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Open thread for night owls. M.D. Smith: As a nation, we condemn slavery, but why not its defenders?  
Mychal Denzel Smith at The Nation writes—Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy. Where we have (mostly) condemned slavery, we as a country have refused to condemn its defenders: The Commonwealth of Virginia began observing the January 19 birthday of Confederate General Robert E. Lee around 1889, and in 1904 added to this the recognition of General Thomas Jonathan ...
After Trump's Remarks, White Nationalists Say He's Telling Truth About Charlottesville  
But Republican lawmakers urged condemnation of white supremacy.
Lincoln Memorial Vandalized With Spray-Painted Expletive  
The National Park Service said it could take up to two weeks for the graffiti to be removed.
Family Says Man Charged In FBI Right-Wing Terror Sting Is Mentally Ill, Incapable Of Attack  
Jerry Drake Varnell's family says the FBI "should not have aided and abetted a paranoid schizophrenic to commit this act."
Donald Trump's Pick Survives Alabama GOP Senate Primary  
Luther Strange now faces a runoff for the GOP nomination.
Cartoon: I C-Villains  
Trump's Obamacare Sabotage Could Cost America Billions, CBO Says  
His threat to stiff insurers would lead to higher premiums and more federal spending.
Hundreds rally in support of Oakland nurse, family members facing deportation within hours  
Some 200 members of the Alameda Health System joined Oakland community leaders to rally in support of Maria Mendoza-Sanchez, a Highland Hospital nurse and undocumented immigrant who, barring a last-minute intervention, will be deported Tuesday. Mendoza-Sanchez isn't alone in possibly being torn from her U.S. home of decades. Her husband, Eusebio Sanchez, is also facing deportation. Neither...
It Is Time To Impeach The Racist In The White House  
Supporting racism, makes you a racist. This is not rocket science.
Trump To Scrap Obama-Era Rule To Protect Infrastructure From Climate-Change Flooding  
A Republican congressman from Florida has denounced the move as "irresponsible."
California sues the Trump administration over 'sanctuary city' funding threat  
California has sued the Trump regime over Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III's plan to starve the state of millions of dollars in federal funding over so-called "sanctuary city" policies, with the lawsuit arguing that the move from this supposed "law and order" administration in fact "undermines public safety and violates the Constitution": "It's a low blow ...
Benjamin Wittes of the Lawfare blog is suing Trump over his lies about terrorism  
Even since before he became a presidential candidate Donald Trump equated immigrants with violence, and he's brought that false association right into the White House. Trump has promoted the idea that Mexicans are murderers and rapists, while painting Muslim as virtually a synonym for terrorist. He's used these false charges to justify changes in the national security budget, including def...
Donald Trump Actually Plugged His Winery Right After Defending Racists And Bigots  
"Does anyone know that I own a house in Charlottesville?"
Hurrah for the ACLU  
William McGurn, Wall Street JournalIt’s not every day this columnist finds himself on the same side as WikiLeaks, Glenn Greenwald and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Sheriff David Clarke is being sued for inmate's dehydration death that occurred under his watch  
Sheriff David Clarke may finally be getting his comeuppance. After all, the man in charge of the Milwaukee County jail most certainly deserves it. Under his tenure, there have been multiple deaths at the jail and allegations of abuse against pregnant women, but the death of one particular inmate, Terrill Thomas, has consistently remained in the news. And much to Clarke's dismay, it doesn't...
Trump administration refuses to say if they'll uphold the law, in this case Obamacare  
In ongoing reporting, TPM has documented the Trump administration's severing of ties with a large coalition of groups that had worked with the Obama administration to promote the Affordable Care Act and increase enrollments in hard-to-reach populations. Pressed on the issue, and administration spokesperson refused to say whether the administration would do any outreach for open enrollment under th...
Corporate CEOs who don't 'stick their heads up' will be judged on their cowardice  
Campaign Action Donald Trump's pissy recalcitrance in condemning the white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements, in the days after Charlottesville, has been met with widespread contempt. It's also proving the last straw for some of the business leaders on Trump's various "advisory" counsels; there's a lot that America's most high-profile CEO's will sit quiet for, but few want their companies ...
9 Truly Head-Scratching Moments From Donald Trump's Press Conference On 'Infrastructure'  
The president defended attendees of the white nationalist rally in Virginia over the weekend.
Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards challenges DCCC's crummy stance on anti-abortion candidates  
Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (and daughter of the late Ann Richards, the outspoken feminist governor of Texas from 1991-1995) has found herself at odds with Democratic strategists over whether the party should endorse candidates who do not support its platform plank on reproductive rights. She's not ha...
Democratic Senator Says Donald Trump Is 'Not My President'  
"As a Jew, as an American, as a human, words cannot express my disgust and disappointment."
Republican lawmakers fret that firing Bannon will 'crush' the GOP's white supremacist wing  
As everyone from Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch to White House flash-in-the-pan Anthony Scaramucci to Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi calls on Donald Trump to fire chief strategist and white supremacist/alt-right booster Steve Bannon, the GOP's House crazies are offering a different take, writes the New York Times. Mr. Bannon also has admirers, including Representative Mark Meadows, the North...
