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President Trump walked from the White House to a stage on the South Lawn to give his Republican National Convention acceptance speech Thursday night, turning "the People's House" into "a partisan prop like no politician has ever done before," Michael D. Shear writes at The New York Times. "Previous presidents have sought to carefully navigate the propriety of mixing campaigning with governing," Shear noted, and while a few have announced their re-election campaigns from inside the White House, none has used it for such an "overtly political event," with "live crowds flanked by giant Jumbotrons on either side of the White House, serving as immense campaign billboards."
In the past week, the police shootings of 21-year-old Jacob Blake and 31-year-old Trayford Pellerin have made headlines as the latest examples to fuel nationwide protests against racism and police brutality. In both cases, officers are reported to have shot the men while their backs were turned, sparking questions about when it is appropriate for police to use such force. Whether these shootings are legally justified depends on whether officers reasonably believed the suspects presented an imminent risk of death or great bodily harm, policing experts told Insider.
An Amazon delivery driver allegedly assaulted a 73-year-old man that asked him to put on a face mask before entering a condo. Ray Breslin, who asked the driver to stay out of the building until he had a mask, returns from their discussion wearing a mask. The driver then shoves a phone in Mr Breslin's face and holds it there for a moment before slamming it into Mr Breslin's head.
The documentary film-maker Michael Moore has warned that Donald Trump appears to have such momentum in some battleground states that liberals risk a repeat of 2016 when so many wrote off Trump only to see him grab the White House. Moore, who was one of few political observers to predict Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, said that “enthusiasm for Trump is off the charts” in key areas compared with the Democratic party nominee, Joe Biden. Are you mentally prepared to be outsmarted by Trump again?
The Kenosha police union on Friday offered the most detailed accounting to date on officers' perspective of the moments leading up to police shooting Jacob Blake seven times in the back, saying he had a knife and fought with officers, putting one of them in a headlock and shrugging off two attempts to stun him. The statement from Brendan Matthews, attorney for the Kenosha Professional Police Association, goes into more detail than anything that has been released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which is investigating. The Sunday shooting of Blake, a Black man, put the nation's spotlight on Wisconsin and triggered a series of peaceful protests and violence, including the killing of two people by an armed civilian on Tuesday.
The Carmel Fire rolled up to the vineyards Jack Galante owned up until a month ago. It burned the edges, sent enough smoke in the air to potentially taint the grapes, then backed off and kept moving, eventually destroying 73 structures and damaging seven, many were million-dollar Sky Ranch homes. This all happened about five years after Galante and Cal Fire put to bed a request to do a prescribed burn in that area, which could have mitigated the intensity of the blaze.
A former Department of Homeland domestic terrorism expert said the Trump administration is letting right-wing extremists "start a race war." Elizabeth Neumann stepped down in April from her role as an assistant secretary at the DHS. Neumann criticized speakers at this week's Republican National Convention portraying the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests as "lawless" when it is white supremacists instigating the violence.
After delivering what pundits described as a relatively low-key, or at least boring, acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, President Trump was back to his free-wheeling ways Friday night during a campaign rally in Londonderry, New Hampshire. The New Hampshire speech dealt quite a bit with nationwide protests against police brutality, with Trump describing the demonstrators as "thugs" and "anarchists" who he claimed could have killed Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his wife near the White House on Friday if not for the police presence in the area. Likely alluding to reports that the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, may only be eyeing one term in the Oval Office, Trump said that while he would like to see the first woman president, he doesn't want it to be the "not competent" Harris.
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A New Jersey teen thought she was only exercising her First Amendment right when she organized a rally in support of Black Lives Matter. Not long after, she received a bill for thousands of dollars from the mayor, CBS New York reported. The mayor has since said he is rescinding it.
Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old accused of killing two people at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been charged with multiple felonies. Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley charged Rittenhouse with first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree reckless homicide, and attempted first-degree homicide, The Associated Press reported. If convicted, Rittenhouse could face a mandatory life sentence.
Scores of activists removed a steel barricade as they tried to move closer to the Samranrat police station, where the leaders had gone to answer summonses. Demonstrators have returned to Thailand's streets to call for the removal of the government of 2014 coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha after a disputed election last year, reviving memories of more than a decade of unrest prior to the coup. Other protesters have vowed to move ahead with a planned demonstration on Sept. 19, the anniversary of an earlier military coup in 2006 and a pro-government protest is planned for this Sunday.
America's most senior general has declared the military will not intervene if Donald Trump were to decline to leave the White House following a disputed US election. In a letter to Congress, Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he did not envisage soldiers playing any role if Republicans and Democrats did not agree on the result. Mr Trump has repeatedly voiced concerns that the election will be undermined by fraud during widespread mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic, and suggested that the result may never be known.
Residents told Insider the differences in how law enforcement handled the two incidents reveal the racial issues the city has had for decades. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. KENOSHA, Wisconsin — Several Kenosha residents are pointing to the glaring difference in how local law enforcement handled two shooting incidents this week as examples of the systemic racism they say has long plagued this small Wisconsin city.
Defense attorneys for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, have asked a judge to dismiss the murder charges against him, arguing that Floyd's alleged drug use, not the improper use of force by the officer, was to blame for his death. At the same time, prosecutors in the case against Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers said they plan to seek stiff sentences if the men are convicted. "Despite Mr. Floyd's pleas that he could not breathe and was going to die, as well as the pleas of eyewitnesses to get off Mr. Floyd and help him, Defendant and his co-defendants continued to restrain Mr. Floyd," the prosecutors wrote.
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton blasted President Donald Trump for his response to the coronavirus outbreak, calling it "a tragedy for Americans." "It's just been one mistake after another," Bolton said in an interview with CNN Wednesday. Bolton joins a growing group of critics who are speaking out against the White House's approach to the coronavirus pandemic.
The University of Alabama told professors to not tell students about classmates who had tested positive for COVID-19, reported the Daily Beast. The university made headlines this week after more than 500 people tested positive for COVID-19 within 6 days of opening. Professors, staff, and students told the Daily Beast they worry for their safety, as students are quarantining on campus unsupervised.
Indonesia's leading English-language newspaper, The Jakarta Post, is considering laying off its staff as it struggles with the pandemic, a spokesperson for the publication's owner said Friday. Taufiq Rahman, the spokesperson of PT Bina Media Tenggara, the publication's owner, said the company is still deciding how many of its 215 employees will be laid off as part of the company's restructuring. News of the plan spread after minutes of a meeting of the newspaper's Employee Council and Board of Directors was shared through social media.
Jacob Blake was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer and paralyzed from the waist down. "He can't go anywhere," but the 29-year-old Black man was handcuffed to his hospital bed and deputies were standing guard in his room, his father told the Chicago-Sun Times. After an incident in May, Blake was charged with felony sexual assault as well as disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, both misdemeanors, court records show.
Ivanka Trump told a story in her Republican National Convention speech Thursday night about her son gifting the president a Lego replica of the White House for President Donald Trump. Andrea Bernstein, a WNYC reporter who wrote a book about the Trump family, said that Ivanka had told a similar story about her building a Lego Trump Tower for her father. That story turned out to be made up.