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16 of 17 members on Trump’s art commission pen resignation letter containing a subtle secret message

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In a letter to Donald Trump on Friday, 16 of 17 members on the committee on the arts and humanities resigned in protest after the president used a Tuesday press conference to equate white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia with counter-protestors who stood against racism and bigotry.

The committee also included a subtle call for citizens to “RESIST”—spelling out the battle cry in the first letter of each paragraph.

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“Reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville,” the first paragraph begins. “Elevating any group that threatens and discriminates on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, orientation, background or identity is un-American,” the second reads.

“Speaking truth to power is never easy, Mr. President,” the statement continues. “Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions,” the commission wrote in the fourth paragraph.

“Supremacy, discrimination and vitriol are not American values,” the fifth reads. “Thank you.”

“Resist” has become a catch-phrase for the anti-Trump movement. In February, the New York Times interviewed leaders of “The Resistance” to find out what the battle cry means to them.

“On Nov. 9, 2016, thousands came to our doors and website saying: ‘Que paso? What do we do now?’ Enrique Morones, executive director and founder of Border Angels told the Times. “Resist, we told them. Be informed about your rights, join the masses, register to vote or get others to vote.”

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“We have to resist the urge to roll over and go with the flow,” Symone Sanders explained. “We have to resist the want to normalize what has happened over the last year and resist the tendency to take our eye off of the ball of the issues.”

Several members of the commission resigned after Trump won the election in November. The remaining said they would stay on to advise the president, but began discussing disbanding the council after Trump’s Charlottesville remarks. The commission reportedly spent several days crafting their resignation letter.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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