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President Trump in a Tuesday morning tweet: "Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good - maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!"

Driving the news: Sandmann's face became famous on Saturday as he was videotaped wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and smirking while standing in front of a Native American elder at the Lincoln Memorial.

  • Sandmann was in D.C. for the pro-life March for Life with a group from Covington Catholic High School, a private, all-male school in Kentucky.
  • The first video, which was spread by a now-suspended account purporting to be a California teacher, showed about 50 seconds from a longer scene.
  • Videos that later surfaced showed Black Hebrew Israelites, a religious group known for trollishly evangelizing in East Coast cities, jeering at the Native Americans as well as the Catholic boys, with remarks that were both racist and homophobic. (Warning: The following video contains inappropriate language.)

What they're saying:

  • Native American elder Nathan Phillips, the man Sandmann was videotaped standing in front of, said he moved in the direction of the boys to prevent any violence. Because he moved into the crowd, the boys largely surrounded him.
  • Sandmann said in a statement "that the students began yelling 'school spirit chants' to drown out the protesters and he did not hear students chant anything 'hateful or racist at any time.'"

Go deeper: Catholic boys' encounter gets second look

Editor's note: This article has been corrected to remove a reference that called Nathan Phillips a "Vietnam veteran." An earlier version of the story used the label, but the Washington Post noted Tuesday afternoon that Phillips, who was in the Marines from 1972-76, did not deploy to Vietnam.

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Pope Francis was on Sunday visiting areas of northern Iraq once held by Islamic State militants.

Why it matters: This is the first-ever papal trip to Iraq. The purpose of Francis' four-day visit is largely intended to reassure the country's Christian minority, who were violently persecuted by ISIS, which controlled the region from 2014-2017.

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The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was on Saturday facing fresh accusations of misconduct against his staff, including further allegations of inappropriate behavior against two more women. His office denies the claims.

Driving the news: The Washington Post reported Cuomo allegedly embraced an aide when he led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and that two male staffers who worked for him in the governor's office accused him of routinely berating them "with explicit language."

In photos: Protesters rally for George Floyd ahead of Derek Chauvin's trial

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Dozens of protesters were rallying outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St Paul Saturday, urging justice for George Floyd ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start this Monday, with jury selection procedures.