• Members of National Guard walk past Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)
    National Guard patrols torn California streets amid unrest

    More than 2,400 California National Guard soldiers toting military assault rifles are on the streets and authorities say that has allowed police officers to crack down on the rampant vandalism and thievery that scarred the first several days of demonstrations.

  • Police clear the area around Lafayette Park and the White House as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (Alex Brandon/AP)
    Trump offers ‘domination’ of DC protests as model for states

    Claiming he is backed by a “silent majority,” President Donald Trump turned the nation’s capital into a model for the overwhelming force he believes critical to stop sometimes-violent protests that have spread across the country in a time of racial unrest.

  • A man walks through an intersection blocked by a military Humvee from D.C. National Guard and a DEA police officer as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
    Some governors balk at Trump request to send troops to DC

    Some governors are rejecting President Donald Trump’s request to send National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., for a massive militarized show of force in the nation’s capital after several days of unrest over the death of George Floyd.

  • Demonstrators march as they protest the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. Alex Brandon/AP)
    DC officials push back on aggressive response to protests

    Officials in the nation’s capital pushed back Tuesday on an aggressive response by the federal government to demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, with the mayor flatly rejecting a Trump administration proposal for the federal government to take over its police force and one county in Virginia pulling its officers from Washington.

  • National Guard troops lay down their shields at the request of protesters in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, June 1, 2020. Troops had rushed to get the shields as the crowd walked up the Capitol steps but as the George Floyd vigil participants remained calm, the National Guardsmen granted protesters' request to put the shields down. (Kimberlee Krkuesi/AP)
    Tennessee National Guard troops lay down riot shields at protesters’ request

    Nearly 50 people were arrested over the weekend in Tennessee, while many businesses saw property damaged and public buildings vandalized across the state during peaceful protests that turned violent in response to the death of George Floyd.

  • A military Humvee blocks an intersection along K Street in downtown Washington as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (Alex Brandon/AP)
    Presidents have leeway to use military for domestic purposes

    President Donald Trump’s warning that he would deploy the United States military to any state that refuses to take aggressive action against rioting rests on a longstanding presidential power that gives wide latitude to the White House, legal experts said Monday.

  • A Ukrainian Su-27 Flanker and MiG-29 Fulcrum escort two B-1B Lancers during a training mission for Bomber Task Force Europe on May 29, 2020, in the Black Sea region. (Courtesy of the Ukrainian Air Force)
    Russian general decries ‘provocative’ NATO drills near its border

    Col.-Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian General Staff said Russia has sent a formal letter to NATO proposing to scale down each other’s military activities for the period of the coronavirus outbreak, but the alliance has stonewalled the offer.