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Trump vs. Biden on taxes, a 2020 election preview

Former Vice President Joe Biden meeting supporters in Iowa last year in the early days of his campaign. Now he's the Democratic presidential nominee. His and opponent Donald Trump's tax plans will be a part of the election discussions. (Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr) It's a done deal. Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the Democrat challenging Donald J. Trump this November for the White House. Biden secured enough delegates last week to formally become the Democratic nominee on t...
Tags: Taxes, Congress, White House, Milwaukee, Joe Biden, Democrats, Gop, Iowa, Biden, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Irs, Charlotte, Trump, Donald J Trump, Gage Skidmore


Police across US ordered to soften their tactics to quell 'peaceful' marches

American police forces began reforming their practices and using de-escalation tactics as protests against racism and brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death stretched into a second weekend. On a humid afternoon in Washington, various groups of protesters gathered at points around the city before converging near the White House, where Mr Trump was in residence. Muriel Bowser, the city mayor, was cheered as she walked near the newly renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza. Protesters danced on...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, US, Black Lives Matter, Trump, Muriel Bowser, George Floyd, Black Lives Matter Plaza Protesters


VP Pence reacts to Mattis op-ed slamming Trump: 'He's wrong'

Vice President Mike Pence pushes back on criticism of the White House's handling of the violent protests from former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis and 2020 hopeful Joe Biden.
Tags: News, White House, Defense, Trump, Mike Pence, Mattis, Gen James Mattis


Protesters flood streets in U.S., across world in huge, peaceful push for change

By STEVEN SLOAN, DAVID CRARY and TOM FOREMAN Jr. WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of protesters streamed into the nation’s capital and other major cities Saturday in another huge mobilization against police brutality and racial injustice, while George Floyd was remembered in his North Carolina hometown by mourners who waited hours for a glimpse of his golden coffin. Wearing masks and calling for police reform, protesters peacefully marched across the U.S. and on four other continents, collectively...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, London, News, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Congress, California, Washington, White House, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Sport, Chicago, Soccer


White House wanted 10k active duty troops to quell protesters

The White House wanted to have 10,000 active duty troops on the streets of Washington and other cities earlier this week to quell protesters, but Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint of Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley pushed back at the use of any active duty troops, according to a senior defense official.
Tags: Washington, White House, Defense, Cnn, Mark Milley, Mark Esper, Joint of Chiefs of Staff


GOP Has Lost Its Appetite For More Virus Aid After Latest Jobs Report

WASHINGTON (AP) — A stronger than expected jobs report could further scramble an already uncertain picture for passing a fifth and possibly final coronavirus aid bill. The positive statistics are feeding the wait-and-see approach of the White House and its GOP allies in Congress. Republicans say the numbers vindicate their decision to take a pause and assess the almost $3 trillion in assistance they already have approved. The White House was already showing little urgency about pursing anothe...
Tags: New York, News, Congress, Colorado, California, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, White House, Ap, Gop, Maine, House, Mitch McConnell, Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi


'I feel the gravity of this moment': Thousands gather on nation's capital on ninth day of protests over George Floyd's death

Thousands gathered peacefully at iconic city sites – the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and near the White House – for marches and mass demonstrations.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, White House, Usa Today, Lincoln Memorial, George Floyd


Trump nixes golf club visit over potential for 'bad optics' amid nationwide protests

The president ultimately agreed with advisers that the trip could be problematic as thousands of protesters descended on the White House on Saturday to protest the killing of George Floyd
Tags: News, White House, Trump


Why Did It Take NASA a Decade To Get Back Into Space?

An anonymous reader writes: When talking about the nine year gap since America last flew astronauts with their own spacecraft, it's often said that NASA didn't have a plan in place when they retired the Space Shuttle. But the reality is a lot more complicated than that. NASA was working on a new spacecraft and rocket, and even made a successful test flight two years before the last Shuttle flight, but the program ended up getting canceled when the White House Administration changed. A review co...
Tags: Spacex, White House, America, Tech, Nasa, Mars, Boeing, Sierra Nevada


Barr attempts to distance himself from call to remove peaceful protesters in DC before Trump photo-op

Attorney General William Barr on Friday tried to distance himself from law enforcement's violent confrontation and removal of peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square earlier this week, saying he did not give the final order to clear the demonstration even as the White House has placed the decision on Barr's shoulders amid ongoing fallout.
Tags: White House, Cnn, Dc, Trump, Barr, Lafayette Square, William Barr


Trump remains confident in Defense Secretary Esper, White House says

Three days after the White House press secretary sidestepped questions on whether President Donald Trump had confidence in Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Kayleigh McEnany issued a new strong statement of support to CNN.
Tags: White House, Defense, Cnn, Donald Trump, Esper, Trump, Mark Esper Kayleigh McEnany


Trump's Twitter account appears as the top result when users search the word 'racist.' Twitter says an algorithm is behind that 'recommendation.'

