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Trump paints dark picture of America, promises rosy future if he defeats Biden

Celebrating his birthday, former President Donald Trump presented a dark vision of America that he said could only be transformed one way — with his return as president. He said the country was hobbled by rising prices, endangered by criminals from other countries  and threatened by terrorists he claimed are roaming the nation. “This is the most important election that our country has ever had because we’re a failing nation. And we can’t be a failing nation for long,” he said. Trump’s declarations came Friday night during a combination rally and birthday celebration in West Palm Beach before...

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Donald Trump has posted a $175 million bond to avert asset seizure as he appeals NY fraud penalty

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and JENNIFER PELTZ (Associated Press) NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump posted a $175 million bond on Monday in his New York civil fraud case, halting collection of the more than $454 million he owes and preventing the state from seizing his assets to satisfy the debt while he appeals, according to a court filing. A New York appellate court had given the former president 10 days to put up the money after a panel of judges agreed last month to slash the amount needed to stop the clock on enforcement. The bond Trump is posting with the court now is essentially a placeholder, meant...

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Donald Trump clinches win at US Virgin Islands caucus, which defied Republican Party rules

By DÁNICA COTO (Associated Press) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Donald Trump amassed another win at a Republican caucus held Thursday in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where officials flouted several GOP party rules, including holding the contest earlier than allowed. The caucus is the third Republican contest held this election season with delegates at stake, with Trump receiving 73.98% of the votes and Nikki Haley 26.02%. “I want to thank you all. We had a tremendous victory,” Trump said in brief remarks by phone to those who gathered in St. Thomas to hear the results. “We expected to win, but we...

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Marianne Williamson suspends presidential campaign, ending long-shot challenge to Biden

By Will Weissert, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Self-help author and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson on Wednesday announced the end of her long-shot Democratic challenge to President Joe Biden. The 71-year-old onetime spiritual adviser to Oprah Winfrey contemplated suspending her campaign last month after winning just 5,000 votes in New Hampshire’s primary, writing that she “had to decide whether now is the time for a dignified exit or continue on our campaign journey.” Related Articles National Politics | Broken Congress: It can’t fix the border, fund allies or impeach...

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Republican National Committee plans to soon consider declaring Trump the ‘presumptive 2024 nominee’

By MEG KINNARD and THOMAS BEAUMONT (Associated Press) COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Republican National Committee is expected to consider a resolution next week to declare Donald Trump the party’s “presumptive 2024 nominee,” even though only two states have voted and the former president has nowhere near the requisite number of delegates to clinch the mantle. If approved, the measure would further solidify Trump’s control of the party and its operation at a time when former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley is still competing against Trump for the GOP nomination. The measure, according to a...

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Leading DeSantis supporters in Florida quickly shift to Trump as governor ends presidential bid

Outspoken Florida supporters of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ failed presidential campaign mourned his decision, announced Sunday, to drop out. Many quickly endorsed former President Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican nomination. “I’m proud of the work that he did,” said state Rep. Chip LaMarca, the only Republican elected official in a partisan office in Broward County. “As he said, there’s not necessarily a path forward for him, so I think he’s doing the right thing.” “To be honest, I’m disappointed,” said Joe Budd, the elected Republican state committeeman from Palm Beach County. Both were outspoken...

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Trump leads GOP rightward march and other takeaways from the Iowa caucuses

By Nicholas Riccardi and Brian Slodysko, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s iron grip on the Republican Party has been clear since the day he announced he would make another run for the White House 14 months ago. It can be seen in the party’s ideological shift even further to the right on cultural issues and, especially, on immigration policy. Iowa Republicans were a clear reflection of that on Monday night, delivering the former president an emphatic victory. They channeled his anger, and his view that basically everything President Joe Biden has done has been a “disaster.” About...

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