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New warning about extremist groups after alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer

October 10, 2020
Pete Williams | NBC News
Some of the 13 people arrested this week in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer were involved in two radical militia groups that share a hatred of government and law enforcement.
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Blowout for Biden or Narrow Win for Trump?

September 9, 2020
Tim Alberta | POLITICO
If Labor Day was long considered the starting line of the general election sprint, this year it feels like the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter of a poorly played football game. Some Americans are glued to the action, eagerly awaiting the next big play or violent collision, but most fans of both teams just wish it was over already.
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Deadly incidents in Rochester and Portland fuel new unrest

September 5, 2020
Amna Nawaz | PBS NewsHour
In parts of the U.S., there continue to be protests and outrage over police conduct and responses to demonstrations. In Rochester, New York, the family of Daniel Prude is calling for officers involved in his March death to be fired and charged. And a self-identified anti-fascist suspected of killing a right-wing protester in Portland, Oregon, was killed by law enforcement.
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Congress makes last-ditch push on police reform

September 3, 2020
Heather Caygle , Sarah Ferris | POLITICO
Police reform was done for on Capitol Hill. Then came the latest police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin. Now, despite daunting odds in an election year, key lawmakers are quietly working to revive Congress’ efforts to tackle systemic racism and pass a sweeping overhaul of policing nationwide.
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Trump Visits Kenosha, Offering Support for Police With Little Mention of Shooting

September 2, 2020
Peter Baker, John Eligon, Julie Bosman | The New York Times
President Trump ventured into ground zero of the nation’s roiling debate over race and justice on Tuesday to stand in defense of the police and to reject calls for changes in law enforcement that have generated months of social unrest across the United States.
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Trump attacks take a toll on Black Lives Matter support

September 2, 2020
Laura Barrón-López | POLITICO
Voters' favorable views of the Black Lives Matter movement has dropped by 9 percentage points since June, including a 13-point dip among Republicans, according to new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. The shift comes after the recent police shooting of another Black man: Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., last week.
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Trump Fans Strife as Unrest Roils the U.S.

September 1, 2020
Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman | The New York Times
President Trump has been throwing accelerant on the fire of the nation’s social unrest rather than trying to put it out, seeking confrontation rather than calm at a volatile moment his advisers hope will help salvage his campaign for a second term.
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New focus for campaign: Will Biden or Trump keep you safer?

September 1, 2020
Jonathan Lemire, Alexandra Jaffe, Will Weissert | AP
The battle over who can keep Americans safe after recent deadly protests has emerged as the sharpest dividing line for the presidential campaign’s final weeks, with Joe Biden on Monday condemning the violence and President Donald Trump defending a supporter accused of fatally shooting two men.
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Pence makes case for Trump as ‘law and order’ president while Blake shooting continues to reverberate

August 27, 2020
Seung Min Kim, Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner | The Washington Post
Republicans used the third day of their national convention to portray President Trump as a strong defender of conservative principles on law enforcement, defense and the economy — emphasizing his law-and-order credentials as social unrest flared again after another police shooting of a Black man.
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