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Labor Day 2018 deals and sales from Macy's, Walmart, Best Buy and more

While summer is coming to an end, you do have a few things to look forward to – kids going back to school, retailers putting up Christmas displays, and scoring some end-of-season deals available on the first Monday of September, Labor Day.

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This year you will be able to find good buys on mattresses and appliances, always Labor Day sale staples, as well as anything that says “summer” – like clothing, patio furniture, grills and outdoor equipment. 

Here are a few deals and steals for those who plan to shop the Labor Day weekend. 

  • Anthropologie: Teachers get 20 percent off all full-price purchases.
  • Amazon: Get an Amazon Echo device for up to $100 off through Labor Day.
  • Best Buy – Save up to 40 percent on appliances through Sept. 12. Students save up to $300 on select computers. Save up to $450 with coupon on select MacBooks.
  • Eddie Bauer: Up to 60 percent off select items.  
  • Google: Save $250 on Pixelbook laptops through Labor Day. 
  • Home Depot – Save up to 40 percent on appliances through Sept. 12. Get a KitchenAid Artisan 5 Qt. Empire Red Stand Mixer for $279.99. 
  • JCPenney: Save up to 40 percent on appliances through Sept. 12. 
  • Kate Spade: Get an extra 30 percent off sale items through Sept. 5. Use code ONEOFAKIND 
  • Kohl's: The White Sale continues through Monday with up to 30 percent off select items.
  • LIDS – Buy one, get one for 50 percent off at and Locker Room by LIDS stores Aug. 31 through Sept. 3. You can also get two hats for $25 at LIDS stores. 
  • Lowe's – Get up to 40 percent on select appliances through Sept. 12.
  • Macy’s: Get an extra 10, 15 or 20 percent off select items using the code WKND.
  • Mattress Firm: Get a free adjustable base with mattress purchase of $599 when you use the code LABORDAY.
  • Nectar Sleep: Get $125 off a Nectar mattress plus two free Nectar pillows.
  • Overstock: Get up to 70 percent off 1 million items, plus free shipping.
  • Sam’s Club: Mattresses, appliances, gift cards and electronics are on sale through Monday.
  • Sears: Get 40 percent off appliances, with an additional 10 percent off when you use the code APPLIANCE10.   
  • Target: Save up to 30 percent off rugs, bedding, furniture and décor.
  • Walmart: Look for savings on patio furniture, TVs, pools, lawn mowers and summer clothing.
  • Wayfair: Up to 70 percent off on furniture (outdoor and living room), kitchen and bath, bedding, area rugs, and lighting.
  • Williams Sonoma: Get 20 percent off your order through Tuesday using the code FALL.  


Live updates: John McCain memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral

Saturday’s Washington D.C. memorial service for Sen. John McCain will see two former presidents, a former secretary of state, senators and family members remembering the six-term senator, Vietnam prisoner of war, husband and father.

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will be among those eulogizing McCain at the Washington National Cathedral. The memorial service, part of McCain’s cross-country funeral procession, is an invitation-only event.

>>McCain's pallbearers include Warren Beatty, Russian politician

Someone not on the guests' list is President Donald Trump. McCain requested that Trump not be part of any of the services that have taken place during the past week.

McCain died Aug. 25 at age 81 from brain cancer.

McCain’s body will be taken by motorcade to the National Cathedral Saturday morning. Around 8:30 a.m., McCain’s widow, Cindy, will lay a wreath at the Vietnam Veteran Memorial.

>>Where will John McCain be buried and what will the service be like?

The memorial service will begin around 10 a.m. ET.

Live updates:

Friday: McCain was remembered Friday by his former colleagues in the U.S. House and Senate. McCain served in both legislative bodies during his 40 years in Washington. McCain’s family, including his 106-year-old mother, listen to tributes from Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence.


8:35 a.m.: McCain’s body is being removed from the Capitol Rotunda and will be transported through the streets of Washington D.C. to the National Cathedral – about six miles away.

Along the route, the procession will stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where his widow, Cindy, will lay a wreath. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a 2-acre area located along the National Mall in Washington.

The names of nearly 58,000 men and women either killed or listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War are carved into the granite wall.

