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News Wrap: Confederate portraits removed from U.S. Capitol

In our news wrap Thursday, crews removed portraits of four former speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives. All of the men had served in the Confederacy, embodying “violent bigotry and grotesque racism,” according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Also, New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, says everything from offices to hair salons will reopen Monday, sending up to 300,000 people back to work.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: President Trump and his top aides accused John Bolton of telling lies to sell books.

    In a new memoir, the former national security adviser alleges, among other things, that Mr. Trump tried to get China to aid his reelection. We will explore the allegations after the news summary.

    A top State Department official is resigning tonight over President Trump's handling over racial tensions. Mary Elizabeth Taylor has been in the administration since its first days. The Washington Post quotes her resignation letter as saying that the president's recent comments and actions on racial justice go against her core values.

    Large numbers of police in Atlanta called in sick today in a protest. It came a day after a former police officer was charged with murdering Rayshard Brooks. Garrett Rolfe is accused of shooting Brooks in the back after trying to arrest him last Friday.

    At the U.S. Capitol today, crews took down portraits of four former speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives. All of the men had served in the Confederacy. The current speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said they embodied — quote — "violent bigotry and grotesque racism."

    The nation's former pandemic epicenter is moving to phase two of its reopening. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says that everything from offices to hair salons will open next Monday, sending up to 300,000 people back to work. He acknowledged that infections and deaths are rising elsewhere.

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio:

    We're always going to be watching for any variations, any new data. That's all so crucial, to always keep an eye on the data. But we have seen consistent progress. And it's time to say to everyone getting ready for phase two, get on your mark, get set, because here we go on Monday.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Meanwhile, officials in California have ordered people to wear masks in most indoor settings, and outdoors when needed.

    And, in China, a new outbreak in Beijing now appears to be slowing, amid ramped-up testing, strict quarantine measures and a partial travel ban.

    The U.S. economy is still shedding jobs because of the pandemic; 1.5 million workers filed for unemployment benefits last week. Many still face long delays in getting the benefits. Hundreds lined up in Frankfort, Kentucky, again today to follow up on claims that were filed back in March.

    Facebook has removed Trump campaign ads that displayed an inverted red triangle. The Nazis had once used the symbol to designate political prisoners. The Trump campaign argues that it is now used by anti-fascist groups known as Antifa. It says the ads targeted those groups.

    On Wall Street, stocks mostly marked time. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 39 points to close at 26080. The Nasdaq rose 32 points, and the S&P 500 added about two.

    And President John F. Kennedy's last surviving sibling, Jean Kennedy Smith, has died at her home in Manhattan. For much of her life, she avoided the spotlight. But she founded a program to make the arts available to people with disabilities. And in the 1990s, she served as ambassador to Ireland and helped bring peace in Northern Ireland.

    Jean Kennedy Smith was 92 years old.

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