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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, ahead of a televised interview at the hauptstadtstudio (Capital city studio) of public broadcaster ARD in Berlin, Thursday June 4, 2020. (John MacDougall/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Germany's Merkel hopes calm protests unify US

Jun. 4, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Generally peaceful protests in Portland, New Orleans. — US Cardinal at Vatican to lead prayer for Floyd. — Gov....

FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, talks with reporters following a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington. Murkowski acknowledged Thursday, June 4, that she’s “struggling” over whether she can support President Donald Trump given his handling of the virus and race crises shaking the United States. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

GOP's Murkowski says she's struggling with supporting Trump

Jun. 4, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski acknowledged Thursday that she’s “struggling” over whether she can support President Donald Trump given his handling of the virus and race crises shaking the United States. Murkowski, long a critic of the president's, told...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

Jun. 4, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not only drawing criticism from his usual political foes but also facing backtalk from his defense secretary, his former Pentagon chief and a growing number of fellow Republicans. A day after Defense Secretary Mark Esper shot down Trump's idea of using...

Judge Justin Walker is sworn in prior to testifying before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Walker's nomination to be a U.S. circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

Senate panel advances McConnell ally for DC appeals court

Jun. 4, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced the nomination of a 38-year-old judge and ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to serve on a federal appeals court, despite Democrats’ objections that he’s inexperienced and biased against the Obama health care law. The...

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020, photo  Acting Drug Enforcement Administrator Timothy Shea, right,  visits with Indiana National Guard soldiers at a checkpoint in Washington. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)

Hundreds of federal agents descend on DC to quell violence

Jun. 4, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two black SUVs travel from checkpoint to checkpoint, each guarded by federal drug enforcement agents alongside members of the National Guard. Just down the street from the White House, acting Drug Enforcement Administrator Timothy Shea hops out to greet his agents who have been...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

Jun. 4, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Pentagon chief shot down his idea of using troops to quell protests across the United States, then reversed course on pulling part of the 82nd Airborne Division off standby in an extraordinary clash between the U.S. military and its commander in chief. Both...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, then-Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Republicans are facing a reckoning as they contend with some divisive candidates during the country's struggle through civic unrest. “He’s driving away moderate Republicans and independents en masse,” Flake, who retired last year after clashing with Trump, said in an interview Wednesday, June 3, 2020. “For Republicans who need to appeal to a broader base, it’s devastating.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GOP reckons with polarizing candidates amid civil unrest

Jun. 4, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party is facing a reckoning over some of its most divisive candidates. So far the results are mixed, and that's dicey for the GOP as a country shuddering from coast-to-coast civic unrest hurtles toward November elections. Republican leaders looking to broaden the party's...

Tear gas floats in the air as a line of police move demonstrators away from St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House, as they gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump denies tear gas use despite evidence

Jun. 4, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and some of his supporters are claiming authorities did not use tear gas against people in a crackdown outside the White House this week. There's evidence they did. Law enforcement officials shy away from describing crowd-dispersing chemical tools as tear gas; it...

FILE - In this April 27, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump listens during briefing about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. For weeks, Trump has been eager to publicly turn the page on the coronavirus pandemic. But now the White House fears that the very thing that finally shoved the virus off centerstage — mass protests over the death of George Floyd — may bring about its resurgence. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Protests eclipse pandemic, but White House fears resurgence

Jun. 4, 2020 6:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For weeks, President Donald Trump has been eager to publicly turn the page on the coronavirus pandemic. Now fears are growing within the White House that the very thing that finally shoved the virus from center stage — mass protests over the death of George Floyd — may bring...

Police clear the area around Lafayette Park and the White House as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US Park Police investigate attack on Australian journalists

Jun. 4, 2020 5:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Park Police said it has placed two officers on administrative leave after video showed two Australian journalists being attacked during Monday night’s protest in Washington, D.C. Acting Chief Gregory T. Monahan said the attack is being investigated. Video captured by...