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What Germany can teach the U.S. about remembering an ugly past without glorifying it

Sat, 2017-08-19 20:26
Fred Kaplan writes: President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that he’s “sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments”—thus furnishing further proof that he knows nothing about history or culture or beauty, much less the reason why monuments are built […]

The test of Nazism that Trump failed

Sat, 2017-08-19 20:26
Timothy Snyder writes: “No. 1, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. No. 2, racism, the least racist person.” So the president said at a news conference in February. These words left me uneasy. A moment ago, as I was looking at photographs of young men in Charlottesville, […]

Boston: Small speechless rally disperses in face of massive counter protest

Sat, 2017-08-19 20:26
Today, Boston stood for peace and love, not bigotry and hate. We should work to bring people together, not apart. https://t.co/gZw6ggYYHG — Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 19, 2017 The Washington Post reports: Tens of thousands of counterprotesters crammed Boston Common and marched through city streets Saturday morning in efforts to drown out the planned […]

‘Donald Trump brought me here today’: Counterprotesters rout neo-Nazi rally in Berlin

Sat, 2017-08-19 20:26
The Washington Post reports: “There is only one side — the good side,” cried Eva Kese, mustering a smile as she fought back tears. “Your hate has no place here.” Kese, 30, stood Saturday facing a crowd of about 500 neo-Nazis. They were gathered on the outskirts of the German capital to commemorate the 30th […]

The rise and fall of Steve Bannon

Sat, 2017-08-19 20:25
Ryan Lizza writes: In March, I went to the White House to visit Steve Bannon, who today was fired by President Trump. After Bannon showed off his office and his famous whiteboard, we sat down at a wooden conference table in the large corner office of Reince Priebus, who was then the White House chief […]

The dark minds of the ‘alt-right’

Sat, 2017-08-19 20:24
Olga Khazan writes: Some of the protesters who marched through Charlottesville last weekend were described as “alt-right,” a newish term that has been used for everyone from white supremacists to economic populists. But what does it actually mean? The Associated Press recently issued guidelines discouraging journalists from using the term “generically and without definition” since […]

Trump wants to protect monuments — but not if they’re natural

Sat, 2017-08-19 20:20
Robinson Meyer writes: On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump announced his unequivocal support for preserving statues of Confederate generals and leaders, moving a step past his previous statements that the fate of the statues should be left to cities and states. In full, his tweets read: “Sad to see the history and culture of our […]

Beating the odds for lucky mutations

Sat, 2017-08-19 20:19
Jordana Cepelewicz writes: In 1944, a Columbia University doctoral student in genetics named Evelyn Witkin made a fortuitous mistake. During her first experiment in a laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor, in New York, she accidentally irradiated millions of E. coli with a lethal dose of ultraviolet light. When she returned the following day to check […]

Steve Bannon, back on the outside, prepares his enemies list

Sat, 2017-08-19 08:20
The New York Times reports: Stephen K. Bannon has always been more comfortable when he was trying to tear down institutions — not work inside them. With his return to Breitbart News, Mr. Bannon will be free to lead the kind of ferocious assault on the political establishment that he relishes, even if sometimes that […]

Persona non grata: Trump, first lady to skip Kennedy Center Honors over concerns of ‘political distraction’

Sat, 2017-08-19 08:15
The Washington Post reports: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have elected not to attend the annual Kennedy Center Honors in December amid a political backlash among those who will be feted at the event. The first family will not participate “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” White House press […]

Five more charities pull out of Mar-a-Lago events

Sat, 2017-08-19 08:10
Palm Beach Post reports: Five more philanthropic organizations said Friday they have pulled their fundraising events from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club following an intense social media push calling on people to boycott charities that use the venue. A total of eight groups have now pulled their events from Mar-a-Lago since the president’s off-the-cuff, combative […]

Sebastian Gorka’s fate ‘extremely uncertain’ as his boss Bannon is ousted

Sat, 2017-08-19 08:05
The Daily Beast reports: The fate of Donald Trump’s pugnacious, controversial aide Sebastian Gorka is up in the air again after his top ally inside the White House, Steven Bannon, was shown the door, multiple White House officials tell The Daily Beast. Early Friday afternoon, news broke that Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist, […]

Carl Icahn’s failed raid on Washington

Sat, 2017-08-19 08:00
Patrick Radden Keefe writes: Several weeks after Trump’s victory, [financier Carl] Icahn tweeted, “I’ve agreed to serve as a special advisor to the president on issues relating to regulatory reform.” In a press release, Trump said, “Carl was with me from the beginning and with his being one of the world’s great businessmen, that was […]

The true face of Donald Trump

Fri, 2017-08-18 19:45
Klaus Brinkbäumer writes: Ninety years ago, in the New York borough of Queens, around 1,000 members of the Klu Klux Klan clashed with police. Fred Trump was among those arrested. His case never reached trial because times were different back then. But Fred Trump raised his son Donald to believe that he belonged to a […]

Trump gets rid of Steve Bannon, a top proponent of his nationalist agenda

Fri, 2017-08-18 19:45
The Washington Post reports: President Trump on Friday dismissed his embattled chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, an architect of his 2016 general election victory and the champion of his nationalist impulses, in a major White House shake-up that follows a week of racial unrest. With his presidency floundering and his legislative agenda in shambles, administration […]

Bannon is ‘going nuclear’

Fri, 2017-08-18 19:45
The Atlantic reports: In firing Steve Bannon, President Trump has lost his chief ideologue, the man who channeled his base and advocated for the populist-nationalist policies that helped propel Trump to victory. But he has gained an unpredictable and potentially troublesome outside ally who has long experience running a media organization, and an even longer […]

Trump’s son in crosshairs of special counsel Mueller

Fri, 2017-08-18 19:45
BuzzFeed reports: Federal prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller are focusing keenly on the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and are trying to determine his intent when he attended a controversial June 9, 2016, meeting with a Russian lawyer, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Trump Jr. has acknowledged that he was […]

16 members of White House arts committee resign to protest Trump

Fri, 2017-08-18 19:43
The New York Times reports: All 16 of the prominent artists, authors, performers and architects on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned on Friday, the latest group to protest Donald J. Trump’s defense of white nationalists after the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. In a letter addressed to Mr. Trump, the […]

When terror came to Barcelona

Fri, 2017-08-18 19:43
Miguel-Anxo Murado writes: With the blood of tourists shed in the streets of Barcelona, the Spanish and Catalan police forces are working together to tackle the common threat. Perhaps inevitably, the bitter differences will re-emerge as the shock recedes. And yet, between now and then, the horror has opened a window through which we are […]