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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Barrett would have final say on recusal calls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats are urging U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to recuse herself from any election-related cases because of President Donald Trump's comments that he expects the justices to potentially decide the outcome, but there is no way to force her to do so. Learn More


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Judge temporarily blocks U.S. ban on TikTok downloads from U.S. app stores

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in Washington has temporarily blocked a Trump administration order banning Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google from offering Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok for download that was set to take effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. More »


Trump frequently paid no federal income taxes in years leading up to presidency: New York Times

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, after years of reporting heavy losses from his business enterprises to offset hundreds of millions of dollars in income, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing tax-return data. More »


Biden, fellow Democrats focus on healthcare in Supreme Court fight

WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and fellow Democrats made it clear on Sunday that their opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, would focus on the possibility she could cast a decisive vote to strike down the Obamacare health law. More »


Former Trump campaign manager hospitalized after threatening self-harm: ABC News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bradley Parscale, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, was hospitalized Sunday after his wife told police he was threatening to harm himself, ABC News reported. More »


Pelosi expresses hope deal can be reached with White House on COVID-19 relief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, said on Sunday she thinks a deal can be reached with the White House on a coronavirus relief package and that talks were continuing. More »


From Kennedy-Nixon to Trump-Biden: 60 years of U.S. presidential debates

(Reuters) - Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden face off on Tuesday in a televised presidential debate, part of a 60-year-old tradition marked by some of the most memorable moments of modern U.S. political history: More »


Trump picks Barrett as he moves to tilt U.S. Supreme Court rightward

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Saturday nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and she pledged to become a justice in the mold of the late staunch conservative Antonin Scalia, setting another milestone in Trump's rightward shift of the top U.S. judicial body. More »


From big family to U.S. high court, Barrett 'used to being in group of nine'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the parent of seven children, Amy Coney Barrett knows about working with a large group: it is an experience she will have again if confirmed as the ninth justice on the U.S. Supreme Court - and its first mother with school-age children. More »


U.S. Supreme Court nominee Barrett has staked out conservative positions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In nominating Amy Coney Barrett for a lifetime job on the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald Trump has selected a federal appeals court judge who has staked out conservative legal positions on key hot-button issues in three years on the bench. More »


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