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Trump campaigns in Wisconsin, with few attendees wearing mask

OSHKOSH, Wis. — With the Democratic National Convention set to kick off, President Trump offered a dose of counterprogramming on Monday, campaigning the oldfashioned way despite the coronavirus pandemic. After making stops in Minnesota earlier in the day, the president traveled to the
battleground state of Wisconsin, where at least 700 supporters gathered for an event at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and cheered wildly as Air Force One landed.

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Trump Questions Biden’s Mental Abilities and Calls Harris Biden’s ‘Boss’

The president made three campaign rally-like appearances at airports in Minnesota and Wisconsin in an attempt to counterprogram the first night of the Democratic National Convention. President Trump questioned former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s mental capabilities and mocked Senator Kamala Harris of California as an extreme liberal in three campaign rally-like appearances on Monday as Democrats began their four-day national political convention nominally in Milwaukee but largely online.

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In 3 Key States That Elected Trump, Bitter Divisions on Reopening

In Wisconsin, residents woke up to a state of confusion on Thursday after the conservative majority on the State Supreme Court sided with the Republican majority in the Legislature on Wednesday night, overturning a statewide stay-at-home order by Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat. In Michigan, hundreds of protesters, many of them armed, turned out at the State Capitol in a drenching rainstorm. The state closed the building in advance and canceled the legislative session, rather than risk a repeat of an April protest in which angry protesters carrying long guns crowded inside.

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A Few Thousand Protest Stay-at- Home Order at Wisconsin State Capitol

A crowd of a few thousand gathered at Wisconsin’s State Capitol on Friday, the latest demonstration by conservative activists against statewide stay-at-home orders meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The protesters, bearing Trump campaign attire, Tea Party regalia and American flags, condemned Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, and his extension of “Safer at Home,” a declaration requiring Wisconsinites to practice social distancing and to close nonessential businesses through May 26.

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5 Killed in Shooting at Molson Coors in Milwaukee

In a city renowned for its brewing tradition, the sprawling Molson Coors campus was an icon in itself, a place known for decades to Milwaukee locals as the
old Miller Brewery. But on Wednesday afternoon, officials said, a worker still in his uniform stormed the facility and began shooting. He killed five people, all fellow employees. “It’s frightening,” said Representative Gwen Moore, a Democrat whose district includes Milwaukee, and whose congressional office includes a Miller High Life sign.

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Milwaukee Officer Is Acquitted in Killing of Sylville Smith

The latest high-profile prosecution of a police officer for a fatal shooting ended in an acquittal on Wednesday, as jurors cleared a Milwaukee officer of wrongdoing in the death of a 23-year-old man, Sylville K. Smith. The shooting in August touched off two days of protests and violence on this city’s north side. The verdict — the second acquittal in a week of a police officer facing criminal charges for a fatal shooting — was announced in a tense, emotional courtroom after less than 10 hours of deliberations.

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Dressed as the presidential candidates, Spencer Dumford, left, and Dan Shultz gestured to passing cars and people in the parking lot of a polling place in Manchester, N.H.
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Rage and Suspicion Reign as Americans, Painfully Split, Cast Their Votes.

Outside a polling place in the suburbs of Detroit, a shouting match between two women escalated into a parking-lot scuffle, ending with one of them
shoved to the pavement. At a community center in southern Florida, a middle-aged woman handing out Republican pamphlets reached frantically for her pepper spray as a man supporting Hillary Clinton charged at her.

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Demonstrators surrounding a police vehicle on Sunday as they protested the fatal shooting of Sylville K. Smith by an officer in Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee Shaken by Eruption of Violence After Shooting by Police

Like many of his neighbors, Dominic A. Lebourgeois was in disbelief on Sunday at the level of violence that descended on his Sherman Park neighborhood the previous evening. “I’ve lived here for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Mr. Lebourgeois, 53, a self-employed handyman. Hours after a police officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man, angry crowds confronted the police and then went on a rampage, destroying property, setting fires and throwing rocks and other missiles at officers.

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Milwaukee Shaken by Eruption of Violence After Shooting by Police

Violent protests broke out in Milwaukee after a young black man was shot and killed by police. A group of angry residents — fed up with what they see as increasing police brutality against blacks in the city and across the country — set fire to a gas station, auto parts store, beauty supply store and a bank. In the aftermath, most residents in the city’s predominantly black, middle class Sherman Park neighborhood decried the violence and destruction, preferring instead to gather for prayer, but at the same time, confirmed a widespread feeling that poverty and joblessness is replacing the area’s former economic stability, and that racism plays a factor.

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Walker Exits from a Windowless Room

I captured the mood and the scene for the NY Times’ First Draft political newsletter, and contrasted Walker’s lonely, drab exit to the colorful fanfare when he announced his run in July, an event I had also covered. For Mr. Walker, who is fond of joking that “Madison is 68 square miles surrounded by reality”
– a rendering of a quote first used by former Gov. Lee S. Dreyfus, the scene on Monday afternoon in the state’s capital must have seemed surreal. As dozens of teachers and other public employee union members with whom Mr. Walker has often clashed cheered in the bright sunshine outside the Edgewater Hotel.

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