Feb 10, 2018

Trump White House blocks release of Democratic memo

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The Democratic memo is not being declassified at this time, a White House letter reveals, though President Trump "is inclined" to do so.

Why it matters: Trump said earlier on Friday that the memo would "be released soon." According to the letter, addressed to Rep. David Nunes from White House counsel Don McGahn, the Justice Department "has identified portions...it believes would create especially significant concerns for the national security."

What comes next: "The President has directed that Justice Department personnel be available to give technical assistance to the Committee...The Executive Branch stands ready to review any subsequent draft...for declassification at the earlier opportunity."

What the memo says: University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias told the Washington Post that the memo will "almost singularly be focused on building back the FBI's credibility."

  • It's a response to the Republican memo which alleges FBI bias against Trump.
  • The Post says the memo will detail "how long the FBI's Russia investigation had been going on before the [Steele] dossier was published."

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In photos: People around the world rally against racism

Despite a ban on large gatherings implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic, protesters rally against racism in front of the American Embassy in Paris on June 6. Photo: Julien Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people have continued to rally in cities across the world against racism and show their support this week for U.S. demonstrators protesting the death in police custody of George Floyd.

Why it matters: The tense situation in the U.S. has brought the discussion of racism and discrimination onto the global stage at a time when most of the world is consumed by the novel coronavirus.

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Protesters in Washington, D.C. on June 6. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Thousands of demonstrators are gathering in cities across the U.S. and around the world to protest the killing of George Floyd. Huge crowds have assembled in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago for full-day events.

Why it matters: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make new changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 6,852,810 — Total deaths: 398,211 — Total recoveries — 3,071,142Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 1,917,080 — Total deaths: 109,702 — Total recoveries: 500,849 — Total tested: 19,778,873Map.
  3. Public health: Why the pandemic is hitting minorities harder — Coronavirus curve rises in FloridaHow racism threatens the response to the pandemic Some people are drinking and inhaling cleaning products in attempt to fight the virus.
  4. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy software-as-a-service model.
  5. Business: Budgets busted by coronavirus make it harder for cities to address inequality Sports, film production in California to resume June 12 after 3-month hiatus.
  6. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.