Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days

In the Nov. 3 election more than 54 million votes have already been cast, with an additional 100 million or so expected before a winner is declared.

Work already underway for presidential inauguration

  Battleground postal delays persist with mail voting underway

  Trump to vote in Fla., hold 3 rallies; Biden focuses on Pa.

  Senate GOP marches ahead on Barrett over Democrats’ blockade

  Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel

  Trump campaign tapes voters at drop boxes, threatens lawsuit

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  Walmart sues US in pre-emptive strike in opioid abuse battle

Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of US

  Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

  US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

Facebook, Twitter CEOs ordered to testify by GOP senators

  Trump posts ‘60 Minutes’ interview before it airs

  GOP-led Senate panel advances Barrett as Democrats boycott

Democratic senators refused to show up in protest of the GOP’s rush to install President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Time replaces logo on magazine cover with ‘Vote’

The double edition is filled with articles and editorials related to the election and its implications.

Edward Snowden gains permanent residency in Russia

Snowden is a former NSA contractor who fled the U.S. to avoid prosecution after allegedly publicly disclosing classified information in 2013.

  In pitch for Biden, Obama urges voters to cast Trump out

Obama's visit underscores the significance of Pennsylvania, the swing state Biden himself has visited the most this campaign.

  US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

  Trump tends to his electoral map, Biden eyes Obama boost

Democrats to boycott Barrett vote, Senate GOP pushes ahead

  Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

  US officials: Russia and Iran have obtained voter info

  Man accused of threatening Biden, Harris in note to neighbor

Parents of 545 children separated at border can’t be found

The families were separated between July 2017 and June 2018 under a “zero-tolerance” policy to criminally prosecute every adult who entered the country illegally from Mexico.

  Officer to be disciplined for wearing pro-Trump mask at voting site in Fla.

As a uniformed officer, wearing a political mask supporting any candidate is "unacceptable" and a violation of police department policy, officials say.

  McConnell warns White House against COVID relief deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he’ll schedule a vote if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration are able to seal an agreement on a huge COVID-19 relief bill.

Justice Dept. files landmark antitrust case against Google

The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Google for antitrust violations, alleging that it abused its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and harm consumers.

  San Francisco set to pass legislation - called CAREN - about racist 911 calls

All 11 supervisors have signed on to the CAREN legislation, guaranteeing it will pass, despite some criticism that the name is sexist and divisive.

Cough keeps Melania Trump off campaign trail

Her chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, said Tuesday that Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recent recovery from COVID-19, but has a lingering cough.

  Poll worker fired for turning away voters with BLM shirts

Tennessee law does not allow voters to wear items with the name of a candidate or a political party on them in a polling place. But state law does not bar statements such as “Black Lives Matter.”

US, Russia appear set to extend last remaining nuclear pact

Russia said Tuesday it’s ready to accept a U.S. proposal to freeze the number of nuclear warheads and extend the two nations' last arms control pact for one year and Washington responded that it’s prepared to make a quick deal.

AP finds most arrested in protests aren’t leftist radicals

Attorney General William Barr has urged his prosecutors to aggressively go after protesters who cause violence and has suggested that rarely used sedition charges could apply. But defense attorneys question why the Department of Justice has taken on some cases they say belong in state court.

  Debate commission adopts new rules to mute mics

President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will have their microphones cut off in Thursday’s debate while their rival delivers their opening two-minute answer to each of the debate topics.

Trump says Sudan will be removed from terrorism list

The decision Monday was contingent on Sudan following through on its agreement to pay $335 million to U.S. terror victims and families.

High court allows 3-day extension for Pennsylvania ballots

The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, rejecting a Republican plea.

Senate to work through weekend to push Barrett onto court

Amy Coney Barrett's ascent would seal a 6-3 conservative hold on the court for years to come.

  Judge puts Wisconsin capacity limit order back into effect

Wisconsin last week set new daily records for positive coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations.

  Trump jokes he’ll leave the country if he loses to Biden

Musing at a campaign rally in central Georgia, Donald Trump suggested he might - albeit to laughter from the audience.

  Florida begins early voting with no major problems reported

Many polling sites had long lines before dawn as voters awaited their opening.

  Gray TV’s guide to political ads

Broadcast TV stations rely on advertising to make money. Politicians buy ad time to help them reach voters. And the Federal Communications Commission makes the rules.

Supreme Court to review Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

The Supreme Court is agreeing to review a Trump administration policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings.

High court to review two cases involving Trump border policy

The case will not be argued before the winter and it’s unclear how the outcome of the presidential election would affect the case, if Democrat Joe Biden wins the White House.

  Video appears to show Whitmer kidnapping plot suspects training

Evidence was played in federal court of the field training exercises federal prosecutors say were carried out in a plot to storm Michigan’s capitol and kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

  Trump, Biden go on offense in states they’re trying to flip

Both candidates are trying to make inroads in states that could help secure a path to victory - Trump in Nevada and Biden in North Carolina.

Twitter blocks tweet from Trump adviser downplaying masks

Twitter has blocked a post from an adviser to President Donald Trump who suggested that masks do not work to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Michigan governor pushes back against Trump rally chants

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says President Donald Trump is inciting “domestic terrorism” following “lock her up” chants at his rally in the state.

  High school student told to remove Trump flag from wall during virtual class

The school district says it is handling the matter internally and is working with all parties involved to resolve the issue.

  Organizers exhort women to vote for change at US rallies

Thousands of mostly young women in masks rallied Saturday in the nation’s capital and other U.S. cities, exhorting voters to oppose President Donald Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 3 elections.

