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White supremacist rally fizzles, overtaken by massive anti-racism march

Organizers of a self-described “free speech” rally in Boston Saturday were expecting to see a big turnout, with attendees from the same white supremacist groups that marched on Charlottesville last weekend. Massachusetts members of the Ku Klux Klan had announced their plans to ...

Organizer of Charlottesville protest calls murder victim a 'fat, disgusting communist'

The man who organized the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last Saturday tweeted that Heather Heyer, the woman who was murdered at the event, a “fat, disgusting communist” and described her death as “payback.” The organizer, Jason Kessler, deleted the tweet and ...

UPDATES: White supremacist rally in Boston

A so-called “free speech” rally in Boston on Saturday is expected to draw some of the same white supremacist groups that participated in the violent events of Charlottesville last weekend. The national director of the Ku Klux Klan said that he expected members would attend. A large group ...

Rush Limbaugh says white supremacists and the KKK 'are not the problem,' warns of second civil war

Donald Trump sent shock waves through the political world with his broad defense of participants in a white supremacist rally last weekend, praising them for obtaining a permit and describing some as “very fine people.” He previously put Nazis, the KKK and white nationalists on the same ...

After Charlottesville, the conspicuous silence of the creators of HBO's 'Confederate'

In light of the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia after a white nationalist rally organized to protest the removal of a General Robert E. Lee statue, Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff , whose upcoming project Confederate, an alt-history exploring what America ...

How much racism will white Americans tolerate?

The past week has been marked by a tumultuous stream of violence, protests, counter demonstrations, and presidential proclamations stemming from a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. While the uproar is sustained by the removal of Confederate monuments, that struggle is ...

First Trump faith advisor 'resigns' from presidential board

One of Donald Trump's faith advisors has resigned' from his capacity as a counselor to the president, citing a deepening conflict of values' between him and the administration. A.R. Bernard, an African American megachurch pastor in New York City, announced the news Friday evening on Twitter. He says ...

The sweet 16: Steve Bannon and everyone else who couldn't survive 7 months in the Trump White House

Friday marked seven months since Trump's inauguration and last day for Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, in the White House. Bannon is not alone. He is the sixteenth member of the Trump White House to hit the curb in the first 210 days. See who else didn't last in the video above.

Bannon may be out, but his racist legacy remains

Two unnamed administration officials told The New York Times on Friday that Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon had tendered his resignation earlier in the month and was on his way out. The news came as a pleasant surprise to those who had long petitioned for his dismissal, though others ...

Mayors nationwide take up effort to combat white supremacy

During a press call on Friday, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Anti-Defamation League announced a ten-point plan to combat hate groups in cities and towns across the country. The move comes after President Donald Trump blamed “many sides,” including what he called the ...

Kevin Durant says he won't visit the White House because of Donald Trump

Back in June, Kevin Durant led the Golden State Warriors to their second NBA title in the last three years, dispatching LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games and being named MVP of the finals. Traditionally, championship teams from all levels of organized sports — from Super Bowl ...

Trump administration eyes truck emissions standards for its next climate rollback

The Trump administration plans to revisit greenhouse gas emissions and efficiency standards for freight trucks just months before the standards are scheduled to take effect, a decision environmental groups view as yet another capitulation by the administration to industry demands. The Environmental ...

'Take My Wife' needs a platform and fans are trying to save it

After the streaming service that hosted the LGBTQ-positive show Take My Wife announced it would shut down, fans have been urging other platforms to take the show. Earlier in the month, Seeso, Comcast and NBC Universal's streaming service, announced it would shut down later this year. For days, ...

The redistricting battle in Texas is just heating up

Texas could be headed to the Supreme Court after a federal court ruled Tuesday that two of the state's congressional districts violate both the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. In a 107-page decision, three judges in San Antonio declared that the districts had been purposefully re-drawn ...

Coverage of Barcelona attack highlights 'empathy gap'

The coverage of the Thursday's attack in Barcelona followed the script of most attacks in European or North American countries: incident, confirmation, a casualty/injury count that varies, the hunt for responsible parties, finger-pointing and analysis on how this could possible happen,” and ...

Beer is the greenest beverage

By Jeremy Deaton It would be hard to imagine the heads of Budweiser or Miller challenging the president, but the new generation of American beer makers are a different breed; they are working hard to protect the water, soil, air, and climate on which their businesses depend, and demonstrating a ...

Innovative new campaign wants to offset Trump's terrible climate policies by planting billions of trees

Resistance to the Trump administration's rollback of U.S. climate policy is literally taking root across the globe, driven by three climate-savvy campaigners in New Zealand and hundreds of thousands of trees. Dubbed “Trump Forest,” the project aims to plant enough trees , 110 billion, to ...

