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  • George Floyd protest live updates: NYC, Seattle instituting curfews

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    The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis and across the United States. Murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, the officer who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. The Department of Justice is investigating.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:28:00 -0400
  • Louisville police chief fired after officer bodycams found to be off during fatal shooting

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    The two officers involved, who were either not wearing or did not have their cameras activated, have been placed on administrative leave.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:19:55 -0400
  • Violent protests shine spotlight on extremists, from antifa to 'Boogaloo'

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    The far-left antifa and far-right 'Boogaloo' movements have both made headlines as protests continue nationwide, but neither is an organized group in the traditional sense.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:13:20 -0400
  • No charges for bar owner in death of protester James Scurlock, Nebraska DA says

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    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:12:54 -0400
  • No charges for bar owner in death of protester James Scurlock, Nebraska DA says

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    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:12:54 -0400
  • Trump, Biden strike different tones on calls with local, state leaders amid nationwide protests

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    A global pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 Americans and now recent nationwide unrest after a brutal police killing of a black man have challenged both President Trump and his presumed Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, while also highlighting their different leadership styles.  

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:09:55 -0400
  • 'Domestic terrorist actors’ could exploit Floyd protests, DHS memo warns

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    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:58:43 -0400
  • LL Cool J raps for George Floyd: 'For 400 years, you had your knees on our necks'

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    "Watching that man die slow left a hole / He cried for his mama as the murder unfold," LL Cool J rapped on Instagram Sunday in honor of George Floyd.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:56:18 -0400
  • George Floyd: Anonymous hackers re-emerge amid US unrest

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    As the US is engulfed in civil unrest, the masked hackers are being credited with new action.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:52:08 -0400
  • George Floyd's death a homicide, independent autopsy finds

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    A family attorney has disputed preliminary findings from a county medical examiner that found no evidence of strangulation

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:39:47 -0400
  • Blood and air cut off to George Floyd's brain, causing death, according to independent autopsy

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    The independent autopsy commissioned by Floyd's family contradicts a county examination.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:37:59 -0400
  • How can police violence be prevented?

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    Protests in cities across the country in response to the death of George Floyd have once again brought the issue of police brutality into the national spotlight. What reforms can limit violence by law enforcement in the future?

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:37:07 -0400
  • Minneapolis police rendered 44 people unconscious using neck restraints in last five years, report says

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    Minneapolis police officers have left 44 people unconscious through the use of neck restraints during arrests in the last five years, according to an NBC News analysis of police records.During the same time frame, Minneapolis police were found to have used neck restraints at least 237 times, according to the department's use-of-force records.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:36:48 -0400
  • 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds: How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody

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    On May 25, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a deli employee called 911, accusing him of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, Floyd was unconscious and pinned beneath three police officers, showing no signs of life.By combining videos from bystanders and security cameras, reviewing official documents and consulting experts, The New York Times reconstructed in detail the minutes leading to Floyd's death. The Times' video shows officers taking a series of actions that violated the policies of the Minneapolis Police Department and turned fatal, leaving Floyd unable to breathe, even as he and onlookers called out for help.The day after Floyd's death, the Police Department fired all four of the officers involved in the episode, and on Friday the Hennepin County attorney, Mike Freeman, announced murder and manslaughter charges against Derek Chauvin, the officer who can be seen most clearly in witness videos pinning Floyd to the ground. Chauvin, who is white, kept his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, according to the criminal complaint against him. The Times' video shows that Chauvin did not remove his knee even after Floyd lost consciousness, and for a full minute after paramedics arrived at the scene.The three other former officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao -- all of whom can be seen in The Times' video participating in Floyd's arrest -- remain under investigation.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:33:08 -0400
  • Two police officers fired after bodycam footage shows 'excessive force' in arrest of college students, Atlanta mayor says

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    Two Atlanta police officers have been fired after they were filmed using "excessive force" against two college students amidst George Floyd protests on Saturday, the state's mayor has said.Bodycam footage from the incident appeared to show officers smashing the window of a car and using a taser on the man in the driver's seat.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:32:31 -0400
  • Police rioted this weekend, justifying the entire point of the protests

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    Cops have a dangerous job, especially right now. But the institutional rot at the heart of US policing stems from "qualified immunity" for officers.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:24:32 -0400
  • Nextgen Healthcare: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot

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    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:24:10 -0400
  • Judge questions 'unusual' Justice Department filing in Flynn case

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    The Justice Department moved to drop the case against the former Trump aide last month.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:20:17 -0400
  • Biden suggests police could shoot assailants 'in the leg instead of the heart'

