Michael Tackett

Michael Tackett

Deputy Bureau Chief Associated Press

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense in the George Floyd murder case rests without putting former Officer Derek Chauvin on the stand.

"A much-awaited economic boom coming off the pandemic recession appeared to edge closer to reality Thursday with fresh data showing the pace of layoffs dwindling, consumers spending freely and manufacturing rebounding" via @ChrisRugaber 

WASHINGTON (AP) — US jobless claims sink to 576,000, a post-COVID low, as layoffs ease with economy improving.

LONDON (AP) — Princes William and Harry won’t walk side-by-side behind their grandfather's coffin at Saturday's funeral in Windsor.

"Currently, 59% approve of the way Biden is handling his job as president, while 39% disapprove." NEW FROM PEW

Former VP Pence undergoes surgery to implant pacemaker via @colvinj ⁩

Red states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations


BREAKING: (AP) — Madison Cawthorn, 24, defeats Trump’s pick in North Carolina congressional primary for seat Trump's chief of staff held.

NEWS: "Bernie Sanders tells @sppeoples  Tuesday that it would be “irresponsible” for his loyalists not to support Joe Biden, warning that progressives who “sit on their hands” in the months ahead would simply enable President Donald Trump’s reelection."

"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a cable to all U.S. diplomatic missions last month warning American diplomats that under federal law they should not take overt sides in the presidential campaign. On Tuesday, he plans to ignore his own warning"

"Mr. Trump reacted with fury. As his plane soared toward a restive El Paso, he shouted at aides that no one was defending him, according to a person briefed on what took place." via @maggieNYT 

"Sec of State Mike Pompeo says Russia was “pretty clearly” behind the gravest cyberattack against the United States on record, the first administration official to publicly tie the Kremlin to the widespread intrusion...when President Trump has kept silent"

“I felt like somebody needs to stand up to him,” McGrath said.

Biden said he has just spoken with members of the Floyd family

“The top federal ethics watchdog said on Thursday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s sale of his stake in a film production business to his wife did not comply with federal ethics rules” ⁦⁩

"They see ample evidence of a country that is not remotely “full” — but one where an aging population & declining birthrates among the native-born population are creating underpopulated cities & towns, vacant housing and troubled public finances"