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  Oklahoma’s governor says he’s tested positive for COVID-19

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that he’s the first governor in the United States to test positive for the coronavirus and that he is isolating at home.

  White House, business leaders join forces to help workers train for in-demand jobs

  Mary Trump calls on president to resign

  McConnell: GOP virus proposal for schools, others out soon

  Hospital coronavirus data to go to HHS before CDC, HHS confirms

  Trump looks to scale back environmental reviews for projects

Democrat MJ Hegar, Trump’s former doctor win nominations in Texas primary runoffs

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Tuberville defeats Sessions, wins Alabama Senate GOP primary

Trump signs bill, order rebuking China, and slams Biden

Biden’s $2 trillion climate plan aims to reframe debate

  Florida virus deaths surge, vaccine research moves forward

White House-backed campaign pushes alternate career paths

  Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students

  White House virus task force member says ‘none of us lie’

Adm. Brett Giroir's comment came a day after Trump shared a Twitter post from a former game show host who, without evidence, accused government medical experts of "lying."

Judge rules Mary Trump can publicize book about her uncle

Mary Trump can talk about the highly critical book she wrote about her uncle, President Donald Trump, over the objections of the president’s brother, a judge ruled Monday as he lifted an order that had blocked her from publicizing or distributing her work.

China accuses US of sowing discord in South China Sea

The Trump administration’s rejection of broad Chinese claims to much of the South China Sea came across in Asia as an election-year political move, with some appealing for calm amid fears of greater tensions.

US rejects nearly all Chinese claims in South China Sea

U.S. officials say the Trump administration is poised to escalate its actions against China by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and outright rejecting nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South China Sea.

  Trump team eyes school funds boost in next virus aid bill

  Judge seeks more details on Trump’s clemency for Roger Stone

  Federal judge voids Georgia ‘heartbeat’ abortion restriction

  White House officials raise questions about Fauci

Judge blocks federal executions; administration appeals

Judge: Women can get abortion pill without doctor visits

  More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule

More than 200 universities are backing a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new restrictions on international students, arguing that the policy jeopardizes students’ safety and forces schools to reconsider fall plans they have spent months preparing.

US budget deficit hits all-time high of $864 billion in June

For the first nine months of this budget year, which began Oct. 1, the deficit totals $2.74 trillion, also a record for that period.

  Parents struggle as schools, daycares eye coronavirus reopening decisions

Experts and officials agree the economy cannot fully reopen until kids are back in school or daycare, but with cases surging across the country, facilities are struggling to figure out how to do it safely.

  Ready or not: Election costs soar in prep for virus voting

The demand for mail-in ballots is surging. Election workers need training. And polling booths might have to be outfitted with protective shields during the COVID-19 pandemic.

China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism

China said Monday it will impose sanctions on three U.S. lawmakers and one ambassador in response to similar actions taken by the U.S. last week against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses against Muslims in the Xinjiang region.

  Former Mueller prosecutor writing book on investigation

Random House announced Monday that Andrew Weissmann's "Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation" will be published Sept. 29.

  Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say

Children infected with coronavirus are more likely than adults to have mild illnesses, but their risk for severe disease and death isn't zero.

It’s Trump’s call on what the GOP convention will look like

Trump aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether the four-night Republican National Convention will be worth the trouble.

Graham says he plans to call Mueller to testify before Senate panel

Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted that he plans to call Robert Mueller to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Russia investigation.

Trump rips private Texas border wall built by his supporters

President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized a privately built border wall in South Texas that’s showing signs of erosion months after going up, saying it was “only done to make me look bad,” even though the wall was built after a months-long campaign by his supporters.

Mueller defends Russia probe, says Stone remains a felon

Former special counsel Robert Mueller sharply defended his investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, writing in a newspaper opinion piece Saturday that the probe was of “paramount importance” and asserting that a Trump ally, Roger Stone, “remains a convict

  Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus.

  Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone’s prison sentence

President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone on Friday, just days before he was set to report to prison. The move, short of a full pardon, is sure to alarm critics who have long railed against the president’s repeated interventions in the nation’s just

  ‘A slap in the face:’ Goya faces boycott over Trump praise

Robert Unanue, Goya CEO, spoke at a Rose Garden event announcing a "Hispanic Prosperity Initiative" on Thursday.

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status.

  Ala. Senate leader says his comments on COVID-19 were a poor choice of words

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said Thursday he wants to see more people get COVID-19.

Storm clouds hang over Trump’s attempted campaign reboot

The event was to mark Trump's first political rally after a multiweek hiatus caused by a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases.

Joint Chiefs chairman: Confederate names on Army bases divide the military

Milley did not explicitly say the base names should be changed, but he noted that the Army is now about 20% Black.

  AP: After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid

The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid.

  Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic and being able to finish their studies in America.

  Supreme Court gives NY prosecutor a landmark legal victory

Here are some key questions and answers stemming from Thursday's decision.

  Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices amid pandemic

Getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. That's the latest thinking from some public health experts.

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen back in federal prison

President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, has been returned to federal prison. His attorney Jeffrey Levine told news outlets Thursday that Cohen was taken into custody for violating the terms of his release.

Biden pledges New Deal-like economic agenda to counter Trump

Launching an economic pitch expected to anchor his fall presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is proposing sweeping new uses of the federal government’s regulatory and spending power to bolster U.S. manufacturing and technology firms.

