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Philadelphia mayor fires city’s treasurer after he is arrested on federal charges

Philadelphia mayor fires city’s treasurer after he is arrested on federal charges

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney fired the city’s treasurer on Friday after he was arrested and federally indicted for embezzling money from clients at his previous job as a financial adviser. Christian Dunbar also faces allegations that he and his wife, identified in the criminal complaint as F.N.D., set up fake marriages when they were classmates…

Fact-check: Team Trump capitalizes on Pennsylvania ballot incident to baselessly accuse Democrats of ‘stealing’ the election

President Donald Trump and his campaign are spreading disinformation about an incident in Pennsylvania where nine ballots were improperly discarded, and are falsely claiming it proves widespread “voter fraud” and that Democrats are “trying to steal the election.” According to federal and local authorities, an election worker improperly threw out nine military ballots in Luzerne…

Local officials say nine Pennsylvania ballots were discarded due to an error, undercutting Trump claims of intentional fraud

Local officials say nine Pennsylvania ballots were discarded due to an error, undercutting Trump claims of intentional fraud

Local officials in Pennsylvania on Friday provided more information about nine potentially mishandled ballots in Luzerne County, which the White House repeatedly cited to attack mail-in voting and question the integrity of November’s election. In a statement, county officials said the issue regarding nine military ballots was caused by a “temporary seasonal independent contractor” who…

The week in 15 headlines

Late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman and Jewish person to lay in state at the US Capitol on Friday. Meanwhile, negotiators averted a government shutdown, which loomed this week.  Monday Trump narrows Supreme Court list as weighty decision looms Second judge rules against USPS, says election mail must be prioritized…

Dems to insist Trump’s court nominee sit out legal challenges to election results

Dems to insist Trump’s court nominee sit out legal challenges to election results

Senate Democrats say they will press President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to commit to recuse herself if the justices hear a case that could impact the outcome of the fall elections, a request that could become a major flashpoint amid Trump’s persistent attacks on the legitimacy of the elections. Trump in recent weeks has…

Trump unveils ‘Platinum Plan’ for Black Americans

Trump unveils ‘Platinum Plan’ for Black Americans

President Donald Trump unveiled a plan aimed at winning over Black Americans on Friday, less than two months before Election Day, largely expanding upon the existing economic-related initiatives the President established in his first term. The proposals that include prosecuting the Ku Klux Klan and Antifa as terrorist organizations, making Juneteenth a federal holiday and…

Trump uses FBI director as a foil ahead of Election Day

Trump uses FBI director as a foil ahead of Election Day

When the White House opened up a new line of attack Friday on President Donald Trump’s hand-picked FBI director, it might have seemed like a precursor to another dismissal. But in Trump’s White House, attacks on the FBI have become commonplace. And being constantly at odds with its director Christopher Wray, one of the nation’s…

Ron Paul hospitalized after apparent medical episode, says he’s ‘doing fine’

Ron Paul hospitalized after apparent medical episode, says he’s ‘doing fine’

Former Texas congressman Ron Paul was hospitalized earlier Friday after an apparent medical episode but is now “doing fine,” according to a tweet posted to his Twitter account. Paul — a well-known libertarian, three-time presidential candidate and the father of Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — was seen visually slurring his words during a livestream…

Sources: Trump intends to nominate Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Sources: Trump intends to nominate Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump intends to choose Amy Coney Barrett to be the new Supreme Court justice, according to multiple senior Republican sources with knowledge of the process. In conversations with some senior Republican allies on the Hill, the White House is indicating that Barrett, a federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law professor, is the…

Federal appeals court gives border wall spending lawsuit another chance

Federal appeals court gives border wall spending lawsuit another chance

A federal appeals court on Friday reversed course in the border wall lawsuit, delivering a potential win to House Democrats who sued over President Donald Trump’s transfer of Defense Department funds to construct the wall. The appeals court disagreed with the lower court over the constitutional claims in the case and sent it back for…

Ginsburg’s longtime personal trainer honors the late justice with pushups

Ginsburg’s longtime personal trainer honors the late justice with pushups

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer honored the late Supreme Court justice on Friday in a fitting fashion. Following the ceremony for the liberal icon at the US Capitol, Bryant Johnson went to pay his final respects to Ginsburg, who he had trained for more than two decades. Pausing before her casket as it lay in…

She marched in Selma as a young girl. Now she’s seeing history repeat on voting rights

She marched in Selma as a young girl. Now she’s seeing history repeat on voting rights

Joanne Bland was an 11-year-old schoolgirl in Selma, Alabama, when she marched into history, joining hundreds of activists on the Edmund Pettus Bridge for a demonstration that turned into one of the bloodiest confrontations of the civil rights movement. Baton-wielding state troopers and horse-mounted members of the sheriff’s posse, plunged into the peaceful crowd that…

Appellate judges skeptical of Trump’s argument to block subpoena for financial records

Appellate judges skeptical of Trump’s argument to block subpoena for financial records

A lawyer for President Donald Trump told a federal appeals court Friday that there is no request for documents that could be made as part of the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation concerning hush-money payments issued during the 2016 presidential election that he wouldn’t consider overbroad. During oral arguments as part of Trump’s lawsuit to block…

Trump has lost patience with CDC head after series of mixed messages

Trump has lost patience with CDC head after series of mixed messages

President Donald Trump has lost patience with the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, as well as with the other public health experts on his coronavirus team because their sober messaging on the future of the pandemic clashes with his rosy assessments. Trump believes that breakthroughs are not…

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for Covid-19

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for Covid-19

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife have tested positive for Covid-19, his office announced Friday. The Democratic governor is not experiencing symptoms, while Virginia first lady Pamela Northam currently has “mild symptoms,” the governor’s office said. Both will isolate over the next 10 days and the governor will continue working from home. The Northams…

Of the 114 Supreme Court justices in US history, all but 6 have been White men

Of the 114 Supreme Court justices in US history, all but 6 have been White men

Since the Supreme Court was established in 1789, 114 justices have served on the bench. Of those, 108 have been White men. The next justice may alter the diversity of the court. President Trump is expected to nominate a woman to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and has said he’ll announce…

Ginsburg spent her final weeks living as if there’d be many more

Ginsburg spent her final weeks living as if there’d be many more

In the weeks right before her death, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was still conferring on cases, penning notes to friends and continuing to schedule social events, including a wedding that she was to officiate the day she died. Ginsburg, who had been fighting complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas, was taken to Johns Hopkins…