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Commentary: No, Mr. President, China is still not paying the tariffs you slapped on Chinese goods

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President Donald Trump seems perpetually confused about who pays the tariffs of 10% to 25% that he's imposed on imported goods. Either that, or he just won't admit the truth: Trump's tariffs are taxes on U.S. purchasers, not foreign manufacturers.

The issue came up again at Thursday's presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee, after moderator...Read more

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Commentary: Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court could shred environmental protections

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Safe drinking water, clean air, healthy wildlife and natural habitat might not be front of mind as the Senate moves forward with President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett — but they should be.

That's because the Supreme Court often has the last word on how, and sometimes even whether, federal laws are effectively...Read more

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With nine days to go, Trump faces two adversaries: Joe Biden and the pandemic

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WASHINGTON — With Election Day just nine days away, President Donald Trump fought an uphill battle Sunday against two adversaries: Joe Biden and the pandemic.

Trump's repeated claim that the country had turned the corner on the coronavirus was undercut by news that members of Vice President Mike Pence's inner circle had tested positive — ...Read more

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Chris Christie 'surprised' over Pence's campaign plans after staffers test positive for COVID

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Vice President Mike Pence isn't letting an apparent COVID outbreak among members of his staff stop him from campaigning around the country.

A White House official confirmed Sunday that Pence hasn't changed his plans since several of his staffers reportedly tested positive for the dreaded virus.

The move drew muted criticism from former New ...Read more

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Biden's year-old pandemic tweet gets an anniversary boost

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A tweet sent by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden warning about a pandemic was trending on Twitter on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of the post.

"We are not prepared for a pandemic," Biden tweeted on Oct. 25, 2019, saying the country needs leadership that "mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores."

At the ...Read more

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Senate cuts off debate on Barrett nomination, moves to final vote on Monday

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WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Senate dispensed with a key procedural hurdle Sunday on the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, as Republicans race to a final confirmation vote Monday that will solidify the high court's conservative tilt.

In a rare weekend floor vote mostly along party lines, 51-48, Republicans backed President ...Read more

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'There is a voter-suppression wing': An ugly American tradition clouds the 2020 presidential race

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A Memphis, Tennessee poll worker turned away people wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts, saying they couldn't vote. Robocalls warned thousands of Michigan residents that mail-in voting could put their personal information in the hands of debt collectors and police. In Georgia, officials cut polling places by nearly 10%, even as the number of ...Read more

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'This is a moment': US Latino vote matters like never before

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PHOENIX — President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are spending more time and attention on Latino voters in the 2020 campaign and with good reason: For the first time, Latinos outnumber Black Americans among eligible voters, and a large turnout could make them the most influential voting bloc in the country.

But it's not just their numbers. They ...Read more

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Young, outspoken and diverse, the 2018 House class began with high hopes. Did it deliver?

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WASHINGTON — Five dozen bright-eyed Democrats rode an electoral wave into the House nearly two years ago on a promise to shake up Congress and enact ambitious social reform on health care, climate policy and immigration. They were younger, more female, less wealthy and less white than any previous freshman class.

And although these first-term...Read more

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Trump and Biden barnstorm battleground states as race moves to overdrive

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BRISTOL, Pa. — President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden courted voters in the nation's battleground states Saturday, trading barbs at dueling rallies that offered a clear contrast in the homestretch of a campaign that has few undecided voters.

Trump's status as underdog was clear in his rally schedule Saturday, as he ...Read more

Uber, Lyft and allies break spending records on gig worker initiative. Here's how much

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A fight over the future of California gig drivers has drawn nearly $220 million in political spending, making it the most expensive initiative in the history of the state.

The latest campaign finance reports filed Thursday show that the Yes on Proposition 22 campaign has received nearly $200 million, mostly from five tech...Read more

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QA: Election meddling is a 100-year Russian tradition

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As one may have predicted four years ago, the final weeks of the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign have unfolded amid a flurry of accusations about a hostile power undermining American democracy. What one was less likely to predict was that this nemesis would be not Russia but Silicon Valley.

So, amid the controversy over Facebook, Twitter and a ...Read more

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'I voted for a guy named Trump,' the president says after voting in person in Florida

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump has voted twice by mail since becoming a Palm Beach County resident one year ago. But on Saturday, like so many other Florida Republicans, Donald Trump voted for Donald Trump in person.

Trump cast his ballot at the Palm Beach County main library in West Palm Beach at around 10 a.m. Trump voted ...Read more

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For Biden, Jewish voter turnout is key in Florida as race with Trump tightens

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MIAMI — Signs that Jewish voters in Florida are turning out to vote in large numbers are raising hopes in Joe Biden's campaign that the former vice president can effectively end the 2020 race on election night with a decisive victory in the state.

Based on recent polling, mail-in ballot returns and early voting numbers in South Florida's ...Read more

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Surging coronavirus endangers Trump plan to counter Biden edge with Election Day vote

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WASHINGTON — A surge in coronavirus cases in counties critical to President Donald Trump's victory may disrupt his plans to drive up in-person voting on Nov. 3, potentially reducing Republican turnout in areas the president can least afford it.

In Kenosha, a Wisconsin county that voted for Barack Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016, the ...Read more

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Biden has increased his fundraising advantage over Trump in October

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WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's campaign raised $130 million in the first two weeks of October alone and entered the last stretch of the presidential race with $118 million more in the bank than President Donald Trump, allowing him to dominate the airwaves in battleground states just as voters are casting their ...Read more

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Mar-a-Lago is taxed as a private club, not a residence. So can Trump vote as a Florida man?

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — President Donald Trump is planning to cast his ballot in person for the first time in Palm Beach County this weekend.

But some have questioned whether he can legally vote as a Florida man because his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach is taxed as a private club and not as a residential property. Jim Watson, a Boynton ...Read more

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Trump tells Florida audience he'll always 'love, protect and defend our seniors'

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THE VILLAGES, Fla. — President Donald Trump told a cheering audience of thousands crowded together at an outdoor rally in The Villages on Friday that he would always "love, protect and defend our seniors."

Trump started his speech with a litany of complaints against his opponent Joe Biden for his policies on fossil fuels, immigration and the ...Read more

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Senate sets up procedural vote on Amy Coney Barrett nomination for Sunday

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WASHINGTON — The stage is set for a Sunday afternoon Senate vote to limit debate on President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed a cloture motion on the nomination Friday. That sets up a simple-majority vote to wind down the debate one hour after the Senate ...Read more

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Biden's lead? Why Democrats worry they could blow it

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In this final dash of the presidential race, former Vice President Joe Biden holds a solid lead and his backers are working themselves to exhaustion. Yet Democrats still find that they can't sleep at night.

Their nightmare of 2016 — front-runner Hillary Clinton's stunning upset by Donald Trump — keeps jolting them awake.

"Everybody is ...Read more