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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.

  China sanctions 11 US politicians, heads of organizations

GOP senator subpoenas FBI over Russia, defends Biden probe

Schools mull outdoor classes amid virus, ventilation worries

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

  States on hook for billions under Trump’s unemployment plan

  Azar meets with Taiwan President Tsai on breakthrough visit

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Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots

  Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

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

  Ohio governor’s conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

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

  Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

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

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

  US hiring slows in July as signs of lasting damage emerge

Ford, Bush presidential adviser Brent Scowcroft dies at 95

Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

Appeals court revives House lawsuit for McGahn’s testimony

  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.

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative after positive test before Trump visit

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead a planned meeting with President Donald Trump.

  Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

President Donald Trump is engaging in a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God.

  ‘Worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with her third child, is struggling to afford diapers and formula.

  Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still ‘far apart’

Both sides have set a goal of reaching a deal by week’s end.

‘See you in court’: ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

Since the day Trump took office, the ACLU has filed 237 lawsuits against the administration and about 160 other legal actions.

‘See you in court’: ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

Since the day Trump took office, the ACLU has filed 237 lawsuits against the administration and about 160 other legal actions.

Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

A Democratic senator said Thursday he is launching an investigation into changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.

  Back-to-back suits seek to dissolve NRA, its charitable arm

New York Attorney General Letitia James said Thursday her office is suing to dissolve the National Rifle Association, saying its leaders exploited it for personal gain.

Iowa court dismisses suit over coverage for sex reassignment

An Iowa appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a law passed last year that does not require Medicaid to pay for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents.

  3 teens accused of jumping over wall into Mar-a-Lago with AK-47

According to police, on Friday, three teenage boys jumped the wall onto the property after a short car chase.

  ‘Shame on all of you’: Obituary for man who died of COVID-19 complications blames Trump, people who won’t wear masks

David Nagy, 79, of Jefferson, died a needless death, his family pointed out in his obituary.

Obama’s Medicaid expansion keeps gaining ground under Trump

President Donald Trump is still trying to overturn “Obamacare,” but his predecessor’s health care law keeps gaining ground in places where it was once unwelcome.

Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for the first time, saying it violated its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

  Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill.

State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network

The State Department says Russia is using social media, state-funded media and a loose network of proxy websites to amplify conspiracy theories and misinformation, most recently around the coronavirus.

  Iowa governor signs order restoring felon voting rights

The order excludes automatic restoration for more serious crimes, such as murder, requiring those people to seek individual restoration but does not require repayment of victim restitution before they could vote.

  Trump considering giving convention speech from White House

Trump also called for the first formal presidential debate, scheduled for Sept. 29, to be moved up on the calendar because early voting will have already begun in some states.

Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google

The free Covidwise app is available in Apple and Android app stores as of Wednesday.

Biden will not go to Milwaukee to accept Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination because of concerns over the coronavirus, party officials said Wednesday, signaling a move to a convention that essentially has become entirely virtual.

Biden on cognitive test: Why would I take a test?

Biden's exchange was part of an interview conducted with the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

State Department watchdog resigns after predecessor’s ouster

Stephen Akard announced his resignation just two days after Democrats issued subpoenas for several of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's top aides to answer questions about the shakeup in the watchdog's office.

  Trump encourages mail voting in Florida but sues in Nevada

In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice — and while his campaign and the GOP challenge Nevada over its new vote-by-mail law.

  Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the two sides set a goal of reaching an agreement by the end of the week to permit a vote next week.

  “It’s crazy,” Trump says of Nevada’s mail-in voting decision

President Trump speaks to Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro.

  ‘Too many are selfish’: US nears 5 million virus cases

Big house parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars and restaurants — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world.

  Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law legislation that will devote nearly $3 billion annually to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. The measure was overwhelmingly approved by Congress.

  Sidestepping Congress, Trump says he will act to deliver Americans another stimulus

The president wants to extend the $600 weekly benefit to unemployed Americans.

  Trump’s demand for US cut of a TikTok deal is unprecedented

Microsoft is in talks to buy parts of TikTok.

House passes $1.4 trillion federal spending bill

The 2,371-page legislation calls for $1.4 trillion in federal spending to head off a government shutdown that would otherwise take place this weekend.

