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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.

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Sen. Ted Cruz

A group of lawyers has submitted a 15-page ethics complaint to the State Bar of Texas demanding an investigation of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his “leading role” in the far-reaching Republican effort to keep former President Trump in power despite his reelection loss.

The complaint — filed by the 65 Project, an organization of lawyers seeking to hold attorneys accountable for lending a hand in pro-Trump efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 elections — called for an examination of Cruz’s conduct in the weeks before Election Day in 2020 and on January 6, 2021, the day of the Capitol insurrection.

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The House Select Committee, a bipartisan congressional panel looking into the Capitol insurrection, sent a letter on Thursday requesting an interview with a House Republican, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who it said led a tour through parts of the Capitol complex on January 5, 2021 — the day before a pro-Trump mob stormed the halls of Congress.

In the letter to Loudermilk, the select committee’s chairman and vice-chairwoman, Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Liz Cheney (R-WY), said the panel had seen evidence that “directly contradicts” the claim made by Republicans on the Committee on House Administration — “of which you’re a member” — that they had reviewed security footage of the days before the Capitol attack and concluded that “[t]here were no tours, no large groups, [and] no one with MAGA hats on.”

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