Jul 17, 2019

Trump praises GOP unity after House condemns him for racist tweets

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President Trump said it's "great to see" Republican Party unity after 4 GOP lawmakers sided with House Democrats in a 240-187 vote to condemn him Tuesday for racist tweets against 4 Democratic congresswomen of color.

Details: In his Tuesday night tweets, Trump claimed the quartet said "horrible things" about the U.S., Israel, and "much more." He also tweeted that Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been ruled (initially) "out of order" for calling him "racist" for his "go back" tweets about Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.

Context: The House voted earlier Tuesday against a GOP motion to strike Pelosi's words from the record and to allow her to speak on the House floor again.

  • Before that vote, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II abandoned the chair and left the gavel to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who ruled Pelosi's "words should not be used in debate."

The other side: Republican Reps. Will Hurd, Susan Brooks, Brian Fitzpatrick and Fred Upton voted alongside independent Rep. Justin Amash, who left the GOP this month, to condemn Trump for his racist tweets.

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Autopsies say George Floyd's death was homicide

Police watch as demonstrators block a roadway while protesting the death of George Floyd in Miami. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Preliminary results from an independent autopsy commissioned by George Floyd's family found that his death in the custody of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was "homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to a statement from the family's attorney.

The latest: An updated official autopsy released by the Hennepin County medical examiner also determined that the manner of Floyd's death was "homicide," ruling it was caused by "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdued, restraint, and neck compression."

The Biden-Trump split screen

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The differences between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump are plain as day as the two respond to recent protests.

Why it matters: Americans are seeing firsthand how each presidential nominee responds to a national crisis happening during a global pandemic.

Louisville police chief fired after body cameras found inactive in shooting of black man

Louisville police officers during protests. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer fired the city's chief of police Steve Conrad after it was discovered that police officers had not activated their body cameras during the shooting of David McAtee, a local black business owner who was killed during protests early Monday morning.

Why it matters: Mandatory body camera policies have proven to be important in efforts to hold police officers accountable for excessive force against civilians and other misconduct. Those policies are under even greater scrutiny as the nation has erupted in protest over the killing of black people at the hands of police.