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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Trump's Claim About 99% of Coronavirus Cases Receives Little Support

      Trump's Claim About 99% of Coronavirus Cases Receives Little Support

      “Now we have tested almost 40 million people … by so doing, we show cases 99 percent of which are totally harmless,” Trump said Saturday in a speech at the White House marking Independence Day celebrations.

      The president may have been referring to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistic this week that the hospitalization rate is 102.5 per 100,000. But the long-term health ramifications of the coronavirus remain unknown, and mortality rates continue to vary greatly for ...

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Drug Overdose Deaths Surge Amid Pandemic

      Drug Overdose Deaths Surge Amid Pandemic

      Top Trump administration officials say drug overdose deaths are surging amid the coronavirus pandemic, driven by increased substance use due to anxiety, social isolation and depression.

      A White House drug policy office analysis shows an 11.4 percent year-over-year increase in fatalities for the first four months of 2020, confirming experts’ early fears that precautions like quarantines and lockdowns combined with economic uncertainty would exacerbate the addiction crisis.

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    9. 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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    10. Trump Retweets Video Where Supporter Yells 'White Power'

      Trump Retweets Video Where Supporter Yells 'White Power'

      President Donald Trump on Sunday morning retweeted a video of senior citizens in Florida participating in a golf-cart parade where one supporter yelled “white power” twice while pumping his fist in the air.

      “Thank you to the great people of The Villages,” Trump tweeted, referring to the retirement community where the events happened. “The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!“

      The president deleted the tweet a few hours later.

      The scene that erupted in The Villages took place amid continuing unrest across the country over police brutality and racism after the May 25 killing of a Black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer. Trump ...

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    11. Texas Pauses Reopening Amid Surge of New COVID-19 Cases

      Texas Pauses Reopening Amid Surge of New COVID-19 Cases

      Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday froze Texas' state reopening plan amid a surge of new coronavirus cases and concern over whether the pandemic could swamp local health systems.

      Abbott, a Republican, separately halted elective surgeries in a handful of counties with fast-growing Covid-19 caseloads. His moves follow similar halts in reopenings in Utah, Oregon and North Carolina.

      Abbott’s response to the pandemic has grown more urgent in recent days as hospitals warned about their limited surge capacity. Texas Children’s Hospital is admitting adult patients to free up beds around Harris County, which includes Houston and is the third most populous county in the U.S.

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    12. Non-Profit Nurse Group to Pay $57M Settlement in Whistleblower Suit

      Non-Profit Nurse Group to Pay $57M Settlement in Whistleblower Suit

      The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, one of the largest non-profit home health care agencies in America, said Thursday it will pay $57 million to settle a federal whistleblower lawsuit over allegations of fraud and patient endangerment.

      The suit, brought under federal and state False Claims Acts by a senior leader who worked at the agency for 16 years, alleged that the corporation collected Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and falsified time sheets for services that were only partially rendered or not provided at all.

      The settlement, which did not have to go in front of a judge and has been approved by the federal government, does not admit liability for the non-profit. “For more than five years, we have ...

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    13. Trump Admin To Pull Support for Drive-Thru Testing Sites

      Trump Admin To Pull Support for Drive-Thru Testing Sites

      The federal government is ending its support for 13 drive-thru coronavirus testing sites on June 30, urging states to take over their operations — even as cases spike in several parts of the country.

      The sites, which HHS says are spread across five states, are the remnants of a larger federal testing program established early in the pandemic. Seven sites are in Texas, which is experiencing record numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

      In March, HHS and FEMA set up 4 testing sites in 12 states. During the height of the pandemic, in early April, HHS tried to offload control of the drive-thru sites to states. The department reversed course after governors objected.

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    14. Poll Shows Biden Lead in 6 Pivotal Swing States

      Poll Shows Biden Lead in 6 Pivotal Swing States

      Former Vice President Joe Biden has strengthened his standing in several states critical to determining the outcome of the 2020 White House race, according to new surveys, as President Donald Trump falls further behind in the very battlegrounds that helped propel him to office in 2016.

      The latest results of a series of New York Times/Siena College polls released Thursday represent another boon for the Biden campaign, which has enjoyed commanding leads over Trump in surveys of voters nationwide but remained locked in closer contests with the president’s reelection effort in the swing states he wrestled from Hillary Clinton four years ago.

      Across a half-dozen key states where Trump prevailed in 2016 — Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania ...

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    15. Biden Campaign Severely Restricts Contact with Foreign Officials

      Biden Campaign Severely Restricts Contact with Foreign Officials

      Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is severely restricting its staffers’ and volunteers’ contacts with foreign officials to avoid even the perception of outside interference with this year’s election — a move it attributes to a “poisonous environment” created by President Donald Trump.

      The decision, though made last year, was shared with POLITICO this week as a new book from former national security adviser John Bolton alleges that Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help ensure his reelection. It could be a tough policy to enforce given that the Biden campaign’s foreign policy apparatus has expanded to more than 1,000 people and that foreign governments are increasingly eager to establish connections with the campaign.

      Trump was impeached late ...

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    16. Trump Trade Adviser Defends Trump's Comment About Slowing Down Testing

      Trump Trade Adviser Defends Trump's Comment About Slowing Down Testing

      White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday that President Donald Trump was only joking when he said he asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing for the sake of optics.

      Speaking with CNN's Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,“ Navarro repeatedly said, "Come on now, Jake. You know it was tongue in cheek. Come on now. That was tongue in cheek," cutting off Tapper as he repeatedly asked about the president's remarks.

