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Trump's history of racism, abridged: A timeline

Some Republicans and conservative analysts professed surprise at President Trump's remarks about the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which he defended white supremacists. They shouldn't have been. As his personal and professional history shows, Trump has launched,...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 2:55pm

Why you might want to get an IUD ASAP — and everything you need to know about them

President Trump is coming for your free birth control. At least it seems that way. According to the Wall Street Journal, the president is finalizing plans to pull back an Obamacare rule that requires employers to provide free contraception in its company insurance plans. New requirements will...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 2:26pm

Trump fires White House chief strategist Steve Bannon

President Donald Trump fired chief strategist Stevie Bannon on Friday, the White House announced, ending the turbulent tenure of a rabble-rousing conservative media entrepreneur and political activist who was a darling of Trump's base. "White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 1:37pm

Solar eclipse: Smithsonian astronomer explains why it's so cool

Are you excited about the solar eclipse on Aug. 21? Though not quite a once-in-a-lifetime event, the phenomenon is special. Kathy Reeves, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who is involved with the operation of NASA telescopes, took some time to talk to Metro...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 1:16pm

What is 'Antifa,' and what do they want?

As racist, white-supremacist protestors have quietly gained a foothold in the United States, so too have the forces fighting against their message, they’re known as the “Antifa.” But what is Antifa? The word is a literal abbreviation of “anti-fascism,” also known as...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:48am

Tina Fey fights alt-right with #sheetcaking on Weekend Update

You know the country is deeply divided when we can’t even agree that Nazis are evil. But what can one person do when even the president insists there are “many sides” to the white power rally that turned deadly last weekend at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville? Tina...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:45am

Barcelona terror attack: Spanish police kill five suspects after van attack

Spanish police shot dead five would-be attackers after confronting them early on Friday in a town south of Barcelona where hours earlier a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds, killing 13 people and wounding scores of others. Islamic State said the perpetrators had been responding...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 9:35am

Catalan police thwart second terror attempt near Barcelona

Catalan police tweeted that another incident is being treated as a possible terror attack in Cambrils, a city southwest of Barcelona. The parties responsible have been “taken down.” It is close to 3 a.m. in Spain and authorities say the situation is “under control," but the...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 9:58pm

Pizzagate conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec has Top Secret security clearance

Jack Posobiec, a right-wing conspiracy theorist and U.S. Navy Intelligence officer, has one of the military’s highest security clearances — which is now under review. The officer-turned-activist told NBC he "never conducted any of my political activities while in uniform or on...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 8:47pm

If you want to show solidarity for Barcelona, post this flag -- not the Spanish flag

When a tragedy occurs, it’s common for social media profile pictures to change, as they did during the Paris attacks. A filter was created to superimpose a transparent French flag over the selected image. After the attack in Barcelona on Thursday, the Spanish flag or its colors were used on...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 7:04pm

‘He kind of looks like a dick:’ Transcripts reveal ‘Pharma Bro’ jury selection a challenge

Shocking new transcripts show that the halls of justice were not exactly paved with jurors sympathetic to the man who raised the price of an AIDS drug 5,000%, leaving defense attorneys to search desperately through the cracks. Last month, "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli was convicted of...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 4:19pm

Will President Trump be impeached for siding with neo-Nazis?

UPDATE Aug. 17, 2017: A prominent Tennessee congressman said it's high time President Donald Trump was removed from office, following heated comments the president made Tuesday in defense of white nationalist protesters who participated in the deadly Charlottesville, Virginia rally last weekend...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 4:06pm

Trump only 6 votes away from impeachment as the GOP bails: Analysis

Trump's path to impeachment may be shorter than previously thought, largely because he has alienated a wide swath of the Senate, says an analyst for a nonpartisan Washington think tank. Impeachment requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate, and 12 Republican senators have shown "a...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 3:59pm

White nationalists dismayed by results of genetic-ancestry tests

White nationalists are eagerly getting genetic ancestry tests — and what some are finding makes them want to pull the sheets over their head. Members of white-supremacist groups are using mail-order genetic test kits such as 23andme to ascertain exactly how white they are. Many are finding...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 1:22pm

Here's what would happen if a nuclear bomb detonated over Midtown Manhattan

As rhetoric on both sides of the world mount, the threat of nuclear holocaust is heavily weighing on minds. CNN reported on Tuesday that it would only take 20 minutes for a nuclear missile to reach Hawaii from North Korea. What about here in New York City? “In general, from what I’ve...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 2:49pm

Two Trump advisory councils disbanded since POTUS' Charlottesville bungle

Update, Aug. 16, 1:45 p.m.:  Eight of 37 members of the Strategic and Policy Forum and Manufacturing Jobs Initiative councils had resigned this week, while 12 condemned the violence and Trump's lack of an appropriate response. Then, members of President Donald Trump's Strategic and...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 2:23pm

Slogans shouted at Charlottesville may not be protected speech

First Amendment experts say that epithets and slogans chanted by white supremacists at Charlottesville last weekend may have crossed the line into unprotected speech, Vox is reporting. In 1942, the Supreme Court ruled that "fighting words" are not protected under the First Amendment. The...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 1:07pm

Baltimore quietly removes Confederate statues, avoids violent protests

Baltimore Confederate statues were abruptly removed in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, days after violent protests erupted over the removal of similar monuments in Virginia. The decision by Mayor Catherine Pugh put a swift end to more than a year of indecision on what to do with four...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:18pm

Track all the active hate groups in your area with this 'hate map'

There's a map that will let you track all the hate groups in your city and state.  Last week, violence from members of white nationalist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia left one individual dead and around 20 people injured, proving hate groups exist and are very active in cities...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:01pm

Twitter user Yes You're Racist is exposing the Charlottesville white nationalist marchers

UPDATE Aug. 15, 2017: The father of one of the Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist marchers who was identified through photos on social media said he has disowned his son until he "renounces hate." After the Virginia protests turned violent last weekend, Twitter users including @...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 1:08am