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Rapper Kanye West announces U.S. presidential bid on Twitter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Learn More


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Trump attacks 'left-wing cultural revolution' in Mount Rushmore address

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday accused "angry mobs" of trying to erase history with efforts to remove or rethink monuments to U.S. historical figures and used a speech at Mount Rushmore to paint himself as a bulwark against left-wing extremism. More »


U.S. Supreme Court blocks Alabama order easing voting restrictions

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower-court ruling that would have relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama state during the coronavirus pandemic. More »


Texas Republicans to host in-person convention despite coronavirus surge

(Reuters) - The Executive Committee of the Texas Republican Party voted on Thursday to push ahead and have their state convention in person this month despite a surge in coronavirus cases in Houston, where it will take place. More »


Senator warns of political pressure on U.S. probe into hackers of green groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic U.S. senator says he has written to Attorney General William Barr outlining his concerns about potential "political interference" by the Trump administration in an investigation of a private espionage firm that targeted environmental groups in the United States. More »


Ousted U.S. prosecutor Berman to appear for closed-door congressional interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Geoffrey Berman, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan who was ousted from his job last month amid an investigation by his office into President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani, will appear for a closed-door interview before congressional committee next week, a congressional aide said on Thursday. More »


U.S. Congress urges Trump administration to get tougher on China's Xinjiang crackdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 75 U.S. senators and House members on Thursday urged the Trump administration to take a tougher stance on China over its crackdown in that country's Xinjiang province and make a formal determination whether its treatment of Muslim Uighurs and other groups constitutes an atrocity, including genocide. More »


Trump re-election bid picks up speed with NASCAR sponsorship

(Reuters) - United States president Donald Trump's re-election bid will pick up speed this weekend with Trump 2020 the primary sponsor of Corey LaJoie's car for NASCAR's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. More »


U.S. Senator to block military promotions until assurances on former White House aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth said on Thursday that she would put a hold on the confirmation of over 1,000 military promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper provided assurances on the promotion of a former White House aide who testified in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. More »


Biden pulls together hundreds of lawyers as a bulwark against election trickery

(Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Wednesday that his party has assembled a group of 600 lawyers and thousands of other people to prepare for possible "chicanery" ahead of November's election. More »


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