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Three of the five honorees had already spoken out against the president, and said they either planned to boycott a White House event or were considering it.(Image credit: Alex Brandon/AP) […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced on Saturday, after several honorees said they would boycott a White House reception before the show.

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Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

DURHAM, N.C.—Friday started inauspiciously in the Bull City. A crowd of activists arrived at the Durham County Courthouse early in the morning to express solidarity with four people who had their first appearance in court, facing charges for pulling down a Confederate statue. A rumor circulated: The Ku Klux Klan was planning to head into town in response to the statue’s removal.A group huddled outside the courthouse, planning strategy: Come at noon. Make sure there’s a critical mass of counter-demonstrators to stare down anyone who comes. Bring a gas mask if you can. There was even speculation that militiamen—two sunglass-and-hat-wearing […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Congressmen Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., Kevin Brady of Texas, Peter Roskam, R-Ill. and Dave Schweikert R-Ariz., stand outside Rancho del Cielo in California, where they were crafting a tax overhaul.

While the president was laying blame on “both sides” for violence in Charlottesville, Republicans were meeting to hammer out a tax overhaul. But they worry about whether Trump can make the sale.(Image credit: Susan Davis/NPR) […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

White House strategist Steve Bannon is out. Scott Simon talks with Joshua Green, author of the book Devil’s Bargain. […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

President Trump has asked if the U.S. should take down statues of slave-owning Founding Fathers. Scott Simon speaks with historian Annette Gordon-Reed about their differences from Confederate leaders. […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump praised his former chief strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday, thanking him on Twitter for his service and his role in the presidential election campaign against Hillary Clinton.

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Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis travels to the Middle East and eastern Europe next week to play the increasingly familiar role of reassuring allies that the United States is committed to them despite mixed messages from President Donald Trump.

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Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

Last Saturday, my adopted home was invaded by a throng of white nationalists—many heavily armed. They were opposed primarily by area residents, like myself. The results of that protest—the violence, injuries, and death—are by now well known.I have called Charlottesville home for six years. When I got an offer to join the faculty of the University of Virginia Law School, I was hesitant to leave my native country, the Netherlands, to move to a small town in the American South. But I am glad I did; Charlottesville has been a wonderful place to live: a friendly, cosmopolitan, and welcoming college […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Six years before it would become the inspiration for bloody protests, the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Virginia, was vandalized. The 2011 incident capped off my 11-year residency in the small city—where I’d taught high-school history and where my understanding of the legacy of the Civil War was nurtured. There was no better place to teach the Civil War than Charlottesville. Some of the most important battlefields in Richmond, Fredericksburg, and the Shenandoah Valley are within an hour’s drive. But it was the region’s monuments that played a central role in my teaching, and I believed they should be […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics