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'I'm torn': Hogan-Trump split is putting some Maryland GOP voters on the spot

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BALTIMORE — Larry Hogan and Donald Trump will appear in November for the first time together on Maryland’s ballot, but they won’t necessarily share equal space in the hearts of Republicans in counties like Dorchester, which voted by double digits for Trump in the last two presidential elections.

“This is Trump Country,” said Ted ...Read more

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Editorial: The Biden-Trump debate next month is far more crucial than your ordinary presidential face-off

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Polls pretty consistently have told the same story for months now. President Joe Biden is unpopular — his latest approval ratings are in the mid-30s, perilous territory for an incumbent seeking a second term — and if the election were held now he almost surely would lose to his predecessor, Donald Trump.

That reality makes the June 27 ...Read more

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Commentary: Why the push to legalize gambling on US elections is so dangerous

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Free and fair elections, the foundation of our democracy, face an unprecedented array of threats as the next one approaches. While some of these threats are well-known, others go largely unnoticed, with potentially serious consequences. Among the latter is a dangerous attempt to persuade one of our financial regulators to essentially authorize ...Read more

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Venezuela bars EU monitors from July presidential election

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Venezuela withdrew an invitation to European Union election monitors, reducing the chances that the international community will accept the results of the upcoming presidential election in July.

The National Electoral Council cited the EU’s sanctions on some Venezuelan officials in its decision.

“It would be immoral to allow their ...Read more

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Trump endorses GOP opponent of top House conservative Bob Good

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Donald Trump on Tuesday endorsed the primary opponent of Rep. Bob Good, one of the most conservative Republicans in Congress and the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.

The congressman, Trump said in a post on his Truth Social platform, “turned his back on our incredible movement, and was constantly attacking and fighting me until recently,...Read more

Mexico election is most violent since 2018 with 749 victims

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Mexico’s 2024 election is by far the most violent since 2018, with 749 people connected to the races affected by political violence that ranges from threats to kidnappings and murders.

The violence include 316 incidents involving candidates, of which 34 were murdered from September to May, according to the most recent report by Mexico City-...Read more

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In last words to jury, prosecution says convict Trump for conspiracy to 'manipulate and defraud' voters, defense slams 'greatest liar of all time' Michael Cohen

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels was part of a conspiracy to “hoodwink” the voting public in 2016, a Manhattan prosecutor thundered Tuesday in marathon closing arguments at the historic trial that could lead to the first criminal conviction of a former president.

“Democracy gives the people the ...Read more

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Trump gag order bid over false FBI theory denied in Florida case

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The federal judge overseeing Donald Trump’s classified documents case denied a request by special counsel Jack Smith to impose a gag order on the former president to protect law enforcement officers.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in Florida said in a ruling Tuesday that Smith failed to give Trump’s legal team enough time to discuss the ...Read more

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Key Bridge collapse: Wes Moore meets with Joe Biden on federal channel opening and other issues

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore left a meeting with White House officials Tuesday saying plans were intact to restore the federal channel by June 10 following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, and that he expected the first large container ships to return around the same time.

“The first week of June is when we’re anticipating our first...Read more

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Lawyers give closing statements in Donald Trump's historic hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Prosecutors on Tuesday gave a breathtaking summary of how Donald Trump and his allies allegedly conspired to hide a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels and defraud the 2016 electorate, bringing to a close their effort to secure an unprecedented criminal conviction of a former U.S. president.

“Democracy gives the people...Read more

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Trump endorsement question hangs over Nevada Senate race

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BOULDER CITY, Nevada — Former Army Capt. Sam Brown is heavily favored in the Nevada GOP Senate primary to take on Democratic incumbent Sen. Jacky Rosen, but one wild card remains: Donald Trump.

Republican primary voters are already casting early ballots across Nevada, but the question of whether the former president will make an endorsement ...Read more

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Former Jan. 6 Capitol officers to campaign for Biden in Nevada

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LAS VEGAS — Former U.S. Capitol police officers will campaign for President Joe Biden in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Sgt. Aquilino Gonell and Officer Harry Dunn will meet with elected officials and community leaders in Las Vegas to talk about the Jan. 6 attack and the dangers they believe Donald Trump poses to democracy, according to the Biden-...Read more

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Libertarian nominee Chase Oliver denies being spoiler -- history shows differently

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ATLANTA — Georgia resident Chase Oliver is the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president, but historical polling data shows he will not win the election.

What worries most presidential campaign officials — and what Oliver rejects — is that he will draw away votes from the two major parties.

“We can’t be a spoiler because you can’...Read more

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Mayor Adams' defense fund not paying legal fees for aide Rana Abbasova in Turkish campaign finance probe

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NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams confirmed Tuesday his legal defense trust isn’t bankrolling legal fees for Rana Abbasova, a longtime aide whose home was raided by the FBI last year as part of an investigation into ties between the Turkish government and Adams’ 2021 campaign.

“I am not paying for it, and I have no idea who is,” the mayor ...Read more

Trump endorsement question hangs over Nevada Senate race

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BOULDER CITY, Nev. — Former Army Capt. Sam Brown is heavily favored in the Nevada GOP Senate primary to take on Democratic incumbent Sen. Jacky Rosen, but one wild card remains: Donald Trump.

Republican primary voters are already casting early ballots across Nevada, but the question of whether the former president will make an endorsement in ...Read more

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Hiding 'messy' details of Trump's tryst with Stormy Daniels is motive for his crimes, prosecutor says in closings

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NEW YORK — The uncomfortable details Stormy Daniels divulged about a years-old tryst with Donald Trump were precisely what the former president sought to hide from the electorate in 2016, a prosecutor charged in closing arguments Tuesday.

“Why did they work so hard to try to discredit her?” Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass ...Read more

Republican member of Fulton County elections board won't certify primary results

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ATLANTA — A Republican member of the Fulton County elections board refuses to certify primary election results unless given access to detailed voting data, in a move that Democrats worry could jeopardize certification of November’s general election results.

Julie Adams, who joined the Fulton County Board of Registration & Elections in ...Read more

It's not easy being unaffiliated. How a North Carolina candidate made it on the ballot

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For the first time in modern North Carolina history, an unaffiliated candidate has made her way onto the ballot to run for Congress.

That’s according to an expert who closely monitors state politics and marvels at the achievement of Shelane Etchison. Chris Cooper says the system is set up for Republican and Democratic candidates to succeed.

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Democrats' candidate for Georgia congressional district has a history backing GOP

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ATLANTA — Shortly after winning a head-to-head matchup in the Democratic primary in Georgia’s 11th Congressional District, Katy Stamper put out a statement that appeared to be an appeal to conservative-leaning voters in a seat that U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, a Cassville Republican, has held since 2015.

“While our dollars continue to ...Read more

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Trump lawyer calls Michael Cohen 'greatest liar of all time' at hush money closing

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NEW YORK — Defense lawyer Todd Blanche wrapped up his closing statement at Donald Trump’s hush money trial with a list of 10 reasons why the jury should not convict the former president, sprinkling in sports analogies and hammering into the 12 Manhattan jurors that the prosecution’s star witness was a liar.

“Have you heard about GOAT, ...Read more