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  Trump dodges question on QAnon conspiracy theory

President Trump has a long history of advancing false and sometimes racist conspiracies.

Watchdog: Homeland Security officials were wrongly appointed

Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Durham’s Trump-Russia probe

9th Circuit ends California ban on high-capacity magazines

  Rural families without internet face tough choice on school

Trump’s younger brother, Robert, is hospitalized in New York

  Canada U.S border restrictions extended to at least Sept.

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  Lawmakers: Postal changes delay mail-order medicine for vets

  Birx weighs in on President Trump’s coronavirus messaging

  Democrats tested in first party convention of pandemic era

  Mail-in ballots sent to Trump, First Lady in Florida

  Trump and Biden trade barbs over coronavirus response, masks

Dodger Stadium vote center planned for presidential election

  Biden calls for nationwide mask mandate

Joe Biden is calling for a nationwide protective mask mandate over the next three months.

  Trump admits he’s blocking postal cash to stop mail-in votes

President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he opposes additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service, acknowledging that his position would starve the agency of money Democrats say it needs to process an anticipated surge in mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cohen’s book foreword: Trump ‘wouldn’t mind if I was dead’

Michael Cohen’s memoir about President Donald Trump will be released Sept. 8 by Skyhorse Publishing, which confirmed the news Thursday to The Associated Press.

Trump’s EPA dumps methane emissions rule for oil, gas fields

President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to undo Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes Thursday in the heart of the nation’s most prolific natural gas reservoir.

US seizes digital currency accounts used by militant groups

  UAE to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel

  US jobless claims fall below 1 million but remain high

  Birx says college football players can get back on the field if they’re ‘ultra careful’

  For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

Federal appeals court upholds constitutionality of all-male military draft system

  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responds to criticism from teachers’ union

Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro speaks with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

Warning on Russia adds questions about Senate’s Biden probe

Even before last week’s intelligence assessment on foreign election interference, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson was facing criticism from Democrats that his investigation of presidential candidate Joe Biden and Ukraine was politically motivated and advancing Russian interests.

  Facebook beefs up anti-misinformation efforts ahead of US election

It's the social network's latest step to to combat election-related misinformation on its platform as the Nov. 3 election nears — one in which many voters may be submitting ballots by mail for the first time.

  QAnon uses anti-human-trafficking hashtags, campaign to promote conspiracy theories

QAnon’s most recent strategy to gain more followers of its theory about a "deep state" within the U.S. government controlled by pedophiles involves piggybacking on the anti-human-trafficking movement with the hashtag #savethechildren.

  ‘One of us’: South Asians celebrate Harris as VP choice

Harris has called her late mother, Shyamala Gopalan, her biggest influence and frequently invoked stories about the cancer researcher and civil rights activist who died in 2009. An Indian woman, Gopalan first came to America in 1958.

  Biden, Harris lash Trump in introduction of historic VP pick

Harris and Biden then will sit down together for an online fundraiser designed to let even small donors get a fresh glimpse of what the Democratic presidential ticket will look like together.

Let it flow: Trump administration eases showerhead rules

The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn't getting wet enough.

  For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

The White House’s top negotiator is trying to revive stalled talks over coronavirus aid.

US budget deficit climbs to record $2.81 trillion

The Treasury Department says the U.S. budget deficit climbed to $2.81 trillion in the first 10 months of the budget year.

  Ballot drop boxes are next legal fight in voting

Millions of Americans are expected to vote by mail this fall as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

TikTok banned from official Nebraska devices

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Wednesday that “due to security concerns,” the social video app TikTok will be blocked on all official state electronic devices.

  How Biden chose Harris: Inside his search for a running mate

Forces in the country, and within the Democratic Party, were indeed pushing Biden toward a history-making pick.

Trump congratulates QAnon supporter Greene on Georgia win

Marjorie Taylor Greene is part of a growing list of candidates who have expressed support for QAnon, a conspiracy theory centered on the baseless belief that Trump is waging a secret campaign against enemies in the “deep state” and a child sex trafficking ring run by satanic pedophiles and cannibals

  Women say they will fight sexism, ‘ugly’ attacks on Harris

The groups put the media on notice in recent days that they will call out bias and established a "war room" to refute sexist or false attacks as they happen.

  What’s keeping Washington from sending out more stimulus checks, unemployment aid, explained

Hopes that talks on a huge COVID-19 relief deal would generate an agreement soon are fizzling, with both the Trump administration negotiating team and top congressional Democrats adopting hard lines and testy attitudes.

  US enters deal for 100 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna

The vaccine is still in clinical trials and has not been approved by the FDA but is already being manufactured, so if it is approved, it can be rolled out quickly.

GRAPHIC: More arrests after brawl during pro-police rally in Colorado

The “Back the Blue” rally drew hundreds of people outside the Fort Collins police department Saturday afternoon.

  Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate, first Black woman

In choosing Harris, Biden is embracing a former rival from the Democratic primary who is familiar with the unique rigor of a national campaign.

Police face new lawsuit, probes after Elijah McClain’s death

The parents of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after officers in suburban Denver stopped him on the street last year and put him in a chokehold, sued police and medical officials Tuesday.

‘Yo Semite’ T-shirt is hit after Trump blunder

The shirt has always been a popular item, but the presidential blunder has sent them skyrocketing like never before.

  AP sources: Man shot near White House had shouted threats

The White House complex was not breached and no one under Secret Service protection was in danger. Law enforcement officials were still trying to determine a motive and authorities were investigating whether the man had a history of mental illness.

  Scientists uneasy as Russia approves 1st coronavirus vaccine

Putin emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. However, scientists at home and abroad have been sounding the alarm that the rush to start using the vaccine before Phase 3 trials could backfire.

