Steve Bannon Is Officially Back at Breitbart

Neil Gorsuch Is Sworn In As Associate Justice To Supreme Court

By Mahita Gajanan

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is back at Breitbart News after it was announced Friday that he was leaving his role in President Trump’s administration.

Bannon returned to his old position of executive chairman, the news organization said, calling the former Goldman Sachs Vice President a “populist hero.”

“The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today,” Breitbart News editor in chief Alex Marlow said in a statement. “Breitbart gained an executive chairman with his finger on the pulse of the Trump agenda.” The anti-globalist who tried to position himself in the White House as a disruptive force returned for Breitbart’s evening editorial meeting on Friday, a reporter for the website tweeted.

Following his ouster from the White House, Bannon said he will be “going to war” for Trump.

“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media and in corporate America,” he said.

But hours later, he told the Weekly Standard that “the Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over.”

“We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency,” he continued.” But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

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Confederate Monuments Are Coming Down Across the United States. Here’s a List.

Map of Confederate Monuments

  • The red-monuments removed
  • The black-proposal to remove monument

white nationalist rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday brought renewed attention to dozens of Confederate monuments around the country. Many government officials, including Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, have called to remove statues, markers and other monuments that celebrate controversial Civil War era figures from public grounds. There are likely hundreds of such monuments in the United States.

Email if you find new information about the removal of Confederate monuments.


Annapolis, Md.

Roger B. Taney statue removed

A statue of Roger Taney was taken down from its post in front of the State House at about 2 a.m. on Friday morning. Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, called for its removal earlier this week, reversing a previously stated position that removing symbols like the statue would be tantamout to political correctness. Though not a Confederate official, Justice Taney was the chief author of the 1857 Dred Scott decision, which ruled that African-Americans, both enslaved and free, could not be American citizens.



Four monuments removed

The mayor of Baltimore, Catherine Pugh, ordered the removal of four monuments to the era of the Confederacy, saying it was in the interest of public safety after the violence in Charlottesville. The statues were taken down before dawn on Wednesday.


Two plaques honoring
Robert E. Lee removed

A plaque honoring a tree planted in Brooklyn in the 1840s by Robert E. Lee was removed on Wednesday. The tree is next to a closed Episcopal church, and diocesan officials said they received multiple threats after the plaque was taken down. Another plaque was also removed.


Durham, N.C.

Confederate soldier monument
toppled by protesters

Protesters pulled down a statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the Durham County Courthouse in Durham, N.C., on Monday. The statue, which had stood since 1924, was protected by a special law and state police have arrested four protesters since its removal.

Gainesville, Fla.

Monument to Confederate
soldiers removed

A local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy paid for the removal of a monument to Confederate soldiers that stood in front of Alachua County Administration Building in downtown Gainesville for 113 years. The monument, known locally as “Old Joe,” was moved to a private cemetery outside the city, according to The Gainesville Sun.


Andrea Cornejo/The Gainesville Sun

New Orleans

Four monuments removed

New Orleans removed four monumentsdedicated to the Confederacy and opponents of Reconstruction in April. City workers who took them down wore flak jackets, helmets and masks and were guarded by police because of concerns about their safety.


Gerald Herbert/Associated Press


Confederate monument
covered as state weighs options

A Confederate monument on Georges Island in Boston Harbor has been covered up as the state decides what to do about it. Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, said in June that “we should refrain from the display of symbols, especially in our public parks, that do not support liberty and equality.”


Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe

Charlottesville, Va.

Proposal to remove monument
to Gen. Robert E. Lee

Violence erupted on Saturday at a far-right protest against the proposed removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general, from Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va. Thirty-four people were injured in clashes and one person was killed when a Nazi sympathizer plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, the authorities said. The statue has not been removed.


Matt Eich for The New York Times

Jacksonville, Fla.

Proposal to remove multiple
Confederate monuments

The president of Jacksonville City Council, Anna Lopez Brosche, called for all Confederate monuments to be moved from city property to a museum. The most prominent Confederate memorial in Jacksonville is a statue of a Confederate soldier that sits atop a towering pillar in Hemming Park.


Bob Self/Florida Times-Union

Lexington, Ky.

Two Confederate monuments
slated for relocation

On Thursday, the City Council in Lexington, Ky., approved a proposal to remove two Confederate statues from the city’s historic courthouse. The mayor, Jim Gray, has 30 days to propose a new location for the statues, whose removal must be approved by the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission.


