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Climate Progress : White supremacist rally fizzles, overtaken by massive anti-racism march

Organizers of a self-described “free speech” rally in Boston Saturday were expecting to see a big turnout, with attendees from the same white supremacist groups that marched on Charlottesville last weekend. Massachusetts members of the Ku Klux Klan had announced their plans to participate. But turnout on the white supremacist side was incredibly small. They

2017-08-19 20:56   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Organizer Charlottesville protest calls murder victim a ‘fat, disgusting communist’

The man who organized the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last Saturday tweeted that Heather Heyer, the woman who was murdered at the event, a “fat, disgusting communist” and described her death as “payback.” The organizer, Jason Kessler, deleted the tweet and initially claimed he was hacked. He later deleted that tweet and blamed his

2017-08-19 18:07   Click to comment

Climate Progress : UPDATES: White supremacist rally in Boston

A so-called “free speech” rally in Boston on Saturday is expected to draw some of the same white supremacist groups that participated in the violent events of Charlottesville last weekend. The national director of the Ku Klux Klan said that he expected members would attend. A large group of counter-protesters is also expected. The rally

2017-08-19 16:38   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Rush Limbaugh says white supremacists and the KKK ‘are not the problem,’ warns of second civil war

Donald Trump sent shock waves through the political world with his broad defense of participants in a white supremacist rally last weekend, praising them for obtaining a permit and describing some as “very fine people.” He previously put Nazis, the KKK and white nationalists on the same moral plane as those who showed up to

2017-08-19 15:59   Click to comment

Climate Progress : After Charlottesville, do we really need an HBO show that imagines the South won?

In light of the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia after a white nationalist rally organized to protest the removal of a General Robert E. Lee statue, Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff — whose upcoming project Confederate, an alt-history exploring what America would look like if the South had won the Civil

2017-08-19 14:19   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Charlottesville ushers in a new kind of race war — white versus white

The past week has been marked by a tumultuous stream of violence, protests, counter demonstrations, and presidential proclamations stemming from a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. While the uproar is sustained by the removal of Confederate monuments, that struggle is merely a facade covering the much more complicated reality. A fresh battle for

2017-08-19 14:07   Click to comment

Climate Progress : First Trump faith advisor ‘resigns’ from presidential board, sparking backlash

One of Donald Trump’s faith advisors has “resigned” from his capacity as a counselor to the president, citing a “deepening conflict of values” between him and the administration. A.R. Bernard, an African American megachurch pastor in New York City, announced the news Friday evening on Twitter. He says he submitted his resignation earlier this week,

2017-08-19 01:47   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The sweet 16: Steve Bannon and everyone else who couldn’t survive 7 months in the Trump White House

Friday marked seven months since Trump’s inauguration and last day for Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, in the White House. Bannon is not alone. He is the sixteenth member of the Trump White House to hit the curb in the first 210 days. See who else didn’t last in the video above.

2017-08-18 20:50   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Bannon may be out, but his racist legacy remains

Two unnamed administration officials told The New York Times on Friday that Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon had tendered his resignation earlier in the month and was on his way out. The news came as a pleasant surprise to those who had long petitioned for his dismissal, though others quickly noted that, even with

2017-08-18 20:46   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Mayors nationwide take up effort to combat white supremacy

During a press call on Friday, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Anti-Defamation League announced a ten-point plan to combat hate groups in cities and towns across the country. The move comes after President Donald Trump blamed “many sides,” including what he called the “alt-left,” for a violent white supremacist rally and a car

2017-08-18 20:07   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Kevin Durant says he won’t visit the White House because of Donald Trump

Back in June, Kevin Durant led the Golden State Warriors to their second NBA title in the last three years, dispatching LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games and being named MVP of the finals. Traditionally, championship teams from all levels of organized sports — from Super Bowl winners to Little League World

2017-08-18 19:59   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump administration begins process to weaken environmental standards for freight trailers

The Trump administration plans to revisit greenhouse gas emissions and efficiency standards for freight trucks just months before the standards are scheduled to take effect, a decision environmental groups view as yet another capitulation by the administration to industry demands. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation announced on Thursday formal steps to begin

2017-08-18 19:29   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Fans of LGBTQ-positive ‘Take My Wife’ urge platforms to save the show

After the streaming service that hosted the LGBTQ-positive show Take My Wife announced it would shut down, fans have been urging other platforms to take the show. Earlier in the month, Seeso, Comcast and NBC Universal’s streaming service, announced it would shut down later this year. For days, #TakeMyWife has been trending on Twitter. The

2017-08-18 19:21   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The redistricting battle in Texas is just heating up

Texas could be headed to the Supreme Court after a federal court ruled Tuesday that two of the state’s congressional districts violate both the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. In a 107-page decision, three judges in San Antonio declared that the districts had been purposefully re-drawn to mitigate the electoral power of Hispanic voters.

