Feb 26, 2019

2020 Democrats propose new approaches to slavery reparations

Sen. Kamala Harris, who has proposed the idea of a tax credit for reparations. Photo: Joe Amon/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Some 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are proposing non-traditional ways to provide reparations for the descendants of slaves, the AP's Errin Haines Whack reports.

What's new: Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro have all made the case for the U.S. government to make reparations for "centuries of stolen labor and legal oppression," but none involve traditional cash payments.

Why it matters, per Whack: "[I]nstead of backing the direct compensation of African-Americans for the legacy of slavery, the Democratic candidates are talking about using tax credits and other subsidies."

  • Harris proposed monthly payments in the form of a tax credit to qualified U.S. citizens.
  • Warren proposed universal child care that would be guaranteed until a child is put in school.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, asked about the issue at a CNN town hall last night, didn't directly answer, but he said during the 2016 campaign that he did not support the idea.

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Teenager killed after shots fired at protesters in Detroit

Detroit police during protests on Friday night. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images

A 19-year-old man was killed on Friday night after shots were fired into a crowd of demonstrators in downtown Detroit who were protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, per AP.

Details: The teenager was injured when shots were fired from an SUV about 11:30 p.m. and later died in hospital, reports MDN reports, which noted police were still looking for a suspect. Police said officers were not involved in the shooting, according to AP.

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In photos: Protesters clash with police nationwide over George Floyd

Police officers grapple with protesters in Atlanta. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd spread nationwide on Friday evening.

The big picture: Police responded in force in cities ranging from Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to D.C. and Denver to Louisville. In Los Angeles, police declared a stretch of downtown off limits, with Oakland issuing a similar warning.

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Supreme Court sides with California on coronavirus worship service rules

The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's liberal justices, to reject a challenge to California's pandemic restrictions on worship services.

Why it matters: This is a setback for those seeking to speed the reopening of houses of worship, including President Trump.