Bryan Woolston/Reuters


Statue of Nathan Bedford
Forrest considered for removal

The City of Memphis is seeking to removea statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general, from a city park, but needs approval from a state agency.


Andrea Morales for The New York Times


Protests over Nathan Bedford
Forrest bust in the state Capitol

Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, said Monday that Forrest, who has a bust in the state capitol, “should not be one of the individuals we honor at the capitol,” but a 2016 law made it difficult to remove state monuments. Mr. Haslam urged action from the commissions charged with considering such removals.


Mark Humphrey/Associated Press

Richmond, Va.

Mayor directs commission to
consider removing Confederate
statues from Monument Avenue

Mayor Levar M. Stoney says he believes the towering Confederate statues on Monument Avenue, considered by some to be the historic backbone of Richmond, the former capitol of the Confederacy, should be removed. Mayor Stoney had said as recently as Monday that he believed the statues should stay up with added context, but changed course on Wednesday and directed a previously formed commission to consider removing all or some of them.


Steve Helber/Associated Press

San Antonio

Proposal to relocate monument
to Confederate soldiers

Before the violence in Charlottesville, some city councilors had already been pushing for the removal of a statue of a Confederate solider in Travis Park. Demonstrators on both sides of the issue clashed on Saturday.


Carolyn Van Houten/San Antonio Express-News

Stone Mountain, Ga.

Calls to remove faces of three
Confederate generals in stone carving

Stacey Abrams, a Democratic candidate for governor, called for the removal of the reliefs of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Stonewall Jackson carved 400 feet above the ground on the side of Stone Mountain. The carving is protected by law.


John Bazemore/Associated Press

Tampa, Fla.

Confederate statue
considered for removal

A Confederate monument in Tampa will only be removed if enough private money is raised, Hillsborough County Commissioners decided on Wednesday. On Thursday, Tampa’s three major sports teams said they would help pay for the monument’s removal.


Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

The Bronx

Plans to remove busts of Robert
E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson

The president of Bronx Community College, Thomas A. Isekenegbe, said the school would remove the busts of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee from its Hall of Fame for Great Americans.


Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Washington, D.C.

Proposal to remove Confederate
statues from U.S. Capitol building, park

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey tweeted late Wednesday that he plans on introducing a bill to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol building. On Thursday, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, called for the removal of the statues, describing them as “reprehensible.” There are at least 12 Confederate statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection of the Capitol building. D.C. officials have called on the National Park Service to remove a statute of Albert Pike, a Confederate general, from a park.


Doug Mills/The New York Times

More removed monuments

Franklin, Ohio » Robert E. Lee monument removed

City officials in Franklin, Ohio, said on Thursday that they had removed a marker for Robert E. Lee overnight. Anti-racism activists had announced plans for a demonstration at the monument later this week.

Los Angeles » Marker for Confederate veterans removed

A once-obscure Confederate monument in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery was taken down early one morning this week after the cemetery’s owners heard numerous requests for its removal.

Louisville, Ky. » Statue of Confederate soldier moved in Nov. 2016

A Confederate statue was removed from Louisville, Ky., last November, and relocated to Brandenburg, Ky. A dedication ceremony in Brandenburg was attended by hundreds of people.

Orlando » Statue of Confederate soldier moved from a public park to a cemetery in June

Officials removed a Confederate statue known as “Johnny Reb” from Lake Eola Park in June, with the intention of moving it to a cemetery. While moving it, they found a time capsule with contents including Confederate money.

San Diego » Plaque honoring Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, removed

The plaque at Horton Plaza Park was removed on Wednesday morning. “Monuments to bigotry have no place in San Diego or anywhere!” City Councilor Christopher Ward wrote on Twitter.

St. Louis » Confederate Memorial removed from public park in June

A little-known Confederate monument was removed from Forest Park earlier this summer after a campaign by vocal activists.

St. Petersburg, Fla. » Plaque honoring Stonewall Jackson removed

A marker honoring the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Highway was taken away on Tuesday by city officials who said they did not want it to become a “flashpoint in this national debate.”

Austin, Tex. » Statue of Jefferson Davis moved in 2015 from outdoor pedestal to history center
Frederick, Md. » Roger B. Taney statue removed from City Hall
Madison, Wis. » Confederate plaque removed from cemetery
Montreal (Canada) » Plaque honoring Jefferson Davis removed
Rockville, Md. » Confederate statue moved from courthouse

More proposed removals

Portsmouth, Va. » Mayor calls for city’s Confederate monument to be moved

Mayor John Rowe said the Confederate monument in Portsmouth, which includes statues and an obelisk, should be moved to a cemetery from its spot on High Street. A protest of the monument was planned there on Thursday night.

