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Gov. Tony Evers. Photo: Melina Mara/Pool/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) will allow "federal assistance" to help quell days of protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of a Black man, which have escalated and left two people dead and one injured.

The state of play: “I can confirm the governor spoke with Mark Meadows this morning," a spokesperson for Evers said in a statement Wednesday. "The federal government is planning to assist in facilitating conversations with other state partners and provide FBI support to our state response."

The big picture: Graphic footage appears to show that Jacob Blake was shot at least seven times as he reached into his car, where his three children were seated. Blake is now hospitalized and paralyzed from the waist down. Protestors have called for immediate justice over the incident. Evers declared a state of emergency on Tuesday night.

  • A standoff on Tuesday night between protestors and an armed group that claimed to be protecting property resulted in the fatal shootout.
  • 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree intentional homicide on Wednesday.
  • "We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!)," Trump tweeted.

Between the lines: The presence of federal law enforcement at local protests around the country calling for the end to systemic racism has drawn controversy.

  • Evers on Monday activated the Wisconsin National Guard under "a limited mobilization" in order "to help protect critical infrastructure and assist in maintaining public safety and the ability of individuals to peacefully protest."
  • The ACLU said in response to Evers' order: "Militarized policing often only serves to exacerbate tensions, and opens the door to more police misconduct and violence. The response to protesters over police brutality cannot be even more brutality."

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Trump campaign says it will request recount in Wisconsin

The Whiskey Ranch Bar and Grill in Janesville, Wisconsin on Nov. 3. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Trump campaign on Wednesday said it would "immediately" request a recount in Wisconsin, after the key battleground state appeared to be leaning in Joe Biden's direction. The AP has not yet called this race.

The big picture: The final outcome of the presidential election is down to swing states that are too close to call, including Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Philadelphia police release body camera footage of Walter Wallace shooting

Demonstrators in two combined marches — one in response to the 2020 presidential election and the other in response to footage of Wallace's shooting — in Philadelphia on Nov. 4. Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Philadelphia officials on Wednesday released body camera footage — which Mayor Jim Kenney described as "traumatic" and graphic" — of police fatally shooting Walter Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man, late last month.

What happened: The video of the roughly 40-second-long incident on Oct. 26 shows Wallace walking toward the officers, who repeatedly command him to drop the knife he is holding, before 14 shots were fired.

Texas abortion law remains in effect after appeals court ruling

Pro- and anti-abortion protesters outside the Supreme Court as arguments begin about the Texas abortion law on Capitol Hill in November. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A U.S. appeals court transferred a challenge to Texas' law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy to the state supreme court in a 2-1 vote on Monday evening.

Why it matters: The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision means the country's most restrictive abortion law can remain in place for the time being.