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Kamala Harris is the future, so US vice-president Mike Pence may well be history
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Kamala Harris is the future, so US vice-president Mike Pence may well be history

Kamala Harris brings to that ticket some of the balance that presidential candidates typically want their running mates to bring. Biden is 77. She’s 55. Biden is East Coast. She’s West Coast. Biden is a White guy, like all but four of the major-party presidential or vice-presidential nominees before Harris. She’s not

Joe Biden names Kamala Harris as running mate to take on Donald Trump, Mike Pence in Nov
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Joe Biden names Kamala Harris as running mate to take on Donald Trump, Mike Pence in Nov

If Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris is met with a cold shoulder by some on the Left, she is likely to be embraced by Biden’s most important electoral constituency within the Democratic Party: Black voters

Civil rights hero John Lewis' funeral set for Atlanta church that Martin Luther King Jr once led
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Civil rights hero John Lewis' funeral set for Atlanta church that Martin Luther King Jr once led

King, a former pastor to the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, inspired Lewis' civil rights work as he fought segregation both on the street and during his long tenure in the US Congress

India, China and Russia don't take care of their air pollution, says Donald Trump
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India, China and Russia don't take care of their air pollution, says Donald Trump

Calling it 'one-sided, energy-destroying', Trump justified America's withdrawal from Paris climate accord on his watch

Barack Obama to feature as guest on wife Michelle's Spotify podcast debut on 29 July
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Barack Obama to feature as guest on wife Michelle's Spotify podcast debut on 29 July

In the premiere episode, Michelle Obama and Barack will hold a conversation about community, the love that powers relationships, and life after White House.

Ahead of November election, can Donald Trump realistically come back for four more years?
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Ahead of November election, can Donald Trump realistically come back for four more years?

There is no strategy that Donald Trump could adopt, no policy choice that he could make, no tweet of himself in a mask that he could issue, that would fundamentally alter his political position

John Lewis dies at 80: Activists and politicians mourn American civil rights hero's death
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John Lewis dies at 80: Activists and politicians mourn American civil rights hero's death

"He loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise," former US president Barack Obama said of the US Representative who died on Friday of pancreatic cancer at age 80

Twitter says attackers 'manipulated a small number of employees', downloaded data from up to eight non-verified accounts
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Twitter says attackers 'manipulated a small number of employees', downloaded data from up to eight non-verified accounts

Hackers accessed Twitter’s internal systems to hijack some of the platform’s top voices including US presidential candidate Joe Biden, billionaire Elon Musk and former president Barack Obama

John Lewis, towering figure of America's Civil Rights Movement, dies at 80
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John Lewis, towering figure of America's Civil Rights Movement, dies at 80

On the front lines of the bloody campaign to end Jim Crow laws, with blows to his body and a fractured skull to prove it, John Lewis was a valiant stalwart of the civil rights movement and the last surviving speaker at the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

Hack of Joe Biden, Barack Obama's Twitter accounts revealed an election system teeming with risks
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Hack of Joe Biden, Barack Obama's Twitter accounts revealed an election system teeming with risks

Investigators are still trying to determine exactly how the hackers got inside Twitter’s systems and took such command of the platform that, when Twitter employees took the Bitcoin-seeking messages down, the disinformation popped right back up

Twitter stepped up search for chief information security officer ahead of the breach of high-profile accounts
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Twitter stepped up search for chief information security officer ahead of the breach of high-profile accounts

FBI believes hackers committed cryptocurrency fraud after they seized control of the Twitter accounts of celebrities and political figures.

Twitter hack: Compromised accounts will remain blocked until investigation completes, internal system access limited
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Twitter hack: Compromised accounts will remain blocked until investigation completes, internal system access limited

Twitter says the attack is "a coordinated social engineering attack" that targetted its employees with access to internal systems and tools.

Twitter locks down multiple profiles after Obama, Biden, Musk have accounts hacked in bitcoin scam
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Twitter locks down multiple profiles after Obama, Biden, Musk have accounts hacked in bitcoin scam

Some experts said it seemed probable that hackers had access to Twitter’s internal infrastructure

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo dismisses most of Beijing's claims in the South China Sea as 'illegal'
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US secretary of state Mike Pompeo dismisses most of Beijing's claims in the South China Sea as 'illegal'

Mike Pompeo said that “Beijing has failed to put forth a lawful, coherent maritime claim in the South China Sea,” and so the United States was rejecting any Chinese claim to waters beyond a 12-nautical mile territorial sea

Lin-Manuel Miranda weighs on Hamilton release on Disney+, and Donald Trump's criticism of Broadway show
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Lin-Manuel Miranda weighs on Hamilton release on Disney+, and Donald Trump's criticism of Broadway show

Hamilton is a Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which talks about American history and identity, slavery and immigration.

'He's worried about looking bad': Joe Biden hits out at 'self-centred' Donald Trump's coronavirus response
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'He's worried about looking bad': Joe Biden hits out at 'self-centred' Donald Trump's coronavirus response

The number of coronavirus cases has spiked across much of the United States, particularly in the Sun Belt states that were among the first to reopen large parts of public life

Donald Trump signs Executive Order on police reform even as he presses for 'law and order' after weeks of protests against racial injustice
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Donald Trump signs Executive Order on police reform even as he presses for 'law and order' after weeks of protests against racial injustice

President Donald Trump, facing criticism that his policies and inflammatory rhetoric have aggravated a racial divide in the United States, signed an order on Tuesday that he said would reform police practices even as he pressed for 'law and order' nationwide.

End of reason: Why statue vandalism, thought policing and rise of a 'woke' religion signal decline of liberalism
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End of reason: Why statue vandalism, thought policing and rise of a 'woke' religion signal decline of liberalism

To a certain extent, this upheaval was due because the US never really got down to confront its racist past the way Germans did.

Donald Trump administration, during LGBTQ Pride Month, revokes Obama-era health protections for transpeople
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Donald Trump administration, during LGBTQ Pride Month, revokes Obama-era health protections for transpeople

In a move applauded by President Donald Trump's conservative religious base, his administration on Friday finalized a rule that overturns Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care.

Donald Trump demands CNN retract 'phony' poll that shows him trailing Joe Biden by 14 percentage points
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Donald Trump demands CNN retract 'phony' poll that shows him trailing Joe Biden by 14 percentage points

In an unusual cease-and-desist letter, the Donald Trump campaign called on CNN to retract and apologise for a national poll this week that showed the president trailing his Democratic opponent, former vice-president Joe Biden, by 14 percentage points among registered voters