Miley, this is a bad moment to feel nostalgic for the 1950s

Miley Cyrus released on Friday her latest single off of her new album, Younger Now, which will come out in September. The eponymous track is a pop music song—that's as close as this article will get to reviewing the actual music. The video and single art are problematic and tone-deaf in timing. A ...

Trump's advocacy for Confederate monuments is a cynical ploy. Here's proof.

In his infamous Tuesday press conference responding to criticism that he was too slow to condemn violent events at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, President Donald Trump brushed aside concerns that he was giving comfort to white nationalists. Instead, he argued he was simply giving ...

Chris Long becomes first white NFL player to participate in national anthem protest

On Thursday, Chris Long became the first white NFL player to get involved in a national anthem protest. Before a preseason game in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end put his arm around safety Malcolm Jenkins while Jenkins raised his fist. Chris Long put his arm around Malcolm ...

CEOs' condemnation of white supremacists isn't the result of some newfound moral compass

If GoDaddy wasn't the first, it was certainly the biggest. The world's largest domain name registry announced on Monday that it would boot The Daily Stormer, the online hub for white supremacists and neo-Nazis who days earlier staged a rally in Charlottesville and allegedly murdered a 32-year-old ...

Mother of Charlottesville victim won't talk to Trump, cites his defense of white supremacist rally

During a Good Morning America interview on Friday, the mother of the woman who was killed in Charlottesville last Saturday, allegedly by a Nazi sympathizer, said that following President Trump's public defense of a white supremacist rally, she's no longer interesting in talking with him. Trump has ...

Police in Charlottesville arrested almost as many drunk people as violent white supremacists

As white nationalist protesters repeatedly clashed with counter-protesters over the weekend, law enforcement teams from the Charlottesville Police Department and the Virginia State Police watched closely. And as tensions between armed militias and their anti-fascist opposition turned violent, ...

When the sun disappears Monday, your electricity won't

The last time the United States witnessed a full solar eclipse was 1979. America's electricity picture has changed dramatically since then , states now rely more heavily on solar energy, and that trend is prompting questions and concerns regarding how the nation's electric grid will handle Monday's ...

More fire, more fury: Canada is ablaze amid record heatwave

With temperatures toppling 100-year-old records, British Columbia's raging wildfires have already set the record for the most acres burned. And it's only mid-August. Meanwhile, the Northwest Territories have been experiencing their own Arctic heatwave, and equally devastating wildfires. One blogger ...

Why it's no surprise Pence supports Trump's controversial statements on Charlottesville

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday he “stands with the president” on statements President Donald Trump made at a press conference, during which he called white nationalists at a Charlottesville rally “very fine people.” In the aftermath, Democrats and many members of ...

Trump responds to Barcelona attack by suggesting that mass murder of Muslims would deter terrorism

President Trump's response to an attack in Barcelona, Spain that left 13 dead was to suggest that mass murdering Muslims suspected of terrorism might be a way to deter future incidents. Trump's initial public reaction to the attack on Thursday was a tweet that generically condemned the violence, ...

Trump hasn't contacted Latinx ACA outreach coalition, Congressional Hispanic Caucus aims to fix that

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Thursday, demanding he meet with members about Affordable Care Act open enrollment. Members were prompted by recent reports that no one from the Trump administration had reached out to key ...

Duterte's war on drugs looks just like…war

Sixty people have been killed by security forces in the Philippines capital Manila and the bordering province of Bulacan under President Rodrigo Duterte's violent crackdown on alleged drug users and dealers. By Thursday, the three-day operation had resulted in 223 arrests. Reuters reports that this ...

BREAKING: 13 dead, around 80 injured in Barcelona after van strikes crowd

At least 13 people are dead after a van collided with pedestrians in a crowded area of Barcelona, Spain on Thursday. According to police, 13 people were killed and as many as 80 were injured when the car struck people walking in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district, a popular tourist area. Local police ...

Political reporters are claiming that Mitch McConnell is pro-civil rights for some reason

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined the ranks of Republicans who are very annoyed by Donald Trump's ambivalent response to neo-Nazis, but who haven't revealed any plans to actually do anything about it. For some reason, however, McConnell's heavy-on-rhetoric-light-on-action ...

Court overturns Exxon's fines for major pipeline spill, calling it 'regrettable'

Earlier this week, a federal appeals court overturned a federal agency's ruling , and more than $2 million in fines , against ExxonMobil for a 2013 pipeline spill, arguing that the company had fulfilled all its obligations under federal pipeline safety law. The incident, which took place ...

The danger of embedding with white nationalists

This past weekend, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and white nationalists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally, the largest gathering in two decades for such groups. Journalists who came from all over the country to cover the hate groups had ...

