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A 1990s mugging and the roots of Donald Trump’s hardline criminal justice views

Donald Trump waves to staff members of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort as they cheer him on before the grand opening ceremonies in Atlantic City, N.J., in April 1990. In 1991, Donald Trump’s mother was walking to a nearby bakery in Queens to pick up a crumb cake when a teenager snatched her purse and threw her to the ground. Show More Summary

Paul Ryan ally doubts speaker will ever fully endorse Trump

He has been called an “intellectual prodigy” and is one of the most influential thinkers and writers in conservative Republican politics. Yuval Levin, founding editor of National Affairs magazine, is also an informal adviser to House...Show More Summary

Vietnamese rapper freestyles for a beatboxing Obama

President Obama capped his historic three-day visit to Vietnam with a town hall in Ho Chi Minh City, where he was unexpectedly serenaded by a young female rapper. Suboi, a local known as Vietnam’s “Queen of Hip-Hop,” was called on to ask a question at the event, but the president interrupted her to request she do a freestyle for him. Show More Summary

Why higher interest rates could actually be good for the housing market

During Toll Brothers' second-quarter conference call on Tuesday afternoon, Chairman Robert Toll said that rate increases could actually spur demand.

At unruly N.M. rally, Trump goes after GOP Gov. Martinez

At a raucous rally in Albuquerque featuring tumultuous protests both inside and out, Donald Trump hurled invective at opponents Democrat and Republican alike.

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's death

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor.

Protests turn violent outside Trump rally in New Mexico

Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico turned violent Tuesday night as demonstrators threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at officers, overturned trash cans and knocked down barricades.

Trump moneyman’s shady history

One of six vice-chairs of the “Trump Victory Leadership Team,” a joint fund-raising effort announced Tuesday by the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, pled guilty in 2009 to criminal charges involving bribes paid to top New York State officials. Show More Summary

Judge: Law trimming early voting in Ohio is unconstitutional

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A law trimming early voting in Ohio is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a case involving a series Republican-backed voting changes in the presidential battleground state...

Prosecutors to seek death penalty in S. Carolina church shooting

Dylann Roof, 22, is accused of opening fire on June 17 during a Bible study session at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Virginia governor under FBI probe over campaign donations: CNN

Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic governor and chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential run, is under federal investigation over contributions to his 2013 campaign, CNN said on Monday, citing unnamed U.S. officials. The U.S. Show More Summary

Top Republicans bash VA secretary for ‘ludicrous’ comment about Disneyland lines and veterans’ care

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald caused a small uproar among leading Republican politicians on Monday after he said hospital wait times were not the best way to measure veterans’ satisfaction with the agency. Or what’s important?” McDonald said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, the Washington Post reported. Show More Summary

Forensic official: EgyptAir 804 human remains suggest blast

CAIRO (AP) — Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 suggest there was an explosion on board that may have brought down the aircraft in the east Mediterranean, a senior Egyptian forensics official said on Tuesday.

$30M donation brought NFL another crisis of credibility

The NFL has done some important work making football safer, from the pro level on down. Yet it continues to destroy any chance for that narrative.

Head of TSA security operations removed from position

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee said Monday that the head of security operations at the Transportation Security Administration has been replaced.

Sanders: Democratic convention could be 'messy'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bernie Sanders predicted Monday that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could be "messy" as he pushed the party to adopt his progressive agenda, but added, "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle."

Veterans hold Trump Tower protest after Donald Trump’s charity fundraising drive comes up short

A group of veterans went to Donald Trump’s headquarters in midtown Manhattan on Monday to demand an apology and answers after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s campaign admitted a veterans fundraiser did not raise as much money as he had initially claimed. Show More Summary

Officer acquitted on all charges in Freddie Gray case

A Baltimore officer was acquitted Monday of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, dealing prosecutors a significant blow in their attempt to hold police accountable for the young black...

Even Lindsey Graham is reportedly telling Republicans to support Donald Trump

Lindsey Graham is now urging members of his party to support Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee. “I’d rather lose without Donald Trump than try to win with with him. At the time, Trump was also firing off scathing attacks against Graham, then one of his rivals in the race for the GOP nomination.

Baltimore police officer acquitted in Freddie Gray death

By Donna Owens BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore police officer Edward Nero was acquitted on Monday of all charges in the 2015 death of black detainee Freddie Gray, an incident that triggered rioting and protests and fueled the Black Lives Matter movement. Show More Summary

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