Racism

Scoop: Terry McAuliffe book tells of Trump call amid racial violence

St. Martin's Press

Terry McAuliffe remembered the "Operator 1" calls from the days when President Bill Clinton would ring him at 1 a.m.

  • Now, McAuliffe was Virginia's 72nd governor. President Donald Trump was calling about the racist violence that had exploded that day in Charlottesville.

Senate passes bill to make lynching a federal crime

Senators Booker and Harris look stern.
Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris co-sponsored the bill, along with Sen. Tim Scott (not pictured). Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

The Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would make lynching a federal crime, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for nearly 100 years to pass similar measures, with more than 4,000 black people having been victims of lynching between 1877 and 1950, according to the Equal Justice Initiative. The Senate passed a similar measure during the last Congress, but the House failed to act on it.

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