Trump to host outdoor New Hampshire rally with masks encouraged

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President Donald Trump will hold an outdoor rally in New Hampshire on July 11 at which face coverings are "strongly encouraged," a change in tone after months of skepticism about the value of wearing masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The event is set for 8 p.m. EDT outside the Portsmouth International Airport, the Trump campaign said ...Read more

Trump's views — bleak about the US, rosy about coronavirus — put Republicans on the spot

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WASHINGTON -- White House surrogates and GOP lawmakers struggled Sunday to defend President Donald Trump after he spent the Fourth of July holiday weekend denigrating the racial-justice movement galvanized by George Floyd's killing and playing down a deadly pandemic by claiming that 99% of coronavirus cases are "completely harmless."

In a pair ...Read more

Former NSA Rice says Trump has been doing Putin's 'bidding'

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Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice rejected White House assertions that President Donald Trump wasn't told of intelligence that Russia may have offered bounties on American troops, a subject that's consumed Washington over the past week.

"We have a president who is doing our arch adversary's bidding," Rice said on NBC's "Meet the Press...Read more

Trump's taxes, birth control top Supreme Court's closing agenda

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The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to cap a term like no other with potentially blockbuster decisions covering birth control, religious rights and President Donald Trump's efforts to keep his financial records private.

The justices will tackle their eight remaining cases starting Monday, when they issue opinions in July for the first time since ...Read more

Gen Z's protest zeal stirs Democratic hopes for energy at polls

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Nationwide demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd in police custody drove tens of thousands of young people to the streets. Now liberal activists have reason to believe they can channel that energy into votes for Joe Biden.

During the first two weeks of June, as protesters gathered across the country, more than 293,000 Americans ...Read more

Biden vows to uproot systemic racism in Fourth of July message

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Former Vice President Joe Biden vowed Saturday to "rip the roots of systemic racism out of this country" in a Fourth of July message that contrasted sharply with President Donald Trump's warning at a Mount Rushmore fireworks display that "angry mobs" at protests against racism were assaulting America's history and culture.

In a video posted on ...Read more

Trump marks July 4 with a pledge to defeat the 'radical left'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump marked Independence Day by promising to defeat the "radical left" and boasting of his handling of the coronavirus, even as cases spike in the U.S.

Trump, speaking from the South Lawn of the White House, reprised themes from a speech he delivered in South Dakota the day before, by lashing out at those ...Read more

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