March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules

A national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia.

Appeals court seems wary of ordering dismissal of Flynn case

A federal appeals court in Washington appears inclined to let a judge decide on his own whether to grant the Justice Department’s request to dismiss the criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn.

  Texas food bank experiences extremely high demand

Some Texans lined up at a food bank in Dallas before sunrise on Tuesday to get essentials.

  Democratic convention speakers span spectrum of US politics

The Democratic National Convention, a virtual production since the COVID-19 pandemic led party officials to cancel all in-person plans in Milwaukee, will feature presenters from progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Republican John Kasich, a former Ohio governor who sought the GOP presidentia

  Constraints gone, GOP ramps up effort to monitor voting

The GOP is recruiting 50,000 monitors, typically party activists and specially appointed volunteers, across 15 battleground states. Meanwhile, the party has filed, or intervened in, lawsuits challenging election rules across the country.

  Dems say Trump’s payroll tax break weakens Social Security

With more than 60 million beneficiaries, Social Security is funded by a 12.4% payroll tax evenly divided between employees and employers. Deferral could mean that up to $100 billion in payments would be delayed.

  Trump abruptly escorted from briefing after shooting near White House

The White House was placed on lockdown following the incident.

  States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

Governors and state labor department officials around the country are scrambling to figure out if it is feasible to implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend enhanced unemployment insurance for millions of Americans struggling to find work in the pandemic-scarred economy

  Confirmed coronavirus cases in the world reach 20 million

Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases burned out, dozens of state and local public health officials around the country have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data have become.

  In virus talks, Pelosi holds firm; Mnuchin wants a deal

With Republicans again balking at big government bailouts, Democratic leaders are holding firm. They are using their leverage to force President Donald Trump into a politically risky standoff over help for millions of Americans.

Trump: Convention speech locale is White House or Gettysburg

President Donald Trump said Monday that his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination will be held at either the White House or the Gettysburg battlefield.

GOP senator subpoenas FBI over Russia, defends Biden probe

Johnson's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is one of multiple Republican-led Senate panels scrutinizing the FBI's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

  Hong Kong newspaper raided, tycoon detained under new law

Hong Kong authorities broadened their enforcement of a new national security law on Monday, arresting media tycoon Jimmy Lai, searching the headquarters of his Next Digital group and carting away boxes of what they said was evidence.

  China sanctions 11 US politicians, heads of organizations

Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Monday said the 11 had "performed badly" on issues concerning Hong Kong, where China has cracked down on opposition voices following its imposition of a national security law in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city last month.

Schools mull outdoor classes amid virus, ventilation worries

Concerns about school infrastructure are adding momentum to plans in some districts, even in colder climates, to take classes outdoors for the sake of student and teacher health.

  Why choice of running mate matters more than usual this election year

For all the secrecy and speculation that typically surrounds the search for a vice presidential candidate, the decision rarely sways an election. But ahead of Joe Biden’s imminent announcement, this year could be different.

  Trump denies report he sought to be added to Mt. Rushmore

President Donald Trump denied a report by the New York Times that claimed the White House was exploring how Trump’s likeness could be added to Mount Rushmore.

  Azar meets with Taiwan President Tsai on breakthrough visit

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan on Sunday in the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic relations between Washington and Taipei in 1979.

Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots

The primaries for voting centers that had not received ballots by early afternoon are expected to be rescheduled, while voting would continue elsewhere, the commission said.

  Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

After negotiations with lawmakers on the next package of pandemic economic assistance hit a wall, Trump used what he said were the inherent powers of the presidency to forge ahead on tax and spending policy that Congress says it is granted by the Constitution.

NY Times: White House reached out to S.D. gov about adding Trump to Rushmore

Noem spoke about Trump's interest in appearing on the monument in 2018, and the president had talked about it a year earlier.

  Ohio governor’s conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

The Ohio governor’s positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive policies.

  US tops 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, to Europe’s alarm

The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. reached 5 million Sunday, by far the highest in the world, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

  Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Bypassing Congress, President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive orders deferring payroll taxes for some Americans and extending unemployment benefits after negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine again tests negative for coronavirus

The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after he received conflicting positive and negative results two days before, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump.

US intel: Russia acting against Biden; China opposes Trump

U.S. intelligence assessed that China is hoping President Donald Trump does not win reelection, while Russia is working to denigrate Democrat Joe Biden.

  Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

A breakdown in the talks would put at risk more than $100 billion to help reopen schools, a fresh round of $1,200 direct payments to most people and hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments to help them avoid furloughing workers and cutting services as tax revenues shrivel.

  WH chief of staff pushing Trump to deliver convention speech away from White House

WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows discusses Trump's acceptance speech, negotiations on the next relief bill, and mail-in voting

  Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years.

Republicans push Kanye 2020. But will it really hurt Biden?

Kanye West's unlikely White House bid is getting help qualifying for presidential ballots in key states from Republicans around the country, fueling suspicions he's being pushed to run by allies of President Donald Trump hoping to siphon support away from Joe Biden.

  US hiring slows in July as signs of lasting damage emerge

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound.

Ford, Bush presidential adviser Brent Scowcroft dies at 95

Brent Scowcroft, who played a prominent role in American foreign policy as national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush and was a Republican voice against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, has died, a Bush spokesperson said Friday. He was 95.

Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

The announcement by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo clears the way for schools to offer at least some days of in-person classes, alongside remote learning.

Appeals court revives House lawsuit for McGahn’s testimony

The matter now returns to the panel for consideration of other legal issues.

Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat on security grounds, a move China’s government criticized as “political manipulation.”

  Baltimore-area plagued by slow, missing mail

People in Maryland have been waiting for hours - day after day - trying to get mail that was never delivered.