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    Joe Biden said Monday that police under attack should shoot their assailants “in the leg instead of the heart” as a way to avert the killings of civilians.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:17:50 -0400
  • Prosecutor says officers' "blue code of silence needs to go"

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    Kimberly Gardner said a hindrance in holding "bad actors" of police departments accountable is the power of police unions.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:14:19 -0400
  • Independent autopsy finds George Floyd died of asphyxia

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    An independent autopsy ordered by George Floyd's family found his death was a "homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to early findings from the examination released Monday. Floyd was apprehended by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last Monday, and one of the officers pinned his knee to Floyd's neck, as he called out that he couldn't breathe.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:08:00 -0400
  • Protests elevate Bottoms and Demings as possible Biden running mates

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    Activists say such a pick would excite disenchanted African-American voters and demonstrate to a crucial part of the Democratic base that Biden is committed to criminal justice reform following the death of George Floyd, who was black, in Minneapolis last week at the hands of a white police officer. Biden has said Demings, 63, a former police chief of Orlando, is on his short list.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:02:17 -0400
  • Independent autopsy reveals George Floyd died from 'asphyxiation' as lawyers call for first-degree murder charges

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    An autopsy commissioned for George Floyd's family has found that he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. The second autopsy found the compression cut off blood to Mr Floyd's brain, and weight on his back made it hard to breathe. The family's post-mortem results differ from those of the local county medical examiner's released last week, which reported nothing to support strangulation as cause of death, concluding that the "combined effects of being restrained, potential intoxicants in Floyd’s system and his underlying health issues, including heart disease," likely contributed to his demise.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:52:57 -0400
  • George Floyd's death was caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression, an independent autopsy found

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    These findings contradict a Hennepin County Attorney's Office autopsy that found no evidence of "traumatic asphyxia or strangulation."

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:50:00 -0400
  • Egypt reports first decline in new coronavirus cases for a week

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    Egypt confirmed 1,399 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, the health ministry said, its first decline for a week. Egypt has reported a total of 26,384 cases, of which 6,297 have recovered and 1,005 died, the ministry said.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:47:58 -0400
  • Independent autopsy finds Floyd died by strangulation, that it was a homicide

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    The doctors also said Floyd had no underlying medical conditions that contributed to his death. The county's full autopsy report has not yet been released. "The evidence is consistent with mechanical asphyxia as cause of death and homicide as manner of death," said Dr. Allecia Wilson, one of the two doctors who performed an independent autopsy, who is the director of autopsy and forensic services at the University of Michigan.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:47:50 -0400
  • George Floyd autopsy shows he died of asphyxia and his death was partly caused by other officers, lawyer says

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    The lawyer for George Floyd’s family says that an independent autopsy shows that Mr Floyd died from asphyxiation caused by neck and back compression during his arrest by police officers over Memorial Day weekend.Medical examiners found that pressure on Mr Floyd’s carotid artery impeded blood flow to his brain and weight on his back impeded his ability to breathe. From all the evidence, doctors said it now appears that he died at the scene.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:43:40 -0400
  • White man who illegally open carried rifle at protest allowed to walk away by police

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    A white man in Chicago armed with a customised AR-15 and decked out in tactical gear showed up to a protest on Sunday and was peacefully turned away by police, despite flagrantly breaking the state's open carry law.On the sixth day of protests over the killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, an armed white man attended a protest and was eventually asked to leave by the Chicago Police Department.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:38:45 -0400
  • Obama says protests could be "a real turning point"

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    The former president wrote that the protests "represent a genuine and legitimate frustration," and hailed those who are marching peacefully.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:35:30 -0400
  • Floyd and Chauvin may have crossed paths at work, club owner says

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    The owner of El Nuevo Rodeo said the two men both worked security during a popular weekly event.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:34:38 -0400
  • U.S. Senate leader hopes for quick passage of House coronavirus small business bill

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    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he hoped the Senate would soon pass legislation already passed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives easing terms of the coronavirus small-business loan program. "I hope and anticipate the Senate will soon take up and pass legislation that just passed the House, by an overwhelming vote of 417 to one, to further strengthen the Paycheck Protection Program so it continues working for small businesses that need our help," McConnell, a Republican, said. Restaurants and hotels are among the largest beneficiaries of the Paycheck Protection Program created in late March.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:28:39 -0400
  • Former U.S. President Obama condemns violence at protests

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    Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday condemned the use of violence at nationwide protests over racial inequities and excessive police force, while praising the actions of peaceful protesters seeking change. The vast majority of protesters have been peaceful, but a "small minority" were putting people at risk and harming the very communities the protests are intended to help, Obama wrote in an online essay posted on Medium. Obama, a Democrat who served two terms as president prior to Republican Donald Trump's administration, said the violence was "compounding the destruction of neighborhoods that are often already short on services and investment and detracting from the larger cause."