2017-08-18 19:20   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Coverage of Barcelona attack highlights ’empathy gap’

The coverage of the Thursday’s attack in Barcelona followed the script of most attacks in European or North American countries: incident, confirmation, a casualty/injury count that varies, the hunt for responsible parties, finger-pointing and analysis on “how this could possible happen,” and then, finally, portraits of a grieving, yet resilient community. All of this is

2017-08-18 19:19   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Beer is the greenest beverage

By Jeremy Deaton It would be hard to imagine the heads of Budweiser or Miller challenging the president, but the new generation of American beer makers are a different breed; they are working hard to protect the water, soil, air, and climate on which their businesses depend, and demonstrating a willingness to speak out against the

2017-08-18 18:53   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Republican lawmakers can be compassionate on immigration, but under special exceptions

In a heartfelt piece arguing for immigration reform, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), a harsh critic of President Donald Trump’s policies, wrote about his experiences with Manuel Chaidez, a farmworker who worked on his family’s farm for 24 years. The column comes as the Trump administration has proposed to cut legal immigration by 50 percent, a

2017-08-18 18:10   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Scott Pruitt’s successor as Oklahoma AG opposes mega-wind project

Scott Pruitt’s successor in Oklahoma is showing the fossil fuel industry that he cares as much about it as the state’s former attorney general. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) appointed Mike Hunter as attorney general in February after Pruitt resigned from the position to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the Trump administration. In

2017-08-18 17:58   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Mitt Romney criticizes Trump for Charlottesville comments, but his words ring hollow

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Friday condemned President Trump’s response to the clashes in Charlottesville, publishing a lengthy Facebook post in which he said the president should apologize. Just how sincere he was in his rebuke is questionable. “Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep,

2017-08-18 17:50   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Innovative new campaign wants to offset Trump’s terrible climate policies by planting billions of trees

Resistance to the Trump administration’s rollback of U.S. climate policy is literally taking root across the globe, driven by three climate-savvy campaigners in New Zealand and hundreds of thousands of trees. Dubbed “Trump Forest,” the project aims to plant enough trees — 110 billion, to be exact — to offset the carbon emissions created by

2017-08-18 16:19   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Miley, this is a bad moment to feel nostalgic for the 1950s

Miley Cyrus released on Friday her latest single off of her new album, Younger Now, which will come out in September. The eponymous track is a pop music song—that’s as close as this article will get to reviewing the actual music. The video and single art are problematic and tone-deaf in timing. A week after

2017-08-18 15:18   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump’s advocacy for Confederate monuments is a cynical ploy. Here’s proof.

In his infamous Tuesday press conference responding to criticism that he was too slow to condemn violent events at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, President Donald Trump brushed aside concerns that he was giving comfort to white nationalists. Instead, he argued he was simply giving credit to “very fine people” who were there to

2017-08-18 15:16   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Chris Long becomes first white NFL player to participate in national anthem protest

On Thursday, Chris Long became the first white NFL player to get involved in a national anthem protest. Before a preseason game in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end put his arm around safety Malcolm Jenkins while Jenkins raised his fist. Chris Long put his arm around Malcolm Jenkins in support of his national anthem

2017-08-18 14:52   Click to comment

Climate Progress : CEOs’ condemnation of white supremacists isn’t the result of some newfound moral compass

If GoDaddy wasn’t the first, it was certainly the biggest. The world’s largest domain name registry announced on Monday that it would boot The Daily Stormer, the online hub for white supremacists and neo-Nazis who days earlier staged a rally in Charlottesville and allegedly murdered a 32-year-old protester, from its database. The floodgates were opened.

2017-08-18 14:07   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Mother of Charlottesville victim won’t talk to Trump, cites his defense of white supremacist rally

During a Good Morning America interview on Friday, the mother of the woman who was killed in Charlottesville last Saturday, allegedly by a Nazi sympathizer, said that following President Trump’s public defense of a white supremacist rally, she’s no longer interesting in talking with him. Trump has compared the Nazis, KKK members, and white supremacists

2017-08-18 13:52   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Charlottesville arrested about as many people for public intoxication as for protest violence last weekend

As white nationalist protesters repeatedly clashed with counter-protesters over the weekend, law enforcement teams from the Charlottesville Police Department and the Virginia State Police watched closely. And as tensions between armed militias and their anti-fascist opposition turned violent, with fists, sticks, pepper spray, and projectiles, police continued to take a hands-off approach.…

2017-08-18 13:00   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Amid 100-year heatwave, British Columbia sets wildfire record

With temperatures toppling 100-year-old records, British Columbia’s raging wildfires have already set the record for the most acres burned. And it’s only mid-August. Meanwhile, the Northwest Territories have been experiencing their own Arctic heatwave, and equally devastating wildfires. One blogger pointed out that on Monday, the intense fires “rapidly expanded to consume a section of…

2017-08-17 21:28   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Mike Pence’s messy, calculated history with race

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday he “stands with the president” on statements President Donald Trump made at a press conference, during which he called white nationalists at a Charlottesville rally “very fine people.” In the aftermath, Democrats and many members of the president’s own party have condemned Trump’s response, explicitly addressing him by name…

2017-08-17 21:02   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump responds to Barcelona attack by suggesting that mass murder of Muslims would prevent terrorism

President Trump’s response to an attack in Barcelona, Spain that left 13 dead was to suggest that mass murdering Muslims suspected of terrorism might be a way to deter future incidents. Trump’s initial public reaction to the attack on Thursday was a tweet that generically condemned the violence, offered U.S. help to the people of Spain,

2017-08-17 20:25   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Congressional Hispanic Caucus demands Secretary Price prioritize Obamacare Latino outreach

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price Thursday, demanding he meet with members about Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment. Members were prompted by recent reports that no one from the Trump administration had reached out to key members of the Latino ACA outreach coalition to

2017-08-17 19:40   Click to comment

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