No peeking, voters: Court keeps Trump taxes private for now

The Supreme Court issued a mixed verdict Thursday on demands for President Donald Trump’s financial records that will keep his tax returns, banking and other documents out of the public eye for the time being.

Ousted NY prosecutor tells panel Barr ‘urged’ him to resign

Geoffrey Berman, the former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, is providing the committee with a detailed account behind closed doors.

For 1st time, female soldier set to join a Green Beret team

The unidentified woman is one of three female soldiers who have been going through the Army Special Forces qualification course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She graduated Thursday.

  Esper defends use of National Guard in helping with unrest

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended using National Guard soldiers to support law enforcement agencies in handling civil unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd, saying it was a better alternative than using active-duty forces as President Donald Trump had threatened.

US sanctions Chinese officials over repression of minorities

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party, including a member of the ruling Politburo, for alleged human rights abuses targeting ethnic and religious minorities that China has detained in the western part of the country.

  Black Lives Matter mural goes up in front of Trump Tower

At the direction of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the big yellow letters are going on the street right in front of Trump Tower.

Impeachment witness Vindman retiring from Army, lawyer blames Trump

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the national security aide who played a central role in President Donald Trump’s impeachment case, announced his retirement from the Army Wednesday in a scathing statement that accused the president of running a “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation.”

Biden-Sanders task forces unveil joint goals for party unity

Political task forces Joe Biden formed with onetime rival Bernie Sanders to solidify support among the Democratic Party’s progressive wing are recommending that the former vice president embrace proposals to combat climate change and institutional racism.

  Trump to America’s schools: Reopen or may lose federal funds

The president unleashed his threat on Twitter.

Facebook takes down accounts tied to Roger Stone, hate group, Brazil’s president

Roger Stone’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were banned.

Harvard, MIT sue to block ICE rule on international students

The lawsuit, filed in Boston's federal court, seeks to prevent federal immigration authorities from enforcing the rule.

Supreme Court expected to rule on Trump tax records Thursday

The Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday on whether Congress and the Manhattan district attorney can see President Donald Trump’s taxes and other financial records that the president has fought hard to keep private.

Supreme Court: Some employers can refuse to offer free birth control

The high court on Wednesday said 7-2 the administration acted properly when it allowed more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of covering birth control.

Kanye West no longer supports Trump, says he’s serious about running for president

He reportedly told Forbes he’s lost faith in President Trump, saying he was turned off by reports that Trump hid in an underground bunker during protests over racial injustice and police brutality.

  Bailout or raise prices? The battle over how to save the Postal Service

Deciding how to save USPS is a complicated and decade-long fight in Washington. Some are calling for Congress to bail it out, but new leadership at the postal service could mean changes for the historic institution.

Fox’s Carlson criticized for saying Democrats, Duckworth hate America

Tucker Carlson has been among the biggest television beneficiaries during the busy news period. He’s been reaching 4 million viewers a night.

  Renters face financial cliff ahead; limited help available

Renters are nearing the end of their financial rope.

Supreme Court sides with Catholic schools in employment suit

The high court's ruling was 7-2, with two liberal justices joining the conservative majority for the schools.

  Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history.

  Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be “fully operational” even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

US notifies UN of withdrawal from World Health Organization

The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new administration of if circumstances change.

  McConnell eyes virus aid as evictions, benefits cuts loom

An eviction moratorium is lifting. Extra unemployment benefits are ending. Parents are being called to work, but schools are struggling to reopen for fall as the COVID-19 crisis shows no signs of easing.

  Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren interviews President Trump

In his interview with Van Susteren, President Trump discusses the treatment and vaccine timeline for COVID-19 and if the Republican Convention can still be held in Florida.

Mary Trump’s book offers devastating portrayal of president

The president's brother Robert tried to bar publication of the book. Early copies of the book, slated for publication next week, became available on Tuesday.

US general skeptical that bounties led to troops’ deaths

The top U.S. general for the Middle East says the intelligence suggesting that Russia may have paid Taliban militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan was worrisome, but he is not convinced that any bounties resulted in U.S. military deaths.

  Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

Bolsonaro confirmed the test results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters in capital Brasilia on Tuesday.

  Biden wants US to produce more of its own pandemic supplies

Joe Biden is promising to shift production of medical equipment and other key pandemic-fighting products “back to U.S. soil,” creating jobs and bolstering a domestic supply chain he says has been exposed as inadequate and vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak.

  Governors’ companies among recipients of virus relief loans

Governors who ordered shutdowns as their states responded to the coronavirus pandemic were among millions of beneficiaries of the loan program created to help small businesses weather COVID-19′s effect on the economy, data released Monday show.

Pompeo: US ‘looking at’ banning TikTok, other Chinese social media apps

The United States is considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

  Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump’s election efforts, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data.

  Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms contracts COVID-19

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a potential Democratic vice presidential candidate tweeted Monday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet

Noem didn’t wear a mask on the plane and chatted with the president as the flight returned to Washington, D.C., according to her spokesperson, Maggie Seidel.

Justices rule states can bind presidential electors’ votes

The ruling, just under four months before the 2020 election, leaves in place laws in 32 states and the District of Columbia that bind electors to vote for the popular-vote winner, and electors almost always do so anyway.

  Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

The government handed out $521 billion through the paycheck protection program, a crucial piece of the government's $2 trillion rescue package.