Grind for March 9th
“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie
National Guard Activated to Respond to Minneapolis Violence
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called in the National Guard on Thursday as looting broke out in St. Paul and a wounded Minneapolis braced for more violence after rioting over the death of a handcuffed black man in police custody reduced parts of one neighborhood to a smoking shambles.
The Minneapolis unrest ravaged several blocks in the Longfellow neighborhood, with scattered rioting reaching for miles across the city. It was the second consecutive night of violent protests following the death of George Floyd, who gasped for breath during a Monday arrest in which an officer kneeled on his neck for almost eight minutes.
In footage recorded by a bystander, Floyd can be heard pleading that he can’t breathe until he slowly stops talking and moving.
Another protest was announced for Thursday evening near county offices in downtown Minneapolis. Some stores in Minneapolis and the suburbs closed early, fearing more strife. The city shut down its light-rail system and planned to stop all bus service out of safety concerns.
Around midday Thursday, the violence spread a few miles away to a Target in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood, where police said 50 to 60 people rushed the store attempting to loot it. Police and state patrol squad cars later blocked the entrance, but the looting then shifted to shops along nearby University Avenue, one of St. Paul’s main commercial corridors, and other spots in the city. Read more…
House Fails to Pass FISA Reauthorization After Trump Veto Threat
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) expired last March without Congress reauthorizing the program. The House tried twice this week to wrestle together some kind of compromise that would pass muster with the Republican Senate.
But Donald Trump indicated he would veto the bill in its present form and Republicans, who had voted for reauthorization in March, withdrew their support.
Realizing they couldn’t pass anything without the support of some Republicans, Democrats pulled the bill from the floor and after a late-night conference with Republicans, decided to go on to a conference committee with the Senate find a compromise.
Civil libertarians were relieved as some of the amendments they want to be included in any FISA reauthorization were left out. Now, they can attempt to influence the conference committee.
An amendment that was initially meant to mirror one offered by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) in the Senate became a late controversy.
It would have required a warrant before law enforcement could access web browsing history.
But the language from Lofgren and Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) only offered the protection to U.S. persons and ultimately lost the support of Wyden after Schiff suggested it left leeway for Americans’ data to be collected during foreign intelligence investigations. Read more…
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Did you know… Hitler’s nephew earned a Purple Heart fighting for the Allies in World War II