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Dueling Trump-Biden events offer contrasting virus responses

UPDATED: Mon., July 13, 2020

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

UPDATED: Thu., June 25, 2020

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

UPDATED: Tue., June 23, 2020

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.

After Tulsa, Trump heads to virus hotspot Arizona and border

UPDATED: Tue., June 23, 2020

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.

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

UPDATED: Wed., June 3, 2020

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.

NC governor: GOP must prepare for scaled-back convention

UPDATED: Tue., June 2, 2020

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.

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.

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.

Lawyer for Biden accuser Tara Reade drops her as a client

UPDATED: Fri., May 22, 2020

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.