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  US adds 1.8 million jobs in a sign that hiring has weakened

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound.

Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative after positive test before Trump visit

  Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

  ‘Worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

  Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still ‘far apart’

‘See you in court’: ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

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Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

  Back-to-back suits seek to dissolve NRA, its charitable arm

  3 teens accused of jumping over wall into Mar-a-Lago with AK-47

  ‘Shame on all of you’: Obituary for man who died of COVID-19 complications blames Trump, people who won’t wear masks

Obama’s Medicaid expansion keeps gaining ground under Trump

Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

  Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill.

State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network

The State Department says Russia is using social media, state-funded media and a loose network of proxy websites to amplify conspiracy theories and misinformation, most recently around the coronavirus.

  Trump considering giving convention speech from White House

Trump also called for the first formal presidential debate, scheduled for Sept. 29, to be moved up on the calendar because early voting will have already begun in some states.

Biden will not go to Milwaukee to accept Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination because of concerns over the coronavirus, party officials said Wednesday, signaling a move to a convention that essentially has become entirely virtual.

Biden on cognitive test: Why would I take a test?

State Department watchdog resigns after predecessor’s ouster

  Virus testing in the US is dropping, even as deaths mount

  Trump encourages mail voting in Florida but sues in Nevada

  Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

  “It’s crazy,” Trump says of Nevada’s mail-in voting decision

  ‘Too many are selfish’: US nears 5 million virus cases

Big house parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars and restaurants — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world.

  Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law legislation that will devote nearly $3 billion annually to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. The measure was overwhelmingly approved by Congress.

  Sidestepping Congress, Trump says he will act to deliver Americans another stimulus

The president wants to extend the $600 weekly benefit to unemployed Americans.

  Trump’s demand for US cut of a TikTok deal is unprecedented

Microsoft is in talks to buy parts of TikTok.

House passes $1.4 trillion federal spending bill

The 2,371-page legislation calls for $1.4 trillion in federal spending to head off a government shutdown that would otherwise take place this weekend.

  Trump says coronavirus ‘under control’ in wide-ranging interview

The comments came in a wide-ranging, contentious interview with Axios that aired Monday on HBO.

  Worries about 2020 census’ accuracy grow with cut schedule

The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count’s deadlines stalls in the U.S. Senate.

Family tells AP: Iran abducted California man while in Dubai

A California-based member of an Iranian militant opposition group in exile was abducted by Iran while staying in Dubai, his family said Tuesday.

  Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

The Trump administration’s plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won’t supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds.

  Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states

Some 23 million people nationwide at risk of being evicted, according to The Aspen Institute, as moratoriums enacted because of the coronavirus expire and courts reopen. Around 30 state moratoriums have expired since May, according to The Eviction Lab at Princeton University.

Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes

President Donald Trump is claiming he has the authority to issue an executive order on mail-in ballots, though it is is unclear what he could do to curtail the practice.

  Nevada to mail all voters ballots; Trump promises lawsuit

Nevada state lawmakers passed a bill Sunday that would add the state to a growing list of U.S. states that will mail active voters ballots ahead of the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

Both the Trump administration negotiating team and top Capitol Hill Democrats remain far apart, and talks since Saturday — when the combatants announced modest progress — have yet to lend momentum.

House panel calls new postal chief to explain mail delays

The House Oversight Committee has invited the new postmaster general to appear at a hearing next month to examine operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries.

House committees subpoena top Pompeo aides over IG firing

House Democrats have subpoenaed four top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying that the Trump administration is stonewalling their investigation into the firing of the State Department’s top independent watchdog earlier this year.

Trump fires TVA chair, cites high pay, hiring of foreign workers

Trump told reporters at the White House that he was formally removing chair Skip Thompson and another member of the board, and he threatened to remove other board members if they continued to hire foreign labor.

Prosecutor seeking Trump’s taxes cites probe of his business

A Manhattan prosecutor trying to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns told a judge Monday that he was justified in demanding them, citing public reports of “extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”

  Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction.

‘If not now, when?’: Black women seize political spotlight

Black women have long been the heart of the Democratic Party — among the party's most reliable and loyal voters — but for decades that allegiance didn't translate to their own political rise.

Microsoft confirms talks seeking to buy US arm of TikTok

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says President Donald Trump plans to take action on what he sees as a broad array of national security risks presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party.

With loan money gone, restaurants are at mercy of coronavirus

Many restaurants that got coronavirus relief loans have spent the money and now find themselves in the same precarious position as in the pandemic’s early days.

  As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

As the academic year begins in many places across the country this week, parents are having to choose whether to send their children for in-person classes or keep them home for remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic.

RNC: Decision on private Trump renomination vote not final

The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention said, citing the coronavirus.

Microsoft in advanced talks to buy TikTok’s US business

President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok from the United States.

  Negotiators report progress in COVID-19 aid talks

The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up both the economy and family budgets but expired Friday.

  Foreign threats loom ahead of US presidential election

Foreign entities are also aggressively spreading disinformation intended to sow voter confusion heading into the fall.

  Joe Biden nears final decision on running mate

The leading contenders include California Sen. Kamala Harris, California Rep. Karen Bass and Obama national security adviser Susan Rice.

  Trump, GOP soften on opposition to $600 jobless benefit

After late-night talks failed to produce a breakthrough, the two sides took their case to the media Friday morning, with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appearing before reporters on short notice at the exact moment House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared at her weekly news conference.

