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Morning headlines: Democrats plot virtual convention; Floyd arrest video published; shooting near White House
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Morning headlines: Democrats plot virtual convention; Floyd arrest video published; shooting near White House

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: Joe Biden and the Democrats are sorting out the best way to organize the party's virtual convention next week; Minneapolis police released body camera footage of George Floyd's arrest; and a shooting near the White House interrupted President Trump's press conference.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.


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Democrats, Biden still juggling virtual convention details

Joe Biden’s presidential nominating convention will highlight the U.S. political spectrum from the left flank of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the Republican old guard of former Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

But that doesn’t mean there’s room for every prominent Democrat who would get a share of the spotlight at what would have been a traditional convention in Milwaukee before the COVID-19 pandemic made that impossible. Instead, Biden’s campaign and other convention planners are continuing negotiations with various power players over how to produce a truncated virtual convention with just eight hours of programming over four nights from Aug. 17-20.

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Police body camera video of George Floyd arrest released to public

Police body camera footage showing Minneapolis police pointing a gun at George Floyd and struggling with him during his fatal arrest was released by the court on Monday.

The footage became available Monday after a Hennepin County judge ordered it released. News organizations had already viewed and written about the footage, and also pressed for the right to publish it.

Roughly an hour in length, the footage comes from the body cameras of former officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who were the first to respond to a store where Floyd was accused of passing a fake $20 bill.

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Shooting near White House interrupts Trump's briefing on TV

A uniformed Secret Service officer shot and wounded a man during a confrontation near the White House that led to President Donald Trump being abruptly escorted out of a briefing room during a televised news conference Monday, authorities said.

The White House complex was not breached and no one under Secret Service protection was in danger, said Tom Sullivan, chief of the Secret Service Uniformed Division. The name of the man, 51, and his condition were not released by Sullivan. The District of Columbia fire department said the man suffered serious or possibly critical injuries.

Sullivan said the man had claimed he was armed, moved aggressively toward the officer, and appeared ready to fire before the officer shot him once. Sullivan did not address whether the man had indeed been armed.

In other news today ...

  • President Donald Trump says he wants to host the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations after the November presidential election and still plans to invite Russia, which was kicked out of the G-7 for its activities in Ukraine.
  • Trump’s move to defer Social Security payroll taxes could be taking him into treacherous political territory. His directive doesn’t affect retirement benefits but impacts how they're paid for. Democrats and nonpartisan experts expressed concerns that Trump would cut the social safety net and break a promise he made as a candidate in 2016 not to touch Social Security and Medicare.
  • The Republican Party heads into its first presidential contest this November free from decades-old legal constraints on the use of volunteers to monitor the polls on Election Day.
  • The arrest during protests in Portland, Oregon, of a Black woman who became a leading activist in the racial justice movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago has galvanized local and national Black Lives Matter groups.
  • Seattle's police chief says she is stepping down, a move made public the same day the City Council approved reducing the department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition.
  • A protester died amid clashes between police and thousands of people gathered for a second straight night Monday in Belarus after official results from weekend elections — dismissed by the opposition as a sham — gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.
  • A natural gas explosion destroyed three row houses in Baltimore on Monday, killing a woman and trapping other people in the debris. At least six people were seriously injured, and firefighters were searching for more survivors.
  • Angelina Jolie asked that the private judge overseeing her divorce from Brad Pitt be disqualified from the case because of insufficient disclosures of his business relationships with one of Pitt's attorneys.

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