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Sen. Tammy Duckworth defends her patriotism, Tucker Carlson’s right to free speech

Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty ImagesBy LAUREN LANTRY, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — In the latest bout in the ongoing feud between Sen. Tammy Duckworth and right-leaning TV personality and Fox News host and commentator Tucker Carlson, Duckworth penned an op-ed in The New York Times on Thursday, defending all Americans’ right to freedom of speech and opinion, including Carlson’s.”Even…read more »

President Trump commutes sentence of longtime friend, adviser Roger Stone

Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesBy KATHERINE FAULDERS, ALI DUKAKIS, ALEXANDER MALLIN, and JOHN SANTUCCI, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — President Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone, the White House announced on Friday.In a statement, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump had “signed an Executive…read more »

Trump targets tax-exempt status for schools, universities

OlegAlbinsky/iStockBy BEN GITTLESON, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Friday wrote he was instructing the Treasury Department “to re-examine” the “tax-exempt status …and/or funding” of “universities and school systems” that, he said, “are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education.”In a pair of tweets sent while he flew to the battleground state of Florida for…read more »

Top Pentagon officials say Russian bounty program not corroborated

Ivan Cholakov/iStockBy LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that the intelligence on the Russian bounty program had not been corroborated by intelligence agencies and that they do not believe any attacks in Afghanistan that resulted in American casualties…read more »

Broad disapproval for Trump’s handling of coronavirus, race relations: POLL

ABC News/Ipsos PollBy KENDALL KARSON, ABC News(NEW YORK) — President Donald Trump is facing broad disapproval for his management of the two major crises gripping the nation, with two-thirds of Americans giving him low marks for both his response to the coronavirus pandemic and his handling of race relations, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos…read more »

Supreme Court holds much of Oklahoma is Native American land

Marilyn Nieves/iStockBy LAUREN LANTRY, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling on Thursday, held that nearly half of Oklahoma – home to 1.8 million residents – is Native American territory, saying any Native American resident on Native American land cannot be tried in state criminal court, and instead must be tried in…read more »

Biden takes on Trump in speech outlining vision for economy recovery

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesBy MOLLY NAGLE and JOHN VERHOVEK, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Former Vice President Joe Biden tore into President Donald Trump Thursday on the incumbent’s signature issue, the economy, seeking to cast him as a divisive and incompetent leader while unveiling the first major plank of his economic recovery plan.”Donald Trump may believe that pitting…read more »

Mississippi statehouse shuttered for 2 weeks as dozens of lawmakers contract coronavirus

iStock/SeanPavonePhoto(WASHINGTON) — BY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NewsThe statehouse in Mississippi has been closed as a surge in novel coronavirus cases now includes at least 26 lawmakers — both representatives and senators — and 10 Capitol employees.”That number will certainly grow,” Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state’s health officer, said at a news conference on Wednesday, when…read more »