Twitter users on Saturday noticed that President Donald Trump's account was recommended when they searched the term "racist" on the platform.  "If an account is mentioned often alongside certain terms, it can become algorithmically surfaced together as a recommendation," the spokesperson said. The president just over a week ago put forth an executive order to increase regulation faced by social media companies, including Twitter, after it placed a fact-checking label over his tweet. It later l...
Tags: Twitter, Senate, White House, US, Trends, United States, Pbs, Donald Trump, Trump, Instagram Facebook, Tom Warren, Yamiche Alcindor, George Floyd, Geroge Floyd Trump


Black Lives Matter Also Parading Through Japan

Japan has been pulled into senseless American politics once again as a Black Lives Matter march is being held in the future, certain to have some wondering whether or not they will be of the “peaceful” sort. Planned for June 7th at Osaka’s Nakanoshima Park, the organizer for the event stressed that “Systemic racism is […]
Tags: Japan, Politics, Racism, Terrorism, Anime, Osaka, Nakanoshima Park


Barr Says He Didn’t Give Tactical Order To Clear Protesters In Front Of White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr says law enforcement officers were already moving to push back protesters from a park in front of the White House when he arrived there Monday evening, and he says he did not give a command to disperse the crowd, though he supported the decision. Barr’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday were his most detailed explanation yet of what unfolded outside the White House earlier this week. They come after the White House and...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Ap, Secret Service, Associated Press, John, Donald Trump, Trump, National Guard, Lafayette Park, Barr, Mattis, U S Park Police, Lafayette Square, Kayleigh McEnany


Does rioting work? Here are five times it did.

We often hear that riots are not an effective means towards social change, but what do the experts say?Experts are still working on it, but it is agreed that it is at least occasionally effective. We include five cases of when rioting clearly led to desired social change. The United States has a long history of rioting. Some of these events, such as the Boston Tea Party, are well known and celebrated. Others, such as the Tulsa Race Riots, are rarely discussed and only with a proper level of sham...
Tags: Politics, Activism, Congress, Boston, Los Angeles, Georgia, History, Policy, Chicago, Atlantic, United States, Egypt, New Hampshire, Innovation, Violence, Ferguson


Ex-acting Labor secretary defends BLS in the wake of jobs report misclassification error

The former acting head of the Labor Department under the Obama administration said he believes a "misclassification error" in the May jobs report, which may place the real unemployment rate higher than the one touted by President Donald Trump, was not done intentionally to make the White House look better, and defended the Bureau of Labor Statistics as "career professionals."
Tags: Labor, Obama, White House, Cnn, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Donald Trump, BLS, Labor Department


Must-Read (and View) on Today's Conflicted World

A blueprint to actually fix America's police. In this article by a professor of law, a former deputy chief of police and a criminology professor, the three argue very intelligently that we know what to do to stop police violence, but there's not the will to do it.  https://bit.ly/2A8aGc0 How the world can avoid screwing up the response to the next covid-19 again. Begley and Branswell, two of our very best science writers, lay out a highly useful and informative strategy to avoid getting ...
Tags: Decision Making, Politics, Careers, America, Harvard, Atlantic, Ethics, Current Affairs, Derek Thompson, Trump, Orlando Patterson, Begley, Mattis, James Mattis


Milley, America's Top General, Walks Into a Political Battle

WASHINGTON -- Gen. Mark A. Milley was never meant to be President Donald Trump's top military adviser.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had sent him to the White House in late 2018 to interview for the top U.S. military post across the Atlantic, with its grand title: supreme allied commander Europe. Mattis wanted someone else, the quiet and cerebral Gen. David L. Goldfein of the Air Force, to be Trump's next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.With the president souring on Mattis, his recom...
Tags: Europe, News, Washington, White House, Iraq, Russia, Defense, America, Barack Obama, Afghanistan, Atlantic, New York Times, Army, Pentagon, Cia, Air Force


