Twitter Had Been Drawing a Line for Months When Trump Crossed It

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jack Dorsey was up late Thursday at his home in San Francisco talking online with his executives when their conversation was interrupted: President Trump had just posted another inflammatory message on Twitter. Tensions between Twitter, where Mr. Dorsey is chief executive, and Mr. Trump had been running high for days over the […]

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Trump seeks to clarify tweet on Minneapolis: ‘Looting leads to shooting’

President Trump sought to clarify what he meant in a tweet Thursday night about the unrest in Minneapolis after Twitter flagged it and claimed he was “glorifying violence.” “Looting leads to shooting, and that’s why a man was shot and killed in Minneapolis on Wednesday night – or look at what just happened in Louisville with 7 people shot,” […]

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Biden on George Floyd killing: ‘We can’t ignore that we are in a country with an open wound right now’

Vice President Joe Biden, pictured on Monday, Memorial Day, on Thursday said the killing of George Floyd shows ‘We can’t ignore that we are in a country with an open wound right now’ | Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images Biden spoke at a fundraiser hosted by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who is in the […]

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George Floyd case: House Judiciary Dems demand Barr probe into possible ‘pattern’ of ‘unconstitutional’ conduct by Minneapolis PD

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee demanded Thursday that Attorney General William Barr open an investigation into whether there is a “pattern” of “unconstitutional” conduct by the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being pinned to the ground by his neck while he […]

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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, his state will likely have to cut 200,000 public employees, including police officers and firefighters. NJ SALON OWNER: WE’RE AT A BREAKING POINT New Jersey is among several states facing serious financial hardships after the coronavirus […]

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7 People Shot at Louisville Protest Over the Death of Breonna Taylor

Seven people were struck by gunfire at a protest in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday night as tensions there continued to escalate over the fatal shooting of a black woman by three white police officers in March. Of those reported injured, one was in critical condition, the Louisville Metro Police Department said in a message. No […]

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George Floyd protesters set Minneapolis police station afire

MINNEAPOLIS — Cheering protesters broke into a Minneapolis police precinct station on Thursday after the department abandoned it, setting it ablaze and setting off fireworks as three days of violent protests spread to nearby St. Paul and angry demonstrations flared across the U.S over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man. A police […]

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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 to remove the terms “alien,” “illegal immigrant” and “illegal migrant” from local laws, rules and documents and instead the NYC Council will be replacing them with the term “noncitizen.” GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS IN NYC TURN VIOLENT, DOZENS ARRESTED Queens Councilman Francisco Moya, the Democrat who […]

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Fight Over G.O.P. Convention Escalates in North Carolina

Republicans planning their party’s convention on Thursday gave North Carolina’s governor a deadline of June 3 to approve safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus during the event, planned for Charlotte in August. The move came as President Trump pressures Democratic leaders in the state to allow him to hold the kind of […]

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Pompeo Releases Letter Clearing Him of Violating Law With Kansas Trips

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday released a letter written four months ago from an independent federal investigative agency that said he did not violate the law when he explored a Senate run from Kansas, escalating a battle with a senator who accused him of using State Department resources to further his […]

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National Guard Called as Minneapolis Erupts in Solidarity for George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s governor activated the National Guard on Thursday as angry demonstrators took to the streets for a third straight night to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who was pleading that he couldn’t breathe as a white police officer pressed his knee into Mr. Floyd’s neck. The order by Gov. […]

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NHL recognizes Presidents’ Trophy, scoring title and goaltending award winners

The timetable remains fluid for the NHL’s return to play, but the league on Thursday reaffirmed that the regular season is over when it announced winners of three trophies that are automatically awarded based on the regular-season performance of teams or individuals. The Boston Bruins were recognized in all three categories. First, they won the […]

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Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto withdraws from consideration as Biden’s VP pick

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto on Thursday removed her name from the list of potential running mates for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden — saying in a statement that while she supports the candidate, she has no desire to join the ticket. “I support Joe Biden 100 percent and will work tirelessly to help get him elected this November. […]

