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Justice Department files emergency order to block Texas abortion law
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Justice Department files emergency order to block Texas abortion law
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The Department of Justice filed an emergency order late Tuesday, asking for a temporary halt to the new Texas law that bans abortions past six weeks. The department said in its filing that the new law, also known as S.B. 8, prevents “women from exercising their constitutional rights.” “The United States seeks a temporary restraining […]

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs social media ‘censorship’ bill into law
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs social media ‘censorship’ bill into law
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill that aims to stop social media companies from banning users or nixing posts based solely on political opinions — the latest salvo by Republicans, who claim that these tech giants are censoring conservative users. The new law requires social media companies with more than 50 million monthly […]

GOP governors pledge to sue over Biden’s business vaccine mandate
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GOP governors pledge to sue over Biden’s business vaccine mandate
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President Biden responded Friday to a pledge by some Republicans to sue over an incoming rule issued by the Labor Department requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to require that workers be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. Republican governors are slamming the president over the yet-to-be-developed rule, declaring it an overreach and unconstitutional. It’s […]

Biden announces COVID-19 vaccine mandates that will affect 100 million Americans
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Biden announces COVID-19 vaccine mandates that will affect 100 million Americans
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President Biden announced the most sweeping COVID-19 vaccine requirements yet on Thursday, which will affect roughly 100 million Americans. The new measures include a vaccine mandate for all federal workers and contractors, and a requirement that large companies must mandate vaccines or regular testing for employees. “My job as president is to protect all Americans,” Mr. Biden […]

Biden administration asks Congress for billions as costs for Afghan refugees, natural disasters pile up
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Biden administration asks Congress for billions as costs for Afghan refugees, natural disasters pile up
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The Biden administration on Tuesday called on Congress to pass tens of billions of dollars in funding to keep the federal government running as lawmakers work to pass its annual budget legislation. Government funding runs out at the end of the month as the new fiscal year starts in October. As part of the temporary […]

Over 50,000 Afghan evacuees expected to resettle in US, says DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
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Over 50,000 Afghan evacuees expected to resettle in US, says DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says he expects the U.S. will resettle over 50,000 Afghan evacuees, including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, visa holders, applicants for special immigrant visas (SIVs) and others at risk, including “journalists, and vulnerable women and girls.” Before they land here, many have been taken to U.S. and NATO bases in […]

U.S. housing 20,000 Afghan evacuees in 5 states, with another 40,000 overseas
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U.S. housing 20,000 Afghan evacuees in 5 states, with another 40,000 overseas
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The U.S. government was housing nearly 20,000 Afghan refugees at military installations in five states as of Wednesday morning, while another 40,000 evacuees remained at bases overseas awaiting processing, according to internal federal data reviewed by CBS News. These figures, which have not been previously reported, provide more detail on the whereabouts of a portion […]

Biden forcefully defends Afghanistan exit and decision to end war
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Biden forcefully defends Afghanistan exit and decision to end war
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President Biden on Tuesday defiantly defended his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan by August 31, a withdrawal that ended a two-decade-long war when the final final U.S. military aircraft from the main airport in Kabul. “I was not going to extend this ‘forever war,’ and I was not extending a ‘forever exit,’” the president told the […]

This is the last American soldier to leave Afghanistan
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This is the last American soldier to leave Afghanistan
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The last soldier to leave Afghanistan on the day the U.S. concluded its 20-year war has been identified as Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps. Donahue was one of the commanders on the ground leading the evacuation mission. The final order Donahue gave was “flush the force,” […]

Abortion providers ask Supreme Court to block Texas six-week abortion ban
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Abortion providers ask Supreme Court to block Texas six-week abortion ban
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A group of pro-abortion advocates and providers asked the Supreme Court on Monday to block a controversial law in Texas banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. The law, which is set to take effect Wednesday, would be one of the nation’s most restrictive and prohibit nearly all abortions in the state if allowed to […]

U.S. airstrike killed two ISIS-K members in Afghanistan, Pentagon says
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U.S. airstrike killed two ISIS-K members in Afghanistan, Pentagon says
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A U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan killed two high-profile ISIS-K targets and injured another, Major General William Taylor said Saturday at a press conference. Officials wouldn’t release the names of those killed, but described them as planners and facilitators. “The fact that two of these individuals are no longer walking on the face of the earth, […]

Intelligence community issues inconclusive report about origins of COVID-19
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Intelligence community issues inconclusive report about origins of COVID-19
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The U.S. intelligence community remains divided about the origin of COVID-19, according to an unclassified summary of its 90-day investigation into the matter. All agencies agreed that two hypotheses are possible – natural exposure to an infected animal and a laboratory-associated incident. But the report failed to draw a definitive conclusion and issued its main […]

