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‘Our members will be armed’: Charlottesville cops brace for bloodshed as Klan rally to save Confederate statue



Police in Virginia are bracing for violence as the Ku Klux Klan descends upon Charlottesville to defend the Confederacy.

“Tensions are slowly boiling ahead of the scheduled Ku Klux Klan rally in Charlottesville on Saturday, and police barriers and security cameras already have been set up around Justice Park,” the local newspaper, The Daily Progress reported.

The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan have threatened that many of their members will be armed.

“It’s an open-carry state, so our members will be armed,” said James Moore of the Pelham, N.C. chapter of the Klan.

The armed Klan rally is being organized to defend the legacy of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

The city of Charlottesville renamed Lee Park as Emancipation Park and is planning to remove a statue honoring General Lee.


“Meanwhile, some are looking at Saturday’s event as a dress rehearsal for the “Unite the Right” rally next month in Emancipation Park,” The Daily Progress explained. “On Aug. 12, a rally that will be attended by far-right and extremist groups that promote racist, white nationalist and anti-Semitic sentiments is expected to draw about 400 participants.”

“July 8 in Virginia, we will make a stand for our Southern history,” The Daily Progress reported was posted on the website for the Loyal White Knights. “They are trying to erase whites and our great culture right out of the history books.”

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Who are all these white men running for president — and why?



The country’s last presidential election was wide open, with incumbent president Barack Obama termed out of office and his vice president, Joe Biden, opting not to run as his replacement. While the vacancy looked like an opportunity for the 16 Republican men (and one woman) who ran in 2016, Democrats essentially cleared the field for Hillary Clinton, the first woman to win the party’s presidential nomination. Her only two challengers were white men; one who eventually became a star at the center of his own political movement and the other who was shortly reduced to strumming his guitar shirtless for attention.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race



Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)



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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits



President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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