One of the results of the Black Lives Matter push for the change that swept the United States following the killing of George Floyd by the police it was a reassessment of national monuments and racist symbolism in the country.
Alexandra Villarreal he observed this movement and spoke with historians about the history and meaning of these symbols.
A different logic has been used to justify the Confederate sanctuaries that commemorate men who have committed treason in an attempt to support slavery. Defenders, included Donald Trump, to denigrate “history and culture of our great country torn to pieces “. But the monuments they are trying to protect aren’t usually civil war artifacts; they were instead erected decades after the conflict ended, as “a reminder for black and brown people to remember their place,” he said Alvita Akiboh, an assistant professor of history at the University of Michigan.
From money to street names to the man who wrote the national anthem, Villarreal examines how tributes to a checkered past exist throughout the United States, even when the Confederate statues are removed and the marks reconsider the racial stereotypes on their packaging.
Read here: “The cult of candor”: because racist symbols persist in America
Today we also have another piece that looks at a specific monument. Atlanta urban designer and author Ryan Gravel and historical Scott Morris have a proposal for Confederate 150 feet of Stone Mountain carving.
The sculpture is an irreparable scar on an ancient mountain with a long history of habitation and use by the natives. More blatantly offensive, however, is the undeniable reverence of sculpture for the hatred and violence and honor it bestows on generals, who by definition were American traitors.
Rather than actively destroying it, they suggest that it would violate state law, which should no longer be cured, allowing nature to recover space and sculpture to fade away.
Politic have a helpful explanation here on the eight representatives of the Democratic Party who are to be informed this morning about the controversy over the “Russian award”.
Majority leader Steny Hoyer will lead the group it includes Adam Schiff is Eliot Engel.
Virginia of Abigail Spanberger There will also be – previously tweeted something that annoyed the party over the trial – that Republicans have been separately informed before.
Read here: Politician – House Dems headed to the White House for a briefing on Russian gifts
Google removes misleading voter registration announcements
Reuters is reporting that Google has said it has removed advertisements for companies that charge people high fees to register to vote or collect their data, which appeared when users searched for voter information.
A Google spokesman told Reuters that the company’s misrepresentation policy has banned such announcements, which were found by the nonprofit watchdog Tech Transparency Project (TTP) when searching for terms such as “register to vote”, “vote by mail “and” where is my polling station “.
A TTP report that nearly a third of the more than 600 advertisements generated by its Google searches led users to sites that attempt to charge high commissions for voter registration services, extract personal data for marketing purposes, install deceptive browser extensions or post other misleading advertisements.
The report said, “Some people may have difficulty distinguishing Google ads from other types of content because as of January, Google search ads have the same face type and color scheme as organic search results.”
A Google spokesman said the company still didn’t know how the advertisements had gone through the approval process, which uses a combination of automatic and manual review.
“We have put in place rigorous policies to protect users from false information about voting procedures and when we find ads that violate our policies and harm users, we remove them and prevent advertisers from showing similar ads in the future,” said the spokesman.
The move comes with social media and Internet companies under increasing pressure to act on misleading and hateful content ahead of the November election.
Yesterday Reddit and Twitch became the last social media companies to ban or suspend accounts in favor of Donald Trump for hate speech.
Facebook, meanwhile, is undergoing commercial pressure as major brands withdraw advertising money on the issue of hate speech on the platform.
Representative Spanberger describes the administration’s inaction about “Russian generosity” as “shameful”
Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger he is one of eight Democrats who should be informed today about the administration’s “Russian prize” controversy. She was on television this morning describing the episode as “shameful”.
I am beyond words sometimes about this. The role of the commander in chief, of all our intelligence community, is to keep our nation, our service members, our infrastructure, our people, our citizens safe. I represent hundreds of thousands of Virginians and I represent service members. I represent people whose family members are deployed and the idea that they now have the further concern, not only that their family members are in a war zone, but that they are in the war zone with a bounty on their heads, and we are not doing nothing about it. It is simply shameful.
If he believed Donald Trump had been personally informed, he said:
The fact that he didn’t take the time to read the document is no excuse. What comes next? This is my question, what will come next? Maybe he didn’t know, maybe he didn’t read the brief, but now he knows it. Now everyone knows. What will we do about it?
