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            by Michael Balsamo  WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The Justice Department explored whether it could pursue either criminal or civil rights charges against city officials in Portland, Oregon, after clashes erupted there night after night between law enforcement and demonstrators, a department spokesperson said Thursday. The revelation that federal officials researched whether they could levy criminal or civil charges against the officials — exploring whether their rhetoric and actions may have helped spur the violence in Portland — underscores the larger Trump administration’s effort to spotlight and crack down on protest-related violence. The majority of the mass police reform demonstrations nationwide have been peaceful. For many nights, federal officials were told that Portland police officers were explicitly...
    Donald Trump’s attorney general has a novel perspective on the Department of Justice: That political influence in prosecution is a feature, not a bug. William Barr reportedly asked prosecutors to explore criminal charges against Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for allowing a police-free zone during civil unrest in her city. If true, this conduct would be an astonishing abuse of power against a local Democratic official who has been at odds with Trump over strategies for handling COVID-19 and civil unrest. Barr has also reportedly suggested to prosecutors that they consider charging protestors with sedition, a crime that is rarely charged because of free speech concerns.   The attorney general’s embrace of politics — jarring to those of us who have worked...
    A new survey revealed that nearly half of its respondents did not seek mental health treatment amid the coronavirus pandemic due to cost or lack of access and time. The small-scale survey from LifeStance Health, a behavioral healthcare services provider, gathered responses from 1,623 Americans in late August on the state of their mental health and outlook on the nation’s civil unrest, economy, and the upcoming election, among other topics. The results of the survey were exclusively provided to Fox News. The age of respondents tipped toward 45 to 60. Respondents’ race and ethnicity were not disclosed. “The combination of six months of life under a pandemic, a presidential election taking place during a time of great divisiveness, and growing...
    An ammo shortage is being witnessed nationwide as Americans react to civil unrest by buying up firearms and the ammunition needed to use them for self-defense. Gun store shelves in Arizona, long covered with box upon box of ammunition for sale, now host but a smattering of ammunition, and at a much higher price because of the product’s scarcity. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the same shortage is evident throughout Minnesota. Oakdale gun store owner David Bean said, “Manufacturers can’t keep up with the demand anymore. The industry’s never been hit this hard before.” And Stock & Barrel Gun Club executive vice president Kevin Vick observed, “[People] have seen firsthand that law enforcement is not always going to be there to...
    The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is seeking an independent evaluator to review how state agencies dealt with civil unrest after the killing of George Floyd. Public safety officials want the report to investigate collaboration among state and local entities, including timelines, strategic plans and tactical decisions, Minnesota Public Radio reported. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes. It sparked protests that lasted for many days and led to widespread violence and damage in the metro area. Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told a Senate committee this summer there were plans for a deep dive into the performance of various agencies and called it...
    An Indiana sheriff announced he's switching from the Democratic to the Republican Party — and it has everything to do with the "idiots" on the "left-wing" he's observed stoking "civil unrest" this summer, WEVV-TV reported. What are the details?Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding noted his political party switch at a press conference Thursday, the station said. "It's interesting that we see this glorious flag here," he said, WEVV reported. "The Democrats want to burn that thing every day." Wedding continued, the station said: "That's part of the reason why I said 'I can't tolerate that.' Burning our flag, the symbol of our country and our freedom, the greatest country in the world." The sheriff added that "in...
    Minnesota gun sales are surging after anxieties over the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing civil unrest continue to grow, according to new reports. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) said there were nearly 35,000 background checks conducted in August of this year, a near 50% increase compared to just 21,900 background checks conducted in August 2019, according to the Star Tribune. “We’ve had sustained elevated purchases of firearms for several months,” Mark Olivia, a spokesman for the NSSF, told the Star Tribune. “Our expectation is that this will continue through the election.” Dave Bean owns a gun shop in Oakdale, Minnesota, called “Get Guns Now,” and said the industry has never seen this much demand, per the same report. “Manufacturers can’t...
    Rising civil unrest, conspiracy theories and racism typically follow in the wake of epidemics, a study of historical outbreaks has warned.  Researchers from Italy analysed 57 past epidemics — finding that the turmoil from each outbreak tended to result in a quieting of existing unrest. The findings, the team said, may explain why movements — such as the activism of Greta Thunberg and Liberate Hong Kong — seem weakened since COVID-19 began. However, the team also found that epidemics can sow the seeds of later discord. This can arise, for example, through attempts to assign blame for the disease outbreak on conspiracy, immigration or the 'filth of the poor'. But at the same time, epidemics can increase social inequalities while...
    Representative Val Demings (D-FL) on Sunday’s broadcast of  ABC’s “This Week” said President Donald Trump was “walking around with a gasoline can,” while America is going through civil unrest. Demings said, “While America was going through civil unrest in all 50 states, quite frankly, America was on fire, we had a president, a commander in chief who with is walking around with a gasoline can, not trying to sow peace and calm, actually throwing fire on an already volatile situation. I believe Vice President Biden is on the right track, you’ve heard him talk about peaceful protests, but he’s also talked about accountability, regardless of who those involved in violence should be held accountable.” “He talked about supporting good police officers but also...
    The United States is engulfed in ongoing civil unrest as major cities across the country have faced protests and riots following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody May 25. The majority of demonstrations have been peaceful but waves of violence and looting have generated mass chaos. Some Democrats have inflamed and encouraged the riots in many cases with statements either denying the violence or shifting the blame to President Donald Trump and his supporters. Here is a timeline of major riots that have taken place in American cities and how Democrats have responded to them. May A Facebook video uploaded May 26 depicted Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin placing his knee onto Floyd’s neck during an encounter...
    Fresh off the fire lines in San Bernadino, California, Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said Thursday that this year’s fire season is shaping up to be one of the worst on record. “1987 was one of the worst fire seasons on record, and currently they’re on pace to exceed that,” said Hokanson, speaking to reporters. “If you go back to the beginning of fire season earlier this year, within the state of California they burned about 1.6 million acres, which is roughly the size of the state of Delaware.” The fires have destroyed more than 3,200 structures, including homes, and there have been eight deaths. More than 12,400 people remained evacuated Thursday. Maj. Gen....
