The Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church on Easter April 21, 2019 in Opelousas, Louisiana. The church was set on fire along with two other Opelousas churches in the span of a week. Photo: Annie Flanagan/For The Washington Post/Getty Images

A Louisiana man has been charged with federal hate crimes for intentionally burning three historically African-American churches.

Details: 21-year-old Holden Matthew allegedly set fire to the churches over the span of 10 days in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, because of "the religious characters of the properties." Matthew is the son of a local sheriff's deputy.

  • He is being charged with three counts of intentional damage to religious property, which is a hate crime under the Church Arson Prevention Act. He's also being charged with three counts of using fire to commit a felony.

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Amy Harder, author of Generate
31 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

Finally, a real debate

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A more disciplined President Trump held back from the rowdy interruptions at tonight's debate in Nashville, while making some assertions so outlandish that Joe Biden chuckled and even closed his eyes.

  • A Trump campaign adviser told Axios: "He finally listened." 

The result: A real debate.

Biden to Trump: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life"

Former VP Joe Biden pushed back Thursday against allegations from President Trump, saying he had never profited from foreign sources. "Nothing was unethical," Biden told debate moderator Kristen Welker about his son Hunter's work in Ukraine while he was vice president.

Why it matters: Earlier on Thursday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, released a statement saying Joe Biden's claims that he never discussed overseas business dealings with his son were "false."