8:57 a.m.: People have lined the route from the Capitol to the Vietnam Memorial to pay respects to McCain as his procession passes. A Navy sailor is waiting at the memorial with a wreath. The procession has stopped at the memorial.

9 a.m.: The family, along with Secretary of Defense James Mattis and White House chief of staff John Kelly, are at the memorial.

9:20 a.m.: People are filling the National Cathedral for McCain’s service. His mother, Roberta, is being seated. She is 106 years old. Former Sen. Bob Dole, 95, is in the audience, as well.

9:26 a.m.: The hearse has arrived at the National Cathedral.

9:43 a.m.: Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama are in the Cathedral along with first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama. Bush and Obama will be giving eulogies during the service.

9:54 a.m.: Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are in attendance at the service.

10:04 a.m.: McCain’s family is being seated in the Cathedral, and the service is beginning. McCain’s coffin is being brought in followed by his pallbearers.

10:12 a.m.: The hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” (The Navy Hymn), is being sung by the congregation. 

10:18 a.m.: The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, is opening the ceremony. “Our faith tells us that beyond this life is more life.”

10: 34 a.m.: Meghan McCain gives an emotional tribute to her father, saying, “He was a great fire who burned bright.”

She began her tribute by saying, “We gather to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly.”

She went on to say:

“The most important of his roles was as a father. … John McCain was defined by love. His love was the love of a father…. He was endlessly present for us. His ambitions for us was to be better than him.

“When my father got sick and I asked him what he wanted me to do with this eulogy he said, “Show them how tough you are. 

“The America of John McCain is the America of Abraham Lincoln.”

Referencing President Donald Trump, though not by name, McCain said, “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great.”

“Dad I love you, I always have. You loved me and showed me what love must be.” 

10:38 a.m.: The poem “Requiem” is being ready by McCain’s son, Jimmy. “Requiem,” a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, was taught to McCain by his father. He read the poem at his father’s funeral. This is the poem:

“Under the wide and starry sky,

Dig the grave and let me lie.

Glad did I live and gladly die,

And I laid me down with a will.


This be the verse you grave for me:

Here he lies where he longed to be;

Home is the sailor, home from sea,

And the hunter home from the hill.”

10:54 a.m.: Joe Lieberman said of his former colleague, that McCain taught him jokes he, “would never have learned otherwise.” McCain was “welcomed by the men and women in the armed services as he traveled around the world,” Lieberman said.

He recalls that McCain was a leader in the Congress in normalizing relations with Vietnam. 

Lieberman said McCain’s Senate speech after he was diagnosed with cancer and his vote against the Republican health care bill was a strike against partisanship by both parties.

Lieberman is a former senator who was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000. McCain said later that he had wanted Lieberman to be his running mate in the 2008 campaign for president.  

11 a.m.: The New York Times reports that President Trump left the White House in a motorcade about the time Meghan McCain was giving the eulogy for her father in which she chastised the president.

11:04 a.m.: John McCain was a “gift of destiny,” says Henry Kissinger, 95, former secretary of state under President Richard Nixon. "He was an engaged warrior, fighting for his causes with ebullience, with courage, and with humility” ... “John was all about hope.”

“Integrity has no written code ... it fulfills a cause,  not a person.”

11:17 a.m.: “Amazing Grace” is being performed by the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, accompanied by a bagpipe player.

11:21 a.m.: Former President George W. Bush is speaking now. He says of McCain, “In one epic life was written the history of our country.” He talks about a presidential debate in Arizona where McCain yelled at him to “relax,” in the moments before the event.  “John detested the abuse of power. …. The world is smaller for his departure.”

11:30 a.m.: Former President Barack Obama is speaking now.

11:49 a.m.:  He didn’t “want a pre-packaged” ceremony, Obama said. “What better way to get a last laugh than to have George and me say nice things about him to a national audience.” 

“For all our differences ... John came to understand the long-standing admiration I had for him.” … “Some values transcend party” and he understood that Obama says. 

He says he was grateful, “but not surprised” when he defended Obama after a supporter called him a Muslim at a campaign rally.

“We never doubted we were on the same team.”

He derides, “A politics that pretends to be brave and tough but is actually born of fear.”

11:50 a.m.: “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” is being performed.

