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Minnesota state Sen. Richard Cohen joins mass exodus from presidential arts council over Charlottesville

Sen. Richard Cohen, DFL-St. Paul, on the Senate floor in 2015.

The President's Committee on Arts and Humanities resigned to protest Trump's response to Charlottesville

Dems risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response

FILE -- White nationalists and counterprotesters clash during a rally in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017. The American Civil Liberties Union went to court last week in defense of white nationalists’ right to hold the rally that turned violent, an action that has crystallized a recurring challenge for the organization: How to pursue its First Amendment advocacy, even for hate-based groups. (Edu Bayer/The New York Times)

President Donald Trump's widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war.

Trump to skip Kennedy Center arts awards

In a break with tradition, President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year's Kennedy Center arts awards to "allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," the White House announced Saturday.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

Trump's new communications director isn't new to his ways

After three people tackled the assignment with limited success, the job of keeping President Donald Trump on message has for now fallen to Hope Hicks, a young former public relations aide and political neophyte who entered his orbit not knowing the ride would eventually take her into the cutthroat world of Washington politics.

Evangelical advisers stay with Trump as others criticize him

One of President Donald Trump's most steadfast constituencies has been standing by him amid his defense of a white nationalist rally in Virginia, even as business leaders, artists and Republicans turn away.

Trump remarks could sidetrack Democrats from other issues

President Donald Trump's widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war.


Duluth native still backs Confederate symbols
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A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."

Dems launch political ads against Minnesota reps, others
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week launched digital ads against U.S. Reps. Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen, and 23 other GOP lawmakers.


The Latest: Trump offers support to Kissimmee PD

The Latest on police officers shot in Florida (all times local):


Boston, cradle of liberty, braces for spirited protests

Conservative activists and leftist counterprotesters prepared for a confrontation on Boston Common that could draw thousands a week after a demonstration in Virginia turned deadly.


Border agents track drone from sky to drugs on the ground

A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds (5.9 kilograms) of methamphetamine from Mexico by drone, an unusually large seizure for what is still a novel technique to bring illegal drugs into the United States, authorities said Friday.


Trump struggles with presidential duties as uniter-in-chief

For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words.


Trump dumps Bannon, who returns to conservative website

Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who rose from Donald Trump's conservative campaign to a top White House post, was pushed out by the president Friday, capping a turbulent seven months marked by the departure of much of Trump's original senior staff.


Tina Fey returns to 'Weekend Update' to talk Charlottesville

Tiny Fey has returned to "Weekend Update" on "Saturday Night Live" to discuss the violence surrounding a white nationalist rally near her alma mater's campus in Charlottesville.


Family: California man celebrating marriage killed in Spain

California resident Jared Tucker and his new bride had just sent joyful pictures from their first trip to Europe, a vacation they'd saved for to celebrate their 1-year anniversary. The last pictures arrived a day before tragedy struck.


The Latest: Steve Bannon returns to Breitbart News site

The Latest on reaction to President Donald Trump, the terrorist attack in Barcelona and the Charlottesville violence (all times EDT):


Steve Bannon out at the White House

The White House confirmed his departure, saying it was "mutually agreed" that this would be his last day. A person close to Bannon said he resigned Aug. 7, and the announcement was delayed because of the Charlottesville violence.


Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses

On college campuses, white supremacists and other far-right extremist groups see fertile ground to spread their messages and recruit followers. But for many colleges, last weekend's deadly attack at a rally near the University of Virginia exposed a new threat.