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Monday, August 21, 2017
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Boston Free Speech Rally Ends Early

Journalists at the Boston Common, a downtown park, tweeted about an hour into the planned rally that many, if not all, of the attendees left the bandstand where they were due to hear speeches from several prominent conservative figures. The Free Speech Rally organizers had permits to hold their event from noon to 2 p.m. local time on Saturday.

August 20, 2017
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Why Did ISIS Target Spain? The Answer May Lie In History

One, could be Spain’s involvement in the fight against the group in Syria and Iraq. Although Spain is not involved militarily in the fight against ISIS, it has provided logistical help and training for the Iraqi forces. Another reason goes further back in history, according to Mia Bloom, professor of communication at Georgia State University and author of “Dying to kill: The allure of suicide terror.”

August 20, 2017
CEO Tillerson

Tillerson Speaks Out Against Racism; Says Tolerance A Matter Of ‘Leadership’

Tillerson did not mention President Donald Trump or his widely condemned equivocation about the racist violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. But Tillerson’s tone and words stood in stark contrast to those of his boss.

August 19, 2017
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Fox CEO James Murdoch Criticizes Trump Over Response To Charlottesville

Murdoch’s letter was noteworthy because of his company’s ownership of the conservative Fox News Channel, which is one of Trump’s favorite news sources. Fox News has been a staunch defender of Trump’s presidency. In addition, Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch’s 86-year-old father and the company’s founder, has become an informal adviser to the president.

August 19, 2017
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Trump Will Resign Soon, ‘Art Of The Deal’ Writer Says

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Tony Schwartz—who co-authored the 1987 book that helped define the real estate magnate’s public image—said he thought the walls were closing in on Trump and he would soon leave office in an attempt to save face.

August 18, 2017
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the media regarding donations to veterans foundations at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Trump: Nation’s Culture Being ‘Ripped Apart’ By Civil War Statue Removals

“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You … can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson — who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!” – the president wrote in a series of tweets.

August 18, 2017
Travel Ban

Charlottesville Cops Refused To Protect Synagogue

The Jewish community in Charlottesville hired armed security to protect its synagogue for the first time after local police declined to provide a guard for the site despite hundreds of white supremacists congregating on the town over the weekend for a rally that resulted in the murder of counter-protester Heather Heyer.

August 17, 2017
Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, answers questions during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California July 24, 2006. Picture taken July 24, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo

21st Century Fox Has Paid Out $50 Million To Settle Harassment Claims Against Fox News

The settlements have occurred since Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit against then-Fox News chief Roger Ailes, charging him with harassment and retaliation, opened a floodgate of claims against the company. Ailes denied the charges but was forced out of the company, which paid a $20 million settlement to Carlson.

August 16, 2017
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Rights Group Blames Trump As Holocaust Memorial Smashed

The suspect’s name has not been released, as he is a juvenile, but police said he would be charged with wilful and malicious destruction of property. The Boston Police Department’s civil rights unit is also looking into the incident. The New England Holocaust Memorial consists of six luminous glass towers that are each 54 feet high.

August 16, 2017

Charlottesville Car Attack Suspect Remains Behind Bars As Judge Denies Bail

A Virginia judge on Monday declined to set bail for James Alex Fields Jr., the 20-year-old Ohio man accused of second-degree murder and other charges after authorities said he plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters near the scene of a white supremacist rally that erupted into violence.

August 15, 2017
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After Charlottesville, A Surge In Anti-Racism Rallies Across The Country

Sadie, 3, wore red-rimmed sunglasses to the Rally for Peace and Sanity at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, New York. As elected officials denounced racism and war, she sat in her father’s lap, carrying two neon green signs. One said “Love one another.” The other, “Black Lives Matter.”

August 15, 2017
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White House Defends Trump’s Response To Charlottesville Violence As Criticism Intensifies

The White House on Sunday defended the president’s failure to explicitly condemn white supremacists over deadly violence a day earlier in Charlottesville, Va. He faulted “many sides” in his remarks Saturday, yet aides suggested Trump’s implicit denunciation of right-wing hate groups was clear.

