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Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday railed against what he called rioters in Portland, Oregon, in combative testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in Congress.
In his testimony, he denied comparisons between the federal government’s law enforcement tactics and those used by oppressive regimes, such as Nicholas Maduro’s in Venezuela. The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is now investigating the use of force and other tactics by federal agents in Portland and Washington D.C., who have broken limbs, pepper-sprayed and tear-gassed protesters denouncing the May 25 police killing of George Floyd.
The league temporarily suspended the Miami Marlins’ season through Sunday because of the outbreak. The three remaining games in this week’s New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies series were also postponed Tuesday.
Our sports columnist blames MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for allowing to develop in the first place: “If Major League Baseball had a commissioner with gumption and foresight instead of a well-paid stooge for the league’s ghoulish team owners, this could have been prevented,” writes Dieter Kurtenbach.
President Donald Trump won Arizona, Florida and Michigan in 2016, though his Democratic rival now leads polling in those states, according to CNN. Trump’s slump has been attributed to his handling of racial inequality and the coronavirus pandemic.
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