her own power center within Donald Trump's re-election campaign, helping to bolster fundraising amid the coronavirus pandemic even as the president frets about his standing with voters.

Guilfoyle, 51, has dated the president's son Donald Trump Jr. for two years. But since taking a role in...Read more

Trump expected to sign order on social media

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Thursday targeting social media companies such as Twitter, escalating his feud with the technology platforms he relies on to amplify his political messages in an election year.

Although the president has limited power to modify federal rules without an act of Congress, ...Read more

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