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Lauding 'force' against protests, Sen. Cotton raises profile

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 10:35pm

Freshman Sen. Tom Cotton has risen to the ranks of potential 2024 Republican presidential contenders by making all the right enemies. By lining up behind President Donald Trump’s law-and-order recipe for controlling civic unrest, he’s making even more.

Trump heads to rural Maine but won't escape demonstrators

Patrick Whittle and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 10:20pm

Maine’s Democratic governor is urging President Donald Trump to watch his tone during a visit to the state Friday to showcase a company that makes specialized swabs for coronavirus testing.

Kaysville City Council unanimously censures Mayor Katie Witt over controversial concert

MacK Jones, KSL  |  Posted Jun 4th - 9:14pm

Council removes call for mayor’s resignation.

DC attorney general questions National Guard presence

Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 5:21pm

The attorney general for Washington, D.C., pressed the Trump administration and several state governments Thursday to justify the legality of their decision to send a growing contingent of National Guard troops to the nation's capital in the wake of street protests.

Emotions run high as anti-lynching bill stalls in Senate

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 4:08pm

A Senate impasse over a widely backed bill to designate lynching as a federal hate crime boiled over on Thursday in an emotional debate cast against a backdrop of widespread protests over police treatment of African Americans.

How Sen. Mike Lee, protest organizer came together over deaths of George Floyd, Ogden police officer

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jun 4th - 4:07pm

Sen. Mike Lee quoted the pacifying words of an Ogden protest organizer during a Senate speech, leading to a friendly social media exchange and invitation to talk.

Raw feelings abound as Senate turns back to Russia probe

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 3:42pm

Two Republican-led Senate committees have launched election-year investigations into the Justice Department’s Russia probe, resurrecting the issue at the urging of President Donald Trump while reigniting the partisan hostility that comes along with it.

Barr: Divide between African Americans, police 'must change'

Michael Balsamo and Aamer Madhani, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 3:10pm

Attorney General William Barr sought on Thursday to quell tensions over the death of George Floyd in police custody, acknowledging a divide between many black Americans and the police and promising to spare no resource as the Justice Department investigates whether a federal civil rights crime was committed.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump skews history by saying he fired Mattis

Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:52pm

When Jim Mattis announced his resignation as defense secretary, President Donald Trump thanked him for “tremendous progress” in helping to rebuild the military and for “retiring with distinction.” Times changed and so did Trump's story about losing his Pentagon chief.

Grassley vows to block Trump nominees over watchdog firings

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:32pm

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he is blocking two Trump administration nominees until the White House provides adequate reasons for the termination of two inspectors general.

Active-duty troops deployed to DC region start to leave

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:03pm

Several hundred active-duty troops brought in to help if needed with the civil unrest in the nation’s capitol are leaving Washington, D.C. Thursday, just a day after their initially planned departure was abruptly delayed.

Face coverings to be mandated on public transport in England

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 1:30pm

Passengers on England’s buses, subways and trains will have to wear face coverings from June 15 when most shops reopen, the British government said Thursday.

Ocasio-Cortez backs challenger of House Democratic chairman

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 1:30pm

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed the Democratic primary challenger of a veteran House committee chairman and fellow New Yorker in her latest challenge to party leaders.

Germany's Merkel dismisses talk she might seek 5th term

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 12:07pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday firmly rejected suggestions that she might seek a fifth term at the helm after pledging in 2018 to step down when her current government leaves office.

Utah Senate president tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jun 4th - 11:55am

Utah Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, said Thursday he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies but never realized he had the deadly virus.

Trump calls Utah US attorney 'garbage disposal unit' for ending Clinton probe

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jun 4th - 10:42am

President Trump trashed Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber for ending an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton without charges.

Gail Miller, other business leaders endorse Spencer Cox for governor

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jun 4th - 9:39am

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox was endorsed Thursday in the governor’s race by Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller and a list of other business leaders.

Turkey strips 3 legislators of seats, setting off protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 8:54am

Turkey’s parliament on Thursday stripped three opposition party deputies of their legislative seats, setting off a raucous protest inside the assembly hall by colleagues who accused the ruling party of an assault on democracy.

John Lewis says video of George Floyd's killing made him cry

Dino Hazell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 8:32am

Civil rights icon John Lewis said Thursday that the video of George Floyd's death at the hands of police in Minnesota “made me cry.”