Monday, June 1, 2020

MixedTimes - Politics

Famed DC monuments defaced after night of protests

The affected monuments, which were photos of which were posted in a tweet by the National Mall National Park Service (NPS), included the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial and the statue of General Casimir Pulaski.

Joe Biden, wearing mask, visits protest site in Delaware

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Sunday visited a location where protesters have been demonstratingagainst police brutality and racial inequality, according to a photo Biden posted on Instagram, as protests and riots rage across the U.S.

Pompeo: China is bent on Western 'destruction'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared the Chinese Communist Party's recent actions show that they are actively seeking to harm the U.S. and its western allies, but expressed optimism that the Trump administration and Europe are up to the task of countering them.

Head of Minnesota Police Chiefs Association: George Floyd death shows how cellphone videos are ‘game changer’ in holding cops accountable

Video of police officers pinning George Floyd to the ground before he died has been ubiquitous on the internet and in the media since Floyd’s death last week, and Andy Skoogman, Executive Director of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, says that this sort of footage – be it from bystanders’ cell phones or officer bodycams – is key for holding cops accountable when there are conflicting reports of what happened.

Trump vows to stop 'mob violence' amid riots over George Floyd death

President Trump on Saturday vowed to stop “mob violence,” as he condemned riotsthat have broken out amid what originally were protests across the country in response to Minneapolis man George Floyd’s death in police custody earlier this week.

Minnesota using 'intelligence support' from NSA, US military amid riots

Minnesota's governor said Saturday the state is using “intelligence support” from the U.S. military and the National Security Agency to push back against the allegedorganizers of riots that have occurred in the state in response to the death of George Floyd.

Chicago mayor tells Trump 'F-U' after tweet about Minneapolis looting

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted President Trump and invoked an expletive Friday in response to his tweetafter three days of protests inMinneapolis, Minn., when he called the protesters "THUGS" and tweeted that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts.

What do the Flynn-Kislyak transcripts say?

Transcripts of phone conversations between then-incoming White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016 were released Friday.

Rep. Tim Ryan's Big Idea: Giving Americans a mental timeout

The Big Idea is a series that asks top lawmakers and officials to discuss their moonshot — what’s the one proposal, if politics and polls and even price tag were not an issue, they’d implement to change the country for the better?

Klobuchar defends prosecutor background amid African-American uneasiness with her as Biden’s VP

With some African-American activists amplifying their efforts to persuade former Vice President Joe Biden not to name Sen. Amy Klobuchar as his running mate because they say she wouldn’t excite black voters – the Minnesota Democrat is defending her previous record as a former tough on crime prosecutor in the Minnesota county where this week a black man in handcuffs died after a white police officer put his knee to the man’s throat for several minutes.

Flynn, Kislyak transcripts transmitted to Congress after DNI declassification

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has transmitted declassified transcripts of phone conversations between then-incoming White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016 to Capitol Hill on Friday, Fox News has learned.

Biden speaks with Floyd family, slams Trump for ‘incendiary tweets’

Calling the death of a black man in Minnesota after being pinned to the ground by police officers and the resulting violent protests in cities across the country a “national crisis,” former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday stressed that “we need real leadership right now.

Trump announces US ‘terminating’ relationship with WHO

President Trumpannounced Friday that the U.S. is "terminating" its relationship with the embattled World Health Organization (WHO) over its failure to enact reforms in the face ofconcerns over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and its pro-China bias.

Biden calls Floyd’s ‘brutal death’ a symbol of ‘ugly’ systemic racism

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s urging the demonstrators behind the violent protests in Minnesota “to exercise their rights peacefully and safely.” But he also called the death of black man after being pinned to the ground for several minutes by Minneapolis police officers, which sparked three straight nights of rioting – a “brutal, brutal death” which he emphasized exposes “this ugly underbelly of our society.

New Jersey may have to cut 200K jobs if no federal help: report

Gov. Phil Murphy, the New Jersey Democrat, said in an interview Thursday that without financial help from the federal government, hisstate will likely have to cut 200,000 public employees, including police officers and firefighters.

Trump blasts Minneapolis mayor, vows military support if needed

President Trump took to Twitter early Friday to vow military support for the governor of Minnesota after another night of violent protest in Minneapolis, which included a police station being overrun and set on fire.

NYC bans the word 'alien' in laws, documents, opts for 'noncitizen'

New York City became the first major city in the U.S. on Thursday after the NYC Council removed theterms “alien,” “illegal immigrant” and “illegal migrant” from local laws, rules and documents and instead will bereplacing them with the term “non-citizen.

Biden's support among College Democrats slips amid Tara Reade claims

Several chapters of the College Democrats are refusing to support Joe Biden in his bid for the White House following sexual assault allegations brought forth byTara Reade, who was a young staffer in his office nearly 30 years ago when Biden was a senator.