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First black Ferguson mayor faces old problem: Protest damage

Ella Jones winced as she gazed at a boarded-up restaurant, one of several businesses in Ferguson damaged in protests over the death of George Floyd. As Jones prepares to take over as the Missouri town’s first black mayor, she understands that Ferguson will always symbolize the uneasy relationship between black people and police.

Obama steps out as nation confronts confluence of crises

UPDATED: Wed., June 3, 2020

Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities in America and reshaped the November election.

NC governor: GOP must prepare for scaled-back convention

UPDATED: Tue., June 2, 2020

North Carolina’s governor said in a letter Tuesday that the GOP must prepare for a scaled-back convention in Charlotte because of the coronavirus pandemic despite demands from President Donald Trump for a full-scale, in-person event.

With Pompeo out, GOP looks to Rep. Marshall in Kansas race

The passing of Monday’s deadline to file to run for Kansas’ open Senate seat confirmed that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo won’t be a candidate, and a major anti-abortion group threw its support behind Rep. Roger Marshall to keep immigration hardliner Kris Kobach from the GOP nomination.

Graham urges older judges to retire so GOP can fill openings

Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is publicly urging federal judges in their mid-60s or older to step aside so President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans can fill the vacancies with conservative jurists.

Lawyer for Biden accuser Tara Reade drops her as a client

UPDATED: Fri., May 22, 2020

The attorney working with Tara Reade, the former Joe Biden Senate staffer who alleged he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, said Friday he is no longer representing her, just two weeks after he first began working with her.

Idaho Republican claims state botched mail-in ballot process

UPDATED: Wed., May 20, 2020

BOISE – Idaho election officials botched the mail-in primary process, says a Republican candidate seeking to represent the state in Congress who has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to extend the deadline for requesting a ballot until next week. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday against Idaho Secretary of State Lawrence Denney, Nicholas Jones said the secretary of state’s website became overwhelmed and failed to meet the demand for ballot requests as the 8 p.m. Tuesday deadline loomed, denying some people their only opportunity to prepare to vote.

Burundi holds crucial presidential election amid pandemic

A crucial election appeared peaceful Wednesday in the East African nation of Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza is stepping aside after a divisive 15-year rule but will remain “paramount leader” in the country that often rejects outside scrutiny.