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Trump Criticizes Media, Graham in Defense of His Charlottesville Response

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the media and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in tweets Thursday, saying they have misrepresented his comments following the deadly violence that erupted last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump on Saturday initially blamed the violence on “many sides,” but then on Monday condemned neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan for their role in the unrest. By Tuesday he reverted to his initial assessment of the violence that killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and wounded 19 others when a Nazi sympathizer drove a car into a…

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Confederate Statues Explained: Why and When They Rose

The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday stirred a long simmering debate about Confederate statues, with many people demanding their removal and many arguing history should not be erased. The Charlottesville protests centered around Emancipation Park, where there is a statue honoring Confederate general Robert E. Lee. White supremacists say the reason they wanted to hold their rally in that park was to protest efforts to take the statue down. According to Slate magazine, there are about 13,000 Confederate statues and other commemorative items around the United States, and they’re not…

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Boston Breaks Ground for Park Named After Marathon Bombing Victim

Ground was broken Wednesday in Boston for a children’s park to be named after the youngest victim of one of the most vicious acts of terrorism in U.S. history. Martin Richard was 8 years old when two bombs blew up near the finish line of the April 2013 Boston Marathon, killing him and two others. Martin’s Park will be a playground along the South Boston waterfront. It will be what his father, Bill Richard, called “a place where all kids will have the opportunity to learn together and play together…

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California Man Gets Life in Prison for 2014 Murder of Chinese Student

A California Superior Court judge Wednesday sentenced a 21-year-old man in the 2014 murder and robbery of a Chinese engineering student to life in prison without parole. Andrew Garcia is one of four people charged with the murder of Xinran Ji, 24, a graduate student at the University of Southern California. Some of Ji’s relatives came from Beijing and tearfully read statements in the courtroom before Garcia was sentenced. Garcia and three others were charged with attacking Ji with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked home after studying…

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US Service Member Killed in Eastern Afghanistan

A U.S. service member was killed and other U.S. and Afghan forces were injured during a joint military operation against Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Wednesday. The wounded were evacuated for treatment, the statement said. The military released no further details. … Read the referenced story here: US Service Member Killed in Eastern Afghanistan

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US, Mexico and Canada Launching NAFTA Renegotiation Talks

The United States, Mexico and Canada are opening negotiations Wednesday to reform the North American Free Trade Agreement, a 1994 trade deal that was a major target in U.S. President Donald Trump’s run for office. Trump has called NAFTA “the worst trade deal in history,” and one that has unfairly swollen the U.S. trade deficit with Mexico while allowing manufacturing jobs to migrate there. Addressing the imbalance is a key U.S. goal in the talks, along with seeking to do away with a dispute mechanism the three countries use to…

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Obama Tweet Now Twitter’s Most Liked

Former U.S. President Barack Obama tweeted a photo Saturday after deadly violence broke out in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. It is now the most liked tweet ever on the social media platform. The photo shows Obama with his hand on a windowsill and his suit jacket slung over one shoulder, looking up at a group of babies of different races looking out at him from an open window. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” Obama…

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Justice Department Demands Records From Anti-Trump Protest Website

The U.S. Justice Department has requested information from a California web hosting provider about anyone who visited DisruptJ20.org, a website that coordinated protests against Donald Trump’s presidency on Inauguration Day. DreamHost received a search warrant last month requesting any “record or other information” related to the DisruptJ20 website, which the company said amounted to more than 1.3 million visitor internet protocol addresses. In a post on its website Monday, DreamHost said complying with the request would require it to hand over “contact information, email content, and photos of thousands of…

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Trump Blames Both Sides for Racial Violence at Virginia Rally

President Donald Trump on Tuesday vigorously defended what many say was a weak initial statement condemning Saturday’s deadly racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying there is enough guilt and blame on both sides. Trump’s critics say it took him two days to use the words neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists when condemning the riots that left a young woman and two Virginia state policemen dead and dozens hurt. Standing in New York City’s Trump Tower while reporters’ questions echoed throughout the lobby, Trump said he did not have…

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Rouhani: If US Continues Threats, Iran Could Quickly Jump Start Nuclear Program

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday his country prefers abiding by the 2015 international agreement on its nuclear program, but that if the United States continues “threats and sanctions” then Iran could quickly revitalize its nuclear activity to an even higher level than before the deal went into effect. Speaking to members of parliament in a televised address, Rouhani said the U.S. is not a “good partner.” “Those who are trying to go back to the language of threats and sanctions are prisoners of their past hallucinations,” Rouhani said.  “They…

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