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Susan Collins, Congress's last New England Republican, facing toughest reelection yet
Win McNamee/Getty Images 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 favor of President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court justice nominee continues to be weaponized against her.“The big picture is that she's in a fight for her electoral life here that she's really never seen before since she was first elected to the seat,” said Mark Brewer, a...
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Rift grows between Trump, health experts amid coronavirus surge
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 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 has taken his criticism of the government's top expert on infectious diseases and of leaders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into the public forum in his massive push to reopen the country.Despite coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx asking Americans in hot spot zones...
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President Trump commutes sentence of longtime friend, adviser Roger Stone
Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images 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 of Clemency commuting the unjust sentence of Roger Stone, Jr.,” calling him “a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency.”“In light of the egregious facts...
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Sen. Tammy Duckworth defends her patriotism, Tucker Carlson's right to free speech
Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty Images 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 opinion, including Carlson’s."Even knowing how my tour in Iraq would turn out, even knowing that I’d lose both my legs in a battlefield just north of Baghdad in late 2004, I would do it all over again," Duckworth wrote in the op-ed. "Because if there’s anything that...
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Trump targets tax-exempt status for schools, universities
OlegAlbinsky/iStock 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 battleground state of Florida for a series of events, Trump said: "Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education. Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status... and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against...
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Broad disapproval for Trump's handling of coronavirus, race relations: POLL
ABC News/Ipsos 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 new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday.Evaluation of Trump's oversight of the COVID-19 crisis reached a new low since ABC News/Ipsos began surveying on the coronavirus in March, with 67% disapproving of his efforts. One-third of the country approves of the president's oversight of the pandemic.Over nearly four...
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Top Pentagon officials say Russian bounty program not corroborated
Ivan Cholakov/iStock 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 resulted in American casualties can be directly tied to it. The U.S. is still looking into the program and Milley warned that if it proves to have been real the U.S. "will take action.""All the defense intelligence agencies have been unable to corroborate that report," Esper told the...
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Supreme Court holds much of Oklahoma is Native American land
Marilyn Nieves/iStock 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 must be tried in federal court.“Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation for purposes of federal criminal law,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion.“Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word,” he wrote.Gorsuch was...
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Biden takes on Trump in speech outlining vision for economy recovery
Alex Wong/Getty Images 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 believe that pitting Americans against Americans will benefit him. I don't," Biden said, arguing that Trump has demonstrated an inability to manage the raft of crises that have engulfed his presidency in the months leading up to the November election."We have a health crisis, an economic crisis,...
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Mississippi statehouse shuttered for 2 weeks as dozens of lawmakers contract coronavirus
iStock/SeanPavonePhoto (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 news conference on Wednesday, when at least five of the state's largest hospitals reported having zero available ICU beds, forcing patients to be sent out of state.Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, who presides over the Senate, and House Speaker Philip Gunn are among those infected. Both are self-quarantining at home....
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AG Barr announces new initiative 'Operation Legend' to tackle violent crime
ABC News (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 act for the operation, a group of more than 100 FBI agents, U.S. Marshals, DEA agents and ATF agents will be dispatched to Kansas City, Missouri, in the coming weeks following a request from Missouri Gov. Mike Parson."The president recently said to states and cities that the federal...
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No revisions to school reopening guidelines despite Trump demand, just 'additional information': CDC director
ABC News (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 new approach next week.In an exclusive interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday, CDC Director Robert Redfield said no revisions would be made to the guidance."Should the doctors and scientists at the CDC be taking that kind of political direction from the president?" ABC News Chief Anchor George...
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