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Texas congressman Sam Johnson, conservative former Vietnam POW, dies at 89

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sam Johnson, an Air Force pilot held for nearly seven years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, who later became one of the most conservative members of the

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Biden on 100,000 coronavirus deaths: 'To those hurting, the nation grieves with you.'

By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden released a video message on Wednesday marking the grim milestone of 100,000 American lives lost to the coronavirus

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Top campaign advisor says Biden would sanction China over Hong Kong

By Michael Martina DETROIT (Reuters) - Joe Biden would sanction China if president for its plan to impose new national security rules on Hong Kong, his campaign said on Wednesday, and accused

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Approval of Trump's pandemic response stays steady, Biden favored in election: Reuters/IPSOS poll

By Grant Smith NEW YORK (Reuters) - Public approval of President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic remained steady this week as the number of U.S.

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Wisconsin to send mail-in ballot applications to 2.7 million voters

By Simon Lewis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wisconsin will send absentee ballot applications to more than 2.7 million registered voters, the state's election commission agreed on Wednesday, in a first step

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U.S. bill to pressure China over Uighur rights goes to Trump for decision

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday calling for sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for oppression of

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Mississippi businesses can reopen Monday – with restrictions, governor says

All businesses in the state of Mississippi can reopen Monday – provided they follow guidelines for combating the coronavirus, Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday.

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Kevin McCarthy slams Democrats on first day of proxy voting: 'NOT what the Founders had in mind'

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Wednesday decried Democrats on the first day of proxy voting in the House of Representatives.

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Twitter's Jack Dorsey fires back at Zuckerberg, defends fact-checking Trump tweets

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey fired back at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who criticized the tech giant's decision to fact-check President Trump's tweets about mail-in voting. 

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Trump claims 'Big win' after Texas court rules lack of coronavirus immunity not valid for mail-in ballot

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a lack of immunity to the coronavirus does not qualify as a disability under state law for requesting a mail-in ballot.

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Biden camp denies ex-VP confused D-Day with Pearl Harbor Day during fundraiser

Joe Biden's campaign on Wednesday denied that the former vice president had confused the date of the D-Day invasion of northern Europe in World War II with the date of Pearl Harbor Day during a fundraiser.

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Barr asks US Attorney John Bash to review 'unmasking' before and after 2016 election, DOJ tells Fox News

Attorney General Bill Barr has asked U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas John Bash to review the practice of "unmasking" before and after the 2016 presidential election, a controversy that has picked up steam after the Justice Department moved to drop charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the DOJ told Fox News on Wednesday night.

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Mail-in voting could turn Election Day into Election Week

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results.

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Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says he doesn't expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, the former vice president and President Donald Trump's Democratic opponent.

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Twitter fact-checks Trump; he threatens new regs or shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, the historically prolific tweeter of political barbs and blasts, threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering on Wednesday after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets.

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Nation's capital set to begin a gradual reopening on Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's capital will begin a gradual reopening Friday, even as Mayor Muriel Bowser warns that it probably will result in more coronavirus infections.

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Pompeo says Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has notified Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China, setting the stage for the U.S.

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Military virus aid could look different if 2nd wave hits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that as the U.S. military prepares for another potential wave of the coronavirus, it may do things a bit differently, providing more targeted aid for cities and states and possibly shorter quarantine times for troops.

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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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Tulsi Gabbard Not Going After Clinton Anymore

"Plaintiffs Tulsi Gabbard and Tulsi Now, Inc. dismiss this action." So reads the Wednesday court filing that puts an end to Gabbard's defamation suit against Hillary Clinton. Gabbard sued Clinton in January over Clinton's late 2019 suggestion that the then-2020 candidate was a "Russian asset." The New York Daily News...

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Trump Threatens to Shut Down Social Media Sites Over Bias

President Trump escalated his new feud with Twitter on Wednesday morning by threatening to shut it and other social media sites down over what he sees as political bias. The threat comes after Twitter added a fact-check function to some of the president's tweets. "Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms...

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Court Gives OK to Steve Bannon for Right-Wing 'Political Academy'

Steve Bannon, President Trump's controversial former top adviser, has emerged victorious in his quest to set up a "right-wing Catholic political academy" in Italy, per Reuters . A ruling released Tuesday notes that the Dignitatis Humanae Institute will be able to set up shop in an 800-year-old monastery to the south...

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Trump: 'Twitter Is Now Interfering' in Election

President Trump is hitting back hard at Twitter after the social media company started flagging his tweets about mail-in voting. The tech giant "is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based...

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Biden: Trump Is an 'Absolute Fool' on Masks

President Trump and Joe Biden are going at each other over mask use. Biden wore one in his first public appearance since March , and on Monday night, Trump retweeted a tweet from a Fox News analyst appearing to mock Biden's mask-donning. On Tuesday, Biden gave his first in-person interview since...

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