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Car plows into crowd at alt-right rally

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A car plowed through a crowd of counter protestors at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this afternoon, multiple videos from the scene show.

Information is still being released. Various photos from the scene posted online showed numerous protestors bloodied and being carried away on stretchers. It's unclear who was driving the car, but state officials say he is in custody. AP reports local hospital officials say at least one person is dead and 19 injured from the car attack. Various arrests have taken place as well, including Richard Spencer. A helicopter that crashed in the early evening, which killed two people, was linked to the protests, per AP.

For updates from the scene, follow photojournalist Alejandro Alvarez for images and videos, the official Twitter Moments collection, and Virginia State Police.

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Why Trump added a streetfighter to his legal team

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A new addition to President Trump's legal team — Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News — reflects three White House realities.

The state of play: (1) The White House is digging in for a fight that looks to be longer and messier than officials had expected. (2) This is another example of the president responding to televised cues. Trump has spent most of his adult life in litigation, and obsesses about legal positioning in the same way that he is consumed by his press coverage. (3) It's another pugilistic voice at the table, and suggests that this weekend's attacks on Mueller won't be the last.

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Facebook reaches a tipping point

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios 

Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging.

Why it matters: It's not that the reports reveal anything particularly new about how Facebook's back end works — developers have understood the vulnerabilities of Facebook's interface for years. But stakeholders crucial to the company's success — as well as the public seem less willing to listen to its side of the story this time around.