11:57 a.m.: Sen. Kelly Ayotte reads from the Book of Wisdom, 3:1-5, 9.

12:05 p.m.: McCain’s daughter, Sidney, is reading 2 Corinthians 5:6-8: “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

7 For we walk by faith, not by sight

8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

12:12 p.m.: Sen. Lindsey Graham is reading John 15:12-13, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”  

12:16 p.m.: For McCain, Father Edward A. Reese, says, “Every human being deserved to be treated justly.” 

12:24 p.m.: Renee Fleming is performing “Danny Boy.” The song was requested by McCain. It ’s a song set to the tune of an Irish folk song. Some of the lyrics:

“But when ye come, and all the flowers are dying,

If I am dead, as dead I well may be,

You'll come and find the place where I am lying,

And kneel and say an Ave there for me.

And I shall hear, though soft you tread above me,

And all my grave will warmer, sweeter be,

For you will bend and tell me that you love me,

And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me!”

12:35 p.m.: “America the Beautiful” is performed by a children’s choir and a benediction given. McCain’s coffin is being removed by an honor guard. His family is following.

New iPhone XS set to be unveiled in September

For those of you who are tired of your year-old Apple X, help is on the way.

Apple is set to unveil the latest iPhone model – probably to be called the iPhone Xs – next month at an event in California.

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The company will be unveiling the new phones on Sept. 12, according to several media reports. In addition to the new iPhone models, Apple is set to announce upgrades to the Mac, the Apple Watch and the iPad, the reports say.

While the company invited the media to the event, it did not specify what would be revealed there.

The new models will include a change introduced with the iPhone X, according to a story from Bloomberg. None of the new models will have a home button. It was a change some iPhone fans did not care for

According to Bloomberg, there will be three models – a larger premium version; a larger, less expensive version that comes in different colors; and a “refresh” of the original iPhone.

All of the new versions will all have facial recognition and edge-to-edge screens,  according to 9to5Mac. The two premium models will have OLED screens. The less expensive model will have an LCD screen.

OLED, or organic light emitting diodes, is able to achieve absolute blacks for backgrounds which makes for a less dizzying viewing experience. The models with OLED will be 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches.

9to5Mac also reported that the phones will come in a new gold color option. 

No word yet on when you can get the new phones. In the past, the new phones have been available for pre-order soon after the announcement, and the phones show up for sale about a week later. 

No word yet, either, on the price of the phones.

Read Joe Biden’s eulogy for John McCain

Former Vice President Joe Biden, speaking Thursday at a memorial service for Sen. John McCain in Phoenix, Arizona, said his friend of more than 30 years was a man of character and that that character made his life story a truly “American story.”

“Character is destiny,” Biden said, speaking to the around 3,000 people in the North Phoenix Baptist Church. “John had character.”

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McCain, 81, died of brain cancer Saturday.

Biden, who spoke for nearly 20 minutes, also talked of the political division in the United States, and lamented the decline of civility in politics.

Here is the text of Biden’s eulogy: 

“My name is Joe Biden. I’m a Democrat. And I loved John McCain. I have had the dubious honor over the years of giving some eulogies for fine women and men that I’ve admired. But, Lindsey, this one’s hard.“The three men who spoke before me I think captured John, different aspects of John in a way that only someone close to him could understand. But the way I look at it, the way I thought about it, was that I always thought of John as a brother. We had a hell of a lot of family fights. We go back a long way. I was a young United States Senator. I got elected when I was 29. I had the dubious distinction of being put on the formulations committee, which the next youngest person was 14 years older than me. And I spent a lot of time traveling the world because I was assigned responsibility, my colleagues in the Senate knew I was chairman of the European Affairs subcommittee, so I spent a lot of time at NATO and then the Soviet Union.>>McCain's pallbearers include Warren Beatty, Russian politician

