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Portland protesters target city’s mayor amid rising tensions

Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Oregon, shifted their focus to the city's mayor, and police declared a riot as people broke windows, vandalized a business and set a fire inside the upscale apartment building where Mayor Ted Wheeler lives.

Trump, friends mourn right-wing activist killed in Portland

A supporter of a right-wing group who was shot dead on a Portland, Oregon, street was mourned by both friends and President Donald Trump as a victim of mob violence while an online fundraising effort raised tens of thousands of dollars in his memory.

Patriot Prayer, Three Percenters leaders to speak at WSU

Joey Gibson, who founded Patriot Prayer in Vancouver, Washington, and Matt Marshall, who leads the Washington Three Percenters, plan to speak on the Pullman campus from noon to 3 p.m., according to a Facebook page that bills the event as a “Build the Wall – Bill of Rights Bash.”

$1.5M settlement for Muslim workers fired in prayer dispute

A big U.S. meatpacker has agreed to pay $1.5 million to 138 Somali-American Muslim workers who were fired from their jobs at a Colorado plant after they were refused prayer breaks, a federal anti-discrimination agency said Friday.

Portland braces for dueling right-wing, anti-fascist rallies

Portland is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes between a right-wing group and self-described anti-fascist counterprotesters who have pledged to keep Patriot Prayer and other affiliated groups out of this ultra-liberal city.

Rallying around Trump, Proud Boys raise profile

Within the past year, the Proud Boys, launched in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, the co-founder of Vice Media, has elevated its Pacific Northwest profile. Members often are savvy users of social media and take part in right-wing rallies sponsored by Patriot Prayer.

Violent protests again draw attention to Portland, Oregon

Viral videos of bloody skirmishes between right-wing activists and self-described anti-fascists have drawn national attention to Portland, Oregon – a city of storied political activism that has struggled to keep the peace at dueling rallies illustrating a microcosm of the nation’s political division.

Michael Gerson: The massive failure of Christian political leadership

Three recent news items: – At the Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “We see moral relativism becoming more and more pervasive in our culture. Identity politics and tribalism have grown on top of this.” Ryan went on to talk about Catholic social doctrine, with its emphasis on “solidarity” with the poor and weak, as “a perfect antidote to what ails our culture.”