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Trump draws fire for saying "blame on both sides" in Charlottesville

August 16, 2017
Margaret Brennan | CBS News
President Trump said "there's blame on both sides" of the violent Charlottesville protests. Video and photos from the scene show protesters and counter-demonstrators fighting, but the white supremacist side was more prepared for unrest.
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Trump gives white supremacists an unequivocal boost

August 16, 2017
Maggie Haberman, Glenn Thrush | The New York Times
President Trump buoyed the white nationalist movement on Tuesday as no president has done in generations — equating activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.
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Tillerson raps some U.S. allies for religious freedom violations, slams IS

August 16, 2017
Yeganeh Torbati | Reuters
U.S. allies including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain did not uphold principles of religious freedom in 2016, while Islamic State has carried out "genocide" against religious minorities, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.
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Federal court finds Texas maps discriminate against minorities

August 16, 2017
Reid Wilson | The Hill
Three federal judges have ordered Texas to redraw congressional district boundary lines after ruling the Republican-led state legislature intended to discriminate against minority voters in crafting the original boundaries.
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Hope Hicks expected to take over comms director duties

August 16, 2017
Jonathan Swan | Axios
Hope Hicks is expected to take over the duties of the White House communications director on an interim basis, per a source familiar with the arrangements.
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Roy Moore, Sen. Strange head to runoff in Alabama GOP Senate primary

August 16, 2017
| The Wall Street Journal
Evangelical conservative Roy Moore placed first in a special Senate GOP primary in Alabama on Tuesday, outpolling Sen. Luther Strange despite support for the incumbent from President Donald Trump and the party establishment in Washington.
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'Racism is evil': Trump denounces the KKK, Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists

August 15, 2017
Geoff Bennett | NPR
On Monday President Trump called the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists "repugnant." On Saturday, he initially failed to specifically denounce the groups in the wake of the Charlottesville, Va., violence.
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Sessions embraces federal role in probing Charlottesville violence

August 15, 2017
Josh Gerstein | Politico
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is vowing an aggressive federal investigation into the deadly violence in Charlottesville over the weekend, but as he all but promised a federal prosecution, he also broke with his long-standing position that civil rights and hate crimes cases are generally best left to local authorities.
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Trump campaign emails show aide’s repeated efforts to set up Russia meetings

August 15, 2017
Carol Leonnig, Tom Hamburger, Rosalind Helderman | The Washington Post
Three days after Donald Trump named his campaign foreign policy team in March 2016, the youngest of the new advisers sent an email to seven campaign officials with the subject line: “Meeting with Russian Leadership - Including Putin.”
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