Pence deflects on questions about wearing masks, says White House will ‘defer to governors’

Vice President Mike Pence deflected a question on Sunday about any federal mandate requiring Americans to wear masks amid reports of large increases in COVID-19 infections in certain states – saying that the White House wants to “defer to governors” on whether or not to order people to cover their faces in public. “One of the elements of the genius of America is the principle of federalism, of state and local control,” Pence said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

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Powerful Earthquake Jolts Southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY — A strong earthquake shook southern Mexico on Tuesday, causing buildings in Mexico City — more than 300 miles away — to sway and prompting residents to flee their homes and offices and seek safety on the streets under open sky. The earthquake’s magnitude was 7.5, according to Mexico’s national seismological service, and it was centered in the Pacific Ocean, about 14 miles off the coast, south of Santa María Huatulco, a beach town in the southern state

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Fact check: Trump’s Tulsa rally littered with familiar false claims

In a speech that lasted for more than an hour and forty minutes, Trump also called for the burning of the US flag to be illegal, claimed victory over a recent loss in the Supreme Court, and spent 10 minutes on a story about walking down a ramp. Here’s a look at what Trump got wrong. Trump engaged in an extensive discussion of his recent speech at West Point on June 13, and his careful descent down a ramp afterward.

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Atlanta cop Devin Brosnan, involved in Rayshard Brooks death, turns himself over to authorities

One of the two Atlanta police officers involved in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks turned himself over to authorities on Thursday. Former officer Devin Brosnan was booked into the Fulton County Jail and is facing three charges, including aggravated assault, in connection with the fatal shooting on June 13. Prosecutors say Brosnan stood on Brooks’ shoulder as he struggled for life. JUDGE NAPOLITANO ON RAYSHARD BROOKS CASE: MURDER CHARGE AGAINST ATLANTA OFFICER IS ‘CATASTROPHIC MISTAKE’ This undated photo provided by the Atlanta

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George Floyd and BLM Protests Today: Live Updates

Protests continue across Europe. Thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against police brutality and racism in European cities like London and Paris on Saturday, after a week in which statues linked to slavery and colonialism were targeted across the continent and calls intensified for scrutiny of policing and of a history of racial discrimination. As protesters on the continent have shown solidarity with those marching in the United States in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd

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Trump is getting his reopening even as the virus takes another swipe

Trump says the virus is now reduced to just the “embers” and “ashes” of a spent pandemic as patience for nationwide lock downs fades and states aggressively open up. The facts say the opposite. Another 1,299 Americans died on Tuesday and more than 112,000 people in the US have died from the disease. The President has cajoling for reopenings for weeks, banking on the ebbing patience of a gregarious and industrious people who don’t take well to being told to

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Poll puts Trump down 14 points to Biden in general election showdown

A new national poll indicates that President Trump’s approval rating is dropping and that he trails Democratic challenger Joe Biden by double digits if November’s presidential election were held today. According to a CNN survey released on Monday, the president’s approval rating stands at 38 percent, a dive of 7 percentage points from CNN’s previous poll, which was conducted in early May. And Trump’s disapproval rating jumped from 51 percent month ago to 57 percent now. BIDEN TOPS TRUMP IN

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