“Along came a guy a couple of years later, a guy I knew of, admired from afar, your husband, who had been a prisoner of war, who had endured enormous, enormous pain and suffering. And demonstrated the code, the McCain code. People don't think much about it today, but imagine having already known the pain you were likely to endure, and being offered the opportunity to go home, but saying no. As his son can tell you in the Navy, last one in, last one out.“So I knew of John. and John became the Navy liaison officer in the United States Senate. There's an office, then it used to be on the basement floor, of members of the military who are assigned to senators when they travel abroad to meet with heads of state or other foreign dignitaries. And John had been recently released from the Hanoi Hilton, a genuine hero, and he became the Navy liaison. For some reason we hit it off in the beginning. We were both full of dreams and ambitions and an overwhelming desire to make the time we had there worthwhile. To try to do the right thing. To think about how we could make things better for the country we loved so much.“John and I ended up traveling every time I went anywhere. I took John with me or John took me with him. we were in China, Japan, Russia, Germany, France, England, Turkey, all over the world. Tens of thousands of miles. And we would sit on that plane and late into the night, when everyone else was asleep, and just talk. Getting to know one another. We'd talk about family, we'd talk about politics, we'd talk about international relations. we'd talk about promise, the promise of America. Because we were both cockeyed optimists and believe there's not a single thing, beyond the capacity of this country. I mean, for real, not a single thing.“And, when you get to know another woman or man, you begin to know their hopes and their fears, you get to know their family even before you meet them, you get to know how they feel about important things. We talked about everything except captivity and the loss of my family which had just occurred, my wife and daughter, the only two things we didn't talk about.“But, I found that it wasn't too long into John's duties that Jill and I got married. Jill is here with me today. Five years, I had been a single dad and no man deserves one great love, let alone two. And I met Jill. It changed my life. She fell in love with him and he with her. He'd always call her, as Lindsey would travel with her, Jilly. Matter of fact, when they got bored being with me on these trips, I remember in Greece, he said, ‘Why don't I take Jill for dinner?’ Later, I would learn they are at a cafe at the port and he has her dancing on top of a cement table drinking ouzo. Not a joke. Jilly. Right, Jilly?“But we got to know each other well and he loved my son Beau and my son Hunt. As a young man, he came up to my house and he came up to Wilmington and out of this grew a great friendship that transcended whatever political differences we had or later developed because, above all, above all, we understood the same thing. All politics is personal. It's all about trust. I trusted John with my life and I would and I think he would trust me with his. And as our life progressed, we learned more, there are times when life can be so cruel, pain so blinding it's hard to see anything else.“The disease that took John's life took our mutual friend’s, Teddy’s life, the exact same disease nine years ago, a couple days ago, and three years ago, took my beautiful son Beau's life. It's brutal. It's relentless. It's unforgiving. And it takes so much from those we love and from the families who love them that in order to survive, we have to remember how they lived, not how they died. I carry with me an image of Beau, sitting out in a little lake we live on, starting a motor on an old boat and smiling away. Not the last days. I’m sure Vickie Kennedy has her own image, looking, seeing Teddy looking so alive in a sailboat, out in the Cape. For the family, for the family, you will all find your own images, whether it's remembering his smile, his laugh or that touch in the shoulder or running his hand down your cheek. Or, just feeling like someone is looking, turn and see him just smiling at you, from a distance, just looking at you. Or when you saw the pure joy the moment he was about to take the stage on the Senate floor and start a fight.“God, he loved it. So, to Cindy, the kids, Doug, Andy, Cindy, Meghan, Jack, Jimmy, Bridget, and I know she's not here, but to Mrs. McCain, we know how difficult it is to bury a child, Mrs. McCain. My heart goes out to you. And I know right now, the pain you all are feeling is so sharp and so hollowing. And John's absence is all consuming, for all of you right now. It's like being sucked into a black hole inside your chest. And it's frightening. But, I know something else, unfortunately, from experience. There's nothing anyone can say or do to ease the pain right now. But I pray, I pray you take some comfort knowing that because you shared John with all of us, your whole life, the world now shares with you in the ache of John's death.“Look around this magnificent church. Look what you saw coming from the state capitol yesterday. it's hard to stand there but part of it, part of it was at least it was for me with Beau, standing in the state capitol, you knew. It was genuine. It was deep. He touched so many lives. I’ve gotten calls not just because people knew we were friends, not just from people around the country, but leaders around the world calling. Meghan, I'm getting all these sympathy letters. I mean, hundreds of them, and tweets.“Character is destiny. John had character. While others will miss his leadership, passion, even his stubbornness, you are going to miss that hand on your shoulder. Family, you are going to miss the man, faithful man as he was, who you knew would literally give his life for you. And for that there's no balm but time. Time and your memories of a life lived well and lived fully.“But I make you a promise. I promise you, the time will come that what's going to happen is six months will go by and everybody is going to think, well, it's passed. But you are going to ride by that field or smell that fragrance or see that flashing image. You are going to feel like you did the day you got the news. But you know you are going to make it. The image of your dad, your husband, your friend. It crosses your mind and a smile comes to your lips before a tear to your eye. That's who you know. I promise you, I give you my word, I promise you, this I know. The day will come. That day will come.