Ministers refuse to reveal target of new RAF killer drone missions

Deployment of controversial ‘Reapers’ should be approved by parliament, say campaigners Britain is running secret missions involving drones previously used to target and kill terrorist suspects in Iraq and Syria.The Ministry of Defence is refusing to reveal the nature or location of the operation involving RAF Reapers, which can be armed with Hellfire missiles, leading to calls for greater parliamentary oversight of Britain’s drone programme. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Britain, Military, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, Raf, Drones (military


Washington mayor stands up to Trump and unveils Black Lives Matter mural

Muriel Bowser formally endorses Black Lives Matter Plaza in city’s downtown, and has emerged as a high-profile opponent of the presidentJust steps away from the White House, local artists and city crew workers took giant rolling paintbrushes to a street in central Washington DC to create a message the city’s African American mayor wanted to send to Donald Trump: “Black Lives Matter”. Related: George Floyd killing: Washington expecting biggest march yet as mourners prepare for second memorial s...
Tags: Washington, White House, World news, US news, Washington Dc, Donald Trump, Trump, Muriel Bowser, George Floyd


Melania Trump's messaging is frustrating the West Wing, source says

First lady Melania Trump's messaging in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests around the country has frustrated the West Wing, according to a White House official.
Tags: News, White House, Stories, Melania Trump, West Wing, George Floyd


Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman Privately Reached Out To Dem Leadership This Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top military officer, Gen. Mark Milley, spoke privately with congressional leaders and many other lawmakers as Pentagon officials came under fire for the military’s role in containing protests following the police killing of George Floyd. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to express her concerns on Tuesday, according to two people who were not authorized to publicly discuss the private conversations and w...
Tags: New York, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Defense, Ap, House, Army, Pentagon, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Defense Department, Esper, Adam Smith


Religion events – online – in the San Fernando Valley area, June 6-13

  Reseda Church of Christ on Reseda Boulevard. (Google Street View)   Despite the go-ahead from state and local government officials for religious congregations to hold services in-person with precautions, the following churches, synagogues and temples are holding services, classes/lectures online until they are ready to open their buildings due to lingering coronavirus concerns and establishing their ground rules. St. Innocent Orthodox Church: The Rev. Yousuf Rassam leads the Great Vespers...
Tags: Facebook, California, White House, Religion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Tim Clark, Local News, Matthew, Porter Ranch, St Martin, Timothy, Valley, Tarzana, Winnetka


George Floyd killing: Washington expecting biggest march yet as mourners prepare for second memorial service – live

Latest updates as the protests over the killing of George Floyd enter their second weekendStates announce police reforms after controversial tactics Protests about police brutality met with wave of police brutalityIn their own words: the protesters at the heart of America’s uprising What freedom of the press looks like in the US right now 12.15pm BST Guardian reporters in the US and around the world reflect on a week of profound unrest – and, possibly, change.Chris McGreal, Guardian US repo...
Tags: UK, Washington, White House, Race, US, America, World news, US news, US policing, Nottingham, Ferguson, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter Movement, Oliver Laughland, Chris McGreal, BST Guardian


Merkel among winners as Europeans give verdict on anti-Covid battles

Satisfaction levels across the continent have risen and fallen, but nowhere have they plunged as for Boris Johnson’s governmentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAll across the continent, most Europeans now trust their leaders generally, and how they have handled the coronavirus pandemic in particular, a little less than when the crisis began – but nowhere has public confidence fallen as far and as fast as in the UK.Even leaders seen as having managed Covid-19 the most s...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Spain, Merkel, Denmark, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Pedro Sanchez, Mette Frederiksen, Coronavirus outbreak


No European leader is safe as public lose faith in coronavirus responses

Satisfaction levels with regimes across the continent have fallen. But nowhere has the plunge been as great as in BritainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAll across the continent, most Europeans now trust their leaders generally, and how they have handled the coronavirus pandemic in particular, a little less than when the crisis began – but nowhere has public confidence fallen as far and as fast as in the UK.Even leaders seen as having managed Covid-19 the most success...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Spain, Denmark, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Pedro Sanchez, Mette Frederiksen, Coronavirus outbreak



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