At Mount Rushmore, Trump uses Fourth of July celebration to stoke a culture war

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump used an elaborate fireworks display and Air Force One flyover at Mount Rushmore on Friday night to rally his base, ushering in Fourth of July celebrations a day early with accusations that a "new far-left fascism" is part of "a merciless campaign to wipe out our history."

The combative address in South ...Read more

Senate Republicans seek to join defense in Minnesota abortion case

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Days after the United States Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana abortion law, Minnesota Senate Republicans moved to get involved in a legal battle over the state's own measures on abortion access.

In a party-line vote Thursday evening, the Senate Rules Committee voted to hire outside counsel to defend a slate of state abortion...Read more

Trump to host Mount Rushmore fireworks show with masks optional

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Donald Trump heads to Mount Rushmore Friday for an early Independence Day celebration with thousands of guests who won't be required to wear masks or socially distance, as the president continues an aggressive public schedule despite a spike in U.S. coronavirus cases.

Friday's show will feature a military flyover and the first fireworks in more...Read more

'Burned to the ground': Anti-Trump Republicans set new goal of defeating the GOP Senate

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WASHINGTON -- A loose association of current and former Republicans working to sink President Donald Trump's reelection now see another political feat that's necessary for them to have a shot at reclaiming their party: flipping the U.S. Senate to the Democrats.

The emerging belief, based on more than a dozen interviews, is that defeating Trump ...Read more

Mary Trump fires back in defense of her right to publish memoir

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump's niece slammed her family's attempt to block the release of her upcoming memoir and urged a New York judge not to grant their request for an injunction.

Mary L. Trump on Thursday said in a court filing that she would not have consented to a secrecy deal that was part of a legal settlement two decades ago over...Read more

As coronavirus cases soar, Trump continues cheerleading for reopening the economy

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WASHINGTON -- While celebrating better-than-expected economic numbers at the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump conceded that the coronavirus outbreak wasn't over but insisted "we're putting out the fires."

It's more like a blaze raging out of control.

The president appears to be in denial as the country racks up record numbers of...Read more

Senate undoes proposed power shift in nuclear arms budgeting

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted quietly Thursday to undo a proposal in its fiscal 2021 defense authorization bill that would have given the Pentagon extraordinary new power to shape the Energy Department's future nuclear weapons budgets.

CQ Roll Call reported this week on behind-the-scenes opposition to provisions in the Senate Armed Services ...Read more

Biden surpasses Trump in June fundraising

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Joe Biden reported raising $10 million more than President Donald Trump last month amid new polls showing the former vice president holding a solid lead in the race for the White House.

The increasingly strong footing of Trump's presumed Democratic challenger comes at a time when most Americans disapprove of the president's handling of the ...Read more

Supreme Court blocks release of redacted parts of Mueller report while it hears Trump's appeal

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to temporarily shield President Donald Trump from further revelations from the Mueller report, saying it will hear this fall a dispute over the release of redacted portions.

The court's decision, in a one-line order, means House Democrats will not see the redacted parts of the report by special ...Read more

Another group is running TV ads against the president — and they're Republicans

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For many Fox TV viewers, former Matthews Mayor Shawn Lemmond will be the uninvited guest at Saturday' star-spangled Salute to America event with President Donald Trump.

Lemmond will be featured in an ad during the Fourth of July spectacular for "Republican Voters Against Trump," a group spending $1 million on cable and ...Read more

'It is historic': Women of color dominate Joe Biden's list for vice president

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As Joe Biden weighs potential running mates, he has been asked repeatedly about the women he is considering. The Democrat has responded repeatedly that multiple women of color are on his list.

The former vice president's statement has all the makings of a coy dodge, keeping all possibilities open. But it is also a milestone.

"There has not ...Read more

Biden says 600 lawyers will guard against election 'chicanery'

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden said Wednesday that his campaign had convened a group of 600 lawyers and thousands of volunteers to prepare for any "chicanery" that might disrupt or interfere with the November election.

"We're continuing to fight any effort to exploit the pandemic for political purposes, support the countless state and local officials ...Read more

Lauren Boebert ran against AOC and the 'squad' in Colorado, and beat Rep. Scott Tipton in the process

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WASHINGTON -- When Lauren Boebert launched her Republican primary campaign against Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton back in December, she was asked who she considered her actual opponent: Tipton or New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

"I'm absolutely running against her," Boebert said, according to a clip of the interview with Denver's ...Read more

Biden edges out Trump with $141 million haul in June

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden's presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and associated state parties raised $141 million in June and brought in twice that amount for the full second quarter, topping the hauls from Donald Trump and Republicans in the those same periods.

The take is the biggest yet for either candidate during the 2020 ...Read more

As Congress leaves town, hopes for police reforms fade

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WASHINGTON -- After George Floyd's death in police custody, both Republicans and Democrats immediately wrote bills to change policing practices, sparking hope that they would overcome the partisanship gripping most policy debates to enact meaningful legislation.

But as lawmakers leave Washington for a two-week recess, the parties are locked in ...Read more

Mary Trump's publisher gets court to lift order blocking tell-all book

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The publisher of a memoir about President Donald Trump's family got a temporary restraining order against the book lifted by an appeals court that said the company doesn't appear to be bound by a confidentiality agreement signed by the book's author, Mary Trump, nearly 20 years ago.

The decision issued Wednesday by a New York state appeals ...Read more

Trump raises $266 million in second quarter, widening advantage

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's campaign along with the Republican National Committee raised $266 million during the second quarter of 2020, widening the president's cash advantage over Joe Biden.

The Trump campaign said Wednesday that it increased its fundraising by 71% from the first quarter, despite the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down ...Read more

Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Google Chiefs to Testify in Congress

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The chief executive officers of Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. have agreed to testify before a congressional panel investigating competition issues in the technology industry, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee overseeing the probe.

Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, Jeff Bezos and Tim ...Read more

Passing infrastructure bill, Democrats go all-in on climate

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WASHINGTON -- The $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill the House passed 233-188 Wednesday has little chance of advancing in the Republican-controlled Senate. But it fired a political warning shot: Democrats view climate change as a top issue for an already turbulent election year.

"This bill, as audacious as it is, will do one thing for sure: give...Read more

Republicans push back on Democrats' DC statehood bill

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WASHINGTON -- Republican senators came out swinging Wednesday against a bill passed in the House last week that would make the District of Columbia the 51st state.

"From a South Carolina point of view, this is a very bad deal," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters.

Republicans and Democrats held dueling news events Wednesday on the...Read more