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First Latina U.S. senator withdraws name from Biden's running mate list

By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate, said on Thursday she is not interested in being Joe Biden's running mate in

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Trump's order taking aim at Twitter is 'bluster': legal experts

By Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's attempt to curb what he says is social media censorship is a political gambit and will not change the legal obligations of companies

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House Democrats demand probes of police killings of black Americans

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-controlled U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to investigate systemic police misconduct following a spate

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Government surveillance bill withdrawn in U.S. House

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives on Thursday dropped consideration of legislation that would have extended U.S.

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Explainer: What's in the law protecting internet companies - and can Trump change it?

By Jonathan Weber and Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to order a review of a federal law known as Section 230, which protects internet companies like Facebook,

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Exclusive: As Trump ramps up attacks, Republicans less confident than Democrats in voting by mail...

By John Whitesides and Grant Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans are much more skeptical than Democrats their ballots will count if cast by mail and less confident they will be able to vote in

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Trump blasts Minneapolis mayor, vows military support if needed

President Trump took to Twitter early Friday to vow military support for the governor of Minnesota after another night of violent protest in Minneapolis, which included a police station being overrun and set on fire.

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NYC bans the word 'alien' in laws, documents, opts for 'noncitizen'

New York City became the first major city in the U.S. on Thursday after the NYC Council removed the terms “alien,” “illegal immigrant” and “illegal migrant” from local laws, rules and documents and instead will be replacing them with the term “non-citizen."

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US disrupts Iranian fuel deliveries to Venezuela, official says

The Trump administration halted scheduled Iranian fuel deliveries to Venezuela Wednesday by threatening sanctions on the ships carrying the cargo, according to U.S. officials.

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Biden's support among College Democrats slips amid Tara Reade claims

Several chapters of the College Democrats are refusing to support Joe Biden in his bid for the White House following sexual assault allegations brought forth by Tara Reade, who was a young staffer in his office nearly 30 years ago when Biden was a senator.

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House Republicans escalate proxy-voting fight with bill to deny pay to lawmakers who participate

A group of House Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would withhold pay for members of Congress who vote by proxy, as the battle over how measures are voted on amid the coronavirus pandemic continues to intensify.

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GOP congressman pushes bill to block states from giving stimulus aid to undocumented migrants

Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., introduced a bill to the House of Representatives that would block states distributing funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to undocumented migrants.

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Masks on Leatherneck Square: Virus changes Marine training

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The booming shouts of the rain-soaked Marine recruits echo across Leatherneck Square training field, barely muffled by their masks.

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Both businesses and customers conflicted as DC reopens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting Friday, a tiny slice of pre-pandemic normality starts returning to the nation's capital as a three-month old coronavirus stay-home order is replaced by the first phase of a reopening plan.

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GOP lawyer fights California governor on stay-at-home orders

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Long before Harmeet Dhillon became the leader of the legal fight against California's stay-at-home order, she was a new elementary school student in North Carolina uncomfortable because she didn't know the Christian prayer her classmates recited every morning.

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Chinese grad students may be next hit by US-China tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration may soon expel thousands of Chinese graduate students enrolled at U.S. universities and impose other sanctions against Chinese officials in the latest signs of tensions between Washington and Beijing that are raging over trade, the coronavirus pandemic, human rights and the status of Hong Kong.

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White House punts economic update as election draws near

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has taken the unusual step of deciding not to release an updated economic forecast as planned this year, a fresh sign of the administration's anxiety about how the coronavirus has ravaged the nation just months before the election.

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Sen. Cortez Masto withdraws name from Biden VP consideration

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada said Thursday that she’s not interested in serving as running mate to presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden.

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Trump's Order Could Upend 26 Key Words

"This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!" President Trump tweeted Thursday morning. The reason? Late in the afternoon, he signed an executive order that could deal a big blow to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media companies. Among other things, the move could strip the companies...

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Trump Acknowledges 100K COVID Deaths

The confirmed US death toll from COVID-19 reached 100,000 on Wednesday, and President Trump took notice of the stat on Thursday: "We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000," Trump tweeted . "To all of the families & friends of those who...

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Man Who Hanged Effigy of Governor Loses Job

A protester who participated in hanging an effigy of Kentucky's governor at an armed rally on the State Capitol grounds has been fired from his job at an auto dealer. Neil Huffman Auto Group said it terminated the unidentified employee after an internal review, saying it "does not condone threats...

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Trump's Next Move in Twitter War: Executive Order

President Trump's feud with Twitter continues. The latest: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Wednesday night that the POTUS will soon sign an executive order aimed at social media companies, the AP reports. White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah said the move would come Thursday, but neither...

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Republicans Sue to Stop House Voting by Proxy

It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic. To mark Wednesday's history-making moment, House Republicans sued to stop the Democratic majority's new system, in...

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WSJ Wants Trump to Quit the Scarborough 'Smears'

President Trump isn't doing himself—or the country—any favors by pushing unfounded conspiracy theories about MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal warned Wednesday. The conservative publication's board, condemning the president's behavior in unusually strong terms, said Trump's claim that Scarborough was involved in...

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