FROM Keegan Hankes
Hate Group Named in Charleston Gunman Manifesto White supremacist groups use the Internet to spread hatred of black people. Some of their leaders also back Republican politicians. A case in point is a website that might have been Dylann Roof's call to action. In an online manifesto attributed to him, Roof – who has been charged with last week's murders of nine black people in a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina -- says he learned of "brutal black on white murders" from the website of the Council of Conservative Citizens . "At this moment," he says, "I realized that something was very wrong." Keegan Hankes is a research analyst for the Southern Poverty Law Center 's Intelligence Project, which tracks hate groups. Earl Holt III, president of the Council of Conservative Citizens, in an image from the council's website
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.