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Trump's re-election campaign says it raises $266 million in second quarter

By Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $266 million during the second quarter, including $131 million in

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U.S. House approves $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill but outlook uncertain

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package on Wednesday by a 233-to-188 vote to boost spending on roads, bridges,

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Republicans weigh mandatory COVID-19 testing at convention: sources

By Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Republican National Committee plans to make coronavirus testing available to all attendees of the party’s convention in August and is discussing whether to

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Fearing an election loss, Trump allies push him to be less polarizing

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of President Donald Trump's Republican allies are urging him to ditch his divisive messaging and outline a clear vision for a second term, fearing his

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U.S. Democrats push to extend $600 weekly coronavirus unemployment benefit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Senate, impatient with the pace of Republicans' consideration of additional aid related to the coronavirus pandemic, on Wednesday proposed long-term

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Exclusive: Hundreds of George W. Bush administration officials to back Biden, group says

By Tim Reid WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of officials who worked for former Republican President George W. Bush are set to endorse Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden, people involved in the

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Trump campaign, RNC smash fundraising records in June

President Trump's reelection campaign, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and joint fundraising ventures announced a record-setting quarter in which they raised more than $266 million -- $131 million of which came in the month of June alone. 

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AOC, de Blasio battle over NYC's budget cuts to NYPD: 'She's just wrong'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Mayor Bill de Blasio are engaged in another public spat — after the mayor called the congresswoman “just wrong” when she accused him of fudging his $1 billion cut to the NYPD budget.

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google CEOs to testify in historic antitrust hearing

The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have committed to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee as part of its ongoing antitrust inquiry, which will mark the first time the four tech bigwigs have appeared together before Congress, Fox News has confirmed.

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AOC letter on West Bank annexation boasts support from anti-Israel groups

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and several other top Democrat lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday warning of severe consequences for Israel if it continues its plan to annex part of the disputed West Bank -- and the document touted support from organizations that have called for boycotting Israel entirely.

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South Carolina governor pleads with residents to wear masks ‘so we can enjoy' football in the fall

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Wednesday pleaded with residents to wear masks so they could enjoy football in the fall. 

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Michigan governor orders closure of indoor service at bars in much of the state over coronavirus fears

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer became the latest state leader to roll back the easing of some restrictions as the country deals with a surge in coronavirus cases when she signed an executive order Wednesday closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan.

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Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC's concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s July Fourth celebration on the National Mall will feature one of the largest fireworks displays ever and as many as 300,000 face masks will be given away to those who want them — but despite health concerns from D.C.'s mayor, no one apparently will be required to wear them.

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Urban-rural divide on display in Oklahoma's primary election

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mauree Turner is a living example of the growing diversity of big cities. The 27-year-old gay, Black, Muslim woman knocked off a three-term, white male incumbent to win the Democratic nomination for a state legislative seat.

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Biden tops Trump in June, 2nd-quarter cash; GOP still flush

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden outpaced President Donald Trump's campaign fundraising juggernaut in June and in the second quarter of this election year, continuing a stunning reversal of fortune from his threadbare primary campaign.

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Trump, top officials defend response to Russia bounty threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Criticized for inaction, President Donald Trump and top officials on Wednesday stepped up their defense of the administration's response to intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S.

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Trump says he looks like Lone Ranger in a mask and likes it

WASHINGTON (AP) — After long resisting wearing a mask in public, President Donald Trump said Wednesday he thinks it makes him look like the Lone Ranger — and he likes it.

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China demands info from 4 media companies in response to US

BEIJING (AP) — China has demanded staff and business information from four U.S. media companies including The Associated Press in what it called a necessary response to similar demands by Washington on Chinese state-controlled news outlets.

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Bush Administration Officials Launch Pro-Biden Super PAC

Hundreds of people who served in the administration of America's 43rd president have created a super PAC to help defeat the 45th. The former members of the George W. Bush administration officially launched the "43 Alumni for Joe Biden" group Wednesday. Organizers say they are choosing "country over party" and...

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Trump Doubles Down on Base Renaming With New Threat

An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act regarding the renaming of US military bases paying tribute to Confederate leaders has already been approved in a voice vote by the Senate's Armed Services Committee. But President Trump has just made clear he doesn't intend to let it get very far...

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Trump Tweets His Opinion on Russian Bounty Allegations

President Trump on Wednesday made clear his take on the allegations that Russia put bounties on US troops in Afghanistan: "Fake News." That was part of the president's tweet on the subject, which reads in full, "The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that...

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Oklahoma's Medicaid Expansion Is Unlike Any Other State's

Oklahoma voters narrowly decided on Tuesday to expand Medicaid health insurance to tens of thousands of low-income residents, becoming the first state to amend its Constitution to do so. With 100% of precincts reporting unofficial results, State Question 802 passed by less than 1 percentage point. The Oklahoman notes that...

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Protester Hit by Iowa Governor's SUV: It Was '100%' Intentional

An SUV carrying Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds hit a Black Lives Matter protester who was trying to block the vehicle Tuesday as she was leaving an event in northern Iowa, but the Iowa State Patrol blamed the protester and said there was little contact and the protester did not appear...

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Biden Holds His First Press Conference in 89 Days

Joe Biden on Tuesday held his first press conference in 89 days, Fox News reports. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee first gave a stump speech on how he would handle the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Post reports, but the 15 questions he then answered over a 30-minute period also...

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