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    1. President Trump Holds the TikTok Ban for Another 45 Days

      President Trump Holds the TikTok Ban for Another 45 Days

      The White House and CFIUS did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Hill. 

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    2. Kamala Harris Talks Personal Attacks Received During Biden's VP Search

      Kamala Harris Talks Personal Attacks Received During Biden's VP Search

      Sen. Kamala Harris on Friday appeared to address the personal attacks on whether she would be a trustworthy partner to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

      The criticisms of the California senator's ambition have come in the closing weeks of Biden's vice president search -- and have provoked complaints of sexism and racial bias.
      "There will be a resistance to your ambition, there will be people who say to you, 'you are out of your lane,'" Harris said during a livestream conversation for the Black Women Lead 2020 conference. "They are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be. But don't you let that burden you."
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    3. Trump Wants Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Bomber

      Trump Wants Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Bomber

      “Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,” Trump tweeted. “The court agreed that this ‘was one of the worst domestic terrorist attacks since the 9/11 atrocities’. Yet the appellate court tossed out the death sentence.” 

      “So many lives lost and ruined. The Federal Government must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of that chapter of the original trial. Our Country cannot let the appellate decision stand,” the president added. “Also, it is ridiculous that this process is taking so long!”

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    4. Republican Senators Turned Down Trump's Suggestion to Delay Election

      Republican Senators Turned Down Trump's Suggestion to Delay Election

      Some Republican senators politely rejected President Donald Trump's suggestion Thursday to "Delay the Election" beyond Nov. 3, indicating that the long-shot idea is dead on arrival in Congress.

      "No, we are not going to delay the election," the No. 3 Senate Republican, John Barrasso of Wyoming, said on Fox Business Network. "We're going to have the election completed and voting completed by Election Day."

       Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a frequent golfing partner of Trump's, also gave the suggestion a thumbs-down. "I don't think that's a particularly good idea," he said.
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    5. Day After Brown Stated Troops Leaving Portland, Trump Says Otherwise

      Day After Brown Stated Troops Leaving Portland, Trump Says Otherwise

      President Trump insisted Thursday that federal agents would not leave Portland until Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) “clear[s] out” protesters from the city, a day after Brown announced an agreement with the federal government to begin withdrawing federal tactical teams from the area.

      Trump in a tweet accused Brown of not “doing her job” and lambasted protesters in Portland as “anarchists” and “agitators.”

      “She must clear out, and in some cases arrest, the Anarchists & Agitators in Portland,” Trump tweeted of Brown. “If she can’t do it, the Federal Government will do it for her. We will not be leaving until there is safety!”

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    6. House Blocked Restriction on Transgenders Serving in the Military

      House Blocked Restriction on Transgenders Serving in the Military

      The House quietly voted Thursday to block the Trump administration's restriction on transgender individuals serving in the military, as part of a $695 billion defense spending bill.

      Lawmakers adopted by voice vote an amendment offered by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) that would block funding for the Pentagon's latest transgender troop policy, which went into effect in April 2019.

      The measure was included in a package of three dozen Democratic amendments to the six-bill, $1.3 trillion spending measure the House is expected to pass on Friday. The measure includes the annual defense funding bill.

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    7. Oregon Governor and Trump Agree Withdrawing Some Officers from Portland

      Oregon Governor and Trump Agree Withdrawing Some Officers from Portland

      Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced Wednesday that the Trump administration has agreed to begin withdrawing federal tactical teams from Portland, Ore., which for weeks has been the site of violent clashes between officers and protesters.

      Brown said in a statement that an agreement for federal agents to leave the city was reached following discussions with administration officials including Vice President Pence. She said that officers from Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement would begin their withdrawal on Thursday.

      “These federal officers have acted as an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence and strife to our community," Brown said.

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    8. Lawmakers are Pulling Trump's Plan to Pull Troops from Germany

      Lawmakers are Pulling Trump's Plan to Pull Troops from Germany

      Lawmakers in both parties are panning the Trump administration’s plan to pull nearly 12,000 U.S. troops out of Germany.

      Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) blasted the move as a “grave error,” while Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said President Trump shows a “lack of strategic understanding.”

      “Once more, now with feeling: U.S. troops aren’t stationed around the world as traffic cops or welfare caseworkers – they’re restraining the expansionary aims of the world’s worst regimes, chiefly China and Russia,” Sasse said in a statement.

      Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin “are reckless – and this withdrawal will only embolden them,” Sasse added. “We should be leading our allies against China and Russia, not abandoning ...

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    9. 4 CEO Tech Giants Testify Before House Panel

      4 CEO Tech Giants Testify Before House Panel

      So today could go down in history as the tech industry's big moment. For the first time, the four CEOs of tech giants Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google will appear together before Congress - well, not exactly together, via digital video. Really the sign of our times, right? The big overarching question here - do the biggest tech companies use their power to hurt competitors and help themselves?

      NPR's Alina Selyukh is here to cover this. And just to disclose that all four of these companies are among NPR's financial supporters. OK. Alina, it is not a secret that these companies are really big. So why is Congress doing this hearing now?

