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Defense Secretary Opposes Use of Active-Duty Troops to Police US Cities
Military
Defense Secretary Opposes Use of Active-Duty Troops to Police US Cities
2020-06-03 19:57:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes the use of active-duty military to police U.S. cities and contain current street protests over the death of George Floyd. "I've always believed and continue to believe that the National... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Comprehensive Push to “Achieve Racial Justice”
Congress
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Comprehensive Push to “Achieve Racial Justice”
2020-06-03 19:54:59
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition, an alliance of centrist Democrats in Congress, condemned racially motivated police violence on Wednesday in the wake of nationwide unrest following the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minnesota. “The... Read More

Federal Prison Officials Tell Senate About Their Coronavirus Control
Criminal Justice
Federal Prison Officials Tell Senate About Their Coronavirus Control
2020-06-03 19:50:25
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The further move this week by cities to reopen as coronavirus infections subside is raising concerns about a resurgence of the disease, particularly in jails. The worries were heightened by protests this week against police brutality that drew... Read More

Poll Finds Most Americans Say Anger Over Police Killings Is Justified
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Most Americans Say Anger Over Police Killings Is Justified
2020-06-03 13:43:42
by Gaspard Le Dem

A Monmouth University poll out Tuesday found a majority of Americans think that anger over police killings of African-Americans is justified, though fewer agree with the actions carried out by some of those protesters. According to the poll, around 57%... Read More

US Legislatures Slow to Pass Laws Limiting Use of Force
State News
US Legislatures Slow to Pass Laws Limiting Use of Force

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A wave of police killings of young black men in 2014 prompted 24 states to quickly pass some type of law enforcement reform, but many declined to address the most glaring issue: police use of force.... Read More

Iowa Voters Oust Rep. King, Shunned for Insensitive Remarks
2020 Elections
Iowa Voters Oust Rep. King, Shunned for Insensitive Remarks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in northwest Iowa ousted Rep. Steve King in Tuesday’s primary, deciding they’ve had enough of the conservative lightning rod known for making incendiary comments about immigrants and white supremacy throughout his nearly two decades... Read More

Biden Moves Closer to Formally Winning Democratic Nomination
2020 Elections
Biden Moves Closer to Formally Winning Democratic Nomination

Joe Biden is on the cusp of formally securing the Democratic presidential nomination after winning hundreds more delegates in primary contests Tuesday that tested the nation's ability to run elections while balancing a pandemic and sweeping social unrest. Biden could... Read More

Trump Says GOP is Pulling Convention from North Carolina
Political News
Trump Says GOP is Pulling Convention from North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is seeking a new state to host this summer’s Republican National Convention after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns... Read More

Black Female Mayors in Spotlight Amid Protests and Pandemic
Cities
Black Female Mayors in Spotlight Amid Protests and Pandemic

DETROIT (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms captured the nation's attention when she addressed the civil unrest occurring in her city after George Floyd’s death. “I am a mother to four black children in America, one of whom is... Read More

Nadler Seeks to Punish Barr for Not Testifying
Congress
Nadler Seeks to Punish Barr for Not Testifying

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee squared off against Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday to counter what Democrats say is continued defiance of Congress for refusing to testify at a Justice Department oversight hearing. Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced that... Read More

Trump Sued Over Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies
Litigation
Trump Sued Over Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies

President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting social media companies was challenged in court by a nonprofit group that claims the edict violates free speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment. The Center for Democracy and Technology sued in Washington federal... Read More

Homeland Security Grossly Understated Family Separations, Watchdog Says
Homeland Security
Homeland Security Grossly Understated Family Separations, Watchdog Says

Customs and Border Protection separated dozens more migrant children at ports of entry in 2018 than it publicly attested to at the height of the Trump administration’s so-called zero tolerance policy, according to a new report published Tuesday by the... Read More

Trump Uses Racial Wounds for Political Gain, Biden Says
2020 Elections
Trump Uses Racial Wounds for Political Gain, Biden Says

WASHINGTON — The clash between President Donald Trump and his critics over civil unrest sweeping the country intensified Tuesday, as Joe Biden bluntly accused him of being “more interested in serving the passions of his base than the needs of... Read More

‘New Era’ for China-Japan Ties Dissipates Over Trump-Xi Fight
Geopolitics
‘New Era’ for China-Japan Ties Dissipates Over Trump-Xi Fight

TOKYO — What was meant to be a landmark year for Japan-China relations has turned sour, as the U.S. standoff with Beijing leaves Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caught up in a fight between his country’s biggest trading partner and its... Read More

Will Joe Biden Make a Former Florida Police Chief His 2020 Running Mate?
2020 Elections
Will Joe Biden Make a Former Florida Police Chief His 2020 Running Mate?

