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Trump eyes return to rallies amid coronavirus pandemic and protests - Business Insider

  • President Donald Trump's political advisers have been debating how to get him back in front of raucous, arena-sized crowds for campaign rallies that can breathe new life into his embattled reelection effort, possibility as soon as next month, Insider has learned.
  • Trump's campaign rallies, which frequently veered into violence during the Republican's successful 2016 White House bid, halted in early March when the nation started going into lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Trump's allies see the prospect of campaign rallies as an important signal to the country — and the president's supporters — that the coronavirus pandemic is subsiding and the national lockdown is ending.
  • The return of campaign rallies also raises security concerns for the president and his supporters, both from the coronavirus pandemic and the prospect that peaceful political protests turn violent.

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Trump eyes return to rallies amid coronavirus pandemic and protests - Business Insider

  • President Donald Trump's political advisers have been debating how to get him back in front of raucous, arena-sized crowds for campaign rallies that can breathe new life into his embattled reelection effort, possibility as soon as next month, Insider has learned.
  • Trump's campaign rallies, which frequently veered into violence during the Republican's successful 2016 White House bid, halted in early March when the nation started going into lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Trump's allies see the prospect of campaign rallies as an important signal to the country — and the president's supporters — that the coronavirus pandemic is subsiding and the national lockdown is ending.
  • The return of campaign rallies also raises security concerns for the president and his supporters, both from the coronavirus pandemic and the prospect that peaceful political protests turn violent.

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What we know about the extremists taking part in riots across the US

  • Trump tweeted Sunday that the United States would designate Antifa, which is short for anti-fascists, as a terrorist organization, and Attorney General William Barr also singled out the group in a statement denouncing the violence as domestic terrorism, announcing federal law enforcement would use its network of Joint Terrorism Task Forces to apprehend and charge those taking part in the violent confrontations.
  • Federal law enforcement officials tell CNN they are aware of organized groups who are seeking to carry out the property destruction and violence, using the cover of the legitimate protests in Minneapolis and elsewhere.
  • In the past, some of the groups have been known to organize and travel specifically to confront police and destroy property, according to federal law enforcement officials, who say they've seen a similar pattern in Minneapolis and other cities where protests have turned violent in recent days.

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Pentagon officials express concern as Trump threatens to use military to 'dominate' protestors

  • Washington (CNN) - Defense officials tell CNN there was deep and growing discomfort among some in the Pentagon even before President Donald Trump announced Monday that he is ready to deploy the military to enforce order inside the United States.
  • As tear gas wafted through the air in Lafayette Park across from the White House, Trump announced from the Rose Garden that if state or city leaders refuse "to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents," he will invoke the Insurrection Act, an 1807 law that allows a president to deploy the US military to suppress civil disorder.

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President Moves to Underground Bunker as Protests and Violence Spill Over

  • The president spent Sunday out of sight, berating opponents on Twitter, even as some of his campaign advisers were recommending that he deliver a televised address to an anxious nation.
  • While in the end officials said they were never really in danger, Mr. Trump and his family have been rattled by protests near the Executive Mansion that turned violent for a third night on Sunday.
  • After days in which the empathy he expressed for George Floyd, the man killed, was overshadowed by his combative threats to ramp up violence against looters and rioters, Mr. Trump spent Sunday out of sight, even as some of his campaign advisers were recommending that he deliver a nationally televised address before another night of violence.
  • O’Brien, the president’s national security adviser, said the president would continue “to take a strong stand for law and order” even as he understood the anger over Mr. Floyd’s death.

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Russia trying to stoke racial strife, U.S. officials say

  • WASHINGTON – The Russian government has stepped up efforts to inflame racial tensions in the United States as part of its bid to influence November's presidential election, including trying to incite violence by white supremacist groups and to stoke anger among blacks, according to seven U.S. officials briefed on recent intelligence.
  • Russia's lead intelligence agency, the S.V.R., has apparently gone beyond 2016 methods, when operatives tried to stoke racial animosity by creating fake Black Lives Matter groups and spreading disinformation to depress black voter turnout.
  • Russia's more public influence operations, like state-backed news organizations, have continued to push divisive racial narratives, including stories emphasizing allegations of police abuse in the U.S. and highlighting racism against blacks within the military.
  • The government does have the legal authority to stop hate speech that explicitly advocates violence, and social media companies continue to take down accounts linked to Russian intelligence or disinformation groups.

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Police act like laws don't apply to them because of Qualified Immunity

  • There's a legal obstacle that's nearly impossible to overcome when police officers and government officials violate our constitutional and civil rights.
  • Not because the officers didn’t do anything wrong, but because there isn’t a case from the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court specifically holding that it is unconstitutional for police to kneel on the neck of a handcuffed man for nearly nine minutes until he loses consciousness and then dies.
  • And such a specific case is what Floyd’s family must provide to overcome a legal doctrine called “qualified immunity” that shields police and all other government officials from accountability for their illegal and unconstitutional acts.
  • There, the victim cited a case where the same court earlier held that it was unconstitutional for officers to sic their dog on a suspect who had surrendered by lying on the ground with his hands to the side.

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CDC to resume regular coronavirus briefings after being sidelined by White House

  • The decision to restart the CDC briefings comes as the death toll has reached a grim milestone of more than 103,000 and the White House has been under fire as of late for sidelining the Trump administration's health experts on its own coronavirus task force.
  • The CDC held a briefing Friday in which director Robert Redfield defended the agency's surveillance for the coronavirus and denied that it missed the spread of the virus across the country.
  • In interviews with CNN, CDC officials said they've been "muzzled" and that their agency's efforts to mount a coordinated response to the Covid-19 pandemic were hamstrung by a White House whose decisions are driven by politics rather than science.
  • Earlier this month, CNN reported the Trump administration shelved CDC-drafted guidelines to reopen the US, which were strict and more detailed than the White House's own road map toward a return to normal.

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National security adviser: 'I don't think there's systemic racism' in US police forces

  • The comments from O'Brien come as protests against racism and police violence have taken place across the country in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.
  • The protests were sparked by the killing last week of Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Protesters say they want to see charges for all four police officers involved in Floyd's death.
  • So far, officials have only charged the officer who was seen in a video with his knee on Floyd's neck with third-degree murder and manslaughter -- but protesters and critics believe the charge isn't harsh enough.
  • Although the protesters are calling for justice in Floyd's case in cities across the country, they are also seeking to draw attention to a number of recent high-profile cases in which African American men and women died at the hands of police officers, including Eric Garner and Mike Brown.

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The PS5 Reveal Event Won't Answer Your Biggest Questions

  • Sony teases more PS5 announcements, suggesting that the console reveal event will not answer some of the biggest questions fans have.
  • The event will give fans a look at several PS5 games, with launch titles and PS5 exclusives being expected.
  • Sony may well reveal one of the biggest things about the PS5, its design, before or during the event.
  • There was also a Bloomberg report that suggested that the PS5 would be in limited supply at launch, as Sony expects a higher price to lead to lower demand.
  • Sony may be trying to goad Microsoft into revealing the Xbox Series X price first.
  • Speaking to Geoff Keighley, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter suggested that Microsoft wants Sony to announce the PS5 price first so that it can undercut it by making the Xbox Series X cheaper.

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