You can see the full clip here:
Sanders proposes a 10% cut to the military budget to fund the coronavirus response
Washington will be busy today to talk about Trump’s response to the pandemic. Member of the Coronavirus task force Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the CDC Robert Redfield and other senior health officials will testify before a Senate committee later today on the latest efforts to contain the pandemic. In the meantime, treasure secretary Steven Mnuchin and president of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell he will testify to the House’s financial services committee the response of the respective agencies.
Bernie Sanders he wrote for us this morning to put his proposal on the table to restore the American economy after the Covid-19 impact – a 10% cut to the US military budget.
As Sanders says: “Incredibly, after adapting to inflation, we are now spending more on the military than we did during the height of the cold war or during the wars in Vietnam and Korea.”
He proposes to reduce funding by 10%. Quote the Republican President Dwight D Eisenhower, who said in 1953:
Every weapon that is produced, every warship launched, every rocket launched means, in the final sense, a theft by those who are hungry and do not feed themselves, those who are cold and are not dressed. This world in arms does not spend money alone. He is spending the sweat of his workers, the genius of his scientists, the hopes of his children.
You can read the Sanders proposal in full here: A 10% cut in the US military budget would help support Americans in difficulty
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy last night he attended the All In show with Chris Hayes to talk about the “Russian size” controversy. He raised what he saw as a key issue, which is that regardless of which Donald Trump he was informed personally or not – national security adviser O’Brien insists it wasn’t – the administration as a whole appears to have done nothing yet regarding the allegations.
We haven’t even asked them to stop, and this raises the question: what the heck could Russia do to us that this administration would really take seriously?
We sent the exact opposite signal. We could have tried a variety of different means to influence their decision making in Afghanistan and save the lives of brave young American soldiers. But instead we invited them back to the G7, we got engaged to them on several occasions without even mentioning the fact that we apparently knew that they were putting bounties on these American soldiers. And so we actually gave the go-ahead to their assassination campaign against American soldiers which is, of course, in many ways worse than doing absolutely nothing about it.
You can see the full clip here: Sen. Murphy – What the hell could Russia do that Trump would take seriously?
We talked to the media about the topic last night too Felicia Arculeo, of which son Robert Hendriks was killed in an attack on Afghanistan on April 8, 2019 which, according to reports, was linked by intelligence agencies to the Russian reward offer.
She told CNBC that she had not been contacted by the administration or the military, but instead “she just happened to see by chance” the news about the death of her son who got caught up in the queue. “I got angry,” he said.
Arculeo suggested investigating the claims thoroughly, saying that “the responsible parties should be held accountable, if possible.”
“In the end, my son is gone. He is not yet going home. “
Aurora police are investigating “inappropriate photos” at the Elijah McClain memorial
During the night another development emerged with the Elijah McClain Pencil case. McClain, 23, was killed in Aurora, Colorado in August last year after being put in an inner tube by the police and injected with ketamine by paramedics. Over the weekend, the police used pepper spray to disperse a largely peaceful event where the violin performed in McClain’s honor.
Denver investigative reporter Brian Maass broke the news that three officers in the Aurora police department they were under investigation for taking inappropriate photos in a memorial for McClain.
The head of the interim police department, Vanessa Wilson, then released the following statement:
On Thursday afternoon, I was informed of the internal affairs allegations by an Aurora police officer who claimed that more Aurora police officers were represented in the photographs near the place where Elija McClain died. All the agents involved were immediately placed on administrative leave with non-executive remuneration.
I immediately ordered home affairs to give this investigation top priority. This expedited investigation was completed tonight.
This investigation will be promptly published publicly in its conclusion at the end. This will include reports, photographic evidence obtained, names of officers and my final determination which may rise to the level of resolution.
Miranda Bryant he observed the tributes to McClain for us and spoke to friends and colleagues who described him daily changing their lives. One of his colleagues said:
He just wanted to be better every day. And when he didn’t play the guitar or the violin for the kittens, he ran, trained outside … It was always full and it was a massage that could never be repeated. Only his energy and his spirit put you in a good mood. He was truly just a healer.
Read the full giveaways here: “It was inspired by everything”: friends and family pay tribute to Elijah McClain
National Security Adviser O’Brien insists that Trump has not been informed
National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien issued a statement on the “Russian reward” controversy, insisting Donald Trump he had not been informed about intelligence. He says:
In recent days, the New York Times and other media outlets have reported allegations regarding our troops in Afghanistan. Although we don’t normally discuss these issues, we constantly evaluate intelligence reports and inform the President if necessary. Since the allegations contained in recent press articles have not been verified or proven by the intelligence community, President Trump has not been informed of the issues. However, the administration, including the staff of the National Security Council, prepared itself if the situation warranted action.