WASHINGTON — Val Demings’ rise from Orlando, Fla.’s first black woman police chief to a congresswoman with a central role in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial landed her on Joe Biden’s vice presidential shortlist. And now, as protests over the... Read More

Lawmakers Look at Military Gear Transfers to Police
Congress
Lawmakers Look at Military Gear Transfers to Police

WASHINGTON — The eruptions of violence at protests of police brutality in recent days have rekindled congressional efforts to end the practice of giving surplus military gear to law enforcement agencies. The program, which is run through the Defense Logistics... Read More

Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms
In The News
Hoyer Says House May Return Early to Consider Policing Reforms
2020-06-02 19:24:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House could return to Capitol Hill early to consider legislation to overhaul policing policies in response to the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody and the nationwide protest and violence that has followed. Last... Read More

Civil Rights Coalition Urges Quick Action On “Systemic” Police Brutality
Civil Rights
Civil Rights Coalition Urges Quick Action On “Systemic” Police Brutality
2020-06-02 19:13:32
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A coalition of hundreds of national civil rights organizations urged Congress on Monday to address systemic police violence against African-American people in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis last... Read More

Wisconsin Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Slashing 129K from Voting Rolls
Voting
Wisconsin Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Slashing 129K from Voting Rolls
2020-06-02 19:11:37
by Dan McCue

The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case that could remove about 129,000 people from the state's voter rolls ahead of the November election.  This is the second time the state's highest court considered hearing the case, having... Read More

Justices Won’t Take Up Lawsuit Claiming DNC Tipped Scales for Clinton in 2016
Supreme Court
Justices Won’t Take Up Lawsuit Claiming DNC Tipped Scales for Clinton in 2016
2020-06-02 18:57:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declined on Monday to revive a lawsuit filed by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who claimed the Democratic National Committee improperly tipped the scales for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 primaries. As is their... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Limits on Church Services
Religion
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Limits on Church Services
2020-06-02 18:53:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal by a California church challenging state limits on attendance at worship services imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals late... Read More

New Poll Finds More Than 1-in-3 Willing to Sue Employer Over COVID-19
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds More Than 1-in-3 Willing to Sue Employer Over COVID-19
2020-06-02 18:50:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A new survey has found that 36% of American workers would sue their employers if one of their co-workers contracted COVID-19 upon their return to work, and soon after contracted it themselves. Additionally, the latest "Back-to-Normal Barometer" survey... Read More

Israeli Health Technology May Inform US Medical Response to COVID-19
Health
Israeli Health Technology May Inform US Medical Response to COVID-19
2020-06-02 18:46:01
by Kate Michael

Novel technologies are being used around the globe to combat COVID-19. Practical applications of new technologies are poised to make a significant impact in the fight against the virus. Among those is a batch of innovations coming out of Israel,... Read More

Time for Congress to Fix Leave Protections for Forgotten Frontline Workers in Next Relief Bill
Opinions
Time for Congress to Fix Leave Protections for Forgotten Frontline Workers in Next Relief Bill

Every day, Joyce Barnes starts work at 7 am. She wraps up at 10 pm to go home. And she’s done this for more than three decades as a home health care worker. One of Joyce’s patients suffered a stroke... Read More

DC Residents Set To Vote Tuesday Amid Pandemic and Social Unrest
Elections
DC Residents Set To Vote Tuesday Amid Pandemic and Social Unrest
2020-06-02 12:31:14
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Polls are set to open on Tuesday for the District of Columbia’s primary election despite ongoing civil unrest and a lingering coronavirus outbreak in the nation’s capital. For the past three nights, the District has been rocked by... Read More

GOP Congressman Steve King May Lose His Seat at the Hands of His Own Party
Elections
GOP Congressman Steve King May Lose His Seat at the Hands of His Own Party

AMES, Iowa — Rep. Steve King is among the most conservative members of Congress, and he represents a district so red that Donald Trump won it by 27 percentage points in 2016. Yet the nine-term congressman is at risk of... Read More

States Lose Some Clean Water Act Authority Under New EPA Rule
Environment
States Lose Some Clean Water Act Authority Under New EPA Rule

WASHINGTON — States have less say in issuing Clean Water Act permits under an EPA rule finalized Monday as the Trump administration and conservative lawmakers seek to speed energy projects. The rule limits the scope of environmental reviews that states... Read More

Analysis: The House’s Legislative Ambitions Will Have to Wait
Congress
Analysis: The House’s Legislative Ambitions Will Have to Wait

WASHINGTON — A day after Memorial Day, the House returned to Washington for a week dominated by another solemn remembrance, for the 100,000 Americans dead from the coronavirus. That bleak milestone, anticipated with President Donald Trump’s order to fly flags... Read More

Biden Seeks to Convey Sense of Leadership Amid a National Crisis
2020 Elections
Biden Seeks to Convey Sense of Leadership Amid a National Crisis

Joe Biden didn’t scold or lecture or lay blame for the unrest gripping America’s cities on the mayors who run them. But in an event Monday, he did offer the nation a glimpse at what things might look like inside... Read More

‘There’s No Handbook for This’: Tuesday’s Election in Missouri to Test Voter Safety in Pandemic
State News
‘There’s No Handbook for This’: Tuesday’s Election in Missouri to Test Voter Safety in Pandemic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The day before he buried his wife, Orville Amos limped into the Kansas City Election Board’s office to vote absentee. For 25 years, the 75-year-old Navy veteran was first in line at his precinct’s polling place... Read More

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