“You know, I’m sure if my former colleagues who worked with John, I'm sure there's people who said to you not only now, but the last ten years, ‘Explain this guy to me.’ Right? Explain this guy to me. Because, as they looked at him, in one sense they admired him, in one sense, the way things changed so much in America, they look add him as if John came from another age, lived by a different code, an ancient, antiquated courage, integrity, duty, were alive. That was obvious how John lived his life. The truth is, John's code was ageless, is ageless. When you talked earlier, Grant, you talked about values. It wasn't about politics with John. He could disagree on substance, but the underlying values that animated everything John did, everything he was, come to a different conclusion. He'd part company with you, if you lacked the basic values of decency, respect, knowing this project is bigger than yourself.“John's story is an American story. It's not hyperbole. it's the American story. grounded in respect and decency. basic fairness. the intolerance through the abuse of power. Many of you travel the world, look how the rest of the world looks at us. They look at us a little naive, so fair, so decent. We are the naive Americans. that's who we are. That's who John was. He could not stand the abuse of power. wherever he saw it, in whatever form, in whatever ways. He loved basic values, fairness, honesty, dignity, respect, giving hate no safe harbor, leaving no one behind and understanding Americans were part of something much bigger than ourselves.“With John, it was a value set that was neither selfish nor self-serving. John understood that America was first and foremost, an idea. Audacious and risky, organized around not tribe but ideals. Think of how he approached every issue. The ideals that Americans rallied around for 200 years, the ideals of the world has prepared you. Sounds corny. We hold these truths self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain rights. To John, those words had meaning, as they have for every great patriot who's ever served this country. We both loved the Senate. The proudest years of my life were being a United States Senator. I was honored to be Vice President, but a United States Senator. We both lamented, watching it change. During the long debates in the '80s and '90s, I would go sit next to John, next to his seat or he would come on the Democratic side and sit next to me. I'm not joking. We'd sit there and talk to each other. I came out to see John, we were reminiscing around it. It was '96, about to go to the caucus. We both went into our caucus and coincidentally, we were approached by our caucus leaders with the same thing. Foe, it doesn't look good, you sitting next to John all the time. I swear to God. same thing was said to John in your caucus.“That's when things began to change for the worse in America in the Senate. That's when it changed. What happened was, at those times, it was always appropriate to challenge another Senator's judgment, but never appropriate to challenge their motive. When you challenge their motive, it's impossible to get to go. If I say you are going this because you are being paid off or you are doing it because you are not a good Christian or this, that, or the other thing, it's impossible to reach consensus. Think about in your personal lives. All we do today is attack the oppositions of both parties, their motives, not the substance of their argument. This is the mid-'90s. it began to go downhill from there. The last day John was on the Senate floor, what was he fighting to do? He was fighting to restore what you call regular order, just start to treat one another again, like we used to.“The Senate was never perfect, John, you know that. we were there a long time together. I watched Teddy Kennedy and James O. Eastland fight like hell on civil rights and then go have lunch together, down in the Senate dining room. John wanted to see, “regular order” writ large. Get to know one another. You know, John and I were both amused and I think Lindsey was at one of these events where John and I received two prestigious awards where the last year I was vice president and one immediately after, for our dignity and respect we showed to one another, we received an award for civility in public life. Allegheny College puts out this award every year for bipartisanship. John and I looked at each and said, ‘What the hell is going on here?’ No, not a joke. I said to Senator Flake, that's how it's supposed to be. We get an award? I’m serious. Think about this. Getting an award for your civility. Getting an award for bipartisanship. Classic John, Allegheny College, hundreds of people, got the award and the Senate was in session. He spoke first and, as he walked off the stage and I walked on, he said, Joe, don't take it personally, but I don't want to hear what the hell you have to say, and left.“One of John's major campaign people is now with the Senate with the governor of Ohio, was on [TV] this morning and I happened to watch it. He said that Biden and McCain had a strange relationship, they always seemed to have each other's back. Whenever I was in trouble, John was the first guy there. I hope I was there for him. We never hesitate to give each other advice. He would call me in the middle of the campaign, he’d say, ‘What the hell did you say that for? you just screwed up, Joe.’ I'd occasionally call him.“Look, I've been thinking this week about why John's death hit the country so hard. yes, he was a long-serving senator with a remarkable record. Yes, he was a two-time presidential candidate who captured the support and imagination of the American people and, yes, John was a war hero, demonstrated extraordinary courage. I think of John and my son when I think of Ingersoll’s words when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate and honor scorns to compromise with death, that is heroism. Everybody knows that about John. But I don't think it fully explains why the country has been so taken by John's passing. I think it's something more intangible.>>Where will John McCain be buried and what will the service be like?

