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Biden campaign adds staff in traditionally blue states, while eyeing expanded battleground map

By MOLLY NAGLE and JOHN VERHOVEK, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With the Democratic National Convention just over a month away, former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign is continuing to roll out state leadership teams, revealing a battleground map that both defends traditional blue states and expands into territory that's looking increasingly…... Read More

Susan Collins, Congress's last New England Republican, facing toughest reelection yet

By QUINN SCANLAN, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- The senior Maine senator has represented the state in the upper chamber since 1997, and she’s pursuing a fifth term in a vastly different political environment, one where her disposition is increasingly out of step with elected leaders and voters, and her vote in…... Read More

Rift grows between Trump, health experts amid coronavirus surge

By LIBBY CATHEY, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- As President Donald Trump threatens to cut funding to schools that don't reopen in the fall and continues to host mega-rallies as cases of coronavirus increase, there appears to be a growing rift between the Trump White House and its top health advisers.The president…... Read More

President Trump commutes sentence of longtime friend, adviser Roger Stone

By KATHERINE FAULDERS, ALI DUKAKIS, ALEXANDER MALLIN, and JOHN SANTUCCI, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone, the White House announced on Friday.In a statement, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump had “signed an Executive Grant…... Read More

Sen. Tammy Duckworth defends her patriotism, Tucker Carlson's right to free speech

By LAUREN LANTRY, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- In the latest bout in the ongoing feud between Sen. Tammy Duckworth and right-leaning TV personality and Fox News host and commentator Tucker Carlson, Duckworth penned an op-ed in The New York Times on Thursday, defending all Americans’ right to freedom of speech and…... Read More

Trump targets tax-exempt status for schools, universities

By BEN GITTLESON, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Friday wrote he was instructing the Treasury Department "to re-examine" the "tax-exempt status ...and/or funding" of "universities and school systems" that, he said, "are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education."In a pair of tweets sent while he flew to the…... Read More

Broad disapproval for Trump's handling of coronavirus, race relations: POLL

By KENDALL KARSON, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- President Donald Trump is facing broad disapproval for his management of the two major crises gripping the nation, with two-thirds of Americans giving him low marks for both his response to the coronavirus pandemic and his handling of race relations, according to a…... Read More

Top Pentagon officials say Russian bounty program not corroborated

By LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that the intelligence on the Russian bounty program had not been corroborated by intelligence agencies and that they do not believe any attacks in Afghanistan that…... Read More

Supreme Court holds much of Oklahoma is Native American land

By LAUREN LANTRY, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling on Thursday, held that nearly half of Oklahoma – home to 1.8 million residents – is Native American territory, saying any Native American resident on Native American land cannot be tried in state criminal court, and instead…... Read More

Biden takes on Trump in speech outlining vision for economy recovery

By MOLLY NAGLE and JOHN VERHOVEK, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden tore into President Donald Trump Thursday on the incumbent's signature issue, the economy, seeking to cast him as a divisive and incompetent leader while unveiling the first major plank of his economic recovery plan."Donald Trump may…... Read More

Mississippi statehouse shuttered for 2 weeks as dozens of lawmakers contract coronavirus

(WASHINGTON) -- BY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NewsThe statehouse in Mississippi has been closed as a surge in novel coronavirus cases now includes at least 26 lawmakers -- both representatives and senators -- and 10 Capitol employees."That number will certainly grow," Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state's health officer, said at a…... Read More

AG Barr announces new initiative 'Operation Legend' to tackle violent crime

(WASHINGTON) -- BY: ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC NewsIn an exclusive interview with ABC News, Attorney General William Barr announced the creation of a new nationwide law enforcement initiative -- dubbed 'Operation Legend' -- intended to send federal resources to states and cities seeing a recent surge in violent crime.In an opening…... Read More

No revisions to school reopening guidelines despite Trump demand, just 'additional information': CDC director

(WASHINGTON) -- BY: JORDYN PHELPSThe head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday struggled to say what federal guidance might look like for the nation’s schools to reopen this fall, after the president said the current advice was too tough and Vice President Mike Pence promised a…... Read More

Michael Cohen back in federal custody after being released to home confinement over COVID-19 concerns

BY: AARON KATERSKY, ERIC AVRAM, and IVAN PEREIRA (NEW YORK) -- Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, was taken back into federal custody Thursday in what his attorney said was a surprise decision that felt like "the rug had been pulled out from underneath" his client.Cohen was released…... Read More