Supreme Court blocks Biden administration’s latest ban on evictions
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Supreme Court blocks Biden administration’s latest ban on evictions
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The Supreme Court on Thursday lifted the Biden administration’s newest federal ban on evictions, granting a bid from a group of landlords to block the pandemic-related protections for renters facing eviction in most of the country. In an unsigned opinion with the three liberal justices in dissent, the divided court said that “careful review” of […]

Biden vows revenge for Kabul attack that killed 13 U.S. service members
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Biden vows revenge for Kabul attack that killed 13 U.S. service members
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Thirteen U.S. service members were killed and more than a dozen others injured in an attack outside the airport in the capital of Afghanistan on Thursday, opening a deadly new chapter in the massive U.S. effort to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies ahead of President Biden’s August 31 deadline to withdraw. The Pentagon said a […]

CIA director held secret meeting with Taliban leader in Kabul
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CIA director held secret meeting with Taliban leader in Kabul
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CIA Director William Burns met with the Taliban’s de facto leader in Kabul on Monday, a source familiar with the situation said, in what marks the group’s highest-level encounter with the Biden administration since the fall of the Afghan capital. News of the meeting between Burns and the Taliban leader, Abdul Ghani Baradar, comes one […]

CBS News poll: Most Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan withdrawal
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CBS News poll: Most Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan withdrawal
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Most Americans have wanted to withdraw from Afghanistan for a while, and most still do. But not like this. Public reaction to what’s happened there is decidedly negative, with Americans now fearing wider repercussions from a heightened threat of terrorism. Back home, the public weighs in with rough judgments on President Biden — not only […]

Biden administration officials say enhanced unemployment benefits will expire September 6
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Biden administration officials say enhanced unemployment benefits will expire September 6
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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh say unemployment benefits increased in response to the coronavirus pandemic will expire next month as planned, even as cases of coronavirus are surging with the Delta variant. However, they said President Joe Biden believes the pandemic exposed “serious problems” with the current unemployment system that require […]

Biden says U.S. forces could stay in Afghanistan past August 31 to get all Americans out
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Biden says U.S. forces could stay in Afghanistan past August 31 to get all Americans out
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President Biden on Wednesday said U.S. troops could stay in Afghanistan past August 31 to get all Americans out, if all Americans who wish to leave the country have not been able to do so by then. The president made the comments in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, in his first interview since the […]

Americans could owe $6.5 trillion for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — and that’s just the interest
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Americans could owe $6.5 trillion for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — and that’s just the interest
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Although the U.S. is trying to turn the page on two decades of war in the Middle East, American taxpayers can expect to pay for those conflicts for decades to come. The ultimate cost of the nation’s engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq, on top of the incalculable personal toll on combatants and civilians, reflects a […]

U.S. grapples with fallout from Afghanistan withdrawal with Taliban back in control
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U.S. grapples with fallout from Afghanistan withdrawal with Taliban back in control
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The collapse of the Afghan government and rapid takeover of the country by the Taliban ahead of the U.S. withdrawal of the last troops there has led to finger-pointing across the federal government, with members of both parties blaming their political opponents for the chaos that unfolded over the weekend. In his first remarks since […]

Afghanistan’s president flees the country as Taliban moves to take Kabul
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Afghanistan’s president flees the country as Taliban moves to take Kabul
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Afghanistan’s embattled president left the country Sunday, joining his fellow citizens and foreigners in a stampede fleeing the advancing Taliban and signaling the end of a 20-year Western experiment aimed at remaking Afghanistan. The Taliban, who for hours had been on the outskirts of Kabul, announced soon after they would move further into a city […]

Judge keeps CDC eviction moratorium in place but says freeze is illegal
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Judge keeps CDC eviction moratorium in place but says freeze is illegal
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A federal judge Friday refused landlords’ request to put the Biden administration’s new eviction moratorium on hold, though she ruled that the freeze is illegal. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich said her “hands are tied” by an appellate decision from the last time courts considered the eviction moratorium in the spring. Alabama landlords who are […]

Biden administration increases border deportations and prosecutions
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Biden administration increases border deportations and prosecutions
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The Biden administration is ramping up deportations and prosecutions of migrants crossing the southern border illegally amid a 21-year high in migrant arrests and concerns about the rapid spread of the coronavirus Delta variant. U.S. authorities are now flying Central American migrants deep into the Mexican interior using a Trump-era public health order that was […]

Students ask Supreme Court to stop college from implementing vaccine mandate
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Students ask Supreme Court to stop college from implementing vaccine mandate
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Eight students are asking the Supreme Court to block a plan by Indiana University to require students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It’s the first time the high court has been asked to weigh in on a vaccine mandate and comes as some corporations, states and cities are also contemplating or have adopted […]

