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Trump, Biden trips illustrate Electoral College calculations

With Election Day just three weeks away, President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden concentrated Tuesday on battleground states both see as critical to clinching an Electoral College victory, tailoring their travel to best motivate voters who could

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Trump to visit Pa., Iowa next week, stepping up travel schedule post-COVID diagnosis

President Trump added Pennsylvania and Iowa to his campaign schedule next week, stepping up travel plans despite his recent bout with coronavirus. 

Trump will hold nighttime rallies in Johnstown, Pa., on Tuesday and Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday to shore up support in the battleground states before the Nov. 3 election, his campaign announced Saturday.

That’s on top of a previously announced stop in Sanford, Fla., on Monday and a

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Trump plans aggressive travel schedule to reset campaign hit by series of setbacks

President Donald Trump is running out of time to recover from a series of self-inflicted setbacks that have rattled his base of support and triggered alarm among Republicans who fear the White House is on the verge of being lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

The one-two punch of Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis and his widely panned debate performance also has Republicans worried they could lose control of the Senate. With just

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The Latest: Trump tells Fla. supporters he feels ‘powerful’

WASHINGTON – The Latest on the 2020 presidential race (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump has returned to the campaign trail, holding his first rally since he contracted the coronavirus.

Trump took the stage Monday in Sanford, Florida, and declared he was in good health, saying he felt “powerful” and he felt well enough — and contagion-free enough — to dive into the crowd “to kiss the guys

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Debate cancelled as Trump plans first in-person events since Covid diagnosis – as it happened | US news

Hicks had tested negative last Wednesday, the morning after Trump’s first debate with Joe Biden, but she started feeling unwell at a rally in Duluth, Minn., that night. She quarantined herself on Air Force One on the return trip, discreetly enough that other staffers did not know she was ill. When the plane landed, she exited from the rear entrance.

The next morning, Hicks reported for work at the White

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2020 Watch: Is It Too Late for Trump to Turn Things Around? | Florida News

By STEVE PEOPLES, AP National Political Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

Days to general election: 22

Days to next scheduled presidential debate: 10

President Donald Trump returns to the campaign trail this week after an 11-day absence in what is likely his last opportunity to reset his beleaguered presidential reelection bid. With Election Day

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Trump turned his hotels, resorts into ‘Beltway’s new back rooms’: New York Times

The New York Times has released a report, the fourth in its series, based on President Donald Trump’s federal tax returns, illustrating how the paper says the president turned “his own hotels and resorts into the Beltway’s new back rooms, where public and private business mix and special interests reign.”



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One on the South Lawn on June 25, 2020, in Washington.


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President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One on the

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Trump to host hundreds at White House Saturday, travel to Florida for rally Monday

(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump will hold an in-person event at the White House on Saturday and a rally two days later in Florida, hosting his first public events since being hospitalized with Covid-19 and bucking criticism that the gatherings threaten to spread the virus further.

The South Lawn event on Saturday is expected to include a couple hundred guests, a person familiar with the matter said. The president will

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Corporate America lashes Trump after stimulus call

Negotiations for further capital infusions had stalled, and Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday (US time) that he ended talks with Democratic leaders, only hours after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell called for greater spending to avoid damaging the economic recovery.

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Struggling businesses

For Levi Strauss & Co. CEO Chip Bergh, Trump’s position is a “travesty.”

“We know that unemployment is very, very high,” Bergh said in an interview

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Trump to visit Penn., Iowa next week, stepping up travel schedule post-COVID diagnosis

President Trump added Pennsylvania and Iowa to his campaign schedule next week, stepping up travel plans despite his recent bout with coronavirus. 

Trump will hold nighttime rallies in Johnstown, Penn., on Tuesday and Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday to shore up support in the battleground states before the Nov. 3 election, his campaign announced Saturday.

