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Power Broker to Governor: Have the Guard 'Shoot to Kill'

Steve Hotze's message for the Texas governor doesn't exactly mince words

(Newser) - A conservative power broker told Texas' governor to have National Guard troops "shoot to kill" amid protests last month against racial injustice and police brutality, the AP reports. The Texas Tribune reports that Steve Hotze left that message in a voicemail (hear it here , with warning for language) to...

After a Night of Upheaval, Enter the Wisconsin National Guard

Move follows fire, vandalism, violence in Madison

(Newser) - Gov. Tony Evers says he's preparing to activate the Wisconsin National Guard after a night of unrest in Madison that included an assault on a state senator. It was apparently triggered by the arrest of a protest organizer. A video shows Devonere Johnson, a black man who also goes...

DC National Guardsmen Test Positive for COVID-19

They won't be released from orders until risk of infection has passed, military says

(Newser) - Multiple District of Columbia National Guard members mobilized during the George Floyd protests have tested positive for the coronavirus—although the Guard has declined to say how many, citing "operational security." "We can confirm that we have had COVID-19 positive tests with the DCNG," says Guard...

Lightning Zaps Washington Monument
Lightning Zaps

Lightning Zaps Washington Monument

2 National Guardsmen also hit in Lafayette Square park

(Newser) - If the air over Washington, DC, felt electric Thursday night, well, no wonder. Two members of the National Guard suffered non-life-threatening injuries as they were struck by lightning within Lafayette Square park, the home of ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd, shortly after midnight, WUSA9 reports. Both are...

NYC Mayor Says He Won't Call in National Guard

8pm curfew has been extended all week

(Newser) - New York City extended an 8pm curfew all week and said it would prohibit many types of nighttime traffic in Manhattan as officials struggled Tuesday to stanch destruction and growing complaints that the nation's biggest city was reeling out of control night by night. After chaos erupted again overnight...

Australia Wants Investigation After Its Journalists Assaulted

Police seen punching cameraman, hitting reporter with baton near White House

(Newser) - Bellingcat senior investigator Nick Waters documented 100 cases of police attacks on journalists in four days of protests before describing the 101st case as coming outside the White House on Monday. Two Australian journalists, 7News correspondent Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers, were reporting live around 6:25pm local time...

Mayor Says National Guard Will Be Deployed in LA

Newsom declares state of emergency

(Newser) - The mayor of Los Angeles says National Guard troops are being sent in to the nation's second-largest city after a fourth day of violent protests Saturday saw demonstrators clash repeatedly with officers, torch police vehicles, and ransack businesses. Mayor Eric Garcetti says he asked Gov. Gavin Newsom for 500...

Trump on Minneapolis: 'When the Looting Starts, the Shooting Starts'

President calls those protesting George Floyd's death 'thugs'

(Newser) - The governor of Minnesota on Thursday activated the National Guard, and 500 soldiers will respond to Minneapolis, which has seen protests every night since Tuesday over the Monday death of George Floyd . Also Thursday, the mayor of Minneapolis declared a state of emergency, KSTP reports. Looting, violence, smashed windows, and...

Report: Fever of 104.9 Was Ignored. Death Came Days Later

Federal review finds 53 coronavirus deaths at NJ facility where bodies piled up

(Newser) - In April, police received a tip about a body being kept in a shed at a New Jersey nursing home. They found 17 bodies in the small morgue of Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center II, but that was just the first detail to emerge. At least 53 residents of the...

Trump Orders National Guard to Help in 3 Hard-Hit States

New York, California and Washington will get medical stations

(Newser) - The National Guard has been activated in the three states with the biggest coronavirus outbreaks, President Trump said Sunday, promising that more help will follow. The Guard will help build medical facilities in New York, California and Washington, the Hill reports. Eight medical stations with 2,000 hospital beds will...

Another State to Pull Its Troops From Border

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says 'crisis' is 'manufactured'

(Newser) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to withdraw several hundred National Guard troops Monday from the state's southern border with Mexico in defiance of the Trump administration's request for support from border states. About 100 of the 360 troops will remain deployed under California's agreement with the federal...

NM Governor Sees No Crisis, Makes Border Move

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham orders withdrawal of most National Guard troops

(Newser) - The governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state's National Guard troops from the US border with Mexico on Tuesday, in a move that challenges President Trump's description of a security crisis. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the partial withdrawal shortly before Trump'...

Soldiers Told to Return Overpayments From After Deployment

Iowa National Guard soldiers continued receiving active-duty pay after active duty ended

(Newser) - Hundreds of Iowa National Guard soldiers have been told they were overpaid after a year-long deployment to the Middle East and that they must make plans to repay the money, the AP reports. The 248th Aviation Support Battalion held a homecoming ceremony on Nov. 2 to celebrate returning from Kuwait...

Utah Mayor Killed on Deployment in Afghanistan
Utah Mayor Killed on
Deployment in Afghanistan

Utah Mayor Killed on Deployment in Afghanistan

39-year-old Brent Taylor, mayor of North Ogden, killed on 4th deployment with Utah National Guard

(Newser) - The mayor of a Utah city was killed during an attack in Afghanistan while he was serving with the state's National Guard, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor died Saturday in an apparent "insider attack" in Kabul. Another US service member is being treated...

California Rejects Border Duties for Its National Guard Troops

Says some jobs federal government wants done are too closely tied to immigration enforcement

(Newser) - California has rejected the federal government's initial plans for National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement, two US officials tell the AP . The state informed federal officials it will not allow its troops to fix and repair vehicles, operate...

Feds Will Pay for 4K National Guard Personnel at US Border

Mattis approved the move Friday night

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has approved using Defense Department money to pay for as many as 4,000 National Guard personnel to perform border security missions as requested by President Trump , the AP reports. Mattis made the decision Friday night. It means the federal government will foot the bill for...

Arizona, Texas Sending National Guard to Border

Governors respond to President Trump's request

(Newser) - Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they were preparing to deploy National Guard members to the US-Mexico border in response to President Trump's call for more border security. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said about 150 Guard members would deploy next week. And the Texas Military Department, the umbrella agency...

National Guard Could Be Deployed to Border Today

President Trump is working on an 'immediate' plan, Homeland Security secretary says

(Newser) - President Donald Trump and border-state governors are working to "immediately" deploy the National Guard to the US-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, with some troops potentially arriving later Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. "The threat is real," Nielsen said at an afternoon briefing, adding that...

National Guard Ready After Verdict in Mo. Cop Shooting

Jason Stockley acquitted in 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith

(Newser) - Tensions ran high in St. Louis Friday, with barricades surrounding a federal courthouse and the Missouri National Guard on standby, as the city awaited a verdict in the murder trial of a white cop who shot a 24-year-old black motorist in 2011, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch —and that...

Commander Ordered to Step Down Mid-Inauguration

Timing is 'extremely unusual,' DC Guard chief says

(Newser) - Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz says he wouldn't leave a mission in the middle of a battle, so he doesn't understand why he is being asked to step down in the middle of Donald Trump's inauguration. Schwartz, head of the DC National Guard, has been ordered to...

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