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Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted In Charlottesville

By A.C. Thompson, Robert Faturechi and Karim Hajj/ProPublica

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - There was nothing haphazard about the violence that erupted in this bucolic town in Virginia's heartland.

At about 10 a.m. on Saturday, at one of countless such confrontations, an angry mob of white supremacists formed a battle line across from a group of counterprotesters, many of them older and gray-haired, who had gathered near a church parking lot.

On command from their leader, the young men charged and pummeled their ideological foes with abandon.

One woman was hurled to the pavement, and the blood from her bruised head was instantly visible.

Standing nearby, an assortment of Virginia State Police troopers and Charlottesville police wearing protective gear watched silently from behind an array of metal barricades - and did nothing.

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Posted on July 4, 2017

Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted In Charlottesville

By A.C. Thompson, Robert Faturechi and Karim Hajj/ProPublica
We walked the streets beginning in the early morning hours and repeatedly witnessed instances in which authorities took a largely laissez faire approach, allowing white supremacists and counterprotesters to physically battle.

Posted on August 16, 2017

The Rising Homegrown Terror Threat On The Right

By Arie Perliger/The Conversation
Extremist individuals engage in such activities because they sense heir views are enjoying growing social legitimacy and acceptance, which is emboldening them to act on their bigotry.

Posted on August 15, 2017

White Supremacy In The Age Of Trump

By Keri Leigh Merritt/BillMoyers.com
Never forget that this country has a long history of upper-class whites using racism to their advantage.

Posted on August 14, 2017

America Has Never Had A Merit-Based System For College Admissions

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
We've never admitted students strictly based on test scores, but we have on race and gender.

Posted on August 8, 2017

Don't Lie To Poor Kids About Why They're Poor

By Josh Hoxie/Common Dreams
Those at the bottom - and the top - deserve to know why their experiences are so different.

Posted on August 4, 2017

Here's Bruce Rauner Lying About How His Daughter Got Into Prestigious Payton High School

Multiple Lies In A Single Debate Answer
A timely reminder.

Posted on August 3, 2017

City Of Chicago Still Obeys Immigration Detainers Even as Courts Around the Country Find Them Unconstitutional

By The AAAN
Chicago's Welcoming City Ordinance continues to turn certain immigrants over to ICE, leaving many immigrants without protection and the city vulnerable to lawsuits for violations of constitutional rights.

Posted on July 26, 2017

'Obscene': 70 Top Healthcare CEOs Raked in $9.8 Billion Since 2010

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
"The central healthcare initiative of the Dem Party is a policy that effectively subsidizes the pay of these execs."

Posted on July 25, 2017

Top CEOs Make 271 Times More Than The Average American

By John Light/BillMoyers.com
In the early 1990s, CEO pay started climbing; CEOs began making hundreds of times what the average American worker made, and continue to do so today.

Posted on July 25, 2017

NYT Trump Interview Makes Waves, But Did Reporters Go Too Easy?

By Julia Conley/Common Dreams
Hint: Yes.

Posted on July 24, 2017

Explaining The Rise In Hate Crimes Against Muslims In The U.S.

By Brian Levin/The Conversation
Are pols to blame? (Hint: Yes.)

Posted on July 20, 2017

Not Just For The Poor: The Crucial Role Of Medicaid In America's Health Care System

By Simon Haeder/The Conversation
Both the American Health Care Act and the Trump budget would be truly devastating.

Posted on July 17, 2017

Reminder: Among Wealthiest Nations, U.S. Healthcare System Comes In Dead Last

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
We spend more by far - with far worse outcomes. We suck.

Posted on July 17, 2017

What We Know - And Don't Know - About Hate Crimes In America

By Rachel Glickhouse/ProPublica
There are a few questions for which answers continue to elude us: How many hate crimes happen each year, and why is the record keeping so inadequate?

Posted on July 14, 2017

Destroying Mosul To Save It: Possible U.S.-Backed War Crimes In Iraq Exposed

By Julia Conley/Common Dreams
"The horrors that the people of Mosul have witnessed and the disregard for human life by all parties to this conflict must not go unpunished."

Posted on July 12, 2017

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