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Republican Sen. Mitt Romney joins George Floyd protest near White House: 'We need to stand up and say that black lives matter'

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney joined a group of about 1,000 Christians who marched near the White House on Sunday. He tweeted "Black Lives Matter."         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Obama tells graduating students, 'You make me optimistic about our future'

Former President Barack Obama on Sunday evening told graduating students they have the power to "create a new normal" as the US grapples with a global pandemic and widespread unrest during a taped commencement address at the YouTube Originals "Dear Class of 2020" virtual commencement celebration.
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BTS’ Fan ARMY Matches Group’s $1 Million Black Lives Matter Donation Within 24 Hours

Shortly after it was revealed that BTS and Big Hit Entertainment donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter, the BTS ARMY, as the group’s legion of followers are known, assembled and vowed to match the donation — which it did within 24 hours. The feat follows a recent effort by K-pop fans to take over […]
Tags: Taylor Swift, Barack Obama, Katy Perry, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Black Lives Matter, Bts, Big Hit Entertainment, ARMY Matches Group, Million Black Lives Matter Donation Within


The Obamas speak out on protests

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama spoke candidly in their virtual commencement speeches about how they feel about the protests following George Floyd's death and what people can do to make change.
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Obamas respond to George Floyd protests in speeches

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama spoke candidly in their virtual commencement speeches about how they feel about the protests following George Floyd's death and what people can do to make change.
Tags: News, Barack Obama, Stories, Michelle Obama, George Floyd


John Bolton Aims To Publish Tell-All White House Memoir In June: Report

The ex-national security adviser is reportedly forging ahead whether he gets an all-clear from the White House — or not.
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Washington Post: Bolton plans to publish book in June even if White House doesn't give approval

Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton is planning to publish his book detailing his time in the West Wing later this month, even if the White House does not give publication approval, people familiar with his thinking told The Washington Post.
Tags: Washington Post, White House, Cnn, Bolton, John Bolton, West Wing


Republican Sen. Mitt Romney joins George Floyd protest near White House: 'We need to stand up and say that black lives matter'

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney joined a group of about 1,000 Christians who marched near the White House on Sunday. He tweeted "Black Lives Matter."
Tags: News, White House, Sen Mitt Romney, George Floyd


Bolton plans to publish book in June even if White House doesn't give approval

Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton is planning to publish his book detailing his time in the West Wing later this month, even if the White House does not give publication approval, people familiar with his thinking told The Washington Post.
Tags: News, White House, Stories, Bolton, John Bolton, West Wing


Your Phone’s Hidden Data, the Dangers of Tear Gas, and Cowboy Bebop: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

I don’t know about y’all, but there’s been a lot going on in recent days. While my brain is intent on learning about the battles of 2020, including the ones against coronavirus and for racial justice, sometimes it just needs a break from the news. During those times, I binge on TV for a while. These past few weeks,…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Privacy, Climate Change, White House, Dc Comics, Netflix, Nicole Kidman, Sony, Sonos, Cowboy Bebop, The Punisher, Tear Gas, Iphone 12


White House considering a Trump speech on race and unity

After a weekend of massive peaceful protests around the country, White House officials are currently deliberating a plan for President Donald Trump to address the nation this week on issues related to race and national unity, as Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson hinted in an interview with CNN on Sunday and a senior administration official said was under serious consideration.
Tags: News, White House, Cnn, Stories, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Trump, Housing and Urban Development


Watch Mariah Carey Join The Schitt’s Creek Cast On The Obamas’ Graduation Special

Mariah Carey joined the cast of the sitcom Schitt's Creek during the Obamas' virtual graduation special on Sunday. The cast, who were all performing in-character, sang a rendition of Carey's "Hero" before Carey herself popped up for a message to the Class Of 2020: "To all the teachers and professors -- especially those … More »
Tags: Music, News, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Mariah Carey, Obamas, Carey, Creek, Schitt's Creek


