Politics

Pelosi: Remove Confederate Statues From US Capitol

Axios reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to the chairs of the Joint Committee on the Library on Wednesday requesting that the panel remove 11 Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall collection. The latest: Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the vice chair of the Joint Committee on the Library, responded in a statement that she agrees …

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Columbus Statues Destroyed In Boston And Richmond

The Richmond Dispatch reports: About a thousand protesters gathered around the city’s monument to Christopher Columbus in Byrd Park on Tuesday evening to stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples. After about seven speakers, the crowd began to march down Arthur Ashe Boulevard, chanting “take it down.” Less than two hours later, they did just that. Upon returning to Byrd Park …

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Shaky Bolsonaro Regime Spurs Fear Of Military Coup

The New York Times reports: The threats are swirling around the president: Deaths from the virus in Brazil each day are now the highest in the world. Investors are fleeing the country. The president, his sons and his allies are under investigation. His election could even be overturned. The crisis has grown so intense that some of the most powerful …

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GEORGIA: Multiple Problems Delay Election Results

The Associated Press reports: Voters endured heat, pouring rain and waits as long as five hours on Tuesday to cast ballots in Georgia, demonstrating a fierce desire to participate in the democratic process while raising questions about the emerging battleground state’s ability to manage elections in November when the White House is at stake. A confluence of events disrupted primary …

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Hoyer: DC Statehood Bill Will Get Vote In US House

From a statement by Rep. Steny Hoyer: “President Trump’s behavior in the District of Columbia in recent days, as well as his threats to impose his dangerous and callous will on a city about which he has proven again and again he has no understanding of, has underscored in dramatic terms the urgency of giving the District the same constitutional …

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NYC Court Officer Suspended After Posting Memes Depicting Obama Being Lynched, Hillary On Gallows

The New York Daily News reports: A Brooklyn court officer was suspended and had her gun taken away after she posted a racist meme depicting former President Barack Obama being lynched. Sgt. Terri Pinto Napolitano posted the vile meme to her Facebook page over the weekend, showing former president Barack Obama swinging from a noose, according to screen grabs shared …

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Netanyahu Hires Breitbart Writer As Strategy Advisor

The Times Of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hired prominent right-wing journalist Aaron Klein as his new strategic and communications consultant, the Likud party announced Monday. Klein, 41, has advised Netanyahu for several months, but in recent weeks quit his job as Israel correspondent for the far-right Breitbart website to work for Likud full-time. Klein’s new appointment made …

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Facebook To Ban Ads From State-Run Media, Russian Outlet Cries “Technological Dictatorship, Censorship”

Reuters reports: Facebook announced Thursday it will no longer allow state-controlled media outlets to run ads on its social networks, effective this summer. The move is part of its efforts to prevent foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. election and follows massive criticism that it failed to do so in the 2016 election. “Later this summer we will begin blocking …

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Hong Kong Criminalizes Mocking The Chinese Anthem

USA Today reports: Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious bill Thursday that makes it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem. The legislation was approved after pro-democracy opposition lawmakers tried to disrupt the vote. The bill was passed with 41 lawmakers voting for it and just one voting against. Most of the pro-democracy lawmakers boycotted the vote out of protest. …

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LIVE VIDEO: Obama Speaks On Racism And The Police

CBS News reports: President Obama is set to encourage Americans to make “real change” in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing wave of protests. The former president’s hope is “that we can turn protest into policy,” a person familiar with his plans tells CBS News. Mr. Obama is poised to be a brief part of a …

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NYPD Officers Run Over In Bronx, Greenwich Village

The New York Daily News reports: Startling video obtained by the Daily News shows an SUV full of suspected looters ram into a police officer trying to stop them in Greenwich Village early Monday. The video shows several men running along W. 8th St. just after 3:20 a.m., items in their arms. Three hop into a waiting SUV, as a …

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Two Atlanta Cops Fired After Violent Arrest [VIDEO]

Atlanta’s CBS News affiliate reports: Two Atlanta police officers who tased and pulled two Atlanta University Center students from a car on Saturday night have been terminated. Three other officers were placed on desk duty pending further investigation. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms made the announcement during a press conference late on Sunday. CBS46 cameras were rolling as Messiah Young, 22, …

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Atlanta Mayor Warns Protesters To Get COVID Tests, Says Trump Should Stop Talking: He’s Making It Worse

CBS News reports: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appealed to President Trump on Sunday to “just stop talking” after demonstrators descended on dozens of U.S. cities Saturday for the fifth day to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and clashes became more violent as day turned to night. “There are times where you should just stop, and this …

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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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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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Trump Threatens That “Vicious Dogs And Most Ominous Weapons” Will Be Used On Washington DC Protesters

The DCist reports: Protests in D.C. over the killing of George Floyd continued in the early hours of Saturday morning with a tense standoff between protesters and police outside of the White House. Police wore shields and helmets, and tried to push protesters back and re-erect barricades. Some reported that police used tear gas on protesters. A handful of clashes …

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Atlanta Erupts In Protests, Fires, And Looting [VIDEO]

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Spasms of violence shook Atlanta overnight Friday as a peaceful march against police violence transformed into chaos that left parts of the city in flames and shops and restaurants ransacked by looters. Gov. Brian Kemp announced early Saturday that he’d deployed the National Guard to restore calm. Rioters burned police cars and smashed their way into …

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UK May Offer Path To Citizenship For Hongkongers

Reuters reports: Britain is prepared to offer extended visa rights and a pathway to citizenship for almost 3 million Hong Kong residents in response to China’s push to impose national security legislation in the former British colony. Foreign minister Dominic Raab [photo] said on Thursday that if Beijing went ahead, Britain would extend the rights of 350,000 ‘British National Overseas’ …

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MN State Cops Arrest CNN Crew During Live Broadcast

CNN reports: CNN journalist Omar Jimenez has been taken into police custody during a live broadcast at the site of the protests in Minneapolis, after clearly identifying himself to officers. Jimenez’s crew, including a producer and a camera operator, were also placed in handcuffs. The CNN camera was also taken into custody and continued to record as the crew was …

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