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:26:20 -0400
  • Gunmen attack refugee camp in Niger, cut off water supply

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    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:21:24 -0400
  • Coronavirus updates: Fauci says meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased'

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    A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 373,000 people worldwide. Over 6.1 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:19:00 -0400
  • Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to lead George Floyd case

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    Ellison will assist Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman in the forthcoming case surrounding the death of George Floyd who died in police custody.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:13:29 -0400
  • To regain the black community’s trust, police departments must change how they operate

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    To regain the trust of blacks, police departments must change use of force rules, how officers operate. (Letters to the Editor)

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:03:09 -0400
  • U.S. health experts, officials warn protests may add to virus spread

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    Public health experts and government officials, including New York's governor, are warning that large street protests over racial inequities and excessive police force could worsen the spread of the novel coronavirus. The protests over the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis last Monday, have spread to cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Baltimore. "We're talking about reopening in one week in New York City and now we're seeing these mass gatherings over the past several nights that could in fact exacerbate the COVID-19 spread," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:01:50 -0400
  • In-home antibody test shows promise; recovering surgery patients at risk from coronavirus

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    A small study of a COVID-19 antibody test that can be done at home showed a high degree of accuracy, researchers reported. Current antibody tests to show previous infection with the novel coronavirus requires a visit to a healthcare provider. In initial experiments, researchers mailed a special test kit to 31 former coronavirus patients and 25 healthy volunteers.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:00:14 -0400
  • Anger as local police union chief calls George Floyd a 'violent criminal'

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    * Lt Bob Kroll says protests organised by ‘terrorist movement’ * Ex-Minneapolis police chief calls Kroll ‘a disgrace to the badge’ * George Floyd killing – latest US updates * See all our George Floyd coverageThe president of the Minneapolis police union has written to its members calling George Floyd a “violent criminal”, describing those protesting over his death as terrorists and criticizing the city’s political leadership for not authorizing greater use of force to stop the rioting.The letter drew a swift rebuke from a former Minneapolis police chief who called it a disgrace.Lt Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, defended the four officers involved in Floyd’s death, including Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes in the lead-up to his death on 25 May. Chauvin is facing murder and manslaughter charges, and the three other officers have been fired.“What is not being told is the violent criminal history of George Floyd. The media will not air this. I’ve worked with the four defense attorneys that are representing each of our four terminated individuals under criminal investigation, in addition with our labor attorneys to fight for their jobs. They were terminated without due process,” wrote Kroll, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Star Tribune.Floyd had served time in prison for aggravated robbery but Chauvin could not have known that when he detained him. Video footage shows that Floyd was not behaving in a violent manner during his arrest, was not armed, and was not suspected of a violent crime.Following Governor Tim Walz’s characterisation of the protests as led by outside agitators, Kroll described the demonstrators as organised extremists.“This terrorist movement that is currently occurring was a long time build up which dates back years,” he said.At the weekend, Walz claimed that 80% of those arrested during the protests were from out of state and implied they were an organised movement intent on disrupting governance. But arrest records show his claim was false. In fact, 80% were from Minnesota and half of them were from Minneapolis.While groups of young white people dressed all in black were highly visible in confrontations with the police, alongside young African Americans angered by Floyd’s death, large numbers of the people involved in looting several miles of Lake street in southern Missouri were evidently from the surrounding area.Former Minneapolis police chief Janeé Harteau swiftly condemned Kroll in a tweet, and suggested that the letter reflected the attitudes that had blocked her efforts at reform of the police department.> A disgrace to the badge! This is the battle that myself and others have been fighting against. Bob Kroll turn in your badge! pic.twitter.com/SQmeNIIU3v> > — Janeé Harteau (@ChiefHarteau) June 1, 2020“A disgrace to the badge! This is the battle that myself and others have been fighting against. Bob Kroll turn in your badge!” wrote Harteau, who resigned from the department in 2017 after a police shooting.Kroll, who has appeared at a campaign rally with Donald Trump and praised him as a “wonderful president” for his support of the police, has long had run-ins with politicians seeking to reform policing in Minneapolis.In 2007, Kroll called then congressman and now Minnesota attorney general, Keith Ellison – who is Muslim and black – a terrorist because he pushed for reform of the police.In his letter, Kroll said “heroic” police officers have been let down by political leaders who failed to authorise the deployment of sufficient numbers of officers on the streets to shut down the protests, and the destruction and looting.“What has been very evident throughout this process is you have lacked support from the top … Given the right numbers, the right equipment and your ability to use them would have ended this Tuesday night,” he wrote. “I’ve noted in press conferences from our mayor, our governor, and beyond, how they refuse to acknowledge the work of the MPD (Minneapolis police department) and continually shift blame to it. It is despicable behavior. How our command staff can tolerate it and live with themselves I do not know.”But Kroll praised the city’s police officers.“No one with the exception of us is willing to recognize and acknowledge the extreme bravery you have displayed through this riot. You have my utmost respect,” he said.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:49:50 -0400
  • French health ministry says COVID-19 cases in hospitals slips

