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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Two Democratic governors fired back at President Donald Trump on Monday, accusing the president of "inflammatory" and "dangerous" rhetoric about protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. read more


Monday, June 01, 2020

The Players Coalition, which put out a statement on [George] Floyd this weekend, was established at a time when NFL players' protesting of police brutality was a hot-button issue beyond the playing field of an NFL stadium. While problems continue to exist on a larger scale, the group has worked at a micro level, sending groups of players on social justice reform trips focused on learning more about the landscape to better focus their efforts, for example. It hasn't just been a trending topic that dissipated with time in NFL locker rooms, but the latest instance of an unarmed black man losing his life at the hands of police officers has again brought the larger issue to the forefront of the American consciousness. read more


Shammara Lawrence: I first learned about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre on Tumblr, sometime during high school, while aimlessly scrolling down my feed. I saw jarring photos of houses engulfed in flames. Despite having taken AP U.S. history in high school, no teacher had taught my classes anything about the destruction of Black Wall Street. read more


(U)nder President Obama, the Justice Department took on more civil rights investigations of local police departments than his recent predecessors, launching probes into "nearly two dozen police departments, from Baltimore to Ferguson, Missouri to Chicago -- uncovering a wide range of abusive, even racist, police practices." So what happened? Donald Trump took office, Jeff Sessions became attorney general, and in November 2018, the Republican-led Justice Department went in a dramatically different direction. read more


Attorney General William Barr is sending specialized teams of federal agents to help control protests in Washington, D.C., and Miami, and the FBI is setting up command posts in cities across the country as demonstrations against George Floyd's death move into a second week. read more


Moments before President Trump was scheduled to take the podium to address nationwide protests against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death, police officers near the North Lawn of the White House charged at peaceful protesters, throwing tear gas as they aggressively attempted to disperse the crowd. read more


Joe Biden made an unannounced visit to the site of protest that had taken place the night before in Wilmington, Del. His campaign tweeted out a photo of Biden at the site with the following statement read more


As Trump brings out more military presence and threatens to deploy active-duty U.S. Troops to squash protests, CNN's Don Lemon watches protesters at the White House clashing with the new forces and wonders why the President of the United States won't listen to the Americans literally at his doorstep screaming to be heard: "The people who are out here yelling at the top of their voices, fighting back against police, protesting, they're desperate to be heard. They're desperate to get food on the table. They're desperate to be treated equally under the law. Many of them are desperate to find employment with a pandemic and being shutdown for months. They are desperate to be heard. This president is desperate to try and to keep some kind of order and desperate to be reelected come November and now you have these two forces that are clashing. What I hear in the President's voice, and this is just what I hear, I hear fear -- anytime you are saying you guys are weak, you need to apply force. What are you going to do put a fortress around the White House, put a fortress around America and not engage with the people who are outside of your door screaming: 'Hey we need to be heard. Listen to us' ... The way to stop this is to engage with the people who are screaming at the top of their lungs for you to pay attention. You represent these people who are outside of your door desperate to be heard ... These are Americans. Your constituents. There is a very simple solution to this, listen to the people and that could have been solved a long time ago -- if you just listen and engage the people who are so desperate for you to pay attention to them, to include them." read more


President Donald Trump on Monday derided many governors as "weak" and demanded tougher crackdowns on burning and stealing among some demonstrations in the aftermath of another night of violent protests in dozens of American cities. read more


As of May 29, his 1,226th day in office, Trump had made 19,127 false or misleading claims, according to the Fact Checker's database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement he has uttered. That's almost 16 claims a day over the course of his presidency. So far this year, he's averaging just over 22 claims a day, similar to the pace he set in 2019. read more


Herb Stempel, whose admission that television game shows were fixed led to a major scandal and congressional investigation, has died. He passed at age 93 on April 7, but his death just recently came to light. Stempel was a contestant on the game show Twenty-One, and became a nerdy star for seeming to know something about everything. The only problem was that he was supplied with the answers in advance, with the promise of winning $25,000 if he kept quiet. The sum later ballooned to just short of $50,000. read more


China has told state-owned firms to halt purchases of soybeans and pork from the United States, two people familiar with the matter said, after Washington said it would eliminate special treatment for Hong Kong to punish Beijing. read more


An upstate woman admitted using a Molotov cocktail to set ablaze an NYPD vehicle with four officers inside in a violent protest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, federal officials said. Before the feds took over the case, Shader was charged with attempted murder, attempted arson, weapons possession and reckless endangerment, said police. read more


Dozens of journalists have been sacked after Microsoft decided to replace them with artificial intelligence software. Staff who maintain the news homepages on Microsoft's MSN website and its Edge browser -- used by millions of Britons every day -- have been told that they will be no longer be required because robots can now do their jobs. read more


A young black protester was shot dead outside a bar in Omaha as unrest across the nation engulfed the Nebraska city"and the white bar owner was reportedly in custody. read more


Steve Benen: The United States has experienced countless challenges and crises, testing leaders, their mettle, and their capacity to at least try to help guide the nation through painful times. But it's difficult to find a modern historical parallel for the scale of the disconnect between the times and the chief executive responsible for helping steer the country. read more


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