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Rift grows between Trump, health experts amid coronavirus surge

Rift grows between Trump, health experts amid coronavirus surge

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesBy LIBBY CATHEY, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — As President Donald Trump threatens to cut funding to schools that don’t reopen in the fall and continues to host mega-rallies as cases of coronavirus increase, there appears to be a growing rift between the Trump White House and its top health advisers.The president has taken his…

Susan Collins, Congress’s last New England Republican, facing toughest reelection yet

Susan Collins, Congress’s last New England Republican, facing toughest reelection yet

Win McNamee/Getty ImagesBy QUINN SCANLAN, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — The senior Maine senator has represented the state in the upper chamber since 1997, and she’s pursuing a fifth term in a vastly different political environment, one where her disposition is increasingly out of step with elected leaders and voters, and her vote in favor of President…

President Trump commutes sentence of longtime friend, adviser Roger Stone

President Trump commutes sentence of longtime friend, adviser Roger Stone

Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesBy KATHERINE FAULDERS, ALI DUKAKIS, ALEXANDER MALLIN, and JOHN SANTUCCI, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — President Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone, the White House announced on Friday.In a statement, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump had “signed an Executive…

Sen. Tammy Duckworth defends her patriotism, Tucker Carlson’s right to free speech

Sen. Tammy Duckworth defends her patriotism, Tucker Carlson’s right to free speech

Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty ImagesBy LAUREN LANTRY, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — In the latest bout in the ongoing feud between Sen. Tammy Duckworth and right-leaning TV personality and Fox News host and commentator Tucker Carlson, Duckworth penned an op-ed in The New York Times on Thursday, defending all Americans’ right to freedom of speech and opinion, including Carlson’s.”Even…

Trump targets tax-exempt status for schools, universities

Trump targets tax-exempt status for schools, universities

OlegAlbinsky/iStockBy BEN GITTLESON, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Friday wrote he was instructing the Treasury Department “to re-examine” the “tax-exempt status …and/or funding” of “universities and school systems” that, he said, “are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education.”In a pair of tweets sent while he flew to the battleground state of Florida for…

Broad disapproval for Trump’s handling of coronavirus, race relations: POLL

Broad disapproval for Trump’s handling of coronavirus, race relations: POLL

ABC News/Ipsos PollBy KENDALL KARSON, ABC News(NEW YORK) — President Donald Trump is facing broad disapproval for his management of the two major crises gripping the nation, with two-thirds of Americans giving him low marks for both his response to the coronavirus pandemic and his handling of race relations, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos…

Top Pentagon officials say Russian bounty program not corroborated

Top Pentagon officials say Russian bounty program not corroborated

Ivan Cholakov/iStockBy LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that the intelligence on the Russian bounty program had not been corroborated by intelligence agencies and that they do not believe any attacks in Afghanistan that resulted in American casualties…

Biden takes on Trump in speech outlining vision for economy recovery

Biden takes on Trump in speech outlining vision for economy recovery

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesBy MOLLY NAGLE and JOHN VERHOVEK, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Former Vice President Joe Biden tore into President Donald Trump Thursday on the incumbent’s signature issue, the economy, seeking to cast him as a divisive and incompetent leader while unveiling the first major plank of his economic recovery plan.”Donald Trump may believe that pitting…