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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.



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.”


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.


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.


Final crossing in Selma: Procession across Edmund Pettus Bridge honors John Lewis

John lewisThe Edmund Pettus Bridge, which crosses the Alabama River in Selma, bears the weight of seminal moments in the civil rights movement. The weight of seminal moments with seminal figures.

John Lewis, who walked the bridge with about 600 other voting rights advocates on March 7, 1965, was among those who helped make that demonstration a pivotal one in the fight for African-American suffrage.

On that day, police infamously beat demonstrators bloody – earning the day the moniker "Bloody Sunday." Lewis suffered a fractured skull.


John Roberts sides with supreme court liberals over Nevada church Covid opening

John Roberts sides with liberals on SCChief Justice John Roberts again sided with the liberals on the US supreme court on Friday, as it denied a rural Nevada church’s request to strike down a 50-person cap on worship services as part of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Roberts, a conservative appointed by George W Bush, has sided with the four liberal justices on recent rulings regarding abortion, immigration and LGBTQ+ rights. Observers have pointed to his votes in other cases while cautioning that he has not necessarily changed his stripes.

In a 5-4 decision on Friday, the court refused to grant a request from Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, east of Reno, to be subjected to the same Covid-19 restrictions that allow casinos, restaurants and other businesses to operate at 50% of capacity with proper social distancing.


John Lewis: civil rights leader remembered as 'boy from Troy' in memorial

John Lewis remembered in Troy, Alabama

In the rural Alabama county where he was born, civil rights leader and longtime Georgia congressman John Lewis was remembered on Saturday as a humble man who sprang from his family’s farm with a vision that “good trouble” could change the world.

The morning service in Pike county was held at Troy University, where Lewis would often remind the chancellor that he was denied admission in 1957 because he was black, and where decades later he was awarded an honorary doctorate.

Lewis died on 17 July at the age of 80.


The wealthy Republicans who want to oust Trump in November's election

Jimmy Tosh: GOP against TrumpJimmy Tosh, who runs a multi-million dollar hog and grain farm in Tennessee, is a lifelong Republican. He is pro-gun, supports lower taxes and agrees with most of Republican President Donald Trump’s agenda.

He is also spending his money to help defeat Trump in November’s election.

“I agree with 80% of the things he does; I just cannot stand a liar,” Tosh, 70, said of Trump.

Tosh is one of a growing number of wealthy conservative Americans who say Trump is a threat to democracy and the long-term health of the Republican Party. They are actively supporting his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 3 vote, former Vice President Joe Biden.


Record numbers of coronavirus cases in every global region: Reuters tally

Record numbers of coronavirus globallyAlmost 40 countries have reported record single-day increases in coronavirus infections over the past week, around double the number that did so the previous week, according to a Reuters tally showing a pick-up in the pandemic in every region of the world.

The rate of cases has been increasing not only in countries like the United States, Brazil and India, which have dominated global headlines with large outbreaks, but in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel, among others.

Many countries, especially those where officials eased earlier social distancing lockdowns, are experiencing a second peak more than a month after recording their first.


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