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By Holly Thomas

WISCONSIN GOV. ASKS TRUMP TO STAY AWAY FROM STATE 

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers urged President Donald Trump to reconsider a planned trip to the state following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, saying such a visit may only “delay our work to overcome division and move forward.” Evers, a Democrat, sent the missive after the White House said the president would travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday to meet with law enforcement and survey the damage following demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism that came after the shooting. Days after Blake was shot, two protesters were killed. [HuffPost]‌

ONE KILLED AS PROTESTERS, TRUMP SUPPORTERS CLASH One person was shot and killed in Portland, Oregon, as a large caravan of President Donald Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed. It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooting late Saturday was linked to fights that broke out when about 600 vehicles filled with Trump supporters were confronted by counter demonstrators in the city’s downtown. Police said the caravan had left the area around 8:30 p.m., and officers heard gunshots around 15 minutes later. Officers arrived at the shooting scene “within a minute,” police said, but the man who was shot did not survive. [AP]‌

GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS CASES TOP 25 MILLION Since Chinese officials implemented the first coronavirus lockdown in the city of Wuhan in January, there have been more than 25.2 million cases of COVID-19 across the planet. More than 846,000 people have died from the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Efforts to curb the outbreak have led to the global disruption of daily life and the economy, as schools and workplaces shuttered in hopes of slowing transmission. Meanwhile, former presidential candidate Herman Cain has “tweeted” from the grave, saying that the virus is not as deadly as the media has made it out to be. [HuffPost]

PRO-COP RALLY DRAWS SCORES TO KENOSHA Scores of police supporters gathered Sunday in downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin, where protesters have been demonstrating against police brutality since the shooting of Jacob Blake on Aug. 23. Some attending the rally yesterday wore “back the blue” shirts. Others carried American flags. They applauded when law enforcement vehicles drove by. A Kenosha police officer shot Blake in the back seven times, leaving the 29-year-old Black man paralyzed. Protesters have gathered in Kenosha every night since Blake’s shooting. [AP]‌

DEMS ERUPT AFTER ELECTION SECURITY BRIEFINGS TERMINATED The sudden decision by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to cut off congressional briefings on election security is a “shocking abdication of its lawful responsibility” and a “betrayal of the public’s right to know how foreign powers are trying to subvert our democracy,” said a Saturday statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). The lawmakers fired back after National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe alerted Senate and House leaders Friday that in-person briefings will no longer be provided to lawmakers. Joe Biden called the move “shameless partisan manipulation.” [HuffPost] ‌

WHERE IS MY MOTHER? A DAUGHTER’S SEARCH FOR ANSWERS The last time Ellie Green saw her mother, Angela, they fought. Ellie, then 18, had recently acquired her first boyfriend and her first car. It was June 20, 2019, and she had just returned to her parents’ house in Prairie Village, Kansas, after her freshman year of college and a month abroad in Europe. Ellie was testing the boundaries, and Angela was struggling with the growing distance between her and her only child. Ellie drove away, thinking they both just needed to cool off; soon enough, they would cook together and reconnect. But she never saw or heard from her mother again. [HuffPost]

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