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Trump taken to underground bunker as protests grew outside White House: Reports

Trump was briefly moved to an underground bunker Friday night briefly as the protest grew outside the Executive Mansion, according to multiple outlets.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged

Secret Service agents rushed President Donald Trump to a White House bunker on Friday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the executive mansion, some of them throwing rocks and tugging at police barricades. Trump spent nearly an hour in the bunker, which was designed for use in emergencies like terrorist attacks, according to a Republican close to the White House who was not authorized to publicly discuss private matters and spoke on condition of anonymity. The account was confirmed...
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Historic St. John's Church on fire in Washington, DC

Fire burns at landmark building across from the White House; Kevin Corke reports from Washington, D.C.
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George Floyd: Tense scenes in front of White House as George Floyd protests rage – live

Trump aide O’Brien: ‘There are some bad cops that are racist’Mayors impose curfews, governors call in national guardTrump taken to special secure bunker as protests flareDispatch from Minneapolis: the night the city cracked downGet a fresh perspective on America – sign up to our First Thing newsletter 4.10am BST NBC Washington has striking footage from the nation’s capital: Smoke from multiple fires rising up in front of the Washington Monument #Chopper4 looking south from Maryland, White Ho...
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George Floyd - What can I add?

It keeps happening, over and over and over again.  Rodney King, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, with plenty before, in between, and sadly I fear, more to come.  Why?   I think I know the answer, and its ugly.  The sad but honest reality is that a lot of white Americans are afraid of blacks, especially young black men.  And worse still, and this is the really hard part, in some ways its not even their fault.  White Americans have been conditioned and taught to think this way.   I'm not excusi...
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Fires started near White House as DC curfew kicks in following a day of protests

The demonstrations continue a combative weekend in the nation's capital and comes after officials announced arrests made the prior night.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Trump was briefly taken to underground bunker during Friday's White House protests

• Trump's response to police killing threatens to deepen unrest in America, Democrats and Republicans say • Opinion: Complaint against former cop in George Floyd case drops important clues
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Trump briefly taken to underground bunker during Friday's White House protests

As protesters gathered outside the White House Friday night in Washington, DC, President Donald Trump was briefly taken to the underground bunker for a period of time, according to a White House official.
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Northern Ireland faces 'potent threat' from Brexit and Covid-19

Lords committee warns uncertainty over trading rules may add to economic damage of crisisNorthern Ireland faces a “potent threat” to its prosperity and stability if reduced business confidence due to uncertainty over post-Brexit trading rules compounds the economic damage from coronavirus, a Lords committee has warned.A fourth round of talks between the UK and EU over a permanent deal begins this week, with little apparent progress made, and the looming deadline of 1 July for the UK to seek an e...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, House Of Lords, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Arlene Foster, Michel Barnier, Coronavirus outbreak


Seven former foreign secretaries urge UK to take lead on Hong Kong

Cross-party initiative reflects concern response to China’s imposition of security laws cannot be left to Donald TrumpBritain must take the lead in co-ordinating the international response to China’s efforts to impose draconian security laws in Hong Kong, seven former Conservative and Labour UK foreign secretaries have come together to declare. Related: Hong Kong officials lash out at Trump plan to strip city of special status Continue reading...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, UK, China, UK News, World news, David Miliband, Jeremy Hunt, William Hague, Donald Trump, Malcolm Rifkind, Jack Straw, Trump, Margaret Beckett, Dominic Raab, Donald TrumpBritain


Consoler in chief or confronter in chief? Combination of crises tests Trump's leadership: Analysis

The moment underscores the power of the White House bully pulpit and the difficulty of others to fill the role of unifier if the president doesn't.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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'We're here to make a difference': Protesters return to White House Sunday afternoon

The demonstrations continue a combative weekend in the nation's capital and comes after officials announced arrests made the prior night.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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1992 L.A. riots protester: ‘People are willing to fight’

He watched the car fires, the store-front windows being smashed and the looting on television with his granddaughter in his arms. He saw the peaceful protesters trying to make a point about police violence and the angry mobs bent on destruction. “People are willing to fight,” he said. “It’s part of the struggle. Positive things come from rioting. These people would rather die than be oppressed. That’s how I felt.” Mark Craig, now 51, was one of the iconic participants in the 1992 uprising after ...
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Fears grow of US coronavirus surge from George Floyd protests

* Demonstrators in close proximity, many without masks * Trump under fire as violence flares across America * George Floyd protests: live coverageGovernors, mayors and public health officials across the US are raising fears of a surge in coronavirus cases arising from escalating protests over the death of George Floyd.Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis on Monday during an arrest by four police officers. The killing focused a fierce light on police brutality towards African Americans, and stoked pr...
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DC Mayor: Trump’s ‘Divisive’ Tweets ‘Harken To Segregationist Past’ Of The Country

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser called out President Trump for his recent tweets criticizing her and the protesters in the city against the death of George Floyd during an interview on MSNBC Sunday morning. During a Saturday press conference, Bowser slammed Trump’s tweets — which threatened protesters demonstrating in front of the White House with “vicious dogs” and the “most ominous weapons” — by saying that his remarks were “gross” and that the “vicious dogs” reference is “no subtle rem...
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Atlanta Mayor: Trump’s Reaction To Protests Is ‘Like Charlottesville All Over Again’

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Sunday morning compared President Trump’s tweets reacting to protests across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death to his response during the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Bottoms about Trump’s recent tweets threatening to use “the unlimited power of our military” and “the most vicious dogs and most ominous weapons” against protesters, Bottoms replied that the President “should just stop talking.” “...
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Downtown LA wakes up to devastation after George Floyd protests

