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June 04, 2020

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  • Tarnished Shield

    Officers Who Watched Floyd Die Charged

    Minneapolis authorities yesterday charged three former police officers who stood by as Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin’s charge was increased to second-degree murder, and his colleagues stand accused of aiding and abetting the killing. Mostly peaceful protests continued throughout the nation Wednesday, amid…

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  • Incoming

    Mattis: Trump Trampling Constitutional Rights

    Former defense secretary and retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis delivered a stinging rebuke of President Trump, saying his ex-boss ordered troops to “violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens.” Writing in The Atlantic, Mattis was addressing Monday’s move to violently clear peaceful protesters so Trump could pose with a…

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  • Muted Mourning

    Hongkongers Defiantly Mark 1989 Massacre

    The victors write history. Every year since Beijing’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, people in Hong Kong have been allowed to commemorate the date — until now. For the first time, territorial authorities deployed 3,000 police to stop today’s vigil, citing the coronavirus outbreak. But pro-democracy lawmakers threw…

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  • Poor Ratings

    Even Texas Is Turning Purple

    It’s just a single poll, but what Quinnipiac University found is remarkable: Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Trump are in a virtual tie in Texas, the beating GOP heart of the country. As the nation reels from competing crises, Trump’s own reelection campaign’s surveys are reportedly far from…

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  • In Short

    Also Important…

    Authorities in Wuhan, China, say they’ve tested all 10 million inhabitants and found only 300 coronavirus infections. Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared an emergency after 20,000 tons of diesel oil spilled from a power plant into a river within the Arctic Circle. And the Los Angeles City Council is…

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