Trump Admin Officials Continue Denying Systemic Racism In Law Enforcement

Trump administration officials on Sunday echoed White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien’s denial last week that systemic racism is an issue in law enforcement agencies across the country. Acting Homeland Security Sec. Chad Wolf, Attorney General Bill Barr, and Housing and Urban Development Sec. Ben Carson were asked during Sunday morning interviews about whether systemic racism is an issue in the U.S. as protests against police brutality continue in the wake of George Floyd’s deat...
Tags: News, Cbs News, White House, Cnn, United States, Protests, Hud, Abc News, Ben Carson, Trump, Wolf, Jake Tapper, Carson, Housing and Urban Development, Martha Raddatz, Barr


As White House's strong-arm tactics get pushback, Trump takes credit for peaceful protests

The White House faced growing opposition Sunday as it doubled down on calls for a "law-and-order" crackdown on protests against police abuses and endemic racism.
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Mitt Romney takes part in protest supporting Black Lives Matter near White House

"We need many voices against racism and against brutality," said Romney, R-Utah.
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Barack Obama Urges Graduates to Fight Conspiracy Theories, Use ‘Fact-Based Debate’

Former U.S. President Barack Obama was one of many celebrities to speak at YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” virtual graduation ceremony on Sunday, and his speech included calls to action for the graduating class. He told graduates how they are “graduating into a world that faces more profound challenges than any generation in decades.” “The […]
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AG Barr Defends Force Against D.C. Protesters, Says ‘They Were Not Peaceful’

The attorney general said he ordered the street outside of the White House to be cleared.
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Lady Gaga Urges Class of 2020 to Uproot Racism in Graduation Speech

Lady Gaga painted a picture of racism in America as a malignant forest that needs to be uprooted in her graduation speech for YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” event. The Grammy-winning singer said she had to rewrite her speech after the death of George Floyd and the nationwide protests against systemic racism and police brutality […]
Tags: News, Youtube, America, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, George Floyd, Dear Class of 2020


White House is considering a Trump speech to the nation on race and unity

After a weekend of massive peaceful protests around the country, White House officials are currently deliberating a plan for President Donald Trump to address the nation this week on issues related to race and national unity, as Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson hinted in an interview with CNN on Sunday and a senior administration official said was under serious consideration.
Tags: White House, Cnn, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Trump, Housing and Urban Development


Ex-Bush Admin Officials Join Chorus Criticizing Trump’s Hostile Response To Protesters

Former Bush administration officials Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice joined fellow White House alums James Mattis, Mike Mullen and John Allen in criticizing President Trump’s aggressive response to protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Last week, three former White House officials — which so far include Trump’s former Defense Secretary James Mattis as well as Obama administration alums Adm. Mike Mullen and Gen. John Allen — issued scathing rebukes against the President’s call for t...
Tags: News, Obama, White House, Iraq, Defense, Joe Biden, Cnn, Cbs, John Mccain, Protesters, Rice, Trump, Bush, Jake Tapper, National Guard, Powell


"The New York Times announced Sunday that Editorial Page Editor James Bennet is resigning — amid reports of anger inside the company over the publication of an op-ed from Sen. Tom Cotton..."

"... about the George Floyd unrest last week. Bennet, the brother of 2020 White House candidate Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., had apologized late last week after previously defending the piece, titled, 'Send in the Troops.' Cotton, R-Ark., called for the government to deploy troops as a last resort to help quell riots and looting that emerged amid the anger over Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody last month. The publication sparked a revolt among Times journalists, with some saying it e...
Tags: Law, Minneapolis, White House, New York Times, Nyt, Fox News, Times, Bennet, James, Floyd, Tom Cotton, Sen Michael Bennet D Colo, Ann Althouse, James Bennet, Sulzberger, Trump And The Military


An initial list of federal sentencing reforms to advance greater equity and justice for congressional consideration

