May 11, 2017

Rosenstein wants to meet with Senate leaders

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who drafted the memorandum Trump says helped him make his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, is requesting a meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee leaders: Chairman Richard Burr and Vice-Chairman Mark Warner, per Politico.

What to watch for: Confirmations or clarifications on how firing Comey went down. Reports are flying that Rosenstein was so furious earlier this week that he threatened to quit his new role (for which he was just confirmed two weeks ago) when Trump and his team indicated he was one of the main reasons POTUS fired Comey.

Go deeper: The Democratic caucus has called for someone other than Rosenstein to appoint an independent prosecutor and requested he brief Senators on the firing. Read Rosenstein's original memo here. Read the timeline of Comey's firing here.

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Amid racial unrest, a test at the polls

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Eight states plus D.C. are holding primary elections today following a week of intense protests across the country over the brutal police killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: It's the first major test for voting since the national outcry. Concerns over civil unrest and the police — as well as the coronavirus and expanded absentee voting — could reduce the number of voters showing up in person but heighten tensions for those who do.

Axios-Ipsos poll: America’s big racial divide on police, virus

Data: Ipsos/Axios survey; Note: ±3.2% margin of error; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds that America has a massive racial gulf on each of our twin calamities — trust in police, and fear of the coronavirus.

  • 77% of whites say they trust local police, compared with just 36% of African Americans — one of many measures of a throbbing racial divide in Week 11 of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, taken the week George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis.
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Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

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 for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Four police officers were struck by gunfire while standing near a line in St Louis on Monday after a peaceful demonstration, Police Chief John Hayden said early Tuesday. They were all taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He said a small group of people had thrown rocks and fireworks at police officers.