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says Governor Andrew Cuomo should be charged following AG report
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says Governor Andrew Cuomo should be charged following AG report
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should be charged after a report by the state attorney general’s office that found that Cuomo sexually harassed “multiple” women. “If you assault a woman, you do something against her will sexually, that’s criminal, and the Albany County District Attorney […]

US, UK, and Israel blame Iran for fatal drone attack on oil tanker
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US, UK, and Israel blame Iran for fatal drone attack on oil tanker
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The U.S. joined the U.K. and Israel in blaming Iran for the drone attack that killed two crew members of the oil tanker Mercer Street off the coast of Oman last week. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement Sunday said the U.S. is “confident” Iran conducted the attack, which killed a U.K. national […]

Justice Department says IRS must give Trump’s tax returns to Congress
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Justice Department says IRS must give Trump’s tax returns to Congress
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The Justice Department on Friday said the Treasury Department must hand over former President Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, putting an apparent end to the yearslong battle over the records. In the 39-page opinion, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) found that the committee “has invoked sufficient reasons […]

The United States suspended its debt ceiling in 2019. That ends this weekend.
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The United States suspended its debt ceiling in 2019. That ends this weekend.
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The Treasury Department runs into an important deadline this weekend, when a 2019 suspension of the government’s debt limit — known as the debt ceiling — expires Saturday. That forces the Treasury Department to perform what are called “extraordinary measures” so the government can continue paying its obligations as lawmakers prepare to face off over […]

Congressional Democrats at odds over President Biden’s power to cancel student loan debt
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Congressional Democrats at odds over President Biden’s power to cancel student loan debt
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that President Joe Biden does not have the power to forgive student loan debt, putting her at odds with some members of her own Democratic caucus as the pressure builds on the president to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower. “People think that the president of the […]

McCarthy derides Kinzinger and Cheney as ‘Pelosi Republicans’
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McCarthy derides Kinzinger and Cheney as ‘Pelosi Republicans’
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy mocked Republican Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger Monday as “Pelosi Republicans” Monday over their appointment to the select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol assault. A small number of Republicans are pushing for Cheney and Kinzinger to be punished for agreeing to serve on the select committee, after House […]

GOP seeks records on possible U.S. funding of research at Chinese lab before pandemic
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GOP seeks records on possible U.S. funding of research at Chinese lab before pandemic
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A group of congressional Republicans is stepping up a push for records about a possible link between a U.S. medical research agency and a lab in Wuhan, China – a link that is still very much in dispute amid the ongoing investigation into the origins of COVID- 19. In an exclusive interview, senior investigative correspondent […]

Former Detroit police chief launches exploratory committee for Michigan governor
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Former Detroit police chief launches exploratory committee for Michigan governor
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Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig effectively launched his campaign for Michigan governor on Wednesday, announcing that he has formed an exploratory committee for the position. Craig, a Republican, retired as Detroit police chief on June 1. Seven other Republicans have formed campaign committees, but Craig is more widely known than the other contenders and […]

Biden says eliminating filibuster would ‘throw the entire Congress into chaos’
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Biden says eliminating filibuster would ‘throw the entire Congress into chaos’
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President Biden essentially rejected the idea of eliminating the filibuster, asserting, that doing so would “throw the entire Congress into chaos, and nothing would get done.” He was in Cincinnati at a town hall Wednesday night, and his desire to preserve the filibuster, with some reforms, came despite prodding from CNN host Don Lemon about […]

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is finally getting his White House visit
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is finally getting his White House visit
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is, finally, getting a visit to the White House. The foreign leader whose conversation with former President Trump sparked the ex-president’s first impeachment inquiry will meet with President Biden at the White House on August 30. “President Biden looks forward to welcoming President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to the White House […]

What Taliban advances could mean for the future of Afghanistan
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What Taliban advances could mean for the future of Afghanistan
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With U.S. ground forces in Afghanistan set to leave the country by the end of August and Taliban fighters quickly gaining a foothold in the country, CBS News senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata says confrontation between a fragile Afghan government and Taliban insurgents is looming. “The important thing is how quickly [the U.S. withdrawal] has […]

Judge orders U.S. to close DACA program to new applicants, calling it illegal
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Judge orders U.S. to close DACA program to new applicants, calling it illegal
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A federal judge in Texas ordered the U.S. government on Friday to close the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to new applicants, saying the Obama administration did not have the legal authority to grant deportation relief and work permits to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Granting a request by Texas […]

