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    1. Supreme Court Blocks Access to Trump's Financial Records, For Now

      Supreme Court Blocks Access to Trump's Financial Records, For Now

      The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked House Democrats from accessing President Donald Trump's financial records, but ruled that the President is not immune from a subpoena for his financial documents from a New York prosecutor.

      The cases were sent back to lower courts for further review, all but ensuring that Trump's financial documents, which he has long sought to protect, will not be handed over before the November presidential election.
      Chief Justice John Roberts penned the 7-2 opinion in the New York prosecutor case, and was joined by Trump's two nominees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito filed dissenting opinions.

      "(W)e cannot conclude that absolute immunity is necessary or appropriate ...

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    2. Pelosi Rejects Trump Admin's $1 Trillion Limitation for Coronavirus Relief

      Pelosi Rejects Trump Admin's $1 Trillion Limitation for Coronavirus Relief

      Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday rejected the Trump administration’s calls to limit the next coronavirus relief package to $1 trillion, arguing that Congress will need to approve at least double that amount amid a surge in cases. "A trillion dollars is OK, that’s an interesting starting point. But that doesn’t come anywhere near," Pelosi said at her news conference.

      Congressional leaders, including Pelosi, are in the early stages of drafting a fifth mammoth aid bill to stave off a total collapse of the U.S. economy while infusing cash in health efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic. But Democratic and Republican leaders remain fiercely at odds over the size and scope of the package, raising questions about ...

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    3. Supreme Court Ruling Hands Oklahoma Indian Reservation A Huge Win

      Supreme Court Ruling Hands Oklahoma Indian Reservation A Huge Win

      The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribes in a huge win for a reservation that challenged the state's authority to prosecute crimes on its land.

      In the 5-4 decision, the majority ruled that the disputed area covering roughly half of the state and most of the city of Tulsa belongs to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

      "Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law," Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, wrote for the majority. "Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word."

      The ruling could upend the state's authority over much of ...

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    4. Supreme Court Upholds Trump Admin's Birth Control Coverage Limitations

      Supreme Court Upholds Trump Admin's Birth Control Coverage Limitations

      The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Trump administration’s broad rollback of Obamacare rules requiring employers to provide free birth control to women, in a major victory for religious groups allied with President Donald Trump.

      The Supreme Court, in its 7-2 ruling, sought to resolve a long-running legal battle that previously vexed the justices — how to strike the right balance between ensuring access to birth control and safeguarding religious freedom protections. But the court's decision appears likely to revive debate over the culture war issue as the presidential election kicks into gear.

      The decision allows the Trump administration to move forward with rules that would allow virtually any employer to claim a religious or moral exemption to providing ...

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    5. $700 Billion-Plus 'Buy American' Campaign Proposed by Biden

      $700 Billion-Plus 'Buy American' Campaign Proposed by Biden

      Launching an economic pitch expected to anchor his fall presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is proposing sweeping new uses of the federal government’s regulatory and spending power to bolster U.S. manufacturing and technology firms.

      Biden calls for a $400 billion, four-year increase in government purchasing of U.S.-based goods and services plus $300 billion in new research and development in U.S. technology concerns. Among other policies expected to be announced Thursday, he proposes tightening current “Buy American” laws that are intended to benefit U.S. firms but can be easily circumvented by government agencies.

      An outline released by Biden’s campaign also touts his long-standing promises to strengthen workers’ collective bargaining rights and repeal Republican-backed ...

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    6. Kanye West No Longer Supports Trump, Plans to Run Himself

      Kanye West No Longer Supports Trump, Plans to Run Himself

      Kanye West continues to deliver sensational details about his 2020 presidential run, despite an apparent lack of an actual campaign. The rapper, 43, said in a "rambling" interview Tuesday with Forbes that he contracted the coronavirus in February, no longer supports President Donald Trump and plans to run as a member of the "Birthday Party." 

      “Because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday," West explained to the outlet.

      In a sudden 180-degree shift after showing public support for the president, West said he has lost confidence in Trump's leadership. "I am taking the red hat off," he said. "It looks like one big mess to me. I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in ...

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    7. Trump Admin Notifies Congress of Official Withdrawal from WHO

      Trump Admin Notifies Congress of Official Withdrawal from WHO

      The Trump administration has notified Congress and the United Nations that the United States is formally withdrawing from the World Health Organization, multiple officials tell CNN, a move that comes amid a rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the Americas over the past week.

      The withdrawal, which goes into effect next July, has drawn criticism from bipartisan lawmakers, medical associations, advocacy organizations and allies abroad. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden vowed Tuesday to reverse the decision "on (his) first day" if elected.
      Sen. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee tweeted the news Tuesday.
      "Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the ⁦‪@WHO⁩in the midst of a pandemic. To call ...
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    8. Trump Claims School Closures Are for Political Reasons, Pushes Reopening

      Trump Claims School Closures Are for Political Reasons, Pushes Reopening

      President Donald Trump has pushed back at states considering keeping schools closed in the fall, describing such a move as "political" and saying it goes against the will of parents and students. 

