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Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:33:59 -0400

A Senate Republican who once considered joining Donald Trump's administration called Thursday for "radical changes," saying the president hasn't yet demonstrated the characteristics needed to serve in his job. "We're at a point where there needs to be radical changes take place at the White House itself. It has to happen," Senator Bob Corker told local reporters in his home state of Tennessee. "I think the president needs to take stock of the role that he plays in our nation and move beyond himself -- move way beyond himself -- and move to a place where daily he's waking up thinking about what is best for the nation." "The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful," Corker said.(image)

Reports: Bannon Out

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:50:40 -0400

Not many details are being reported yet but CNN and other outlets are reporting that Steve Bannon has either been fired or resigned.(image)

Art of the Deal Writer: Trump Will Resign

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:48:13 -0400

Author Tony Schwartz spent 18 months with Donald Trump putting together The Art of the Deal -- Trump's best-selling book. And having spent so much time with the man who is now President, Schwartz is convinced -- he won't be president much longer. Appearing on Anderson Cooper: 360 Schwartz confirmed what he'd tweeted yesterday -- that he believes Trump will resign before year's end." "I think the snowball is beginning to gather momentum as it comes down the mountain," Schwartz said. "It reminds me a lot of Watergate and the last days of Nixon. When the tide turns, it really turns and that's what happened here."(image)

Phoenix Mayor Wants Trump to Stay Away

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:31:31 -0400

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton urged President Trump to delay a campaign-style rally set for the city next week, expressing fear that his appearance would "enflame emotions" while "our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville." The request made in a statement Wednesday was a measure of the extraordinary passion stirred by Trump's equivocal comments on the white supremacists and neo-Nazis involved in the violence last weekend at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. It was hard to remember when, if ever, the mayor of a major city asked a sitting president to stay out of town lest he cause trouble. "I am disappointed that President Trump has chosen to hold a campaign rally as our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville," Stanton's statement said.(image)

Maryland Removes Roger Taney Statue

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:13:00 -0400

nder the cover of night, a work crew removed the statue of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney from the grounds of the State House, ending the monument's 145-year perch on the prominent spot in Annapolis. At 12:20 a.m. Friday, flatbed trucks with equipment including a large crane pulled onto State Circle, the street that surrounds the State House. ... Taney was chief justice of the United States and author of the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision, which upheld slavery and found that black Americans could not be citizens. The decision has led Taney to be linked to leaders of the Confederacy.(image)

Romney: Trump Must Apologize

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:07:16 -0400

Mitt Romney on Friday urged President Donald Trump to take "remedial action in the extreme" following his response to violence at a white nationalist rally in Virginia last weekend. Regardless of whether he intended it, Trump's words "caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn," the former Republican presidential nominee and Massachusetts governor wrote in a Facebook post. Romney called on the president to apologize for his remarks.(image)

James Murdoch Rebukes Trump on Nazis

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:26:24 -0400

Media mogul James Murdoch has delivered a stinging rebuke to U.S. president Donald Trump by donating $1 million to an outspoken anti-Trump organisation and attacking the white supremacist protesters in Virginia. In a private letter to friends which quickly leaked online, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox said that "vigilance against hate and bigotry is an eternal obligation" and said he was concerned by the response of the president, a contrast to 21st Century Fox's cable channel Fox News, which is strongly pro-Trump.(image)

Trump in 2015: Take Down Confederate Flag

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:10:57 -0400

Then-candidate Donald Trump had a starkly different opinion from now-President Trump on how to deal with the remaining emblems of the Confederacy still displayed around the South. ... During a June 2015 campaign press conference -- his first as a presidential candidate -- then-candidate Trump was asked about whether the Confederate flag should be taken down from the South Carolina State House. Trump was asked by a reporter where he stood on the issue, which became a national issue following the mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina six days earlier. "I would take it down, yes," said Trump then. "I think they should put it in the museum ... let it go ... respect whatever it is you have to respect because it was a point in time."(image)

Robert E. Lee's Family Denounces Nazis

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:30:25 -0400

Following [President] Trump's off the rails, impromptu press conference yesterday in which he again failed to condemn literal white supremacists and neo-Nazis at Saturday's rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the family of Robert E. Lee, in a surprising move, denounced the white nationalist groups who rallied to preserve the Civil War general's statue. "There's no place for that," Robert E. Lee V, the great-great-grandson of the Confederate hero, said in an interview with Newsweek. "There's no place for that hate." Along with Lee's sister, Tracy Lee Crittenberger, the two issued a statement condemning the "hateful words and violent actions of white supremacists, the KKK or neo-Nazis ... We don't want people to think that they can hide behind Robert E. Lee's name and his life for these senseless acts of violence that occurred on Saturday," Lee said.(image)

MoviePass: $10/Month to See One Movie a Day

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:31:23 -0400

As movie theaters struggle with tepid sales, Mitch Lowe has an extreme proposal for how to get more people into seats: Let them come to all the showings they want for about the price of a single ticket each month. Lowe, an early Netflix Inc. executive who now runs a startup called MoviePass, plans to drop the price of the company's movie ticket subscriptions on Tuesday to $9.95. The fee will let customers get in to one showing every day at any theater in the U.S. that accepts debit cards. MoviePass will pay theaters the full price of each ticket used by subscribers, excluding 3D or Imax screens.(image)

How Nazi Flags in Charlottesville Look to a German

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:30:03 -0400

Simon Shuster: As we watched the news stream in from Charlottesville over the weekend, it wasn't the violence that shocked my fiancée the most. She was born and raised in Germany, a nation whose citizens are all too familiar with Nazism and terrorism. Nor did her face go slack with disbelief at the footage of right-wing militiamen marching through the streets of Charlottesville with automatic weapons. What got to her was the Nazi flag, which at least one of the demonstrators carried openly in the streets. "How is that even legal?" she asked me. It wouldn't be in Germany. Soon after the end of World War II, the Germans banned swastikas and other Nazi emblems, and the German people, not to mention the police, do not tend to react well when the symbols of that era are put on display.(image)

Former KKK Leader David Duke Praises Trump

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:33:25 -0400

Former top Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke praised President Donald Trump on Tuesday for his latest remarks regarding the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, which was organized ostensibly as a protest of the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. David Duke: "Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa"(image)

Is the Political Internet Only for Hotheads?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:51:08 -0400

College students who are highly tolerant of incivility are much more likely to comment on political news stories online, engage in online political discussions, and express support on social media for political candidates or issues, research finds. ... "At the end of the day, sociologists are very concerned with what we call 'participatory inequalities,'" [researcher Justin] Knoll says. "There's absolutely an element of wanting a democracy in which all voices are heard on an equal plane -- that is a very American ideal. Now, we know there's always a difference between ideals and reality, and gaps do exist."(image)

Tough Guy Nazi Weeps Over Arrest Warrant

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:33:16 -0400

A neo-Nazi who said he was "ready for violence" at the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has released footage of himself weeping after learning there is allegedly a warrant out for his arrest. Christopher Cantwell, who was followed during the gathering of neo-Nazis, KKK, white supremacists and alt-right for a 22-minute documentary for VICE, showed off his guns to journalist Elle Reeve and boasted: "I'm carrying a pistol, I go to the gym all the time, I'm trying to make myself more capable of violence." However, in mobile phone footage uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday, Cantwell said he was terrified after learning the police wanted to speak with him. "I have been told there's a warrant out for my arrest," he said on the video. "With everything that's happening, I don't think it's very wise for me to go anywhere. There's a state of emergency. The National Guard is here!"(image)