Federal court says restrictions on handgun sales to people under 21 are unconstitutional
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Federal court says restrictions on handgun sales to people under 21 are unconstitutional
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A federal appeals court said Tuesday that federal laws that bar the sale of handguns to young adults under the age of 21 are unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. In a 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the court found that 18-year-olds possess the constitutional right to […]

Top U.S. general in Afghanistan steps down as military mission nears end
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Top U.S. general in Afghanistan steps down as military mission nears end
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General Scott Miller stepped down today as both the last and longest serving American commander in America’s longest war. At a small ceremony at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Miller called the assignment “the highlight of my military career,” saying the people of Afghanistan “will be in my heart and on my mind for […]

Biden speaks to Putin after latest ransomware attacks
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Biden speaks to Putin after latest ransomware attacks
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President Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call Friday to take action to stem recent ransomware attacks from Russia-linked groups. “I made it very clear to him that the United States expects that when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it is not sponsored by the state, we […]

2 U.S. citizens arrested in Haitian president’s assassination
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2 U.S. citizens arrested in Haitian president’s assassination
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Haiti is a country under siege as the manhunt for the killers of President Jovenel Moïse ramps up. More than a dozen suspects have been arrested in the last 24 hours, and at least seven others have been killed. Two of those arrested are a U.S. citizens from Florida, James Solages and Joseph Vincent. Authorities […]

Biden announces U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end August 31
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Biden announces U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end August 31
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President Biden said the withdrawal from Afghanistan of U.S troops after 20 years of war will conclude on August 31, ahead of the September 11 deadline he announced in mid-April. “We are ending the nation’s longest war,” the president said in remarks at the White House Thursday. At the time he announced the September deadline, […]

Eric Adams will win New York City Democratic mayoral primary, AP projects
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Eric Adams will win New York City Democratic mayoral primary, AP projects
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Eric Adams, the Brooklyn Borough president, is projected as the winner of the New York City Democratic mayoral primary, according to the Associated Press. The former New York City Police Department captain ran as a more moderate Democrat and made curbing crime his central issue. Adams will be favored in the general election matchup against […]

U.S. falls short of Biden’s July 4 COVID-19 vaccine goal
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U.S. falls short of Biden’s July 4 COVID-19 vaccine goal
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The United States remains still millions of shots away from meeting President Biden’s original goal of 70% of American adults receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by July 4, a milestone that White House officials conceded late last month that they were likely to miss by at least a few weeks. Now as some […]

Democratic Congressman André Carson wants hearings on UFO sightings
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Democratic Congressman André Carson wants hearings on UFO sightings
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Democratic Congressman André Carson of Indiana said Sunday that he wants Congress to conduct hearings on purported sightings of UFOs in the wake of a Pentagon report examining the so-called “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAPs). In an interview with “Face the Nation,” Carson, who chairs the subcommittee on counterintelligence and counterproliferation on the House Intelligence Committee, […]

Trump to hold rally in Florida ahead of Fourth of July
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Trump to hold rally in Florida ahead of Fourth of July
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Former President Donald Trump will attend a rally in Sarasota, Florida on Saturday, in his first large campaign-style event since he lost the presidential election. His appearance comes after the Trump Organization and Allen Weisselberg, its chief financial officer, pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges in an alleged tax fraud scheme on Thursday. […]

Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg charged with 15 counts in alleged tax fraud scheme
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Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg charged with 15 counts in alleged tax fraud scheme
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Lawyers for the Trump Organization and one of its top executives pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges in a lower Manhattan courtroom on Thursday, as prosecutors alleged a 16-year scheme of brazen fraud and tax evasion by former President Donald Trump’s namesake company. A grand jury returned a 15-count indictment against the Trump […]

Bill Cosby released from prison after court overturns sexual assault conviction
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Bill Cosby released from prison after court overturns sexual assault conviction
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Bill Cosby was released from prison Wednesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his 2018 sexual assault conviction, upending the first high-profile case of the #MeToo era. Cosby, 83, was convicted of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his home in 2004. In its opinion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said a […]

Trump accepts GOP nomination on last night of RNC
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Trump accepts GOP nomination on last night of RNC
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President Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination for president on Thursday, closing out the final night of the Republican National Convention on the South Lawn of the White House, where hundreds of people were seated closely together with few wearing face masks in the midst of a pandemic that has claimed more than 180,000 American […]

Pence hits Biden and makes case for Trump on third night of RNC
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Pence hits Biden and makes case for Trump on third night of RNC
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Republicans portrayed the U.S. as a “land of heroes” on the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night while Vice President Mike Pence went on the attack against Joe Biden, calling the Democratic nominee a “Trojan horse for a radical left.” “Our economic recovery is on the ballot, law and order is […]

