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  Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be “fully operational” even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren interviews President Trump

Mary Trump’s book offers devastating portrayal of president

US general skeptical that bounties led to troops’ deaths

  Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

  Biden wants US to produce more of its own pandemic supplies

  Governors’ companies among recipients of virus relief loans

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Pompeo: US ‘looking at’ banning TikTok, other Chinese social media apps

  Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

  Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms contracts COVID-19

  South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet

Justices rule states can bind presidential electors’ votes

  Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

  Tell-all book by Trump niece to be released next week

Publisher Simon & Schuster cited "high interest and extraordinary interest" in the book by Mary Trump titled "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man."

Supreme Court upholds cellphone robocall ban

The case, argued by telephone in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, only arose after Congress in 2015 created an exception in the law that allows the automated calls for collection of government debt.

No more delays: What to know about the July 15 tax filing deadline

As the coronavirus pandemic took hold this spring, the federal government postponed the traditional April 15 filing deadline until July 15.

Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms

Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign is feverishly working to develop a social media force that can compete with President Donald Trump's well-established digital “army” of meme makers and political influencers who retweet campaign messages in support of him. And it won't be easy.

Trump signs extension of COVID-relief fund for businesses

Kanye West tweets he’s running for president

Herman Cain is hospitalized with coronavirus

  Intel chiefs brief congressional leaders on Russia bounties

  Whipping post removed from Delaware courthouse square

High court won’t hear abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’ cases

Justices keep hold on secret Russia investigation material

The justices agreed on Thursday to hear the Trump administration's appeal of a lower court order for the material to be turned over to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

  Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks.

Appeals court lifts restraint against Trump book publisher

A New York state judge has temporarily blocked publication of a tell-all book by President Donald Trump's niece after the president's brother sued to stop it.

  Trump, top officials defend response to Russia bounty threat

Lawmakers have been demanding answers over the allegations, and Democrats have accused Trump of bowing to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the risk of U.S. soldiers' lives.

  Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

The run-up in cases — blamed in part on "knucklehead behavior" by Americans not wearing masks or obeying other social-distancing rules — has raised fears that many states could see the same phenomenon if they reopen too, or that people from the South and West could spread the virus to other regions.

House approves $1.5T plan to fix crumbling infrastructure

The bill also authorizes more than $100 billion to expand internet access for rural and low-income communities and $25 billion to modernize the U.S. Postal Service’s infrastructure and operations, including a fleet of electric vehicles.

Movement for Black Lives plans virtual national convention

Thousands of Black activists from across the U.S. will hold a virtual convention at the end of the summer to produce a new political agenda that builds on the protests that followed George Floyd’s death.

Department of Homeland Security to safeguard US monuments

The federal agency that was created to improve the nation's response to terrorism is adding the stepped-up protection of statues and monuments to its mission.

  Dems: Government’s ‘deadly delay’ devastated nursing homes

Wednesday's report finds a lack of coordination among government agencies hindered access to coronavirus testing and protective equipment, among other problems.

  Trump: I’ll veto defense bill to keep Confederate base names

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved Warren's measure to force the bases to be renamed within three years by a voice vote last month.

  Health experts slam US hoarding of only licensed virus drug

Health experts on Wednesday slammed the U.S. decision to hog nearly the entire global supply of remdesivir, the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19, warning that type of selfish behavior sets a dangerous precedent for attempts to share scarce treatments amid the pandemic.

Gun-toting restaurateur upsets 5-term Colorado congressman

Lauren Boebert won the Republican Party primary after a campaign in which she accused Rep. Scott Tipton of not being sufficiently pro-Donald Trump.

  Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.

  Survey: Companies added 2.4 million jobs in June

U.S. companies added nearly 2.4 million jobs in June, according to a private survey, a large gain that still leaves total employment far below its pre-pandemic levels.

Oklahoma voters narrowly approve Medicaid expansion

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority has projected that about 215,000 residents would qualify for a Medicaid expansion, for a total annual cost of about $1.3 billion.

  Senate extends small business coronavirus relief program

About $130 billion remains of $660 billion approved so far for the subsidy program, which provides direct subsidies to businesses harmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

  Officers put on leave over photos tied to Elijah McClain

Suburban Denver police say multiple officers are on paid leave during an investigation into photos that emerged of them near where Elijah McClain died last summer.

  Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

In Republican circles -- with the notable exception of the man who leads the party -- the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on.

  Sunbelt states rush to line up hospital beds, not barstools, amid virus surge

States such as Florida, Arizona, Texas and California have reversed course, closing or otherwise clamping down on bars, shutting beaches and rolling back restaurant capacity.

  Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

The plan backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders is less ambitious than a sweeping Green New Deal that a group of progressive Democrats outlined last year.

  Biden: Trump has failed at home on virus, abroad with Putin

Biden accused Trump of “waving the white flag” and refusing to lead the country through a pandemic that has killed 125,000 Americans and led to Depression-level unemployment.

  Fauci: US ‘going in wrong direction’ in coronavirus outbreak

States such as Texas, Florida and California are backtracking, closing beaches and bars or rolling back restaurant restrictions in some cases.

McGrath wins Kentucky Dem primary; McConnell showdown awaits

Former Marine pilot Amy McGrath overcame a bumpier-than-expected Kentucky primary to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday, fending off progressive Charles Booker to set up a bruising, big-spending showdown with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling

By a 5-4 vote with the conservatives in the majority, the justices upheld a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private schooling in which almost all the recipients attend religious schools.

  Paycheck Protection Program coming to an end

The program is credited by government officials for saving millions of jobs, with more than 4.8 million small business owners tapping into the funds, for more than $519 billion in loans.

