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John Lewis funeral procession to tour King and Lincoln memorials, Black Lives Matter Plaza

Jon Lewis to lie in stateJohn Lewis has returned to the nation’s capital one last time.

Lewis, who died July 17 from pancreatic cancer at 80, arrived at Joint Base Andrews after two days of tributes in Alabama.

The family and friends traveling with him include Lewis’ only son, John-Miles Lewis, as well as siblings, nieces and nephews.

The motorcade is expected to pass by several landmarks important to the civil rights icon and longtime lawmaker before arriving at the Capitol, where flags are at half-staff in his honor.

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Google extends work from home through June next year

Google staff to work from home till June of next yearAlphabet Inc’s Google said on Monday it would allow employees, who do not need to be in the office, to work from home until the end of June 2021.

Google had said in May it would begin reopening more offices globally as early as June this year, but most Google employees would likely work from home until the end of this year.

The Wall Street Journal, which first reported here the news, said Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai made the decision himself last week after debate among an internal group of top executives that he chairs.

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Trump's national security adviser tests positive for Covid-19

Robert O'Brien tests positiveU.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien has become the highest ranking official in President Donald Trump’s inner circle to test positive for the coronavirus.

Announcing the infection on Monday, the White House said in a statement there was no risk of exposure to Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.

The announcement caught some White House staff off guard, as there had not been an internal memo about it, one source said. Because of the regular testing regimen, White House officials do not reliably wear masks while working in the West Wing.

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11 Marlins players test positive for COVID-19. Home opener postponed. What happens now?

11 Mrlins test positive for Covd-19

Eleven Miami Marlins players have tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in the postponement of the team’s home opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday and delivering the first major test for MLB’s attempt to conduct a season during a worldwide pandemic.

Major League Baseball announced in a statement late Monday morning that the Marlins’ traveling parting is “self-quarantining in place” in Philadelphia while waiting for the results of additional COVID-19 testing.

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WP: In just one month, Trump commits a whole new set of potentially impeachable offenses

Trump commits more impeachable offences

President Trump’s contempt for the Constitution is deepening at an accelerating pace.

How can I tell?

In a June 28 column, I updated the articles of impeachment, imagining as a thought experiment that the Senate had postponed action at the beginning of the year rather than voting to acquit. Based on Trump’s behavior in the intervening five months and what we had learned of his earlier actions, I argued that at least four new articles were warranted.

Now, only four weeks later, there’s enough misbehavior to lengthen the indictment just as much again.

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Trump aims barb at Reagan Foundation in fundraising coin kerfuffle

Ronald Reagan Presidential FoundationDonald Trump famously fell out with the Bush family and has regularly claimed to be the greatest Republican president since the first, Abraham Lincoln. He has largely avoided attacking another claimant to that title, Ronald Reagan. Until now.

On Sunday, after the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation asked Trump and the Republican party to stop fundraising off the 40th president’s name, the 45th fired a characteristic volley in return.

“So the Washington Post is running the Reagan Foundation,” Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon, linking Reagan to a mortal media enemy, shortly after sallying out of his New Jersey golf club to throw red campaign hats to a group of supporters.

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Cotton called out for remarks on slavery in criticism of 1619 Project

Sen. Tom CottonSen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) faced criticism on Sunday after calling slavery a "necessary evil" as part of the country's founding while discussing his bill that would reduce federal funding for any school that includes The New York Times's 1619 Project in its curriculum.

In an interview with the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the senator accused the 1619 Project, a series of pieces by writers for the Times that examines the history of slavery in the U.S. and its role in the country's founding, of being "left-wing propaganda."

"[E]ven a penny is too much to go to the 1619 Project in our public schools," Cotton told the news outlet. "The New York Times should not be teaching American history to our kids.”

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Portland police declare riot as demonstrators attack fence outside federal courthouse

Portland protests decalred riotSnot streaming down his face and tears dripping from his swollen-shut eyes, John Beck tried to shake off the pepper spray and compose his thoughts.

"Tell people what is happening here," he said. "I want them to know."

Federal agents pepper-sprayed Beck, 46, and hundreds of others during a raucous protest Saturday night outside the federal courthouse in Portland, which has seen 58 straight days of protests sparked by the Black Lives Matter social justice movement and the Memorial Day death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

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Live updates from weekend protests: Man shot to death in Austin, Seattle police declare riot, armed militia in Louisville

ProtestsProtests against racial injustice continued around the nation Saturday with tense situations unfolding in cities including Austin, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky, Seattle, Washington, Aurora, Colorado, Oakland, California, and Chicago, Illinois.

In Louisville two opposing, heavily armed militia groups came within a few dozen yards of each of other, but avoided violence. In Seattle, the city's police declared a riot, citing "ongoing damage and public safety risks." In Austin, authorities say one person was shot to death at a downtown protest. And in Chicago, pro-police and anti-police groups yelled at each other, but parted peacefully following a “Back the Blue” protest.

The ongoing protests come as federal agents deploy to major cities in a "surge" President Donald Trump says is aimed at curbing gun violence. That involvement is sparking backlash from both protesters and local officials.

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