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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, air crew members walk past the international arrival exit at the Capital International Airport terminal 3 in Beijing. President Donald Trump has repeatedly credited his February ban on travelers from mainland China as his signature move against the advance of the coronavirus pandemic -- a “strong wall” that allowed only U.S. citizens inside, he boasted in May. But Trump’s wall was more like a sieve. Exempted were thousands of residents of the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
Trump's `strong wall' to block COVID-19 from China had holesPresident Donald Trump has repeatedly credited his February ban on travelers from mainland China as his signature move against the advance of the coronavirus pandemic
The Associated Press7 hours ago
FILE - In this June 26, 2020, file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, right, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a news conference with the Coronavirus task force at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington. As the public face of the administration's coronavirus response. Vice President Mike Pence has been trying to convince Americans that the country is winning even as cases spike in large parts of the country. For public health experts, that sense of optimism is detached from reality. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
'People aren’t stupid': Pence's virus spin tests credibilityVice President Mike Pence is the public face of the administration's coronavirus response and it's a job that's becoming even more difficult
The Associated Press8 hours ago
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
AP FACT CHECK: Trump's empty assurance on controlling virusAn AP Fact Check finds that President Donald Trump has a monthslong history of declaring the coronavirus under control, when it isn't
The Associated Press8 hours ago
Trump at Rushmore: Protests, Few Masks, a Miffed Neil YoungOn the eve of the Fourth, President Trump gave a speech in South Dakota, at the foot of Mount Rushmore, and it wasn't a staid one. Fox News called it "fiery," the Guardian went with a similar take of "incendiary," while the New York Times deemed it a "divisive culture...
Newser9 hours ago
FILE - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announces continued social distancing during her coronavirus update Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. Some governors across the U.S., especially in Republican-leaning states, have been stressing the need for “personal responsibility” to combat the coronavirus instead of issuing statewide mandates to wear masks or avoid large social gatherings. “You shouldn’t have to order somebody to do what is just in your own best interest and that of your family, friends and neighbors,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, said earlier this week as she urged people to wear masks and take other precautions but downplayed the effectiveness of statewide orders to do so. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, file)
Governors stress 'personal responsibility' over virus ordersSome governors across the U.S., especially in Republican-leaning states, have been stressing the need for “personal responsibility” to combat the coronavirus instead of issuing statewide mandates to wear masks or avoid large social gatherings
The Associated Press9 hours ago
Trump Jr. GF Gets Bad News Before Mount Rushmore EventThe latest member of President Trump's entourage to test positive for COVID-19 received the news right before she was set to attend his event at Mount Rushmore on Friday evening—and she's the closest one to Trump yet. The New York Times and CNN report that Kimberly Guilfoyle, girlfriend of...
Newser10 hours ago
Protesters clash with a line of law enforcement officers in Keystone, S.D., on the road leading to Mount Rushmore ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to the memorial on Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)
At Mount Rushmore, Trump digs deeper into nation's divisionsPresident Donald Trump had the stage at the foot of Mount Rushmore and on the eve of Independence Day
The Associated Press16 hours ago
FILE - In this March 9, 2020 file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, attends Ashraf Ghani's inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to a statement released Thursday, July 2, 2020, by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Khalilzad told Pakistani officials that Afghanistan’s Taliban and Kabul’s political leaders were close to starting negotiations to decide the face of a post-war Afghanistan, a crucial next step in a U.S. deal signed with the Taliban in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)
Critics of US-Taliban deal say militants can't be trustedIntelligence alleging that Afghan militants might have accepted Russian bounties for killing American troops didn’t scuttle the U.S.-Taliban agreement or President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands more troops from the war
The Associated Press16 hours ago
FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. As his bid for a second term faces growing obstacles, President Trump’s primacy in the dizzying digital world is one of his top advantages, giving him a massive platform to connect with supporters and push a message that ignores his vulnerabilities related to the pandemic, unemployment and race relations. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platformsFormer Vice President Joe Biden's campaign is feverishly working to develop a social media force that can compete with President Donald Trump's well-established digital “army” of meme makers and political influencers who retweet campaign messages in support of him
The Associated Press16 hours ago
Competitive eaters Joey Chestnut, left, and Miki Sudo, right, pose for a photograph after winning their respective divisions with new world records after the Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, Saturday, July 4, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Much of US scales back on holiday, but Trump is going bigIt's Independence Day and public health officials are urging Americans to hold more muted celebrations, given the spike in coronavirus cases
The Associated Press17 hours ago
A woman waves to passing protesters as they march in the street to bring attention to racial injustice Friday, July 3, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Protesters return to St. Louis area where couple drew gunsHundreds of protesters have made a peaceful return to the St. Louis mansion owned by a white couple whose armed defense of their home during an earlier demonstration earned them both scorn and support
The Associated Press19 hours ago
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