RNC Night 2: Trump uses powers of office to make his case for reelection
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RNC Night 2: Trump uses powers of office to make his case for reelection
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The Republican National Convention continued on Tuesday, with appearances by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as the party tried to push the theme of America as a “land of opportunity.” First lady Melania Trump closed out the evening with a speech that was perhaps the most open acknowledgment of the human toll taken […]

Trump makes surprise appearance at RNC as GOP formally nominates him for reelection
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Trump makes surprise appearance at RNC as GOP formally nominates him for reelection
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President Trump made a surprise appearance at the Republican National Convention on Monday, as party members formally nominated him in a roll call on the opening day of the convention. Mr. Trump received 2,550 delegates votes, unanimously making him the party nominee. Delegates convened in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a roll call vote, during which […]

Steve Bannon pleads not guilty in scheme to defraud donors to campaign pledging to build border wall
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Steve Bannon pleads not guilty in scheme to defraud donors to campaign pledging to build border wall
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Former White House adviser Stephen Bannon has pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering Thursday, after federal prosecutors in New York announced that Bannon and three others were indicted for allegedly defrauding donors to a $25 million fundraising campaign to build a wall along the southern border. Acting U.S. Attorney for […]

Biden accepts Democratic presidential nomination, vowing to unite the country
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Biden accepts Democratic presidential nomination, vowing to unite the country
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Former Vice President Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic nomination for president of the United States on Thursday, assuming the mantle of party standard-bearer more than 30 years after his first presidential run and vowing to deny President Trump a second term while uniting the country. “I am a proud Democrat and I will be […]

Democrats formally nominate Joe Biden and more DNC highlights
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Democrats formally nominate Joe Biden and more DNC highlights
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The Democrats officially nominated Joe Biden for president in a virtual roll call vote on Tuesday, the second night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Delegates announced their votes from their home states in locations ranging from a beach in American Samoa to a fire station in Connecticut to the new Black Lives Matter Plaza […]

Trump announces peace agreement between Israel and UAE
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Trump announces peace agreement between Israel and UAE
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President Trump announced a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates Thursday that will usher in the “full normalization of relations” between the nations. Mr. Trump, who first touted the agreement on Twitter, said the two countries will exchange embassies and ambassadors and “begin cooperation across the board.” The president said he anticipates […]

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make debut as running mates, vowing to defeat Trump
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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make debut as running mates, vowing to defeat Trump
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Introducing Kamala Harris as his running mate for the first time, Joe Biden said Wednesday that he had “picked the right person” to become his vice president, marking the historic nature of her nomination while offering a preview of their argument against President Trump ahead of the closing stretch of the campaign. The two appeared […]

Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate, adding former 2020 rival to ticket
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Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate, adding former 2020 rival to ticket
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Joe Biden announced he has chosen California Senator Kamala Harris to be his running mate heading into November’s presidential election, adding his former rival for the Democratic nomination to the ticket. The Biden campaign made the announcement in a text message to supporters on Tuesday. “Joe Biden here. Big news: I’ve chosen Kamala Harris as […]

Vote-by-mail experiment reveals potential problems within postal voting system ahead of November election
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Vote-by-mail experiment reveals potential problems within postal voting system ahead of November election
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Mail-in voting, for many, is as simple as sending a letter, but rules vary across the country for when a voter can get their ballot and when it should be returned. In 2016, more than 73,000 out of 33 million mail-in ballots arrived too late to be counted. Many Americans are expected to vote by […]

Debates commission denies Trump campaign’s request for 4th debate
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Debates commission denies Trump campaign’s request for 4th debate
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The Commission on Presidential Debates denied the Trump campaign’s request for a fourth debate in early September, dismissing concerns that early voting could mean many voters will have cast ballots before the first scheduled debate. Campaign representative Rudy Giuliani sent a letter to the commission on Wednesday requesting an additional debate to accommodate voters casting […]

Husband of Los Angeles DA faces misdemeanor charges after allegedly pointing gun at Black Lives Matter protesters
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Husband of Los Angeles DA faces misdemeanor charges after allegedly pointing gun at Black Lives Matter protesters
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The California attorney general has filed misdemeanor gun charges against the husband of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey for an incident in March in which he allegedly pointed a gun at Black Lives Matter protesters, CBS Los Angeles reports. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed three misdemeanor counts of assault with a firearm […]

SpaceX Crew Dragon astronauts splash down in Gulf of Mexico after historic test flight
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SpaceX Crew Dragon astronauts splash down in Gulf of Mexico after historic test flight
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Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, strapped into a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule wrapping up its first piloted test flight, plunged back to Earth on Sunday with a fiery reentry to splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico to close out an historic 64-day flight. Descending under four large orange-and-white parachutes, the Crew Dragon — named […]