Alexandria, Va. » City council voted in 2016 to move Confederate statue
Birmingham, Ala. » City covers part of monument while looking at options for removal
Dallas » Multiple monuments under consideration for removal
Frankfort, Ky. » Some Republicans call for statue of Jefferson Davis to be removed
Helena, Mont. » Commission will remove a Confederate memorial from a city park
Norfolk, Va. » Mayor asks city council to discuss removing Confederate monument
Pensacola, Fla. » Calls to remove Confederate statue from a city square
Seattle » Mayor calls for removal of Confederate monument and Lenin statue

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Solidarity with Barcelona victims: No God. No State, No Caliphate

“From the National Confederation of Labor, CNT we show our utmost grief, indignation, confusion and pain at the attack suffered this afternoon in Barcelona. Once again it has been the people, the civilian population, the ordinary people, who have suffered the consequences of wars that are not theirs. Once again the people put back the […]

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Fellow Republicans Assail Trump After He Defends Confederate Monuments

(Bridgewater, N.J./WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump decried on Thursday the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy, echoing white nationalists and drawing stinging rebukes from fellow Republicans in a controversy that has inflamed racial tensions. Trump has alienated Republicans, corporate leaders and U.S. allies, rattled markets and prompted speculation about possible White House…

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Leaked: Fascists Discussed Car Attacks Less Than 1 Month Before #Charlottesville

Fascist attendees of the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville discussed the legality of plowing into protesters with a vehicle, less than one month before the rally. Today we republish an edited version of a third Unicorn Riot report and video about the leaked Discord chat of the Unite the Right organizers. Screenshot by Twitter […]

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Lebanon rape law: Parliament abolishes marriage loophole

Protesters demanding the abolishment of article 522 of Lebanon's penal code take part in the 14th annual Beirut Marathon on 13 November 2016

Lebanon’s parliament has scrapped a law under which a rapist could be exempt from punishment if he married his victim, state media report.

Women’s rights activists had long demanded that Article 522 of the penal code be repealed.

Their campaign was supported by the Minister for Women’s Affairs, Jean Oghassabian, who said the law was like something “from the Stone Age”.

Similar legislation has recently been swept away in both Tunisia and Jordan.

States retaining a comparable loophole include Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya and Syria.

Members of the Lebanese parliamentary committee for administration and justice agreed last December to submit a proposal to repeal Article 522.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri expressed his support for the measure at the time, but it took until Wednesday for a vote to be held.

Article 522 allowed for halting the prosecution or suspending the conviction of a person who had committed rape, kidnapping, or statutory rape if he married the victim.

One activist said the law allowed “for a second assault on a rape survivor’s rights in the name of ‘honour’ by trapping her in a marriage with her rapist”.

The women’s rights group Abaad called the repeal of Article 522 a “triumph for the dignity of women” and thanked MPs for “strengthening the protection of women from all forms of violence”.

But Kafa, another local rights group, said it was only a “partial victory”.

A Facebook post warned that the effect of Article 522 “continues under Article 505, which involves sex with a minor who is 15 years of age, as it does through Article 518, which concerns the seduction of a minor with the promise of marriage”.

Mr Oghassabian expressed similar concerns, writing on Twitter: “While we welcome the repeal of Article 552 of the penal code, we have reservations regarding keeping Articles 505 and 518. There are no exceptions for escaping punishment for rape.”

The repeal came after years of campaigning by women’s rights groups, including viral videos, a billboard showing a woman in a bloodied and torn gown with the caption “A white dress doesn’t cover up rape”, and an online petition.

In April, an art installation organised by Abaad saw 30 wedding dress strung up from nooses between the palm trees on Beirut’s famous seafront.

Activists also want Lebanon’s parliament to address the issue of marital rape.

Article 503 of the penal code defines the crime of rape as “forced sexual intercourse [against someone] who is not his wife by violence or threat”. The 2014 law on domestic violence meanwhile makes threats or violence by a spouse to claim a “marital right to intercourse” a crime, but does not criminalize the non-consensual violation of physical integrity itself, according to Human Rights Watch.


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What we know about the ‘free speech’ rally planned this weekend on Boston Common

The organizers of a so-called “free speech” rally scheduled to take place on the Boston Common Saturday say the controversial event will go on despite criticism from public officials and reports that several speakers have dropped out.

