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Ex-defense chief Mattis rips Trump for dividing Americans

Trump responded on Twitter Wednesday evening by calling Mattis “the world’s most overrated General.”

Trump administration moves to block Chinese airlines from US

  Prosecutors charge 3 more officers in Floyd’s death; curfews credited for calmer protests

Rosenstein says he wouldn’t approve Russia warrant now

  Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

Ousted State watchdog confirms investigations into Pompeo

Senate passes fix for small-business coronavirus relief

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  Obama steps out as nation confronts confluence of crises

  Army: Esper reverses plan to send active-duty troops home

  Cop in Floyd death got medals for valor and drew complaints

US job losses in May could raise 3-month total to 30 million

Police shove, make AP journalists stop covering protest

  Protesters return to the streets as Trump decries ‘lowlifes’

Biden moves closer to formally winning Democratic nomination

Voters across America were forced to navigate curfews, health concerns and National Guard troops after election officials dramatically reduced the number of in-person voting sites to minimize the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

Iowa voters oust Rep. King, shunned for white nationalism remarks

The challengers argued that King's loss of clout, even more than the continuous string of provocative and racially-charged statements over his career, was reason enough for turning on him.

Curfews, pandemic test voters in primaries held amid unrest

Polls have begun to close as voters navigated curfews and health concerns in a slate of primary contests that tested the nation’s ability to host elections amid dueling crises.

Democrats say Justice Department whistleblowers to testify

House Democrats say they will hear testimony from Justice Department whistleblowers and attempt to slash the agency’s budget.

Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina

False claims of antifa protesters plague small U.S. cities

  Minneapolis police face civil rights probe over Floyd death

  Restaurant owner, ex-college athlete among victims of unrest

  Biden blasts Trump’s ‘narcissism’ in new phase of campaign

Police: Video shows man killed in Kentucky fired a gun

  A look at the antifa movement Trump is blaming for violence

Short for "anti-fascists," antifa is not a single organization but rather an umbrella term for far-left-leaning militant groups that confront or resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists at demonstrations.

  GRAPHIC: Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

A military deployment by Trump to U.S. states would mark a stunning federal intervention not seen in modern American history.

  Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

The House’s staggering $3 trillion package is mothballed in the Senate, where Republicans are focused instead on trimming unemployment benefits and getting Americans back to work. Quick action by Congress is skidding to a halt.

  Amid protests, Trump talks of war — and reelection

President Trump spoke to governors on a video teleconference Monday with law enforcement and national security officials,

  DC Episcopal bishop: ‘I am outraged’ by Trump church visit

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington is sharply criticizing President Donald Trump for staging a visit to the historic St. John’s Church across from the White House.

  Louisville police and soldiers return fire, killing man; police chief fired

David McAtee was the man who was fatally shot, according to his family. A large crowd amassed later in the day at 26th and Broadway, the site of the shooting, to show its support for his family

  ‘Hate just hides’: Biden vows to take on systematic racism

Joe Biden met with community leaders at a predominantly African American church in Delaware Monday morning, leaving home for a second consecutive day to address exploding racial tensions that have begun to reshape the upcoming presidential election.

With rare candor, employees protest Facebook’s Trump policy

Facebook employees are using Twitter to register their frustration over CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to leave up posts by President Donald Trump that suggested protesters in Minneapolis could be shot.

  George Floyd’s son: Violent protests solve nothing

Some are calling for peaceful demonstrations, including George Floyd’s son, Quincy Mason Floyd.

GRAPHIC: 2 Atlanta officers fired in ‘excessive force’ arrests, mayor says

Atlanta’s mayor says two police officers have been fired and three others placed on desk duty pending review over what authorities describe as excessive use of force during a weekend protest incident.

  World alarmed by violence in US; thousands march in London

Nations around the world have watched in horror at the civil unrest in the United States following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck until he stopped breathing.

Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged

President Donald Trump spent time in a White House bunker during Friday night's protests outside the executive mansion.

  Massive protests worldwide raise fears of new coronavirus outbreaks

Health experts fear that silent carriers of the virus who have no symptoms could unwittingly infect others at packed gatherings with people cheering and jeering, many without masks.

Unrest demonstrates Biden’s challenge in breaking through

Joe Biden will spend the next five months presenting himself as a calming, competent alternative to the tumultuous administration of President Donald Trump.

  Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests

U.S. officials are seeking to determine whether extremist groups have infiltrated police brutality protests across the country and deliberately tipped largely peaceful demonstrations toward violence.

  Mississippi mayor apologizes for tweets on George Floyd

A white Mississippi mayor who caused an outrage with his tweets about the death George Floyd in Minneapolis is apologizing but says he won't resign.

  Trump says US will designate Antifa as a terrorist organization amid protests

As protests over the death of George Floyd grow in cities across the U.S., government officials have been warning of the “outsiders” -- groups of organized rioters they say are flooding into major cities not to call for justice but to cause destruction.

  NY governor signs bill granting front-line worker death benefits in coronavirus fight

Dozens of police officers, public health workers, transit workers and paramedics have died of COVID-19 in the months since New York became the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.

Democrats to interview ousted State Department watchdog

Democrats and some Republicans are seeking to find out more about President Trump’s recent moves to sideline several independent government watchdogs.

  “It’s not fair”: Business owners clean up after overnight protests

The protests which started off with peaceful marching without warning transitioned to acts of vandalism and destruction to local business, property.

Trump postpones G7 meeting, seeks expansion of members

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he will postpone until the fall a meeting of Group of 7 nations he had planned to hold next month at the White House despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And he said the group's membership should include Russia, Australia, South Korea and India.

  Pentagon ready to send troops to Minneapolis if state asks

Protests erupted in Minneapolis and spread across the country after the police killing of George Floyd.

  US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

As some countries have effectively lowered the rate of infections, they have been moving ahead with relaxing restrictions but are keeping a very close eye on developments.

Trump, N.C. governor speak about GOP convention details

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Trump spoke by phone, during which they discussed the scheduled August convention in Charlotte.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services

The church argued that limits on how many people can attend their services violate constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and had been seeking an order in time for services on Sunday.

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

In the news conference, Trump also said the U.S. would sanction Chinese officials responsible for the eroding autonomy of Hong Kong.

  Trump walks back his incendiary Minneapolis ‘thugs’ post

President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to take action to bring the city of Minneapolis “under control,” calling violent protesters outraged by the death of a black man in police custody “thugs” and saying that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

  Biden: George Floyd’s death shows ‘open wound’ of US racism

“This is time for real leadership," he said.

Ruling means Missouri’s last abortion clinic stays open

The decision means Missouri will not become the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since 1974.

  Secrecy on legislator’s COVID-19 illness roils Pa. statehouse

A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker’s decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate.

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

The money, included in a government relief package enacted in March, is set to expire July 31.

  US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

Probe: US Interior official used office for personal gain

The Interior Department's Inspector General found that Assistant Interior Secretary Douglas Domenech reached out to a senior EPA official in person and later by email in 2017 to advocate for Domenech's son-in-law when he was seeking a job at the agency.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

NSA: Russian agents have been hacking major email program

The U.S. National Security Agency says the same Russian military hacking group that interfered in the 2016 presidential election and unleashed a devastating 2017 malware attack has been exploiting a major email server program since last August or earlier.

  US virus deaths top 100,000, 41 million unemployed

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 5.6 million people and killed over 350,000, with the U.S. having the most confirmed cases and deaths.

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

Washington officials say the state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims.

Trump escalating war on Twitter, social media protections

President Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order Thursday aimed at curbing liability protections for social media companies, two days after he lashed out at Twitter for applying fact checks to two of his tweets.

  House approves changes to business virus aid subsidy program

The House gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to legislation to modify a new “paycheck protection” program for businesses that have suffered COVID-related losses.

Democrats pull surveillance bill after Trump veto threat

Democrats on Thursday pulled legislation from the House floor that would have extended FBI surveillance authorities after President Donald Trump and Republicans turned against the legislation, ensuring its defeat.

  Sen. Kaine, wife have coronavirus antibodies, indicating earlier infection

Sen. Tim Kaine and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.

  2.1 million workers filed for unemployment last week

The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, and many economists expect it will near 20% in May.

  House casts proxy votes in pandemic, Republicans have doubts

It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic.

  Mail-in voting could turn Election Day into Election Week

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results.

Sam Johnson, ex-Texas GOP congressman and Vietnam POW, dies

Sam Johnson, a onetime prisoner of war in Vietnam and Republican Texas congressman who was the U.S. House’s oldest member when he stepped down in 2019 at age 88, has died.

Twitter fact-checks Trump; he threatens new regs or shutdown

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets.

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

Attorney General William Barr says he doesn’t expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s presumed Democratic opponent this summer.

Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84

Larry Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, has died.

  White House letter doesn’t explain why Trump fired watchdogs

A White House letter issued Tuesday in response to concerns from a prominent Republican senator does little to explain the decision-making behind Trump's recent upheaval of the inspector general community.

  Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

By allowing the casinos to reopen, with new rules on social distancing and sanitizing, the governor said Nevada would again welcome visitors but would be prepared to close down again if there is a spike in cases.

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

Farmers and ranchers have been walloped by issues related to the closures of restaurants and schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ky. Gov. Beshear condemns rally where he was hung in effigy

Vowing not to back down after armed protesters gathered near his home and hung him in effigy, the governor of Kentucky on Tuesday condemned their use of “fear and terror” in a demonstration fueled by coronavirus restrictions.

  In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

"My request is simple: Please delete these tweets," Timothy J. Klausutis wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma have been informed that the Justice Department has closed investigations into their stock trades.

  Deadlocked Congress shifts virus focus to small business aid

It's a defining moment for the political parties heading toward the election and one that will affect the livelihoods of countless Americans suddenly dependent on the federal government.

  GOP govs offer states as alternative RNC convention host

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp sent an open plea to Trump Tuesday to consider his state as an alternate site for the quadrennial convention.

Most Medicare enrollees could get insulin for $35 a month

The new benefit — to be formally unveiled at a Rose Garden event Tuesday afternoon — is being touted as a major accomplishment by Trump administration officials eager to change the subject from the grim drumbeat of coronavirus pandemic news.

  Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

The industry has historically relied on foreign-born workers — from people in the country illegally to refugees — for some of America's most dangerous jobs.