Biden says he’ll have a vice presidential pick next week
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Biden says he’ll have a vice presidential pick next week
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Joe Biden says he’ll have his vice presidential pick ready “the first week in August,” which is next week. That would be days before he’s expected to accept the Democratic nomination during the Democratic National Convention. He made the announcement in his home state of Delaware during a campaign event Tuesday. Biden had originally held […]

How big a stimulus check would you get under the HEALS Act?
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How big a stimulus check would you get under the HEALS Act?
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Republican lawmakers want to send another round of stimulus checks to American households to help them weather the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The checks would be similar in amount to the first round, but not as generous as the package proposed by Democrats in May. Details about a potential second round of checks […]

Federal agents in downtown Portland to begin leaving, Oregon governor announces
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Federal agents in downtown Portland to begin leaving, Oregon governor announces
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The Trump administration and Oregon’s governor have agreed to begin withdrawing federal agents from downtown Portland following nightly violent clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators, the governor said Wednesday. But the White House and Department of Homeland Security said federal law enforcement will leave the city once attacks on the federal courthouse there — which […]

Federal agents tear-gas Portland protesters again despite plan for the agents to leave town
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Federal agents tear-gas Portland protesters again despite plan for the agents to leave town
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Federal agents tear-gassed protesters again and made arrests as several hundred people demonstrated in downtown Portland late Wednesday and early Thursday, hours after state leaders announced federal agents would soon leave the city, CBS Portland affiliate KOIN-TV reports. It was the 62nd night in a row of protests there. Governor Kate Brown said early Wednesday […]

COVID-19 vaccine testing now underway with 30,000 volunteers
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COVID-19 vaccine testing now underway with 30,000 volunteers
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The world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study is now underway with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S. government — one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race. There’s still no guarantee that the experimental vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says a GOP congressman “accosted” her on the steps of the Capitol
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says a GOP congressman “accosted” her on the steps of the Capitol
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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Tuesday about being aggressively confronted by Republican Representative Ted Yoho on the Capitol steps the day before. “I never spoke to Rep. Yoho before he decided to accost me on the steps of the nation’s Capitol yesterday,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Believe it or not, I usually get along fine w/ my […]

Derek Chauvin and wife face felony tax fraud charges
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Derek Chauvin and wife face felony tax fraud charges
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Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin — already facing charges in the death of George Floyd — has been charged with multiple tax-related felonies, along with his wife Kellie Chauvin, CBS Minnesota reports. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput on Wednesday announced the nine counts of felony tax evasion charges against Derek and Kellie Chauvin. According […]

Former Fox News host Ed Henry accused of rape in lawsuit
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Former Fox News host Ed Henry accused of rape in lawsuit
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A former Fox Business producer has accused former Fox News correspondent Ed Henry of raping her while they both worked at the network. The lawsuit, which was filed Monday, claims Henry “performed sadistic acts on her without her consent that left her injured, bruised and battered with bloody wrists” after placing handcuffs on her. A […]

New Pentagon policy effectively bans Confederate symbols at military sites
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New Pentagon policy effectively bans Confederate symbols at military sites
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper issued guidance on Friday that effectively banned Confederate flags at military installations, although it never once mentions the word “Confederate.” The memo comes as the nation grapples with what to do about public displays of Confederate symbols, and as President Trump’s insistence that the Confederate flag should be protected under “freedom […]

President’s niece Mary Trump claims she has heard him use the N-word and anti-Semitic slurs
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President’s niece Mary Trump claims she has heard him use the N-word and anti-Semitic slurs
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Mary Trump, the niece of President Donald Trump, has written a tell-all book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” about what she calls a “dysfunctional” and “dangerous” Trump family. She has done several interviews with major news outlets to promote the book, including one with the Washington […]

Trump demotes campaign manager Brad Parscale
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Trump demotes campaign manager Brad Parscale
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President Trump announced Wednesday that his current 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, will be replaced by political operative Bill Stepien. Parscale will stay on leading digital and data strategies for the campaign, and serve as a senior adviser. “I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the role of Trump Campaign […]

Police seize gun at home of St. Louis couple who pointed weapons at protesters
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Police seize gun at home of St. Louis couple who pointed weapons at protesters
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St. Louis police on Friday seized a gun at the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who were photographed outside their home pointing weapons at Black Lives Matter protesters in an image that went viral. Police said they were executing a search warrant when they seized a semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle, which matches the description […]

