Obama Will Address George Floyd Protests in Online Town Hall

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday will make his first on-camera comments about the killing of George Floyd and protests over police brutality sweeping the country — but he will not attend the memorial planned for Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis on Thursday, contrary to a published report, according to people familiar with his […]

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Man Shelters Over 70 Protesters Fleeing Arrest in His Washington Home

A man in Washington, D.C., is being widely praised after he took in more than 70 protesters who were being pursued by police officers with pepper spray after breaking curfew on Monday night. The demonstrators were protesting the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who died last week after a white Minneapolis police […]

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Daily COVID-19 cases dip under 1,000, but officials warn it could take 2 weeks to see if protests prompt uptick

Protesters hold signs at the corner of Chicago Ave. and Washington Street in Naperville on Monday | Mark Welsh/Daily Herald, via AP The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday warned that there is a higher risk of being exposed to the virus “anytime people are in crowds,” and especially if “masks are not used […]

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IMF chief says some countries may need debt restructuring, not just freeze

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some of the world’s poorest countries and emerging market economies may need to restructure their debt in the future, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday, adding that simply freezing debt payments might not suffice. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said some emerging market countries that pursued prudent and […]

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Da Brat on coming out: ‘Why didn’t I do this s–t years ago?’

On the third floor of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., one photograph in particular stands out amid the generally august and serious portraits. While the image looks like it could have been taken at a hip-hop slumber party, the four women laughing in the photo are pioneers: […]

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Trump Denies, Then Admits, Going to White House Bunker During Protest

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday first denied and then acknowledged that he had gone to a secure bunker in the White House over the weekend as protesters demonstrated nearby but said he went there for an “inspection,” not because of concerns over his safety. “Well, it was a false report,” Mr. Trump said during […]

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Rod Rosenstein, Key Figure in Russia Investigation, Is to Testify Today

WASHINGTON — The former deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein is expected to testify at 10 a.m. on Wednesday about his handling of the Trump-Russia investigation, as Republican allies of President Trump on the Senate Judiciary Committee seek to keep a skeptical spotlight on that matter heading into the fall’s election. Mr. Rosenstein was a […]

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‘They Let Us Down’: 5 Takeaways on the C.D.C.’s Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON — Long considered the world’s premier public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has fallen short in its response to the most urgent public health emergency in its 74-year history — a pathogen that has penetrated much of the nation, killing more than 100,000 people. The agency made early missteps in […]

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The C.D.C. Waited ‘Its Entire Existence for This Moment.’ What Went Wrong?

WASHINGTON — Americans returning from China landed at U.S. airports by the thousands in early February, potential carriers of a deadly virus who had been diverted to a handful of cities for screening by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their arrival prompted a frantic scramble by local and state officials to press the […]

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Column: Spend or hoard? Fate of forced savings could define pandemic recovery – Mike Dolan

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: George Washington is seen with printed medical mask on the one Dollar banknotes in this illustration taken (The author is editor-at-large for finance and markets at Reuters News. Any views expressed here are his own) By Mike Dolan LONDON (Reuters) – Many households have built up a stash of savings during […]

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A Walk Meant to Convey Grit Evokes Trump’s Dark Side Instead

WASHINGTON — After a weekend of protests that led all the way to his own front yard and forced him to briefly retreat to a bunker beneath the White House, President Trump arrived in the Oval Office on Monday agitated over the television images, annoyed that anyone would think he was hiding and eager for […]

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Holding It Aloft, He Incited a Backlash. What Does the Bible Mean to Trump?

WASHINGTON — With about an hour to go before a citywide curfew was set to take effect on Monday, demonstrators outside the White House were caught by surprise as throngs of police officers in riot gear spilled out from the northeastern corner of Lafayette Square, deploying force to cut a path across the street toward […]

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Trump Deploys the Full Might of Federal Law Enforcement to Crush Protests

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s vow to “dominate” demonstrators protesting police brutality has mobilized the full might of federal law enforcement, from border agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration to F.B.I. hostage rescue teams, working alongside local law enforcement, the military police and the National Guard. The extraordinary deployments have reached the streets of San Diego, […]

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In Rare Break, Some Republicans Reject Trump’s Harsh Response to Unrest

WASHINGTON — In a rare break with President Trump, multiple Senate Republicans on Tuesday faulted his response to civil unrest around the nation, rejecting his move to crack down on demonstrators and rushing to express sympathy with black Americans who have taken to the streets to protest police brutality against them. The day after Mr. […]

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Protesters return to the streets as Trump decries ‘lowlifes’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday turned up the pressure on governors to quell the violence set off by the death of George Floyd, demanding New York call up the National Guard to stop the “lowlifes and losers.” As more demonstrations began taking shape around the country, and cities including Washington prepared for another […]

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Trump’s Visits to Church and Shrine Draw Fierce Rebukes From D.C. Clergy

WASHINGTON — Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde was relaxing at home on Monday evening when suddenly, she said, “my phone was just lighting up.” In an interview, the spiritual leader for the Washington area’s 88 Episcopal congregations recalled her stunned amazement as she turned on the television to see President Trump walking from the White House […]

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Pandemic, Protests and Police: An Election Like No Other

WASHINGTON — On the biggest day of voting since the coronavirus disrupted public life, Americans cast ballots in extraordinary circumstances on Tuesday, heading to the polls during a national health and economic crisis and amid the widespread protests and police deployments that have disrupted communities across the nation. It made for some unusual scenes in […]

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Park Police defends actions clearing protesters near White House, says ‘no tear gas was used’

The United States Park Police denied using tear gas to clear away protestors in Washington D.C.’s Lafayette Park on Monday before President Trump’s controversial visit to St. John’s Church. In a statement released on Tuesday by the USPP, the law enforcement agency said “no tear gas was used” when clearing a large of protestors from the area. […]

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Senate Confirms Inspector General to Oversee Virus Bailout Funds

WASHINGTON — A divided Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Brian D. Miller, a White House lawyer, to be the inspector general in charge of overseeing the Treasury Department’s $500 billion pandemic recovery fund. The confirmation, approved 51 to 40, almost entirely along party lines, puts Mr. Miller at the center of the politically charged […]

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US cities gird for more violence as Trump decries ‘lowlifes’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday turned up the pressure on governors to quell the violence set off by the death of George Floyd, demanding New York call up the National Guard to stop the “lowlifes and losers.” As more demonstrations began taking shape around the country, and cities including Washington girded for another […]

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Trump’s Response to Protests Draws Bipartisan Rebuke in Congress

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders in Congress and a pair of Republicans on Tuesday condemned President Trump for his response to protests around the country and in the capital, the day after peaceful demonstrators were gassed in front of the White House so he could pose for a photograph with a Bible. The rare bipartisan rebukes […]

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Red Cross Warns of a ‘Staggering Drop’ in Blood Supply

WASHINGTON — As protests and violence erupt in cities, the United States faces a new threat: The country is running out of blood. Several months of social distancing and stay-at-home orders have resulted in fewer people donating blood, according to health care workers, with collection drives at offices, schools and churches canceled en masse. For […]

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Move to Drop Flynn Charge Reverberates in Ex-Business Partner’s Case

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for a former business partner of President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn who was acquitted on charges of illegal foreign lobbying have asked the Justice Department to abandon an appeal of the case, saying the investigation was intertwined with the prosecution of Mr. Flynn that the department is seeking […]

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