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How Trump's 'Law And Order' Message Has Shifted As He Seeks A 2nd Term

August 27, 2020
Ayesha Rascoe | NPR
The specifics of Trump's rhetoric have evolved over time to fit a changing political landscape. But, certain themes — such as allowing the police to get "tough" — have remained the same.
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Trump’s suggestion of deploying law enforcement officials to monitor polls raises specter of voting intimidation

August 22, 2020
Rosalind Helderman, Josh Dawsey, Matt Zapotosky | The Washington Post
President Trump has revived the idea of using law enforcement officers to patrol polling places, invoking tactics historically used to scare voters of color. In an interview Thursday with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump described law enforcement officers as part of a phalanx of authorities he hopes will monitor voting in November.
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Oregon governor says US agents will start leaving Portland

July 29, 2020
Jonathan Lemire, Gillian Flaccus | AP
Federal agents who have clashed with protesters in Portland, Oregon, will begin a “phased withdrawal” from the city, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday.
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More federal agents dispatched to Portland as protests rise in other cities

July 28, 2020
Devlin Barrett, Nick Miroff, Marissa Lang, David Fahrenthold | The Washington Post
The Trump administration is sending more federal agents to Portland, Ore., already the site of aggressive policing tactics that activists and city officials across the country say are inspiring more-violent clashes and re-energizing protests.
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Trump defends use of federal agents as mayors push back

July 23, 2020
Weijia Jiang | CBS News
President Trump said he will send hundreds of federal agents to Chicago to curb the surge of violence as part of a new anti-crime initiative called Operation Legend. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she won't let federal troops terrorize her city.
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Trump Commutes Sentence of Roger Stone in Case He Long Denounced

July 11, 2020
Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman, Sharon LaFraniere | The New York Times
President Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr. on seven felony crimes on Friday, using the power of his office to spare a former campaign adviser days before Mr. Stone was to report to a federal prison to serve a 40-month term.
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The left gets rolled on legalizing pot — and legal protections for cops

July 9, 2020
Laura Barrón-López , Holly Otterbein | POLITICO
Joe Biden’s “unity” task forces were created to bring the progressive wing of the Democratic Party into the fold after the sting of Bernie Sanders’ defeat.
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How police reform collapsed in the Senate

June 25, 2020
| POLITICO
After begging for a debate earlier this month, Democrats rejected a motion to bring the GOP’s bill to the floor, arguing it couldn’t be saved. The bill’s author, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), accused Democrats of being eager to derail anything that could be seen as Republican outreach to minorities. And each party took an increasingly hardened position that makes compromise unattainable.
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Senate Democrats call GOP policing bill ‘not salvageable,’ signal they will block measure

June 24, 2020
Seung Min Kim, Holly Bailey | The Washington Post
Democrats criticized a Senate Republican plan as inadequate, arguing that it falls far short of a substantive transformation of controversial policing practices, and they laid the groundwork to stall the measure. Republicans countered that their proposal was a viable starting point for legislation and said Democratic resistance was a sign that the party was interested only in scoring political points months ahead of the elections.
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