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Mark and Patricia McCloskey speaking in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in September. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

A grand jury in St. Louis Tuesday indicted a couple on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence on Tuesday, more than three months after they confronted anti-racism protesters marching by their mansion with guns, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Why it matters: Mark and Patricia McCloskey, both attorneys, became heroes in conservative circles after the event went viral. They were invited to speak and endorse President Trump at the Republican National Convention in August.

  • Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) has already said he will pardon the couple if they are convicted.

What they're saying: Outside the courthouse Tuesday, Mark McCloskey said the city's "leftist" government is targeting him and his wife "for doing no more than exercising our 2nd Amendment rights," according to the Post-Dispatch.

  • He accused protesters of being violent and screaming threats of death and rape and arson. "Nobody gets charged but we get charged," he said.
  • "The government chooses to persecute us for doing no more than exercising our right to defend ourselves, our home, our property and our family and now we're getting drug here time after time after time and for what?"

What's next: Joel Schwartz, the McCloskeys' attorney, said he plans to request a transcript or recording of the grand jury's proceedings if such records were kept.

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Oct 20, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Most arrested in protests are not associated with antifa

Protesters demonstrate as a Salt Lake City police vehicle burns on May 30. Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP

Antifa may be a focus on the right, but it's hard to find in the court system.

Why it matters: Very few of the people charged in this summer's protests and riots appear to be affiliated with highly organized extremist groups, reports AP.

COVID cases fall by 20%

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to plummet all across the U.S.

By the numbers: The U.S. is now averaging roughly 70,000 new cases per day, a 20% drop over the past two weeks.

2 hours ago - World

Taiwan leader confirms U.S. troops on island training forces

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei earlier this month. Photo: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen told CNN Thursday that a small number of American troops are on the island for training purposes and she has "faith" the U.S. would defend the democracy against a Chinese military attack.

Why it matters: This is the first time a Taiwanese leader has publicly acknowledged the presence of U.S. troops on the self-governing island since the last U.S. garrison left in 1979, when Washington switched formal diplomatic recognition to Beijing.

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