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Shawn Vestal: ‘Who, me?’ racist taints Coeur d’Alene’s Fourth of July celebration

Jim Valentine’s defense of the racist imagery he paraded through Coeur d’Alene’s Fourth of July celebration embodies the representative species of our racist moment – the “Who, me?” racist; the no-racist-bones racist; the racist who, in the manner of the president, simply insists, when their racism is noticed, that it is not racism at all, as an audience of fellow cretins cheers.

Trump: America’s story is ‘the greatest political journey’

President Donald Trump celebrated the story of America as “the greatest political journey in human history” in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy but cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to the U.S. military while protesters assailed him for putting himself center stage on a holiday devoted to unity.

Advice for July 4: Let your summer cookouts sizzle, not spoil

While you’re celebrating with fireworks, camping and park concerts, be aware it’s also a time when illness-causing bacteria can sneak into this season’s food to spoil all the fun. The USDA and regional health district offer tips for safe outdoor cooking and picnics.