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In Charlottesville, white nationalists cite Donald Trump as inspiration for “Unite the Right” rally

  • Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke suggested on Saturday that President Donald Trump is inspiring the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Asked by a reporter what the alt-right rally means to him, Duke said that it represents a “turning point for the people in this country.”
  • “We are determined to take our country back,” Duke said. “We’re gonna fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.” Read more. (8/12/17, 12:43 PM)

Update: State of emergency in Charlottesville as white nationalists ordered to vacate park

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  • Officials have declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists demonstrating against the removal of a Confederate statute clash with counter-protesters.
  • The confrontations between white nationalists and counter-protesters at the Unite the Right rally began overnight, when a counter-protest group was encircled by torch-wielding white nationalists. Read more (8/12/17 1:20 PM)

Update: Trump responds to violence in Charlottesville

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  • Several hours after a planned white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, descended into chaos and violence, President Donald Trump finally weighed in on Twitter, urging the nation to “come together as one.”
  • David Duke and other alt-right activists have stated Trump’s election in November has been the inspiration behind rallies like Saturday’s. This is a developing story (8/12/17 2 PM)

Update: Car plows into protesters at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, police say

Update: Charlottesville mayor reports at least one fatality during “Unite the Right” rally.

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This week’s news was dominated by America’s return to 20th century-style nuclear brinksmanship. But as the world waited with baited breath to see what the president of the United States would threaten North Korea with next, major policy changes and victories were playing out across the country. Here’s what you might have missed.

Update: Car plows into protesters at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, police say

North Korea says “only absolute force” can work against TrumpOn…

North Korea says “only absolute force” can work against Trump

  • On Wednesday, North Korean officials continued to level up the nuclear rhetoric against the United States, calling comments by President Donald Trump a “load of nonsense,” the Associated Press reported.
  • According to the AP, the officials further noted that “only absolute force” can work on someone as “bereft of reason” as Trump.
  • Moreover, the officials stated that they will have a plan in place to attack Guam, a small island territory home to at least 6,000 active military members and 165,000 civilian residents, by mid-August. Read more (8/9/17 7 PM)

Infamous “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli found guilty of securities…

Infamous “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli found guilty of securities fraud

  • Martin Shkreli — the former pharmaceutical company CEO best known for raising the price of a drug taken by AIDS patients by 5,000% — has been found guilty on three counts in his trial for securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
  • Shkreli, 34, was facing eight counts for his involvement in a money-making scheme from at least 2009 to 2014. During that time he is believed to have misled investors and covered up losses by doling out stock in Retrophin, his pharmaceutical company.
  • Shkreli, who also gained notoriety for his behavior on Twitter — specifically for harassing journalist Lauren Duca — faced up to 20 years in prison, though NBC New York reported he will likely receive “far less” time than that. Read more. (8/4/2017 3:23 PM)

Breaking: Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretarySean…

Breaking: Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

  • Sean Spicer resigned from his post as White House press secretary Friday morning following President Donald Trump’s decision to name hedge fund financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, the New York Timesreported.
  • Spicer reportedly objected to Scaramucci’s appointment, telling the president it was a major mistake, according to the Times.
  • Spicer came on as press secretary in January. His tenure was characterized by a combative and elusive relationship with the White House press corps. Read more (7/21/17 12 PM)

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington dies by suicide at 41Linkin…

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington dies by suicide at 41

  • Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died by suicide at 41 years old, leaving behind his wife and six children, TMZ reports.
  • Bennington hanged himself in his Palos Verdes Estates home in Los Angeles County, where his body was found Thursday around 9 a.m. PT.
  • He was close friends with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, who also committed suicide by hanging in May, and penned an open letter to the singer at the time of his death. Read more (7/20/17 3 PM)

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Champs-Elysees attacker dead after driving into a police vehicle in Paris

  • French police evacuated the Champs-Elysees shopping district in Paris on Monday after a driver barreled into a law enforcement vehicle, the Associated Press reported.
  • According to the AP’s quotes from French interior minister, the male driver died after the  attempted attack.
  • No other individuals were injured in the crash.
  • Neither the identity of the driver or his possible motivation for driving into the police vehicle were immediately known. Read more (6/19/17 11:30 AM)

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BREAKING: Shooting reported at Congressional Baseball Game practice

