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At least 6 Republican operatives, some tied to Trump camp, working to get Kanye West on the 2020 ballot

Marc Piasecki/GC ImagesBy BEATRICE PETERSON, TERRANCE SMITH, SOO RIN KIM, and JEFFREY COOK, ABC NewsAt least six operatives who have been prominently involved in the Republican political world have been linked to Kanye West’s captivating 11th-hour independent 2020 presidential bid.As the rivalry between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden intensifies with less…read more »

Denying federal aid to state, local governments could put neediest residents at risk

uschools/iStockBy SHANNON K. CRAWFORD, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Like their residents, state and local governments are finding themselves cash-strapped as they contend with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Whether to provide them with more assistance is a key point of contention as negotiators on Capitol Hill work to broker a deal on the next relief package.Where they…read more »

Biden faces backlash for comparing diversity in African American, Latino communities

Mark Makela/Getty ImagesBy MOLLY NAGLE and JOHN VERHOVEK, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — Former Vice President Joe Biden joined the American Federation of Teachers’ virtual convention on Thursday and addressed the ongoing debate over reopening schools and COVID-19 vaccine development.Former Vice President Joe Biden has come under fire for comparing diversity in African American and Latino…read more »

NY Attorney General lawsuit seeks to dissolve National Rifle Association

DNY59/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY, MATTHEW MOSK and PETE MADDEN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The New York Attorney General is filing a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association, seeking to dissolve the powerful gun lobby for a multitude of alleged violations of state law governing charities.Attorney General Letitia James is accusing the NRA of an array of…read more »

As coronavirus spreads through nation’s jails and prisons, lawmakers demand more transparency on toll

FooTToo/iStockBy TONYA SIMPSON and LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Citing the growing toll from a hidden side of the coronavirus pandemic, top Democratic lawmakers are looking to require state and federal prisons to open their books on the number of cases behind bars.Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren, Patty Murray, and Cory Booker led a group introducing…read more »

Dems want expert panel to OK coronavirus vaccine before mass use

simon2579/iStockBy BENJAMIN SIEGEL and LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — House Democrats are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to empower an independent panel of experts to review and sign off before a coronavirus vaccine is distributed to the general public, a move aimed at quelling some health experts’ fears the Trump administration might ram…read more »

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