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    10. President Trump Allows DACA Holders to Extend for One Year

      President Trump Allows DACA Holders to Extend for One Year

      The Trump administration is set to announce Tuesday that it will undertake a review of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that will allow Dreamers to renew their protections for a year.

      The White House laid out details about the plan during a call with reporters on Tuesday afternoon. A source familiar with the plans said the review is expected to take roughly 100 days. The presidential election is 98 days away, giving President Trump cover to punt on an issue that can be politically divisive.

      The review is intended to ensure that the legal justifications for rescinding DACA comply with the Administration Procedures Act, the source said.

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    11. Senate Passes a No-Excuse Absentee Ballot Bill

      Senate Passes a No-Excuse Absentee Ballot Bill

      Meeting for the first time since COVID-19 forced the closure of the State Capitol in March, the Connecticut Senate voted  35-1 Tuesday for final passage of legislation allowing no-excuse absentee ballot voting as a public health precaution in November.

      Gov. Ned Lamont promised to quickly sign the measure that temporarily expands the definition of “sickness” in state voting law to cover concern over getting COVID during the pandemic, rather than being ill and unable to vote. It gives every voter the ability to vote by absentee ballot. An executive order provides voters with the same option in the August 11 primary.

      “This legislation recognizes the unique moment we’re in,” said Sen. Mae Flexer, D-Windham, who presented the bill to ...

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    12. Biden Opens Plans to Fight Racial Inequities

      Biden Opens Plans to Fight Racial Inequities

      WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden promised on Tuesday to fight the outsized economic burdens of nonwhite families with billions of dollars in federal spending for minority-owned businesses and provisions for more affordable housing.

      The Democrat, who faces Republican President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 presidential election, announced the proposal as the fourth and final plank of a plan to revitalize the coronavirus-hit U.S. economy.

      Speaking in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, Biden, who leads Trump in national polls, invoked the name of U.S. Representative John Lewis, the Black civil rights hero who died of cancer 10 days ago.

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    13. President Trump Arrives in NC to See COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

      President Trump Arrives in NC to See COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

      Trailing in recent polls and blamed for his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump visited a Research Triangle Park company Monday and lauded progress toward treatments and a potential vaccine.

      “We will achieve a victory over the virus by unleashing American scientific genius,” Trump said at the beginning of his remarks at Fujifilm Diosynth in Morrisville.

      Fujifilm Diosynth is manufacturing a vaccine for the biotech company Novavax, which was awarded $1.6 billion from the federal government as part of an effort to speed up coronavirus vaccine development.

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    14. President Trump Won't Pay Respect to John Lewis

      President Trump Won't Pay Respect to John Lewis

      President Donald Trump said Monday he will not be attending memorial services for civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis this week.

      Lewis will lie in state at the Capitol as part of six days of funeral proceedings, and the public will be allowed to visit later Monday and Tuesday. Lewis died July 17 from pancreatic cancer at 80.

      "No, I won't be going, no," Trump told reporters when asked if he would pay respects to Lewis Monday or Tuesday at the Capitol. Trump traveled Monday to to North Carolina to visit a facility working on a COVID-19 vaccine and returned in the early evening.

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    15. Florida Judges Refuse to Step Aside in Ex-Felon Voting Fight

      Florida Judges Refuse to Step Aside in Ex-Felon Voting Fight

      Two federal judges who formerly served on the Florida Supreme Court have refused to step aside from a voting-rights case that could determine whether hundreds of thousands of convicted felons are eligible to cast ballots in the November presidential election.

      Plaintiffs in the case and 10 Democratic U.S. senators argued that 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck should not take part in Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appeal of a May ruling that said the state can’t deny the right to vote to felons who are unable to pay “legal financial obligations” associated with their convictions.

      Lagoa and Luck were involved in litigation about the felons-voting issue last year while serving on the ...

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    16. White House and Senate GOP Work to Finalize Coronavirus Package

      White House and Senate GOP Work to Finalize Coronavirus Package

      The White House and Senate Republicans are working to finalize a coronavirus relief package ahead of a Monday rollout. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows were back in the Capitol on Sunday for a second day of meetings with GOP staff as they work to lock down the forthcoming proposal.

      As he left the Capitol, Meadows told reporters that they had "been working through just some of the technical language" and had reached "an agreement in principle." "We have a few modifications that we're looking for clarity on, but we've gotten those down to a handful that hopefully will be resolved in the next hour or so," he added.

      He also said ...

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    17. Reagan Foundation Asks Trump Campaign to Stop Using Reagan's Likeness

      Reagan Foundation Asks Trump Campaign to Stop Using Reagan's Likeness

      The Reagan Foundation has asked the Donald Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee joint fundraising committee to stop using President Ronald Reagan's likeness in fundraising appeals, an RNC spokesman confirmed to CNN.

