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Tech Companies Denounce Racism. Will Silicon Valley Change?

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The killing of George Floyd elicited corporate outrage, and some donations. But well-intentioned rhetoric has not always been followed by meaningful action.
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Mexico's President Touts Reopening With The Country Mostly In Coronavirus Red Zone

Mexicans are left with mixed messages of a national lifting of social distancing measures but a government map showing most of the country still unready to reopen.

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USC Professor On How Protests Have Changed Since LA Riots In 1992

USC law professor Jody David Armour tells All Things Considered that in 1992, people viewed police who beat Rodney King as "bad apples." But now, "we see a persistent and pervasive pattern."

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Trump Says He'll Deploy Military To States If They Don't Stop Violent Protests

President Trump labeled violence that has accompanied many protests against police killings of black people as "acts of domestic terrorism."

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'It's Like A Nightmare': Options Dwindle For Renters Facing Economic Distress

Even as the unprecedented rate of unemployment continues to climb, protections for renters are running out, as extra unemployment benefits and suspension of evictions expire.

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Louisville Police Chief Fired After Black Man Is Shot To Death

Officers didn't have their body cameras turned on, and Police Chief Steve Conrad was later dismissed. National Guard members were also part of the incident and fired shots.

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William Barr’s State of Emergency

The New York Times – “The attorney general has long held an expansive view of presidential power. With multiple crises converging in the run-up to the 2020 election, he is busy putting his theories to work…Now nearing the end of his career, Barr did not take his current job for the glory. He had already been attorney general once, in President George H.W. Bush’s administration, winning him a reputation as a wise old man — a reputation that, in the eyes of some, his tenure in the Trump administration has tarnished. Nor is he doing it for the money. His time in corporate America earned him tens of millions of dollars in compensation and stock options, and his bearing is still that of a Fortune 500 counsel, cozy manners wrapped around a harder core…

As far as what Barr is hoping to do with his canvas, [Stuart] Gerson [former head of DOJ Civil Division] says he is committed to the “hierarchical” and “authoritarian” premise that “a top-down ordering of society will produce a more moral society.” That isn’t too far away from what Barr himself articulated in a 2019 speech at the University of Notre Dame. In Barr’s view, piety lay at the heart of the founders’ model of self-government, which depended on religious values to restrain human passions. “The founding generation were Christians,” Barr said. Goodness flows from “a transcendent Supreme Being” through “individual morality” to form “the social order.” Reason and experience merely serve to confirm the infallible divine law. That law, he said, is under threat from “militant secularists,” including “so-called progressives,” who call on the state “to mitigate the social costs of personal misconduct and irresponsibility.” At their feet, Barr places mental illness, drug overdoses, violence and suicide. All these things, he said, are getting worse. All are “the bitter results of the new secular age.”…

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From Jobs To Homeownership, Protests Put Spotlight On Economic Divide

Police brutality has sparked days of civil unrest. But the sparks have landed in a tinderbox built over decades of economic inequality, now exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Publishers File Suit Against Internet Archive for Systematic Mass Scanning and Distribution of Literary Works

Association of American Publishers: “Today, member companies of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet Archive (“IA”) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit asks the Court to enjoin IA’s mass scanning, public display, and distribution of entire literary works [Internet Archive Blog Posting], which it offers to the public at large through global-facing businesses coined “Open Library” and “National Emergency Library,” accessible at both and IA has brazenly reproduced some 1.3 million bootleg scans of print books, including recent works, commercial fiction and non-fiction, thrillers, and children’s books. The plaintiffs—Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, John Wiley & Sons and Penguin Random House—publish many of the world’s preeminent authors, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Newbery Medal, Man Booker Prize, Caldecott Medal and Nobel Prize.

  • Despite the self-serving library branding of its operations, IA’s conduct bears little resemblance to the trusted role that thousands of American libraries play within their communities and as participants in the lawful copyright marketplace. IA scans books from cover to cover, posts complete digital files to its website, and solicits users to access them for free by signing up for Internet Archive Accounts. The sheer scale of IA’s infringement described in the complaint—and its stated objective to enlarge its illegal trove with abandon—appear to make it one of the largest known book pirate sites in the world. IA publicly reports millions of dollars in revenue each year, including financial schemes that support its infringement design…”
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George Floyd Independent Autopsy: Homicide By Asphyxia

The findings contradict a report by county officials that partly blames "underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system," not just pressure on his neck and back.

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Protests Over Racism Versus COVID-19 Risk: 'I Wouldn't Weigh These Crises Separately'

"White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19," public health experts say in an open letter as large protests erupt in cities across the United States.

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How the Supreme Court enabled police to use deadly chokeholds

Vox: “The video is horrific. George Floyd lies on the ground, facing the back end of a police SUV, as three cops kneel on his body. One of them, Derek Chauvin, has his knee on Floyd’s neck as the helpless man begs for his life. “I can’t breathe, man. Please understand. Please, man.” It’s a sadly familiar scene, and quite like one that played out in 1976 after Los Angeles police officers pulled over Adolph Lyons for a broken taillight. Like Floyd, Lyons was black. The officers met him with guns drawn and ordered him to face the car, spread his legs, and place his hands on top of his head. Not long after Lyons complained that a ring of keys that he held in his hands was causing him pain, one of the officers wrapped his forearm around Lyons’s throat and began to choke him. Lyons passed out. He woke up facedown on the ground, covered in his own urine and feces. The officers released him with a citation for the broken taillight.

  • Lyons brought a federal lawsuit against the city and officers who assaulted him. But that case, City of Los Angeles v. Lyons (1983), did not end well for him. Decades later, the 5-4 decision still stands as one of the greatest obstacles to civil rights lawyers challenging police brutality in cases like George Floyd’s…”
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Facebook Employees Revolt Over Zuckerberg's Hands-Off Approach To Trump

Employees are publicly criticizing CEO Mark Zuckerberg and organizing a virtual walkout amid a growing internal backlash over the company's tolerance of the president's posts.

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Hong Kong Police Block Tiananmen Square Vigil, Citing Coronavirus Concerns

The rally has been held each year since 1990 to commemorate the protest in Tiananmen Square, where the Chinese military opened fire on citizens who were calling for economic and democratic reforms.

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Biden Meets With Black Faith Leaders In Delaware Following Days Of Protest

Former vice president Joe Biden visited a predominantly African American church in his hometown, at times taking notes as community leaders offered suggestions for how to address racial inequality.

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Trump Calls Governors Weak, Urging Them To 'Dominate' To Quell Violence

President Trump's comments came during a contentious phone call with state leaders to discuss protests following the death of George Floyd.

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Brooklyn Borough President On Fighting Police Brutality From The Inside

At 15, Eric Adams was beaten by police. He later joined the force and worked to reform NYC policing by co-founding 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care. He retired from the force after 22 years.

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Attorney General Steps Up Federal Law Enforcement Response To Protests

William Barr has directed that riot teams be dispatched to Washington, D.C., and Miami to assist local authorities in responding to protests there.

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Former President Obama: 'Let's Not Excuse Violence ... Or Participate In It'

The former president writes in response to protests — some that have turned violent — after the killing of George Floyd.

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WHO's Measured Reaction To Trump's Pledge To Cut U.S. Ties To The Agency

On Friday, President Trump said he would sever ties — and funding — to the World Health Organization because of its relationship with China. On Monday, WHO offered its first official response.

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