Pritzker adds Lake, four downstate counties to disaster proclamation amid civil unrest

Members of the Illinois National Guard keep watch and direct traffic at their post outside McCormick Place near East 24th Place and South King Drive on Wednesday. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times Lake County is among those that represents “a threat for looting or destruction through planned protests,” is “home to critical infrastructure” or has requested […]

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Obama-era ex-intel official secures bail for NYC lawyer suspected of hurling Molotov cocktail in George Floyd unrest

A former high-level Obama administration intelligence official has guaranteed the $250,000 bail for the New York City lawyer who allegedly firebombed an unoccupied NYPD police cruiser early Saturday, calling the suspect her “best friend,” Fox News has confirmed. The Washington Free Beacon first reported that Salmah Rizvi, who served in the Defense Department and State Department during the Obama […]

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Mattis Accuses Trump of Dividing the Nation in a Time of Crisis

WASHINGTON — Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, breaking months of public silence on President Trump since resigning in protest in December 2018, on Wednesday offered a withering critique of the president’s leadership amid growing protests across the country. “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American […]

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Fortress Washington: Authority vs. Liberty

WASHINGTON — Even in peaceful times, Washington is situated on a fine line between freedom and order, flexibility and barriers. This city of grand architecture and ever-present security forces conveys an inescapable message: This might be the seat of American liberty, but it is also not a place to be messed with. The contrast fosters […]

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Esper Breaks With Trump on Using Troops Against Protesters

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper broke with President Trump on Wednesday and said that active-duty military troops should not be sent to control the wave of protests in American cities, at least for now. His words were at odds with his commander in chief, who on Monday threatened to do exactly that. Mr. […]

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Return to Springfield? Three lawmakers say yes, to deal with ‘state of emergency’ – but legislative leaders largely mum

State Rep. Curtis J. Tarver, II, D-Chicago, speaks with House Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago, during an extended session of the Illinois House of Representatives at the Bank of Springfield Center, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Springfield | Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP “Our communities simply can not wait until the November veto session […]

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DC Mayor Bowser vows to ‘push back’ on federal presence in wake of George Floyd unrest

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser made it clear Wednesday that the Metropolitan Police report to her, and that she does not believe additional National Guardsmen are needed in the nation’s capital to assist in maintaining order during the George Floyd protests. “We are examining every legal question about the president’s authority to send troops, even National […]

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GOP convention site in limbo: Here’s where party could go

The search is on as the Republican National Committee (RNC) begins to scout out new locations to hold its August presidential convention. Hours after President Trump tweeted that the GOP is “now forced to seek another” location other than Charlotte, N.C., to host this summer’s Republican National Convention, party officials said Thursday that the event, indeed, “will be held […]

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Mattis ‘angry and appalled’ as he unloads on Trump, says president ‘does not try to unite the American people’

James Mattis, who served as President Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, excoriated the president in a statement to The Atlantic published on Wednesday — urging Americans to “reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.” Mattis has largely stayed out of the public eye since resigning in December 2018, […]

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Obama ‘heartened’ to see police march alongside protesters, says ‘vast majority’ want to protect and serve

Former President Barack Obama said Wednesday he was “heartened” to see law enforcement marching alongside protesters and showing restraint, adding that a “vast majority” of them want to protect and serve. “I want to acknowledge the folks in law enforcement that share the goals of reimagining policing,” Obama said in his first on-camera comments after […]

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Virginia Gov. Northam to order removal of Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce Thursday that the state will remove an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s prominent Monument Avenue. Northam, a Democrat, plans to have the statute moved off its massive pedestal and placed in storage while his administration seeks input on a new location, The […]

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Jimmy Carter the latest former president to weigh in on George Floyd, says violence ‘is not a solution’

Former President Jimmy Carter spoke out Wednesday against the racial discrimination that plagues America and said people in power must say “no more” to a racially discriminatory police system and the “immoral” economic disparities between white and black people. “Rosalynn and I are pained by the tragic racial injustices and consequent backlash across our nation in recent weeks,” Carter […]

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With Steve King Gone, Does the Democrat Have a Shot in His Iowa District?