OBrien’s statement therefore continues to warn officials about the loss of information to the media and to reaffirm his belief in Donald Trump’s commitment to security.
To those government officials who betray the trust of the people of the United States by losing classified information, your actions endanger our national security. Regardless of the reason, there is never a justification for such conduct.
Let me make it clear that there is nothing more important to President Trump than American security and the safety of our men and women in uniform. He has demonstrated this commitment several times.
Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of NAACP he wrote for us this morning, claiming that the George Floyd the revolt brought hope, but now activists must turn the protest into politics. It’s a passionate rallying cry, but one that also warns that there is a lot to do:
Since Floyd’s murder, police have killed black and brown men in Georgia and California. Across the country, six blacks were found hanging from trees, alleged suicides that look chillingly like lynchings and sparked investigative requests. So far, no charges have been filed against Louisville police officers who broke into Breonna Taylor’s home last March (using a direct warrant that has been banned since then) and shot her dead while she slept.
The changes triggered by the protests are crucial, but more needs to be done to eradicate racism so deeply rooted in our nation’s social, economic and political systems. The public policies of the past have contributed to creating our current exclusion and divestment practices. For example, today’s residential segregation is the direct result of 20th-century mortgage lending policies and restrictive housing deals that limited the place where blacks could live. The weather has not much altered these discriminatory patterns; only policy change can do it. Now is our chance to intensify the energy of the moment and move from protest to power to policy change. We have already done it.
Read it in full here: Derrick Johnson – George Floyd’s revolt brought us hope. Now we must turn the protest to politics
David Ignatius to the Washington Post he is one of several columnists working to deal with this story, in one piece overnight asking “Were Trump’s aides too scared to tell him about the Russian gifts?”. He writes:
A basic truth about Russian President Vladimir Putin, which President Trump evidently does not understand: Putin is in the reimbursement sector. He believes that the United States has destroyed its former country, the Soviet Union. He likes the United States to feel pain, in Afghanistan and everywhere.
Trump has his, much more rosy, about Putin. And I can’t help wondering if this explains why, assuming his account is true, earlier this year the American president was never informed of the intelligence reports that Russia was offering gifts to Taliban fighters to kill the United States and coalition troops in Afghanistan.
In the piece, it examines how Russian politics has shifted in the past two years from allowing the United States to operate freely in Afghanistan, apparently to help the Taliban. And Ignatius ends with a conviction of the president’s accusation.
Trump is an obstacle to good politics. Either people don’t tell him the truth, or they don’t want to hear it. In any case, he is failing to fulfill his most basic responsibility as commander in chief.
Read here: Washington Post – Were Trump’s aides too afraid to tell him about the Russian gifts?
Tom McCarthy reported for us in New York in the early hours about the new statements surrounding the mystery of the self Donald Trump was informed Russia offers gifts for attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Explain how several US media outlets said Donald Trump was given a briefing written months ago on intelligence.
The New York Times cited two sources saying the details were included in a daily intelligence briefing that the president received in late February. CNN said an official with direct knowledge told them it was included in the briefing – a written document – the “sometime in the spring” briefing.
Senior White House officials were aware already in early 2019, and the intelligence assessment was included in at least one of the daily briefings written by the president, according to the Associated Press, according to several officials.
A strong reaction on social media to reports by US officials and politicians is expected. Trump is believed to prefer oral briefings several times a week rather than reading the daily written document prepared for U.S. presidents.
You can read Tom’s full report here: The intelligence of “Russian gifts” was contained in Trump’s daily briefing – reports
Hello and welcome to our live American political coverage for Tuesday. Here are some of the key points of yesterday and one night, and what we expect today
The president’s journal is empty today, except for his intelligence briefing at 15:30 this afternoon. Donald Trump he claims he was not informed at the beginning of the year on the Russian size issue – reports say otherwise
Late at night on White House make a statement praising the Supreme Court for dismissing appeals from four death row inmates whose executions have been scheduled for the coming weeks. These would be the first federal death sentences implemented since 2003. The Supreme Court also upheld abortion rights in Louisiana yesterday.
The number of people currently in hospital infected with coronavirus is growing rapidly in Arizona, California, Georgia, Nevada, Montana, South Carolina and Texas. Arizona is abandoning plans to reopen the economy.
Jerome Powell, President of the Federal Reserve, should speak to Congress today about the painful road to economic recovery after the impact of Covid-19.
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