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ sequel in the works

“Sonic the Hedgehog” is getting a sequel. Paramount Pictures and Sega Sammy confirmed on Thursday that they have commenced development on a sequel to the live-action family comedy. The sequel would reteam the filmmakers, with Jeff Fowler directing, and Pat Casey and Josh Miller writing the script. The movie is still in the development stage […]

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National Guard called to respond to Minneapolis violence

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called in the National Guard on Thursday as looting broke out in St. Paul and a wounded Minneapolis braced for more violence after rioting over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody, reduced parts of one neighborhood to a smoking shambles. The Minneapolis unrest […]

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Trump’s Order Targeting Social Media Sites, Explained

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday targeting legal protections that keep people from suing social media websites. The move follows his anger at Twitter over its decision this week to append fact-check labels to several of his tweets about mail-in voting, along with links to accurate information on the topic. Much […]

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Regulators approve PG&E bankruptcy plan despite safety fears

BERKELEY, Calif. — California power regulators on Thursday unanimously approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s $58 billion plan for getting out of a bankruptcy caused by a series of deadly wildfires, despite ongoing worries about the utility’s ability to safely operate its crumbling electrical grid. The vote by the Public Utilities Commission came just a few […]

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Court orders defiant Michigan barber to close his shop

A Michigan court on Thursday ordered a barber to close his shop and stop defying the state’s coronavirus restrictions, though he vowed to keep cutting hair. The Michigan appeals court overturned a decision by a Shiawassee County judge and directed him to sign an injunction sought by state regulators. Karl Manke, 77, said he’s not […]

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US technology chief warns China ‘twisting’ artificial intelligence to target critics, as America joins global pact

The chief technology officer of the United States on Thursday warned that China is “twisting” artificial intelligence (AI) in order to target government critics amid the coronavirus pandemic, as he explained the Trump administration’s decision this week to join a global organization devoted to “upholding American values” in AI. U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios, in […]

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Castro launches progressive PAC, but still hasn’t endorsed Biden

Former Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro on Thursday unveiled a new political action committee that aims to help down-ballot progressive Democrats running for office this year. The former San Antonio, Texas, mayor who later served in then-President Barack Obama’s Cabinet as Housing and Urban Development secretary said he would use the resources of the newly […]

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Trump Signs Executive Order on Social Media, Claiming to Protect ‘Free Speech’

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday to empower federal regulators to crack down on social media companies like Twitter and Facebook and potentially take away the legal protections that shield them from liability for what gets posted on their platforms. Mr. Trump and his allies have often accused Twitter and Facebook of bias […]

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NFL, EA Sports agree to extension of Madden videogame franchise

The NFL and EA Sports agreed to continue the Madden videogame franchise. | EA Sports NFL owners on Thursday approved an extension of their deal with Electronic Arts, continuing a relationship that has existed for 30 years. It was also recently approved by the NFL Players Association. The Madden franchise will continue to be a […]

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Minneapolis braces for more violence over death in custody

A wounded Minneapolis braced for more violence Thursday, a day after rioting over the death of a handcuffed black man in police custody reduced parts of one neighborhood to a smoking shambles, with burned buildings, looted stores and angry graffiti demanding justice. The unrest ravaged several blocks in that neighborhood, with scattered rioting reaching for […]

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Court denies request to revive US pipeline permit program

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday turned down a request by the Trump administration and energy industry groups to revive a permit program for new oil and gas pipelines that had been canceled by a lower court. The case originated with a challenge to the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. but […]

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State Department announces $3M reward for info on senior ISIS leader

The State Department Thursday announced a $3 million reward for any information on Muhammad Khadir Musa Ramadan, a senior leader in the Islamic State (ISIS). Ramadan, also known as Abu Bakr al-Gharib, is one of the group’s leading propagandists. “He is one of ISIS’s longest-serving senior media officials and oversees the group’s daily media operations, […]

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