    A new Harvard CAPS-Harris poll showed Joe Biden ahead of Donald Trump by 7 points nationally and leading the president on the topic of law and order — a focal point of his reelection campaign. As reported by The Hill, 54 percent of respondents chose Biden as best equipped to establish law and order, compared to just 46 percent for the president. In addition, 58 percent of voters surveyed said Biden would be better equipped to take control of the violence cropping up in cities across America, while 57 percent said he would do a better job of handling the civil unrest. Notably, 26 percent of respondents blamed Trump for the escalation of violence in U.S. cities. After the president,...
    The vast majority of voters in a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill say they believe civil unrest will be an important issue in the November election. More than nine in 10 voters surveyed in the poll, 92 percent, said they thought the issue would be important in the presidential campaign and election, including 52 percent who called it "very important" and 40 percent who viewed it as "somewhat important." The survey was released Friday. The findings come as protests over racial injustice and police brutality have continued for months across the country following the deaths of unarmed Black individuals such as Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. The most recent wave of protests has taken place in response to the shooting of...
    Facebook will ban new political ads for the week leading up to Election Day, Nov. 3, in an effort to "help secure the integrity of the U.S. elections by encouraging voting, connecting people to authoritative information, and reducing the risks of post-election confusion." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement Thursday, outlining the steps the social media platform is taking to combat voting misinformation and meddling. Zuckerberg started his communication by saying that "our nation is so divided" and that the election results could potentially take weeks to be finalized, which could open the door for "increased risk of civil unrest across the country." "We're going to block new political and issue ads during...
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the social media platform is bracing for “civil unrest” following the 2020 presidential election. The tech titan said Facebook is trying to clamp down on misinformation ahead of the November vote because of the risk of an uproar in the days or weeks it will take to count all the ballots. “There is, unfortunately, I think, a heightened risk of civil unrest in the period between voting and a result being called or after that, and I just think that we need to be doing everything that we can to reduce the chances of violence or civil unrest in the wake of this election,” Zuckerberg told Axios in an interview released Thursday. Zuckerberg suggested...
    Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the social media platform is bracing for “civil unrest” following the 2020 presidential election. The tech titan mentioned Fb is attempting to clamp down on misinformation forward of the November vote due to the chance of an uproar within the days or perhaps weeks it should take to rely all of the ballots. “There may be, sadly, I feel, a heightened threat of civil unrest within the interval between voting and a end result being referred to as or after that, and I simply suppose that we must be doing every part that we are able to to cut back the possibilities of violence or civil unrest within the wake of this election,” Zuckerberg...
    Mark Zuckerberg warned there could civil unrest and violence this November if the result of the election is not immediately known and said his company is doing its part to make sure none of that is organized via Facebook.  'There is, unfortunately, I think, a heightened risk of civil unrest in the period between voting and a result being called,' Zuckerberg told Axios in an interview. 'We're trying to make sure that we do our part to make sure that none of this is organized on Facebook,' he said. 'I think we need to be doing everything that we can to reduce the chances of violence or civil unrest in the wake of this election.'  Mark Zuckerberg warned there...
    Two cities, two police shootings, two very different presidents. We take a look at how Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump handled civil unrest and racial tensions. Ferguson, Missouri, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, will both have a place in the history books. Both cities have seen massive protests - at times violent - against police brutality and racism, both sparked by the shootings of young, black men by white members of law enforcement. These events tested both presidents on issues of race, policing and protests. Here's how they reacted. What happened in Ferguson and Kenosha?Eighteen year old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on 9 August, 2014. The exact details of what happened that day remain...
    Social media giant Facebook has announced plans to ban new political ads for the week leading up to Election Day on November 3. Mark Zuckerberg announced the ban along with several other changes because he fears “there could be an increased risk of civil unrest across the country.” NBC News reports that Facebook has announced plans to ban new political ads in the week leading up to Election Day on November 3. The site will also remove posts that try to suppress or discourage voting according to company CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The decision aims to prevent campaigns and their supporters from making early claims of victory. The announcement is part of series of actions taken by Facebook to address concerns about how...
    FACEBOOK will ban political ads in the week before the US presidential election set to take place on November 3. CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced the plan as he is worried about "an increased risk of civil unrest across the country." Facebook announced in a blog post that it will be taking several steps to "secure the integrity of the US elections by encouraging voting, connecting people to authoritative information, and reducing the risks of post-election confusion." The changes include not accepting any new political ads in the week running up to November 3. Facebook will be removing posts that claim people will catch coronavirus if they participate in voting and will be sharing "authoritative information" on the topic. It...
    KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS) — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and other law enforcement agencies have identified at least seven people as persons of interest in arsons that occurred in Kenosha during civil unrest there last week. Several buildings were set on fire, and some were destroyed, during the unrest following the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha police on Sunday, Aug. 23. The ATF’s National response Tea, and Milwaukee Field Office, along with authorities at the Kenosha city and Wisconsin state level, are working to find the people responsible for 20 structure fires and seven vehicle arsons. “We are asking the community to look at these images and videos and provide information to help solve these arsons,”...
    Efforts to recall Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers are happening amid unrest that's plagued the state after the August police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. A woman filed the paperwork on Aug. 28, with organizers in several communities collecting signatures to recall the Democratic governor and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, according to TMJ4 of Milwaukee. Jackie Weisser, a critic of Evers who joined others on Monday to sign the recall petition, said she believes the time is now to remove the governor. "I just think Gov. Evers has done a poor job, and it’s just time to remove him," Weisser said. For Jefferson Davis, the civil unrest that's escalated in recent weeks pushed him to support the petition. "Now, all...
    President Trump arrived Tuesday afternoon in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to tour the city recently wracked by the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake and then by a resulting wave of fiery unrest that included a teen vigilante allegedly gunning down two protesters. Trump will tour stretches of the lakefront city badly damaged during the demonstrations, before heading to Mary D. Bradford High School, where he will tour an emergency operations center, then participate in a roundtable discussion on public safety. All told, the visit — which Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers discouraged for fear it would “only hinder our healing” — is scheduled to last about two hours. Kenosha, home to about 100,000 Wisconsinites, was rocked last month by the Aug. 23...
                               Presented by Facebook     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Tuesday. We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger has the reins while Al Weaver is off this week. You can find us @asimendinger and @alweaver22 on Twitter and please recommend the Morning Report to your friends. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 183,068. Tuesday, 183,598. During dueling remarks on Monday, Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says Black Lives Matter is 'bad for Black people' Kamala Harris pops in on Brandy and Monica's...