“I think it's because they knew John believed so deeply and so passionately in the soul of America. He made it easier for them to have confidence and faith in America. His faith in the core values of this nation made them somehow feel it more genuinely themselves. his conviction that we, as a country, would never walk away from the sacrifice generations of Americans have made to defend liberty and freedom and dignity around the world. It made average Americans proud of themselves and their country. His belief, and it was deep, that Americans can do anything, withstand anything, achieve anything. It was unflagging and ultimately reassuring. This man believed that so strongly. His capacity that we truly are the world's last best hope, the beacon to the world. There are principles and ideals more than ourselves worth sacrificing for and if necessary, dying for. Americans saw how he lived his life that way. and they knew the truth of what he was saying. I just think he gave Americans confidence.“John was a hero, his character, courage, honor, integrity. I think it is understated when they say optimism. That's what made John special. Made John a giant among all of us. In my view, John didn't believe that America's future and faith rested on heroes. we used to talk about, he understood what I hope we all remember, heroes didn't build this country. Ordinary people being given half a chance are capable of doing extraordinary things, extraordinary things. John knew ordinary Americans understood each of us has a duty to defend, integrity, dignity and birthright of every child. He carried it. Good communities are built by thousands of acts of decency that Americans, as I speak today, show each other every single day deep in the DNA of this nation's soul lies a flame that was lit over 200 years ago. Each of us carries with us and each one of us has the capacity, the responsibility and we can screw up the courage to ensure it does not extinguish. There's a thousand little things that make us different.“Bottom line was, I think John believed in us. I think he believed in the American people. not just all the preambles, he believed until the American people, all 325 million of us. Even though John is no longer with us, he left us clear instructions. ‘Believe always in the promise and greatness of America because nothing is inevitable here.’ Close to the last thing John said took the whole nation, as he knew he was about to depart. That's what he wanted America to understand. not to build his legacy. he wanted America reminded, to understand. I think John's legacy is going to continue to inspire and challenge generations of leaders as they step forward and John McCain’s America is not over. it is hyperbole, it's not over. It's not close.“Cindy, John owed so much of what he was to you. you were his ballast. when I was with you both, I could see how he looked at you. Jill is the one, when we were in Hawaii, we first met you there and he kept staring at you. Jill said, go up and talk to her. Doug, Andy, Sydney, Meghan, Jack, Jimmy, Bridget, you may not have had your father as long as you would like, but you got from him everything you need to pursue your own dreams. To follow the course of your own spirit. You are a living legacy, not hyperbole. You are a living legacy and proof of John McCain’s success.“Now John is going to take his rightful place in a long line of extraordinary leaders in this nation's history. Who in their time and in their way stood for freedom and stood for liberty and have made the American story the most improbable and most hopeful and most enduring story on earth. I know John said he hoped he played a small part in that story. John, you did much more than that, my friend. To paraphrase Shakespeare, we shall not see his like again."

