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A protester flies an American flag while walking through tear gas fired by federal officers during a protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on July 21. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Protests persisted in Portland, Oregon Tuesday night as federal law enforcement officers in camouflage again discharged tear gas in response to ongoing civil unrest following the May 25 death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

Why it matters: While most of the U.S. has seen a slowdown in demonstrations after weeks of Black Lives Matter protests, Portland has shown continued momentum for the cause.

The state of play: Following criticism the Trump administration's action in Portland amid reports that federal law enforcement officers in unmarked vehicles detained Portland protesters without explanation, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said federal agents "will not retreat" from the city.

  • The U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon called for an inspector general investigation into those reports Friday. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Friday night that her office opened a criminal investigation into the events that surrounded one protester's injuries. She filed another suit in Federal District Court in pursuit of a restraining order, accusing federal agents of unlawful tactics.

A look at the scene:

Federal officers operate amid tear gas while clearing the street in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on in Portland, Oregon, on July 21. Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Protesters chat gathered in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 20. Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Protesters in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 18. Photo: Ankur Dholakia/AFP via Getty Images
Protestors gather en masse to express outrage over federal interference on July 18. Photo: Ankur Dholakia/AFP via Getty Images
Federal officers preparing to disperse a crowd of protestors on July 18. Photo: Mason Trinca/Getty Images
A protester spray painting in front of the the U.S. District Court building on July 18. Photo: Mason Trinca/Getty Images
Protesters stationed outside the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 18. Photo: Mason Trinca/Getty Images
Tear gas being deployed on the steps of the U.S. District Court building on July 18. Photo: Mason Trinca/Getty Images
Protestors prepare for conflict with federal law enforcement on July 18. Photo: Mason Trinca/Getty Images

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First day of N.Y. early voting sees massive turnout

New York began its early voting period on Saturday, prompting long lines with people waiting to cast their ballots.

The big picture: America has seen an uptick in mail-in and early voting this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing and poll-worker shortages could make voting on Election Day a lengthy and potentially chaotic process, but early voting measures have still seen backlogs.

In photos: Washington state crews destroy first murder hornets nest in U.S.

Washington State Department of Agriculture workers, illuminated by red lamps, vacuum a nest of Asian giant hornets from a tree in Blaine, Washington, on Saturday. Photo: Elaine Thompson/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Heavily protected crews on Saturday dismantled the first Asian giant hornet nest found in the U.S., the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) confirmed in a statement declaring: "Got 'em."

The big picture: The invasive species commonly referred to as the "murder hornet," typically doesn't harm humans unless provoked, though it has been known to kill people in Japan. The insect poses a major threat to local honeybee populations. But the WSDA said in a statement that the nest removal "appears to have been successful."

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COVID time warp

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The start of the COVID-19 pandemic seems like a lifetime ago to some, and just yesterday to others. Scientists are beginning to unpack the way people processed the passage of time amidst the stress, uncertainty and isolation of the 1 year, 8 months and 21 days since WHO declared a pandemic.

Why it matters: The pandemic's global effects on how people experience time could provide new insights into the brain's ability to perceive and predict time — a fundamental feature of life.