Government and politics

A Black Lives Matter protester burns an American flag outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Monday, July 20, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Several hundred demonstrators gathered at the courthouse where federal officers deployed teargas and other crowd control munitions. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
July 21, 2020 - 9:49 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal officers’ actions at protests in Oregon’s largest city, hailed by President Donald Trump but done without local consent, are raising the prospect of a constitutional crisis — one that could escalate as weeks of demonstrations find renewed focus in clashes with...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and French President Emmanuel Macron prepare to address a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Weary European Union leaders finally clinched an unprecedented budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, finding unity after four days and as many nights of fighting and wrangling over money and power in one of their longest summits ever. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)
July 21, 2020 - 6:22 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — After four days and nights of wrangling, exhausted European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on an unprecedented 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, after one of their longest summits ever. The 27 leaders grudgingly committed to...
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Kelly Johnson, right, takes part in a protest on June 10, 2020, in Tampa, Florida, after losing her job from the coronavirus pandemic and struggled to get unemployment benefits. Now, the unemployed single mother of eight is running for office — as a Democrat — in a bid to oust a state legislator who is one of Florida’s rising Republican stars. She knows it's a long shot, but Johnson hopes even a loss will serve a purpose for Democrats: Boosting turnout in the race to evict Trump from the White House. (AP Photo/courtesy of Kelly Johnson)
July 21, 2020 - 12:19 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Before the coronavirus pandemic sickened Florida's economy, and before the Black Lives Matter movement widened her eyes to racial injustice, Kelly Johnson had little interest in politics except to occasionally cast a ballot. In 2018, she voted for the Republican in the...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2020 file photo, first lady Melania Trump listens during a "National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America's Schools," event in the East Room of the White House in Washington. First lady Melania Trump has delivered lunch and possibly some reassurance to people in the nation's capital who could use a helping of both. Mrs. Trump had been making regular visits to schools, hospitals and other venues to promote her youth welfare initiative, “Be Best.” But after the pandemic forced classrooms to close and hospitals to bar visitors, she turned to the White House kitchens for inspiration. The first lady showed up unannounced to visit with District of Columbia firefighters and emergency medical services personnel last week. She brought White House-prepared boxed lunches, tote bags, reusable face masks and hand sanitizer.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 20, 2020 - 5:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lunch was on the first lady during the coronavirus pandemic. The White House delivered lunch and possibly some reassurance to people in the nation's capital who could use a helping of both. Melania Trump made some of the deliveries herself in her first public appearances in a face...
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In this 1998 photo, Wesley Ira Purkey, center, is escorted by police officers in Kansas City, Kan., after he was arrested in connection with the death of 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales. Purkey was also convicted of kidnapping and killing a 16-year-old girl and is scheduled to be executed on July 15, 2020, in Terre Haute, Ind. (Jim Barcus/The Kansas City Star via AP)
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July 16, 2020 - 7:03 am
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Supreme Court early Thursday cleared the way for a second federal execution this week. The vote to allow the execution of Wesley Ira Purkey, said to be suffering from dementia, was 5-4, with the court's four liberal members dissenting. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that...
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FILE - This April 3, 2013, file photo shows bitcoin tokens in Sandy, Utah. Unidentified hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians, celebrities and major companies Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in an apparent Bitcoin scam. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
July 15, 2020 - 11:37 pm
Unidentified hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians, celebrities and major companies Wednesday in an apparent Bitcoin scam. The ruse included bogus tweets from former President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a...
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Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers his concession speech after results are announced in the Alabama GOP primary runoff election, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
July 15, 2020 - 1:41 pm
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Jeff Sessions took the stage with the same sense of conviction he had displayed in giddier times at a Mobile stadium almost five years ago, declaring once more that Donald Trump’s vision was right for America. Yet the political circumstances were far different Tuesday night for...
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Peter McDonald casts his ballot, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
July 14, 2020 - 11:14 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump's former White House physician won the Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat in Texas on Tuesday in a primary runoff election that unfolded amid an alarming spread of the coronavirus across the state. Ronny Jackson, a retired Navy rear admiral,...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, pedestrians walk through the gates of Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, July 8, 2020, challenging the Trump administration's decision to bar international students from staying in the U.S. if they take classes entirely online this fall. Some institutions, including Harvard, have announced that all instruction will be offered remotely in the fall during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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July 14, 2020 - 6:54 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the coronavirus...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31 1997, file photo, Daniel Lewis Lee waits for his arraignment hearing for murder in the Pope County Detention Center in Russellville, Ark. Relatives of the victims of Daniel Lewis Lee have pleaded for him to receive the same life sentence as the ringleader in the plot that led to the slayings. Now, family members say their grief is compounded by the push to execute Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.(Dan Pierce/The Courier via AP, File)
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July 14, 2020 - 3:01 pm
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The federal government on Tuesday carried out its first execution in almost two decades, killing by lethal injection a man convicted of murdering an Arkansas family in a 1990s plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. The execution of Daniel Lewis Lee...
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