      The presidential foundation, named for the nation's 40th president, a Republican, called the RNC earlier this week in response to a fundraising email offering donors a chance to receive one of their "new Trump-Reagan Commemorative Coin Sets" featuring likenesses of both presidents, the spokesman told CNN Sunday.
      The call was first reported by the Washington Post.
      The fundraising pitch, which featured the subject line "Ronald Reagan and yours truly," was signed by President Donald Trump.
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    18. Trump Backs Out on Throwing First Pitch at Yankees Game

      Trump Backs Out on Throwing First Pitch at Yankees Game

      President Donald Trump on Sunday said he would not be throwing out the first pitch at a New York Yankees game next month after all.

      “Because of my strong focus on the China Virus, including scheduled meetings on Vaccines, our economy and much else, I won’t be able to be in New York to throw out the opening pitch for the @Yankees on August 15th,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “We will make it later in the season!

      The president announced on Thursday that he would throw out the first pitch in the Aug. 15 game against the Boston Red Sox, hours before Anthony Fauci, one of the administration’s most recognizable figures in its coronavirus response, threw the ceremonial ...

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    19. Trump Cancels Plans for Republican National Convention in Jacksonville

      Trump Cancels Plans for Republican National Convention in Jacksonville

      President Donald Trump announced Thursday that Republicans have scrapped plans to hold convention activities in Jacksonville, Florida.

      The move is a striking turnaround for Trump, who moved the convention to Jacksonville after North Carolina's governor raised public health concerns about having massive gatherings in Charlotte, as the GOP had long planned.
      Pared-back events in Charlotte will still be held, Trump said.
      Despite urges to ignore them, Trump was closely watching as several Republican lawmakers said they weren't going to Jacksonville or were considering not going, a person familiar said. Trump was wary of having sparse attendance at the convention. Just a month ago, the Trump campaign was playing up expectations for a massive crowd at the President's ...
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    20. Senate Passes Bill Removing Confederate Names, Defying Trump's Veto Threats

      Senate Passes Bill Removing Confederate Names, Defying Trump's Veto Threats

      The Senate overwhelmingly passed its $741 billion defense policy legislation on Thursday, with the Republican-led body defying a threat from President Donald Trump to veto legislation that would force the removal of Confederate names from Army bases.

      Senators approved the National Defense Authorization Act in a 86-14 blowout. Both the House and Senate have passed bills this week with majorities large enough to overcome a veto from Trump.

      Senate and House Armed Services Committee leaders will soon begin negotiations to hammer out the differences in their competing bills.

      The measure would kick off a process forcing the Pentagon to scrub names, monuments and paraphernalia honoring the Confederacy and its leaders from military bases and assets over the next three years ...

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    21. Trump Admin Repeals Obama Fair Housing Rule

      Trump Admin Repeals Obama Fair Housing Rule

      The Trump administration on Thursday repealed an Obama administration rule meant to combat housing discrimination that President Trump has cited as he portrays presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden as a threat to suburban voters.

      The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it was replacing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule implemented in 2015 with its own policy, dubbed Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice.

      “After reviewing thousands of comments on the proposed changes to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation, we found it to be unworkable and ultimately a waste of time for localities to comply with, too often resulting in funds being steered away from communities that need them most,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a ...

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    22. House Passes Bill Removing Confederate Statues from Capitol

      House Passes Bill Removing Confederate Statues from Capitol

      The House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday to remove statues honoring figures who were part of the Confederacy during the Civil War from the U.S. Capitol. The bill would also replace the bust of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, author of the Supreme Court's 1857 Dred Scott decision denying freedom to an enslaved man, and replace it with a bust of Justice Thurgood Marshall.

      "It's time to sweep away the last vestiges of Jim Crow and the dehumanizing of individuals because of the color of their skin that intruded for too long on the sacred spaces of our democracy," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said at a press conference on Capitol Hill.

      But the vote on ...

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    23. Trump to Send Federal Agents to Chicago

      Trump to Send Federal Agents to Chicago

      President Trump said Wednesday his administration is sending federal law enforcement officers into Chicago and Albuquerque, expanding his controversial crackdown on what he claims is an unchecked surge of violence in Democratic-run cities.

      "Today I am announcing a surge of federal law enforcement into American communities plagued by violent crime,” Trump said in remarks from the East Room of the White House.

      He added he had “no choice but to get involved."

      Trump said the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), U.S. Marshals Service and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would all send agents to Chicago.

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    24. Republicans Consider Extending Unemployment Benefit Through End of Year

      Republicans Consider Extending Unemployment Benefit Through End of Year

      Republicans are considering extending the enhanced unemployment insurance benefit at a dramatically reduced level of $400 per month, or $100 a week, through the rest of the year, sources told CNBC. 

      Congress passed a $600 per week, or $2,400 a month, boost to jobless benefits in March to deal with a wave of unemployment unseen in decades as states shut down their economies to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The policy expires at the end of July as the U.S. unemployment rate stands above 11%, despite two strong months of job growth. 

      The GOP, which has not made a final decision on how it will craft unemployment insurance in a bill set to be released this week, previously discussed ...

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