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Protesters in Brighton, U.K. on June 13. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Thousands of protesters gathered for Black Lives Matters demonstrations in the U.K., Japan, France, Australia, Germany and elsewhere on Saturday, marking nearly three weeks of continual protests around the globe in response to the police killing of George Floyd.

Zoom in: In the U.S., new efforts to reform law enforcement have swept several cities and states in direct response to the protests, as budget cuts are pushed, stricter oversight is mandated and limits on use of force are legislated.

Protesters in front of the U.S. embassy in Prague on June 13. Photo: Michal Cizek/AFP via Getty Images
Protesters in Trafalgar Square, London on June 13. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images
Protesters in Brighton, U.K. on June 13. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Protesters at Place de la Republique in Paris on June 13. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images
Protesters in Breda, the Netherlands, on June 13. Photo: Marco De Swart/ANP/AFP via Getty Images
Protesters in Tokyo, Japan on June 13. Photo: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Protesters in Tokyo, Japan on June 13. Photo: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Protesters in Brooklyn, New York on June 12. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images
Protesters march down St Georges Terrace on June 13 in Perth, Australia. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty Images
A Black Lives Matter demonstration in Stuttgart, Germany on June 13. Photo: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

Go deeper: The bottom-up revolution goes global, viral

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Sep 18, 2020 - Politics & Policy

In photos: Virginians line up for hours on first day of early voting

A long line of voters wait to cast their ballots at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia, for the November presidential election on Friday, the first day of early voting in the state. Photo: John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images

In some parts of Virginia, people waited in line up to four hours to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting, according to the Washington Post.

The big picture: The COVID-19 pandemic seems to already have an impact on how people cast their votes this election season. As many as 80 million Americans are expected to vote early, by mail or in person, Tom Bonier, CEO of TargetSmart, a Democratic political data firm, told Axios in August.

Anti-abortion activists' Supreme Court dreams are coming true

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela. Photos: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

This is the moment the conservative legal movement has been building toward for decades: The solidly conservative Supreme Court is about to hear two major abortion cases within a month of each other.

Why it matters: All of this is likely to end with significant new restrictions on abortion and a clear path for Republican-led states to win the next big abortion cases, too — the culmination of a long and bitter fight for control of the judiciary.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
5 hours ago - Economy & Business

Trump's volatile return to the stock market

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Data: YCharts; Chart: Axios Visuals 

Donald Trump this week became both a meme stock and a social-media entrepreneur at the same time, by announcing that a new company called Trump Media & Technology Group was going to merge with an existing company listed on the stock market.

Why it matters: The medium-term promise of Trump's media company is that it will replace Twitter for anybody wanting to keep track of Trump's messages. The short-term promise is that it can be a hot new speculative vehicle for people wanting to get rich quick in the stock market.