Wakanda, the Birthday Party and Kanye West's presidential hopes

(Reuters) – Rapper Kanye West says he is running a serious campaign for the White House under the banner of a self-styled Birthday Party committed to a presidency modeled after the fictional nation Wakanda in the film “Black Panther.” Forbes magazine published a story on Wednesday based on what it called four rambling hours of interviews with the 43-year-old musician […]

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Trump's troubles in Arizona mount with coronavirus surge

(Reuters) – Arizona has served as a southwestern bulwark for Republicans for decades, voting for a Democratic presidential candidate only once since 1948. But a surge of coronavirus cases in the state and President Donald Trump’s uneven response to the pandemic have compounded the troubles already facing his re-election bid. Since Trump won Arizona in 2016, suburban voters in the […]

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Democratic presidential candidate Biden says he is targeting early August to announce his vice presidential pick

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Tuesday he hoped to announce his choice of vice presidential candidate in early August. Biden has promised to pick a woman as his running mate for the Nov. 3 election where he hopes to unseat Republican President Donald Trump and has established a committee to vet potential vice presidential […]

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Biden to attack Trump on healthcare in election battleground state

LANCASTER, Penn. (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday traveled to must-win Pennsylvania to attack President Donald Trump for what the former vice president will characterize as trying to gut healthcare protections during a pandemic. Biden, who was born in the Pennsylvania rust-belt city of Scranton, has mostly stayed put in his Delaware home in recent months amid […]

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Trump happy with three election debates, willing to consider more: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump looks forward to squaring off with Democrat Joe Biden, his presumptive rival in the November U.S. presidential election, in three scheduled debates and is open to participating in more verbal matches, the White House said on Friday. “The president is happy to debate when given the opportunity,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said […]

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Exclusive: U.S. Democratic Party irked by council's 'insurgent' climate plan – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic National Committee’s council on climate change irked party leadership when it published policy recommendations this month that ventured beyond presidential candidate Joe Biden’s plan, according to three people familiar with the matter. The party tension shows the tricky nature of climate politics as Biden seeks to court young and more progressive voters without turning off […]

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Amid protests, Harris emerges as top contender for Biden's V.P. slot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amid the nationwide protests over racism and police brutality, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris may have found the powerful and lasting moment that eluded her failed presidential bid but could now land her the No. 2 spot on the Democratic ticket. Harris, the only black woman serving in the U.S. Senate, has marched in the streets and sponsored […]

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Georgia's election mess offers a stark warning for November

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Georgia’s tumultuous primary elections on Tuesday offer a grim preview of what could happen in November if states move to voting by mail and polling places are sharply reduced due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. A huge increase in absentee ballots overwhelmed officials and many voters did not receive requested ballots. That forced some to crowd […]

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