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'Up there with World War II and the Civil War': Three-headed crisis reshapes Biden-Trump race

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WASHINGTON -- The death of George Floyd and subsequent vitriolic nationwide demonstrations against police violence have added yet another crisis to a presidential campaign already gripped by a public health emergency and economic calamity, thrusting the race into unprecedented terrain as Donald Trump and Joe Biden seek to show they can lead the ...Read more

Police say pepper balls were used to clear protesters for Trump's walk to church

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Park Police acknowledged that its officers used smoke and irritating pepper agents to clear protesters outside the White House on Monday before President Donald Trump walked to a historic church that was damaged by arson.

The police agency denied in a statement on Tuesday that it used "tear gas" to disperse the protesters...Read more

Vulnerable senators offer mixed reviews of Trump in crisis

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WASHINGTON -- Senators with the toughest reelection fights offered varying levels of criticism Tuesday for President Donald Trump's hard-line approach to demonstrators, reflecting the tightrope that Republicans especially walk when it comes to the commander in chief.

Trump on Monday declared himself the law-and-order president and said he would...Read more

Trump sued over executive order targeting social media companies

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President Donald Trump's executive order targeting social media companies was challenged in court by a nonprofit group that claims the edict violates free speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The Center for Democracy and Technology sued in Washington federal court Tuesday, claiming the order is an unconstitutional retaliation ...Read more

Facebook's Zuckerberg defends Trump content decisions to staff

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Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg told staff at a companywide meeting that he won't change his mind about a decision to leave up posts shared by U.S. President Donald Trump last week that many workers felt violated the company's policies against violent rhetoric.

At an all-hands meeting via video chat on Tuesday, Zuckerberg ...Read more

Can Trump campaign on a vow to end the disorder and unrest that he's fueling?

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WASHINGTON -- With protests erupting across the country, President Donald Trump is ripping a page from Richard Nixon's playbook, claiming to stand for "law and order" and calling out to the "silent majority" that he hopes will grant him a second term.

But 2020 is a long way from 1968, and there's no assurance that Trump's message will resonate ...Read more

In Philly speech, Biden accuses Trump of 'accelerating' divisions, vows racial reconciliation

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PHILADELPHIA -- Speaking at Philadelphia City Hall on Tuesday morning as the country buckled under the combined strains of police brutality, protests, riots and the coronavirus, Joe Biden condemned President Donald Trump for spreading hatred, and vowed to put racial equality and healing at the forefront of his presidency.

"The country is crying...Read more

Nadler seeks to punish Barr for not testifying

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WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee squared off against Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday to counter what Democrats say is continued defiance of Congress for refusing to testify at a Justice Department oversight hearing.

Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced that he would introduce legislation this week to slash the budget of the ...Read more

'More interested in power than in principle': Trump is using racial wounds for political gain, Biden says

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden, in a major speech on civil unrest and protests across the country, delivered a blunt attack Tuesday on President Donald Trump for being "more interested in serving the passions of his base than the needs of the people in his care."

Biden likened Trump to Southern segregationists of the 1960s, accusing him of exploiting ...Read more

Lawmakers look at military gear transfers to police

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WASHINGTON -- The eruptions of violence at protests of police brutality in recent days have rekindled congressional efforts to end the practice of giving surplus military gear to law enforcement agencies.

The program, which is run through the Defense Logistics Agency, dates back to the 1990s, with the goal of finding additional uses for ...Read more

Biden fans and the Pa. Democratic establishment are taking a quiet primary victory lap: 'He's the guy to beat Trump'

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PHILADELPHIA -- When David Bradford hosted a Joe Biden debate watch party in his Philadelphia apartment in October, only one person showed up. More than a dozen people were running to be the Democratic presidential nominee back then, Biden's early lead in the polls was slipping, and pundits were pointing to the lack of enthusiasm for his ...Read more

Biden fans and the Pa. Democratic establishment are taking a quiet primary victory lap: 'He's the guy to beat Trump'

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PHILADELPHIA -- When David Bradford hosted a Joe Biden debate watch party in his Philadelphia apartment in October, only one person showed up. More than a dozen people were running to be the Democratic presidential nominee back then, Biden's early lead in the polls was slipping, and pundits were pointing to the lack of enthusiasm for his ...Read more

Will Joe Biden make a former Florida police chief his 2020 running mate?

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WASHINGTON -- Val Demings' rise from Orlando, Fla.'s first black woman police chief to a congresswoman with a central role in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial landed her on Joe Biden's vice presidential shortlist.

And now, as protests over the death of George Floyd grip the country, those same credentials are propelling Demings ...Read more

Insurrection Act: Would it allow Trump to send troops to a state over a governor's protests?

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WASHINGTON -- Could President Donald Trump order troops onto the streets of a major American city over the objections of local and state officials?

Trump threatened to do so Monday, saying that if governors and local officials failed to end civil unrest, he would deploy the military "to do the job for them."

Normally, military troops are ...Read more

Trump plans Maine visit despite governor's security warning

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to visit Maine on Friday to tour a nasal swab manufacturing plant, a White House official said, even as the state's governor directly warned that his trip prompted security concerns amid protests that have gripped the nation.

"I'm very concerned that your presence may cause security problems for our ...Read more

Biden seeks to convey sense of leadership amid a national crisis

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Joe Biden didn't scold or lecture or lay blame for the unrest gripping America's cities on the mayors who run them. But in an event Monday, he did offer the nation a glimpse at what things might look like inside the White House were he in charge.

There was diligent listening, a lot of empathy, and some furious scribbling of notes as the former ...Read more

Ex-Trump campaign worker seeks to void NDAs to discuss 2016 race

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NEW YORK -- A woman who claims she experienced harassment as a staffer on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign is asking a New York court to void the nondisclosure agreements the campaign required all workers to sign.

Jessica Denson, a Los Angeles-based actress who worked on the campaign in August 2016, filed a class-action lawsuit Monday ...Read more

Trump tells governors to 'dominate' as he shrinks from crisis role

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WASHINGTON -- As dozens of American cities have recoiled with violence, anger and property damage, President Donald Trump has been silent, save for his angry Twitter finger.

"A national Oval Office address is not going to stop Antifa," his press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, told Fox News on Monday, blaming the amorphous left-wing group, which ...Read more

Trump urges states to 'dominate' protesters with tough response

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President Donald Trump urged states to crack down on nationwide protests in the aftermath of the death of a black man at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

"You have to dominate," Trump said Monday in a video conference with governors and law enforcement.

"If you don't dominate, you're wasting your time. They're going to run over you, you're ...Read more

Trump's response to the coronavirus disaster causes trouble for his campaign

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TOLEDO, Iowa -- The danger of the coronavirus pandemic has become very real for LeAnn Davis. A major outbreak at a National Beef plant near this Iowa town of 2,100 has left one of her friends hospitalized.

Davis is put off by President Trump's refusal to wear a face mask and alarmed by his rush to reopen the economy.

"It's too soon," she said....Read more