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A triple whammy of crises tests Trump's support ahead of November's election

  • News source: Reuters: Politics
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lysisWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Battered by crisis after crisis, President Donald Trump appears to be in political peril as never before.

Since taking office in 2017, Trump has weathered storm after storm, always emerging with a fighting chance at being re-elected. After he survived an impeachment trial that saw him acquitted by the Republican-led Senate on Feb. 5, things looked up.

Now Trump’s Teflon shield is being put to an acid test as he faces a triple whammy - the biggest public health crisis in a century, the worst economic downturn in...
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Fundraisers say donations to Biden surge as George Floyd protests sweep country

  • News source: Reuters: Politics
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(Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his allies have seen donations swell in recent days, several top fundraisers said, as protests against the police killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis roil U.S. cities.

President Donald Trump’s response to the demonstrations over George Floyd’s death - including on Monday when police drove peaceful protesters out of a park in Washington so Trump could pose for photos in front of a church - pushed new donors and even some Republicans to open their checkbooks, the fundraisers said...
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Hong Kong outlaws insulting China's national anthem

  • News source: ABC News: Top Stories
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Senate Dems push for end to 'qualified immunity' after George Floyd death

  • News source: Tyler Olson
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A group of Senate Democrats on Thursday introduced a resolution pushing for an end to "qualified immunity," a legal doctrine created by the Supreme Court with the aim of shielding government employees from frivolous lawsuits, but has been decried in recent years as allowing bad actors to escape accountability for violating peoples' rights.

The Democrats' resolution was in reaction to the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, an event that has reignited fury against the doctrine on both sides of the aisle...
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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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