Where will John McCain be buried and what will the service be like?

After memorial services in Arizona and Washington D.C., Sen. John McCain will be buried Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.

McCain, who died Saturday at age 81 from brain cancer, will be buried at the Naval Academy next to his friend Adm. Chuck Larson.

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He and Larson, who passed away in 2014, became friends when they were classmates at the academy in the late 1950s and remained friends throughout their lives.

McCain’s service Sunday will include readings by friend retired Gen. David Petraeus and two of his sons, Jack McCain and David McCain, who were both Navy officers.

Two other generals, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly, and national security adviser John Bolton will be at the service to represent the administration.

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The service, an invitation-only memorial, will be attended by family, friends, members of his 1958 academy graduating class, and the brigade of midshipmen.

Here’s the schedule for McCain’s interment:

McCain’s motorcade is scheduled to arrive at the academy around 1:45 p.m. Navy Body Bearers will carry his casket into the Naval Academy Chapel, and the Navy Band and Navy Ceremonial Guard will “provide a formation consistent with Arlington National Cemetery honors for retired Captain,” a website with details of McCain’s memorial services said. 

The order of the service will be: 

  • Hymn, “Amazing Grace” led by U.S. Navy Choir.
  • Invocation by Rear Adm. Margaret G. Kibben, chief of chaplains of the Navy.
  • Reading of Psalm 107:23-32, read by Mark Salter, McCain’s former chief of staff.
  • Tribute by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina
  • Tribute by Petraeus.
  • Hymn, “Faith of our Fathers,” sung by the U.S. Navy Choir.
  • Tribute by son Jack McCain.
  • Reading of Ephesians 6:10-18 by son Doug McCain.
  • Final blessing by Kibben.
  • Hymn, “Eternal Father,” and recessional.

Following the ceremony, McCain’s body will be carried by the U.S. Navy Body Bearers, and placed on the caisson for a procession to the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery for interment.

The pallbearers for Sunday’s service are Ben Domenech; Joseph Donoghue; Everett Alvarez Jr.; Col. Jon Fer; Capt. Frank Gamboa; Michael Harper; Rear Adm. Thomas Lynch; Gen. James Mattis; Andrew McCain Jr., his grandson; Andrew McCain Sr. his son; Caroline McCain, his granddaughter; Douglas McCain, his son; Margaret McCain, his granddaughter; Shep McCain: his grandson; Ronald Perelman; John Raidt; and Adm. John Richardson.

McCain will lie in state Friday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. A formal ceremony will be held in the Capitol Rotunda at 11 a.m. ET.

On Saturday, McCain will be taken by motorcade to the National Cathedral in Washington. Along the way, McCain’s wife, Cindy, will lay a wreath at the Vietnam Veteran Memorial, around 8:30 a.m. The service will begin around 10 a.m. ET.

For a complete list of McCain’s memorial services, click here.



Who is Bruce Ohr and why is Trump tweeting about him?

President Donald Trump said he planned to revoke the security clearance of former CIA chief John Brennan, and was considering revoking several others over national security concerns.

One of those was the security clearance of Bruce Ohr, a Department of Justice employee.

>>Trump revokes former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance

Who is Ohr and why is he on the president’s list? Here’s a look at how Ohr fits into the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and has drawn Trump’s ire.

First, some background.

In 2015, the conservative website the Washington Beacon hired a company called Fusion GPS to investigate Trump after he announced he was running for president.

Fusion GPS is a commercial research firm started by a group of former Wall Street Journal reporters.

Fusion GPS hired former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to do that work, and Steele eventually produced a dossier on Trump. Steele claimed that in addition to salacious situations that Trump had supposedly engaged in, the then-candidate also had ties to various Russian businessmen and officials in the Russian government.

Once Trump appeared to be a certainty for the Republican nomination for president, Fusion GPS’ assignment for the Beacon ended, but in April 2016, the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign hired Fusion to continue that investigation into Trump’s dealings. In the summer of 2016, Steele took his dossier to the FBI. The FBI began an investigation into possible Russian meddling in the election on July 31, 2016.

How does Ohr figure into the story? 

Ohr knew Steele and had discussions with him about the dossier. Ohr discussed what Steele had told him about Trump with people at Fusion GPS, according to The Washington Post. Fusion GPS founder, Glenn Simpson, testified before the House Intelligence Committee in November that both he and Steele had known Ohr previously. Simpson said he knew Ohr through organized crime conferences Ohr held when he was in charge of that unit at the DOJ.

