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China Is 'Prepared for the Worst,' as U.S. Threatens Further Sanctions That 'Will Not Bring China Down': State Media
Writing in the country's state media, a commentary penned under the name "Zhong Sheng," or "Voice of China," said the sanctions would disrupt and harm America more than China.
Ohio State's Seth Towns speaks out after being detained during protest: 'We have to be heard'
A day after being detained by Columbus (Ohio) Police for his role in a peaceful protest, Ohio State's Seth Towns said will continue to speak out.
'Spiritual Genocide' Spray-Painted on Mississippi Confederate Statue Amid George Floyd Protests
The incident was reported as rallies protesting George Floyd's death in Minneapolis last week escalated in cities across the United States.
My mom in quarantine
A personal essay from filmmaker Josh Seftel, made from his video chats with his energetic mother, discussing everything from social distancing and dealing with loneliness, to the fashion of masks and dating one of the Cuomo brothers.
National security adviser: 'I don't think there's systemic racism' in US police forces
National security adviser Robert O'Brien on Sunday denied in an interview on CNN that systemic racism exists across the nation's police forces, arguing instead that "a few bad apples" give the impression of racism among law enforcement officers.
A 30-year-old teacher's Covid-19 death tells us volumes
Paula Johnson writes that the story of Rana Zoe Mungin, a Brooklyn teacher who died of coronavirus after being twice denied a test, is one of systemic failures and missed opportunities.
Hear, hear! The explosion in audio books
Smartphones and digital downloads have helped make audio recordings of books a billion-dollar industry, with more than 45,000 new audiobooks recorded last year alone
Deroy Murdock: George Floyd protests — Chaos in my NYC neighborhood helps no one
The unarmed Minneapolis man who was killed with a cop’s knee in his neck seemed light years away as my neighborhood, and then my intersection, and then my apartment filled with smoke Saturday night.
Dan Bongino reacts to violent riots across the country: 'This isn't a protest anymore, this is a coup'
Former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent Dan Bongino reacted on Sunday to the violent protests riots that have erupted across the country, protesting the death of a black Minneapolis man in police custody, saying “This isn't a protest anymore, this is a coup.”
A serious divide exists among Trump advisers over how to address nights of protests and riots in US after Floyd's death
A serious divide has emerged among Donald Trump's top allies and advisers over how the President should address several nights of protests and riots across the nation following the death of George Floyd. Trump is being urged by some advisers to formally address the nation and call for calm, while others have said he should condemn the rioting and looting more forcefully or risk losing middle-of-the-road voters in November, according to several sources familiar with the deliberations.
Kneeling on Someone’s Neck for Nearly Nine Minutes Is an Act of Deep Inhumanity
The most unsettling reporting I have done on the subject of human necks was in March 2014 in the Central African Republic. I was interviewing a militiaman who said he had killed Muslims, and offered to demonstrate. He then took out a blade and posed with his friend, placing the cutting edge against the man’s throat. What gave me the creeps was not the knife hand but the other one. His fingers pulled taut the skin of his friend’s neck, the better to ensure a firm cutting surface for the blade. The move was instinctive—and to me familiar, from having butchered animals. If you don’t pull the flesh tight, your knife doesn’t bite cleanly, and you make a mess of things. I saw that finger and thought: This man really has done this before.A close relative of that thought is what many Americans have experienced in the past few days, contemplating what diseased mind could place a knee on the neck of another human being and press until the man died. The tactile experience of kneeling into a human neck is not familiar to most people, and the video of Derek Chauvin, then a Minneapolis police officer and now a civilian charged with murder, kneeling into the neck of George Floyd is about as disturbing as anything most of us have ever seen. Even I—a veteran watcher of snuff films—cannot recall ever seeing someone killed in this way. (ISIS would stab people slowly in the heart, or smoosh them with tank treads, or burn them alive.) The only thing that has brought me close to this form of killing is Joshua Oppenheimer’s singular film The Act of Killing, about executioners in Indonesia with extensive experience strangling their victims.Oppenheimer asked killers to reenact their executions, to simulate their own violence. You can learn a lot from being placed in the physical arrangement of the act you are trying to understand. All commercial pilots know this: Sophisticated flight simulators enable them to experience the physical reality of certain