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The Great Banishment

Recent events have led various platforms and services to banish racist, white supremacist, alt-right groups, pushing them to the platform fringes of the web. TPM's Allegra Kirkland spoke to various alt-right luminaries about the developments. Some interviews went better than others. Other sites ...

Some Remains Of Sailors Found On USS John McCain Following Collision

SINGAPORE — The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said some remains of Navy sailors were found in a compartment of the USS John McCain on Tuesday, a day after the warship's collision with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 sailors missing. Adm. Scott Swift also said at a news ...

Treasury Secretary’s Wife Boasts Wealth On Instagram, Argues With Commenter

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin’s wife, Louise Linton, apparently made her Instagram profile private Monday after bragging about flying on a government plane to Kentucky with her husband and tagging fashion brands — like Hermès, Tom Ford and Valentino — in her photo. ...

Charity Pulls Event From Trump's NJ Golf Club Due To 'Recent Events'

After a wave of charities pulled fundraising events from President Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago club in the wake of his response to the Charlottesville attack, a local New Jersey charity announced Monday that it would no longer hold an event at Trump's golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. ...

Flake Dismisses Trump's Support For Primary Challenger Kelli Ward

The evening before President Donald Trump's rally in Arizona, Sen. Jeff Flake told reporters that he is not concerned about the potential for Trump to back one of the Republican primary challengers to Flake in his 2018 re-election bid. “I don’t worry about it at all,” Flake ...

Republicans, Vocal Trump Critics Jump To Praise President's Afghanistan Plan

After reversing course on his “original instinct” to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan and declaring on Tuesday an unannounced approach to military operations in the country, GOP lawmakers praised President Donald Trump for his new strategy. Sen. John McCain , who is the head of the ...

Paul Ryan: Trump Was 'Wrong' Not To Fully Condemn White Nationalists

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday night criticized President Donald Trump for failing last week to fully condemn the white nationalists at a rally in Charlottesville, acknowledging that the President “messed up.” During a televised town hall on CNN, Ryan was asked about Trump's response ...

Four Surviving Barcelona Attack Suspects Appear In Court

MADRID — Four alleged members of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona and a Spanish resort appeared in court Tuesday, a day after the last missing member of the cell was gunned down by police near Barcelona. The four men were arrested last week for their alleged ...

Afghans Welcome Trump's Harsh Words For Pakistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghans on Tuesday welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's harsh words for Pakistan in a speech outlining his strategy for the war-torn country that critics said offered little in the way of details and ruled out nation-building. Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan's second most ...

Divers Search USS McCain's Flooded Compartments For 10 Missing Sailors

SINGAPORE — The focus of the search for 10 U.S. sailors missing after a collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters shifted Tuesday to the damaged destroyer's flooded compartments. The sea search by aircraft and ships from the U.S., Singapore and ...

Trump's Arizona Trip Kicks Off Ugly GOP Senate Primary Season

Senate Republicans' primary woes are back, with a Grand Canyon-sized vengeance. President Trump is heading to Arizona for a Tuesday campaign rally where he's expected to take aim at primary-plagued Sen. Jeff Flake . The event marks the unofficial kickoff of a primary election cycle that risks ...

Relegated To Fringe Platforms, White Nationalists Stuck In Own Echo Chamber

The internet’s foremost purveyors of racist bile faced an unprecedented backlash in the wake of the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month. White nationalists and other hate groups were kicked off of mainstream social media and web hosting sites in droves, ...

Trump’s Afghan Strategy: ‘Killing Terrorists,' Not Nation-Building

President Donald Trump on Monday announced that his administration's strategy for the war in Afghanistan would be predicated upon unannounced military operations, nondisclosure of troop numbers, unfixed schedules and “killing terrorists.” In his first nationally televised ...

Trump Acknowledges He's Shifted From His 'Original Instinct' On Afghanistan

President Donald Trump on Monday acknowledged that his newly announced strategy for the war in Afghanistan was at odds with his previous statements on the subject. “My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts,” Trump said in a nationally televised ...

WATCH LIVE: Trump Unveils Afghanistan Strategy In National Address At 9 PM

President Donald Trump is scheduled to outline his new strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a nationally televised speech on Monday at 9 p.m. at Fort Myer in Virginia. Watch live below:

Trump Is Killing McConnell In Kentucky

A few moments ago I noticed a new PPP poll showing that Mitch McConnell seems to have been damaged significantly in his home state of Kentucky by the effort to repeal Obamacare. The number that caught my eye was that McConnell has an astonishing 74% disapproval rating with just 18% approving of his ...