In wake of white supremacist violence, conservatives scurry to blame anyone but themselves  
In the wake of a white supremacist march in Charlotte that turned violent and, before it broke up, was the cause of an act of terrorism that killed one American and injured many others, readers of the New York Times woke up this morning to a Bret Stephens column about how the violence showed us that Barack Obama was bad and Muslims remain the real problem here. I do not mean that he makes the poin...
The resistance goes rural as local activists, many of them women, organize in Trump country  
A shout out to Washington Post reporter Rhonda Colvin for giving us a great look at some of the rural organizing taking place across the country. Resistance groups popping up in places like South Dakota, Ohio, and Alabama are notable for their impact, their growing numbers, and also the composition of their membership, as Susan Kroger explained of her group, LEAD South Dakota. Most surprising...
Around the country, cities plan long overdue removal of their Confederate monuments  
The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have been a tragic reminder of the hatred and white supremacy so deeply embedded in our nation's fabric. While our attention is rightfully placed on the victims of the violence that ensued, we must not forget what brought such a large group of awful, dangerous racists to gather there in the first place. They were there to protest the removal of t...
Trump defends white supremacist/neo-Nazi violence, says 'alt-left' also to blame  
Campaign Action Donald Trump tried on Tuesday to make an infrastructure announcement but the press conference quickly spiraled out of control when he justified his reprehensible handling of the Charlottesville violence by defending the white supremacist/neo-Nazi protest and blaming "both sides," including what he called the "alt-left."  Here's a glimpse of Trump's quotes… On...
Every Campaign Is Now a Cyberwar Target  
Matt Rhoades, New York PostYou can't open a newspaper or turn on the TV these days without hearing about hacking in American elections. Many liberals blame cyberattacks for Donald Trump's presidency, while some conservativesâ?¦
Trump campaign emails show Russia cast 'wide net' to gain access to team Trump  
Newly revealed emails of a low-level adviser to the Trump campaign show the aide was eager to make connections between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. But experts on Russia say the emails also demonstrate that Russian officials were seeking multiple access points to team Trump. The Washington Post writes: Three days after Donald Trump named his campaign foreign policy team...
Twitter reacts to Trump's defense of Nazis and white supremacists  
After reading a prepared statement Monday finally condemning white supremacist and Nazi rallygoers in Charlottesville, Trump gave a furious defense of those groups today in a speech that repeated verbatim many of the same talking points and arguments as those white supremacist groups themselves. The speech was widely received as the rantings of a racist lunatic. xWhite supremacists said yester...
Midday open thread: Graham wants feds to pony up to revive failed SC reactors; Obama's tweet  
Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Backseat driver in Charlottesville: • President Obama's tweet quoting former South African President Nelson Mandela after the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville has become one of the most liked in Twitter history with over 2.4 million likes and counting. It has surpassed talk show host Ellen Degeneres' 2014 selfie tweet at the Aca...
Obama's Beautiful Charlottesville Tweet Is Second Most Liked Ever  
The former president responded to the tragedy by quoting Nelson Mandela.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka resigns from Trump manufacturing council  
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and colleague Thea Lee join Kenneth Frazier, chairman and CEO of Merck, Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, and Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing in leaving Trump's Council on Manufacturing. xI cannot sit on a council for a President that tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism; I resign, effective immediately. ...
CBO finding will put Republicans in a bind: What do they hate more, Obamacare or deficits?  
At the request of House Democrats, the Congressional Budget Office has released its analysis of the costs of Trump's Obamacare sabotage. Specifically, it analyzes what will probably happen if the Trump administration stops paying cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers. Those are the repayments insurers get for subsidizing the deductibles, copayments, and other means of cost sharing t...
Trump's Full-Court Press Against North Korea Is Working  
Austin Bay, NY ObserverIn March of this year, the Trump foreign policy team of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and the Tweeter-in-Chief himself began a coordinated attack on Kim Jong-un’s regime, with the interim goals of disrupting its political and military plans, psychologically rattling its leaders, and exposing the regime’s grave weaknesses. The...
Ex-KKK Leader David Duke Is Absolutely Thrilled With Trump Blaming 'Both Sides' In Charlottesville  
He thanked the president for his "honesty" and "courage."
Politicians React As Trump Gives Neo-Nazis A Pass. Again.  
"As a Jew, as an American, as a human, words cannot express my disgust and disappointment. This is not my President."
Not One CEO On Trump's Other Big Business Council Has Quit Over Charlottesville  
Four executives on his manufacturing advisory panel have left over Trump's lackluster response to neo-Nazis.
Here's How Many Americans Say They'll Never Change Their Minds About President Trump  
And more of the latest polling news.
Two Days After White Supremacist Violence, Trump Finally Condemns Hate Groups  
"Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs," he says.
A Short-Term ObamaCare Fix  
The Avoidable Mayhem in Charlottesville  
Bob McManus, City JournalWhy did Virginia's political leadership order the police and National Guard to stand down?
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