uncommon cockpit events—wings breaking apart, engines failing, hydraulics going haywire—which allows the pilots to feel the precise number of pounds of pressure it might take to, say, lean into or pull back on a reluctant yoke.To understand what happened to Floyd, I tried to simulate the position of his killer. My crude simulator involved a stopwatch and kneeling on a rolled-up yoga mat, on top of which I placed a gelatinous pad used by medical students to imitate human skin. (I have these things in my house.) A yoga mat and a fake-skin pad are no substitute for the neck of a dying, pleading man, and thank goodness for that. I used the times noted in the coroner’s report: five minutes and 53 seconds of kneeling before officers declared that Floyd was unresponsive, followed by two minutes and 53 seconds of continued pressure. That totals just less than nine minutes.At about 20 seconds (far sooner than I had expected), my knee started to throb. Normally when you kneel, you get to shift your weight a little, to give each knee a little vacation from the stress. If you are trying to hold down someone who does not want to be pinned, you probably want to drive your weight hard into one vulnerable place—and if you let up, you will assume that he’ll wriggle around and make you start all over again. The steady pressure builds.At about one minute, the throb turned decisively to pain and stress. I could feel my muscles rebelling, asking me why I was doing this. Standing on one foot for more than a brief period will have the same effect. Your body knows that you are pulling a stunt, that the posture is needless and uncommon.The next three minutes, felt much longer—though Chauvin, under the influence of adrenaline, perhaps experienced it much differently, as much less than three minutes. This was the time during which Floyd transitioned from begging, gasping, and drooling to unconsciousness. The physicality of kneeling was at that point not just fully painful but unfamiliar. Normal people never do this. The closest experience I’ve had is again from the world of livestock—holding down a calf (“200 pounds of animated hamburger,” as the rodeo announcers used to say in Texas) while it gets vaccinated and castrated, and resists about as much as you might expect.Now I was more than halfway to the time at which Floyd stopped responding, and Chauvin’s knee, according to the charges, transformed from a tool of submission into a murder weapon. I weigh more than 200 pounds. I could imagine pinning a man with my knee, using all that force, to hold him still if necessary. But any sentient moral creature should feel that the pressure, applied like this, is an attempt to maim. The revulsion is natural: Whatever I have been leaning into is by now broken. The joint is torqued and sprained, the fascial tissue smeared or torn, the skin and muscle bruised, a major organ permanently injured or worse.At five minutes and 53 seconds, my knee was numb. It stayed that way for the remaining minutes, and I don’t see how anyone could remain in that position, knee driven into a by-now-inert mass of humanity, unless he was at best totally indifferent to the person’s survival.I picked up my knee, stood up with the support of a bathroom sink, and saw that the rolled-up yoga mat had gone flat in the middle, like a toothpaste tube that has been hit with a karate chop.I have become skeptical of what (I think) I see in photos or on video. That skepticism is a civic duty and a professional one. But the evidence in this video is abnormally clear, as well as consistent with a sad record of violent policing in this country. “Police are trained that this type of restraint with the subject in prone position is inherently dangerous,” the criminal complaint against Chauvin says. I am glad to know the police provide this training, and I hope that they continue doing so. They might also consider screening candidates to the force to confirm that the thought of administering this type of restraint, for more than eight uninterrupted minutes, is enough to elicit some scruples.
Start your Monday smart: George Floyd, coronavirus, NASA, Ahmaud Arbery, jobs
Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On With Your Day.
New Jersey ex-con charged with possession of more than 30 weapons
More than three dozen firearms were seized from the New Jersey home of a self-described “gun fanatic” who authorities said had a prior felony conviction.
Boardwalk closed. University closed. Santa Cruz met the moment, but at a huge cost
Santa Cruz's economy is built around seasonal tourism and the UC Santa Cruz. Businesses are starting to reopen, but staying safe depends on how the county can manage an influx of visitors.
Hear all about it: The rise in audiobooks
Smartphones and digital downloads have helped make audio recordings of books a billion-dollar industry, with more than 45,000 new audiobooks recorded last year alone. Correspondent David Pogue talks with actors Laurence Fishburne, Jesse Eisenberg and Scott Brick, and thriller writer Brad Meltzer, about this expanding chapter in book publishing.
Are we at the beginning of the end now?
Or later?
