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An open letter from the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson.  —  Dear Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and members of the Monument Avenue Commission,  —  We are native Richmonders and also the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson.  As two of the closest living relatives to Stonewall …
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Dozens of Activists Turn Selves in Spartacus-Style for “Crime” of Toppling Durham Confederate Statue
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump: America's culture being ‘ripped apart’ by removal of Confederate statues
Discussion: ABC News
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Steve Bannon, Unrepentant  —  Steve Bannon on the phone, December 9, 2016  —  You might think from recent press accounts that Steve Bannon is on the ropes and therefore behaving prudently.  In the aftermath of events in Charlottesville, he is widely blamed for his boss's continuing indulgence of white supremacists.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Steve Bannon thought he wasn't giving an interview  —  Steve Bannon's White House colleagues can't believe what they're reading tonight — and here's the twist: neither can Bannon.  — The White House chief strategist has told associates he never intended to do an “interview” …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Steve Bannon says controversial interview with liberal magazine was GOOD for the White House because it ‘drew fire away’ from Trump  — White House's chief strategist called a liberal magazine writer on Wednesday and spoke casually about North Korea, China and race politics
Daniel Lippman / Politico:   THE BANNON intvw intrigue: what was he doing? …
New York Times:
Trump's Embrace of Racially Charged Past Puts Republicans in Crisis
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Hostage situation unfolding in Barcelona after van hits pedestrians in busy tourist area  —  At least one person is dead and 32 are injured after a van slammed into pedestrians in a busy tourist area in Barcelona, Spain, this afternoon.  —  The attack took place near Catalunya Square in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district.
The Guardian:
Las Ramblas attack: van hits crowd in tourist area of Barcelona  —  Crash on Las Ramblas being treated as terror incident by Spanish police, who say people have died  —  A van has crashed into a crowd of people in central Barcelona, with Spanish media saying there have been multiple deaths and injuries …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
CBS News:
Partisan divide over Trump's response to Charlottesville: CBS News poll  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans consider the attack that led to loss of life in Charlottesville an act of “domestic terrorism,” a view that spans partisan lines.  But President Trump's response to Charlottesville finds more division.
Carrie Dann / NBC News:   Poll: 40 Percent Now Support Trump Impeachment
Heidi M. Przybyla / USA Today:
Mitch McConnell's secret fury over Charlottesville response highlights GOP's Trump dilemma  —  WASHINGTON - There was a reason why it took Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell an entire night to respond to President Trump's chaotic news conference equating counter protesters with the Nazis they came to resist.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
'He is stubborn and doesn't realize how bad this is getting'  —  President Donald Trump's decision to double down on his argument that “both sides” were to blame for the violent clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was driven in part by his own anger — and his disdain for being told what to do.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump's lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed
New York Times:
Trump Lawyer Forwards Email Echoing Secessionist Rhetoric  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's personal lawyer on Wednesday forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that echoed secessionist Civil War propaganda and declared that the group Black Lives Matter …
K-Sue Park / New York Times:
The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech  —  The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of defending the First Amendment rights of groups on both the far left and the far right.  This commitment led the organization to successfully sue the city of Charlottesville, Va. …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, ACLU and Althouse
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
There's No ‘Nazi’ Exception to the First Amendment
Discussion: RedState and IJR
Jay Rey / The Buffalo News:
Carl Paladino removed from Buffalo School Board … Carl P. Paladino is out as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education.  —  That's the ruling today from State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, according to the board's attorney.  —  “He is out effective immediately,” said Frank W. Miller, the board's attorney.
James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
The ‘Flight 93 Election’ Moment Is Now … The most important intellectual case for Donald Trump's candidacy, to the extent that such a thing could even exist, was an essay published last September by the Claremont Review of Books titled The Flight 93 Election.
Discussion: Damian J. Penny
USA Today:
After Charlottesville, time to censure President Trump  —  Republicans, put your votes where your tweets are: Our view  —  Several prominent Republicans took to Twitter on Wednesday to denounce hatred and bigotry in the wake of President Trump's shocking equivocations about the white-supremacist mayhem …
New York Times:
Trump Comments on Race Open Breach With C.E.O.s, Military and G.O.P.
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
‘Art Of The Deal’ Co-Author Tony Schwartz Predicts Trump's About To Resign  —  “Trump's presidency is effectively over.”  —  Donald Trump's Art of the Deal co-author Tony Schwartz is predicting that the president is getting ready to call it quits and that the resignation will happen soon.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Rosanne Cash:
A message from the children of Johnny Cash:  —  We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile.  He was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father.  We were sickened by the association.
Penny Starr / Breitbart:
Protesters vandalized and attempted to take down the Peace Monument in Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, mistaking it for a pro-Confederate statue.  —  The protesters were marching in response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday where one woman died …
Esmeralda Bermudez / Los Angeles Times:
California confronts its Confederate past as monuments are abruptly removed
Discussion: The Root, The Week, Infowars and Breitbart
Dakin Andone / CNN:
The Southern Poverty Law Center's list of hate groups  —  Design: Will Mullery, CNN  —  Dots represent the hate groups operating out of each state, according to the SPLC  —  (CNN)917.  —  That's the number of hate groups operating in the US, according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Keith Doherty / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
GOP Tricked Into Conferring Moral Authority on Militant Leftist Protesters
Discussion: TheBlaze, IJR and Breitbart
Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president  —  U-turns, self-regard and equivocation are not what it takes  —  DEFENDERS of President Donald Trump offer two arguments in his favour—that he is a businessman who will curb the excesses of the state; and that he will help America …
Discussion: Rewire, Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Neil Gorsuch Speech at Trump Hotel Raises Ethical Questions  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump's Supreme Court appointee, is scheduled to address a conservative group at the Trump International Hotel in Washington next month, less than two weeks before the court is set to hear arguments on Mr. Trump's travel ban.
Eric Boodman / STAT:
White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests.  Some don't like what they find  —  t was a strange moment of triumph against racism: The gun-slinging white supremacist Craig Cobb, dressed up for daytime TV in a dark suit and red tie, hearing that his DNA testing revealed his ancestry to be only …
Discussion: The Atlantic and The Week
CIA Torture Psychologists Settle Lawsuit  —  ON EVE OF TRIAL, PSYCHOLOGISTS AGREE TO HISTORIC SETTLEMENT IN ACLU CASE ON BEHALF OF THREE TORTURE VICTIMS  —  NEW YORK — In a first for a case involving CIA torture, the American Civil Liberties Union announced a settlement today in the lawsuit …
Discussion: Shadowproof
Yashar Ali / New York Magazine:
Rabbi That Oversaw Ivanka Trump's Conversion to Judaism Slams Trump on Charlottesville Response  —  The rabbi that oversaw Ivanka Trump's conversion to Judaism has released a letter to the congregation of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump's longtime synagogue condemning President Trump's widely …
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Former Nashville federal judge donated to hate group tied to Charlottesville protests
Discussion: Above the Law
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker: Trump showing signs of ‘mental instability,’ must be removed
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mercury News
Paul Wood / Spectator:
Forget Charlottesville - Russia is still the true Trump scandal
Discussion: Raw Story
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Un-American activities
 Earlier Items: 
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Republicans are even avoiding Fox News when asked to talk about Trump and Charlottesville
Discussion: NPR
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
What the counter-protesters Trump despises were actually doing in Charlottesville last weekend.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Oops, dad did it again!
Arizona Republic:
Donald Trump makes it official: He'll hold a downtown Phoenix rally
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President Trump's false claim that counter-demonstrators lacked a permit
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Breitbart Presidency  —  If Van Jones was right …