Two politicians want to take down the Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol

While President Donald Trump spent Thursday morning tweeting about the “beauty” of monuments to slavery, at least two politicians are calling to remove them from the U.S. Capitol building. Senator Cory Booker tweeted on Wednesday night that he would introduce a bill taking down ...

EPA chief decides to rewrite toxic wastewater rule at request of utility companies

The Environmental Protection Agency told a federal court this week that, after reviewing industry complaints, the agency plans to rewrite rules imposing federal limits on toxic metals in wastewater discharged from power plants. The new standards the EPA is seeking to revise were finalized in 2015 to ...

Conservative faith leaders stand by Trump despite his defense of white supremacist rally

As President Donald Trump struggles to manage the firestorm of criticism over his controversial remarks on white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, conservative faith leaders are sticking by his side , although his recent comments defending Confederate statues may be testing some of them. ...

Most Republicans support Trump as he attacks GOP senators who criticized his defense of bigotry

On Thursday morning, CBS released new polling showing that 66 percent of Republicans approve of President Trump's reaction to the Charlottesville attack , a response that included Trump morally equating white supremacists and those who gathered to protest them during a Tuesday news conference, ...

The hilarious way a German town turned neo-Nazis against Nazism

There isn't a clear playbook for people who suddenly find their hometown filled with neo-Nazis. They can ignore them and hope they go away quickly. They can protest peacefully, and potentially put their lives on the line against armed and dangerous white supremacists. They can attempt to meet force ...

Suspicious relationship between the Koch brothers and Utah university raises eyebrows

When a small think tank, funded in large part by petrochemical billionaire Charles Koch's foundations, and a Utah State University institute began publishing the same research, people started to take notice. Further examination of the relationship is leading critics to question whether the Koch ...

In wake of Charlottesville violence, WNBA teams unite for national anthem protest

WASHINGTON, D.C. , Four days after one civilian was murdered and two police officers died during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one day after the President of the United States vehemently defended the rally in a combative press conference, the WNBA's Washington Mystics ...

In wake of Charlottesville violence, WNBA teams unite for national anthem protest

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Four days after one civilian was murdered and two police officers died during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one day after the President of the United States vehemently defended the rally in a combative press conference, the WNBA's Washington Mystics and ...

Sessions tries to bash 'sanctuary cities' but accidentally makes the case for them

During a press conference in Miami, Florida on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered blistering remarks against immigrant-friendly policies in Chicago by conflating them with the city's high murder rates. But in the course of blasting so-called “sanctuary cities” , ...

Alabama senator says he can't criticize Trump's press conference because he was too busy to watch it

Appointed Sen. Luther Strange , who came in second in Tuesday's GOP primary, went on Fox News Wednesday to explain how he plans to win next month's primary runoff against opponent and former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. But if he was expecting an easy interview from host Trish Regan, he ...

LISTEN: House Republican embraces 5 conspiracy theories in one 20-minute interview

Donald Trump, as a conspiracy theory-embracing politician, didn't come out of nowhere. He emerged as the leader of a Republican party that accepted and trafficked in conspiracy theories and demonized Democrats and liberals even before his rise. This was on full display Tuesday morning, when Rep. ...

Son of Israeli prime minister says leftists worse than Nazis

The son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed this week that leftists are more dangerous than neo-Nazis and white supremacists. In a Facebook post published Tuesday, Yair Netanyahu wrote that antifascist protesters and members of the Black Lives Matter movement were ...

Members of Trump's remaining commissions say they have no plans to resign

A dozen members of President Trump's Manufacturing Council announced this week they'd be leaving the group after the president defended the white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, leading Trump to disband the council and his Strategic and Policy Forum altogether. Trump is left with just two ...

Trump agrees to pay key Obamacare subsidies, extending its lifeline

Everyone and their doctor has asked President Donald Trump to continue funding Obamacare cost-sharing reduction payments. After flirting with eliminating these payments to insurance companies, he finally agreed to pay them for the month of August. A White House spokesman told multiple news sources ...

Trump defended a white nationalist rally. This is how every Republican member of Congress reacted.

President Trump defended participants in a white supremacist rally and blamed the alt-left' for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend in a press conference Tuesday. The president said there were fine people' on every side of the clashes, ultimately failing once again to condemn ...

Yemen hit by 5,676 airstrikes in six months

According to a new report, the number of clashes and airstrikes in Yemen have increased dramatically in 2017: In the first six months of the year, there were 5,676 airstrikes in Yemen – much higher that then total of 3,936 in all of 2016. Data gathered by the Protection Cluster in Yemen – led ...

The curious case of a man detained by ICE who can't stay, but can't be sent back either

An immigrant from Sierra Leone , who could face indefinite imprisonment in Pennsylvania because his native government won't take him back , is arguing for his release from immigration detention, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against the U.S. Immigration ...