      During White House discussions on Tuesday on how to safely reopen America's schools, Trump insisted that everyone was in favor of plans to send children back to school in September, despite the alarming rise in the number of new coronavirus cases across the US. "We want to reopen the schools," Trump said. "Everybody wants it. The moms want it, the dads want it, the kids want it. It's time to do it."

      Trump touted a declining number of coronavirus deaths, higher rates of testing, and a ...

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    9. Biden's Compromises with Republicans Concern Progressives

      Biden's Compromises with Republicans Concern Progressives

      Progressives are warning Joe Biden about compromising with Republicans, saying they will hold him accountable if he moves too much toward the center if he is elected president. 

      The former vice president has increasingly signaled a willingness to cooperate with Republicans as he takes a bigger lead on President Trump in national and statewide polls, a stance some interpret as a strategy to win over independents and even some Republicans who may be abandoning Trump, who has seen his approval numbers slide.

      During a speech Friday to the National Education Association’s virtual Representative Assembly, Biden said change will take compromise and compromise “is not a dirty word.” “It’s how our government was designed to work,” the former vice ...

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    10. Supreme Court Unanimously Rules That States Can Punish 'Faithless' Electors

      Supreme Court Unanimously Rules That States Can Punish 'Faithless' Electors

      The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states are free to remove and punish presidential electors who break with their pledges to support designated candidates.

      Advocates for so-called faithless electors argued that the Constitution’s silence on the issue should prevent states from being able to fine or swap out electors who stray from the winner of the statewide popular vote, but the justices ruled that states can use such measures to coerce electors to remain true to their commitments.

      Writing for all but one of her colleagues, Justice Elena Kagan said allowing punishment of wayward electors was consistent with the Constitution and American tradition. 

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    11. Tammy Duckworth Emerges as Serious Contender for Biden Running Mate

      Tammy Duckworth Emerges as Serious Contender for Biden Running Mate

      When Joe Biden pledged at the final Democratic primary debate to select a woman as his running mate, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth was rarely mentioned as a contender. But that is changing as Biden and his campaign move closer to a decision that is expected to come early next month.

      Duckworth, 52, is among the broad tier of those being vetted by the Biden campaign. She would be the first woman of color nominated for that high office if chosen. She has served as the junior United States senator for Illinois since 2017. An Iraq war veteran, Duckworth was the first Thai-American woman elected to Congress, the first female double-amputee in the US Senate and the first senator to give ...
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    12. Trump Tweet Criticizes NASCAR Banning Confederate Flag and Bubba Wallace

      Trump Tweet Criticizes NASCAR Banning Confederate Flag and Bubba Wallace

      President Trump on Monday chastised NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag from its races and targeted Bubba Wallace, one of the sport's top Black stars, roughly two weeks after a noose was found in the driver's garage stall.

      Wallace, who pressed NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag from his venues and has been widely praised within and outside NASCAR, came under attack from Trump, who falsely wrote that the noose found in Wallace's stall was a "hoax."

      An investigation concluded that noose had been in the stall for months and that it did not target Wallace, but photos of it made clear it was not a hoax. 

      "Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers ...

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    13. Trump Delivers Deeply Divisive Independence Day Speech

      Trump Delivers Deeply Divisive Independence Day Speech

      President Donald Trump delivered another deeply divisive speech to mark Independence Day on Saturday, comparing the US's fight against Nazis and terrorists to his efforts to defeat "the radical left" in the US and accusing social justice protesters of trying to destroy America.

      "American heroes defeated the Nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the communists, saved American values, upheld American principles and chased down the terrorists to the very ends of the earth," Trump said. "We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing."
      Building on similar remarks he delivered at Mount Rushmore on Friday, Trump ...
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    14. Susan Rice Defends Her Qualifications to Become Biden's Vice President

      Susan Rice Defends Her Qualifications to Become Biden's Vice President

      Former White House national security adviser Susan Rice on Sunday defended her qualifications to become presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, arguing she had accumulated substantial campaign experience despite never having held elected office.

      The remarks from Rice, Biden’s former Obama administration colleague, came on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” after host Andrea Mitchell asked her how Americans should feel about potentially supporting a vice presidential candidate with no background in electoral politics who had not previously run a national campaign.

      “Well, Andrea, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, right?” Rice replied. “Joe Biden needs to make the decision as to who he thinks will be his best running mate. And I will do ...

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    15. GOP Remains Unsure of Trump's Second-Term Plans

      GOP Remains Unsure of Trump's Second-Term Plans

      Republican lawmakers say they have little to no idea what President Trump’s agenda would be if he wins a second term, making it difficult for GOP candidates to coordinate campaign messages ahead of November.

      Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said last year he wanted the 2020 election to be a referendum on socialism, but instead it’s turning into a referendum on Trump, a scenario that GOP senators wanted to avoid.

      Congressional Republicans say Trump spends too much time going after critics on Twitter and not enough time articulating his vision for a possible second term. They would prefer more contrasts between their party and Democrats on issues such as taxes and regulation — areas they think could be ...

