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Murkowski Endorses Mattis Criticism of Trump, Calling it ‘Necessary and Overdue’

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WASHINGTON — Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, on Thursday said she endorsed scathing criticism of President Trump’s leadership by James Mattis, the former secretary of defense, and was grappling with whether to support the president in the coming election. Ms. Murkowski said the critique by General Mattis, in which......
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Economic Strain Persists Even as Businesses Reopen

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“We’re in a better position than some people,” Ms. Terlingo said. “We’re not the starving ones.” As businesses reopen, jobless workers are starting to seek in-person help. At job fairs around the country, hospitals are seeking nurses and school districts are looking for bus drivers. CareerSource Florida, a state agency......
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Mattis Accuses Trump of Dividing the Nation in a Time of Crisis

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WASHINGTON — Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, breaking months of public silence on President Trump since resigning in protest in December 2018, on Wednesday offered a withering critique of the president’s leadership amid growing protests across the country. “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not......
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Witness Who Was in Floyd’s Car Says His Friend Did Not Resist Arrest

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“When the whole world was finding out that they murdered George Floyd,” he said, “I went and said a prayer where I witnessed him take his last breath, and I left.” Mr. Hall said he had left dinner with his family late this Monday evening when their car was surrounded......
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Ousted Watchdog Says State Dept. Official Pressured Him to End Inquiry Into Pompeo

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WASHINGTON — The former State Department inspector general who was ousted by President Trump told Congress on Wednesday that a top department official tried to “bully” him as he examined potential misconduct at the agency, according to top Democratic lawmakers. Steve A. Linick, who was fired as inspector general last......
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Esper Breaks With Trump on Using Troops Against Protesters

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WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper broke with President Trump on Wednesday and said that active-duty military troops should not be sent to control the wave of protests in American cities, at least for now. His words were at odds with his commander in chief, who on Monday threatened......
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Obama, Addressing George Floyd, Calls on Every Mayor to Push for Police Reform

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WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on every mayor in the United States to review use-of-force policies and make progress on police reforms during his first on-camera remarks since a wave of protests and violence after the killing of George Floyd convulsed the country and upended the......
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Trump Denies, Then Admits, Going to White House Bunker During Protest

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday first denied and then acknowledged that he had gone to a secure bunker in the White House as protesters demonstrated nearby but said he went there for an “inspection,” not because of concerns over his safety. “Well, it was a false report,” Mr. Trump......
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The C.D.C. Waited ‘Its Entire Existence for This Moment.’ What Went Wrong?

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But many say the agency has struggled at times to provide clear and timely guidance. At Margaret Mary Community Hospital in rural Batesville, Ind., doctors and nurses got sick after following C.D.C. guidance in mid-March that masks were necessary only when treating patients with respiratory symptoms or fever. The first......
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Rod Rosenstein, Key Figure in Russia Investigation, Is to Testify Today

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Attorney General William P. Barr has subsequently portrayed the entire investigation as illegitimate. Senators are expected to ask Mr. Rosenstein whether, knowing what he knows now, he would have appointed Mr. Mueller. Rosenstein had a role in a plagued set of wiretap applications. In December, the Justice Department’s independent inspector......
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Pandemic, Protests and Police: An Election Like No Other

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Mr. Feenstra will face J.D. Scholten, a Democrat and former minor-league baseball player who lost the 2018 general election to Mr. King by just 10,000 votes. Democrats believe Mr. Scholten could beat Mr. King, but would have far tougher odds against Mr. Feenstra. On the Democratic side in Iowa, voters......
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How Trump’s Idea for a Photo Op Led to Havoc in a Park

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The spectacle staged by the White House also left military leaders struggling to explain themselves in response to criticism from retired officers that they had allowed themselves to be used as political props. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of......
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Republicans Weigh New Convention Site as Feud With Charlotte Escalates

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The Republican National Committee is actively looking at alternate sites for its August nominating convention, amid a high-stakes and public feud with Democratic officials in Charlotte, the long-planned host city for the event. Officials are planning a visit to Nashville later in the week. Other cities under consideration, according to......
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Joe Biden Laces Into Trump for Fanning ‘Flames of Hate’

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The country, Mr. Biden said, required “leadership that can recognize pain and deep grief of communities that have had a knee on their neck for a long time.” Mr. Biden also decried clashes between police, protesters and looters. “There’s no place for violence, no place for looting, or destroying property,......
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What Is the Insurrection Act of 1807, the Law Behind Trump’s Threat to States?

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President Trump threatened on Monday to use federal forces to quell the protests and violence that have swept the country, a measure that would require the use of an 1807 law called the Insurrection Act. “If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life......
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Lawmakers Begin Bipartisan Push to Cut Off Police Access to Military-Style Gear

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Doug Stafford, Senator Rand Paul’s chief strategist, responded on Sunday night to Mr. Schatz’s idea: “We’ve being doing this one for years. Happy to help,” he wrote on Twitter. Mr. Paul has also been a longtime proponent of the demilitarization of local police and has previously teamed with Mr. Schatz......

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