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Comey Defends Russia Inquiry in Senate Testimony

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WASHINGTON — The former F.B.I. director James B. Comey testified on Wednesday before a Republican-led Senate committee seeking to discredit the investigation he opened during the 2016 election into ties between Donald J. Trump’s campaign and Russia. With another presidential election looming, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee were eager......
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Donald Trump Burns the First Debate Down

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“The last four years, you have promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, but you have never in these four years come up with a plan, a comprehensive plan —” “Yes, I have.” “— to replace Obamacare.” “Of course I have.” “Well, I’ll give you —” “We got rid of the individual......
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Watch 4 Key Moments From Biden at the First 2020 Debate

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“The last four years, you have promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, but you have never in these four years come up with a plan, a comprehensive plan —” “Yes, I have.” “— to replace Obamacare.” “Of course I have.” “Well, I’ll give you —” “We got rid of the individual......
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Of Course, the Debate Was Always Going to Be About Trump

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“Forty-seven years, you’ve done nothing,” Mr. Trump said. For months, Mr. Trump has been preparing his supporters for nothing short of abject humiliation for Mr. Biden on the debate stage, all but declaring (baselessly) that his opponent is beset by dementia and plying his followers with taunts of “Sleepy Joe”......
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With Cross Talk, Lies and Mockery, Trump Tramples Decorum in Debate With Biden

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WASHINGTON — The first presidential debate between President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. unraveled into a rhetorical melee Tuesday, as Mr. Trump hectored and interrupted Mr. Biden nearly every time he spoke and the former vice president denounced the president as a “clown” and told him to “shut up.”......
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With Friendly Visits to Republicans, Barrett Makes Her Capitol Debut

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WASHINGTON — Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, made a low-key debut on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, largely sidestepping a storm of Democratic anger as she met with friendly Republican senators eager to muscle through her nomination before Election Day. Judge Barrett arrived at the Capitol flanked......
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Biden and Trump’s First Debate: What to Watch For

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The first debate between President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. will begin at 9 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday and run for 90 minutes without commercial interruptions. The Times will livestream the event, accompanied by analysis and fact-checking from our reporters. The debate will also be carried on channels including......
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What Are the Rules for the First Debate Between Trump and Biden?

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President Trump is not a man accustomed to following anyone else’s rules. And yet, Tuesday’s debate will try to contain Mr. Trump and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. within a set of loosely defined ground rules that Chris Wallace, the Fox News host moderating the event, will aim......
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U.S. Will Base Mammoth Ship in Greece, Near Disputed Territory

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CRETE, Greece — In a move that could be construed as a symbolic show of support for Greece in its tense standoff with Turkey, America’s top diplomat said on Tuesday that the United States will base a mammoth Navy ship at a military base it shares with Greece, just 600......
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What Polls Say About the 2020 Race as Biden and Trump Square Off

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In the realm of public opinion, one overarching issue has dominated this year’s presidential race: President Trump himself. Throughout his term, Americans have expressed strong opinions about him one way or the other, according to polls. And today, most voters know for certain where they stand in the contest between......
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How the Biden-Trump Debate Will Play on TV (Don’t Expect Fact-Checks)

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“I do not believe it is my job to be a truth squad,” Mr. Wallace said in the run-up to his 2016 debate. “It’s up to the other person to catch them on that.” Those comments caused a minor stir at the time, but the debates’ organizers have made clear......
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House Unveils New Stimulus Package as Pelosi and Mnuchin Resume Talks

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“With families, businesses and local communities truly hurting from the impacts of this health and economic crisis, it’s unconscionable for Congress to go home without taking action,” said Representative Josh Gottheimer, Democrat of New Jersey. “Right now, there’s a huge amount of support from both sides of the aisle to......
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Trump Deflects Questions About Taxes, but First Debate Has a New Issue

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But there was quiet concern within the campaign, where aides took note of daily tracking numbers from Rasmussen Reports, a typically rosy assessment of how the president is faring, that showed support falling after the tax story. Among Mr. Trump’s circle, there was finger-pointing about how the issue was handled......
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How Joe Biden Is Preparing for the Biggest Debate of His Life

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[Follow our live updates on Trump vs Biden in the 2020 Election.] Joseph R. Biden Jr. was frustrated as he tried last year to prepare for an unwieldy debate season that stuffed as many as 11 other Democratic rivals onto a single stage. At some mock sessions, he was flanked......
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U.S. Household Wealth Rose Before the Pandemic, but Inequality Persisted

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Families were making gains in income and net worth in the three years leading up to the pandemic, according to Federal Reserve data released on Monday, but wealth inequality remained stubbornly high. Median household net worth climbed by 18 percent between 2016 and 2019, the Fed’s Survey of Consumer Finances......
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A Theory About Conspiracy Theories

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“Keep in mind, personality tests are not very good measures of things we don’t understand very well,” Ms. Bowes said. “You’re going to get a fuzzy picture, especially the first time through.” The personality features that were solidly linked to conspiracy beliefs included some usual suspects: entitlement, self-centered impulsivity, cold-heartedness......
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Some Workers Face Looming Cutoffs in Health Insurance

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“Health insurance is an enormous cost for small businesses,” said Amanda Ballantyne, the executive director of the Main Street Alliance, an advocacy group for small businesses. “It continues to be even after the passage of the Affordable Care Act.” Many businesses say they need Congress to provide more money, and......
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Brad Parscale, Ex-Campaign Manager for Trump, Is Hospitalized in Florida

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MIAMI — President Trump’s former campaign manager, Brad Parscale, was hospitalized after the police were called to his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by his wife, who said he had guns and was threatening to hurt himself, officials said on Sunday evening. The episode took place just before 4 p.m.,......

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