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New Jersey erects 700-pound bronze statue of George Floyd

Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras J. Baraka unveiled a statue of George Floyd on Wednesday outside of Newark's City Hall. The sculpture, which is 700 pounds and made of bronze, commemorates Floyd’s death after he was pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020. The statue will be in the city for at least a year, according to CBS News.
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EXPLAINER: What is the Catholic Communion controversy?

A committee of U.S. Catholic bishops is getting to work on a policy document that has stirred controversy among their colleagues before a word of it has even been written. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a document “on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church” that some bishops hope will be a rebuke for politicians who support abortion rights but continue to receive Communion.
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Biden to meet with U.S. financial regulators on Monday

President Biden will meet with financial regulators on Monday. Driving the news: "The meeting will cover regulatory priorities including climate-related financial risk and agency actions to promote financial inclusion and to responsibly increase access to credit," said press secretary Jen Psaki, according to a press pool report. Why it matters:...

Hollywood goes all in for the For the People Act

Hollywood is lining up behind a sweeping, Democratic-backed election reform bill, with some of the country's biggest stars using their platforms to make a last-minute push for the passage of the For the People Act. In recent days, scores of celebrities - from Kerry Washington, to Katy Perry and Orlando...
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White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine

The White House on Friday denied holding back security assistance from Ukraine, hours after a Politico article said that officials had paused a package including lethal assistance worth up to $100 million. White House press secretary Jen Psaki issued a statement Friday afternoon calling the idea that the White House...
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Speaker Welch on At the Virtual Table: Deal not quite done on first elected Chicago school board

The deal to establish a first ever elected Chicago school board is not quite done and the legislation that passed the General Assembly this week is still subject to some negotiation with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch said Thursday on “At the Virtual Table,” the Chicago Sun-Times political show hosted by Laura Washington and Lynn Sweet.
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US pauses lethal military aid to Ukraine amid Joe Biden summit with Vladimir Putin, report says

The White House froze a $100m military aid package to Ukraine of short-range air defence systems, anti-tank weapons and small arms ahead of this week’s US-Russia summit in Geneva, according to Politico.Press secretary Jen Psaki late Friday released a statement calling the report that the administration held back security assistance "nonsense", and said the US remains unwavering in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty."Just last week – in the run-up to the US-Russia Summit – we provided a $150 million package of security assistance, including lethal assistance," she said.It comes after Politico quoted multiple anonymous sources "familiar with internal deliberations"...
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T.I., Roland Martin, Sen. Cory Booker, And More Join The Juneteenth Foundation’s Inaugural 2021 Freedom Festival

Today The Juneteenth Foundation kicks off its inaugural 2021 Freedom Festival in honor of the oldest celebration commemorating the effective end of slavery in the United States. The festival is a two-day event celebrating the resilience, culture, and history of Black Americans and will start with virtual panel discussions featuring CEOs and executives from leading brands such as Ashley Stewart, DoorDash, General Motors, and Lyft, who will discuss what their companies have been doing to advance racial equity and to support the Black community within their workforce and societally.

Key Pennsylvania state senator backs Arizona-style election audit

Spotlight PA is an independent, nonpartisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters. (Harrisburg) — The Pennsylvania state senator in charge of a key election committee is backing an audit of the November presidential...