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Can Trump’s anti-mail-voting crusade hurt him in key states?

President Donald Trump’s campaign and allies have blocked efforts to expand mail-in voting, forcing an awkward confrontation with top GOP election officials who are promoting the opposite in their states.


Dueling Trump-Biden events offer contrasting virus responses

A presidential campaign that has largely been frozen for several months because of the coronavirus is looking a bit more like those from other years. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden swung through critical battleground states, presenting starkly different visions for America as it struggles with a pandemic.


Mail-in ballots thrust Postal Service into presidential race

The coronavirus has devastated the U.S. Postal Service’s finances. The Trump administration may attach big strings to bailouts. The agency’s responsibilities, meanwhile, are mounting. A dramatic shift in many states to voting by mail is intended to protect voters from spreading the virus at polling places.


2nd presidential debate moves from Michigan to Florida

The nonpartisan commission that sponsors the formal election year presidential debates announced Tuesday that an October debate that had been set for Michigan will now take place in Florida.


Obama returns to the campaign trail with Biden fundraiser

Former President Barack Obama raised more than $4 million from 120,000 individual donors ahead of his first fundraiser for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.


After Tulsa, Trump heads to virus hotspot Arizona and border

Regrouping after a humbling weekend rally, President Donald Trump faces another test of his ability to draw a crowd during a pandemic Tuesday as he visits Arizona and tries to remind voters of one of his key 2016 campaign promises.


Trump: Mail-in voting presents ‘biggest risk’ to reelection

President Donald Trump says that mail-in voting presents the greatest threat to his reelection hopes and he suggested that legal efforts in several states launched by his allies might decide November’s election.


As election amid COVID-19 looms, Northwest lawmakers weigh in on mail-in voting

With November’s general election just five months away, primaries in eight states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday relied largely on mail-in ballots and offered a preview of a high-stakes fight over how Americans will vote amid COVID-19.


First black Ferguson mayor faces old problem: Protest damage

Ella Jones winced as she gazed at a boarded-up restaurant, one of several businesses in Ferguson damaged in protests over the death of George Floyd. As Jones prepares to take over as the Missouri town’s first black mayor, she understands that Ferguson will always symbolize the uneasy relationship between black people and police.


Obama steps out as nation confronts confluence of crises

Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities in America and reshaped the November election.


New Mexico close to historic all-female US House delegation

New Mexico has moved closer to possibly sending a historic delegation of all women of color to the U.S. House.


NC governor: GOP must prepare for scaled-back convention

North Carolina’s governor said in a letter Tuesday that the GOP must prepare for a scaled-back convention in Charlotte because of the coronavirus pandemic despite demands from President Donald Trump for a full-scale, in-person event.


Nine states, DC vote amid coronavirus pandemic, social unrest

Voters are being asked to navigate curfews, health concerns and a sharp increase in mail balloting on Tuesday as elections take place from Maryland to Montana.


With Pompeo out, GOP looks to Rep. Marshall in Kansas race

The passing of Monday’s deadline to file to run for Kansas’ open Senate seat confirmed that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo won’t be a candidate, and a major anti-abortion group threw its support behind Rep. Roger Marshall to keep immigration hardliner Kris Kobach from the GOP nomination.


U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Gonzaga law graduate, withdraws from consideration as Biden’s vice president

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Gonzaga University graduate and the first Latina to be elected to the Senate, has withdrawn her name from consideration to serve as Joe Biden’s running mate.


Graham urges older judges to retire so GOP can fill openings

Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is publicly urging federal judges in their mid-60s or older to step aside so President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans can fill the vacancies with conservative jurists.


With three dozen running in primary, Washington governor’s race sets statewide record

Washington voters are unlikely to complain about their lack of choices for governor this year. They can choose among 36 people who want the job, a record for a statewide race.


Spokane Valley Councilwoman Pam Haley won’t appear on state House ballot despite computer troubles, judge rules

Haley said the Secretary of State’s website crashed as she was trying to file for a state House of Representatives seat last week, but there were other methods available to file her candidacy, a Spokane Superior Court judge ruled Friday in denying her request to appear on the August ballot.


Lawyer for Biden accuser Tara Reade drops her as a client

The attorney working with Tara Reade, the former Joe Biden Senate staffer who alleged he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, said Friday he is no longer representing her, just two weeks after he first began working with her.


Biden: If you can’t choose me over Trump, ‘you ain’t black’

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, had a testy exchange with a prominent black radio personality on Friday over Biden’s support among black voters and his choosing of a running mate.


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