Biden and Democrats rake in more cash than Trump for a second month

NEW YORK – Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden and affiliated groups raised $141 million in June, marking their best month yet and second straight month raising more than their Republican opponent, President Donald Trump. Biden’s campaign announced the fundraising haul hours after Trump and Republican allies said they raised $131 million in the same month.

"Biden and Democrats rake in more cash than Trump for a second month"

Biden pulls together hundreds of lawyers as a bulwark against election trickery

– Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Wednesday that his party has assembled a group of 600 lawyers and thousands of other people to prepare for possible “chicanery” ahead of November’s election. “We put together 600 lawyers and a group of people throughout the country who are going into every single state to try to figure out whether chicanery is likely to take place,” Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said on a video conference…

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Trump’s re-election campaign says it raises $266 million in second quarter

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $266 million (£213 million) during the second quarter, including $131 million in June, a joint committee said on Wednesday. The committee’s fundraising numbers suggest the Trump campaign is still increasing its re-election war chest despite the health and economic damage done by the novel coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests against racism that have deeply disrupted American life and hurt the president…

"Trump’s re-election campaign says it raises $266 million in second quarter"

Republicans weigh mandatory COVID-19 testing at convention: sources

NEW YORK – The Republican National Committee plans to make coronavirus testing available to all attendees of the party’s convention in August and is discussing whether to make the testing mandatory, according to two people familiar with the matter. The RNC is scrambling to put together plans to hold a largely in-person convention in Florida and North Carolina amid mounting concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus that has so far killed more than…

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Fearing an election loss, Trump allies push him to be less polarizing

WASHINGTON – Some of President Donald Trump’s Republican allies are urging him to ditch his divisive messaging and outline a clear vision for a second term, fearing his handling of a series of crises has dimmed his re-election hopes. With four months to go before he faces Democrat Joe Biden in a Nov. 3 U.S. election, Trump’s opinion poll numbers have sunk as he struggles to manage the coronavirus pandemic, economic woes and protests over…

"Fearing an election loss, Trump allies push him to be less polarizing"

Biden says new China national security law a ‘death blow,’ weighs sanctions

– Democrat Joe Biden on Wednesday threatened new economic sanctions on China if he is elected U.S. president, calling its new security law imposed on Hong Kong a “death blow” to the territory’s freedom. Biden, who has a lead in national opinion polls ahead of his Nov. 3 election fight against President Donald Trump, said Beijing was “acting with impunity” when it unveiled new laws for Hong Kong that would punish crimes of secession, subversion,…

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Why Amy McGrath could cost Republicans the U.S. Senate, even if she loses to Mitch McConnell

– Kentucky Democrat Amy McGrath’s long-shot bid to unseat U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could help undermine Republican efforts to retain their majority in the chamber, even if the former Marine Corps fighter pilot fails to beat McConnell in November. Political analysts see the chances of Democrats winning enough seats to seize control of the Senate in the Nov. 3 U.S. election rising, with President Donald Trump’s sliding poll numbers endangering a growing number…

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Americans’ concerns about coronavirus jump as cases surge, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows

NEW YORK – Americans’ anxieties over the spread of the novel coronavirus have risen to the highest level in more than a month, according to a /Ipsos poll, as the number of cases surged across the country, pushing the death toll to more than 127,000 people. The June 29-30 public opinion poll found that 81% of American adults said they are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the pandemic, the most since a similar poll conducted…

"Americans’ concerns about coronavirus jump as cases surge, Reuters/Ipsos poll shows"

Vote that could extend Putin’s rule culminates as Russians get cash payments

MOSCOW – Russians with children received cash payments on Wednesday on the final day of a vote on constitutional changes that could allow Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036. State exit polls have suggested the changes will be backed by over two thirds of voters, who have been encouraged to vote with prize draws offering flats and an ad campaign highlighting other amendments designed to appeal to the populace. One amendment guarantees inflation-linked…

"Vote that could extend Putin’s rule culminates as Russians get cash payments"