Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke during a presidential campaign stop at Dallas College North Lake Campus in Irving on Oct. 11, 2023.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. fails to qualify for CNN's debate. It'll be a showdown between Biden and Trump

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has failed to qualify for next week's debate in Atlanta, according to host network CNN, falling shy of benchmarks both for state ballot qualification and necessary polling.

GOP Rep. Brad Finstad's absence at Trump speech questioned by conservative activists

June 20
Supporters clapped for GOP congressionao candidate Brad Finstad after his campaign announced his primary victory during an election night party for Fi
The congressman was the last of Minnesota's Republican delegation to show support for the former president after his conviction in New York. His campaign says he's fully behind Trump, and the former president has endorsed him.

Secretive donor Timothy Mellon gives $50 million to pro-Trump group

June 20
Former President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a Turning Point Action event at Dream City Church in Phoenix, on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Timothy
The donation's impact on the 2024 race is expected to be felt almost immediately.
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U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn., is photographed in his Capitol Hill office in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.] Stauber is continuing

What's next for GOP Rep. Pete Stauber's mining initiatives?

The northeastern Minnesota congressman's mining legislation would affect the state's economy and environment.
Nation
June 20

Ten Commandments law is Louisiana governor's latest effort to move the state farther to the right

Louisiana has long been reliably red. The Bayou State has voted for the Republican candidate in every presidential election since 2000, with residents overwhelmingly supporting Donald Trump during the past two, and the GOP has held a majority in the statehouse for years.
Business
June 20

Trump is proposing to make tips tax-free. What would that mean for workers?

Former President Donald Trump's new proposal to exclude tips from federal taxes is getting strong reviews from some Republican lawmakers, though major questions remain about the impact of the policy and how it would work.
Nation
June 20

How Biden and Trump are taking very different approaches to preparing for next week's debate

President Joe Biden begins an intense period of private preparations Friday at Camp David for what may be the most consequential presidential debate in decades.
Nation
June 20

Motion after motion puts Trump Florida case in slow motion as 3-day hearing begins

The federal judge presiding over the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump is hearing arguments Friday on a long-shot defense effort to get the indictment thrown out based on the claim that the prosecutor who brought the charges was illegally appointed.
Nation
June 20

Federal judge to consider a partial end to special court oversight of child migrants

For 27 years, federal courts have held special oversight over custody conditions for child migrants. The Biden administration wants a judge to partially lift those powers.
Nation
June 20

Appeals court panel refuses to delay Trump ally Steve Bannon's 4-month contempt prison sentence

A federal appeals court panel on Thursday rejected longtime Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon's bid to stay out of prison while he fights his conviction for defying a subpoena from the House committee that investigated the U.S. Capitol attack.
Nation
June 20

Trump proposes green cards for foreign grads of US colleges, departing from anti-immigrant rhetoric

Former President Donald Trump said in an interview posted Thursday he wants to give automatic green cards to foreign students who graduate from U.S. colleges, a sharp departure from the anti-immigrant rhetoric he typically uses on the campaign trail.
Nation
June 20

Trump dwarfs Biden in latest fundraising numbers in show of political force after felony convictions

Donald Trump's campaign outraised President Joe Biden by more than $60 million last month, according to federal filings made public Thursday that detailed the Republican fundraising explosion sparked by Trump's felony convictions.
Nation
June 20

Gold bars and Sen. Bob Menendez's curiosity about their price takes central role at bribery trial

Prosecutors showed jurors at Sen. Bob Menendez 's trial on Thursday multiple instances when he researched the value of gold as he tried to help a New Jersey businessman who authorities say bribed him with gold and cash.
Nation
June 20

California voters lose a shot at checking state and local tax hikes at the polls

The California Supreme Court on Thursday took the rare step of removing a measure from the November ballot that would have made it harder to raise taxes, siding with Gov. Gavin Newsom by ruling the change would have upended the way government works.
Nation
June 20
FBI agents carry boxes out of a house associated with Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao during a raid in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, June 20, 2024.

FBI raids several California homes, including Oakland mayor's

Federal authorities raided a home belonging to Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao early Thursday as part of a California investigation that included a search of at least two other houses, officials said.
Nation
June 20

Bob Good hopes final vote count will put him ahead of Trump-endorsed challenger

Conservative U.S. Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., is asking for ''patience from the people of the 5th District over the coming weeks'' as he hopes the final ballot count from Tuesday's primary will allow him to fend off a challenger endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
Business
June 20

TikTok accuses federal agency of 'political demagoguery' in legal challenge against potential US ban

TikTok disclosed a letter Thursday that accused the Biden administration of engaging in ''political demagoguery'' during high-stakes negotiations between the government and the company as it sought to relieve concerns about its presence in the U.S.
Nation
June 20
Shortly after Judge Aileen M. Cannon drew the assignment in June 2023 to oversee former President Donald Trump’s classified documents case, two more

Judge in Trump documents case rejected suggestions to step aside

The previously undisclosed effort by Aileen Cannon's colleagues to persuade her to step aside adds another dimension to the increasing criticism of how she has handled the case.
Business
June 20

Mike Pence's foundation launches a $10 million election-year campaign to preserve Trump-era tax cuts

Former Vice President Mike Pence's foundation is launching a $10 million campaign to preserve the Trump-era tax cuts that are set to expire after next year as he presses conservatives not to stray from the fight before the November election.
Nation
June 20

Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun will have memoir out in 2025

The first Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate, Carol Moseley Braun, will have a memoir out next year.
Nation
June 19

The fight for abortion rights gets an unlikely messenger in swing state Pennsylvania: Sen. Bob Casey

Abortion rights, suddenly a potent political force in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to leave such matters to the states, have found an unlikely champion in swing state Pennsylvania.
Politics
June 19
Female Marine recruits during "the Crucible," a 54-hour series of physical and emotional trials which make up the final test for recruits before they

Congress debates expanding military draft to women, making registration automatic

Both proposals face an uphill path as the Pentagon faces recruitment challenges amid a raft of risks and conflicts around the world.
Politics
June 19
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke during a presidential campaign stop at Dallas College North Lake Campus in Irving on Oct. 11, 2023.

RFK Jr. won't meet CNN debate requirement for ballot access

The independent presidential candidate has said he has qualified for enough state ballots, but state election officials have said that's not true.

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