On Wednesday, organizers received a permit from Boston’s parks department to hold the rally. The permit allows the group space, staging, and amplified sound.

John Medlar, who says he is an organizer for Boston Free Speech, the group behind the rally, told Tuesday that his group is not associated with the white supremacists who marched with tiki torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. But the group has admitted in comments on a Facebook post that there would be some “overlap” in attendance between the two rallies.

While Medlar defined Boston Free Speech as “intentionally neutral libertarians,” the Anti-Defamation League said in a blog post Monday the rally “has been organized under the auspices of the alt lite,” also known as the New Right, a “loosely-connected movement whose adherents generally shun white supremacist thinking, but who are in step with the alt right in their hatred of feminists and immigrants, among others.”

In an email late Tuesday, Medlar said he disagreed with this characterization of the rally’s organizers and said he wished the league had reached out to his group directly instead of rushing to judgment.

“We are a grassroots coalition of local progressives, libertarians, and conservatives,” he wrote. ” … The topic of our event is free speech itself, and issues related to free speech. [Every] speaker at this event was invited to speak about issues related to free speech, not their other personal politics.”

Plans for the Boston event emerged on social media after violence erupted at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, which left one person dead after a car rammed into a group of counter-protesters. Two Virginia State Troopers assigned to monitor the demonstrations were also killed when their helicopter crashed. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

During a press conference Monday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said “hate groups” are not welcome in Boston.

“We are a city that believes in free speech, but we will not tolerate incitements to violence,” he said.

“While we maintain that every individual is entitled to their freedom of speech and defend that basic human right, we will not be offering our platform to racism or bigotry,” Boston Free Speech said in a post on its Facebook page.

Here’s what we know so far about the event.

Who is behind the rally?

The rally is being organized by a group called Boston Free Speech, which Medlar said is largely comprised of students in their mid-teens to mid-20s who live in the Greater Boston area.

The 23-year-old Newton native said that, as of Tuesday, the confirmed speakers for the event include Joe Biggs, who worked until recently for Infowars, the website founded by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and who reportedly promoted the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.

On Wednesday morning, a spokesman for U.S. Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai confirmed earlier reports that the Cambridge Republican intends to speak at the rally.

“As a person of color, Shiva feels that speaking at this event will have a great deal of impact and will afford [him] the opportunity to educate the masses about what actually drives the behavior that we saw in [Charlottesville] this past weekend,” Ronald Megna said in an email.

Other speakers previously billed for the rally had included Gavin McInnes, a former Vice Media co-founder and founder of the Proud Boys, a far-right group. After Monday’s press conference by Boston officials, McInnes said on Twitter he would not be attending the event.

McInnes elaborated on his tweet in an interview on Herald Radio.

Medlar said Tuesday that Boston Free Speech is not associated with any of the groups from the Charlottesville rally, doubling-down on a statement put out by the group Saturday and one from June 17.

In its blog post, the Anti-Defamation League said there are “significant differences between what happened in Charlottesville and what’s scheduled for Boston.”

“Unlike Charlottesville, the Boston event, as currently planned, is not a white supremacist gathering,” the post said. “It has been organized under the auspices of the alt lite, which embraces civic nationalism, rather than the alt right, which advocates white nationalism.”

However, the organization later added, “There are a number of people and groups who walk the line between alt right and alt lite, to the extent that it’s not always easy — or even possible — to tell which side they’re on.”

Medlar said the whole point of his group is to “celebrate and promote” the First Amendment.

“We are primarily free speech absolutists,” he said. “We believe that as long as it’s just words that are being exchanged, no matter how much you might hate the words, the best response to speech is with other speech. Not with fists.”

In addition to promoting a May “free speech” rally on the Common, Boston Free Speech has used its Facebook page to encourage people to attend an “anti-Sharia” march and to float the idea of a march against Boston’s sanctuary-city status.

Medlar acknowledged Tuesday that most of the groups that have reached out to be involved with his organization have been “right-wing.”

“They at the moment seem to be the ones that feel their free speech is mostly under threat,” he said. “But we want to have more involvement from liberals and progressives who share our commitment to free speech.”

Medlar said his group is asking anyone attending Saturday’s rally to abide by state law and not bring any weapons, but is also cautioning people to be prepared to protect themselves.

“We are advising people to keep handy some protective gear, such as a helmet or safety goggles in case things get out of hand,” he said. “We want to do everything possible to keep that from happening, but we want to keep people from getting hurt.”

Why are people linking the group to Charlottesville?