  GOP senator mispronounces Kamala Harris’ name at Trump rally

Republican Sen. David Perdue mocked Kamala Harris, his Senate colleague and the Democratic vice presidential nominee, by repeatedly mispronouncing her name at a Georgia rally for President Donald Trump.

  Record avalanche of early votes transforms the 2020 election

Americans' rush to vote is leading election experts to predict that a record 150 million votes may be cast and turnout rates could be higher than in any presidential election since 1908.

  Trump on defense, courting voters in two must-win states; Biden tours Midwest

President Donald Trump was campaigning in Florida and Georgia, while Joe Biden focused on the Midwest.

Tommy Lee says he’ll leave the US if Trump is reelected

The Mötley Crüe drummer said he’s not up for four more years of President Donald Trump.

US posts record deficit of $3.1 trillion in 2020 budget year

The U.S. government posts a record deficit of $3.1 trillion in the 2020 budget year as the pandemic shrinks revenues and fuels spending.

  Virus surges in key battleground states as election nears

Confirmed virus cases and COVID-19 deaths are on the rise in the swing states of Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin.

  Justices to weigh Trump census plan to exclude noncitizens

The justices put the case on a fast track, setting arguments for Nov. 30. A decision is expected by the end of the year or early in January, when Trump has to report census numbers to the House.

Diddy launches Black political party, claims country on the verge of a ‘race war’

Rap mogul Sean Combs, commonly known as “Diddy,” announced Friday that he is launching his own political party.

  Judge finds cases against 5 in Whitmer plot can move forward

A two-day preliminary hearing this week featured testimony by one of the FBI agents who ran the investigation, relying on confidential informants and undercover agents to thwart the purported scheme.

  Twitter CEO says it was wrong to block links to Biden story

CEO Jack Dorsey responded to criticism over its handling of a story that had prompted cries of censorship from the right.

  GOP senator berates Trump in leaked call with constituents

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said in a call with constituents that the president "kisses dictators' butts" and "mocks evangelicals."

  TV viewers get a split-screen view of Trump, Biden; Guthrie’s exchanges with Trump get noticed

Trump faced a crackling round of questioning from Savannah Guthrie of the “Today” show, who pressed him on his personal experience with COVID-19, his finances and his support of conspiracy theories.

  Chris Christie says he was wrong not to wear mask in White House

Christie, in a statement, said he has recovered from COVID-19 after a weeklong stay in a hospital’s intensive care unit.

  Trump, Biden go at it -- from a distance -- in town halls

The two will take questions in different cities on different networks Thursday night.

Another suspect charged in alleged Michigan kidnap plot

A spokesman for state Attorney General Dana Nessel told The Associated Press on Thursday that an additional person has been charged but provided no further details.

  Biden campaign finds 3rd virus link; Harris suspends travel

Harris was scheduled to travel Thursday to North Carolina for events encouraging voters to cast early ballots.

  GOP pushes Barrett’s nomination ahead, Dems decry ‘sham’

The Senate Judiciary Committee set Oct. 22 for its vote to recommend Barrett’s nomination to the full Senate for a final vote by month’s end.

C-SPAN suspends Scully after he admits to lie about hack

C-SPAN suspended its political editor Steve Scully indefinitely Thursday after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed being hacked when he was confronted about a questionable exchange with former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci.

Billboard on route to Trump’s Iowa rally states ‘COVID superspreader event’

A billboard reading “Trump COVID superspreader event” had an arrow pointing directly to the rally at the Des Moines airport.

  AP-NORC poll: Americans critical of Trump handling of virus

Majorities of Americans are highly critical of President Donald Trump’s handling of both the coronavirus pandemic and his own illness.

  Amid report of ‘unmasking’ probe ending without charges, Trump expresses unhappiness

No wrongdoing was found, which puts an end to an accusation President Donald Trump supported against his political adversaries.

First lady: Son Barron had coronavirus, but no symptoms

Melania Trump says her 14-year-old son, Barron, has tested positive for the coronavirus but has no symptoms.

Postal Service agrees to reverse service changes

The U.S. Postal Service agreed Wednesday to reverse changes that slowed mail service nationwide.

  Barrett keeps Democrats, Trump at bay in Senate hearing

Democratic senators are trying to dig deeper into the judge’s approach as a legal originalist, but the appellate court justice has declined to directly respond to some questions.

St. Louis couple who waved guns at protest plead not guilty

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who are both attorneys in their early 60s, were indicted by a St. Louis grand jury last week on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence.

  After independent coronavirus test, Trump town hall set for Thursday

Trump, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 2 and spent three days at the Walter Reed military hospital, took a coronavirus test Tuesday administered by the National Institutes of Health.

Supreme Court halts census in latest twist of 2020 count

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident from continuing through the end of October.

  Barrett bats away tough Democratic confirmation probing

The 48-year-old appellate court judge declared her conservative views with often colloquial language, but refused many specifics.

  Georgia breaks turnout record for first day of early voting

More than 128,000 Georgians went to the polls Monday, a record for the first day of early voting in the state, according to the secretary of state’s office.

  Trump, Biden zero in on swing states that are key to victory

The dueling trips to key states come against the backdrop of a second day of hearings in the Senate to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Agent: Michigan, Virginia governors mentioned in kidnap plot

Special Agent Richard Trask also revealed more detail about investigators' use of confidential informants, undercover agents and encrypted communication to arrest and charge six men last week with plotting to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

  McConnell slates October revote on GOP COVID relief plan

The Kentucky Republican says the first item of Senate business when the chamber returns Oct. 19 will be a procedural vote on a scaled-back aid bill.

  Trump rally comes to Iowa as virus hospitalizations climb

Iowa remains under a public health emergency declared by the governor on March 17.