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Before attack, Trump shooter searched online for info about Oxford shooter, his parents

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WASHINGTON — The 20-year-old Pennsylvania man who tried to assassinate President Donald Trump last weekend searched online for information about Ethan Crumbley ― who killed four students and wounded seven people at Oxford High School in 2021 ― and about his parents, who were convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced earlier this ...Read more

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Trump has 'very good' phone call with Ukraine's Zelenskyy

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump had what he called a “very good” telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and again vowed to bring about a deal to end the war with Russia — though without saying how he’d do it.

The two men spoke earlier Friday, Trump said in a post on his Truth Social platform. He added that he ...Read more

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Thomas Matthew Crooks' final cellphone search was for porn before shooting Trump, report says

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Thomas Matthew Crooks’ final internet search on his cellphone before opening fire on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump last Saturday was reportedly for pornography, according to the Daily Beast.

A senior law enforcement source told the outlet that online skin flicks were the last thing the 20-year-old gunman viewed before ...Read more

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Number of congressional Democrats calling on Biden to quit race increases

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WASHINGTON — A dozen more Democratic members of Congress called on President Joe Biden to drop his reelection bid Friday, as Biden’s campaign chief acknowledged “some slippage in support” in an MSNBC interview but said the campaign still saw multiple paths to victory.

New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown brought ...Read more

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Trump's big night at Republican convention draws 25 million TV viewers

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Former President Donald Trump delivered a speech formally accepting his presidential nomination on Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, and an average of 25.4 million viewers tuned in to watch.

The audience figure from Nielsen was roughly 7% higher than viewership numbers for the final night of the RNC in 2020 and 27% ...Read more

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Hundreds gather to say goodbye to former fire chief killed at Pennsylvania Trump rally

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PITTSBURGH — Those passing through the rural village of Cabot on Friday morning might have thought there was a parade. Crowds adorned in patriotic attire sat in lawn chairs lining the streets, waving American flags and cheering at the dozens of bright, red fire trucks that sounded through the streets.

It was a procession, not a parade. And, ...Read more

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Number of congressional Democrats calling on Biden to quit race increases

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WASHINGTON — Calls from Democratic members of Congress for President Joe Biden to drop his reelection bid continued on Friday, as Biden’s campaign chief acknowledged “some slippage in support” in an MSNBC interview but said the campaign still saw multiple paths to victory.

New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich became the third Senate Democrat...Read more

Prosecutors seek trial in Supreme Court assassination plot case

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Friday asked a federal judge in Maryland to move forward with the trial of a man accused of plotting to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

Federal prosecutors said in a court filing they have not been able to agree upon the terms for a pretrial resolution of the case in discussions with ...Read more

Democrats work to tie Trump to abortion bans in Georgia and across the South

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ATLANTA — As Georgia prepares to mark two years since the state’s strict abortion law took effect on Saturday, Democrats and supporters of abortion rights continue their efforts to tie former President Donald Trump to setting the stage for allowing states to limit the procedure.

President Joe Biden’s campaign hosted a panel discussion ...Read more

Thomas Matthew Crooks' final cellphone search was for porn before shooting Trump: report

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Thomas Matthew Crooks’ final internet search on his cellphone was reportedly for pornography before opening fire on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump last Saturday, according to the Daily Beast.

A senior law enforcement source told the outlet that online skin flicks were the last thing the 20-year-old gunman viewed before ...Read more

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Biden resists rising Democratic pressure to quit race

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday pushed back on rising pressure from fellow Democrats to drop out of the race amid widespread questions about his age and fitness to beat former President Trump and serve another term in the White House.

The embattled Democratic incumbent insisted he would return to the campaign trail next week after ...Read more

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Trump leaves RNC in his strongest position yet to win Pennsylvania and the White House

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After the balloon curtain fell on a historic, and in some moments euphoric, four-day convention, former President Donald Trump left the stage in his strongest position yet to return to the Oval Office.

In an election so unprecedented the word seems to have lost its meaning, Trump had a week that could cement his return to power as he appears to...Read more

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Thomas Matthew Crooks' final cellphone search was for porn before shooting Trump, report says

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Thomas Matthew Crooks’ final internet search on his cellphone was reportedly for pornography before opening fire on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump last Saturday, according to the Daily Beast.

A senior law enforcement source told the outlet that online skin flicks were the last thing the 20-year-old gunman viewed before ...Read more

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New Biden student loan repayment plan put on hold by appeals court

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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has put a temporary hold on the Biden administration's latest student loan repayment plan, leaving millions of borrowers in the dark about how to resolve their debts.

A one-sentence order issued Thursday by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis bars the U.S. Education Department from implementing ...Read more

Hundreds gather to say goodbye to former fire chief killed at Pennsylvania Trump rally<strong /> <strong />

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Hundreds lined the streets of Freeport on Friday to pay respects to a firefighter who was killed while attending a rally for former President Donald Trump.

Buffalo Township firefighters dressed in bright white shirts and navy pants filled the Cabot Methodist Church as mourners filed in to remember Corey Comperatore, 50, who was gunned down on ...Read more

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US Reps. Casten and García join call for President Joe Biden to step aside

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CHIHCAGO — Illinois U.S. Reps. Sean Casten and Jesús “Chuy” García on Friday added their names to the growing list of Democrats calling for President Joe Biden to step aside and not run for a second term.

Casten and García become the fourth and fifth Illinois congressional Democrats to encourage the 81-year-old Biden to abandon his ...Read more

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Trump recounts assassination attempt in Butler at the top of his RNC address, pays tribute to slain firefighter

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On the final night of the Republican National Convention, former President Donald Trump gave a firsthand account of the assassination attempt in Butler, Pa., which he survived days earlier, in a speech that underlined how the shooting could continue to define the next four months of his campaign.

"I will tell you exactly what happened and you'...Read more

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Why won't Republicans talk about abortion at their convention?

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MILWAUKEE — Republicans are barely mentioning abortion at their national convention – but among South Carolina delegates, it remains a volatile issue.

The party platform says abortion is a matter for states to decide, and the delegates McClatchy reporters have spoken with this week agree with that position.

“This is the proper approach,�...Read more

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4 more Democrats call on Biden to exit; his team says he is 'absolutely' still in the race

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WASHINGTON — President Biden is "absolutely" in the race for a second term, his campaign leader said Friday, just as four more Democratic lawmakers called on Biden to leave the contest.

Rep. Jared Huffman of San Rafael authored a joint statement with Reps. Marc Veasey of Texas, Chuy Garcia of Illinois and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin urging him to...Read more

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Biden 'absolutely' still in race despite speculation he is preparing to withdraw, campaign chair says

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WASHINGTON — President Biden is "absolutely" in the race for a second term, his campaign leader said Friday, beating back growing speculation that he is preparing to withdraw because of concerns from fellow Democrats that he cannot win the race and may be incapable of serving a second term.

"We're looking at polling. We're seeing ... what a ...Read more