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John Hinckley Jr., who shot Ronald Reagan, set to be unconditionally released on June 15
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John Hinckley Jr., who shot Ronald Reagan, set to be unconditionally released on June 15

Washington — John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot and nearly killed President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is set to be unconditionally released from court-ordered psychiatric supervision on June 15, after federal prosecutors, mental health professionals and Hinckley's legal team told a judge on Wednesday that they have no concerns about his mental state.Hinckley, now 67, shot at Reagan as the president was exiting a Washington hotel on March 30, 1981, puncturing a lung and causing severe internal bleeding. Three others were also wounded. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982, and remained hospitalized until 2006. He was allowed to live with his mother in 2016.Hinckley suffered from acute psychosis when he shot the president and had developed an obsession with the ac...
Biden Struggles to Defend His Presidency Amid Setbacks | Politics
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Biden Struggles to Defend His Presidency Amid Setbacks | Politics

President Joe Biden has a lot of problems, and he's spent the week trying to convince Americans he's doing something about them. From baby formula shortages to the war in Ukraine to high inflation, the president wants voters to know he has a plan to ease their pain.But those plans, experts say, may be just that – plans and proposals, many of which need unlikely approval by an uncooperative Congress or are subject to the whims of hostile foreign leaders, unpredictable markets or other forces beyond any president's control.And Biden, facing an unhappy public that emerged from a pandemic only to be hit with big grocery and gas bills, a war and two traumatizing mass shootings, is having a hard time making his case that he is taking whatever action the Constitution allows him to do.Political Ca...
Coast Guard Commandant Linda Fagan becomes first woman to lead U.S. armed forces branch
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Coast Guard Commandant Linda Fagan becomes first woman to lead U.S. armed forces branch

Admiral Linda L. Fagan shattered the military's glass ceiling on Wednesday to become commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and the first female officer to lead a branch of the U.S. armed forces.Previously the service's second-in-command, Fagan has worn the Coast Guard uniform for more than four decades and on all seven continents. She graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1985, one of 16 women who graduated her year in the sixth class to include women. Admiral Linda Fagan greets President Joe Biden during the U.S. Coast Guard change of command ceremony at USCG Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on June 1, 2022.  SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images "We've made a lot of progress in t...
The politics of police at Pride parades- POLITICO
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The politics of police at Pride parades- POLITICO

Happy Pride Month, Illinois. Summer festivals — and an election — are finally in sight. Richard Irvin’s decision to boycott Aurora's Pride Parade because police officers aren't allowed to march in full uniform is fueling a political debate about the relationship between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ community.The mayor of Aurora and GOP candidate for governor defended the move, saying the appearance of uniformed officers is “one of the basic principles of community policing,” according to a statement.But critics say Irvin is playing politics. “LGBTQ people are six times more likely to be stopped by police and three times more likely to be incarcerated than non-LGBTQ people,” Equality Illinois CEO Brian Johnson told Playbook. “Instead of expressing curiosity about why his LGBTQ constit...
Biden administration officials outline new $700 million Ukraine security package, including longer range rocket systems
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Biden administration officials outline new $700 million Ukraine security package, including longer range rocket systems

The Biden administration on Tuesday announced details of the newest $700 million security package it is sending to Ukraine, which includes rocket systems with longer ranges than those sent in previous packages. The package is expected to be officially announced Wednesday.The High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) will provide Ukrainian troops with greater precision when striking against Russian advances, senior administration officials told reporters Tuesday night. The officials stressed that these newer systems will not be used to strike at targets within Russia.Officials also said they will not be giving Ukraine long-range weapons, and added that Ukraine has assured the U.S. that it will not fire the medium-range rockets into Russian territory. ...
Green Street apartment plan faces headwinds from St. Louis City Hall | Politics
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Green Street apartment plan faces headwinds from St. Louis City Hall | Politics

ST. LOUIS — Despite a positive vote from the city’s planning commission and St. Louis Board of Aldermen more than a year ago, officials have delayed consideration of a developer’s incentive request for a $73 million apartment complex on McRee Avenue after the project drew opposition from a city alderman.The episode is the latest example of Alderman Tina Pihl and Mayor Tishaura O. Jones’ administration asserting their power over development deals that won initial approval under their predecessors. Green Street Real Estate Ventures wants to build a 268-unit apartment structure at 4591 McRee Avenue in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood and is seeking a sales tax exemption on construction materials for the project — now a larger investment than its early plans.But Pihl, wh...
Cornyn and Murphy to meet virtually to attempt “basic framework” for gun control proposals
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Cornyn and Murphy to meet virtually to attempt “basic framework” for gun control proposals

One Republican senator and one Democratic senator are hoping they can find some common ground on gun reforms that will garner enough Republican support to pass the 60-vote threshold in the Senate in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two adults dead. Republican Senator John Cornyn and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy will meet virtually on Tuesday to "see if we can agree on a basic framework" about how to go forward on gun legislation proposals, according to an aide to Cornyn. An aide to Murphy confirmed the senator "is participating in tomorrow's meeting and will be holding meetings throughout the week." Their offices are not specifying if other members will join this bipartisan attempt at considering areas of agreement on gun reforms. The W...
Politics and pandemic fatigue doom California’s covid vaccine mandates
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Politics and pandemic fatigue doom California’s covid vaccine mandates

In January, progressive California Democrats vowed to adopt the toughest covid vaccine requirements in the country. Their proposals would have required most Californians to get the shots to go to school or work — without allowing exemptions to get out of them. Months later, the lawmakers pulled their bills before the first votes. One major vaccine proposal survives, but faces an uphill battle. It would allow children ages 12 to 17 to get a covid-19 vaccine without parental permission. At least 10 other states permit some minors to do this. Democrats blamed the failure of their vaccine mandates on the changing nature and perception of the pandemic. They said the measures became unnecessary as case rates declined earlier this year and the public became less focused on the pa...
Cornyn and Murphy to meet virtually to attempt “basic framework” for gun proposals
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Cornyn and Murphy to meet virtually to attempt “basic framework” for gun proposals

One Republican senator and one Democratic senator are hoping they can find some common ground on gun reforms that will garner enough Republican support to pass the 60-vote threshold in the Senate in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two adults dead. Republican Senator John Cornyn and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy will meet virtually on Tuesday to "see if we can agree on a basic framework" about how to go forward on gun legislation proposals, according to an aide to Cornyn. An aide to Murphy confirmed the senator "is participating in tomorrow's meeting and will be holding meetings throughout the week." Their offices are not specifying if other members will join this bipartisan attempt at considering areas of agreement on gun reforms. The W...
Cuban dissident artists go on trial, face years in prison | Politics News
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Cuban dissident artists go on trial, face years in prison | Politics News

Two dissident artists have faced their first day of trial in Cuba after being detained nearly a year ago, in an ongoing judicial process that human rights groups have labelled a “farce” and a “circus”. Police and security forces surrounded the court in Havana on Monday, while a small group of family members was allowed access to the courthouse, an official from Cuba’s International Press Center told the Reuters news agency. The activists, Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara and Maykel Castillo, are prominent members of the Havana-based San Isidro Movement, an artists collective that led several protests before many of the group left Cuba, alleging repression. Otero Alcantara, 34, is accused of defaming the national flag, contempt and public disorder, and faces seven years in jail, according to a M...