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Sunday April 21st, 2019 morning edition

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He argued that these efforts were "contrary to the fact that now, purely economically and financially, the United States can no longer—singlehandedly or with its closest allies—resolve all issues in the global economy and world affairs.

"In order to artificially retain their dominance, to regain indisputable positions, they employ various methods of pressure and blackmail to coerce economically and through the use of information," said Lavrov.

Washington and Moscow, rival superpowers during the decadeslong Cold War, have somewhat resumed their bout for global influence in the 21st century.

As Russia worked toward building new nuclear-capable hypersonic and cruise missiles, the U.S. scrambled to build new defenses capable of intercepting them, even from space.

Moscow counterclaimed that Washington was breaking the treaty by installing missile defenses that could allegedly also be used to attack from Eastern Europe.

Now the two are struggling to find common ground in renewing the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) that would limit their nuclear arsenals.

China and Iran—with whom Russia has expanded relations in the face of perceived U.S. hostilities—also sent aircraft, allegedly to help with humanitarian aid and the resumption of direct flights, respectively. »

Grand Rapids could make it illegal to call police on people of color for ‘participating in their lives’

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids could soon have an ordinance that would make it a criminal misdemeanor to racially profile people of color for “participating in their lives.”.

In recent years, DeRoo said Grand Rapids police have been unnecessarily dispatched to situations due to 911 calls that were perhaps made due to implicit bias or discrimination.

“Often times, the Grand Rapids Police Department ends up being caught in the middle of what is a bigger community problem,” DeRoo said. »

Rep. Ilhan Omar: Legalize Marijuana Nationwide, Expunge Criminal Records of Those Jailed for Pot Offenses

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First-term Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota said Saturday morning that she believes it is time for the U.S. to not only legalize pot on a countrywide basis, but to retroactively clear the criminal records of those previously jailed on marijuana charges.

"We must finally legalize cannabis nationwide and expunge records for those incarcerated for cannabis-related offenses.".

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, Omar's statement about marijuana arrests disproportionately affecting people of color was accurate. »

F.B.I. Arrests Leader of Right-Wing Militia That Detained Migrants in New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE — The F.B.I. on Saturday arrested the leader of a right-wing militia that was detaining migrant families at gunpoint near the border in southern New Mexico, as the group faced a torrent of criticism for its tactics.

“This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families,” Mr. Balderas said. »