      "I don't know that it was tongue in cheek at all," Tapper retorted. "That's news for you, tongue in cheek," Navarro said with a dismissive laugh.

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    17. Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Leader Paintings in Capitol

      Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Leader Paintings in Capitol

      Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday ordered the removal of four portraits of former House speakers who also served as Confederate leaders, a symbolic step to rid the U.S. Capitol of pro-slavery relics amid a nationwide reckoning over race.

      Pelosi will join the House clerk to take down the paintings Thursday afternoon, a day before the holiday “Juneteenth,” which marks the day that the last enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy learned of their freedom.

      “There’s no room in the hallowed halls in this democracy, this temple of democracy, to memorialize people who embody violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy,” Pelosi told reporters Thursday. “We must lead by example.”

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    18. Trump Signs Executive Order On Police Reform

      Trump Signs Executive Order On Police Reform

      President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at guiding police reforms after weeks of nationwide unrest over police killings of unarmed black Americans — though the reforms he outlined fall far short of changes demanded by protesters.

      The president revealed in his Rose Garden remarks that he’d just met with the families of nine victims of police or racially motivated killings — though none were in the audience as he laid out three planks of reforms, according to a pool report.

      The order would create federal incentives through the Justice Department for local police departments that seek “independent credentialing” to certify that law enforcement is meeting higher standards for the use of force and de-escalation training. Trump specifically ...

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    19. U.S. COVID-19 Cases Surpass 2 Million

      U.S. COVID-19 Cases Surpass 2 Million

      The United States has surpassed 2 million coronavirus cases, even as states forge ahead with reopening their economies and demonstrators gather en masse to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

      It took the U.S. nearly three months to officially hit 1 million confirmed cases on April 28, but just six weeks to double it. Reporting of Covid-19 cases got off to a slow start amid the Trump administration’s delays in rolling out widespread testing capacity. Testing has now ramped up significantly, from nearly 6 million conducted in late April to over 21 million as of this week. But there are also signs of increased spread, as numerous states have started to see a spike in cases.

      The 2 ...

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    20. Trump to Finalize Executive Order on Police Reform

      Trump to Finalize Executive Order on Police Reform

      President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was finalizing an executive order focused on police reform, representing his first specific comments about changes to law enforcement practices since the national reckoning over police brutality caused by the killing of George Floyd.

      “We’re working to finalize an executive order that will encourage police departments nationwide to meet the most current professional standards for the use of force, including tactics for deescalation,” Trump said at a roundtable with law enforcement in Dallas. “Also, we’ll encourage pilot programs that allow social workers to join certain law enforcement officers so that they work together.”

      Decrying calls from progressive activists to defund the police and funnel that money to other community programs, Trump ...

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    21. NYPD Officer Faces Criminal Charges After Shoving Protester

      NYPD Officer Faces Criminal Charges After Shoving Protester

      An NYPD officer seen on video shoving a young woman to the ground during a Brooklyn police brutality protest now faces criminal charges.

      The officer, Vincent D’Andraia, is charged with criminal mischief, harassment and menacing, said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. Video shows the officer forcefully shove the young woman during a May 29 protest over the killing of George Floyd. She struck the pavement and went to the emergency room.

      “I fully support the long-held American tradition of non-violent protest. As District Attorney I cannot tolerate the use of excessive force against anyone exercising this Constitutionally guaranteed right. This is especially true of those who are sworn to protect us and uphold the law,” Gonzalez said. ‘I am ...

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    22. Trump Faces More Delays to Nominees Than Any Previous President

      Trump Faces More Delays to Nominees Than Any Previous President

      President Donald Trump is facing more delays to his nominees than any previous president. And if Joe Biden beats him, the former vice president might get it even worse.

      The Senate’s confirmation process is nearly broken, and the numbers show it’s a race to the bottom. George W. Bush faced the most procedural hurdles and filibusters to his nominees until Barack Obama was elected and faced historic blockades. Then Trump came along and became the record holder in just part of a term, according to a POLITICO analysis of Senate votes.

      It’s the latest glaring sign of Senate dysfunction, showing just how difficult it has become to staff up an administration. And it’s hard to imagine ...

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    23. Biden Compares Trump to Segregation-Era Authoritarian

      Biden Compares Trump to Segregation-Era Authoritarian

      After a week of nationwide unrest and months in self-imposed quarantine, former Vice President Joe Biden addressed the chaos gripping American cities and compared President Trump to a segregation-era authoritarian.

      Biden’s speech, delivered Tuesday from Philadelphia City Hall, highlighted Trump’s rhetoric and actions against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic and a wave of protests and violence sparked by the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died last week after his neck was pinned to the ground under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.

      “Look where we are now and think anew: Is this who we are? Is this who we want to be? Is this who we want to pass on to our ...

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    24. Trump Gives Divided Conservatives a Path to Unite and Take On Social Media Giants

      Trump Gives Divided Conservatives a Path to Unite and Take On Social Media Giants

      President Donald Trump has given divided conservatives a path to take on social media giants — whether they agree with it or not.

      For years, conservatives have debated how best to rein in the power and perceived liberal bias of Twitter, Facebook, Google and other tech companies that have become central to American discourse. Some pushed for regulations they argued would police the heavyweights and better protect free speech, privacy and civil liberties. Others advocated for negotiations with corporate leaders. Another cadre debated what political tactics might help accomplish their goals.

      Then last week, Trump injected himself into the debate with an executive order threatening to crack down on social media companies. While the move had policy elements, it was largely ...

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