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One year after the first white supremacist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Confederate statues are still coming down around the country.

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Data: Southern Poverty Law Center; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

The big picture: After last year's rally, which resulted in one woman's death and scores injured, cities around the country were confronted with demands to rid Confederate monuments and symbols. And a year later, the wave continues as the same rally returns to the nation's capital.

Where things stand

A Nashville judge ruled in May that the removal of three Memphis statues last year was legal.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced this week that two statues honoring John B. Castleman and George D. Prentice would be removed by the end of the year.

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The other side:

Some are calling for Austin, Texas, to change its name as it represents Stephen F. Austin, a defender of slavery.

The state leading the way in statue removal is Texas, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The project director for the confederate statue project, Heidi Beirich told CNN that's thanks to the people: "It's a community push to have conversations about race... It's a little bit more of a groundswell."

Yes, but: Two statues in Charlottesville of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are still standing.

  • Seven states have laws in place to prevent such removals, per ABC News: Virginia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.

Go deeper, with a look at the preparations ahead of this weekend's "Unite the Right" rally.

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Congress, White House brace for Chauvin verdict

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are anxious as the nation awaits the verdict in former police officer Derek Chauvin's trial, fearing a not-guilty decision could exacerbate racial tensions and spark a new wave of riots.

Why it matters: Leaders on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are trying to figure out how to calibrate any personal or legislative response, while also acknowledging how the final outcome in Chauvin's murder trial in the death of George Floyd could affect their district and them politically.

Exclusive: Koch Network, Bush Center team up on immigration

Visitors view immigration exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Photo: Stand Together

The Koch Network and the George W. Bush Presidential Center are partnering on an interactive immigration exhibit aimed at countering stereotypes and promoting immigration reform.

The big picture: The partnership to be announced Tuesday between the right-wing network's philanthropic arm, Stand Together, and the Dallas center comes as Congress is expected to debate immigration reform proposals amid resistance from many Republicans.

White House removes Trump-appointed scientist from overseeing climate report

U.S. President Joe Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images

The Biden administration has removed Trump-appointed atmospheric scientist Betsy Weatherhead from her role overseeing a comprehensive report on how climate change is affecting the U.S., the Washington Post first reported Monday.

Why it matters: Weatherhead has not been fired — merely reassigned to the U.S. Geological Survey — the move represents an effort by the Biden administration to remove Trump-era appointees from scientific roles, per CNN.