Supreme Court rules Manhattan prosecutor can access Trump financial records
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Supreme Court rules Manhattan prosecutor can access Trump financial records
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The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Manhattan’s chief prosecutor can obtain troves of President Trump’s business records and tax returns, a momentous defeat for the president in his efforts to shield his personal financial information from state investigators. The high court ruled 7-2 in favor of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who is conducting […]

Biden campaign and DNC out-raise Trump campaign and RNC in June and second quarter overall
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Biden campaign and DNC out-raise Trump campaign and RNC in June and second quarter overall
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Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden outpaced President Trump’s campaign fundraising juggernaut in June and in the second quarter of this election year, continuing a stunning reversal of fortune from his threadbare primary campaign. The joint GOP effort still has considerably more cash left to spend ahead of the Nov. 3 election, but Biden’s newfound fundraising […]

Biden says Trump doesn’t seem ‘cognitively aware’ of Russia bounty intel
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Biden says Trump doesn’t seem ‘cognitively aware’ of Russia bounty intel
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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden rebuked President Trump on Tuesday over reports that sensitive intelligence about a Russian spy agency offering bounties to Afghan militants to kill U.S. and coalition forces was included in the president’s briefing material months ago. Though he said the story is still developing, Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, […]

Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion restrictions
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Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion restrictions
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The Supreme Court reaffirmed abortion protections on Monday, striking down a Louisiana abortion restriction that, if allowed to be implemented, could have made the state the first to be without a legal abortion provider since Roe v. Wade. The decision — with Chief Justice John Roberts concurring with the court’s four-member liberal minority — is […]

Biden says he’d use executive powers to force Americans to wear masks in public
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Biden says he’d use executive powers to force Americans to wear masks in public
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Former Vice President Joe Biden said he “would do everything possible” to ensure that Americans wear masks in public if elected president. Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, told CBS Pittsburgh station KDKA that wearing a mask in public helps to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “I would go back to making sure that everybody […]

Mississippi to remove state flag, the last to display the Confederate battle emblem
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Mississippi to remove state flag, the last to display the Confederate battle emblem
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The Mississippi state legislature voted on Sunday to replace its state flag, the last in the nation to display the Confederate battle emblem. The removal of the flag marks the latest Confederate symbol to topple in the weeks following George Floyd’s death as activists have called for a reexamination of the racism that exists in […]

Trump signs executive order to protect monuments
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Trump signs executive order to protect monuments
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order to protect federal monuments and statues. The order instructs federal law enforcement to prosecute people who damage federal monuments, and threatens to withhold federal funding from state and local governments that fail to protect their own public monuments and statues. “I just had the privilege of signing a […]

U.K.’s Boris Johnson becomes first world leader to confirm coronavirus diagnosis
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U.K.’s Boris Johnson becomes first world leader to confirm coronavirus diagnosis
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the first world leader to confirm a diagnosis. “I’ve developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus. That’s to say, a temperature and a persistent cough. And on the advice of the chief medical officer, I’ve taken a test that has come […]

Joe Biden wins all 3 primaries in Arizona, Florida and Illinois
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Joe Biden wins all 3 primaries in Arizona, Florida and Illinois
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Joe Biden swept all three primaries on Tuesday night in Arizona, Florida and Illinois, CBS News projects. The contests took place amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis that led Ohio officials to postpone their primary, which had also been scheduled for Tuesday. In remarks after his early win in Florida, Biden, speaking from his home in […]

Coronavirus takes center stage at Democratic debate
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Coronavirus takes center stage at Democratic debate
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The coronavirus took center stage at the 11th debate of the presidential primary season as Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were tested on their approaches to the epidemic if they were president. The outbreak’s impact over daily life in the United States was evident from the outset of the debate, as Sanders and Biden opted […]

DNC raises debate requirements, excluding Tulsi Gabbard
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DNC raises debate requirements, excluding Tulsi Gabbard
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The Democratic National Committee has increased its requirements for participating in the March 15 debate in Arizona, hosted by CNN and Univision, the next Democratic debate of the primary season. The new requirements mean Tulsi Gabbard will not be on the stage. Under the new requirements, candidates must have at least 20% of the total […]

Biden sweeps South in Super Tuesday comeback as Sanders stays strong in California
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Biden sweeps South in Super Tuesday comeback as Sanders stays strong in California
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Less than two weeks after his campaign for the Democratic nomination appeared to be on life support, former Vice President Joe Biden executed a remarkable comeback on Super Tuesday, trouncing his rivals in Southern states with large African-American populations while capturing liberal strongholds that Bernie Sanders won four years ago. CBS News also projected that […]