Parts of Downtown Los Angeles were in shambles Sunday morning, May 31, as the sun rose on weary business owners surveying the carnage of a day — and night — of protests, looting, vandalism, a lockdown and a state of emergency. “Everything was broken, but thankfully they didn’t go through it, so that’s a plus,” said Carlos Tejada, 32, a resident of Los Angeles, who with his father owns a shop on Broadway and 5th Street downtown. Tejada described a dramatic evening Saturday, when he got an alarm a...
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Health officials make last-minute plea to stop lockdown easing in England

Royal College of Nursing also fears lifting of more restrictions on ‘happy Monday’ is too earlyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSenior public health officials have made a last-minute plea for ministers to scrap Monday’s easing of the coronavirus lockdown in England, warning the country is unprepared to deal with any surge in infection and that public resolve to take steps to limit transmisson has been eroded.The Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) said new...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Doctors, Nursing, Health policy, Royal College of Nursing, Robert Jenrick, Coronavirus outbreak, Association of Directors of Public Health ADPH


Pelosi Says Taking Trump’s ‘Bait’ Is ‘Just A Gift To Him’ As Protests Escalate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) slammed President Trump for his response to nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death during an interview on ABC Sunday morning. After Pelosi told ABC’s George Stephanopolous that she is “not paying too much attention to what Trump says,” he pressed her on her thoughts regarding his continuous attacks against protesters as well as the mayors of Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. Pelosi argued that the President “should bring dignity to the office t...
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The President's top allies are worried about what's at stake following the widespread unrest surrounding George Floyd's death

• DC mayor urges calm after protests nearby the White House occur for second consecutive night
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A Reporter's Cry on Live TV: 'I'm Getting Shot! I'm Getting Shot!'

Linda Tirado, a freelance photographer, activist and author, was shot in the left eye Friday while covering the street protests in Minneapolis.Tirado is one of a number of journalists around the country who were attacked, arrested or otherwise harassed -- sometimes by police and sometimes by protesters -- during their coverage of the uprisings that have erupted nationwide after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.With trust in the news media lagging, journalists have found themselves target...
Tags: News, Minneapolis, White House, Atlanta, Cnn, New York Times, Nashville, Fox News, Louisville, Trump, Minneapolis Police, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Louisville Kentucky, Linda Tirado, Bruce Brown, John Elder


“We’re sick of it”: Anger over George Floyd’s death, other police killings shatters U.S.

MINNEAPOLIS — Americans awoke Sunday to charred and glass-strewn streets in dozens of cities after another night of unrest fueled by rage over the mistreatment of African Americans at the hands of police, who responded to the violence with tear gas and rubber bullets. Tens of thousands marched peacefully to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck until he stopped breathing. But many demonstrations sank i...
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Safe and Constructive

I've been writing this blog for almost 20 years now and while I've touched on politics from time to time, it's not a strong point and I've found that while arguing about stuff on the internets can be productive at times, these days it just makes me angry. Social media doesn't help. With all due respect to Twitter and Facebook, they're awful platforms for these sorts of discussions. They're optimized for "increased engagement" but that basically amounts to algorithms that seek to obliterate nuanc...
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National Security Adviser: Trump’s Threat to Shoot Protesters Was Attempt to ‘De-Escalate Violence’

White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien insisted on Sunday morning that President Donald Trump’s inflammatory tweets calling on law enforcement to release “vicious dogs” and the military to shoot protesters were actually attempts by the president to “deescalate violence.” Over the past few days, as protests over Minneapolis police killing an unarmed black man have grown increasingly more intense and violent, the president has fired off several incendiary tweets demanding cops and th...
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National Security Adviser Denies Systemic Racism In Police Forces: ‘Few Bad Apples’

White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien denied that systemic racism is a problem in law enforcement agencies across the country during an interview on CNN Sunday morning. After CNN’s Jake Tapper pointed out that George Floyd is hardly the only unarmed black man killed by police and asked whether he thinks systemic racism is a problem in police forces, O’Brien denied that’s the case. “No, I don’t think there’s systemic racism,” O’Brien said. “I think 99.9% of our law enforcement of...
Tags: News, White House, Cnn, Jake Tapper, Brien, Summer Concepcion, TV Clip, Robert O'Brien, George Floyd


Brexit: UK's smallest firms divert £10bn in exports away from EU

Companies are ‘jumping before they are pushed’ as fears mount over collapse in trade talks Britain’s smallest companies are “jumping before they are pushed” by diverting £10bn in exports away from the EU as concerns mount over a possible collapse in Brexit trade talks, according to a report. The research from academics at Aston University, which comes before the latest round of Brexit negotiations this week, showed small British firms were ramping up sales to countries in South America and east ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Small Business, International Trade, Economics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, South America, Brexit, Aston University


DC mayor urges calm after protests nearby the White House occur for second consecutive night

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said Sunday that protesters have the right to exercise the First Amendment but should not "destroy our city" after the nation's capital experienced its second consecutive night of protests as well as some looting Saturday night.
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Journalists Under Attack Show How Trump’s Hate for the Press Has Spread

Journalists have been attacked all over the world while on the job covering protests for years, but never like they were this week in the United States during the George Floyd protests.At least half a dozen incidences of arrests and attacks were reported in protests across the United States this weekend. Some were high profile, like the live-on-air arrest of CNN journalist Omar Jimenez and his crew Friday morning. Others got less attention, like Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske ge...
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‘Out Of Control’: Nationwide Unrest Continues Flaring Up Over George Floyd’s Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Another night of unrest in every corner of the country left charred and shattered landscapes in dozens of American cities Sunday as years of festering frustrations over the mistreatment of African Americans at the hands of police boiled over in expressions of rage met with tear gas and rubber bullets. Cars and businesses were torched, the words “I can’t breathe” were spray-painted all over buildings, a fire in a trash bin burned near the gates of the White House, and tens of...
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