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Protesters in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 20 in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Black Lives Matter protests swelled in Portland, Ore., on Monday night, CBS News reports, as demonstrations against police violence have continued in the city for more than 50 days.

The big picture: The ramp-up came hours after President Trump threatened to send federal law enforcement into other cities run by Democrats. Demonstrations against excessive use of police force sparked by the killing of George Floyd while in police custody have overall been peaceful in cities around the country.

  • "Well, I’m going to do something — that, I can tell you. Because we’re not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these — Oakland is a mess. We’re not going to let this happen in our country. All run by liberal Democrats," Trump said.
  • "And you know what? If Biden got in, that would be true for the country. The whole country would go to hell. And we’re not going to let it go to hell."

Driving the news: Homeland Security is reportedly drafting plans to send roughly 150 federal agents into Chicago this week, the Chicago Tribune reports.

  • Roughly 2,000 Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Coast Guard and Transportation Security Administration officials are currently on standby for deployment to cities, the New York Times reports.
  • More protesters joined the fray in Portland after Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) reported that DHS officers and federal agents have detained demonstrators in unmarked vehicles without explanation.

DHS did not respond to a request for comment.

Details: Mark Pettibone, a Portland demonstrator, told the Washington Post that he was detained by "men in green military fatigues and generic 'police' patches" in an unmarked minivan last Wednesday. He said he was let go after being held at the federal courthouse.

What they're saying: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler told NPR over the weekend that Trump ordering DHS' involvement "is an effort — a last-gasp effort by a failed president with sagging polling data who's trying to look strong for his base."

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi characterized the federal agents in Portland as "stormtroopers," calling their use an "egregious" abuse of power. House Democrats have called for an investigation.
  • "People cannot ignore what is happening in Portland and what may be coming to their city," Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) told his colleagues in the House on Tuesday.
  • "This rhetoric is unhelpful and gives the violence we have seen a pass. But President Trump will not give the violence a pass,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Tuesday, in response to Pelosi.

Meanwhile: Democratic mayors in Portland, Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, Kansas City, Mo., and Washington, D.C., on Monday condemned federal agents for dispersing protesters in their cities over the past two months, in letters to congressional leadership and the Trump administration.

A federal officer points to a protester in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 20 in Portland. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images
A federal officer pepper sprays a protester on July 20 in Portland. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images
Protest organizers lead a crowd of about 1,500 people on July 20, 2020 in Portland. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images
A protester kicks an entrance to the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 20 in Portland. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Go deeper: Rand Paul denounces use of federal force in Portland

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Omar criticizes fellow House Democrats on police brutality, despite sweeping reform bill

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) told "Axios on HBO" that House Democrats' failure to pass a resolution condemning police brutality that she co-sponsored earlier this year is an indication of her colleagues' inability to meet the moment following the death of George Floyd.

Yes, but: Every House Democrat did vote in June to pass legislation that would have constituted the most drastic overhaul of federal policing laws in decades.

Reports: CIA finds "Havana Syndrome" unlikely caused by foreign campaign

CIA Director William Burns testifies during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill last April. Photo: Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images

A preliminary CIA report rules out a foreign global campaign as the cause of American and Canadian diplomats affected by a mysterious illness known as "Havana syndrome," per multiple reports.

Why it matters: Some lawmakers had suggested the sometimes debilitating illness was due to directed energy attacks. But CIA officials told the New York Times that most of the 1,000 cases reported to the government could be "explained by environmental causes, undiagnosed medical conditions or stress." This finding has angered some victims, per the NYT.

Jan. 6 panel subpoenas 2 far-right "America First" activists

The House panel investigating the Capitol riot, from left; Reps. Bennie Thompson, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and Jamie Raskin on Capitol Hill in December. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot issued subpoenas Wednesday for far-right leaders Nick Fuentes and Patrick Casey, who allegedly encouraged followers to go to D.C. and challenge the 2020 election results.

Why it matters: The action underscores the panel's increasing focus on rallies held ahead of the Capitol attack and how extremists were drawn to former President Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, per the New York Times.

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