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Biden’s summer bet

Politics | Picking a potential vice president is a critical moment in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign—and it’s now more complex than he anticipated
by Jamie Dean
Posted 6/11/20, 03:10 pm

As Minneapolis and other American cities erupted after the death of George Floyd on May 25, a short list may have grown shorter for Democrat Joe Biden: his slate of potential vice presidential candidates.

It certainly grew more complicated.

A few weeks earlier, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., hosted a Zoom fundraiser with Biden and helped raise $1.5 million for his presidential bid. By the end of May, Klobuchar was watching Minneapolis burn and fielding questions about whether she should drop out of contention for Biden’s running mate. 

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Mixed agendas

Protest | Most demonstrators wanted to protest George Floyd’s death; others wanted to light the world on fire
by Sophia Lee
Posted 6/11/20, 02:28 pm

It was around midnight when Yuko Watanabe crouched in the corner of her restaurant in downtown Los Angeles and called her parents in Japan, yearning for a comforting voice. Rioters had hurled concrete blocks into the window of her restaurant. Raucous looters, night revelers, loud bangs, and smoke filled the streets. Broken glass and dead plants were scattered across her restaurant. 

“Did you call the police?” her mother urged. 

“Mom, you don’t get it,” Watanabe said. “They’re targeting the police!” 

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Policing law enforcement

Politics | Washington splits on how—or whether—to reform laws governing police
by Harvest Prude
Posted 6/11/20, 02:24 pm

WASHINGTON—A day after George Floyd’s burial, his brother Philonise Floyd pleaded with congressional lawmakers to take action to decrease police violence against minorities. Dressed in all white and wearing a black mask, Floyd at times brushed back tears as he said his brother’s calls for help were ignored.

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