The affiliation appears revolve around the Proud Boys’ links to Charlottesville. Jason Kessler, an organizer of the Charlottesville rally who is described as a white nationalist blogger by the Southern Poverty Law Center, reportedly was a member of the Proud Boys and rallied with the group as recently as June.

However, McInnes describes Kessler’s involvement with the group as limited.

“He came to a few meetings and said he wasn’t alt-right. When they saw he was, they booted him,” McInnes tweeted Monday.

In June, the Proud Boys said members of the group should attend the Charlottesville rally if they wanted.

“If a chapter or an individual Proud Boy feels compelled to go, we encourage him to do so,” the group said in a statement. “Chapter autonomy is a big part of the group as well as personal liberty.”

Medlar said Boston Free Speech was originally partnering with the Proud Boys, which has since disassociated itself from the Boston rally. He said the invitations to all of the speakers went out months before the events in Charlottesville.

However, Kessler and the Proud Boys aren’t the only connection between the two rallies.

Augustus Invictus — who headlined the Charlottesville rally and is credited for writing an early draft of a white nationalist manifesto recently published by white supremacist Richard Spencer — had been scheduled to speak at the Boston rally. But Louis, another organizer of the Boston rally, who would only give his first name, told that he had since been uninvited.

“We actually have told Augustus not to come in light of Charlottesville,” he said in a Facebook message Monday.

Boston Free Speech was also involved in a rally on the Common in May. As Esquirereported at the time, many of the demonstrators expressed similar far-right or white nationalist sentiment as seen in Charlottesville. Two people — one demonstrator and one counter-protester — were arrested during the May rally after they got into a physical confrontation, according to The Boston Globe.

What are local officials doing?

Walsh and other local officials said the sentiment expressed in Charlottesville will not be tolerated in Boston and had suggested Monday they’d work to prevent the scheduled rally from occurring.

“Boston does not welcome you here,” Walsh said. “Boston does not want you here. Boston rejects your message.”

Medlar said Tuesday his group believed “the mayor has been very much misinformed about what we stand for and our intentions.”

At the press conference Monday, officials also said they were hoping to gain organizers’ cooperation in the run-up to the event. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said organizers had not yet filed for a permit, but that they were hoping to reach out to work with the group to set parameters for the rally, such as route and stage restrictions. The group then filed for a permit Tuesday afternoon and it was granted Wednesday.

“We have made it clear that we will not tolerate incitements to violence or any threatening behavior,” Walsh said in a statement late Wednesday afternoon. “I ask that everyone join me in making Boston a more inclusive, welcoming, love-filled city for all.”

According to the Globe, the permit limits the rally from noon to 2 p.m. and stipulates that it must be peaceful. Certain items, such as bats and sticks, will be banned, and police have asked people not to bring backpacks.

“We’re often, as police officers, thrust in the middle of protecting groups we don’t necessarily agree with and I think that may be the case on Saturday,” Evans said Monday.

Evans said that he expects counter-protesters to vastly outnumber those participating in the “free speech” rally and that police are planning to use barriers to keep the groups separated. On Wednesday, he said police met with organizers from the rally and a “solidarity” march and they were very cooperative, the Globereported.

Gov. Charlie Baker said during the press conference Monday that those who engage in violence “of any kind” will be held responsible. According to Baker, both state and local police will be working with community organizers to monitor the rallies Saturday and “make sure everyone plays by the rules.”

Will there be a counter-protest?

At least two separate counter-protests have already garnered significant interest.

Several thousand people have indicated on Facebook that they plan to attend a “Fight Supremacy” counter-protest and march that will stretch nearly two miles, from Roxbury to the Common.

“Counter-protests send a message to white supremacists that their hateful rhetoric, physical violence, and fear mongering will not go uncontested,” organizers wrote on Facebook.

In a statement to, Monica Cannon, one of the organizers of the counter-protest, said the group does not condone violence — “especially violence perpetrated and supported by the State and white supremacy.”

“We also promote non-violent protests and local organizers are asking people to come out to be non-violent,” Cannon said. “Community safety is a priority of the Movement for Black Lives and we are committed to helping to create a world in which life, particularly black life, is protected.”

Another counter-protest, “Stand for Solidarity,” is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the State House, across the street from the “free speech” rally. The protest is being organized by the Coalition to Organize and Mobilize Boston Against Trump and Answer Coalition Boston, an anti-racism group.

“We must remain united in struggle and bring the left together to fight against hate and the rise of white nationalism,” organizers wrote. As of Tuesday afternoon, the event had 2,200 expected attendees.

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