US election

A day that began with a rare show of political unity over the killing of five Dallas police officers had by the late afternoon taken on a sharper political edge, although sometimes in surprising ways. Read more

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Donald Trump should be having a better week. The media has been focused on the public rebuke that James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation head, handed Hillary Clinton for being “careless” and “negligent” for sending secret national security information over her personal email account and private server, although he declined to recommend that she face prosecution. And the tycoon put to bed concerns that he was unable to raise money after he announced that he raised more than $50m since he released his official May fundraising total of $3m two weeks ago. Read more

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Donald Trump’s list of vice-presidential prospects got shorter and longer on Wednesday. Two weeks out from the Republican convention, the speculation about his running mate is reaching fever pitch.The choice will say a lot about how Trump might govern and whether he can actually mend fences with the rest of the Republican Party. Read more

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As most Americans were getting ready to grill hamburgers and hot dogs for the July 4th holiday, Hillary Clinton was on Saturday being grilled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation over her installation of a private email server in her New York home and use of a personal account when she was secretary of state. The interview signalled that the FBI was nearing the end of a year-long investigation that hung over Clinton’s second bid for the White house. Read more

Happy almost Fourth of July from all of us at White House Countdown. It’s been another mad week on the campaign trail. From potential VP talk of Elizabeth Warren and Chris Christie; to a scripted Trump in Pennsylvania.

We end the week with more news from the Trump campaign, which has made two new hires: pollster Kellyanne Conway and Karen Giorno who ran the campaign’s Florida operations during the state’s primary. Read more

As speculation continues to build about who Hillary Clinton will pick as her running mate, at last we have at least one name who could fill that role for Donald Trump. And that name is Chris Christie.

Five months after he exited the Republican primary and four months after he made his first – and most surreal – joint appearance with his party’s presumptive nominee, Christie is now reported to be among those being considered for the vice-presidential spot. Read more

Another day, another study of contrasts between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

In the wake of yesterday’s devastating terrorist attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, the two presidential candidates offered very different takes on the attack and the best means to respond. Read more

Another day, another study of contrasts between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

In the wake of yesterday’s devastating terrorist attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, the two presidential candidates offered very different takes on the attack and the best means to respond. Read more

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Donald Trump delivered what his campaign billed as his “most detailed” economic speech yet on Tuesday, slamming free trade policies and threatening to pull out of Nafta, using the sort of rhetoric that wouldn’t be out of place at a Bernie Sanders rally.

“Globalisation has made the financial elite who donate to politicians very wealthy. But it has left millions of our workers with nothing but poverty and heartache,” he said. He also hammered the Trans-Pacific Partnership as “the greatest danger yet”, and blasted rival Hillary Clinton for previously supporting the deal. Read more

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Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren offered up a preview of what a dream ticket for many Democrats might look like with their first joint campaign appearance in Cincinnati, offering up a steady diet of economic populism mixed with enthusiastic takedowns of Donald Trump.

Warren has emerged as the Clinton campaign’s chief attack dog on Trump. And though the left-wing senator has in the past found herself at odds with Clinton – and her husband’s deregulation of Wall Street, in particular – on Monday she did not disappoint, calling Trump a “small insecure money grubber who fights for no one but himself” and a “thin-skinned bully”. My colleague Courtney Weaver has a run-down of the rallyRead more

Just a few months ago the idea that Britons would vote to leave the EU seemed implausible. But to the shock of the world, that’s what they just did. A short while back the idea of Donald Trump as president seemed equally inconceivable. Does the Brexit vote tell us we should now upgrade the odds of him winning? Read more

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Donald Trump has taken another step to convince Republican donors to back his White House ambitions by extinguishing the $50m in personal loans he has given his campaign over the past year. Wealthy Republicans have stayed on the sidelines for many reasons – but one was concern that the tycoon might use contributions to pay back the debt rather than hiring more staff and building up election campaign operations in key states across the country. Read more

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If Republican leaders were looking for a more palatable Donald Trump, on Wednesday they got it.

In his long-awaited speech attacking Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Republican nominee mostly stuck to a prepared speech in which he lambasted Clinton as a “corrupt” politician and “world class liar” who had “spread death, destruction and terrorism everywhere she touched”. He also criticised his Democratic rival for taking money from regimes that repress women and gays. Read more

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Donald Trump must be looking forward to his trip to Scotland later this week, where most people will be more focussed on the outcome of the Brexit referendum than the terrible headlines that have plagued the tycoon in recent weeks. After firing his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Monday, it emerged later that evening that Hillary Clinton ended May with $41m more in the bank than Mr Trump whose campaign raised a paltry $3.1m in the month. Read more

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He had survived a dust-up with a Breitbart News reporter, a scuffle with a Trump protester, and reports of infighting between him and nearly everyone else on the Trump campaign. But on Monday, Corey Lewandowski was finally dismissed from his post as Donald Trump’s campaign manager, not for any new controversies but rather because of an accumulation of old grievances. Read more

Two weeks ago Paul Ryan announced he would be endorsing Donald Trumpas the Republican presidential nominee in an effort to beat Hillary Clinton.Does Ryan now regret that decision? Hard to say.

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When you’re coming off a primary with 20 presidential contenders, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the candidates. Luckily, here is a short primer courtesy of Jack Aiello, an Illinois eighth grader.

For his middle school graduation ceremony, Aiello decided to give his graduation speech in the styles of four past and present presidential candidates, plus Barack Obama. The (very) witty speech – which you can watch here – earned Aiello a shout-out from Ted CruzRead more

On Tuesday, the Democratic National Committee announced that its trove of opposition research on Donald Trump had been hacked by alleged Russian government hackers.

Today, Gawker has published a 200-page document which appears to be the DNC’s Trump playbook. Read more

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Barack Obama cancelled his first joint campaign event with Hillary Clinton this week following the Orlando shooting. Yet he lost no time in taking shots at Clinton’s main opponent on Tuesday in the wake of the Florida attack and Donald Trump’s comments about a proposed ban on Muslims entering the country. Read more

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One day after the worst mass shooting in modern US history, American officials both on and off the campaign trail are still struggling to find reason in the event’s aftermath.

On Monday, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump gave speeches about Sunday’s attack at an Orlando gay club that left 49 people dead and more than 50 people injured – but with very different messages. Read more