Maine Gov. LePage Sends Handwritten Notes To Critics Of His C'ville Silence

PORTLAND, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage is sending handwritten missives to residents who've written to criticize him for his silence following racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. LePage responded to constituent Darcey Poulin on Aug. 16 by saying, “You must be reading the ...

Virginia Gov. 'Most Likely' To Pursue Removal Of Lee Statue In Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday he will most likely submit legislation to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's iconic Monument Avenue. He also told reporters he is considering measures to prevent people from having weapons at highly charged ...

Gianforte To Be Photographed, Fingerprinted For Assaulting Reporter

HELENA, Mont. — A judge has ordered Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte to be photographed and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter in May, opening the door for the congressman's mug shot to be plastered in opponents' campaign ads in next year's election. Justice Court Judge Rick West on Monday ...

Arizona Gov. To Skip Trump Rally In Favor Of 'Working With Law Enforcement'

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday announced that he will skip President Donald Trump's scheduled campaign-style rally Tuesday in Trump's first visit to the state since he won the presidency. Ducey's spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said in a statement to the Arizona Republic that the governor ...

Scratch Golfer

Trump dropped under par again on Gallup today: 35% support.

Rep. Scalise's Return Since Baseball Practice Shooting To Be Determined

WASHINGTON — The Louisiana congressman shot at a baseball practice in mid-June is telling colleagues that his return to the Capitol will be based on his doctors' advice and a date has not yet been determined. A spokeswoman for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Lauren Fine, said the congressman ...

Trump as Poetry

As stupid as it is, looking directly into the sun, despite endless warnings, pretty much sums up the Trump presidency.

US Embassy In Russia Stops Issuing Tourist Visas For 8 Days

MOSCOW — In a step that could affect hundreds of thousands of Russian tourists, the U.S. Embassy in Russia said Monday it would suspend issuing nonimmigrant visas for eight days from Wednesday in response to the Russian decision to cap embassy staff. The embassy made the decision after the ...

Trump Looks At The Sun During Solar Eclipse Despite Shouted Warning

President Donald Trump's administration on Monday took a moment in the afternoon to observe the first total solar eclipse to pass over the United States from one coast to the other since 1918. White House pool reporter Ted Mann, from the Wall Street Journal, tweeted updates from the nation's ...

Feds: Texas Man Arrested For Trying To Plant Bomb On Confederate Statue

HOUSTON — A Houston man has been arrested after he was allegedly caught trying to plant explosives on a Confederate statue at a Houston park, authorities said Monday. Prosecutors allege 25-year-old Andrew Schneck was caught on Saturday evening near a statue of Richard Dowling, a lieutenant in ...

Trump To Watch Solar Eclipse From White House Balcony

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to watch the solar eclipse from a White House balcony. The White House said Monday that the president and first lady will take in the cosmic spectacle from the Truman balcony on the second floor of the residence, overlooking the South Lawn. This is the ...

Historic Total Solar Eclipse Sweeps Across US

AP – Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century. “It's really, really, really, really ...

Secret Service Has Enough Funding To Perform Duties Through September

The Secret Service announced Monday it has enough funding to protect President Donald Trump, his administration and 18 of Trump's family members through the end of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. The announcement came after USA Today reported Monday that the agency has already met the ...

Breitbart Apologizes For Using Photo Of Soccer Star In Human Trafficking Story

Breitbart News apologized for using a photo of soccer star Lukas Podolski on a story published Friday about a gang allegedly smuggling migrants to Spain, which had no relation or connection to Podolski. In an editor's note appended to the story, last modified on Sunday, Breitbart London ...

Christie: Trump's 'Both Sides' Charlottesville Comments 'A Mistake'

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says President Donald Trump's racially fraught comments about “both sides” being to blame for a deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, were “a mistake.” But Christie says he know Trump isn't a racist. ...

Would Trump Rather Stay on Charlottesville or Pivot to Russia?

One of the oddities of the last week-plus is that it has created what seems like a crisis for the White House which is new and perhaps a turning point. Yet the most daunting challenge facing the White House  - or the two most daunting challenges - aren't on people's radar at all. Or, rather they ...

33 Arrested In Counterprotest Of Boston 'Free Speech Rally' Heading To Court

BOSTON — Thirty-three people taken into custody in Boston during a counterprotest of a small, conservative “free speech rally” over the weekend are headed to court this week. The arrests — mostly for disorderly conduct — were made Saturday as an estimated 40,000 ...

NYT: Russian Lobbyist Who Met Trump Jr. Tied to Multiple Hacking Campaigns

Rinat Ahkmetshin, who met last year with Donald Trump, Jr. alongside other Russian operatives peddling damaging information about Hillary Clinton, has worked more than once with firms accused of hacking political and legal opponents, according to a new profile of the Russian-born lobbyist TPM ...