According to this recent Hill article, headlined "Pelosi: Democrats to unveil sweeping criminal justice proposal Monday," a federal criminal justice bill is in the works that may go beyond police reforms.  Here are the basics: Democrats on Monday will introduce wide-ranging legislation designed to combat racial inequities in the criminal justice system, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday.  The much awaited package, currently being crafted by members of the Congressional Black Ca...
Tags: Law, Congress, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Michigan, Nancy Pelosi, Doj, Calif, Minnesota Supreme Court, Hill, Yang, Pelosi, USSC, Obama Justice Department, Congressional Black Caucus CBC, Douglas A Berman


How the George Floyd protests could change policing in California

A teacher at one San Francisco protest last week urged the city’s schools to end security contracts with the police department. A man’s speech at an Oakland rally included a call for more police body cameras and said officers should lose their jobs if they tamper with the devices. Leaning out of a car window as she passed a demonstration in San Jose, a woman held aloft a sign reading “stop protecting bad cops.” Amid a national wave of protest sparked by a Minneapolis officer’s killing of George ...
Tags: Politics, Crime, News, Minneapolis, California, California News, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Aclu, San Diego, San Jose, Peace Officers Research Association Of California, PORAC, Oakland


Barr Defends Forceful Removal Of Protesters: Pepper Spray Is ‘Not Chemical’

Attorney General Bill Barr on Sunday vehemently defended the aggressive use of force used on peaceful protesters outside of the White House ahead of President Trump’s surprise photo-op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. When asked by CBS’ Margaret Brennan about whether he thinks it was appropriate for police to use smoke bombs, tear gas, pepper balls and projectiles at protesters who seemed to be peaceful, Barr hit back that they were “not peaceful protesters” and that the notion that th...
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Watch The Obamas’ Virtual Graduation Event With Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, & More

Barack and Michelle Obama are hosting a virtual graduation ceremony today to honor those leaving school as part of the Class Of 2020. It was originally supposed to happen on Saturday, but was rescheduled to observe a memorial service for George Floyd that was held in North Carolina yesterday. More »
Tags: Video, Music, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, North Carolina, Barack, Obamas, George Floyd, Beyoncé Taylor Swift Lady Gaga


Fact check: ABC News execs, Obama did not ban American flag lapel pins

A longtime rumor that ABC News banned patriotic symbols on air, along with the claim that President Barack Obama prohibited flag lapel pins, is false.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Obama, Barack Obama, Usa Today, Abc News


Barr again defends controversial use of force near White House

Attorney General Bill Barr during an interview Sunday again defended the actions of federal law enforcement officers who forcefully cleared peaceful protesters in Washington on Monday, but he offered different reasons as to why force was used.
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Beyoncé Supports Black Lives Matter, Calls Out Sexist Music Industry in Powerful Graduation Speech

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter made a powerful statement on the Black Lives Matter movement and sexism in the music industry during YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” virtual graduation on Saturday. The singer started by congratulating the high school seniors who persevered through an unprecedented time in the country. “Congratulations to the class of 2020, you have arrived […]
Tags: Beyonce, News, Barack Obama, Black Lives Matter, Beyonce Knowles Carter, George Floyd, Dear Class of 2020


Ben Carson Echoes Trump Administration's Ignorant Response To Kneeling Protests

The secretary of housing and urban development said NFL players should express their love for the military as they protest police violence. Players have already said they support the military.
Tags: Politics, News, NFL, Ben Carson Echoes Trump


Brexit: UK fears EU chief negotiator has lost grip on fishing talks

Downing Street’s hopes of swift progress in doubt as member states reject compromiseDowning Street fears that Michel Barnier has lost his grip on the fishing negotiations, throwing doubt over Boris Johnson’s hopes of a summer of swift and definitive progress towards a trade and security deal with the EU.The bloc’s chief negotiator had been expected to present a compromise proposal on access to British waters during the talks last week but was blocked at the last minute by member states with larg...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Michel Barnier, Fishing Industry



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