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Understanding why monuments to the Confederacy ought to be removed or changed is easier if you’re aware that the South seceded to preserve slavery. But as John Oliver reveals, most Americans are woefully ignorant of that basic fact and so much more about the Civil War — which allows them to dismiss the pain that the “lost cause” cult inflicts on black Americans, their fellow citizens.

That reluctance to deal with reality is not solely found among Klansman and their like. Indeed, as Oliver demonstrates here, even the smart and sophisticated may have no idea how their own ancestors were implicated in the slave trade. And he has dug up plenty of remarkable footage, as usual — including 1972 video of Vice President Spiro Agnew speaking at the dedication of the monument at Stone Mountain, GA, where the KKK was founded.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Pennsylvania and Nevada, two key 2020 battleground states, both certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory on Tuesday -- while President Donald Trump kept seeking to contest election results in court and insisted that he "will never concede."

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Bookvar, a Democrat, reported that she had certified the results after receiving certifications from all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties yesterday. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted that he had fulfilled the legal requirements and "signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris." The final vote total showed Biden with a lead of 80,555 votes in the commonwealth.

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