  Trump says coronavirus ‘under control’ in wide-ranging interview

The comments came in a wide-ranging, contentious interview with Axios that aired Monday on HBO.

  Worries about 2020 census’ accuracy grow with cut schedule

The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count’s deadlines stalls in the U.S. Senate.

Family tells AP: Iran abducted California man while in Dubai

A California-based member of an Iranian militant opposition group in exile was abducted by Iran while staying in Dubai, his family said Tuesday.

  Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

The Trump administration’s plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won’t supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds.

  Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states

Some 23 million people nationwide at risk of being evicted, according to The Aspen Institute, as moratoriums enacted because of the coronavirus expire and courts reopen. Around 30 state moratoriums have expired since May, according to The Eviction Lab at Princeton University.

Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes

President Donald Trump is claiming he has the authority to issue an executive order on mail-in ballots, though it is is unclear what he could do to curtail the practice.

  Nevada to mail all voters ballots; Trump promises lawsuit

Nevada state lawmakers passed a bill Sunday that would add the state to a growing list of U.S. states that will mail active voters ballots ahead of the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

Both the Trump administration negotiating team and top Capitol Hill Democrats remain far apart, and talks since Saturday — when the combatants announced modest progress — have yet to lend momentum.

  Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

Both the Trump administration negotiating team and top Capitol Hill Democrats remain far apart, and talks since Saturday — when the combatants announced modest progress — have yet to lend momentum.

House panel calls new postal chief to explain mail delays

The House Oversight Committee has invited the new postmaster general to appear at a hearing next month to examine operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries.

House committees subpoena top Pompeo aides over IG firing

House Democrats have subpoenaed four top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying that the Trump administration is stonewalling their investigation into the firing of the State Department’s top independent watchdog earlier this year.

Trump fires TVA chair, cites high pay, hiring of foreign workers

Trump told reporters at the White House that he was formally removing chair Skip Thompson and another member of the board, and he threatened to remove other board members if they continued to hire foreign labor.

Prosecutor seeking Trump’s taxes cites probe of his business

A Manhattan prosecutor trying to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns told a judge Monday that he was justified in demanding them, citing public reports of “extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”

  Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction.

‘If not now, when?’: Black women seize political spotlight

Black women have long been the heart of the Democratic Party — among the party's most reliable and loyal voters — but for decades that allegiance didn't translate to their own political rise.

Microsoft confirms talks seeking to buy US arm of TikTok

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says President Donald Trump plans to take action on what he sees as a broad array of national security risks presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party.

With loan money gone, restaurants are at mercy of coronavirus

Many restaurants that got coronavirus relief loans have spent the money and now find themselves in the same precarious position as in the pandemic’s early days.

  As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

As the academic year begins in many places across the country this week, parents are having to choose whether to send their children for in-person classes or keep them home for remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic.

RNC: Decision on private Trump renomination vote not final

The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention said, citing the coronavirus.

Microsoft in advanced talks to buy TikTok’s US business

President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok from the United States.

  Negotiators report progress in COVID-19 aid talks

The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up both the economy and family budgets but expired Friday.

  Foreign threats loom ahead of US presidential election

Foreign entities are also aggressively spreading disinformation intended to sow voter confusion heading into the fall.

  Joe Biden nears final decision on running mate

The leading contenders include California Sen. Kamala Harris, California Rep. Karen Bass and Obama national security adviser Susan Rice.

  Trump, GOP soften on opposition to $600 jobless benefit

After late-night talks failed to produce a breakthrough, the two sides took their case to the media Friday morning, with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appearing before reporters on short notice at the exact moment House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared at her weekly news conference.

Supreme Court won’t halt challenged border wall projects

Friday's order means the court is not likely even to consider the substance of the issue until after the November election, while work on the wall continues.

  Road trip? Quarantines mess with Americans’ travel plans

The web of state and local quarantines is growing more tangled by the day: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered visitors from a whopping 34 states to quarantine for 14 days.

  Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci is returning to Capitol Hill on Friday.

  Delayed election results? Maybe, but not because of fraud

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night. But that doesn’t mean the results will be flawed or fraudulent, as President Donald Trump suggested on Thursday.