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^'Something is not right.' George Floyd protests push white Americans to think about their privilege<
WHITE-AMERICANS-PRIVILEGE:LA — Mike Sexton is white and a Republican who lives in an affluent suburb of Fort Worth, where many neighbors back President Donald Trump and some work in law enforcement. Rage wells up in his voice as he says that George Floyd, a Black man, was "basically lynched."
Shawn Ashmore is an independent who lives nearby in east Dallas. He's using Floyd's killing to teach his young sons uncomfortable lessons about the privileges their family enjoys because they're white — how, for instance, they'll never fear for their lives during an encounter with the police the way some Black men do.
Floyd's killing in Minneapolis has led white Americans to call out racism against Black Americans more vigorously than at any moment in recent memory. And it's prompting many white people to think more deeply about the color of their own skin.
1850 by Tyrone Beason in Gualala, Calif. MOVED
^As Biden expands polling lead, Democrats still can't shake this November nightmare<
CAMPAIGN-DEMOCRATS-VOTING:WA — Long lines. Electronic tablets failing. Last-minute legal haggling. Delayed results because of a surge in absentee balloting. And a president casting doubt over the whole "rigged" process.
As Joe Biden expands his national and state polling lead over Donald Trump, Democrats can't shake this nightmare November scenario: That even a Biden advantage heading into Election Day could be nullified by chaos at the polls, layered by added confusion around the fast-changing voting laws that officials are adjusting for an ongoing pandemic.
Even before voter accessibility was seen as arguably the most significant potential hurdle to a successful election year for Democrats, party officials had been taking steps to avoid — or at least reduce — chances for such an abominable ordeal, with early staffing and new technology to pinpoint and remedy problems.
1050 by David Catanese in Washington. MOVED
^Analysis: What full Democratic control of Washington could mean in 2021<
DEMOCRATS-SWEEP-ANALYSIS:CON — It's far too early for Democrats to measure the drapes. But with coronavirus cases spiking, former Vice President Joe Biden surging and at-risk Senate GOP incumbents faltering, it's worth considering the implications of a Democratic sweep on Nov. 3.
The incoming administration and Democratic leaders would have to move fast and pick their spots: The president's party almost always loses seats in midterm elections. They would have less than 18 months to put points on the board before lawmakers go into self-preservation mode.
1250 by Peter Cohn in Washington. MOVED
^In LA, Black activists debate the value of dialogue with police in reform efforts<
LA-POLICE-REFORM-ACTIVISTS:LA — "How are you going to take the fear away from us?"
Candace Jordan's voice broke as she addressed Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department at an intimate gathering inside an Exposition Park church.
With her 16-year-old son sitting beside her, the bus driver for L.A. Unified School District described her mistrust of the city's police.
At a quietly publicized roundtable in mid-June at the Abundant Life Christian Church, about two dozen pastors, gang interventionists and other community members met with Moore in an effort to increase mutual understanding in the aftermath of the George Floyd protests.
The 90-minute forum reflects significantly different approaches within the Black community toward how to create lasting change from the unrest.
1600 (with trims) by Leila Miller in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Man who says he's innocent of Georgia church murders may get parole<
GA-CHURCHMURDERS:AT — Dennis Perry's fate remains in limbo as he waits for various agencies and officials to decide whether he was wrongfully convicted of a double murder in South Georgia.
But the 58-year-old had more reason to hope this week after learning that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles had tentatively granted him parole. The decision means, unless board members change their minds, he will be released around the start of September.
900 by Joshua Sharpe in Atlanta. MOVED
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