Indiana AG Hill: Floyd killing shows racism and police brutality are major problems, but riots intolerable
Our nation is badly in need of racial reconciliation and healing, and it begins by listening and working to understand the concerns of our neighbors.
Joe Biden had it right from the start. It’s a battle for the soul of the nation.
The Trump era: Chaos, death and anger.
What's Coming to Netflix in June 2020? Full List of Releases
Why go outside when you can stay in with the many entertaining titles coming to Netflix in June?
Los Angeles Calls in National Guard to Curb Unrest as Demonstrations Continue
Four days into protests, LA mayor Eric Garcetti called in the Guard and imposed a citywide curfew
Chinese Firms Say Coronavirus Vaccine Will Be Ready by End of Year, '99 Percent' Effective
Two Chinese companies working directly under state supervision say they will be ready to mass produce a coronavirus vaccine by as early as December 2020, pushing the pace of the 100 labs working worldwide to develop a safe COVID-19 treatment.
Mayor: This is an incredible insult to humanity
St. Paul, Minnesota Mayor Melvin Carter says all four police officers need to be held accountable for their roles following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Remembering Larry Kramer, an AIDS warrior on a soapbox and the stage
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Tornadoes were absent from the Plains during May, surprising residents and disappointing chasers
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Passage: Playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer
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Atlanta mayor on Trump: He should just stop talking
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Woman behind Molotov cocktail attack on NYPD van facing federal counts; 2 others charged
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Making music inspired by the pandemic
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Songs for our times: A COVID-19 playlist
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Leland Vittert says Fox News crew took 'a good thumping' from crowd protesting George Floyd's death
Protesters pummeled and chased Fox News' Leland Vittert amid nationwide unrest following the death of George Floyd. He said the attack targeted Fox.
Thousands in London Join Cities Across the U.S. in Protesting the Death of George Floyd
Demonstrators clapped and waved placards as they offered support to U.S. protesters
New video appears to show cops, George Floyd struggling inside squad car
New footage appears to show George Floyd in a violent struggle with cops while inside a squad car before he died after being pinned with a knee to the neck for almost nine minutes. The clip — posted Saturday by controversial activist Shaun King — shows one Minneapolis officer leaning inside the rear left passenger...
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More than 300 arrested during NYC violent protests; de Blasio calls it a 'tense night' for police officers
More than 300 people were arrested in New York City's overnight violent anti-police brutality demonstrations, in what Mayor Bill de Blasio called a "tense" night for police officers.
Anger Takes Over U.S. Streets as Protests Engulf Dozens of Cities Across Country
There were lots of clashes with law enforcement officers as demonstrations took place in at least 75 cities to protest the killing of George Floyd.
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SpaceX expected to reach International Space Station after 19 hours of travel
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How the pandemic changed TV commercials
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Atlanta mayor says Trump "making it worse" and urges him to "just stop talking"
The president said on Twitter that "liberal governors and mayors must get much tougher" or the federal government will get involved.
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The new 'normal'? as fans return to stadiums in Hungary
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Josh Lucas’ ex-wife, Jessica Ciencin Henriquez, accuses him of cheating during pandemic
She called him a "really s--t human."
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Hungarian league allows football fans into sparsely populated stadiums
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Facemasks through the ages, from medical aid to fashion statement
Originating during the Black Death of the Middle Ages, face coverings to protect against the transmission of disease are not just prophylactic, they're now couture
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The facemask through the centuries
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Lady Gaga Brands Donald Trump 'Racist' And 'A Fool' as She Expresses Outrage Over Death of George Floyd
The singer said Trump holds the most powerful office in the world, yet offers "nothing but ignorance and prejudice."
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EU trade commissioner Hogan mulling candidacy for WTO chief
European trade commissioner Phil Hogan is considering putting his name forward as a candidate to be the next director-general of the World Trade Organization, his spokesman said on Sunday.
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Can the "new normal" ever go back to the old one?
With plexiglass dividers becoming just one sign of the way Americans' lives have changed because of coronavirus, Mo Rocca examines how new social behaviors and policies may, or may not, stick
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Transcript: Keisha Lance Bottoms on "Face the Nation"
The following is a transcript of an interview with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms that aired Sunday, May 31, 2020, on "Face the Nation."
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