Jan 21, 2018

Women's marches kick off the left's midterm mobilization

Marchers outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York yesterday. Photo: Ira L. Black / Corbis via Getty Images

"Women’s Marches nationwide set sights on ballot box while praising #MeToo" — from the L.A. Times.

Why it matters: "In addition to the roll call of major American cities where marches took place — including New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta — protesters also raised their voices in suburbs and small towns, reflecting the aim of coalescing a broad-based movement on the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration."

  • "In a boisterous coast-to-coast outpouring, hundreds of thousands of marchers in dozens of cities staged a reprise of last year’s massive Women’s March, seeking to not only deliver a powerful rebuke to the policies of President Trump, but also mount a crucial mobilization for this year’s midterm election."
  • Actress Natalie Portman told marchers in downtown Los Angeles: “Because of you, the revolution is rolling!”
  • "Like last year’s protests, these overspilled U.S. borders, with dozens of overseas gatherings."

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Why it matters: The move exacerbates tensions between Twitter and the president over the company's authority to label or limit his speech as well as the president's authority to dictate rules for a private company.

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Trump threatens to "assume control" of Minneapolis over unrest

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President Trump threatened via Twitter early Friday to send the national guard to Minneapolis following three days of massive demonstrations and unrest in the city over George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody this week.

Details: "I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," Trump tweeted after a police station was torched by some protesters.

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In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

Protesters cheer as the Third Police Precinct burns behind them on in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Cheering protesters set a Minneapolis police station on fire Thursday night in the third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city, per AP.

The state of play: Minnesota's governor on Thursday activated the state's national guard following violent outbreaks throughout the week, as the nation waits to see if the officers involved will be charged with murder.