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Carson says he’s ‘out of the woods’ after battling COVID-19

Nov 21 2020 — Darlene Superville — STERLING, Va. — Housing Secretary Ben Carson is crediting unapproved, experimental treatments with saving his life after he became “desperately ill” following his infection with the coronavirus. There is no medical evidence that the treatments Carson cited worked. A retired neurosurgeon, Carson said Friday that he believes he's now “out of the woods." He disclosed […]

Trump tweets Don Jr doing well after coronavirus infection

Nov 21 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Saturday his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is doing “very well” in quarantine after becoming infected with the coronavirus. “My son Donald is doing very well. Thank you!” the president tweeted, following Friday’s disclosure that the 42-year-old Trump scion had become one of the nearly 12 million Americans infected […]

EXPLAINER: Long lines to vote on Election Day aren’t unusual

Nov 3 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Long voting lines on Election Day aren’t unusual or necessarily a sign of that something nefarious is afoot. They’re often the product of something as simple as heavier-than-expected turnout for an important election like Tuesday’s presidential, congressional and other races. Long lines also develop when there aren’t enough voting machines — either because […]

EXPLAINER: Pandemic to factor into inauguration planning

Nov 3 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Every four years at the stroke of noon on Jan. 20, the president-elect or the reelected president of the United States takes the oath of office for a four-year term. The inaugural ceremony at the U.S. Capitol also includes a luncheon. There's also a parade, followed by the president and first lady dancing […]

EXPLAINER: For election winner, much transition work ahead

Nov 3 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — No matter who wins on Tuesday, Republican President Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden each will have their work cut out for them during the weeks between the presidential election and the inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20, 2021. That period is known as the “transition," and this year's window is 78 days, or […]

Trump paints apocalyptic portrait of life in US under Biden

Oct 29 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — The suburbs wouldn't be the suburbs anymore, the economy would sink into its worst depression ever and police departments would cease to exist. Even America's older adults would be left to figure out how to get by without heat, air conditioning or electricity. This is the apocalyptic version of American life that President […]

Melania Trump nixes campaign trip due to cough from COVID

Oct 20 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Melania Trump’s return to the campaign trail will have to wait. The first lady has decided against accompanying President Donald Trump to a campaign rally Tuesday in Erie, Pennsylvania, because of a lingering cough after her bout with COVID-19, said Stephanie Grisham, her chief of staff. It was to be Mrs. Trump's first […]

First lady lashes out at media about friend’s tell-all book

Oct 16 2020 — Darlene Superville — DORAL, Fla. — Melania Trump lashed out Friday at “self-serving adults” for focusing on her falling out with a friend and adviser, writing that the attention paid to “salacious claims” about the broken relationship comes at the expense of her work on behalf of children. Mrs. Trump also sharply criticized Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the former […]

First lady: Son Barron had coronavirus, but no symptoms

Oct 15 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Melania Trump said Wednesday that her and the president's teenage son, Barron, tested positive for the coronavirus not long after his parents, but had no symptoms. She made the revelation in a lengthy note chronicling her personal experience with COVID-19, including being hit with a “roller coaster” of symptoms that she treated naturally […]

Trump tightens Cuba sanctions as he woos Cuban-American vote

Sep 23 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that U.S. travellers won't be allowed to bring home Cuban cigars and rum or stay in government-owned hotels there under new measures designed to help financially cripple the island's government. The action came as Trump is seeking to boost his appeal among Cuban Americans, a crucial Republican-leaning voting […]

Trump open to inquiry into DeJoy and campaign contributions

Sep 7 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he's open to an investigation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy following published reports that former employees of DeJoy, a major donor to Trump and other Republicans, said they felt pressured to make campaign contributions to GOP candidates. The president also said Monday that DeJoy should lose his job if […]

COVID-19 vaccine latest flashpoint in White House campaign

Sep 7 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — The prospect of a vaccine to shield Americans from coronavirus infection emerged Monday as a point of contention in the White House race as President Donald Trump accused Democrats of “disparaging” for political gain a vaccine he repeatedly has said could be available before the election. “It's so dangerous for our country, what […]

Book: Pence told ‘to be on standby’ for Trump hospital visit

Sep 1 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — A new book is reviving questions about President Donald Trump's unscheduled visit to Walter Reed military hospital last fall with the revelation that “word went out” for Vice-President Mike Pence to stand by to temporarily assume presidential powers if Trump had to receive anesthesia for a medical procedure. Pence said in an interview […]

White House public tours to resume Sept. 12 with COVID rules

Sep 1 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — Public tours of the White House, halted nearly six months ago due to the coronavirus outbreak, are set to resume later this month with new health and safety policies in place. Tours will resume Sept. 12, for two days a week instead of five, and for just a few hours a day, the […]

Ex-adviser to first lady: Working for Trumps was a ‘mistake’

Sep 1 2020 — Darlene Superville — WASHINGTON — A former friend and adviser of Melania Trump says it was “the worst mistake of my life” to work for President Donald Trump and his family, lashing out at the first lady for not defending her over questions about costs for the presidential inauguration she helped produce. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff was an unpaid […]