The white supremacists, nationalists and far-right trolls who starred in last weekend's violent Charlottesville, Virginia, rallies have suffered no lack of humiliation in the days since. Take "Millennial Matt," whose catchphrase - "Hitler did nothing wrong!" - earned him tens of thousands of fans before he went to the rally,but his Twitter account has since been deleted, his real identity publicized, and he is now begging fans for money to flee his hometown because "my life is in shambles."
FLORENCE, Ky. - Late in his senior year of high school, James Fields Jr. was excitedly mapping his future, hoping to join the Army right after graduation. Although his political and social views ran counter to American values - he much preferred authoritarianism and the racial purity dogma of the Third Reich - Fields looked forward to soldiering in democracy's most powerful military. That's how Derek Weimer, his favorite teacher in 2015, remembers it.
Not even a week since her daughter Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, Susan Bro said she has received threats against her life. "I've had death threats already . . . because of what I'm doing right this second," Bro told MSNBC on Thursday, one day after Heyer was buried and a vigil at the University of Virginia drew hundreds of candle-bearing supporters. Heyer died Saturday during protests of a white supremacist rally after a driver with alleged Nazi-sympathies drove into a crowd, which also injured 19.
Margarita Woc Colburn's childhood memories of a July 1991 total solar eclipse in Central America are of a social gathering for excited adult relatives who spent hours waiting for an event that was over in minutes. But the future veterinarian's gaze was drawn earthward.
BARCELONA, Spain - Spanish police were searching Friday for the man who swerved his van onto Barcelona's iconic Las Ramblas promenade, killing at least 13 people and unleashing the worst terror attack on Spain in more than a decade. Authorities had three people in detention, but the main suspect remained the target of a massive manhunt even as the nation began to mourn for the international group of victims struck dead as they wandered Barcelona's tourist heart.
LONDON - A driver swerved a van onto a pedestrian area Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, ramming into crowds and leaving at least 13 people dead and more than 50 injured scattered along a stretch of tree-shaded sidewalk. Authorities described the incident as a terrorist attack. Joaquim Forn, the interior minister of the Catalan regional government, confirmed the casualty toll in a Twitter message. Some of those injured were in serious condition, raising the possibility that the death toll could rise.
Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist, seemed to take issue with President Donald Trump on North Korea, attacked white supremacists as "clowns" and "losers" and described his efforts against administration rivals in an unusual interview Wednesday with The American Prospect, a progressive magazine. The interview with magazine co-editor and columnist Robert Kuttner was initiated by Bannon, Kuttner said, in an Anthony Scaramucci-style phone call out of the blue in response to a column Kuttner had written on China.
President Donald Trump on Thursday mourned the loss of "beautiful statues and monuments" in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville during a white supremacist demonstration protesting the planned removal of a statue depicting Confederate military commander Robert E. Lee. "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You..... - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017"
Let the stench frenzy begin. A year after the U.S. Botanic Garden produced a goliath-size titan arum, or corpse flower, the conservatory on the eastern end of the Mall is displaying three together, which may be a first in the botanical world. Call them the three muskyteers. The emerging blooms are positioned in the conservatory's Garden Court. The first may bloom by Thursday or Friday, the others shortly afterward, although that is an educated guess by the growers. The garden has a live video stream on its website.
Silicon Valley significantly escalated its war on white supremacy this week, choking off the ability of hate groups to raise money online, removing them from Internet search engines, and preventing some sites from registering at all. The new moves go beyond censoring individual stories or posts. Tech companies such as Google, GoDaddy and PayPal are now reversing their hands-off approach about content supported by their services and making it much more difficult for "alt-right" organizations to reach mass audiences.