That’s on top of a previously announced stop in Sanford, Fla., on Monday and a

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One debate is scrubbed, another is confirmed, as Trump resumes campaign travel

A Marine is posted outside the West Wing of the White House, signifying the President is in the Oval Office, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
A Marine stands Friday outside the West Wing of the White House, signifying that the president is in the Oval Office. (Associated Press)

After two days of confusion, the bipartisan group that organizes presidential debates said Friday that it had canceled the scheduled face-off next week between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, but that it expects them to debate once more before the election.

Barring any last-minute

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Trump turned his hotels, resorts into ‘Beltway’s new back rooms,’ New York Times reports

Trump attended 34 political fundraisers at his hotels and resorts that brought in $3 million in revenue, the Times reported.

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Trump Won’t Travel Over Weekend, Ending Florida Rally Plan

(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump will remain at the White House this weekend, people familiar with the matter said, after he said he wanted to hold rallies in Florida and Pennsylvania despite questions over the stage of his recovery from Covid-19.

Trump, who told Fox’s Sean Hannity late Thursday that he wanted to hold rallies Saturday and Sunday, won’t travel until Monday at the earliest, said the people, who

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DOT refuses air travel mask mandate as President Trump travels to Walter Reed

Minutes before President Trump departed by helicopter to Walter Reed Medical Center for hospitalization following his COVID diagnosis, on October 2nd, the Department of Transportation (DOT) denied Flyers Rights’ emergency rulemaking petition requesting the DOT mandate a mask rule for all persons on airplanes and at airports, with some health, disability, and operational exceptions.  

The DOT articulated three justifications for denying Flyers Rights’ rulemaking petition: First, DOT claimed that it

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Whistleblower Scientist Rick Bright Says Trump Administration Has ‘Failed America,’ Savages China Travel Ban

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Rick Bright, a whistleblower and the former director of a federal program working with industry and academia to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, alleged the Trump administration “silenced” scientists and “resisted” aggressive measures early on in the pandemic to mitigate the spread of the virus during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper two days after his resignation from the National Institutes of Health, and he criticized one of the few

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DOT Refuses Air Travel Mask Mandate as President Trump Travels To Walter Reed, Reports FlyersRights.org

DOT Refuses Air Travel Mask Mandate as President Trump Travels To Walter Reed, Reports FlyersRights.org

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2020

DOT denied the need for Flyers Rights’ rulemaking on the grounds that “most” airlines currently voluntarily adopt various forms of a mask rule and the notion that less regulation is better

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Minutes before President Trump departed by helicopter to Walter Reed Medical

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Donald Trump tries to play down severity of coronavirus as Pentagon leaders go into quarantine

US President Donald Trump appeared to be using his bout with Covid-19 to try to gain an advantage over his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, even as the number of infections around him continued to rise and some of America’s top military leaders went into quarantine.

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; General James McConville, the Army chief of staff; and several other Pentagon leaders are

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Trump looking to ‘project image of strength’ even as recovers from virus

A top adviser to President Donald Trump, defending his return to the White House in a made-for-tv moment Monday night, said Tuesday it’s “highly important” he is seen “projecting an image of strength” and that Americans could expect to hear from him at some point a day after he left the hospital still infected and undergoing treatment.

To drive the point home, he tweeted Tuesday morning, “FEELING GREAT!” in all

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Trump ends stimulus talks and sows airline payroll support confusion

  • Hours after President Trump tweeted that he would suspend pandemic stimulus negotiations until after the election, the president and his administration appeared to reverse course, sowing confusion among politicians and workers.
  • Left in the balance: millions of Americans who have lost their jobs, including more than 32,000 airline workers.
  • As negotiations break down over a larger stimulus package, a standalone airline package could be the next attempt.
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California suffers harsh budget blow as Trump ends stimulus talks

SACRAMENTO — The big state budget bet that California officials made this summer appears to have gone bust after President Trump declared Tuesday he was ending talks with congressional Democrats on another coronavirus stimulus bill before the election.

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