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Neo-Nazi Rally Draws About Two Dozen People and Upends a Small Georgia City

Neo-Nazi Rally Draws About Two Dozen People and Upends a Small Georgia City

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Supporters of the National Socialist Movement, one of the larger neo-Nazi groups in the United States, held a rally in Newnan, Ga., on Saturday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images A neo-Nazi rally outside of Atlanta on Saturday drew only a few participants and did not last very long.But the event still upended Newnan, Ga., a city of about 38,000, for an afternoon as downtown shops closed and counterprotesters gathered. Hasco Craver, the assistant city manager, said more than 700 law enforcement officers were present from 42 agencies.Members of the National Socialist Movement, a white nationalist organization that has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, gained a permit last month for a rally from 3 to 5 p.m. at a park. Organizers estimated the rally c...

NYT: Pruitt purchased home from lobbyist in 2003, using a shell company

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As a state senator in 2003, Pruitt became an owner of an Oklahoma City house held by a shell company registered under the name of a business partner and law school friend, Kenneth Wagner, the Times reported, citing a review of real estate and other public records. Wagner is now a senior adviser for regional and state affairs at the EPA.The mortgage on the house was issued by a local bank led by another business associate, Albert Kelly, the Times said, citing the records. Kelly is now also one of Pruitt's top aides at the EPA, in charge of its Superfund program.The purchase price of $375,000 was $100,000 less than what the lobbyist, Marsha Lindsey, had paid just a year earlier -- a difference picked up by her employer, telecom company SBC Oklahoma, the Times reported. Lindsey turned over...
After Sylvester Stallone Call, Trump Considers 'Full Pardon' of Long-Dead Boxer

After Sylvester Stallone Call, Trump Considers 'Full Pardon' of Long-Dead Boxer

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President Trump on Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla. “Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson,” the president said on Saturday. Tom Brenner/The New York Times WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As four former presidents and the current first lady traveled to the funeral of Barbara Bush in Texas, President Trump took in his usual Saturday round of golf and issued a morning barrage of disparaging (and misspelled) tweets.Shortly after the televised funeral for Mrs. Bush ended, the president indicated that he had also fielded a call from Rambo.“Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial,&rdquo...
Trump defends Cohen after NYT report

Trump defends Cohen after NYT report

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In a series of tweets peppered with insults against the Times' White House correspondent, Maggie Haberman, and her sourcing, Trump wrote that she and the newspaper "are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will 'flip.' They use.......non-existent 'sources' and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family.""Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected," Trump continued. "Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if........it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don't see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!"It is unclear who the President was describing as "a drunk/drugged ...
Jack Johnson, boxer jailed under Jim Crow, is being considered by Trump for pardon

Jack Johnson, boxer jailed under Jim Crow, is being considered by Trump for pardon

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Jack Johnson in an undated photo. (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)President Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon that he will consider a posthumous pardon for boxer Jack Johnson after a call from actor Sylvester Stallone, who according to Trump explained the fighter’s “complex and controversial” life.Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, was convicted in 1913 under the Mann Act, federal legislation that made it illegal to cross state lines with a woman “for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose.” Jim Crow era prosecutors often used the legislation as a type of anti-miscegenation law.Johnson was widely despised for flaunting his title, his wealth and his affection for white women. He was co...
Who was Jack Johnson, the boxer Trump is considering pardoning?

Who was Jack Johnson, the boxer Trump is considering pardoning?

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Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump says he's considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines.Trump announced Saturday on Twitter that the actor Sylvester Stallone, a friend of his, had called to bring Johnson's story to his attention."His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial," Trump wrote from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!"Johnson is a legendary figu...
Trump considering pardon for boxer Jack Johnson

Trump considering pardon for boxer Jack Johnson

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"Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial," Trump tweeted. "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!"Johnson, the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion, was convicted in 1913 under the Mann Act for taking his white girlfriend across state lines for "immoral" purposes. The Mann Act purported to prevent human trafficking for the purpose of prostitution, but critics have argued it was applied inconsistently to criminalize African Americans and those with dissenting political views. Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury in less than two hours and was imprisoned for a year. ...

Barbara Bush Remembered as Tough, Loving Matriarch

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   Former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on Saturday for funeral services for former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston. Mrs. Bush died on Tuesday at age 92.David J. Phillip/Pool via Reuters1 of 10•••••ByBradley OlsonBradley OlsonThe Wall Street JournalBiography@bradnewsbradley.olson@wsj.com April 21, 2018 4:14 p.m. ET 9 COMMENTSHOUSTON— Barbara Bush was fondly remembered at a memorial service Saturday as the fierce captain of an American political dynasty.Before more than 1,000 people, including four former presidents, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, speakers lauded Mrs. Bush as a loving but steel-tough “enforcer” w...
Melania Trump looks to history for inspired state dinner with the Macrons

Melania Trump looks to history for inspired state dinner with the Macrons

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The current first lady sat among several former presidents and first ladies in the pews at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for Bush's funeral service, including former President Barack Obama, whom her husband, President Donald Trump, has often criticized. Michelle Obama will be there, too; in January, Mrs. Obama joked on a talk show about the way Mrs. Trump awkwardly handed her a gift box on the steps of the White House on Inauguration Day. Mrs. Trump hasn't seen or spoken to either Obama since then. Also nearby was former first lady and 2016 presidential rival Hillary Clinton, a favorite target of the President's tweets, in which he likes to call her "Crooked Hillary," ribbing his former rival about investigations and emails. And, naturally, there will be many Bush family attendees. The ...
Police in Georgia town arrest some anti-fascists as neo-Nazis prepare for rally

Police in Georgia town arrest some anti-fascists as neo-Nazis prepare for rally

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A member of the sheriffs department confronts a woman with a sign after she was burning sage in Downtown Newnan in anticipation of first major face off between neo-Nazis, white supremacist groups and anti-fascist forces since last year's deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va.(Photo: John David Mercer-USA TODAY NETW)With heavily armed riot police looking on from behind barricades, anti-fascist demonstrators held signs and chanted Saturday to protest a planned rally by neo-Nazis in Newnan, Ga.It appeared to be the largest face-off between the groups since clashes at Charlottesville last year that left one person dead.Members of Antifa,the loose-knit anti-fascist movement, gathered along the sidewalks on streets leading to Greenville Street Park where the rall...