    WHITE HOUSE - The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are launching an investigation into “left-wing civil unrest” in “Democrat-run cities,” U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday, adding that federal operations cracking down on urban violence have resulted in the arrests of 200 people, including 100 in Portland, Oregon. “In America, we will never surrender to mob rule, because if the mob rules, democracy is indeed dead,” the president told reporters in the White House briefing room. President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Aug. 31, 2020, in Washington.Trump, emphasizing that “we need order,” spoke just hours after Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presidential...
    Bradley Cortright August 31, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden claims President Donald Trump is trying to leverage unrest in several U.S. cities to his political advantage. During a speech addressing ongoing violence across the country, Biden slammed Trump’s leadership, “The simple truth is Donald Trump failed to protect America. So now, he’s trying to scare America.” He continued to slam Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to more than 183,000 deaths. He also slammed Trump’s handling of the economic recession and noted that the virus has complicated plans for schools to reopen for in-person learning in the fall. “And since they have no agenda or vision for a second term, Trump and Pence are running on this:...
    Researchers say the ongoing civil unrest taking place across the country isnt just a reaction to societal issues, Study Finds reports. Mathematically speaking, the country was due for a period of protests and turmoil, according to a study. Peter Turchin, a Russian American scientist from the University of Connecticut, predicted the unrest that has taken place over the past few years in the U.S. and western Europe would occur back in 2010 using the structural-demographic theory. In a new paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, Turchin and co-author Andrey Korotayev explain how math can be used to forecast future events. According to the study, there is a mathematical theory to determine when a country will face social and political...
    At least 175 people have been arrested during the recent civil unrest in Kenosha, Wis., with 104 having addresses listed outside of the city, according to numbers released by police on Sunday. The arrests were related to the protests that have occurred every night, and have sometimes turned into destructive rioting, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Aug. 23. Kenosha Police said in a media release that the arrests were from people located in 44 cities, although authorities didn't elaborate which states they came from. A total of 69 people were arrested for curfew violations. WISCONSIN'S GOV. TONY EVERS TELLS TRUMP NOT TO VISIT KENOSHA Thirty-four were arrested for violating curfew. The charges ranged from carrying concealed weapons, burglary and possession of controlled substances, police said. More...
    This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Sunday," August 30, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. CHRIS WALLACE, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: I'm Chris Wallace. With the conventions behind us, President Trump and Joe Biden dig in for a fall campaign like none before. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) WALLACE: Fireworks and acquisitions that a vote for the other guy will lead the country to chaos. DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The radical left will defund police departments all across America. No one will be safe in Biden's America. JOE BIDEN (D), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: The president takes no responsibility, cozies up to dictators and fans the flames of hate and division. WALLACE: This...
    A turbulent day of riots and violence in Portland turned deadly Saturday night, as a man was shot and killed after an explosion of gunfire. Shortly after 9 PM PST, Twitter accounts reporting on the unrest became filled with reports of a man being shot in the chest. Shortly after that Andy Ngo, editor at-large for The Post Millennial, posted video of a man laying in the street, surrounded by law enforcement. BREAKING: A person was shot in the chest in downtown Portland. Unknown if related to antifa/BLM vs Trump caravan clashes. Unconfirmed if person is dead. pic.twitter.com/hS7im5Umlt — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 30, 2020 Shortly after that, Ngo was able to confirm that the victim had died. EXCLUSIVE: I...
    A turbulent day of riots and violence in Portland turned deadly Saturday night, as a man was shot and killed after an explosion of gunfire. Shortly after 9 PM PST, Twitter accounts reporting on the unrest became filled with reports of a man being shot in the chest. Shortly after that Andy Ngo, editor at-large for The Post Millennial, posted video of a man laying in the street, surrounded by law enforcement. BREAKING: A person was shot in the chest in downtown Portland. Unknown if related to antifa/BLM vs Trump caravan clashes. Unconfirmed if person is dead. pic.twitter.com/hS7im5Umlt — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 30, 2020 Shortly after that, Ngo was able to confirm that the victim had died. EXCLUSIVE: I...
    A Tennessee lawmaker whose family was steeped in the civil rights movement said he's "appalled" by comparisons between the peaceful protests that Martin Luther King Jr. led and the destructive demonstrations that have broken out across the nation today. "I'm appalled when folks want to call this stuff that's happening now and compare it to the civil rights movement when there is absolutely no comparison," state Rep. John J. DeBerry, Jr., a longtime Memphis Democrat who is Black, told Fox News. TENNESSEE DEM LAWMAKER DECRIES RESPONSE TO RIOTS IN VIRAL SPEECH: 'WHAT WE SEE IS NOT PEACEFUL' DeBerry noted King's Christian faith that rooted his convictions and the decorum of the marchers of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. "They put on their...
    Federal agents and Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officers arrested nine people in a dramatic scene that was filmed at a traffic stop Wednesday. The Kenosha Police Department received a citizen tip on Wednesday evening that there were several suspicious vehicles with out of state plates congregating in a Kenosha parking lot, the department said in a statement Thursday. With the help of the U.S. Marshals Service, police located the vehicles and set up surveillance following them to a gas station, the statement said. “Suspecting that the occupants of these vehicles were preparing for criminal activity related to the civil unrest, officers attempted to make contact and investigate,” the statement said. (RELATED: Jacob Blake Told Police He Had A Knife, Wisconsin DOJ...
    Unrest continues in Kenosha, Wis., in the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake. News of street violence makes my heart sink. But I’m not surprised. Since George Floyd’s death, civil authorities have done everything possible to avoid deadly encounters. They have given low priority to the protection of property. The danger in this approach is that those victimized start to fight back (or hire proxies to do so). In New York City, protests pushed police to the perimeter of sections of the city. With thousands of cell-phone cameras trained on them, officers had to act carefully to avoid confrontations, lest they be captured on video and create still more violence. In any event, civil leaders had urged police restraint....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The St. Paul Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man involved in May’s civil unrest. According to police, the suspect was part of a group that looted the T-Mobile store on Old Hudson. Do you know this person? Back in May, he was part of a group that looted the T-Mobile store on Old Hudson. We want to find him. If you can help: PHONE: 266-5900. EMAIL: SPPD-CUITF@ci.stpaul.mn.us Reference: Suspect D76. pic.twitter.com/uevY13MerH — Saint Paul Police Department (@sppdmn) August 27, 2020 Authorities want to find the individual and are asking anyone who has information to contact them.
