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Gizmodo reports the Department of Homeland Security deployed aircraft in Dayton, Ohio, New York City, Buffalo, and Philadelphia, among other cities. The drones and aircraft were taking footage of protesters demonstrating over the death of George Floyd by the police. The footage is now part of the 'Big Pipe,' which can be accessed by other federal agencies and local police departments for use in future investigations.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz challenged actor Ron Perlman to a wrestling match with Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan. According to Business Insider, Cruz did this because Perlman called Jordan ugly. It first began with Perlman getting into a Twitter fight with Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz. While they went back and forth, Perlman mentioned Jordan as the “ugliest politician.” Cruz then intervened and Perlman said he shouldn’t offer other men to fight but do it himself.
A tanker truck drove into a throng of protesters on a closed interstate near Minneapolis on Sunday, with the driver pulled from his rig and beaten, amid another night of demonstrations against police brutality descending into violence. Libby Hogan reports.
A Washington Post-Ipsos poll revealed Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has low support from his constituents. According to Business Insider, people were not happy about how he handled the coronavirus pandemic by reopening the state early. Only 39 percent said they approved Kemp’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other governors with stronger stay-at-home measures saw high approval ratings. For example, Ohio’s Republican Gov. Mike DeWine holds 86 percent approval.
Reuters Congress approved a $600 unemployment bonus on top of state payments as part of its coronavirus relief efforts in March. Those weekly payments are set to expire on July 31, and there's no consensus from lawmakers about extending them. Republicans, who oppose extending the bonus, have floated the idea of a "return to work" bonus instead of extending jobless benefits.
In the United States, if one political party is doing well, it tends to publish polls that say so. And according to CNN, the Democratic party is publishing an awful lot of polls these days. Democratic and liberal aligned groups have put out 17 House polls taken in April or later. However, Republican-aligned groups have put out zip, zilch, nada. Zero. That's a very bad ratio for Republicans. It hasn't always been that way, though.
John Hickenlooper on the Democratic nomination for US Senate in the June 30 primaries. Hickenlooper defeated Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker of the Colorado House. Hickenlooper defeated Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker of the Colorado House. He served two terms as the state's governor, first elected in 2010 and then re-elected in 2014. Business Insider reports that the former governor won a handily, 60% to 40%. Hickenlooper will now face vulnerable Republican Senator Cory Gardner.
Amy McGrath won the Democratic primary to face GOP Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. McGrath is a former fighter pilot and 2018 House candidate backed by the US Senate Democrats' campaign arm. She defeated Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker. Business Insider reports that McGrath positioned herself as a pro-Trump Democrat. Her eye-catching ads and national Democrats' widespread dislike of McConnell made her one of the top fundraisers of the cycle.
Mississippi has officially retired the last state flag in the US with the Confederate battle emblem.Republican governor Tate Reeves signed the historic bill on Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion, immediately removing official status for the 126-year-old banner that has been a source of division for generations.“This is not a political moment to me but a solemn occasion to lead our Mississippi family to come together, to be reconciled and to move on," Mr Reeves said just before the signing.
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(CNN) Justin Timberlake has become the latest public figure to call for the removal of Confederate monuments across the US. The musician and actor, who is from Tennessee, shared his thoughts regarding the monuments in an Instagram post on Monday. "There are roughly 1,848 confederate statues of in the US," he wrote in his caption of the post, which featured a video by the American Civil Liberties Union about Confederate monuments.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig on Monday made a shocking disclosure about facial recognition technology. According to Gizmodo, Chief Craig estimated the technology used by his department fails to identify suspects accurately '96% of the time.' He added that if police relied solely on the technology to identify suspects, nearly every case would go unsolved. Craig’s remarks come only days after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners.
Planned Parenthood endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for U.S. president. They called his race against President Donald Trump a “fight for our country’s very survival.” According to Reuters, abortion rights continue to be a controversial issue in the 2020 presidential election. Planned Parenthood Action Fund launched a $45 million campaign in 2020 to support Democratic candidates.
Secretary of State Pompeo Unveils 'Unalienable Rights' Panel Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled the new Commission on Monday. Pompeo said the panel will provide him "an informed review of the role..
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking Ohio from enforcing an anti-abortion law, says Reuters. Critics said the law could ban abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The judge..