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Lawmakers Tussle Over Role Of Extremists In Protest-Related Violence

The debate in Thursday's House homeland security hearing mirrored a broader national political argument over the demonstrations that followed the police killing of George Floyd earlier this year.
House Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, questions witnesses during a hearing on threats to the U.S. on Thursday. Source: Chip Somodevilla

Republicans, Democrats and witnesses on Thursday are fighting in microcosm the national political argument over the demonstrations — and some violence — that have followed the police killing of George Floyd earlier this year.

The often bitter debate is about the political legitimacy of that movement. Its supporters, mostly Democrats in this context, argue that it's a

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