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Trump reverses Obama policy banning some types of combat-ready military gear for cops

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The Trump administration on Monday announced that it was reversing an Obama-era policy that restricted the ability of police departments to obtain surplus military equipment such as armored vehicles and grenade launchers.

As NBC News reports, the Obama administration first curtailed the program to give police departments surplus military equipment after it concluded that the use of armored vehicles during the protests against police violence in Ferguson, Missouri, only inflamed tensions.

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However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that limiting local police departments’ access to military equipment endangered officers’ personal safety.

“One sheriff told me earlier this year about how, due to the prior administration’s restrictions, the federal government made his department return an armored vehicle that can change the dynamics of an active shooter situation,” he said.

But Janai Nelson, the NAACP Legal Defense fund’s associate general counsel, slammed the move and said that police departments should be there to serve and protect communities — and should not see themselves as military occupiers.

“[This change] puts more firepower in the hands of police departments that remain largely untrained on matters of racial bias and endangers the public,” he said. “Inviting the use of military weaponry against our domestic population is nothing short of recasting the public as an enemy.”


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Trump’s former White House doctor Ronny Jackson wins GOP runoff for Congress in Texas

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Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician and President Donald Trump's onetime nominee for secretary of veterans affairs, has won his bid for the Republican nomination for a solidly red congressional seat in the Texas Panhandle.

With 100% of polling locations reporting, though some mail-in ballots will still need to be counted, Jackson held a lead of 11 percentage points over Josh Winegarner, a veteran agriculture expert and lobbyist. Jackson and Winegarner were competing for a seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, who is retiring and held the seat since 1995.

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Ivanka Trump’s tweet raises eyebrows: ‘Why is a senior White House official endorsing a food product?’

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As her big brother was dragging their 14-year-old half brother into the 2020 campaign, senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump was endorsing a line of canned food products.

If it’s Goya, it has to be good. Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno. pic.twitter.com/9tjVrfmo9z

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 15, 2020

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Florida outbreak is ‘much worse’ than Gov. DeSantis is letting on: Former COVID-19 data chief

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Rebekah Jones, the Florida data scientist who in May claimed that she was fired for refusing to manipulate state coronavirus data to meet the Republican governor's reopening criteria, has issued a new warning: The ongoing outbreak is "much, much worse" than it has been painted by the administration.In a Monday interview with MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell, Jones, who built the state government's coronavirus data portal, identified a number of failures since she left her state job. Florida recently posted the highest daily caseload in a single day across all 50 U.S. states.
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