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    16. Biden Fundraising Tops Trump for Second Consecutive Month

      Biden Fundraising Tops Trump for Second Consecutive Month

      For the second consecutive month, Joe Biden raised more money than Donald Trump.

      The Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee late Wednesday reported that they together raised $141 million in June, for a total cash haul of $282.1 million for the quarter.

      Both figures bested Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee, which reported $131 million in June and $266 million during the second fundraising quarter of the year.

      The Trump campaign, however, reports it still has plenty sitting in the bank, with $295 million cash on hand. Democrats did not disclose that figure on Wednesday.

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    17. Supreme Court Ruling Denies Release of Secret Mueller Documents

      Supreme Court Ruling Denies Release of Secret Mueller Documents

      Grand jury material from former special counsel Robert Mueller won't be released to the Democratic-led House of Representatives at least for now, after the Supreme Court on Thursday granted the Trump administration's request to take up the case next term.

      The move means the documents won't likely be released before the November election, even if the Democrats win the case.
      The court's move is a victory for the Justice Department, which is seeking to prevent the release of the information, which includes portions of Mueller's report that were redacted to protect grand jury information and underlying grand jury testimony and exhibits that relate to certain individuals and events.
      The case is a major separation of ...
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    18. Republican Senators Propose Juneteenth Becoming Federal Holiday, Replacing Columbus Day

      Republican Senators Propose Juneteenth Becoming Federal Holiday, Replacing Columbus Day

      A pair of Republican senators have proposed replacing Columbus Day on the federal government’s list of official holidays with Juneteenth.

      Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) made the proposal Wednesday as an amendment to a bill sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) that would recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

      Johnson objected to adding another day of holiday pay to the federal calendar, and viewed eliminating Columbus Day as a fair compromise.

      “In response to a bipartisan effort to give federal workers another day of paid leave by designating Juneteenth a federal holiday, we have offered a counterproposal that does not put us further in debt,” Johnson said in a statement Wednesday.

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    19. Trump Calls Black Lives Matter a 'Symbol of Hate'

      Trump Calls Black Lives Matter a 'Symbol of Hate'

      President Donald Trump on Wednesday called New York City’s decision to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on Fifth Avenue a "symbol of hate," rebuking his home town's embrace of a rallying cry that has stirred nationwide protests against racism.

      The president’s latest comments attacking the Black Lives Matter movement drew swift condemnation from New York City police reform groups. Trump also criticized cuts to the city’s police department and wrote on Twitter that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to paint Black Lives Matter on the street outside Trump Tower is “denigrating this luxury Avenue”.

       “This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the horrible BLM chant, ‘Pigs In A Blanket ...
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    20. House Unanimously Passed Extension of Small Business Loan Program

      House Unanimously Passed Extension of Small Business Loan Program

      The House on Wednesday unanimously passed an extension to the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) less than a day after the program expired. 

      The Senate passed the extension on Tuesday, and the House vote sends the bill to President Trump’s desk. Upon the president's approval, the extension will keep the small-business loan program open to applications until August 8.

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    21. Senators Propose Bill to End Qualified Immunity

      Senators Propose Bill to End Qualified Immunity

      Three senators proposed a bill Wednesday to end qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that critics say is shielding law enforcement and government officials from accountability.

      The legislation, proposed by Democratic Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, codifies that qualified immunity -- a creation of the Supreme Court nearly 40 years ago -- cannot be used as a defense by police officers and other public officials who violate the law.
      Though the Supreme Court could still announce that it will take a closer look at qualified immunity at some point, the court has decisively signaled an unwillingness in the short term to overturn its previous rulings, punting the ...
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    22. Trump Claims Russian Bounty Allegations Are 'Fake News'

      Trump Claims Russian Bounty Allegations Are 'Fake News'

      President Trump claimed early Wednesday that reports about suspected Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan were a “hoax” meant to damage him politically.

      “The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party,” Trump tweeted. “The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another HOAX!”

      Trump has used similar terminology to attempt to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, dismiss his impeachment and criticize House Democrats for scrutinizing his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

      The president claimed in a subsequent tweet Wednesday morning that intelligence officials did not ...

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    23. Supreme Court Ruling Grants Religious Schools Access to Funding

      Supreme Court Ruling Grants Religious Schools Access to Funding

      The case, which has drawn intense interest from the Trump administration, could have major implications for the use of public dollars to pay for religious schools. At the White House, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that the ruling removes "one of the biggest obstacles" to better educational opportunities, preventing states from hiding behind rules "motivated by insidious bias against Catholics."

      President Donald Trump on Tuesday night tweeted that "Today’s SCOTUS ruling is a historic win for families who want ...

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    24. Trump's Highly Classified Phone Calls Alarm US Officials

      Trump's Highly Classified Phone Calls Alarm US Officials

      In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America's principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials -- including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff -- that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations.

      The calls caused former top Trump deputies -- including national security ...
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