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Facebook improving hate speech detection ahead of Myanmar election

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Tuesday that it was preparing for Myanmar’s general election in November by improving the detection and removal of hate speech and content that incites violence and preventing the spread of misinformation. The company said in a... More »

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Facebook lifts block on pro-Biden ad, citing ‘enforcement error’

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Monday it had erred in blocking a pro-Biden ad submitted by Democratic political action committee Priorities USA, after initially telling the group the video violated its policy against “sensational” conten... More »

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U.S. presidential hopeful Biden says he would not ban fracking

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Monday he would not ban hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of drilling for crude oil and natural gas, if elected and called Republican assertions that he supports such a ban a... More »

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New Zealand’s Ardern postpones election as coronavirus flares up

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s prime minister postponed the country’s general election on Monday by a month to Oct. 17 as the city of Auckland remains in lockdown due to a growing coronavirus outbreak. Jacinda Ardern bowed to pressure to delay the polls ... More »

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Explainer: The purpose of U.S. presidential nominating conventions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has held presidential nominating conventions for almost 200 years, and they have served in recent decades as an important televised introduction to each party’s candidate in the final months before the election. Here is... More »

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U.S. election will be Nov. 3 as planned, Trump advisers say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House and Donald Trump’s campaign on Sunday sought to shut down the Republican president’s musings on delaying the 2020 vote, saying there will be an election on Nov. 3. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Trump was ra... More »

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Record number of Black women set to run for U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON(Reuters) – Joyce Elliott, an Arkansas state senator who is seeking a U.S. congressional seat in November, was the second Black student to attend her local public high school- the first was her older sister. If elected in November, she will be the fi... More »

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What would Kanye West have to do to launch a late White House bid?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If Kanye West is serious about running for president, the American rapper and fashion designer will face major obstacles to mount a serious campaign less than four months before the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election. West, who said in a ... More »

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U.S. Supreme Court blocks Alabama order easing voting restrictions

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower-court ruling that would have relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama state during the coronavirus pandemic. Alabama requires voters to submit a photo identification when they apply for an absentee b... More »

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Trump campaign rallies to start up again in next two weeks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump plans to start holding campaign rallies again in the next two weeks, a Trump campaign official said on Monday, ending a three-month hiatus brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Trump, who thrives on the ener... More »

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Biden’s ‘compassion’ meant world to Floyd family: lawyer

(Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden showed compassion that “meant the world” to George Floyd’s family on Monday, according to a lawyer for relatives of the black man who died in police custody. Biden met with Floyd’s relatives in Houston fo... More »

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Democrat Biden says he would kill Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Joe Biden’s campaign said on Monday that if elected president, the presumptive Democratic nominee would rescind the permit for Keystone XL pipeline, which effectively would doom the long-troubled project. In doing so, Biden would reverse... More »

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Trump and Republicans narrowly top Biden in April fundraising

(Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee said on Monday they jointly raised $61.7 million in April, just beating the month’s haul for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his party. A ... More »

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Trump wades into Pennsylvania coronavirus plan, governor pushes back

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump accused Democrats of moving to reopen U.S. states from coronavirus lockdown measures too slowly for political advantage on Monday, as Pennsylvania’s governor hit back against Republicans pushing a faster timetable.... More »

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Coronavirus scrambles 2020 expectations for Trump in must-win Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – Before the coronavirus pandemic, Desi Marinov considered herself “apolitical.” The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, flight attendant didn’t even bother to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Losing her job due to lockdowns to curb the spre... More »

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Biden raises over three times as much money as Trump in March

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden raised more than three times as much money for his campaign than President Donald Trump managed in March, a potential sign of voter enthusiasm for the Democratic challenger. Biden’s campaign... More »

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Biden courts Sanders voters with student loan, healthcare policies

(Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday proposed expanding access to Medicare and forgiving some student debt in new overtures to supporters of onetime rival Bernie Sanders. Biden, who became Democrats’ presumptive nominee when Sand... More »

