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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Deadline Hollywood reports: Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue was somber and serious tonight, as the late-night host shared his thoughts on the George Floyd death in Minneapolis and its aftermath. Kimmel ran down the facts of the case as he saw them, and lamented “the senseless acts of violence that were brought on by a senseless act of violence,” and “the loop …

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LIVE VIDEO: Protesters Challenge Cops At White House

NBC News reports: Protesters on Saturday afternoon converged at the White House and pushed security barricades farther down Pennsylvania Avenue, in one of many new protests to emerge around the country during the day Saturday — only hours after violent demonstrations rocked cities coast to coast on Friday night. At the White House, protesters could be seen standing on top …

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Maskless Trump Recoils From Offered Handshake

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump still won’t wear a mask in public, but he did take one conspicuous precaution when he recoiled from a handshake while disembarking from Marine One on his way to board Air Force One. On Saturday, Trump traveled to Cape Canaveral for the latest attempt at a joint Spacex Nasa launch, but it was the first …

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Manned SpaceX Rocket Launches Successfully [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: The United States opened a new era of human space travel on Saturday as a private company for the first time launched astronauts into orbit, nearly a decade after the government retired the storied space shuttle program in the aftermath of national tragedy. Two American astronauts lifted off at 3:22 p.m. from a familiar setting, …

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LIVE VIDEO: Second Try For Joint SpaceX-NASA Launch

Axios reports: At 3:22 p.m. ET today, SpaceX is expected to launch NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station for the first time. Why it matters: The liftoff — should it go off without a hitch — will be the first time a private company has launched people to orbit. It will also bring crewed …

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Barr Blames Riots On “Antifa-Like Far-Left Extremists”

Vice reports: Far-right extremists are showing up, with guns, to the protests against police brutality that have exploded across the country. Others are egging on the violence from behind their computers, urging followers to carry out acts of violence against black protesters with the goal of sparking a “race war.” For example, the so-called Boogaloo Bois — a group of …

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Trump Denies Inciting Violence: “MAGA Loves Blacks”

“MAGA. Make America great again. These are people that love our country. I have no idea if they were going to be here, I was just asking. I have no idea if they were going to be there, MAGA is make America great again. “By the way, they love African-American people, they love black people. MAGA loves black people. “I …

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Merkel Rejects Trump’s Invitation To Attend G7 Summit

Politico Europe reports: Angela Merkel has rebuffed Donald Trump’s invitation to attend a G7 summit, which the U.S. president is keen to portray as a symbol of a return to normality from the upheaval of the coronavirus crisis. “The federal chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit at the end of June in Washington. As of …

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Wife Of Killer Minneapolis Ex-Cop Files For Divorce

The Associated Press reports: Hours after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with the murder of George Floyd, his wife announced that she is divorcing him, WCCO-TV reported Friday night. According to WCCO, Kellie Chauvin released a statement through her attorney saying, “She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death,” sends condolences to his family and is divorcing Derek …

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Chicago Mayor Gives “Coded” Fuck You To Trump

Chicago’s CBS News reports: Chicago Mayor Lightfoot had very choice, very specific words for President Trump’s comments on the murder of George Floyd: “I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It begins with F and ends with you.” The mayor responded to a series of tweeted comments by the president and was upset by his …

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Minnesota Governor Mobilizes National Guard [VIDEO]

Minneapolis’s ABC News affiliate reports: Gov. Walz has called for the full mobilization of the Minnesota National Guard. Minneapolis Mayor Frey in a media briefing said that many protesters are from out of state. St. Paul Mayor Carter in the same media briefing said that all protesters arrested Friday night in to Saturday morning are from out of state. Gov. …

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Trump Incites MAGA World To Battle DC Protesters

Fox News reports: President Trump on Saturday praised the Secret Service for its protection of the White House during protests in Washington D.C. on Friday night, calling them “very cool & very professional” — and warned that any protesters who breached the fence would have met by “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.” He later accused the protesters of being “professionally …

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Louisville Cop Fires Pepper Balls At News Crew [VIDEO]

Louisville’s NBC News affiliate reports: WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust and photojournalist James Dobson were hit by pepper balls reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville Friday night. It was previously reported that the officer was firing rubber bullets, but Jessie Halladay with the Louisville Metro Police Department said LMPD officers do not use …

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SCOTUS Upholds CA Limit On Religious Gatherings

The Sacramento Bee reports: The Supreme Court late Friday rejected a California church’s challenge of the state’s new pandemic-related rules on worship services, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the court’s liberals in the 5-to-4 vote. Roberts wrote that state officials such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) had leeway to impose restrictions to prevent the spread of …

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