    First Lady Melania Trump opened her RNC speech from the White House Rose Garden addressing the coronavirus pandemic and the struggles Americans have been facing. “I want to acknowledge the fact that since March, our lives have changed drastically,” she said. “The invisible enemy, Covid-19, swept across our beautiful country and impacted all of us. My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone that has lost a loved one, and my prayers are with those that are ill suffering.” “I know many people are anxious and some feel helpless. I want you to know you’re not alone,” she continued. “My husband’s administration will not stop fighting until there is an effective treatment or vaccine available to everyone. Donald will not...
    The Republican National Convention should play nonstop video of civil unrest in cities across the country during the entirety of their convention, said the co-founder of the Daily Wire. During the outlet's Backstage podcast on Friday, commentator Jeremy Boreing told hosts Ben Shapiro, Andrew Klavan, and Michael Knowles that the Republican National Committee should use its prime-time coverage to play clips of riots from Portland, Seattle, and other areas wracked by violence. "Since they played all eight hours in prime-time of the DNC, they have to play the RNC. I think that they should put two giant screens up, and no matter who is speaking, during the national anthem, the benediction, the president's speech, and the vice president's speech,...
    Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., is “fanning the flames of anarchy,” said Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., on Monday, reacting to Pressley's comments justifying the unrest in cities across the country. “It’s highly irresponsible and those comments are just fanning the flames of what we’re seeing. We had officers hurt last night in Seattle” Collins told “Fox & Friends." KALAMAZOO, MICH., RALLY DEVOLVES INTO VIOLENCE ARRESTS: REPORTS There should be “unrest in the streets” over President Trump and his political allies turning a "deaf ear" to Americans' concerns, including those about the "dismantling" of the U.S. Postal Service -- which amounts to voter suppression, Pressley said Friday. Conservatives on Twitter quickly condemned Pressley's remarks as "unhinged," "horrible" and "disgusting." The freshman Democrat "Squad" member made her...
    More than two dozen protesters were arrested over clashes with cops in Chicago and Seattle Saturday as civil unrest over police brutality continued across the country. Heated protests were reported in Chicago, where 24 demonstrators were arrested, according to WGN9. Youth activist groups organized in downtown Chicago, where they were peppered sprayed as they demanded the defunding of the city’s police department and the abolishment of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. One of the groups, Good Kids, Mad City, posted to Twitter that two of their organizers were “beaten and arrested.” A video from the group appears to show officers kettling protesters on the street. “Cops are separating & surrounding protesters! They won’t let people leave!” the group...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Downtown business owners and renters are reevaluating their properties, as a pandemic and civil unrest continue to disrupt the status quo.Thom Serafin is continuing to pay rent on his 6,000-square-foot office in River North even though for the most part none of his 12 employees have been in the office since mid-March when COVID-19 sent most of them to work from home."I don't anticipate having everybody back in the office at the same time until there's a vaccine with at least six months," said Serafin, of Serafin and Associates.He said he's reevaluating the need for all this space."I could see some arrangement, where three other firms and I could use this office 12 months out of the...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — This has been a very tense time in Chicago, with first the pandemic and then major outbreaks of unrest, just two months apart. As CBS 2’s Jim Williams noted Monday night, the city has lived through this before. There was the 1919 Race Riot, and 50 years later, the so-called Days of Rage organized by the Weathermen group in 1969. A year before that, unrest, looting, and arson broke out after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But while Chicago had its share of unrest, the location of much of this latest violence and the time span makes this different. When stores were burned and looted the weekend of May 30 amid the protests over...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Three Oakland men have been charged with stealing at least 27 weapons from a Hayward gun store that was looted in May during a night of civil unrest related to the death of George Floyd. U.S. Attorney David Anderson revealed Monday that a federal grand jury has charged Dashawn Talifario Taylor, Anthony Lamar Craft, Jr., and Tyronza Hampton, Jr., with stealing firearms from Richardson Tactical on the night of May 31st. According an affidavit by an ATF agent filed in connection with a criminal complaint, Taylor, 23, Craft, 26, and Hampton, 25, and several others congregated outside of Richardson Tactical after business hours when the store was closed. The co-conspirators allegedly broke the store window...
    While significant elements of the George Floyd protests began and remain the exercise of a cherished Constitutional right, corporate media has chosen to selectively cover those protests which devolve into riots and has arguably contributed to civil unrest.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Nearly two months after being looted and set on fire during civil unrest in Chicago, Central Camera downtown has a plan to reopen. On the night of Saturday, May 30, amid violent protests downtown, CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar was on the scene as Central Camera, 332 S. Wabash Ave., was looted and burned. De Mar talked with Flesch right there at the scene. “It’s what’s going on, it’s reality, so you deal with it,” he said at the time. “It’s that simple.” Flesch told De Mar that night he would reopen. And sure enough, Central Camera is opening at a temporary location next door in the beginning of September. Central Camera expects a grand reopening...
    Oregon officials have agreed to flood Portland, overwhelmed by violent protests on a nightly basis, with state police officers to address the civil unrest in the city, Gov. Kate Brown (D) indicated Wednesday. Brown, in a claim disputed by some federal officials, announced that some federal units would withdraw from Portland and would be replaced by Oregon State Police officers, who will “protect Oregonians’ right to free speech and keep the peace.” “After my discussions with VP Pence and others, the federal government has agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland,” Brown announced on Wednesday, stating that officers have “acted as an occupying force & brought violence.” “Starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland,”...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf had a clear message Wednesday on ABC7's Midday Live - federal agents are not welcome in her city despite the president's rhetoric."I know this community and in this community, sending federal troops in will only cause more civil unrest, more vandalism," the mayor said.This comes after President Donald Trump suggested last week that he'd send federal agents to cities like Oakland, New York and Chicago in response to protests seen in Portland."That is very clear for anybody that knows Oakland and I believe that President Trump knows that and he is actually trying to do harm to our city, not make it safer, actually make it more dangerous," Schaaf said.Over the weekend,...
