Dec 4, 2017

Trump v. Romney in Alabama, Utah

Dave Lawler, author of World

Romney leaves following a meeting with President-elect Trump about the Secretary of State vacancy. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

Hours after President Trump formally endorsed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of child sexual abuse, Mitt Romney tweeted condemning Moore and saying, "No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity."

The backdrop: Trump was in Utah today, and while there told reporters he is encouraging Senator Orrin Hatch, 83, to seek reelection in 2018. Politico reports that Trump is "going all out" to prevent Romney, who is reportedly considering a run should Hatch retire, from taking the seat.

Worth noting: As Politico's Jake Sherman points out, RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney-McDaniel is Romney's niece.

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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."

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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.

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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.