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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.
What started in Minnesota following the police killing of George Floyd spread quickly across the nation. In the early hours of Aug. 10, caravans from across the city ransacked high-end stores in and around downtown after rumors circulated on social media that Chicago police had shot and killed a 15-year-old Black boy on the South Side. Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the looting “an assault” on Chicago, while the Rev. Jesse Jackson said it was “humiliating” and “morally wrong.”
A counter-protester in Tallahassee pulled a gun on Black Lives Matter protesters yesterday after a fight erupted. Yesterday, in front of the Florida Historic Capitol building, a counter-protester pulled a gun on Black Live Matter protesters after getting knocked to the ground. After reviewing the incident, The City of Tallahassee has confirmed that the individual, whose identity has not been released, will not face charges.
A dog who took on an Al-Qaeda insurgent amid a hail of machine-gun fire awarded the animal equivalent of a Medal of Honor. Kuno, a Belgian Shepherd Malinois, accompanied British and local forces on a raid on an Al-Qaeda compound when an insurgent pinned them down, according to the UK Ministry of Defence. Kuno's attack saved lives and enabled the operation to continue, but he received injuries to his back legs and had a paw amputated.
This is not an affirmation of celebration from a Donald Trump supporter, but a warning from filmmaker Michael Moore. The Oscar-winning documentary director posted on social media that signs are pointing to a Trump reelection come November. Moore, an avid critic of the president and advocate of Sen. Bernie Sanders, took to his Facebook page to let his followers know that history may be repeating itself as the president's poll numbers rise in swing states that will be critical to winning the electoral college.
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.
A teacher at a charter school in Los Angeles, California, said she faced harassment and was forced to flee her home after she wore a pro-Black Lives Matter t-shirt on the first day of classes, The Los Angeles Times reported. The teacher, who remained anonymous in several news reports over fears of further harassment, said the incident began when a student's father shared a picture of her on his social media and worsened when a conservative personality amplified the post on Twitter. The school's executive director told the LA Times that the teacher had not broken any school policies by wearing the shirt to class, which was conducted virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff denied allegations of leaking confidential information Sunday. President Donald Trump and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe attributed leaks of confidential information to members within the House and Senate intelligence committees. Ratcliffe, citing the leaks, announced Saturday that the House and Senate Select Committees on Intelligence will no longer receive in-person election security briefings.
Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) could soon be out of politics, and an unlikely colleague may have a to do with it, Politico reports. Kennedy is challenging Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in the statewide Democratic primary for Markey's seat, which he's held since 2013. Politico notes that Kennedy tries to hit the 74-year-old Markey by criticizing his support for the 1994 crime bill and the Iraq War when he was in the House, both of which would seemingly put him in trouble with the progressive left.
Mateo Alejandro Montufar-Barrera was taken while his mother was pushing him in his stroller, according to FBI Atlanta. The two were near their apartment in Chamblee on Saturday afternoon when police say an SUV pulled up near them and a man got out and approached them, CNN reports. #Breaking @ChambleePd and #FBI Atlanta are searching for 1-year old Mateo Alejandro Montufar-Barrera who was kidnapped at gunpoint from his mother, who was walking him in a stroller.
The claim: Biden's and Harris' tax plans would raise rates on a family making $75,000 or $3,000 biweekly Viral posts on Facebook claim tax rates for some families would more than double if Democrat Joe Biden is elected president. Bidens tax rate on a family making 75000 dollars would go from 12% to 25%,” reads a post Aug. 16 that has been shared more than 126,000 times. LET THAT SINK IN ALL YOU RIDING WITH BIDEN SUPPORTERS.
A man who was fatally shot after supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with left-wing protesters on the streets of Portland, Oregon, was a supporter of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, its founder said Sunday. Joey Gibson, head of the group based in Washington state, told The Associated Press the man who was shot to death Saturday night was a “good friend,” although he did not identify him. On Sunday, President Donald Trump and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler blamed each other for the violence.
A school assignment for eighth-graders received heat from the Texas governor and a large police group for appearing to compare police officers to slave traders and KKK members. One political cartoon included in the assignment depicts a series of five images, each with a white man pressing down on the neck of a Black man. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott demanded that the teacher who assigned the depictions as homework be fired and that an investigation be opened.
Citing coronavirus-inspired workforce changes, Pinterest will pay $89.5 million to cancel a lease on new San Francisco offices. As we analyze how our workplace will change in a post-COVID world, we are specifically rethinking where future employees could be based,” said Todd Morgenfeld, head of business operations, in a company press release. A more distributed workforce will give us the opportunity to hire people from a wider range of backgrounds and experiences,” Morgenfeld said in the release.
Donald Trump; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Getty/Salon In a deep dive into Steve Mnuchin's past — and his present as Secretary of the Treasury — family members expressed dismay and disgust over his relationship with Donald Trump, including Mnuchin's own father who teared up when asked about the path his son has taken. According to the report from the New York Times, Mnuchin sought out a position in the Trump administration, personally lobbying the president by sharing his history in high finance that made him a wealthy man. But that has come at a price personally as his family has not only criticized him but publically accused him of racism.
College Republicans United (CRU), a student group at Arizona State University, has announced that it will raise money for the legal defense of Kyle Rittenhouse, the Associated Press reported. Rittenhouse is accused of shooting and killing two people and injuring another at an anti-police-brutality protest in Wisconsin on Tuesday. Members of College Republicans United believe the shootings were an act of self-defense, but ASU College Republicans, a separate group from the CRU, have called for an administrative investigation into the group and do not support the raising of defense funds.
Nate Silver discusses whether or not Trump could use a decline in support of recent protests to his advantage.
A leaked Louisville Metro Police Department memo shows investigators had more evidence than previously made public showing a connection between Breonna Taylor and the main target of the narcotics probe that led officers to barge into her home the night she was shot dead by police. The leaked memo, obtained by NBC News, addresses why the officers sought a warrant to enter Taylor's apartment but says nothing about the use of force or other possible violations of Louisville police department policy, such as the blind firing of bullets into neighboring apartments. Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was killed after midnight on March 13 when officers broke down her door while executing a search warrant.
California is a failed state. After nearly a decade of one-party rule, the once-Golden State is tarnished, possibly beyond repair. Listing all the problems facing our neighbors across the Colorado River would require several books, so I'll only highlight a few.
President Donald Trump shared a message from far-right news network One America News (OAN ) Saturday, branding ongoing anti-racism protests an attempted coup. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has accused Trump of rooting for violence at ongoing demonstrations, which have resulted in deadly clashes between rival protesters in recent days. Republicans though, have accused Democrats of ignoring violent unrest at protests.