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    The French health ministry said on Monday that people should continue taking protective measures against the coronavirus even as cases in hospitals and intensive care continue to fall. As France readies for a second phase of easing restrictions from Tuesday, with parks, bars, restaurants and beaches expected to reopen, the ministry said "good news should not make us forget the danger of the virus". The ministry said in a daily update that 31 coronavirus deaths were recorded in hospitals in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 18,506 since March 1.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:35:58 -0400
  • Barbie teams up with GlamGlow for a limited-edition mask and moisturizer

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    Barbie and GlamGlow have partnered for a limited-edition launch to give your skin the extra TLC it deserves. The new Barbie x GlamGlow collections, launched Monday, includes GlamGlow's popular Supermud Clearing Treatment mask as well as a universal shade of Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer. Packaged in a pink jar along with Barbie's signature logo, the Charcoal Clearing Mask helps target common skin issues such as clogged pores, excess oil, dull skin tone and imperfections for those with blemish-prone skin, according to the company.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:31:00 -0400
  • Business owner in Miami-Dade paid inspector $5,000 — and is now paying for that, police say

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    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:28:23 -0400
  • Italy launches COVID-19 contact-tracing app amid privacy concerns

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    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:19:38 -0400
  • 2 cops fired for using ‘excessive’ force during George Floyd protests, Atlanta mayor says

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    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:15:14 -0400
  • 2 cops fired for using ‘excessive’ force during George Floyd protests, Atlanta mayor says

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    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:15:14 -0400
  • Michigan governor largely rescinds lockdown, retailers to reopen

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    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday moved to further reopen the Midwest state's economy, largely rescinding a stay-at-home order in place since March and allowing retailers and restaurants to open back up over the next week. Whitmer's new executive order will allow retailers to reopen on Thursday and restaurants and bars on June 8, both subject to capacity limits. Until now, only essential retailers like groceries had remained open, while restaurants had closed dining areas while offering pickup and delivery services.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:09:44 -0400
  • Legal sex workers say they want to get back to their brothel jobs, but believe they're underpaid for the coronavirus risks they'll take

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    Alice Little, a sex worker at Moonlite Bunny Ranch, wants brothel owners to give workers a higher percentage of their profits when they reopen.

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:05:00 -0400
  • Trump vows to designate antifa a terrorist group. Here’s why DOJ officials call that 'highly problematic'

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    As fits of violence overshadowed peaceful protesters seeking justice for George Floyd, the black man who died after being kneed on the neck by a Minneapolis police officer, President Donald Trump has claimed that the radical left-wing group antifa is driving the violence. "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization," Trump tweeted on Sunday. Just hours later, Trump's chief spokesperson, Kayleigh McEnany, vowed on Fox News that -- under a "law and order" president like Trump -- antifa "will be prosecuted as" a "domestic terrorism entity."

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:58:00 -0400
  • Thomas Rhett, Lauren Akins speak out on racial injustice for their black daughter: 'We are all created by the same God'

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    Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins each shared moving Instagram posts following the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old Minneapolis man who died last Monday after a police officer pinned him to the ground. Rhett and Akins share 4-year-old daughter Willa Gray, whom they adopted from Uganda in 2017. As the white mother of a black child, Akins wrote on Sunday that she was “nervous” to speak up out of fear that some people would believe that, as a white mother, she was “undeserving or incapable of raising a black daughter.”

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:55:22 -0400
  • Kremlin: Trump tells Putin about idea for summit with Russia

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    U.S. President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday to tell him about his proposal to convene an international summit that would involve Russia, the Kremlin said. Trump said Saturday he will postpone until the fall a meeting of the G7 leading industrialized nations that he had planned to hold next month, and plans to invite Russia, Australia, South Korea and India. Trump told reporters that he feels the current makeup of the group is “very outdated” and doesn’t properly represent “what’s going on in the world.”

    Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:51:16 -0400
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