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  • Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals […]
  • Trump vetoes bipartisan measure against DeVos’ loan rules

    President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed a measure that would have overturned a policy that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued in 2019 making it harder for students to get their loans erased after being misled by for-profit colleges. The Senate gave final approval to the bipartisan measure in March, dealing a rare rebuke of DeVos […]
  • Biden ally sees Klobuchar as less likely Biden running mate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar seems a less likely choice to become Joe Biden’s running mate on his presidential ticket following this week’s death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis, a key ally of the former vice president said Friday. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., told reporters that while he believes […]
  • Twitter and Trump: A feud years in the making finally erupts

    On one side of this fraught moment: the president of the United States, facing multiple crises less than six months before the election. On the other: Twitter, the social media giant, which has grappled for years with how to handle its most prominent — and divisive — user. Caught in the middle: reality itself, and […]
  • Trump to resume fundraisers next month with COVID-19 checks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will resume in-person fundraisers for his re-election campaign next month with additional precautions for the coronavirus. A Republican National Committee official said Friday that Trump is currently scheduled to hold events on June 11 in Dallas and June 13 in Bedminster, New Jersey, to raise money for Trump Victory, […]
  • Analysis: Trump fuels new tensions in moment of crisis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Over 48 hours in America, the official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 100,000, the number of people who filed for unemployment during the crisis soared past 40 million, and the streets of a major city erupted in flames after a handcuffed black man was killed by a white police officer. […]
  • Analysis: Trump fuels new tensions in moment of crisis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Over 48 hours in America, the official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 100,000, the number of people who filed for unemployment during the crisis soared past 40 million, and the streets of a major city erupted in flames after a handcuffed black man was killed by a white police officer. […]
  • Transcripts released of Flynn’s calls with Russian diplomat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Transcripts of phone calls that played a pivotal role in the Russia investigation were declassified and released Friday, showing that Michael Flynn, as an adviser to then-President-elect Donald Trump, urged Russia’s ambassador to be “even-keeled” in response to punitive Obama administration measures, and assured him “we can have a better conversation” about […]
  • Transcripts released of Flynn’s calls with Russian diplomat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s new national intelligence director waded into political waters in his first week on the job, declassifying documents that allies of the president say bolster their contention that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was wrongly pursued. The extraordinary decision to release transcripts of Flynn’s calls with a foreign country’s […]
  • Democrats expand probe into firing of State Dept. watchdog

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats announced Friday that they are expanding their investigation into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, part of an effort to find out more about President Donald Trump’s moves to sideline several independent government watchdogs. The Democrats plan to interview officials in the administration who may have more information […]
  • Democrats expand probe into firing of State Dept. watchdog

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats announced Friday that they are expanding their investigation into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, part of an effort to find out more about President Donald Trump’s moves to sideline several independent government watchdogs. The Democrats plan to interview officials in the administration who may have more information […]
  • Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong’s special trade status and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government, escalating tensions with China that have surged during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump has been expressing […]
  • ‘I can’t breathe’ a rally cry anew for police protests in US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — “I can’t breathe.” Eric Garner uttered those words six years ago, locked in a police chokehold. It became a rallying cry after his death for demonstrators across the country who protested the killings of African Americans by police. Then came the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump. As the political divide widened, […]
  • Trump’s tweet about rioters echoes 1960s Miami police chief

    CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump’s tweeted warning Friday amid unrest in Minneapolis that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” echoes the language of a Miami police chief in 1967 who made clear his distaste for civil rights activists and his belief that violent protests should be met with deadly force. The language has […]
  • Biden speaks of racial ‘open wound,’ contrasting with Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden lamented the “open wound” of the nation’s systemic racism on Friday as he responded to the police killing of a black man in Minnesota. He drew an implicit contrast with President Donald Trump, who has suggested authorities could respond with violence to the protests that followed George Floyd’s death. “The […]
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