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Silent Sam was toppled by demonstrators on Aug. 20.  After decades of racial tension, the Silent Sam monument was forcibly pulled down Monday night by demonstrators. A protest that began at 7 p.m. and included University students, faculty and nearby residents led to a swarm of demonstrators surrounding the Confederate monument with anti-white supremacy banners.  Tensions rose as Confederate sympathizers lingering in the crowd confronted the demonstrators. Heavy police presence monit...
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People who have actually studied the disgraced Wisconsin senator describe a man who bears similarities to some of the president’s most notable attributes. “Study the late Joseph McCarthy,” President Donald Trump said Sunday on Twitter. And he’s right. It’s important. But casting special counsel Robert Mueller as McCarthy, the red-baiting United States senator from Wisconsin who in the 1950s earned lasting disgrace for his public shaming of supposed Communists, made for the latest and...
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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp at an election watch party on July 24 in Athens, Georgia. Photo edited by Slate. Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images. On Thursday evening, the election board of Randolph County, Georgia, met to discuss a startling proposal to eliminate three-fourths of the county’s polling places months before the November election. A rural, impoverished, and predominantly black county, Randolph has just nine polling locations, all of which were open during the M...
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A White House speechwriter for President Trump was terminated last week after revelations that he had spoken at a conference attended by well-known white nationalists, according to three people familiar with the decision who were not authorized to speak publicly. Darren Beattie, who was a visiting instructor at Duke University before he joined the White House speechwriting team, was fired Friday after a media inquiry about his appearance at the 2016 H.L. Mencken Club conference, where Bea...
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by on August 19, 2018
Borough presidents and state lawmakers have raised concerns. New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio originally announce the plans to create smaller, borough equitable prison system to replace Rikers in February. | William Alatriste for the New York City Council “A jail as a good neighbor,” reads the shiny brochure promoting the proposed four jails in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens to replace Rikers Island. But not every local elected official ag...
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by on August 19, 2018
Judge T.S. Ellis, the man presiding over the criminal trial of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, said Friday that he has received threats about the case and now travels with protection from U.S. marshals. Ellis, speaking at a hearing outside of jurors' presence, also said he has no plan to release the names of those 12 people now deliberating Manafort's fate because he is worried about their safety if their identities become publicly known. The 12-person jury entered its second day o...
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by on August 18, 2018
In an anonymous survey, government scientists expressed concerns about plans to reduce focus and research on racial and sexual minorities and the poor. The Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. Some federal employees working in science-related jobs say they've seen policy shifts in the past year that harm America's most vulnerable populations, from the reorganization of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Justice to the reported focu...
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by on August 17, 2018
The president just committed another impeachable crime today. President Donald Trump on Friday refused to say whether Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman who’s been wrapped up in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, could count on a pardon from the White House. Responding to a shouted question of whether or not he would pardon Manafort, Trump wouldn’t answer either way, saying that “I don’t talk about that.” “I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad,” Trump told...
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by on August 17, 2018
The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA Headquarters. In the 48 hours since President Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, over 70 former intelligence officers and leaders have come forward denouncing the president's decision to revoke or threaten to take away security clearances from former government officials, including a list of 60 former CIA officers who signed a statement today, obtained by Axios. "All of us believe it is critical t...
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by on August 15, 2018
A Community Land Trust (CLT) is a community-managed nonprofit organization or association established to provide permanent affordable housing and build community assets in the territory that it owns and governs. CLTs are grounded in community participation and stakeholder cooperation. This article looks at five diverse case studies of existing CLTs around the world—from the model’s founding in the Deep South to its application in post-industrial Boston and Albuquerque, and informal settlemen...
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by on August 14, 2018
Eric Garner died while being arrested by police in Staten Island on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Several years ago, I found myself questioning the validity of news accounts that suggested that white police officers were choosing to exercise lethal force when interacting with black male suspects. After locating reliable sources for police killing data, my colleagues and I began collecting and processing data for 2014 and 2015. Based on analysis of every use of deadly force by police officer...
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by on August 13, 2018
FBI Agent Peter Strzok The FBI has fired agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election until officials discovered he had been sending anti-Trump texts. Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension. Goelman said t...
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