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October 22, 2019

When President Trump speaks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference next week in Chicago, the city's top cop won't be there.

A spokesman for Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Tuesday that while he will attend several of the conference's events, Johnson will not be in the crowd for Trump's speech on Monday. "The values of the people of Chicago are more important to him than anything that could be discussed at that speech," Anthony Guglielmi said.

This will be Trump's first visit to Chicago as president. He has made it clear that he does not agree with the way Chicago is governed or policed, saying in 2017 that he wanted to "send in the Feds" to deal with gun violence. During a rally that same year in Florida, Trump told the crowd, "There are those who say that Afghanistan is safer than Chicago, okay? ... You know what's wrong with Chicago? Weak, ineffective politicians." Catherine Garcia

April 16, 2019

A gala dinner honoring right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will no longer take place at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, following outrage by environmental groups and museum employees.

The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, which says it promotes "trade, investment, and cultural ties" between Brazil and the United States, rented space from the museum for its Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner. Bolsonaro has said he wants to allow development in rainforests and roll back other environmental protections, and once word spread he would be honored at the event, environmental groups began pressuring the museum to cancel it.

Last week, the museum said it was "deeply concerned" to learn the gala was for Bolsonaro, and NPR reports that staffers were also pushing the museum to cancel the dinner. On Monday, the museum and Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce released a statement saying the museum is "not the optimal location" for the event. The dinner is still scheduled for May 14, though the chamber has not yet announced its new location. And the gala will still honor Bolsonaro, with the chamber saying it selected him due to his "strongly stated intention of fostering closer commercial and diplomatic ties between Brazil and the United States." Catherine Garcia

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