Dec 9, 2019

Kamala Harris leads 27 senators in demanding Stephen Miller's removal

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) led a group of 27 Democratic senators on Monday in demanding that President Trump remove senior White House adviser Stephen Miller, following a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center that alleged he shared white nationalist content with the right-wing news site Breitbart.

The big picture: "Mr. Miller's demonstrable white nationalist ideology has been directly translated into your administration's policies, which have been widely criticized for systematically targeting communities of color," the senators write in a letter.

  • They point to Trump's 2017 travel ban, family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border and other immigration policies reportedly shaped by Miller, claiming that "every one of them aligns with the white nationalist ideals espoused by Mr. Miller in his e-mails."

What they're saying: In response to the SPLC report, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said last month, "The SPLC ... is an utterly discredited, long-debunked far-left smear organization that has recently been forced — to its great humiliation — to issue a major retraction for other wholly fabricated accusations. They libel, slander and defame conservatives for a living. They are beneath public discussion."

Go deeper: Group says Stephen Miller shared story ideas on race, immigration with Breitbart

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The long journey to herd immunity

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The sought-after state of herd immunity — in which widespread outbreaks are prevented because enough people in a community are immune to a disease — is complicated by open questions about the effectiveness of a future vaccine and how COVID-19 spreads.

Why it matters: Unless a sufficient level of immunity is achieved in the population, the coronavirus could circulate indefinitely and potentially flare up as future outbreaks.

Judge rules all three defendants in shooting of Ahmaud Arbery will stand trial

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A judge ruled on Thursday that all three men charged in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was shot and killed in February Glynn County, Georgia, will stand trial, AP reports.

Why it matters: The video of Arbery's death was among several catalysts in the mass protests against racial injustice that have unfurled across the country and world over the past week and a half.

Remembering George Floyd

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With politicians, clergy and law enforcement in attendance on Thursday in Minneapolis, the family of George Floyd demanded recognition for his life well lived.

Why it matters: Floyd has become the latest symbol of police brutality after he was killed last week when a police officer held a knee to his neck.