    Attorney General William Barr accused Rep. Jerry Nadler of conflating the Justice Department's response to a recent uptick in violent crime in major cities with efforts by the department to assist local law enforcement with civil unrest in the same places. "You really can’t hide behind legal fictions this time, Mr. Barr. It’s all out in the open," Nadler told Barr during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday. "The president wants footage for his campaign ads, and you appear to be serving up to him as ordered. In most of these cities, the protests had begun to wind down before you marched in and confronted the protesters. ... In this moment, real leadership would entail deescalation ... instead, you...
    The Department of Justice announced Friday that it has arrested and charged 18 individuals with a variety of criminal charges connected with the long-running civil unrest outside the Hatfield Courthouse in Portland, Oregon. The charges include assault on a federal officer, property damage, trespassing, arson, and others. All 18 made their first appearance in court today and were released pending trial. The seemingly unending rioting and violence has consumed the area around the courthouse for over seven weeks, and has at times even featured Portland's mayor, Ted Wheeler, who was purportedly pepper sprayed when he, along with other protesters, refused to disperse. The courthouse falls under the jurisdiction of federal authorities including the United States Marshals Service and...
    In a Friday piece for Breitbart, journalist Charles Hurt takes aim at Washington Democrats, who he compares to rats that are “feeding on despair” amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Rats feed off of clutter, thrive in confusion, cherish mayhem and reign over chaos,” he wrote. “They are Masters of the Swamp.” The Fox News contributor pointed in particular to the Democratic Party’s push for mail-in voting in November — an effort that has been consistently opposed by Republicans who believe it will compromise the integrity of the election. “Turns out, Democrats only care about election “interference” when they are peddling elaborate lies about how such mythical interference hurt them. Ever adaptable, Democrats quickly evolved from fretting over rigged elections to openly...
    Gun sales have increased 95 percent while ammunition sales have increased 139 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a new survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Retailers nationwide reported a record 10.3 million firearm transactions in the first half of 2020, with approximately 92 percent reporting an increase in ammuniation sales and 87 percent reporting an increase in firearm sales, the NSSF survey reveals. The survey noted that the demographics of customers who purchased guns and ammo consisted of 55.8 percent White males, 16.6 percent White females, 9.3 percent Black males, 5.4 percent Black females, 6.9 percent Hispanic males, 2.2 percent Hispanic females, 3.1 percent Asian males and 0.7 percent Asian females. Photo courtesy National Shooting Sports...
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) — A Los Angeles man faces charges of assaulting a police officer after allegedly throwing a 40-ounce glass bottle at the head of an officer during protests in Santa Monica. Santa Monica police obtained an arrest warrant for 38-year-old Drew Miller after they identified him as the man who threw a full 40-ounce glass bottle at the back of the head of a police officer during civil unrest and rioting on May 31, according to Lt. Joseph Cortez. The bottle had shattered on the officer’s helmet, and the officer was injured. Miller is being held on $500,000 bail and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday. Santa Monica police say they continue to investigate crimes...
    The philosophical origin of the current wave of cancel culture, protests and “with us or against us” mentality of the social upheaval gripping the nation in 2020 has been developing for nearly a century.
    As law enforcement officers and protesters continue to clash on streets in cities across the country, New York Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is calling for the protection of the police. BERKELEY POLICE WILL NO LONGER BE TASKED WITH ISSUING TRAFFIC CITATIONS; REPORT In an interview on "Fox & Friends Weekend," Stefanik stated Saturday that, amidst the din, there is "a lot of work" to do to address race relations in America and tackle police reform. "Well, we have a lot of work, and there are proposals that have been put forth. Tim Scott has been leading the JUSTICE Act, which I'm a co-sponsor of. We need to increase funding for training, outreach to the community," she said. Protesters set fire to a police vehicle , on May 30, 2020 during a protest...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A man caught on camera during civil unrest downtown in late May has turned himself in to face arson charges. Police said Jacob Fagundo, 22, of Rogers Park, was caught on camera shortly after he set fire to a Chicago Police squad car on Saturday, May 30, at 30 E. Kinzie St., when protests turned violent after the killing of George Floyd. Police said Fagundo turned himself in at the Area Three Police Headquarters at 2452 W. Belmont Ave. on Wednesday after recognizing himself in a community alert. He was charged with four felony counts of arson and was due in Central Bond Court on Friday. Chicago Police, FBI, and ATF investigators have scoured hours of surveillance...
    A 28-year-old man was arrested for burglarizing a downtown business during riots earlier this month, Portland, Ore., police said Wednesday. Skyler James Smith-Maynard faces a burglary charge for the July 5 heist, authories said. Authorities said a group smashed windows to businesses amid riots that evolved from an earlier demonstration. Witnesses identified Smith-Maynard as the suspect who entered a business through a broken window and stole a cash register. Portland, Ore., police said Wednesday a man has been arrested for stealing a cash register from a business during a night of civil unrest. (Portland Police Bureau) He was arrested a short time later. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Portland has seen several nights of civil unrest....
    Fox News Channel will air a primetime special about race relations, “Harris Faulkner Presents: The Fight For America,” on Sunday, July 19, at 10 p.m. ET, the network announced on Wednesday. Fox News' Harris Faulkner will be joined by several guests, including Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Republican Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., NFL legend Herschel Walker, Fraternal Order of Police Vice President Joe Gamaldi and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who will participate virtually to discuss the ongoing conversation about race in America and the path forward for the country. FOX NEWS CHANNEL FINISHES QUARTER WITH RECORD-SETTING VIEWERSHIP Fox News contributors Dr. Alveda King and Gianno Caldwell will also join the “Outnumbered” and “Outnumbered Overtime” anchor to offer their personal views regarding nationwide protests following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd while in police custody. The Black Lives Matter...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Police on Tuesday asked for the public’s help in finding nine suspects in two arsons that occurred during civil unrest and looting downtown on the evening of Saturday, May 30. The first incident happened at 6:50 p.m. that evening in the 400 block of Lower North Michigan Avenue. Police are seeking six suspects in that case and released a surveillance photo. (Credit: Chicago Police) The second happened in the 0-99 block of West Jackson Boulevard at 9:49 p.m. that night, and five suspects are being sought. (Credit: Chicago Police) Police did not specify what the suspects are believed to have set on fire. Late last month, Chicago Police and federal authorities asked for help identifying 18...
