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Trump vows to stop 'mob violence' in protests over Floyd death

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump vowed his administration would end what he called "mob violence" in U.S. cities following the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of Minnesota police, blaming leftist groups for clashes with police and property damage around the nation.

"The mobs are devastating the life's work of good people and ...Read more

Trump praises Secret Service, slams protesters at White House

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump praised the conduct of Secret Service officers after protests near the White House over the death of a black man in police custody, before suggesting his supporters should assemble for a counterprotest.

The White House complex was temporarily locked down Friday evening by the demonstrations.

In a series of ...Read more

'Trust us': RNC members want convention to stay in Charlotte, but chafe at COVID restrictions

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WASHINGTON -- They say they love the city. They generally praise the cooperation of local officials. And despite the threat to move it, many members of the Republican National Committee think their late summer convention will ultimately stay in Charlotte.

But as the standoff between President Donald Trump and North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy ...Read more

Trump schedules in-person fundraisers in June, defying pandemic

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to resume in-person fundraising in June, ending a moratorium of more than two months caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a party official said Friday.

On June 11, Trump will attend an event in Dallas in a private home with approximately 25 attendees. The price for admission is $580,600 per couple, ...Read more

Lawyer for George Floyd's survivors calls for congressional action

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Three recent brutal deaths of black Americans -- including George Floyd in Minneapolis -- drove a new call Friday from civil rights lawyers for congressional action for greater police accountability.

Benjamin Crump represents Floyd's survivors as well as the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, a young man who was shot while jogging in ...Read more

How Twitter made its own rules for Trump to break

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When Twitter slapped a warning label over President Donald Trump's tweet Thursday night about riots in Minnesota's Twin Cities, the company's official explanation was that the president had violated a rule prohibiting "glorification of violence." But that justification doesn't explain why Twitter chose to leave the tweet on the site for people ...Read more

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot to Trump: 'What I really want to say … begins with F and it ends with U'

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday ripped President Donald Trump, saying he's fomenting violence and playing to racist urges for political gain in response to the killing of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent rioting.

Lightfoot's comments were an apparent response to Trump tweeting a message that included ...Read more

Michigan Gov. Whitmer, others to testify to Congress about pandemic response

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LANSING, Mich. -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will testify before a congressional subcommittee Tuesday about Michigan's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she said Friday.

By then, Whitmer said, she may have news about further loosening of restrictions on Michigan's economy, she said at a news conference in Lansing.

"If it continues this way, I'm ...Read more

Missouri loses bid to shut down last abortion clinic in state

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state judge Friday ruled against an attempt by Gov. Mike Parson's administration to shut down the lone abortion clinic in Missouri.

In a 97-page decision, Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi said Planned Parenthood demonstrated that it meets the requirements for renewal of its abortion facility ...Read more

Trump's order on social media meets swift resistance

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WASHINGTON -- Even before it was signed Thursday, President Donald Trump's executive order encouraging federal regulators to reconsider legal immunity for social media companies was pilloried by a diverse coalition of opponents who questioned the order's legality and Trump's motivations.

The order, signed by Trump on the heels of a multiday ...Read more

Twitter flags tweet by Trump as 'glorifying violence' as protests rage in Minneapolis

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Twitter has tagged a tweet by President Donald Trump as a violation of its rules "about glorifying violence" after he threatened a harsh crackdown on protests in Minneapolis, warning that "any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

The move by the social-media giant is sure to inflame the ...Read more

Twitter flags tweet by Trump as 'glorifying violence' as protests rage in Minneapolis

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Twitter has tagged a tweet by President Donald Trump as a violation of its rules "about glorifying violence" after he threatened a harsh crackdown on protests in Minneapolis, warning that "any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

The move by the social-media giant is sure to inflame the ...Read more

Pennsylvania primaries to set match-ups in House battlegrounds

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WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania will be a crucial battleground in the presidential race, and the Keystone State will also host a handful of competitive House races in 2020, including some the GOP considers critical to winning back the House.

Republicans need a net gain of 17 seats to win the majority, and they're hoping to get some of them in ...Read more

Outside money pours into Iowa Senate primary, with more to come

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WASHINGTON -- Millions of dollars have already been spent in Iowa ahead of Tuesday's Senate primary, mostly from outside groups bolstering Democrat Theresa Greenfield in her bid to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst.

And the spending so far is just a preview of what's to come.

Both parties' Senate campaign committees and aligned super PACs ...Read more

The facts about Section 230, the internet speech law Trump wants to change

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On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting social media companies such as Twitter. The order centers on Section 230, a fragment of law from the 1990s that underpins much of today's internet and is often misunderstood.

Here's a rundown of what the law is, what's at stake, and what Trump's executive order might ...Read more

Nevada Sen. Cortez Masto withdraws from consideration as Biden running mate

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WASHINGTON -- Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said Thursday she no longer wished to be under consideration as Joe Biden's running mate.

Cortez Masto, the first Latina elected to the Senate, was viewed as a top contender for the Democratic presidential ticket, but she said in a statement she wanted to focus on helping Nevada recover from the ...Read more

Guilfoyle's influence rises as Trump re-election race tightens

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Former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle has built her own power center within Donald Trump's re-election campaign, helping to bolster fundraising amid the coronavirus pandemic even as the president frets about his standing with voters.

Guilfoyle, 51, has dated the president's son Donald Trump Jr. for two years. But since taking a role in...Read more

Trump expected to sign order on social media

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Thursday targeting social media companies such as Twitter, escalating his feud with the technology platforms he relies on to amplify his political messages in an election year.

Although the president has limited power to modify federal rules without an act of Congress, ...Read more

Joe Biden backs new California labor law as Uber, Lyft and DoorDash try to undo it

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Joe Biden has declared himself firmly against the California initiative to overturn the new state law requiring companies to provide more benefits to app-based workers for Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and others.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee made his view clear in a tweet posted on the same day he got the enthusiastic endorsement of ...Read more

As House moves to hold first-ever proxy vote, Republicans attack on campaign trail and in court

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WASHINGTON -- For the first time in U.S. history, House members on Wednesday were poised to vote without being physically present in the Capitol, a change in congressional rules brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic that Republicans are already turning into a campaign issue.

In the past, House members always had to be present in the House ...Read more