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Democrats Get Arrested to Protest Deadlock in Congress on Voting Rights
Political News
Democrats Get Arrested to Protest Deadlock in Congress on Voting Rights
2021-08-09 21:32:27
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A growing list of Democrats in Congress appear to be trying to get arrested outside the U.S. Supreme Court to demonstrate their opposition to legislative action they say would suppress the right to vote.  The latest was Rep.... Read More

White House Protesters Want Biden To Increase Pressure on Cuba
Foreign Affairs
White House Protesters Want Biden To Increase Pressure on Cuba
2021-07-27 13:05:34
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Cuban Americans made a plea for the United States to help the people of their home country Monday during a protest in Washington, D.C.  From a rally at the White House and during a march to the nearby... Read More

Explainer: Shortages in Cuba Led to Unrest, Questions About Future US Role
Foreign Affairs
Explainer: Shortages in Cuba Led to Unrest, Questions About Future US Role
2021-07-19 13:35:24
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The chants, loud and impassioned, could be heard every time someone opened the White House press room door. With a balmy, near tropical heat, settled over the nation’s capital, the sprinklers outside seemed to spray with added urgency... Read More

Cuba, Haiti Stir Fresh Political Pressures for US President
Foreign Affairs
Cuba, Haiti Stir Fresh Political Pressures for US President

WASHINGTON (AP) — They are two tiny Caribbean states whose intractable problems have vexed U.S. presidents for decades. Now, Haiti and Cuba are suddenly posing a growing challenge for President Joe Biden that could have political ramifications for him in... Read More

Judge Tosses Most Claims Over Clearing Protesters in DC Park
Law
Judge Tosses Most Claims Over Clearing Protesters in DC Park

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dismissed most claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed by police before then-President Donald Trump walked to... Read More

Georgia House Passes GOP Bill Rolling Back Voting Access
In The States
Georgia House Passes GOP Bill Rolling Back Voting Access

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Georgia muscled legislation through the state House on Monday that would roll back voting access, over the objection of Democrats and civil rights groups gathered at the Capitol to protest.  The bill comes after... Read More

EXPLAINER: Behind the Kremlin's Response to Navalny Rallies
Foreign Affairs
EXPLAINER: Behind the Kremlin's Response to Navalny Rallies

MOSCOW (AP) — Rattled by nationwide protests over jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Russian authorities are moving rapidly to block any new ones – from piling legal pressure on his allies to launching a campaign to discredit the demonstrations. Unprecedented... Read More

Lockdown of D.C. Quiets Protesters But Prompts First Amendment Debate
In The News
Lockdown of D.C. Quiets Protesters But Prompts First Amendment Debate
2021-01-20 21:14:45
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Only about 200 demonstrators made good on their pledge to protest the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden on Wednesday. This time, there was no large-scale protest of the election like the one that drew thousands to Washington on... Read More

FBI Warns of Potential Nationwide Protests, Downtown DC to Lock Down Wednesday
Law Enforcement
FBI Warns of Potential Nationwide Protests, Downtown DC to Lock Down Wednesday
2021-01-12 14:28:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The FBI has issued an internal bulletin warning of plans for armed protests by extremists in all 50 state capitals and in Washington in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. The bulletin, first reported by... Read More

Lawmakers Who Voted Against Biden are Denounced Back Home
State News
Lawmakers Who Voted Against Biden are Denounced Back Home

Republican members of Congress who voted against certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory, even after a mob broke into the Capitol, are being denounced by critics in their home districts who demand that they resign or be ousted. Protesters, newspaper editorial... Read More

D.C. Police Prepare for Violence As Protests Erupt Over 2020 Election
Political News
D.C. Police Prepare for Violence As Protests Erupt Over 2020 Election
2021-01-05 23:26:36
by Tom Ramstack

Washington, D.C.’s mayor called in the National Guard Monday ahead of demonstrations scheduled for this week to protest Congress’ expected vote to certify that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election. President Donald Trump and his supporters say the election... Read More

Amnesty: Credible Reports Protesters Shot Dead in Nigeria
Foreign Affairs
Amnesty: Credible Reports Protesters Shot Dead in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said late Tuesday there was “credible but disturbing evidence” that security forces in the megacity of Lagos had fatally shot protesters who were demonstrating against police brutality despite a new curfew going into effect.... Read More

Trump’s Kenosha Visit Exposes US Divides Ahead of November Vote
Political News
Trump’s Kenosha Visit Exposes US Divides Ahead of November Vote

KENOSHA, Wis. — In front of a brick building northwest of downtown, on a day when the nation’s gaze again fixed on this once-strong factory city, Justin Blake declared that President Donald Trump must be defeated as he stood over... Read More

Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
Political News
Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
2020-07-29 14:30:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Recent police action against protesters fell under criticism during two congressional hearings Tuesday. Some accusations of wrongdoing were directed at U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who Democratic lawmakers accused of abusing his authority by authorizing excessive force against... Read More

Attorney General Barr Defends Response to Protests, His Role in Criminal Cases of Trump Allies
Congress
Attorney General Barr Defends Response to Protests, His Role in Criminal Cases of Trump Allies

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday aggressively defended the federal response to violence and protests at the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and his decision to intercede in criminal cases involving President Donald Trump’s close associates. The attorney... Read More

Mayors Urge Congress to Block Deployment of Federal Troops to Cities
Cities
Mayors Urge Congress to Block Deployment of Federal Troops to Cities
2020-07-28 16:20:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic mayors of six U.S. cities have sent a letter to congressional leaders, asking Congress to take steps to bar the federal government from deploying federal agents to municipalities that don’t want them. The letter, sent Monday,... Read More

Park Police Criticized for Use of Force During Protest Near White House
Law Enforcement
Park Police Criticized for Use of Force During Protest Near White House
2020-06-30 16:38:02
by Tom Ramstack

A political protester and an Australian television reporter led criticisms during a congressional hearing Monday against U.S. Park Police who aggressively cleared Lafayette Square park near the White House June 1. Police forced Black Lives Matter protesters to back away... Read More

Obama Steps Out as Nation Confronts Confluence of Crises
Political News
Obama Steps Out as Nation Confronts Confluence of Crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities in America and reshaped the November election. In doing... Read More

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

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

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

Trump Calls for ‘Law and Order,’ Threatens to Deploy Troops to Major Cities
In The News
Trump Calls for ‘Law and Order,’ Threatens to Deploy Troops to Major Cities

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, declaring himself a “president of law and order,” threatened Monday to deploy “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers” to American cities, claiming governors and local officials have “failed... Read More

Bucolic Southern City Erupts In Aftermath of George Floyd Killing
In The News
Bucolic Southern City Erupts In Aftermath of George Floyd Killing
2020-06-01 12:59:35
by Dan McCue

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A day of peaceful protests in one of the South's most bucolic cities turned violent Saturday night as angry crowds smashed storefronts, battled police and engaged in clashes with business owners trying to protect their property. The... Read More

Pompeo Says US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous from China
Geopolitics
Pompeo Says US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous from China
2020-05-27 19:03:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that he's informed Congress the State Department no longer considers Hong Kong to have significant autonomy under Chinese rule, a move seen as foreshadowing the end of some or all of... Read More

AP-NORC Poll: Majority Disapprove of Coronavirus Protests
Opinion Polls
AP-NORC Poll: Majority Disapprove of Coronavirus Protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans disapprove of protests against restrictions aimed at preventing the spread the coronavirus, according to a new poll that also finds the still-expansive support for such limits — including restaurant closures and stay-at-home orders... Read More

Supporting Anti-Lockdown Protests In Michigan Could Hurt Republicans In November
State News
Supporting Anti-Lockdown Protests In Michigan Could Hurt Republicans In November
2020-05-01 18:18:11
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- GOP lawmakers in Michigan’s state legislature want to take Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer to court over her decision to invoke emergency powers during the coronavirus crisis. The dispute started in March when Whitmer declared a state of emergency... Read More

As Beijing Seethes, Protesters Celebrate Trump’s Signing of Hong Kong Act
In The News
As Beijing Seethes, Protesters Celebrate Trump’s Signing of Hong Kong Act

HONG KONG — Dozens of American flags fluttered in the wind on Thanksgiving night in Hong Kong as thousands gathered at a rally in appreciation of the U.S. passage of two bills supporting human rights in Hong Kong that were... Read More

Unprecedented Hong Kong Chaos Raises Fears About What’s Next
Geopolitics
Unprecedented Hong Kong Chaos Raises Fears About What’s Next

HONG KONG — Hong Kong has seen many violent days since the unrest began in June, but the disruption this week has taken things to a new level — and fears are growing as to what may come next. Protesters... Read More

The Hong Kong Police Gunshot That Unleashed a Day of Mayhem
Foreign Affairs
The Hong Kong Police Gunshot That Unleashed a Day of Mayhem

HONG KONG — Even before most of Hong Kong got to work Monday, protesters already had a fresh grievance against the police. A traffic cop seeking to break up a rush-hour roadblock grabbed a masked protester in a headlock and... Read More

Bolivia’s Evo Morales Resigns Amid Fraud Allegations, Growing Protests
In The News
Bolivia’s Evo Morales Resigns Amid Fraud Allegations, Growing Protests

Evo Morales — the man who rose from being a community organizer and coca farmer to one of Bolivia’s most enduring and powerful presidents — resigned Sunday amid a growing backlash sparked by a troubled Oct. 20 presidential election. In... Read More

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