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Today's Top News Compilation - Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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Senators to announce sanctions bill on Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

  • News source: Reuters: Politics
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators will announce a bill this week expanding sanctions on Russia’s Gazprom-led Nord Stream 2 project, Senate aides said, targeting a pipeline Washington says will make Europe too reliant on Russian gas.

The Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Clarification Act follows legislation signed by President Donald Trump last year, which prompted Swiss-Dutch company Allseas to halt undersea work.

Two Russian-owned pipe-laying vessels may now be used to finish the remaining 100 miles (160 km) of the project, led by state-run...
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George Floyd protest updates: Famous monument of Robert E. Lee to be removed

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in the U.S.
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'I Didn't Deserve It': Pandemic Shut Down His Barbershop, Then A Fire Destroyed It

  • News source: Jim Zarroli
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Trevon Ellis spent years building up his north Minneapolis barbershop, the Fade Factory, luring customers with smart haircuts, snacks and friendly conversation.

It took just one terrible night to destroy it all.

"Inside is totally burned down," Ellis says. "Everything was burned to a crisp."

The recent wave of protests against police brutality has left a trail of chaos and destruction in many city neighborhoods, with countless businesses looted and damaged.

Among them are some African American businesses, which were already hard hit by the...
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For One Immigrant Community, George Floyd's Death Isn't Just About Black And White

  • News source: Ashley Westerman
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There's something about the video of the George Floyd killing that makes it very specific to the Twin Cities.

The video shows a white police killings seen nationwide — but there's a third identifiable person: an Asian American officer seen running interference with the crowd and standing watch. He's now-former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao, a Hmong American — which is how you know this isn't "any" city. It's Minneapolis.

And his presence not only has heightened slow-burning tensions between the Asian American and black neighborhoods in the...
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Lessons From 2015 Uprising Inform Non-Violent Protests In Baltimore

  • News source: Rebecca Hersher
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Thousands of people in Baltimore have joined multiple marches over the past week, mourning the violent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and calling for less funding for the Baltimore Police Department and more money for education, health and local groups in predominantly African American neighborhoods in the city.

The Baltimore Police Department is one of a handful of major city police departments that is currently operating under a federal consent decree after the Department of Justice found that the department has used violent and...
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NIH Director Hopes For At Least 1 Safe And Effective Vaccine By Year's End

  • News source: Sarah McCammon
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As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases globally approaches 6.5 million, scientists are racing to develop a vaccine. Currently, there are 10 vaccine candidates in development around the world that are in the beginnings of human trials.

Some will be ready for large-scale testing as soon as the beginning of July, says Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health and a member of the White House coronavirus task force.

These phase 3 trials involve roughly 30,000 volunteers for each candidate vaccine, with half the volunteers...
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Why Is Voting By Mail (Suddenly) Controversial? Here's What You Need To Know

  • News source: Miles Parks
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Casting a ballot by mail isn't a new way to vote, but it is getting fresh attention as the coronavirus pandemic upends daily life.

The voting method is quickly becoming the norm and quickly becoming politically charged, as some Republicans — and specifically President Trump — fight against the mail voting expansion that is happening nationwide.

Here are answers to key questions about mail ballots and the controversy around them.

What is mail voting?

The phrases "mail voting" and "voting by mail" actually encompass a wide range of policies, all...
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Obama urges George Floyd protesters to push for change, 'make people in power uncomfortable'

  • News source: Bryan Robinson
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Former President Barack Obama, in a virtual town hall hosted by his foundation Wednesday, called on demonstrators to channel their anger over George Floyd's death into an opportunity to make leaders "uncomfortable" and pressure them into making real policy changes.

The town hall was hosted by the Obama Foundation's My Brother's Keeper Alliance, which supports young men of color. During the event, Obama said he rejected a debate that emerged in “a little bit of chatter on the internet" about “voting versus protests, politics and participation versus...
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Police immunity rule getting fresh look by Supreme Court after George Floyd death

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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The U.S. Supreme Court could revisit its 50-year-old doctrine of "qualified immunity" for law enforcement, which has shielded cops from misconduct lawsuits.
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Ocasio-Cortez backs Engel’s challenger in primary

  • News source: Edmund DeMarche
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Despite a less-than-stellar record on past endorsements, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said Wednesday that she was going to throw her support behind Rep. Eliot Engel’s primary challenger.

“This moment requires renewed and revitalized leadership across the country AND at the ballot box,” she tweeted, as she lent her support to Jamaal Bowman, an educator.

Earlier this year, Ocasio-Cortez announced the Courage to Change PAC, which was seen at the time as a threat to established Democrats. Despite her freshman status in the House, she is...
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At least 39 injured in knife attack at China kindergarten

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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State media report at least 39 people have been injured in a knife attack on a kindergarten in southern China
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Former Defense Secretary Mattis Issues Stunning Rebuke Of Trump

  • News source: Scott Neuman
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Retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis, who resigned as President Trump's defense secretary nearly a year-and-a-half ago over policy differences, has issued an extraordinary critique of the White House's handling of nationwide unrest, saying Trump has sought to divide Americans, and warning against "militarizing our response" to the protests.

"When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution," Mattis said in a statement.

"Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any...
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