  • A gunman opened fire Wednesday morning on members of Congress practicing for a charity baseball game at a field in Alexandria, Virginia, according to multiple reports.
  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and an unspecified number of staffers were hit, according to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who detailed the account of the shooting on CNN.
  • Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) told Mic that Republicans “were practicing and that someone was taking shots” at them.
  • The suspect is in custody, according to the local NBC affiliate. This is a developing story (6/14/17 8:30 AM)

Update: Scalise is in stable condition, Trump responds

  • Brooks described Scalise’s injury as “a hip wound,” according to the Associated Press. Scalise is reportedly in stable condition at nearby George Washington University Hospital.
  • Two law-enforcement officers were also among those injured, according to Brooks, the AP reported.
  • In an official statement, President Donald Trump said that he and Vice President Mike Pence were “aware of the shooting in Virginia” and were monitoring developments. 
  • In a tweet from his personal account, Trump said “Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.” This is a developing story (6/14/17 9:20 AM)

Update: Officials identify Alexandria shooting suspect as James T. Hodgkinson, according to reports

  • Law enforcement officials have identified the shooter as James T. Hodgkinson, the Washington Post and NBC News reported.
  • According to the Post, Hodgkinson — a 66-year-old from Belleville, Illinois, who owns a home inspection business — was charged in 2006 with “battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle.“ Online records obtained by the Post show that those charges were dismissed.
  • At a press conference two hours after the shooting, Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown told media that five people — apparently including the alleged shooter — were transported to local hospitals. 
  • According to a tweet from ABC 7 News shortly after, two of those receiving medical attention were in critical condition. Read more (6/14/17 11:20 AM)

Update: Bernie Sanders denounces Alexandria shooter who volunteered on his campaign

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has condemned James T. Hodgkinson, saying he’s “sickened” by Hodgkinson’s “despicable act.”
  • Sanders spoke out because Hodgkinson had volunteered on Sanders’ presidential campaign.
  • “Let me be as clear as I can be,” Sanders said in the statement, which he plans to deliver on the Senate floor. “Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.” Read more (6/14/17 12:40 PM)
  • Additionally, the Congressional Baseball Game will still be played Thursday despite Wednesday’s shooting, a Hill chief of staff told Mic. Read more (6/14/17 12:40 PM)

A gunman opened fire Wednesday morning on members of Congress as…

A gunman opened fire Wednesday morning on members of Congress as they practiced for a charity baseball game at a field in Alexandria, Virginia, early Wednesday morning. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot, according to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who detailed the account of the shooting on CNN. Mic spoke to eyewitnesses at the scene including Sen. Jeff Flake.

Update: Officials identified the shooting suspect as James T. Hodgkinson

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BREAKING: Shooting reported at Congressional Baseball Game practice

  • A gunman opened fire Wednesday morning on members of Congress practicing for a charity baseball game at a field in Alexandria, Virginia, according to multiple reports.
  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and an unspecified number of staffers were hit, according to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who detailed the account of the shooting on CNN.
  • Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) told Mic that Republicans “were practicing and that someone was taking shots” at them.
  • The suspect is in custody, according to the local NBC affiliate. This is a developing story (6/14/17 8:30 AM)

Update: Scalise is in stable condition, Trump responds

  • Brooks described Scalise’s injury as “a hip wound,” according to the Associated Press. Scalise is reportedly in stable condition at nearby George Washington University Hospital.
  • Two law-enforcement officers were also among those injured, according to Brooks, the AP reported.
  • In an official statement, President Donald Trump said that he and Vice President Mike Pence were “aware of the shooting in Virginia” and were monitoring developments. 
  • In a tweet from his personal account, Trump said “Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.” This is a developing story (6/14/17 9:20 AM)

Update: Officials identify Alexandria shooting suspect as James T. Hodgkinson, according to reports

  • Law enforcement officials have identified the shooter as James T. Hodgkinson, the Washington Post and NBC News reported.
  • According to the Post, Hodgkinson — a 66-year-old from Belleville, Illinois, who owns a home inspection business — was charged in 2006 with “battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle.” Online records obtained by the Post show that those charges were dismissed.
  • At a press conference two hours after the shooting, Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown told media that five people — apparently including the alleged shooter — were transported to local hospitals. 
  • According to a tweet from ABC 7 News shortly after, two of those receiving medical attention were in critical condition. Read more (6/14/17 11:20 AM)