Where are candidates spending on TV and radio before Super Tuesday?
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Where are candidates spending on TV and radio before Super Tuesday?
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On Super Tuesday, voters in fourteen states go to the polls to select their presidential pick. There are 1,344 pledged delegates are up for grabs — just over a third of all delegates in the Democratic nominating process — the most to be determined on a single day in the 2020 primary cycle. With the […]

Trump rails against rivals at conservative conference CPAC
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Trump rails against rivals at conservative conference CPAC
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President Trump was in his element Saturday afternoon speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, one of the largest gatherings of his supporters in the country. Mr. Trump began his speech by railing against common enemies like the “fake news” and “crooked politicians,” and complained he was being treated poorly by his political enemies. He […]

Trump calls Democrats’ criticism of his coronavirus response a ‘hoax’ at rally in South Carolina
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Trump calls Democrats’ criticism of his coronavirus response a ‘hoax’ at rally in South Carolina
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President Trump lashed out Friday at Democrats who have questioned his handling of the coronavirus threat, calling their criticism a new “hoax” designed to undermine his leadership. At a political rally in South Carolina, Mr. Trump sought to steal some of the spotlight from his Democratic rivals who were campaigning across the state on the […]

Trump campaign opening ‘community centers’ in bid to win over black voters
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Trump campaign opening ‘community centers’ in bid to win over black voters
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The Trump campaign is opening pop-up “community centers” in key states in an attempt to boost support for the president among African-American voters, the campaign announced Wednesday. The “Black Voices for Trump Community Centers” will allow black Trump supporters to “engage voters and discuss the incredible strides Black America has made under President Trump’s administration,” […]

Trump campaign sues New York Times over opinion piece
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Trump campaign sues New York Times over opinion piece
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The Trump campaign is filing a libel lawsuit against the New York Times, claiming the paper inaccurately reported “as fact a conspiracy with Russia” in a March 2019 opinion piece. The campaign, which is seeking “compensatory damages in the millions,” claims the Times “intentionally” published false statements about the Trump campaign. The complaint, which is […]

Buttigieg campaign alleges ‘irregularities’ in Nevada results
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Buttigieg campaign alleges ‘irregularities’ in Nevada results
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Pete Buttigieg’s campaign has sent a letter to the Nevada state Democratic party alleging that there were “irregularities” in results from Saturday’s caucuses. While Sanders has won the caucus, the breakdown of how Nevada will allocate its 36 delegates has not yet been announced. Buttigieg’s campaign asked in the letter for the state party to […]

Roger Stone sentenced to 3 years, 4 months in prison for lying to Congress
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Roger Stone sentenced to 3 years, 4 months in prison for lying to Congress
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Roger Stone, the longtime GOP operative and Trump confidant, has been sentenced to 40 months behind bars for lying to Congress about his efforts to collaborate with WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign and threatening a witness to cover up his actions. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down the sentence at a hearing in […]

Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy due to sex abuse lawsuits
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Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy due to sex abuse lawsuits
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The Boy Scouts of America, barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that would enable the hallowed, 110-year-old organization to carry on. The Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware, sets in motion what could be one […]

Senate approves war powers resolution requiring congressional approval for engaging in hostilities in Iran
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Senate approves war powers resolution requiring congressional approval for engaging in hostilities in Iran
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The Senate approved a war powers resolution blocking President Trump from engaging in hostilities with Iran without congressional approval, a measure which has bipartisan support but not enough to overturn an all but certain veto from the White House. The vote passed 55 to 45, with eight Republicans joining all Democrats to vote in favor […]

Senate acquits Trump on impeachment charges, rejecting calls for his removal in historic trial
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Senate acquits Trump on impeachment charges, rejecting calls for his removal in historic trial
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The Senate voted to acquit President Donald J. Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, bringing an end to a five-month saga that began with a whistleblower’s complaint and culminated in just the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. In the vote on the first article of impeachment, which came […]

Senate rejects new witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, paving the way for acquittal
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Senate rejects new witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, paving the way for acquittal
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The Senate rejected a motion to allow consideration of additional witnesses and documents in President Trump’s impeachment trial, rebuffing Democrats and virtually ensuring the president’s ultimate acquittal on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Senate will hold the final vote Wednesday on the two articles of impeachment. The motion failed by […]

Saudi Arabia sentences five to death for Jamal Khashoggi killing
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Saudi Arabia sentences five to death for Jamal Khashoggi killing
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced five people to death for the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year by a team of Saudi agents. Saudi Arabia’s state-run Al-Ekhbariya TV channel reported that three others were sentenced to […]

Pelosi: “I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment”
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Pelosi: “I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment”
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Democratic committee chairs to begin drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump. “Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders, and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment,” Pelosi said. Pelosi’s announcement is a […]