The 2020 campaign had been going well for J.D. Scholten, the former minor league pitcher turned Democratic congressional candidate in Iowa. He had raised more than $1 million in a bid to unseat Representative Steve King, the nine-term Republican congressman who had alienated voters with his racist comments about immigration. Kevin Costner had narrated an […]

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Fox News Poll: Biden leads Trump in Wisconsin

Majorities of Wisconsin voters rate the economy negatively and are concerned about coronavirus.  That helps explain Democrat Joe Biden’s gains in the presidential race, in a Fox News Poll of Wisconsin registered voters released Wednesday. Biden has a 9-point edge over President Donald Trump, 49-40 percent.  That’s up from a 5-point advantage in January, and […]

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Fox News Poll: Biden-Trump tossup in Ohio, 82 percent approve of DeWine

A Fox News Poll of Ohio registered voters finds Democrat Joe Biden narrowly tops President Donald Trump in the race for the White House.  At the same time, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine enjoys sky-high, bipartisan approval. Biden is ahead of Trump by a 45 to 43 percent margin.  The former vice president’s 2-point edge is […]

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Fox News Poll: Biden ahead in Arizona, Kelly trouncing McSally in Senate race

Republicans are rightly concerned about Arizona. A new Fox News Poll finds the state shading blue — especially in the race for the U.S. Senate, where Democrat Mark Kelly bests incumbent Republican Sen. Martha McSally by a 50-37 percent margin among Arizona registered voters. The story here is party loyalty.  Some 88 percent of Democrats […]

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Pentagon pushing back on reports active-duty troops being pulled out of DC area

The Pentagon is pushing back on reports that active-duty troops are being pulled out of the Washington, D.C., area amid widespread protests over the death of George Floyd. According to a spokesman for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, “all Title 10 active-duty forces remain in the National Capital Region.” The comment refers to the […]

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President Obama on the George Floyd Protests: ‘There is a Change in Mindset That’s Taking Place’

President Barack Obama shared his perspective on the protests that have gripped the nation for the last six days on Wednesday afternoon, issued a call to action for voters and mayors around the county, and talked about why he remains optimistic about America’s future.  The former president appeared via Zoom from his home, at the […]

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Obama, Addressing George Floyd, Calls on Every Mayor to Push for Police Reform

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on every mayor in the United States to review use-of-force policies and make progress on police reforms during his first on-camera remarks since a wave of protests and violence after the killing of George Floyd convulsed the country and upended the 2020 election. Mr. Obama, adopting […]

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WATCH LIVE: President Obama addresses ‘continued police violence’ in virtual town hall

This screen grab from a video released by BidenForPresident shows former President Obama endorsing Joe Bidens White House bid through a video message on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. – Former President Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden on April 14, 2020, in a video message in which he explains why he believes his former running mate […]

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Biden and Trump all tied up in Texas: poll

It’s been nearly half a century since a Democratic presidential candidate carried Texas. You have to go all the way back to Jimmy Carter in 1976. But a new poll in the Lone Star State suggests that Texans are split right now between President Trump and Democrat challenger Joe Biden, with five months to go until the […]

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Congressional Black Caucus chair rejects call to defund police, but pushes for June vote on reforms

The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus rejected growing demands from activists for a national defunding of police departments but said the House is forging ahead with passing police reforms as soon as this month. In a video press conference Wednesday, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., said she personally doesn’t favor the #DefundthePolice movement that Black Lives […]

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Curfews continue: Major cities tell Americans to stay home for yet another night

As racial tensions simmer in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department last week, major American cities are instituting curfews again Wednesday night in an effort to keep peace in their streets following violent unrest in recent days. Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and more […]

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McEnany reads list of fallen police officers during White House briefing

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany in her Wednesday briefing called attention to the 45 police officers who have been killed in the U.S. so far this year, including the late St. Louis officer David Dorn. McEnany said that before the former Missouri police officer was shot and killed by looters in St. Louis, he served […]

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Conservative activist turns tables on Dems over claims of voter suppression

The head of a conservative watchdog group on Wednesday sought to turn the tables on Democratic allegations of voter suppression amid the coronavirus pandemic, appearing to use the ongoing George Floyd protests to support his point. Democrats have pushed for increased mail-in absentee voting so people can avoid going out to the polls, and Republicans […]

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