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    1. Jeff Sessions Loses Alabama Senate Seat to Tommy Tuberville

      Jeff Sessions Loses Alabama Senate Seat to Tommy Tuberville

      Tuberville was leading Sessions 63 percent to 37 percent with 35 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

      The former football coach will go on to face Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in November. Jones is considered the most vulnerable Democrat facing reelection in 2020 in a race The Cook Political Report rates as "Lean Republican."

      The runoff comes months after the state's Republican primary in March, when neither Sessions nor Tuberville cleared a majority.  

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    2. Senate Democrats Request $25B for Upcoming Coronavirus Response Package

      Senate Democrats Request $25B for Upcoming Coronavirus Response Package

      Senate Democrats on Monday called for Congress to provide $25 billion in emergency funding for production and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine ahead of negotiations on an upcoming response package.

      In addition to the development of the vaccine itself, a massive and complex undertaking is required to manufacture the millions of needed doses, ensure the supply of supporting materials like needles and syringes, and then distribute the vaccine all across the country for people to be vaccinated. 

      Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the top Democrat on the Senate Health Committee, released a white paper on Monday saying the Trump administration needs to do more to plan for this undertaking. They are calling for ...

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    3. Democrats Vow to Prioritize Immigration Reform if Biden Elected President

      Democrats Vow to Prioritize Immigration Reform if Biden Elected President

      Democrats are vowing to move forward with immigration reform if presumptive nominee Joe Biden is elected president and the party also takes back the Senate in this fall’s elections. The prospect would set up a bruising battle in Congress next year, one that Democrats shied away from in 2009 and 2010, after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 and Democrats expanded their Senate majority and controlled the House.  

      It also underscores the stakes for the 2020 election. Polls show that Biden has built a lead nationally and in swing states, and Democrats increasingly like their chances of winning back the Senate majority.

      Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said immigration reform legislation “should be” at the front of the ...

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    4. 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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    5. Florida Emerges As Global COVID-19 Epicenter

      Florida Emerges As Global COVID-19 Epicenter

      Florida has emerged as a global epicenter of the latest coronavirus surge, raising questions about the safety of major events that relocated to the state. As coronavirus cases surged throughout much of the Northeast in April and May, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) declared victory.

      Florida was one of the last states to impose a stay-at-home order, and one of the first to reopen. DeSantis earned praise from President Trump for his response to the pandemic and attacked the media for fearmongering after the state reopened its beaches. “When you look at some of the most draconian orders that have been issued in some of these states and compare Florida in terms of our hospitalizations ... I mean, you go from ...

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    6. 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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    7. McConnell Makes Way for Direct Payments in Next Coronavirus Bill

      McConnell Makes Way for Direct Payments in Next Coronavirus Bill

      Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to open the door on Monday to including some direct payments to Americans in a future coronavirus relief bill. 

      Asked if funding for individuals like the stimulus checks included in a March package would be in the next piece of legislation, which would be the fifth in response to COVID-19, McConnell said they "could well" be.

      "I think the people that have been hit the hardest are people who make about $40,000 or less. Many of them work in the hospitality industry. .... That could well be a part of it," McConnell said. 

      Congress included a $1,200 one-time payment for individuals making up to $75,000 per year in the $2.2 ...

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Experts Fear July 4th Weekend Will Spike Coronavirus Cases

      Experts Fear July 4th Weekend Will Spike Coronavirus Cases

      Experts worry that the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. will worsen after the Fourth of July weekend, when millions of people gather across the country during one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

      Memorial Day weekend — when people flocked to beaches, pools, parties, restaurants and bars after a weeks-long lockdown — helped spur many of the outbreaks the U.S. is seeing across parts of the country. But now the stakes are even higher. The U.S. is reporting record-high daily case counts, driven largely by outbreaks in the South and West. Several states are experiencing more severe outbreaks than they saw two months ago.

      “I am very concerned, especially given this coming weekend, that the same types ...

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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. Louisiana Abortion Restrictions Struck Down by Supreme Court

      Louisiana Abortion Restrictions Struck Down by Supreme Court

      The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana abortion law, handing a win to abortion rights advocates who feared the conservative court would break with past rulings to rein in protections that emerged from the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade.

      The justices voted 5-4 to invalidate Louisiana’s admitting-privilege law in the first major abortion ruling of the Trump era, which came after the court struck down a nearly identical Texas restriction four years ago. The ruling, which underscored the razor-thin voting margin over abortion rights, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's four liberals, is likely to make future Supreme Court decisions over a woman’s right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy an even more ...

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    14. Pelosi Says Nationwide Mask Mandate is 'Definitely Long Overdue'

      Pelosi Says Nationwide Mask Mandate is 'Definitely Long Overdue'

      Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday a nationwide mandate to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of coronavirus is “definitely long overdue.” 

      “Definitely long overdue for that,” Pelosi told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's “This Week.” “And my understanding that the Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention] has recommended the use of masks but not required it because they don’t want to offend the president.”

      The speaker called on President Trump to “be an example” to the U.S. and wear a face covering, saying “real men wear masks.” Pelosi also demanded the Senate and White House act to pass the $3 trillion coronavirus relief package approved by the House last month. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky ...

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    15. House Passes Police Reform Named After George Floyd

      House Passes Police Reform Named After George Floyd

      The House on Thursday passed sweeping criminal justice reforms aimed at curbing the use of excessive force by law enforcement after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed by Minneapolis police one month ago.

      The package was crafted exclusively by the majority Democrats — drawing howls of criticism from GOP leaders — and its passage was never in doubt, as Democrats of all stripes united in a 236 to 181 vote to send the measure to the Senate.

