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Members of the DC National Guard block an intersection on 16th Street as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

DC officials push back on aggressive response to protests

Jun. 2, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in the nation’s capital pushed back Tuesday on an aggressive response by the federal government to demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, with the mayor flatly rejecting a Trump administration proposal for the federal government to take over its police force and...

President Donald Trump departs after visiting outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. Walking with Trump are Attorney General William Barr, from left, White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats say Justice Department whistleblowers to testify

Jun. 2, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats say they will hear testimony from Justice Department whistleblowers and attempt to slash the agency's budget, efforts they say are in response to Attorney General William Barr’s defiance of Congress and “improper politicization” of his job. House...

President Donald Trump walks in Lafayette Park to visit outside St. John's Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Amid protests, Trump talks of war — and reelection

Jun. 1, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing the language of confrontation and war, President Donald Trump on Monday declared himself the “president of law and order” and signaled he would stake his reelection on convincing voters his forceful approach, including deploying U.S. troops to U.S. cities, was...

Attorney General William Barr, center, stands in Lafayette Park across from 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)

Barr: Law enforcement must ‘dominate’ streets amid protests

Jun. 1, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials vowed to “maximize federal law enforcement presence” in the nation’s capital Monday night after days of violent demonstrations led to fires across Washington and left scores of businesses with broken windows and dozens of police officers injured. In a...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2019 file photo, Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, leaves the federal court following a status conference in Washington. FBI Director Christopher Wray has ordered an internal review into possible misconduct in the investigation of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn. That's according to an FBI statement issued Friday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Judge: Justice Department reversal in Flynn case 'unusual'

Jun. 1, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday defended his decision not to quickly approve the Justice Department's request to dismiss its own criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying that the department's reversal was unusual and he wanted to consider...

Autopsies set after inmates from 2 Mississippi prisons die

Jun. 1, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Autopsies will be performed on two inmates who died in state custody recent days, the Mississippi Department of Corrections said. William Sharp, 50, was found unresponsive in cell Saturday in South Mississippi Correctional Institution. A department news release said there were no...

The Latest: California closes all downtown state buildings

Jun. 1, 2020 3:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the 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: ___ SAN FRANCISCO — The state Department of Human Resources sent a directive to close all California state buildings “with offices in downtown city...

President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 30, 2020, after stepping off Marine One as he returns from Kennedy Space Center for the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged

Jun. 1, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service agents rushed President Donald Trump to a White House bunker on Friday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the executive mansion, some of them throwing rocks and tugging at police barricades. Trump spent nearly an hour in the bunker, which was designed for use...

Members of the Shiloh Christian Center pray, sing and speak in tounges on the

Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests

May. 31, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials sought to determine Sunday whether extremist groups had infiltrated police brutality protests across the country and deliberately tipped largely peaceful demonstrations toward violence — and if foreign adversaries were behind a burgeoning disinformation campaign on...

FBI says its top lawyer is leaving the bureau

May. 30, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's top lawyer, Dana Boente, who has spent nearly 40 years with the Justice Department but has been targeted for criticism over the last year by some conservative commentators and supporters of President Donald Trump for his role in the Russia investigation, is leaving the bureau....