    Federal authorities have nabbed a Florida man who they say set fire to a commercial building in Tampa – causing an estimated $1.25 million in damage – when a protest at the end of May devolved into civil unrest, according to a Monday press release. Terrence Lee Hester, Jr., 20, turned himself in to authorities earlier this month in connection with allegations he set fire to a Champs Sports store in Tampa shortly after 12:45 a.m. on May 31, Department of Justice officials in Florida announced Monday. Hester was charged with damaging or destroying by fire a building used in interstate commerce. As of Monday morning, he had not been released. Terrance Lee Hester, Jr. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office) ...
    UTAH has declared a state of emergency after violent clashes between police and protesters following the death of a suspect. Gov Gary Herbert made the announcement on Thursday evening after “civil unrest” erupted in Salt Lake City after two cops were cleared of wrongdoing for shooting the suspect in May. Violent altercations exploded between cops and protesters this weekCredit: AP:Associated Press Police officers run toward protesters near the district attorney's office Thursday, July 9Credit: AP:Associated Press Photos of the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office were covered in red hand marks resembling bloody hand prints. There was also a flyer with a picture of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal, the man fatally shot by cops after reaching for his gun. The Deseret News...
    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) late Thursday declared a state of emergency in Salt Lake City, following tense demonstrations that saw protestors square off against Salt Lake City police. Protestors flooded the streets after the Salt Lake County district attorney announced that the May police killing of Bernardo Palacios Carbajal was justified. "In the case of the Salt Lake City Officer Involved Critical Incident that resulted in the death of Bernardo Palacios Carbajal, District Attorney Sim Gill’s findings provide significant evidence of the justifiable actions of Salt Lake City police officers," Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall (D) said in a statement after the news was released. "This evidence shows that our officers acted according to their training and the state law regarding...
    Washington — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended using National Guard soldiers to support law enforcement agencies in handling civil unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd, saying it was a better alternative than using active-duty forces as President Donald Trump had threatened. Esper's stance is at odds with Trump, who had spoken of invoking the Insurrection Act in order to use active-duty forces on the streets of the nation's capital during protests in late May and early June that included limited acts of violence, such as setting a fire in St. John's Episcopal Church near the White House. Several active-duty units were put on alert but ultimately were not deployed in Washington. "Using active duty forces in...
    In a barrage of new television advertisements airing across the country, President Trump and the GOP are attempting to tie presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to the civil unrest plaguing the nation's cities in the wake of George Floyd's death in late May. "Joe Biden's supporters are fighting to defund police departments," reads the text on one ad over footage of rioters torching storefronts in cities such as Minneapolis. "Violent crime has exploded. You won't be safe in Joe Biden's America." It's the latest messaging pivot after months of plummeting poll numbers and internal feuding over strategy. Attempts to question Biden's mental state have largely fallen flat with most voters and possibly offended those over the age of...
    NEW YORK (AP) — When the pandemic shut down schools nationwide in March, Scholastic Corp. immediately pivoted, offering a free online learning hub for millions of families with kids. Two months later, civil unrest caused the company to quickly jump in and ramp up coverage on racial inequality for teachers, parents and students. Tackling turmoil and cultural change is nothing new for the 100-year-old company, now the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s literature and education materials. Founded as a single classroom magazine by Maurice R. Robinson, Scholastic has covered such topics as class warfare during the Depression era, civil rights riots in the 1960s and recent transgender issues in a way that it says encourages critical thinking and...
              Gov. Tim Walz has requested federal financial assistance to help the Twin Cities recover from more than $500 million worth of damage caused by rioting. In a press release, Walz’s office said nearly 1,500 Twin Cities businesses were vandalized, burned, or looted during the late May riots, with current estimates of the damage exceeding $500 million. Walz asked President Donald Trump on Thursday to “declare a major disaster for the State of Minnesota because of extensive fire damage to public infrastructure caused by civil unrest.” Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would reimburse local governments for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and damage to public buildings, Walz’s office said. “We’re asking...
    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus outlined a list of legislation aimed at ending racial injustices, including a reparations measure that one lawmaker said will come up for a House floor vote in the future. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee told reporters Wednesday that Democratic leaders have promised to advance a measure that would establish a commission to study reparations for slavery, Jim Crow laws, and other policies that have hurt blacks and other people of color over the decades. “The leadership in the House and the Senate Democratic leadership are certainly supporting this legislation,” Lee, a Texas Democrat, told reporters. “And we have a commitment for a markup and a commitment for the floor.” A top House Democratic leader on...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police and federal authorities are asking for help identifying 18 people suspected of dozens of arson incidents across Chicago in late May and early June, as looting spread across Chicago in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. “Unfortunately, certain individuals acting on the peripheral of peaceful protests appeared to have started fires that caused extensive damage to public and private properties that put first responders and people in our communities at risk,” U.S. Attorney Jon Lausch said Tuesday afternoon. Chicago Police, FBI, and ATF investigators have scoured hours of surveillance video from the looting, and have released images and video of 18 people believed to be responsible for 53 acts of arson...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Police on Monday were asking for help from the public in identifying and finding a vehicle that was used before and after a fatal shooting in River North. The shooting happened in the 100 block of West Hubbard Street at 11 p.m. Saturday, May 30, amid unrest and violence in downtown Chicago following protests. A 26-year-old man was shot and killed, police said. (Credit: CBS 2) The blue older-model four-door sedan was last seen headed east on Hubbard Street and then south on Clark Street, police said. There was no probable cause to arrest anyone in the shooting as of Monday night, police said. The car has tinted windows and faded paint on the hood. Anyone with...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — With law enforcement practices under fire across the country, morale is low among rank-and-file LAPD officers, according to Robert Harris, the director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, protesters have taken to the streets every week across the nation decrying the excessive police force, especially against Black people. Several agencies have banned the use of pepper spray and carotid holds, and there are calls to defund police and redirect those funds toward mental health and social services. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the added pressure of needing to do their jobs as they are criticized for their doing their jobs, rank-and-file police officers...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea sat down with Eyewitness News for a candid, one-on-one conversation that comes at a time when he is trying to increase trust between his department and the community amid civil unrest, police reform and the charges against one of his officers for using a banned chokehold."The events of the past month are as bad as I've seen it in 30 years," Shea said.To say it's been a challenging first six months on the job for Shea would be a vast understatement.In that short period of time, he's had to steer the nation's largest police department through unprecedented times.There has been explosive civil unrest and sweeping police reforms - converging in the...
