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Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, repeatedly shook hands and kissed cheeks at the president’s event in North Carolina today, raising concerns about the Trump team’s coronavirus safety protocols. Meadows was not wearing a mask:
Wisconsin officials have deployed the national guard to Kenosha amid protests over police violence surrounding footage that appeared to show an officer shooting an unarmed man in the back seven times, reportedly in front of his three children.
The shooting of Jacob Blake in the city of 40 miles south of Milwaukee has reignited national outrage over police abuses against Black Americans. Tony Evers, the state’s Democratic governor, said 125 members of the National Guard would be in Kenosha by these evening, tasked with “guarding infrastructure and making sure our firefighters and others involved are protected”. County authorities also said there would be an 8pm curfew in the region, raising concerns about a potential clampdown on protests.
The civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said Blake’s three young sons had been in the car. Crump, who has represented the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, said on Twitter, “They saw a cop shoot their father. They will be traumatized forever. We cannot let officers violate their duty to PROTECT us. Our kids deserve better!!”
The resignation news comes after Falwell was suspended as head of the conservative evangelical university after he shared a photo of himself with his pants unzipped while aboard a yacht. That photo from Falwell, who is one of the most influential voices on on the religious right in the US, appeared to conflict with Liberty University’s strict dress code, which forbids skirts shorter than two inches above the knees and bars male students from sporting shorts in class.
Over the weekend, Falwell attracted additional controversy when he released a statement alleging his wife’s ex-lover tried to blackmail them by contacting the media with “false claims” about their relationship.
Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, will address the Republican National Convention in pre-taped remarks from Jerusalem this week, violating a longstanding tradition that the country’s top diplomat avoid partisan politics, CNN has confirmed:
Pompeo’s speech comes one month after he sent a cable to state department employees stating that “presidential and political appointees and career SES (Senior Executive Service) are subject to significant restrictions on their political activity; they may not engage in any partisan political activity in concert with a partisan campaign, political party, or partisan political group, even on personal time and outside of the federal workplace”, CNN noted.
Michael Steele, the former chair of the Republican National Committee, has joined the Lincoln Project, the anti-Trump GOP group that has been pouring money into ads targeting the president:
The news comes one day after George Conway, the husband to top Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, announced he was stepping down from the Lincoln Project.
“I get my role as a former national chairman. I get it, but I’m an American. I get my role as a former party leader. I’m still an American,” Steele said in an interview today. “These things matter to me more than aligning myself with a party that has clearly decided it would rather be sycophantic than principled.”
More from our past coverage of the Lincoln Project:
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