Supreme Court won’t halt challenged border wall projects

Friday's order means the court is not likely even to consider the substance of the issue until after the November election, while work on the wall continues.

  Road trip? Quarantines mess with Americans’ travel plans

The web of state and local quarantines is growing more tangled by the day: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered visitors from a whopping 34 states to quarantine for 14 days.

  Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci is returning to Capitol Hill on Friday.

  Delayed election results? Maybe, but not because of fraud

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night. But that doesn’t mean the results will be flawed or fraudulent, as President Donald Trump suggested on Thursday.

  Rent’s due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off

Many left jobless by the crisis are already behind on payments. And the arrival of August brings new anxieties.

  Greta Van Susteren interviews Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on stimulus negotiations, mail-in voting, Nov. election

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Hakeem Jeffries will appear on Full Court Press Sunday, August 2, 2020

  Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

Frustrated negotiators of a massive coronavirus relief bill face heightened pressure with Thursday’s brutal economic news and the rapidly approaching lapse in a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped prop up consumer demand.

  Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s death

St. Louis County’s top prosecutor will not charge the former police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, a dramatic decision that could reopen old wounds amid a renewed and intense national conversation about racial injustice and the police treatment of minorities.

  Trump floats idea of election delay, a virtual impossibility

President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and confronted by fresh evidence of an economic collapse and an escalating public health crisis, on Thursday suggested delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election as he pushed unsubstantiated allegations that increased mail-in voting due to the coronavirus

  Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll

The coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy plunging by a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter and is still inflicting damage across the country, squeezing already struggling businesses and forcing a wave of layoffs that shows no sign of abating.

  Herman Cain dies of COVID at 74

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died of COVID-19. He was 74.

  John Lewis mourned as ‘founding father’ of ‘better America’

When John Lewis is mourned, revered and celebrated at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday, he returns to a sacred place imbued with civil rights history.

  Portland prepares for US agents to step back from protests

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin leaving the city's downtown area on Thursday, but Acting Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf wouldn't specify where they would go.

Full appeals court to review dismissal of Flynn case

The full appeals court will review the decision ordering the dismissal of the criminal case against former Trump adviser Michael Flynn.

  Democrats trim convention hours amid coronavirus pandemic

Joe Biden is expected to accept the party’s presidential nomination on the final night of the convention, which runs Aug. 17-20, the schedule released late Wednesday said.

Senator, union leader: Postal Service considers downsizing

The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing post offices across the country, sparking concerns ahead of an anticipated surge of mail-in ballots in the 2020 elections, U.S. Sen Joe Manchin and a union leader said Wednesday.

  Trump downplays West Texas energy worries, attacks Democrats

Trump took sweeping digs at so-called “crazy left radical Democrats” on a fundraising trip to the fracking fields of West Texas. The oil and gas industry is struggling with the pandemic economic downturn and global oversupply.

  Rep. Gohmert tests positive for COVID before planned trip with Trump

Gohmert, R-Texas, did not wear a mask at the judiciary committee hearing Tuesday where Attorney General Bill Barr testified.

  Civil rights icon Lewis lauded as warrior at Georgia capitol

He spent more than three decades in Congress, and his district included most of Atlanta. Wednesday's service is part of a series of public remembrances for Lewis that began over the weekend.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes medical procedure at hospital

The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone a nonsurgical medical procedure in New York City and expects to be released from a hospital there by the end of the week.

  Misinformation on the virus is proving highly contagious

As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight to the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy theories, hoaxes, anti-mask myths and sham cures.

  US death toll from COVID tops 150,000 as virus aid talks continue

Trump signaled his interest in preventing an eviction crisis as a federal moratorium expires Friday on millions of apartment units. But he and his top emissary to Congress portrayed an otherwise dismal outlook.

Administration wants West Wing remodel money in virus bill

The Trump administration wants $377 million in the next coronavirus relief bill for a long-delayed modernization of the West Wing, but the timetable for construction is yet to be determined.

  US jabs Russia over claim of spreading virus disinformation

U.S. officials say Russian intelligence officers are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic through English-language websites, trying to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain before the presidential election in November.

  US agents to pull back in Portland but will stay on standby

Federal agents who have clashed with protesters in Portland, Oregon, will begin a “phased withdrawal” from the city, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday.

  4 Big Tech CEOs getting heat from Congress on competition

Four Big Tech CEOs — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple — are set to answer for their companies’ practices before Congress as a House panel caps its yearlong investigation of market dominance in the industry.

US to bring 6,400 troops home from Germany, move 5,600 more

Spurred on by President Donald Trump’s demand to pull troops out of Germany, the U.S. will bring about 6,400 forces home and shift about 5,600 to other countries in Europe, U.S. defense leaders said Wednesday.

  Trump touts doctor in conspiracy theory video, discredited COVID-19 treatment

Stella Immanuel is featured in a video retweeted by the president Monday showing a group in white coats pushing false claims about COVID-19. It has since been deleted by Twitter and other social media platforms.

Experts worry about errors if census schedule is sped up

After asking for coronavirus-related deadline extensions in April, the Trump administration now appears to be abandoning that request.

US officials say Russia is spreading virus disinformation

The U.S. government has identified two suspected Russian military intelligence operatives who it believes are helping direct the spread of disinformation through websites that have published extensively on the coronavirus pandemic, American politics and international affairs.