Mar 2, 2018

FCC chairman turns down rifle award from NRA

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaks at the CPAC conference. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Ajit Pai has declined the gun NRA awarded him at last week's Conservative Political Action Conference after conferring with the agency's ethics team, Politico first reported and Axios has confirmed.

Why it matters: During an on-stage appearance at last week's conference — a little over a week after the Parkland school shooting — an NRA executive presented Pai with the "Courage Under Fire Award" for reversing the Obama administration's net neutrality rules. Pai's staff said at the time that the gift was a surprise.

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In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

The Third Police Precinct burns in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Demonstrators demanding justice burned a Minneapolis police station and took control of the streets around it last night, heaving wood onto the flames, kicking down poles with surveillance cameras and torching surrounding stores.

What's happening: The crowd was protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose life was snuffed out Tuesday by a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for about eight minutes.

Minneapolis mayor to Trump: “Weakness is pointing your finger” during a crisis

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired back at President Trump on Friday, after the president accused the mayor of weak leadership amid violence sparked by the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

Driving the news: Trump made his accusations in a pair of tweets early Friday, saying he would bring the national guard into Minneapolis if Frey couldn't “bring the City under control.” 

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