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'We're Not Them' — Condemning Charlottesville And Condoning White Resentment

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:58:00 -0400

A scholar and a journalist offer context and analysis on the events in Charlottesville and the politics of white anger.

In Birmingham, The Debate Over Confederate Monuments Is Renewed After Charlottesville

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:36:00 -0400

Birmingham, Ala., has a complicated relationship with racism. Some of the most notable events from the Civil Rights era took place in the city. Now, there's renewed debate about the fate of the city's Confederate monuments.

Mathematicians Could Help In Gerrymandering Legal Cases

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:36:00 -0400

Legal fights over racial and partisan gerrymandering are intensifying and mathematicians think they can help. Specialists in geometry are training to become expert witnesses in redistricting cases around the country.

Varied Republican Response To Charlottesville Raises Questions On Legislative Ability

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:36:00 -0400

After their failed health care efforts, Republican lawmakers are regrouping for the coming fight this fall to overhaul the entire federal tax code. But President Trump's handling of the racist-fueled violence in Charlottesville shows in stark terms how hard it is to keep the party on the same page.

Trump Voters Discuss The President's Comments On Confederate Monuments

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:36:00 -0400

As President Trump re-emphasizes his support for statues of Confederate leaders, Republican and Trump voters in Wisconsin weigh in on whether they agree with the president.

Trump Lashes Out At Critics Of His Response To Violence In Charlottesville

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:36:00 -0400

On Thursday, President Trump offered support to Spain as it deals with a deadly attack. Though he remained out of public view, he lashed out at critics of his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Settlement Reached In Case Against Pyschologists Who Designed CIA Torture Program

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:36:00 -0400

The ACLU represented the three men who were seeking damages after being subjected to torture. This is first time damages will presumably be paid to people interrogated in the CIA program.

Tillerson And Mattis Host Japanese Counterparts Amid Rising Tensions With North Korea

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:36:00 -0400

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are hosting their Japanese counterparts as tensions rise with North Korea.

GOP Senator: Trump Lacking 'Stability,' 'Competence' To Succeed

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:28:00 -0400

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., also said the president "has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation" responding to white supremacists.

Kyle Quinn Hid At A Friend's House After Being Misidentified On Twitter As A Racist

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:32:00 -0400

A University of Arkansas professor falsely identified as a participant in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville says the online reaction was frightening and felt like being chased by a mob.

Bannon, Unplugged: White House Strategist Pushes Trade Agenda, Undercuts Colleagues

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:11:00 -0400

Steve Bannon called a liberal journalist to talk China, white nationalism and his "fight" with others in the administration. "They're wetting themselves," he says of his State Department rivals.

Trump Defends 'Beauty' Of Confederate Memorials

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:43:00 -0400

The tweets come after days of the president whipsawing back and forth on his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., that led to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

The Search For America's Moral Core

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:06:30 -0400

America is doing some soul-searching … what will it find?

The Trickle-Up Theory Of White Nationalist Thought

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:02:00 -0400

Dressed up as academic reasoning, racist tropes pushed by white identity advocates become more palatable, allowing those ideas to move from the fringes of debate to the political mainstream.

Phoenix Mayor Asks Trump To Delay Visit, Hoping For 'More Sound Judgment'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:28:00 -0400

President Trump says he's "seriously considering" a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Doing so would "enflame emotions and further divide our nation," says Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.