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Wisconsin set to hold in-person voting in presidential primary

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin is set to hold in-person voting next week after the state’s legislature on Saturday declined to take up an effort delaying the presidential primary due to the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s Republican-controlled legislature q... More »

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Democrats delay presidential convention until Aug. – Politico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democrats have delayed their presidential nominating convention in Wisconsin by more than a month to Aug. 17, after the party’s leading candidate, Joe Biden, said the massive gathering should be rescheduled amid the deadly coronavir... More »

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Coronavirus emerges as major threat to U.S. election process

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. election officials looking to construct a safe voting system in a worsening coronavirus pandemic are confronting a grim reality: there may not be enough time, money or political will to make it happen by the November election. The p... More »

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Three takeaways from the Biden-Sanders presidential face-off

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders faced off on Sunday in what was possibly the final debate of the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating contest, with their ideological differences laid bare amidst the national crisis over the coronavirus p... More »

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Biden gets backing from largest U.S. teachers union

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden has won the backing of the National Education Association, the largest U.S. teachers union with 3 million members. “Joe is the tireless advocate for public education and is the partner ... More »

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Democratic rivals tell billionaire Bloomberg: Let’s debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidates said on Sunday billionaire Michael Bloomberg should face the same rigorous scrutiny as his rivals and they would welcome the chance to square off with him in a 2020 presidential debate. Bloomberg, ... More »

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How Bernie Sanders’ passionate base revitalized his campaign

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – When Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders suffered a heart attack in October, what upset his long-time supporter Craig Althof the most was the way it was covered by the media. In the opinion of 65-year-old Althof, who h... More »

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Irish housing crisis derails Varadkar’s re-election bid

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Nine years after a devastating crash in property prices catapulted the party of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to power, a housing market recovery too rapid for many threatens to dump it into opposition at this week’s general election. Th... More »

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Black Democratic group co-chair endorses Steyer in South Carolina

(Reuters) – The co-chair of South Carolina’s caucus for African-American women endorsed billionaire U.S. presidential candidate Tom Steyer on Sunday, helpful backing in the first state to vote in which most Democrats are black. “This is a crucial election and ... More »

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Iran’s Rouhani calls for unity, accuses Trump of exploiting rift

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranians should not allow U.S. President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” approach to harm national unity ahead of parliamentary elections, President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech, lashing out at hardliners over mass disqualification of ca... More »

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U.S. candidate Bloomberg vows to back Israel, takes dig at Sanders

(Reuters) – U.S. presidential contender Michael Bloomberg pledged on Sunday to “always have Israel’s back,” while separately joking he was the only Jewish candidate who does not want to turn the United States into a “kibbutz.” The joke, made during a speech on... More »

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Democrat Bloomberg vows to narrow wealth gap for black Americans

(Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Sunday pledged to narrow the wealth gap between black and white Americans by boosting black ownership of homes and businesses and investing in poor neighborhoods. Bloomberg, a late entry to the... More »

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Bernie Sanders picks up backing of influential New Hampshire union

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders gained the support on Sunday of a large and influential labor union in New Hampshire, an important early-voting state Democratic presidential nomination contest. The union, SEA/SEIU Local 1984, has more than 1... More »

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Desperate to defeat Trump, Democrats grapple with ‘electability’

MASON CITY, Iowa/DAVENPORT, Iowa (Reuters) – Kristen Marttila braved sub-freezing temperatures on Saturday to knock on doors in Mason City, Iowa, trying to convince voters to cast their lot with Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren in the state’s... More »

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Texas a linchpin in Biden’s Super Tuesday strategy

(Reuters) – With the first Democratic nominating contests less than two months away, former Vice President Joe Biden is already looking beyond to Super Tuesday in March, when some of the biggest electoral prizes will be up for grabs. Biden traveled to Texas on... More »