      GOP Reps. Will Hurd (Texas), Fred Upton (Mich.), and Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.) bucked party lines and voted for the measure. Democrats are hoping to seize on the momentum generated by the massive protests that followed Floyd’s death to ...
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    16. Deportation of Honduran Teen Blocked Under Coronavirus Rule

      Deportation of Honduran Teen Blocked Under Coronavirus Rule

      A federal court in Washington, D.C., blocked the deportation of a 16-year-old Honduran boy as part of the first legal challenge to a controversial Trump administration policy that invoked the Public Health Service Act to turn back thousands of immigrants at the southern border. 

      In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order barring the entry of anyone into the country without authorization, including asylum-seekers, as the country sought to curb the spread of the coronavirus by limiting "nonessential" border crossings. The order resulted in children and adults seeking asylum being removed from the country. 

      The court ruled that the CDC surpassed its authority in issuing that order and that the Trump administration violated federal ...

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    17. Trump Prepares Executive Order to Reinforce Laws Against Vandalizing Monuments

      Trump Prepares Executive Order to Reinforce Laws Against Vandalizing Monuments

      President Trump said Tuesday he is preparing an executive order to reinforce existing laws that punish people for vandalizing monuments as he digs in on his opposition to the removal of statues honoring controversial historical figures.

      "I will have an executive order very shortly, and all it’s really going to do is reinforce what’s already there, but in a more uniform way," Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for a trip to Arizona.

      The president's comments came after individuals attempted to topple a statue of President Jackson in Lafayette Square across the street from the White House on Monday night. Law enforcement intervened, deploying pepper spray and using force to disperse the protesters before ...

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    18. Trump Signs Executive Order Suspending Work Visas

      Trump Signs Executive Order Suspending Work Visas

      President Trump on Monday signed an executive order to suspend the issuance of certain temporary worker visas through the end of 2020, cracking down further on immigration after signing a more narrow measure in April.

      The order applies to H-1B visas, H-2B visas, H-4 visas, L-1 visas and certain J-1 visas. It is the latest effort by the Trump administration to satisfy immigration hawks and groups that argue American workers should be prioritized, especially amid the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

      H-1B visas are used for skilled workers and are common in the tech industry and is the largest visa program of those included in Monday's order as its recipients can stay for multiple years.

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    19. Airports Urge Government to Establish Airline Face Mask Policy

      Airports Urge Government to Establish Airline Face Mask Policy

      Airline passengers are encountering a patchwork of rules when it comes to wearing masks on planes and in airports, creating confusion and frustration among customers and companies alike.

      With no federal law for wearing masks on planes or in airports, airlines are setting their own policies. Some have removed non-compliant passengers and banned them from future flights, as was the case earlier this week when American Airlines removed a pro-Trump activist. 

      Airports across the country, meanwhile, have inconsistent standards for facial coverings, prompting the airline industry to beg government officials to establish national guidelines for air travel. Most airports are allowed to set their own policies for masks.

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    20. Woman Plans $10M Lawsuit After Arrested for Improperly Wearing Mask

      Woman Plans $10M Lawsuit After Arrested for Improperly Wearing Mask

      A New York City woman plans to file a $10 million lawsuit against the police department after she was arrested last month for improperly wearing a face mask while on a subway platform, her attorney told ABC News on Wednesday.

      Twenty-two-year-old Kaleemah Rozier was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment after officers said they asked her to wear a face mask inside the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station in Brooklyn on May 13.

      Rozier said she was on her way home with her 5-year-old son when she was approached by several unidentified New York Police Department (NYPD) officers.

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    21. Major Lands Conservation Bill Passed by Senate

      Major Lands Conservation Bill Passed by Senate

      The Senate passed a major public lands bill on Wednesday, voting to set aside hundreds of millions of dollars each year for conservation efforts.

      The Great American Outdoors Act, which passed in a 73-25 vote, would permanently provide $900 million in oil and gas revenues for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which helps secure land for trails and parks.

      The legislation will also put $6.5 billion toward addressing a maintenance backlog at national parks.

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    22. Trump to Announce Police Reform Executive Order Today

      Trump to Announce Police Reform Executive Order Today

      President Trump plans to announce an executive order addressing police reform on Tuesday amid growing calls for action in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

      “The overall goal is we want law and order and we want it done fairly, justly. We want it done safely,” Trump told reporters at the White House, confirming he would hold a news conference to sign the order on Tuesday.

      “But we want law and order,” he added. “This is about law and order, but it’s about justice also.”

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    23. Trump's Conspiracy Tweet About Protester Causes Uproar

      Trump's Conspiracy Tweet About Protester Causes Uproar

      President Trump’s tweet about a 75-year-old Buffalo protester is getting pushback from Republican senators.

      Trump on Tuesday floated that an elderly man pushed to the ground by police in Buffalo, N.Y., during a protest over the police killing of George Floyd could be a "set up” and an “ANTIFA provocateur.”

      The tweet sparked immediate backlash from GOP senators and caused broader headaches as lawmaker after lawmaker was approached by reporters with a copy of the tweet.

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    24. Trump Campaign to Resume In-Person Activities Next Week

      Trump Campaign to Resume In-Person Activities Next Week
      President Trump’s reelection efforts will switch back into action next week for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown ground the campaign to a halt in mid-March.

      Trump Victory, the joint venture between the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, will resume some campaign activities in states that allow it, a spokeswoman told The Hill.

      “Starting next week, Trump Victory field teams will resume in person volunteer activities and campaigning where states allow,” said Mandi Merritt, the national press secretary for the RNC. “Just as Trump Victory was able to transition to virtual campaigning in less than 24 hours, our teams across the country will seamlessly adapt again just as efficiently.”

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