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Protestors confront police in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse on August 25. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Wisconsin prosecutors have charged 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse on six counts — including first degree reckless homicide and first degree intentional homicide — related to the shooting deaths of two people and wounding of one during protests in Kenosha on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Rittenhouse could face a mandatory life sentence if convicted on first-degree intentional homicide, according to AP.

The big picture: Protests erupted in Kenosha this week after police were filmed shooting 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man, multiple times in the back. Rittenhouse was allegedly part of an armed group who said they were protecting private property from violent protesters.

Details ... Rittenhouse faces the following counts, according to a criminal complaint filed on Thursday:

  • Count 1: First degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Count 2: First degree endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Count 3: First degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Count 4: Attempt first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Count 5: First degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Count 6: Possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18

Read the full complaint.

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Trump says Black Lives Matter is "discriminatory" and "bad for Black people"

President Trump during a news conference at the White House on Monday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump again denounced Black Lives Matter as a "Marxist organization" and said it was "discriminatory" during an interview with Fox News that aired Monday night.

What he's saying: "The first time I ever heard of Black Lives Matter, I said, 'That’s a terrible name.' It's so discriminatory," Trump told Fox News' Laura Ingraham. "It's bad for Black people. It's bad for everybody."

Barr appoints special counsel to continue investigating origins of Russia probe

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Attorney General Bill Barr told the AP on Tuesday he appointed veteran prosecutor John Durham as a special counsel on Oct. 19 to continue investigating the origins of the FBI's 2016 probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Why it matters: It's an extra layer of protection for Durham to continue investigating possible misconduct by Obama-era intelligence officials past Joe Biden's inauguration as president.

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Nasdaq exec Jeff Thomas on new diversity rules for listed companies

The Nasdaq today said it will ask federal securities regulators to approve new rules that would require its listed companies to regularly report on the demographic diversity of their boards, and also comply with board diversity requirements.

Axios Re:Cap goes deeper with Jeff Thomas, Nasdaq's senior VP of corporate services, to learn why Nasdaq is enacting this policy, the internal discussions that led to it and what happens to companies that don't comply.

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