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Blinken says US weighing new sanctions on Myanmar

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the Biden administration is weighing tough new sanctions on Myanmar to pressure the country’s military leaders to restore a democratic path interrupted by a February…

Biden calls on Americans to overcome divisions

WASHINGTON President Joe Biden is calling on Americans to overcome their divisions, declaring in his first address in office that “without unity, there is no peace.” Biden also pledged during his inaugural address Wednesday that he…

Claims from Trump and Biden’s first debate

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden sparred Tuesday in their first of three debates, hoping to sway undecided voters planning to cast ballots by mail and in person in the final weeks leading up to the Nov. 3…

Trump paid $750 in US income taxes in 2016, 2017

President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for president and in his first year in the White House, according to a report Sunday in The New York Times. Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and…

Veterans Affairs chief plugs unproven drug

WASHINGTON Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is taking advocacy of an unproven drug for the coronavirus even farther than President Donald Trump, claiming without evidence that it’s safe and that it has been effective for young and…

Pandemic fallout tracks nation’s political divide

WASHINGTON America’s entrenched political divide is now playing out over matters of life and death. Republican governors, urged on by President Donald Trump, are taking the first steps toward reopening parts of their states’ economies in…

Trump falsely blames governors for virus test

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump is wrongly casting blame on governors and the Obama administration for shortages in coronavirus testing and declaring victory over what he calls relatively low death rates in the U.S. That’s too soon to…

With new virus plan, Trump passes buck to states

CHICAGO President Donald Trump’s guidelines for states to reopen their economies had the hallmarks of a permission structure. But what he really created was a blame structure. On Friday, he emphatically embraced protesters who defied the…

Obama to endorse Biden in video on Tuesday

WASHINGTON Former President Barack Obama plans to endorse Joe Biden in a video on Tuesday, giving the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee a boost from the party’s biggest fundraiser and one of its most popular figures. The move…

Trump pitches unapproved drug for coronavirus

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump is pitching an unapproved medicine for COVID-19 sufferers that science has not concluded is effective or safe. “Take it,” he said of the drug. For people sick with the coronavirus, he said Sunday, “It can…

Trump’s misfires on virus death rates, tests

WASHINGTON Facing a grim reality of surging coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is making premature assertions about relatively low death rates in the U.S. and revising history about how seriously he viewed the threat, including the…

Trump a rosy outlier on science of the virus

WASHINGTON Groundless assurances keep coming from President Donald Trump, a rosy outlier on the science of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been that way since before the virus spread widely in the United States, when he supposed that the…

Trump struggles to adjust to crisis presidency

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has never been known for his patience or long attention span. Now, as the coronavirus crisis threatens his presidency, and upends his campaign for reelection, Trump is rapidly losing patience with the…

Trump, American exceptionalism and the virus

WASHINGTON Americans normally hear from President Donald Trump when he is opining on Twitter, riffing from a rally stage or otherwise improvising. This past week was different as he sat in the Oval Office with a script laid out for him to…

Sanders may have learned wrong lessons from 2016

Bernie Sanders pledged to harness the energy from his first campaign to turn out more voters in 2020. He would build a coalition of black, young and working-class voters who were energized by his transformative vision for America to build a…

Trump’s rosy take on govt’s handling of virus

WASHINGTON As the stock market convulses, airline schedules buckle and businesses worry their overseas supply lines will snap, President Donald Trump is looking on the sunny side of an economy clouded by the coronavirus. For weeks he’s…

New Army training team heads to Africa

WASHINGTON The Army, for the first time, will send soldiers from one of its new training brigades to Africa in the coming weeks, expanding the use of the new specialized units as the Pentagon looks at possible troop cuts on the continent.…

GOP sends message that Trump’s actions were OK

Republicans have decided it was OK. With their expected vote this coming week to acquit President Donald Trump of abusing power and obstructing Congress, GOP senators are giving their express approval to the conduct that landed Trump at…

Trump changes terms of 2020 race with Iran turmoil

The election was always going to be about Donald Trump. But over the span of a few days, the yearslong focus on the Republican president’s performance on the economy, health care and immigration has been overtaken by an urgent debate over…