U.S. Elections

Donald Trump faced two legal defeats Thursday, April 4, as judges in Florida and Georgia dismissed his efforts to drop charges related to his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results and his retention of classified documents post-presidency. Amid his campaign against President Joe Biden for the Nov. 5 election, these are among the legal battles Trump confronts, including four criminal indictments.

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Judges deny Trump’s bids to dismiss election interference and classified documents charges

Israel has pledged to establish three corridors, featuring the Erez Crossing in northern Gaza, to enhance the flow of humanitarian aid. This move comes after a phone conversation between President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during which Biden cautioned that U.S. policy toward Israel and the ongoing conflict in Gaza might shift unless Israel intensifies efforts to safeguard civilians and aid workers.

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Israel commits to opening crossing for aid after Biden warning

At least nine people have died and more than 800 are injured following the most significant earthquake to strike Taiwan in 25 years, occurring Wednesday, April 3. The aftermath saw buildings tilting precariously, with rescuers employing ladders to reach those trapped inside. The event brought traffic to a halt and led to the suspension of train services throughout the island.

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7.4 magnitude earthquake rocks Taiwan, several dead

Pennsylvania's 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled mail-in ballot envelopes need accurate dates after a ruling affecting over 10,000 ballots.

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Court rules accurate date, signature required on PA mail-in ballots

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators interrupt President Biden's celebrity-packed fundraising event at Radio City Music Hall. And, The Wall Street Journal marks one year of reporter Evan Gershkovich being held in a Russian prison.

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Pro-Palestinian protesters interrupt Biden’s star-studded NYC fundraiser

Biden has around three times as much money from fundraising than Trump, however, Trump gets more support from smaller donors.

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Biden has more money from fundraising, Trump has more small donor support

The Arizona Agenda, a state politics newsletter, created a deepfake video of Kari Lake, highlighting challenges of distinguishing content.

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Controversial deepfake Kari Lake video shows ease of AI disinformation

Ahead of the 2024 U.S. elections Instagram is beginning to limit political content for its users, a move some social media companies have already made.

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Instagram limits political content as US presidential election nears

Multiple attacks on political candidates have occurred in Mexico as the country's largest election campaign nears its end.

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Mexican president asks US to send $20B to Latin America, legalize migrants

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have introduced legislation to enhance the powers of ICE to arrest undocumented immigrants charged with violent crimes.

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Senate Dems want to boost ICE’s power to arrest undocumented immigrants

Former President Trump and the GOP are the favorites to win the races for the White House and for both chambers of Congress a little more than five months before Election Day, according to a forecast model released Wednesday by Decision Desk HQ and The Hill.

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Frank Luntz: Why seizing Trump properties would elect him in 2024

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez will not seek re-election this year in New Jersey’s Democratic primary but is keeping the door open to an independent run, announced his office following a 14-count federal bribery indictment. Menendez posted a nine-minute video to social media on Thursday, March 21.

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New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez won’t seek reelection as Democrat

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in Israel amid growing tension between the two countries

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Blinken arrives in Israel for tense talks on Gaza

Hours after the Supreme Court rules that Texas's immigration law can take effect, it is now back on hold. And, charges have been dropped against the father of a late Marine who was arrested at the State of the Union.

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Texas immigration law paused again amid legal seesaw

Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., expressed regret for calling the California Senate primary rigged after she finished third in the race.

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After backlash, Rep. Porter regrets calling California primary ‘rigged’

With a landslide victory in an election without real competition, Russian President Vladimir Putin secures another term in power. And, following a downturn during the pandemic, marriage rates in the U.S. are on the rise.

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Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election, 6 more years in power

Despite legal and ethical investigations, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., endorsed Brandon Herrera in a Texas GOP primary, defying party leadership.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz subpoenaed in defamation lawsuit

A judge dismissed six charges against former President Donald Trump and co-defendants in a Georgia election interference case.

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Judge drops multiple charges against Trump in GA election interference case

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., venturing into the 2024 presidential race as an independent, has reportedly approached New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura as potential vice-presidential running mates. This unusual pairing underscores Kennedy's strategy to diverge from conventional political paths and appeal to a wider audience.

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RFK Jr. says Aaron Rodgers, Jesse Ventura sit atop his running mate list

President Biden and former President Trump clinch their parties' nominations, setting up a rematch for the White House, and a rocket explodes in Japan just seconds after liftoff. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

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Biden, Trump set for historic presidential rematch after clinching nominations

As Trump supporters fill positions of power within the Republican National Committee, dozens of staffers were fired on Monday, March 11.

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RNC fires dozens of staffers amid leadership change

U.S. intelligence officials warn of threats at home and abroad. And, changes are coming for groceries with that 'Made in the USA' label.

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U.S. intelligence chiefs warn of threats at border, abroad

New data from a Kaiser Family Foundation poll revealed that 43% of Republicans support abortion in most or all cases.

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Large percentage of Republicans support abortion rights, not top issue for most

President Biden speaks to the nation in his State of the Union address. The highlights and takeaways from the night. And — an Army soldier is indicted, accused of selling military secrets to a Chinese agent. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Friday, March 8, 2024.

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Takeaways from Biden’s address to the nation