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U.S. cannot shield Trump from rape accuser's defamation lawsuit, judge rules

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a U.S. government request to drop Donald Trump as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit by a writer who said the president falsely denied raping her in a Manhattan department store a quarter century ago. Learn More


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First day of Facebook moratorium on new U.S. political ads marked by glitches

(Reuters) - The first day of Facebook Inc's effort to stop new political advertising being introduced in the final stretch of U.S. election campaigning was marked by complaints that the planned moratorium was beset by glitches. More »


Trump election website defaced, campaign working with law enforcement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The presidential election campaign of Donald Trump says its official website was defaced earlier on Tuesday and that it is working with law enforcement to investigate the source of the attack. More »


Fame or blame? What lies ahead for 'the Squad', as they eye second terms in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They came to Washington to shake things up and in their first two years in the U.S. House of Representatives the four lawmakers popularly known as 'the Squad' achieved stardom but also discovered that life in the political fast-lane can be perilous. More »


U.S. Supreme Court's divisions in voting cases put spotlight on Barrett

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Divisions within the U.S. Supreme Court exposed in its decision preventing a deadline extension for mail-in ballots in Wisconsin indicate how new Justice Amy Barrett Coney Barrett could cast a decisive vote in similar disputes as the Nov. 3 election approaches. More »


Biden lead over Trump grows in Michigan, race is statistically even in North Carolina: Reuters/Ipsos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's lead over President Donald Trump in Michigan is looking increasingly comfortable but the two remain neck and neck in North Carolina, Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls showed on Tuesday. More »


Political adviser sparked COVID-19 outbreak on Vice President Pence team: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A political adviser to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is suspected of sparking an outbreak of the coronavirus on his team that sidelined a senior official days before the presidential election, according to a current White House official and a former official familiar with the matter. More »


Trump questions counting late ballots as Biden preaches unity in Georgia

OMAHA, Neb./ATLANTA (Reuters) - Republican President Donald Trump questioned the integrity of the U.S. election again on Tuesday, saying it would be "inappropriate" to take extra time to count the tens of millions of ballots cast by mail in his race against Democrat Joe Biden. More »


Michigan judge sides with open-carry of firearms at polling stations

(Reuters) - A Michigan judge sided with gun-rights advocates on Tuesday in allowing the open carrying of firearms at Election Day polling sites, blocking enforcement of an order by state authorities barring such displays of weapons to prevent voter intimidation. More »


Republican former U.S. attorneys endorse Biden, call Trump threat to rule of law

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Twenty former Republican U.S. attorneys on Tuesday accused President Donald Trump of threatening the rule of law as they declared their support for Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden. More »


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