  Distancing from Trump? Some Republicans step up critiques

Four months before voters decide the Republican president's reelection, some in Trump's party are daring to say the quiet part out loud as Trump struggles to navigate competing national crises and a scattershot campaign message.

  Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues in ruling that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates the abortion right the court first announced in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

  GOP lawmakers urge action after Russia-Afghanistan briefing

The intelligence assessments came amid Trump's push to withdraw the U.S. from Afghanistan and suggested Russia was making overtures to militants as the U.S. and the Taliban held talks to end the long-running war.

  Survey finds confusion among public about pandemic news

For a story that has dominated the news for four months, a survey out Monday illustrates the difficulty that many Americans have in finding information that they trust about the coronavirus pandemic.

  States reverse openings, require masks amid virus resurgence

The United States on Monday reported 38,800 newly confirmed infections, with the total surpassing 2.5 million.

Social media platforms face a reckoning over hate speech

The Trump forum was banned because it too often hosted content that broke Reddit's rules, including encouraging violence, and "antagonized" the company.

  Dems push election-season health care bill toward House OK

Democrats pushed a strengthening of “Obamacare” patient protections toward House passage Monday.

  ‘Enough’: 1 killed in shooting in Seattle’s protest zone

The violence that came just over a week after another shooting in the zone left one person dead and another wounded.

  Couple draw guns at crowd heading to St. Louis mayor’s home

Mark McCloskey, 63, told a TV station that he and wife, Patricia, both personal injury lawyers, were facing an "angry mob" on their private street and feared for their lives Sunday night.

Supreme Court refuses to block upcoming federal executions

The executions would mark the first use of the death penalty on the federal level since 2003.

  Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump that Interpol rejects

Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, a local prosecutor reportedly said Monday.

Trump denies briefing on reported bounties against US troops

President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he had been briefed on reported U.S. intelligence that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan, and he appeared to minimize the allegations against Moscow.

Starbucks latest to say it will pause social media ads

Starbucks is the latest company to say it will pause social media ads after a campaign led by civil rights organizations called for an ad boycott of Facebook, saying it doesn’t do enough to stop racist and violent content.

Shootings across Chicago kill 3 kids; activists seek change

Activists and local leaders are calling for more state and federal support as shootings across Chicago over the weekend have left three children dead.

  Trump tweets video with ‘white power’ chant, then deletes it

President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted approvingly of a video showing one of his supporters chanting “white power,” a racist slogan associated with white supremacists.

  Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump over using their songs

The Stones said in a statement Sunday that their legal team is working with music rights organization BMI to stop use of their material in Trump's reelection campaign.

Democrats want John Wayne’s name, statue taken off airport

According to those who crafted the resolution, the effort to oust Wayne is part of "a national movement to remove white supremacist symbols and names (that are) reshaping American institutions, monuments, businesses, nonprofits, sports leagues and teams."

4 men charged in attempt to tear down Jackson statue near White House

The Washington, D.C., square where the statue is located has been the site of protests in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Biden slams Trump over reported bounties placed on US troops

Joe Biden is sharply criticizing President Donald Trump over a report that he says, if true, contains a “truly shocking revelation” about the commander in chief and his failure to protect U.S. troops and stand up to Russia.

Trump’s brother asks another court to halt niece’s book

Donald Trump’s brother is asking another court to halt publication of a tell-all book by the president’s niece, after his first bid was rejected by a New York City judge Thursday.

Pence cancels some political events because of virus spikes

Vice President Mike Pence has called off campaign events in Florida and Arizona for this coming week as the states experience a surge in new coronavirus cases.

  What to wear: Feds’ mixed messages on masks sow confusion

The federal government has been sending a foggy message over the past few months about whether people should wear face masks during the pandemic.

Judge: US must free migrant children from family detention

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee's order applies to children held for more than 20 days at three family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

  Trump signs ‘strong’ executive order to protect monuments

Trump retweeted an FBI wanted poster showing pictures of 15 protesters who are wanted for “vandalization of federal property.”

  Some states revert to restrictions as virus cases surge

The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 40,000 Friday — eclipsing the mark set during one of the deadliest stretches in late April — in a resurgence that has led some governors to backtrack or at least pause the reopening of their states.

Facebook to label all rule-breaking posts - even the president’s

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had previously refused to take action against Trump's posts suggesting that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud.

Appeals court: Trump administration wrongly diverted $2.5B for border wall

The ruling was the latest twist in the legal battle that has largely gone Trump’s way.

  House adopts bill to make DC 51st state; Senate GOP opposes

Supporters said the bill has become even more important in the aftermath of protests for racial justice in both Washington and across the nation.

  US consumer spending up 8.2%, partly erasing record plunge

American consumers increased their spending by a sharp 8.2% in May, partly erasing record plunges the previous two months, against the backdrop of an economy that’s likely shrinking by its steepest pace on record this quarter.

  House passes sweeping police overhaul after Floyd’s death

On the eve of the vote, President Donald Trump's administration signaled he would veto the bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also said it will not pass the Republican-held chamber.

  Some states pause reopening as virus cases near record high

While greatly expanded testing probably accounts for some of the increase, experts say other measures indicate the virus is making a comeback.

Verizon joins ad boycott of Facebook over hateful content

Verizon is joining an escalating movement to siphon advertising away from Facebook in an effort to pressure the company into doing more to prevent racist and violent information from being shared on its social networking service.

NYC judge rejects Trump family effort to halt tell-all book

A New York City judge has dismissed a claim by Donald Trump’s brother that sought to halt the publication of a tell-all book by the president’s niece.