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This file photo shows a peach-shaped water tower in Clanton, Ala., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Jay Reeves/AP hide caption

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With Biden's Georgia coalition fracturing, Trump could win the state again in 2024

The diverse coalition of voters that delivered Georgia for President Biden in 2020 might not hold together in 2024. Many young and Black voters wanted to see more action from the administration on voting rights and criminal justice reform and some could stay home in November.

With Biden's Georgia coalition fracturing, Trump could win the state again in 2024

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Donald Trump, presumptive Republican presidential nominee, appears at the Minnesota Republican Lincoln Reagan Dinner Friday, May 17, 2024, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn. Abbie Parr/AP hide caption

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Republicans haven't won a Minnesota presidential contest in a half-century. Can Trump?

The last time a Republican presidential nominee won the state of Minnesota was 1972, but lagging enthusiasm for President Biden and a strong 2016 performance in the state have Donald Trump's campaign hoping for an upset.

Republicans haven't won a Minnesota presidential contest in a half-century. Can Trump?

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Angela Alsobrooks listens to reporters questions during a news conference at the Prince George's County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro, Md. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Roundup: Michael Cohen Testifies Against Trump And Maryland's Senate Race Is Set

Michael Cohen, a former Donald Trump attorney and central witness for the prosecution, testified against the former president in court this week. His appearance is a sign the case could soon reach its conclusion.

Roundup: Michael Cohen Testifies Against Trump And Maryland's Senate Race Is Set

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A roll of "I Voted!" stickers are shown, Oct. 6, 2020, at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department in Doral, Fla. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Fearing Criminal Penalties, Voter Registration Groups In Florida Scale Back

Florida recently increased criminal penalties for mistakes and possible fraud by groups who work to register voters. The move has led many of the groups to dramatically scale back their efforts to limit their legal risk. That could lead to lower turnout rates for young voters and voters of color in November.

Fearing Criminal Penalties, Voter Registration Groups In Florida Scale Back

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Republican presidential candidate, former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Wildwood, N.J., Saturday, May 11, 2024. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Trump Has A Vision For His Second Term. Here's How He Talks About It

Mass deportations, expanded presidential power and a civil service that emphasizes loyalty to the chief executive: here are the things Donald Trump hopes to pursue in a second term.

Trump Has A Vision For His Second Term. Here's How He Talks About It

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President Joe Biden drives a Cadillac Lyriq through the showroom during a tour at the Detroit Auto Show, Sept. 14, 2022, in Detroit. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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American Jobs, Climate Change And China Collide As Biden Unveils New Tariffs

President Biden announced new tariffs on electric vehicles, semiconductors and other products to punish China for what he describes as unfair trade practices. It is expected to keep inexpensive Chinese-made vehicles out of the American market, limiting consumer access to cheap electric cars while bolstering the domestic auto and manufacturing industries.

American Jobs, Climate Change And China Collide As Biden Unveils New Tariffs

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In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo Amazon Prime boxes are loaded on a cart for delivery in New York. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Americans Aren't Happy With The Economy, But They Spend Like They're Doing Just Fine

What does that distinction mean for Democrats' political fortunes come November? Will the 2024 look more like the 2022 midterm elections, where voters backed Democrats despite a struggling economy? Or is it 1980, when inflation and an unpopular Democratic president led to a surge in Republican power?

Americans Aren't Happy With The Economy, But They Spend Like They're Doing Just Fine

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Judge Juan Merchan presides over proceedings as Stormy Daniels, far right, answers questions on direct examination by assistant district attorney Susan Hoffinger in Manhattan criminal court as former President Donald Trump and defense attorney Todd Blanche look on, Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in New York. Elizabeth Williams/AP hide caption

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Roundup: Stormy Daniels Testifies, Why People Are Still Voting For Nikki Haley

Donald Trump remains on trial in New York state court over alleged hush money payments. This week, Trump was warned by the judge to stop violating his gag order or he could find himself in jail. And thousands of people are still casting ballots for Nikki Haley in the Republican presidential primary, even though she suspended her campaign months ago. Will those protest voters come home to Trump's candidacy, vote for President Biden or just stay home?

Roundup: Stormy Daniels Testifies, Why People Are Still Voting For Nikki Haley

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his "Investing in America agenda" at Gateway Technical College, Wednesday, May 8, 2024, in Sturtevant, Wis. Morry Gash/AP hide caption

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A Change In U.S.-Israel Policy?

In an interview with CNN, President Biden said he would block further U.S. shipments of weapons to Israel if it launched a ground invasion of Rafah as part of the Israeli war in Gaza. What impact will his statement have both for the U.S.-Israel relationship, and among progressive Democrats who call for a halt to weapon shipments to Israel?

A Change In U.S.-Israel Policy?

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Mike Johnson Keeps His Job — For Now

Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene filed a motion Wednesday afternoon to remove Speaker of the House Mike Johnson from his job. It failed by a wide, bipartisan margin. What happens now?

Mike Johnson Keeps His Job — For Now

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