Spain: Police Shoot Man Wearing Possible Bomb Belt West Of Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain — A police operation was underway Monday in an area west of Barcelona, and a Spanish newspaper reports that the fugitive in the city's van attack has been captured. Regional police said officers shot a man wearing a possible explosives belt in Subirats, a small town 45 ...

Former Romney Aide To Challenge Sen. Elizabeth Warren

BOSTON — An aide to former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney is stepping up to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Beth Lindstrom says in a video message posted on her website Monday that she's “all in” for the 2018 race. She says a more formal announcement ...

Gingrich On Trump Getting GOP Support In Congress: Be More Disciplined

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized President Donald Trump Monday, saying the President needs to learn to be a team player and “quit stepping on himself” if he wants to earn the support of Republicans in Congress. Gingrich, a vocal supporter of Trump, appeared on “Fox ...

University Of Texas Removes 4 Confederate Statues Overnight

The University of Texas at Austin removed several confederate statues overnight on Sunday following an announcement from the school's president, Gregory Fenves. “Last week, the horrific displays of hatred at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville shocked and saddened the nation. ...

Report: Secret Service Can't Pay Agents Because Of Trump's Travel, Large Family

The Secret Service doesn’t have enough money to pay hundreds of its agents to protect President Donald Trump’s large family and their frequent travel, Director Randolph “Tex” Alles told USA Today. More than 1,000 agents have already met the cap for salary and overtime that was ...

Bannon Was Reportedly Set To Leave White House Amicably Until Last Week

Before the events of last week, Steve Bannon had come to an agreement with White House chief of staff John Kelly in July that he would leave the White House in mid-August in a low-key, civil manner, the New York Times reported on Sunday. However, President Donald Trump's response to the ...

Christie Drops Out Of Running For Job On Local Sports Talk Radio Show

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is no longer in the running for a job on a local sports talk show, he announced in a statement Sunday. Christie auditioned for the post-gubernatorial gig as a co-host on WFAN’s morning show last month, during which he called a caller a “communist.” ...

Trump Says His Prayers Are With Navy Sailors After Initial Bungled Response

President Donald Trump on Sunday night published a tweet saying that his thoughts and prayers are with U.S. Navy sailors after he bungled his response to reporters' shouted questions about the collision of a Navy destroyer that left sailors injured and missing. Thoughts & prayers are w/ our ...

Barcelona Attack Driver Still At Large, Identity Confirmed

BARCELONA, Spain — Spanish authorities confirmed on Monday the identity of the driver of the deadly van attack in Barcelona and said that he is the last member of the 12-man Islamic extremist cell still at large. Catalan interior minister Joaquim Forn told Catalunya Radio that 22-year-old ...

10 Sailors Missing After USS John S. McCain Vessel Collides With Oil Tanker

SINGAPORE — The USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer docked Monday at Singapore's naval base with “significant damage” to its hull after an early morning collision with an oil tanker, as vessels from several nations searched for 10 missing U.S. sailors. The collision east of ...

Legal Battle Brewing As Trump's HHS Prepares To Ax Free Birth Control Rule

The Trump administration is preparing to roll back the Obama-era free birth control mandate, a move legal groups say would be unconstitutional and subject to a court challenge. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the rule will be very similar to a draft version leaked in May, which ...

WaPo: White House To Disband Federal Climate Change Advisory Panel

President Donald Trump's administration decided to disband a federal advisory committee on climate change, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration acting administrator Ben Friedman  on Friday informed the chair of the Advisory Committee for ...

Publicist: Jerry Lewis, Comedian And Director, Dies at 91

LAS VEGAS — Jerry Lewis, the rubber-faced comedian and director whose fundraising telethons became as famous as his hit movies, has died. Publicist Candi Cazau says Lewis passed away Sunday morning of natural causes at age 91 in Las Vegas with his family by his side. Lewis first became a star ...

Colleges Grapple With Balancing Free Speech, Campus Safety

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — When Carl Valentine dropped off his daughter at the University of Virginia, he had some important advice for the college freshman: Don't forget that you are a minority. “She has to be vigilant of that and be concerned about that, always know her surroundings, just ...

Bannon: GOPers Will Be 'One Big Happy Family' If They Line Up Behind Trump

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday said the Republican Party will “be one big happy family” if elected Republicans fall in line behind President Donald Trump. “If the Republican Party on Capitol Hill gets behind the president on his plans and not ...

Mattis Tight-Lipped On Trump's New Afghanistan War Strategy

AMMAN, Jordan — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday he is satisfied with how the administration formulated its new Afghanistan war strategy. But he refused to talk about the new policy until it was disclosed by President Donald Trump. He said the deliberations, including talks at the ...