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Sunday, August 20, 2017

On Tuesday night, the US state of Missouri is planning to execute Marcellus Williams despite a new report from a DNA expert that his lawyers argue supports his claim to innocence.

Williams, who has always claimed he is innocent, was sentenced to death in 2001, three years after Gayle, a former newspaper reporter, was murdered in her home in a gated community in St Louis, Missouri. He was originally due to be executed on January 28, 2015, but Missouri's high court decided to postpone the execution to allow time for new DNA tests to be conducted.

Those tests showed that the male DNA on the murder weapon, a knife, was not Williams' but belonged to a third, unknown person.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Members of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities have had enough after Trump's controversial response to the violence in Charlottesville last weekend. Sixteen members of the group sent a letter to Trump Friday morning announcing their resignation. This comes after business leaders including Merck's Kenneth Frazier and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank resigned this week from the President's American Manufacturing Council. Trump, in a tweet reacting to the news, said he would disband the group himself on Wednesday. President Reagan created the Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1982 to work on cultural policy and funding initiatives. Members who resigned today include New York City painter Chuck Close and Minnesota state senator Richard Cohen. read more


Friday, August 18, 2017

Investors are counting on Trump aide Gary Cohn to help push through tax reform, Yale management expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld tells CNBC. The New York Times reported that Cohn is "upset" and "disgusted" with Trump's response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. "I think if he steps away, it would crash the markets," Sonnenfeld says. "A number of people" on Wall Street and at Cohn's former firm Goldman Sachs have called him to suggest that he resign from the administration, said CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin, who also writes for the Times. read more


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mark Bray, historian of human rights at Dartmouth University: There are antifa groups around the world, but antifa is not itself an interconnected organization, any more than an ideology like socialism or a tactic like the picket line is a specific group. Antifa are autonomous anti-racist groups that monitor and track the activities of local neo-Nazis. They expose them to their neighbors and employers, they conduct public education campaigns, they support migrants and refugees and they pressure venues to cancel white power events. read more


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a gathering of one's acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times -- in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis. read more


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Read more about Robert E. Lee. His statue deserves it's place.

#6 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT 2017-08-18 05:17 AM | FLAG:

He hated memorials and Robert E Lee himself wanted them to be torn down.

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"Lee believed countries that erased visible signs of civil war recovered from conflicts quicker," Horn said. "He was worried that by keeping these symbols alive, it would keep the divisions alive."

In his writings, Lee cited multiple reasons for opposing such monuments, questioning the cost of a potential Stonewall Jackson monument, for example. But underlying it all was one rationale: That the war had ended, and the South needed to move on and avoid more upheaval.

"As regards the erection of such a monument as is contemplated," Lee wrote of an 1866 proposal, "my conviction is, that however grateful it would be to the feelings of the South, the attempt in the present condition of the Country, would have the effect of retarding, instead of accelerating its accomplishment; [and] of continuing, if not adding to, the difficulties under which the Southern people labour."

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