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Cities criticized for shutting down bikeshare amid protests, pandemic

Cities criticized for shutting down bikeshare amid protests, pandemic

US cities are drawing criticism from bike advocates and Lyft, the country’s largest bikeshare operator, for shutting down the bikeshare systems that city officials previously deemed as essential during the Covid-19 pandemic. Local governments say they’re concerned the bikes will be used for violence and looting during protests following the death of George Floyd. Critics…MORE

Walmart removes firearms and ammunition from some stores amid nationwide protests

Walmart removes firearms and ammunition from some stores amid nationwide protests

Walmart is removing firearms and ammunition from sales floors in some of its stores following nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old black man, died last week at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protests erupted across the US, demanding justice for Floyd and an end to police…MORE

READ: Former Defense Secretary Mattis’ statement on Trump and protests

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis castigated President Donald Trump as “the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people” in a forceful rebuke of his former boss as nationwide protests have intensified over the death of George Floyd. Read Mattis’ statement: In Union There Is Strength I have…MORE

Rand Paul holds up anti-lynching legislation as he seeks changes to bill

Rand Paul holds up anti-lynching legislation as he seeks changes to bill

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Wednesday he is holding up popular bipartisan legislation to make lynching a federal crime, a long-sought goal of supporters that is acutely relevant now against the backdrop of nationwide protests against police mistreatment of African Americans. “We want the bill to be stronger,” Paul told reporters on Capitol…MORE

Senate panel approves legislation requiring campaigns to report foreign election help

Senate panel approves legislation requiring campaigns to report foreign election help

The Senate Intelligence Committee quietly approved on Wednesday a measure that would require presidential campaigns to report offers of foreign election influence to federal authorities, a move taken in response to Russian election interference in 2016 and one that could draw the attention of President Donald Trump, committee sources say. The committee adopted the measure…MORE

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