August 14, 2017
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Man From Charlottesville Rally Says He Is Not Racist

A torch-wielding white supremacist caught on camera marching in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville claims he is not “an angry racist” and just wants to preserve European culture. History and politics student Peter Cvjetanovic, 20, saw a photograph of himself from Saturday’s rally holding a torch and apparently shouting shared online, one by a Twitter account called ‘Yes, You’re Racist.’

August 14, 2017
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Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted In Charlottesville

State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson was on the scene and reports that the authorities turned the streets of the city over to groups of militiamen armed with assault rifles.

August 14, 2017
Gen. James Mattis, ret., selected as Defense Secretary

Trump’s Generals Can Save The World From War

Last November, when James Mattis traveled to Bedminster, New Jersey, at the behest of the president-elect, his close friends were shocked. They couldn’t believe Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, would consider working in the new administration as secretary of defense. “Jim,” his friend Peter Robinson asked him, “Donald Trump?”

August 13, 2017

North Korean Missile Claims A Hoax: Analysts

As President Donald Trump escalates his war of words against North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, a team of independent rocket experts has concluded that the two rockets the rogue regime launched in July and described as intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are incapable of delivering a nuclear payload to the continental United States, and probably not even to Anchorage, Alaska.

August 12, 2017

China Would Join North Korea If U.S. Strikes First

China will remain neutral if North Korea fires missiles at United States territory first, but should the U.S. launch a preemptive strike, as it has suggested it might, North Korea’s chief ally would come to the North’s aide. While not direct government policy, that verdict of how the country should react amid the unfolding nuclear threats from the U.S. and North Korea…

August 12, 2017

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: ‘No Reason’ For Marijuana To Be Illegal

Speaking with co-host Chuck Nice during a StarTalk Radio Q&A session Monday, Tyson mainly discussed various aspects of outer space and his book, Astrophysics For People In A Hurry. But the celebrity scientist touched on marijuana and its legality following a question from Tom Angell of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority.

August 11, 2017

McCain Issues His Own Military Strategy For Afghanistan War Amid White House Delay

McCain, an Arizona Republican and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has urged the Trump administration for months to submit to Congress a new Afghanistan strategy due to the worsening security situation. Nine U.S. troops have been killed in the country thus far this year — as many as were killed in all of 2016.

August 11, 2017

FBI Raid On Manafort’s Home Shows Aggressiveness Of Russia Probe

An FBI raid last month at one of the homes of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, provides the clearest evidence so far that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is aggressively pursuing the investigation into the campaign’s dealings with Russia and of possible wrongdoing by Manafort.

August 10, 2017
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Tillerson: No ‘Imminent Threat’ From North Korea

Speaking on his flight home as he wrapped up a diplomatic tour through Southeast Asia, Tillerson said he was hopeful a fortified international front would put pressure on Pyongyang and force it to back down from its own belligerent stance.

August 10, 2017
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New Polling Data Find Trump’s Approval Rating Is The Lowest We’ve Seen Yet

Confidence in President Donald Trump continues to tumble, as CNN announces he’s never polled lower as president. The CNN/SSRS poll found that a mere 38 percent of respondents rank the president’s performance positively, while 56 percent say they disapprove. When asked to rate Trump’s first six months, Trump’s approval drops to 36 percent.

August 9, 2017
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel participates in a panel discussion on Reducing Violence and Strengthening Policy and Community Trust at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Chicago Mayor Sues Trump’s Justice Department Over Sanctuary City Policy

Emanuel wants a federal judge to block the Trump administration from enforcing its new policy, which would affect not just Chicago, but other major U.S. cities like New York and San Francisco. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ funding decision also would affect Cook County…

August 8, 2017
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Trump Slams Polls (Which Haven’t Been Kind To Him)

Despite being in the midst of a more than two-week vacation at his Bedminster golf course, Trump also made sure to post that he was “working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation,” which didn’t directly mention Newsweek’s recent viral cover depicting him…

August 8, 2017
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In New York City, World’s Marijuana Arrest Capital, Minorities Bear The Brunt

Last month, the Drug Policy Alliance released a report noting that marijuana arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to be marked by shocking racial disparities, much as they were under his predecessors, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. Stung by the criticism, de Blasio is fighting back…

August 8, 2017