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Under fire from GOP, Trump digs in on icons of Confederacy

President Trump posted several tweets Thursday that complained about the removal of 'our beautiful' Confederate statues.

With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump lashed out at members of his own party.

Minnesota minimum wage set to rise with inflation in 2018

The minimum wage will rise by 15 cents to $9.65 per hour for most businesses around the state.

Mother of slain protester says she won't talk to Trump

The mother of a woman who was killed while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, says she won't talk to President Donald Trump because of comments he made after her daughter's death.

Fox's James Murdoch slams Trump's Charlottesville response

The CEO of 21st Century Fox has denounced racism and terrorists while expressing concern over President Donald Trump's reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Colleges brace for more violence amid rash of hate on campus

Nicholas Fuentes is dropping out of Boston University and heading south, pressing ahead with his right-wing politics despite receiving online death threats.

Estimates of North Korea's nuclear weapons hard to nail down

The U.S. intelligence agencies' assessments of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region.

Trump defends Confederate statues, berates his critics

With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency.


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.


Maryland removes statue of justice who wrote pro-slavery Dred Scott ruling

A statue of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African Americans was removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House early Friday morning.


'Black power' removed from ex-Philadelphia mayor's statue

Workers have removed the words "black power" that were spray painted across the statue of a former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner.


Mattis says a decision is closer on strategy for Afghanistan

After months of sometimes heated internal debate, the Trump administration has almost reached a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. He gave no hint of what the strategy would look like.


Skeptics dismiss Bannon's call for economic war with China

White House adviser Steve Bannon isn't alone in pondering America's possibly generation-defining question about China's emerging superpower status — but his call for an "economic war" puts him far outside the mainstream.


Why hate came to the progressive island of Charlottesville

The white nationalists behind last weekend's violent rally found an appealing target in the historic town where Thomas Jefferson founded a university and an outspoken, progressive mayor declared his city the "capital of the resistance" to President Donald Trump.


AP Explains: Why does a WWI general merit a Trump tweet?

President Donald Trump is being criticized once again for lauding the alleged tactics of Gen. John Pershing in dealing with Islamic extremists in the Philippines at the turn of the last century.


Mourners to remember Virginia trooper killed in copter crash

Mourners will gather to remember one of the two Virginia state troopers who died in a helicopter crash while monitoring a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville.


The Latest: Trump won't back down on Confederate monuments

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Warship captain in collision that killed 7 to lose command

Poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to a collision between a Navy destroyer and a commercial container ship that killed seven sailors, Navy officials said, announcing that the warship captain will be relieved of command and more than a dozen other sailors will be punished.


Math experts join brainpower to help address gerrymandering

Some of the brightest minds in math arrived at Tufts University last week to tackle an issue lawyers and political scientists have been struggling with for decades.