Aug 15, 2017

Confederate statue toppled in North Carolina

"A protest in downtown Durham [last evening] left a statue of a Confederate soldier erected nearly a century ago crumpled on the ground," per The Herald-Sun's Virginia Bridges:

  • "The statue did a somersault, collapsing against the stone pedestal in front of the old county courthouse on East Main Street. Protesters cheered and started to kick the crumpled mass."
  • "Gov. Roy Cooper [D] criticized the action, tweeting that 'the racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments."
  • Why it matters: "There are about 120 Civil War memorials across the state ... About 100 are clearly monuments related to the Confederacy."

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

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Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

Exclusive: Trump's "Deep State" hit list

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Driving the news: By the time President Trump instructed his 29-year-old former body man and new head of presidential personnel to rid his government of anti-Trump officials, he'd gathered reams of material to support his suspicions.

Exclusive: Anti-Sanders campaign targets black South Carolina voters

Courtesy of The Big Tent Project

The Big Tent Project, a Democratic political group focused on promoting moderate presidential candidates, has sent hundreds of thousands of mailers bashing Bernie Sanders to black voters in South Carolina who voted in the state's 2016 primary.

Why it matters: Sanders' rise to the top of the pack, as dueling moderate candidates split their side of the vote, is worrying many in the Democratic political establishment who fear a socialist can't beat President Trump.