Think diplomacy is tough? Try a White House state dinner

the white house —  Preparations take months. No detail is overlooked, for this is perhaps the most evolved form of diplomacy: the state dinner. As first lady Jill Biden prepares Wednesday to host her fifth state dinner, for Japan’s leader, she made it clear that every aesthetic detail — from the crystal on the tables, … Read more

Trump launches last-minute bid to delay hush money criminal case

Trump launches last-minute bid to delay hush money criminal case

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NEW YORK —  Donald Trump asked a New York appeals court on Monday to reverse his gag order and move his hush money criminal trial out of Manhattan in an eleventh-hour bid for a delay just a week before it is scheduled to start. A judge in the state’s mid-level appeals court was to hold … Read more

Biden campaign reacts to Trump’s single-event fundraising record

Biden campaign reacts to Trump’s single-event fundraising record

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In an interview with VOA, President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign downplayed the new single-event fundraising record set on Saturday by Donald Trump’s campaign. Analysts point out, however, that money alone won’t secure either candidate’s return to the White House. VOA’s Veronica Balderas Iglesias has the story. SOURCE

Focus Shifts to Weighty Job of Removing Collapsed Baltimore Bridge

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Focus Shifts to Weighty Job of Removing Collapsed Baltimore Bridge

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND —  Teams of engineers are now focused on the formidable job of hauling the shattered remains of the Francis Scott Key Bridge out of Maryland’s Patapsco River, the first step toward reopening the Port of Baltimore and recovering the bodies of four workers who are still missing and presumed dead. A massive cargo … Read more

Brittney Griner Reaches Deal to Return to Mercury

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Brittney Griner Reaches Deal to Return to Mercury

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Eight-time All-Star center Brittney Griner has re-signed with the Phoenix Mercury. The WNBA did not disclose terms of the contract late Friday. However, multiple media outlets reported the free agent was given a one-year deal that the Mercury officially will announce next week. Griner, 33, returned last season after missing the 2022 campaign while being … Read more