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Judge Moves to Delay Federal Execution Scheduled for Monday

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WASHINGTON — Hours before the Justice Department was scheduled to carry out the first federal execution in more than 17 years, a federal judge put it on hold on Monday, saying that questions about the constitutionality of the lethal injection procedure the government planned to use had not been fully......
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The Initial Roger Stone Fallout

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The Stone commutation leaves some Republicans cold, Trump dons a mask and Pelosi pushes for another round of relief. It’s Monday, and this is your politics tip sheet. President Trump wearing a mask on Saturday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. A new poll shows Biden......
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George Soros’s Foundation Pours $220 Million Into Racial Equality Push

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The Open Society Foundations, the philanthropic group founded by the business magnate George Soros, will announce on Monday that it is investing $220 million in efforts to achieve racial equality in America, a huge financial undertaking that will support several Black-led racial justice groups for years to come. The initiative,......
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How Russia Built a Channel to the Taliban, Once an Enemy

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KABUL, Afghanistan — During one of the most violent stretches of fighting in northern Afghanistan, as the Taliban scored victories that had eluded them since the beginning of the conflict, the top American commander went public with a suspicion that had nagged for years: Russia was aiding the insurgents. In......
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Court Clears Way for First Federal Execution in 17 Years to Proceed

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WASHINGTON — The first federal inmate in 17 years is set to be put to death on Monday, barring a last-minute stay, after a federal appeals court ruled on Sunday that the Justice Department could carry out the execution as planned. Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, was sentenced to death decades......
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Trump Aides Undercut Fauci as He Speaks Up on Virus Concerns

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President Trump’s advisers undercut the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, over the weekend, anonymously providing details to various news outlets about statements he had made early in the coronavirus outbreak that they said were inaccurate. The move to treat Dr. Fauci, who has led the National......
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What Donald Trump’s ‘Access Hollywood’ Weekend Says About 2020

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People who know him cite this semi-magical thinking as a kind of political superpower, when harnessed effectively. “Don’t underestimate his personal resiliency,” Mr. Scaramucci said. He recalled the president’s advice to him once about news-cycle velocity: “He said, ‘Yeah, you get negative press. It lasts about a week. And then......
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Graham to Call Mueller to Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee

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WASHINGTON — Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said on Sunday that he would call the former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to testify before his panel about the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and ties to......
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Health Care Takes Center Stage in Battle for Congress During Pandemic

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WASHINGTON — In his two newest campaign advertisements, Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana portrays himself as a health care savior, featuring local nurses who say his expansion of public health insurance rescued Montanans and their hospitals. Steve Daines, the first-term Republican senator whom Mr. Bullock is trying to unseat, has......
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Trump vs. the Women Who Lead Michigan: A Battle With 2020 Implications

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LANSING, Mich. — Beyond being the women leading Michigan’s state government, Gretchen Whitmer, Dana Nessel and Jocelyn Benson have a lot in common. All three are Democratic lawyers and part of Generation X, with long lists of accomplishments. Ms. Whitmer was the first woman to lead the Democratic caucus in......
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As Trump Demanded Schools Reopen, His Experts Warned of ‘Highest Risk’

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Groups representing education leaders praised the document, saying after months of mixed messages from the federal government, the inclusion of specific plans could serve as a blue print for schools and families to help navigate the uncertainty that the fall will bring. “What it tells us is left to its......
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In Rare Public Comments, Mueller Defends Prosecution of Roger Stone

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WASHINGTON — The former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III broke his long silence on Saturday to defend his prosecution of Roger J. Stone Jr., forcefully rebutting President Trump’s claims that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election was political and illegitimate. Speaking out the day after Mr.......
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Trump’s Clemency Came After Displays of Loyalty by Stone

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Months before F.B.I. agents arrived in darkness at his Florida home to take him into custody, Roger J. Stone Jr. promised that he would remain loyal to his longtime friend. “I will never roll on Donald Trump,” he said. He did not, and Mr. Stone is now a free man.......
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Leading Homeland Security Under a President Who Embraces ‘Hate-Filled’ Talk

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WASHINGTON — Elaine C. Duke, then President Trump’s acting secretary of homeland security, arrived at the Roosevelt Room, down the hall from the Oval Office, on a steamy August afternoon in 2017 expecting a discussion about President Trump’s pledge to terminate DACA, the Obama-era protections for young immigrants. Instead, she......
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Trump Claims Credit for 2018 Cyberattack on Russia

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Mr. Trump also has invited Mr. Putin to join a Group of 7 summit in Washington in September, dropping past American insistence that Russia must first reverse its annexation of Crimea and its continuing, low-level war in eastern Ukraine. The president appears to be giving no ground on the bounty......
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In Commuting Stone’s Sentence, Trump Goes Where Nixon Would Not

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WASHINGTON — President Trump has said he learned lessons from President Richard M. Nixon’s fall from grace, but in using the power of his office to keep his friend and adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. out of prison he has now crossed a line that even Mr. Nixon in the......
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‘It Would Be Like Losing a Little Bit of Me’: TikTok Users Respond to Potential U.S. Ban

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Since Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Monday that the United States was considering banning TikTok over national security concerns, a sentiment echoed by President Donald Trump in an interview on Tuesday, TikTok users have been scrambling. Some have engaged in open revolt, retaliating by posting negative......
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Georgia. Ohio. Texas. Democrats Tell Biden to Go Big (He’s Being Cautious).

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Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is pushing the former vice president’s aides to commit resources to his state, a longstanding political battleground that, after Mrs. Clinton’s dismal showing, many Democrats had concluded was out of their grasp. “Ohio was a bellwether until 2016,” Mr. Brown said, arguing that Ohioans, unlike......
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Fact-Checking Biden on the Coronavirus and His Own Record

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Since effectively securing the Democratic nomination in April, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has focused his low-profile campaign on hammering President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic. We rounded up some inaccurate claims in his recent remarks. Mr. Biden misleadingly suggested he had recommended specific interventions that would......
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Trump Adds Roger Stone to His List of Pardons and Commutations

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President Trump on Friday commuted the sentence of Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime friend and former campaign adviser who had openly expressed loyalty to him throughout a congressional investigation into ties between Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. “The simple fact is that if the special counsel had not......

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