Sep 26, 2017

Mysterious Air Force One museum opens in Rhode Island

Presidential bedroom suite in the "Air Force One Experience," a full-sized 747 "replica" of Air Force One, open to the public in North Kingstown, R.I. Photo: Stephan Savoia / AP

"A strange new pop-up museum in Rhode Island [that features] a full-scale replica of Air Force One [was unveiled by] Howie Franklin, who served as chief steward to five presidents aboard the official flying White House," according to David Collins of The Day in New London, Conn.:

  • The so-called "replica ... will be open for public tours — at $17.50 a head — for at least the next few weeks at Quonset Airport in North Kingstown, where [a] former cargo 747 was refitted to look like the plane that carries presidents."
  • "The replica is the work of an organization called the Children's Democracy Project ... Ari Scharf, chairman of the board, made a tortured explanation ... of how children are supposed to learn about democracy by touring the plane."
  • "[T]his is where it gets strange — the big plane will be loaded onto a barge at Quonset and set off on a tour of untold length and duration."

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue for 8th day

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day, prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: The National Park Service said in a statement Tuesday that while it "is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights," it "cannot tolerate violence to citizens or officers or damage to our nation’s resources that we are entrusted to protect."

American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.