    Weeks of protests that devolved in many cities into riots, looting and vandalism have inspired several new pieces of legislation on several fronts: law enforcement reform, protection of monuments and stricter policies addressing “autonomous zones.”
    MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's governor has activated the National Guard to protect state properties after a night of violence that included the toppling of two statues outside the state Capitol and an attack on a state senator.Protesters also threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building and attempted to break into the Capitol, only to be repelled by pepper spray from police stationed inside.RELATED: Statues toppled, senator injured after overnight protests in WisconsinDemocratic state Senator Tim Carpenter of Milwaukee was present for the overnight protests and said he was assaulted after taking a picture, local stations reported.The violence broke out Tuesday night as a group of 200 to 300 people protested the arrest of a Black man who shouted at...
              An 18-year-old from Heiskell, Tennessee was charged Monday with inciting a riot and civil disorder for his involvement in a May 30 riot in downtown Knoxville. According to WVLT, a group of 50 to 100 people gathered in Market Square around 11:30 p.m. on May 30 to commit acts of vandalism as unrest spread across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. A federal criminal complaint filed Monday against Dominic Brown states that the 18-year-old posted messages on his Snapchat account that were intended to incite and organize a riot at the West Town Mall in Knoxville. “We are not each other’s enemy only enemy is 12,” Brown...
    Now that Democrats have blocked a GOP police reform bill in the Senate, they are betting on public pressure to force Republican leaders to take up their own reform measure once it passes the House this week. “I believe the Republican Party sees the handwriting on the wall,” Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters after 44 of 47 Democrats voted to block the bill. “They see what the American people feel, and they no doubt see that while the House is going to succeed in passing a bill, the Senate won't.” The House is slated to take up the Democratic measure beginning Thursday. It includes many overlapping provisions with the Republican bill, but Democrats say their measure would more...
            by Benjamin Nichols  A Seattle-based investment firm announced Monday that it will leave the city because of civil unrest and move south, taking billions with it. Smead Capital Management President and CEO Cole Smead, told KSTAR NEWS, that “the unrest that has taken place in the city of Seattle… there really is not a downtown community today.” Office buildings in the downtown are emptying out, according to Smead. “We’re hearing rumors of 40-story buildings that will be only 20-percent occupied by October,” he said. Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, formerly called the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ, spans several blocks and has caused a disturbance to downtown life. Multiple shootings, rapes, robberies and a death have been reported...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — The city of Santa Ana Monday issued a curfew ahead of a planned protest over the death of Andres Guardado, an 18-year-old who was working as a security guard at a Gardena auto body shop when he was shot and killed by deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The curfew, issued shortly before 6 p.m., will be in effect from 10 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday. “The executive order by City Manager Kristine Ridge, acting as director of emergency services, is in response to possible civil unrest resulting from protests tonight,” a release from the city said. “The City of Santa Ana supports the public’s right to peaceably assemble and protest outside of...
    Anticipating protests against police violence and “possible civil unrest,” the city manager of Santa Ana enacted a curfew Monday night, barring everyone but law enforcement, news reporters and first responders from the city’s streets and public spaces between 10 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday. Beyond those exempt groups, only people who are seeking emergency medical care, “fleeing danger,” or traveling to and from their jobs or religious services are allowed out during the curfew, the city manager, Kristine Ridge, said Monday. Ridge said the city “supports the public’s right to peaceably assemble and protest outside of the curfew hours.” Protesters massed on Sunday outside the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Compton station, decrying the death of Andres Guardado, 18,...
    Supporters can cheer on President Trump, but then they better get home. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, a Republican, implemented a federal exclusion zone and a curfew near the arena where Trump plans to hold a campaign rally Saturday. Bynum cited recent “civil unrest” “crowds in excess of 100,000” who plan to attend the rally and protests in response to the rally in his decision to place a curfew for the six-block radius near the arena. “I have received information from the Tulsa Police Department and other law enforcement agencies that shows that individuals from organized groups who have been involved in destructive and violent behavior in other States are planning to travel to the city of Tulsa for purposes of causing...
    Atlanta police officers are still reportedly calling in sick to work in protest of charges against the cop who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks, as it's announced every officer will receive a $500 bonus for working amid civil unrest.   On Thursday the Atlanta Police Department saw cops continue to call out of work, in protest of 11 charges, including felony murder, announced Wednesday against fired officer Garrett Rolfe.  Despite the call outs, the police force shared a statement insisting it's able to handle all emergency calls.  'The Atlanta Police Department is able to respond effectively to 911 calls. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have an emergency,' the department said Thursday morning.  The call outs come after 'scores' of officers...
    A long-controversial monument to Vice President John C. Calhoun in Charleston, South Carolina, is coming down. City officials will remove and relocate the nearly 124-year-old statue from its prominent location in a downtown square, Mayor John Tecklenburg announced Wednesday amid ongoing civil unrest over the police killing of George Floyd. The pledge to take down the monument to the slavery-championing statesman also came on the fifth anniversary of the shooting Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, where white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine African American worshippers at a bible study in 2015. The statue “comemorat[es] a man who can rightly be called South Carolina’s most prominent national statesman, but also be called its most consequential defender of slavery and white supremacy,” Tecklenburg...
    Under an unprecedented crush circumstances stressing the fabric of society, the economy and government, Minnesota’s elected lawmakers returned to St. Paul this week. And promptly drew political lines in the sand, pointing fingers in predictable partisan directions. It is, after all, an election year. Every seat in the state House and Senate will be on the ballot in November, as will a president who has inspired polarization like few others. Yet, an undercurrent of bipartisanship exists for the big issues now before the Legislature in its special session: responding to the coronavirus pandemic, reforming police departments in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, and a public works and infrastructure spending plan that members of both parties see as...
