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Charlottesville mayor calls for swift removal of Lee statue

The mayor of Charlottesville on Friday called for an emergency meeting of state lawmakers to confirm the city’s right to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, saying recent clashes over race and the Confederacy had turned “equestrian statues into lightning rods.”

Soothing the nation? Trump struggles like no other president

To soothe the nation, George W. Bush famously climbed atop a pile of rubble in New York City to speak through a bullhorn after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Barack Obama sang “Amazing Grace” during the eulogy for a black pastor killed in a racially motivated shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Democrats risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response

ATLANTA – President Donald Trump’s widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war. Democrats have denounced Trump for blaming “both sides” for deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and, more recently, for defending Confederate monuments.

Tillerson condemns hate speech, says bigotry is un-American

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday condemned hate speech and bigotry as un-American and antithetical to the values on which the U.S. was founded and promotes abroad. He also lamented a lack of diversity in the U.S. diplomatic corps and pledged to increase minority hiring.

City of Helena removes Confederate memorial

Montana’s capital city on Friday removed a memorial to Confederate soldiers that has been in a public park since 1916 after officials deemed it a threat to public safety in light of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Goodman: Tear down white supremacy symbols

Two of Stonewall Jackson’s great-great-grandsons sent a letter to Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and that city’s Monument Avenue Commission, encouraging the removal of their famous forebear’s statue.

Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville

In the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia, major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist groups and individuals for violating service terms.

Speaker with controversial race theories leads to cancellation, move of IFF annual banquet

A major Boise convention center and hotel canceled the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s upcoming banquet, forcing a change of venue just 11 days before the event, because it learned the group’s keynote speaker was a scholar whose controversial theories on race and intelligence have drawn disruptive protests around the nation for the past six months.

Israeli leader resists calls to criticize Trump

Israel’s prime minister faced growing calls on Thursday to denounce President Donald Trump’s response to the racially charged violence and anti-Semitic displays in Charlottesville, Virginia, even at the risk of angering the American leader.

Cash family: Keep Johnny’s name away from ‘hateful ideology’

In a lengthy Facebook post from son John Carter Cash, the siblings say they were “sickened” when they learned of a video of a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi wearing a T-shirt with their father’s name at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.