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Anger, tears for protesters seeking justice for Breonna Taylor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Angry, confused and shedding tears, demonstrators who spent months calling for justice in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor resumed their protests Wednesday after prosecutors announced a single officer had been indicted — but not on charges involving the Black woman’s death. The protests, which rekindled as soon as news...

Police reforms stall around the country, despite new wave of activism

Racial justice activists convulsed the country this summer with their protests against police brutality. But as the season shifts to fall, they don’t have much to show for it in terms of major policy change. The announcement Wednesday that Kentucky officials will not charge the police officers for shooting and killing Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black...

Opinion | No, the Democrats Won’t Pack the Court

For many progressive opinion-makers, the only way to save the Supreme Court is to destroy it. They believe the best response to the Republican-held Senate confirming a Trump nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court is to pack the court if Democrats win in November. Holding out the court-packing threat, they argue, also might...

Trudeau: Canada already in second wave of coronavirus

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is warning Canadians that the second wave has arrived in many parts of the country. “We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring,” Trudeau said Wednesday during a 12-minute takeover of suppertime television. “It’s all too likely we won’t be gathering for Thanksgiving [Oct. 12], but we...

Trump declines to commit to a peaceful transition of power after election

If President Donald Trump loses this year’s election to Joe Biden, will he commit to a peaceful transition of power? On Wednesday, he wouldn’t say. When asked the question during a White House news briefing, Trump instead cast doubt on the reliability of election infrastructure. “We’re going to have to see what happens,” the president responded to...

Newsom bans new gas cars — and begs Trump for a fight

SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the state Wednesday to ban new gas vehicles within 15 years, a rebuke to President Donald Trump and other federal leaders already challenging the state's strict fuel economy rules. Newsom made clear that he wants to use California's gigantic market as a hammer to force automakers to focus on electric...

Trump says he might reject stricter FDA vaccine guidelines

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the White House may not approve tougher FDA guidelines for authorizing the emergency use of any coronavirus vaccines. The FDA has reportedly drawn up the stricter emergency authorization standards and sent them to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. "That has to be approved by the...

Trump Is an Authoritarian. So Are Millions of Americans

One of the important lessons Americans learned from Donald Trump’s election in 2016—and one still difficult for some of us to process almost four years later—is just how many of our fellow citizens are predisposed to authoritarianism. In high school civics we were taught that “American authoritarianism” was an oxymoron. Authoritarianism was a relic...

‘The hits just keep coming’: Congress stumbles from crisis to crisis

Ancient Egypt only had 10 plagues. The 116th Congress says, ‘Hold my staff.’ The House and Senate have spent the last two years staring down some of the most consequential political events of recent decades: the longest-ever government shutdown; a presidential impeachment; a deadly global pandemic; a deepening economic recession that has led to Depression-era...

Senators: Intel community weighs more disclosures on foreign meddling

The U.S. intelligence community is weighing whether to disclose additional information about attempts by foreign governments to interfere in the 2020 election, the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday. After the panel’s likely final briefing on the matter before the Nov. 3 election, Chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)...

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