    (CNN)Almost seven in 10 Americans say they've felt hopeful as well as angry over the last few weeks as mass demonstrations against racial injustice have roiled the United States, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, with significant differences reported depending on political party and race.The last two weeks have been a tumultuous time in the US. The killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day has sparked protests nationwide over police brutality and racism against black Americans.While majorities in both parties felt hopeful and angry over the past two weeks, a much larger number of Republicans said they were hopeful (80% of Republicans and 63% of Democrats) and significantly more Democrats reported being angry (77% of Democrats and...
    "Live PD" production has been ceased by A&E amid ongoing protests in opposition to police brutality against black individuals. The news was first reported by Deadline, who said the decision was made by A&E and production company Big Fish Entertainment. 'COPS' WON'T RETURN AFTER 32 SEASONS IN WAKE OF PROTESTS, NETWORK SAYS “This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD,” said a statement from A&E obtained by the outlet. “Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil...
    CHICAGO — There have been more than 3,000 arrests in Chicago in the nine days since protests began over the killing of George Floyd. The city has been rocked by protests for Floyd, a Black man who Minneapolis Police officers killed, and by subsequent looting and vandalism. In all, Chicago Police officers have made 2,665 arrests for civil unrest and disorderly conduct since May 29, the day protests began, said Supt. David Brown during a Monday call with reporters. Another 788 arrests have been made for looting. During the same time, Chicago Police found and took in 529 guns, Brown said. Most of the looting and vandalism happened at the start of the protests. Officials, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, have...
    For more than a week Americans have flooded the streets of major metropolitan areas across the country in protest of racially-motivated police brutality sparked by George Floyd‘s death in police custody. While most protests and marches have been peaceful, civil unrest has prompted looting and property damage in cities like New York. Though most public gathering spaces like museums have been closed since March for social-distancing precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic, the civil unrest poses a unique security concern for those in charge of protecting the priceless art housed around the city. There are 130 museums in the five boroughs of New York City, according to city data, including some renowned museums that house the work of world-famous artists. Vincent...
    Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas sounded a lot more like Chile’s Gen. Augusto Pinochet or Paraguay’s President Alfredo Stroessner than a United States senator when, in a New York Times op-ed published on June 3, he called for President Donald Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 and use U.S. Army troops against U.S. citizens in response to the civil unrest that has rocked American cities following the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In his op-ed (which was headlined “Send in the Military” and is being lambasted by Times staffers and civil libertarians), Cotton used textbook authoritarian arguments while asserting that dramatic steps must be taken in order to restore law and order — and the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party is facing a reckoning over some of its most divisive candidates. So far the results are mixed, and that’s dicey for the GOP as a country shuddering from coast-to-coast civic unrest hurtles toward November elections. Republican leaders looking to broaden the party’s appeal were buoyed Tuesday when Iowans refused to renominate Rep. Steve King, known for racially incendiary comments. But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, their surest bet for derailing a Republican immigration hard-liner who might cost them a Senate seat from deep-red Kansas, definitively stayed out of that race on Monday. And most seriously, President Donald Trump exhibited little empathy as he taunted demonstrators as “thugs,” accused governors of being...
    WASHINGTON -- 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 so, Obama is signaling a willingness to sharply critique his successor, President Donald Trump, and fill what many Democrats see as a national leadership void. On Wednesday, he held a virtual town hall event with young people to discuss policing and the civil unrest that has followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis."I want you to know that you matter, I want you to know that your lives matter, that your dreams matter," Obama said during the event as a message...
    Ellen DeGeneres is sending a message to her fans. The 62-year-old comic, known for ending each episode of her talk show with the phrase "be kind to one another," has taken to social media to share her thoughts on the civil unrest and protests sparked by the recent death of George Floyd. On Monday, DeGeneres shared a video on Instagram, urging fans to spread love. PINK SHUTS DOWN ALL LIVES MATTER COMMENTERS ON INSTAGRAM: 'YOU DON'T EVEN HEAR YOURSELF' "I have been posting my thoughts and my stance on this, but I haven't spoken directly because I don't know what to say," she began. "I am so sad and I am so angry and I know I'm not going to...
    (CNN)Joe Biden delivered remarks Tuesday in Philadelphia on the civil unrest occurring across the nation following the death of George Floyd and condemned President Donald Trump for his response to protesters. Here are the remarks as prepared for delivery: "I can't breathe." "I can't breathe."George Floyd's last words. But they didn't die with him. They're still being heard. They're echoing across this nation.They speak to a nation where too often just the color of your skin puts your life at risk.Read MoreThey speak to a nation where more than 100,000 people have lost their lives to a virus -- and 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment -- with a disproportionate number of these deaths and job losses concentrated in...
    PHILADELPHIA -- Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be in Philadelphia Tuesday to address the unrest seen all around the country.The former Vice President will speak at 10 a.m. ET.Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield released an excerpt of his address:"I can't. breathe." "I can't breathe."George Floyd's last words. But they didn't die with him. They're still being heard. They're echoing across this nation. This morning at 10AM ET @JoeBiden will speak to the nation from Philadelphia. Here’s a preview of some of what he will say pic.twitter.com/auMDLUFgxk— Kate Bedingfield (@KBeds) June 2, 2020Tear gas was used as "a means to safely diffuse a volatile and dangerous situation" when protesters spilled onto an interstate highway in the heart...
    Golf has never been known to move quickly. Harold Varner III illustrated as much with thoughtful observations he posted on social media after civil unrest in America over the weekend reached levels not seen in more than 50 years. “I’ve received more messages than ever before, mostly from people who wanted me to speak up immediately because of who I am. I AM BLACK,” his post began. “But it’s not helpful to anyone when impulsive, passionate reaction takes precedence over clear-minded thought.” What followed from Varner, one of three PGA Tour members of black heritage, was just that. He referred to the “senseless killing” of George Floyd, the handcuffed black man who died last week when a white police officer...
    President Trump unloaded on the nation's governors Monday morning, calling them "weak" for failing to more aggressively enforce law and order over the weekend, as some of the nation's biggest cities burned in the wake of the death of George Floyd.  On a video teleconference, the president warned that the law enforcement presence across Washington is set to intensify later Monday. He said the protests are ruining the nation's standing on the world stage. And he called on governors to pass new bans on flag burning, a constitutionally protected expression of free speech. "Washington was under very good control, but we're going to have it under much more control," Mr. Trump said, according to audio of the meeting obtained by CBS...