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John Wagner

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Annapolis, MD, United States

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Recent articles by John:

Trump says he’s a victim of ‘political prosecution’ after Supreme Court rulings

In tweets, the president claimed that he is being treated differently than past presidents as he continues to resist releasing his tax returns and other financial documents. → Read More

CDC will issue new guidance on school openings, Pence says, after criticism from Trump

After President Trump called recommendations for safely reopening schools “very tough & expensive,” other officials stressed that the government guidance is optional. → Read More

Colorado Democrats nominate John Hickenlooper to challenge Cory Gardner in race that could decide control of Senate

The former governor has been dealing with controversies over ethics and racially insensitive comments. → Read More

Florida reports nearly 9,000 new coronavirus cases; Texas reverses course to stave off surge

(Robert Ray/The Washington Post) Media: Washington Post Coronavirus cases continued skyrocketing in Florida, where health officials Friday reported 8,942 new infections, eclipsing a previous single-day record of 5,511 set just two days ago. Fatalities in the state also appeared to be trending upward, with 39 new deaths announced Friday. → Read More

Senate confirms 200th judicial nominee from Trump, a legacy that will last well-beyond November

WASHINGTON - A divided Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Donald Trump's 200th judicial nominee, a milestone that reflects the breakneck speed at which he and fellow Republicans have moved to create a legacy that will endure regardless of the outcome of this year's elections. On a largely party-line 52-to-48 vote, the Republican-led chamber approved the nomination of Cory Wilson of… → Read More

Second presidential debate moved from Ann Arbor to Miami

Miami will substitute as a presidential debate site after a venue in Ann Arbor, Mich., withdrew over concerns about holding a large-scale event amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Tuesday. The commission announced that the second debate, scheduled for Oct. 15, will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade… → Read More

Rep. Ilhan Omar's father dies of covid-19 complications

The father of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. has died of complications from covid-19, the congresswoman announced Monday night, as the pandemic continued to touch the lives of members of Congress and their families. "It is with tremendous sadness and pain that I share that my father, Nur Omar Mohamed, passed away due to complications from covid-19," Omar said in a statement. "No words can describe… → Read More

Cruz wants to settle Twitter feud with wrestling match between actor Ron Perlman and Rep. Jim Jordan

Sen. Ted Cruz , R-Texas, has proposed resolving a Twitter feud involving Ron Perlman with a wrestling match between the 70-year-old actor - known for his role as "Hellboy," among others - and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a former wrestling coach. Cruz offered the bizarre proposal, accompanied by a $10,000 bet on the outcome, in an early morning tweet Monday in which he sought to come to the aid of… → Read More

Ben Carson predicts Trump will ‘get there’ on understanding athletes taking a knee

The president’s housing secretary made his comments during a radio interview in which he said Trump has shown less animosity toward the practice recently. → Read More

Trump reschedules Juneteenth rally in Tulsa amid criticism

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced Friday that he is rescheduling his first campaign rally in months following criticism that it was set for set for Juneteenth, the observance of the end of slavery in the United States, in a city that experienced one of the country's worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history. In a late-night tweet, Trump said he is pushing the "Make America… → Read More

Trump downplays concerns of Pentagon’s top general about church photo, calls it a ‘beautiful picture’

The president’s comments came hours after Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, apologized for appearing in a photo at St. John’s Episcopal Church. → Read More

Trump campaign seeks apology, retraction of CNN poll showing Biden leading

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is asking CNN for an apology and demanding a retraction of a poll that shows presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden with a sizable lead, claiming it was designed "to manufacture an anti-Trump narrative." CNN said Wednesday that it stands by the poll, which showed Trump trailing the former vice president, 41% to 55%, or by 14 points,… → Read More

Democrats unveil broad police reform bill, pledge to transform law enforcement

WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats on Monday unveiled broad police reform legislation, pledging to transform law enforcement across the country in the wake of George Floyd's death while in the hands of police in Minneapolis, which has sparked nationwide protests. The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 would ban chokeholds, establish a national database to track police misconduct and prohibit… → Read More

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez equivocates when asked if she’ll support Pelosi for another term as speaker

During a Democratic primary debate, the freshman lawmaker said that issue is “always subject to continuing dynamics.” → Read More

Trump strongly hints at pardon of political adviser Roger Stone, saying he should ‘sleep well at night’

Stone, convicted of lying to Congress, has been ordered to report to federal prison later this month. → Read More

Obama speaks out on unrest, urges focus on state and local elections

Former president Barack Obama is urging those angered by the death of George Floyd to focus their efforts on state and local elections and to push officials on those levels for specific reforms to the criminal justice system. "If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation's long… → Read More

McConnell condemns violent protests but says anger fueling them is understandable

The Senate majority leader, who is up for reelection this year in Kentucky, said recent deaths by police are “disturbing chapters.” → Read More

McCarthy sidesteps questions on Trump's conspiracy theory involving former congressman

WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy declined to weigh in Wednesday on a baseless conspiracy theory being promoted by President Donald Trump, saying he did not serve with the former congressman whom the president has falsely linked to the death of a staff member. McCarthy, the chamber's top Republican, was asked about the president's claims hours after Trump's latest attack on MSNBC… → Read More

Trump reiterates conspiracy theory about woman's death, ignoring widower's plea for peace

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and the White House on Tuesday continued to promote a baseless conspiracy theory about a woman's 2001 death, ignoring her grieving widower's plea for peace and putting renewed pressure on social media companies about the president's use of their platforms. Twitter issued a public apology to the family of Lori Klausutis, whose death Trump has repeatedly… → Read More

Trump calls Romney a ‘LOSER’ following sharp criticism for firing inspectors general

In a tweet, the president included a montage of the election night news coverage of their respective presidential bids. → Read More