Simpson also testified before the House Intelligence Committee, that Steele suggested he speak to Ohr after the “very surprising” victory by Trump.

“It was not clear to us whether anyone at a high level of government was aware of the information that Chris had gathered and provided to the FBI,” Simpson told legislators. “Chris suggested I give some information to Bruce, give him the background to all this.”

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok testified before Congress that Ohr "gave the FBI documents, which included material that I believe originated from Mr. Steele."Strzok was fired from the FBI earlier this month after it was discovered that he exchanged text messages disparaging the president while he was heading up an investigation into Russian meddling in the election.

Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS, and was involved in gathering information on Trump.

How did Ohr’s name become public? Ohr was named in a memo prepared by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee headed by Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-California). The memo claims that Ohr misled a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court that had been asked to issue a warrant to monitor Carter Page, a Trump campaign operative. He misled them, Republicans say, by not disclosing what he knew about Steele.

The Post reported, however, that Ohr “is not thought to have played a direct role in obtaining or renewing the warrant to monitor Page.”

“Mr. Ohr is a career employee of the department. He was there when I arrived. To my knowledge, he wasn't working on the Russia matter,” Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein told the House Intelligence Committee in June. “When we learned of the relevant information, we arranged to transfer Mr. Ohr to a different office.”

The FBI interviewed Ohr about his interactions with Steele. Those interviews are classified.

What did the memo say about Ohr?

According to the memo, Ohr and Steele communicated with each other both before and after Steele became an FBI source. Steele told Ohr that he was "desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president." The memo claimed that while Ohr recorded Steele’s bias toward Trump, that information was “not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications.” 

>>What is a FISA warrant?

According to the memo, Ohr "later provided the FBI with all of his wife's opposition research,” which was funded by the DNC and Clinton’s campaign.

Ohr also said he and his wife’s relationship with Steele and Fusion were "inexplicably concealed" from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the memo said.

How is his wife Nellie involved?

Nellie Ohr a former professor at Vassar College who became an independent research contractor working on projects having to do with Russian technology.

Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election. According to Simpson in a court filing last year, Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion on "research and analysis of Mr. Trump.”

McCain’s pallbearers include Warren Beatty, Russian politician

An actor, a media mogul, a former vice-president and a Russian opposition politician are among the men and women chosen to be pallbearers at Sen. John McCain’s funeral this weekend.

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McCain, who died last Saturday of brain cancer, will be laid to rest this weekend in Annapolis, Maryland, at the U.S. Naval Academy. 

Among those chosen to serve as pallbearers are actor Warren Beatty, Michael Bloomberg, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian politician who opposes Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I was speechless and heartbroken, close to tears at that moment,” Kara-Murza told Politico of being asked to be a pallbearer for McCain. “I said yes, of course, and that it would be the most heartbreaking honor that anyone could think of.”

On Saturday, a memorial service will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The other pallbearers set to take part in that ceremony include former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, businessman Stephen Dart, former McCain campaign director Richard Davis, fundraiser Carla Eudy, former Sens. Russ Feingold, Phil Gramm and Gary Hart, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, McCain’s former chief of staff Mark Salter, FedEx president Fred Smith and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). 

In addition to family members, readings and tributes will come from:

Former President George W. Bush

Former President Barack Obama

Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-South Carolina)

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger

Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Connecticut) 

Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire)

Click here for a schedule of McCain’s tributes and funeral services.

John McCain will lie in state. What does that mean?

As the funeral plans for Sen. John McCain take shape, Congressional leaders announced Sunday that Sen. John McCain will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

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McCain, who served in the House and the Senate during his more than 30-year political career, will be afforded the honor that only a handful have received in the country’s history. His casket will be placed in the U.S. Capitol later this week so the public will have a chance to pay respects prior to his memorial service in the National Cathedral.

>>What happens to John McCain's Senate seat?

According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, the decision to allow McCain to lie in state came "in coordination with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi."

>>McCain dies on anniversary of friend Ted Kennedy’s death

"The nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service," the statement read. "I appreciate my colleagues and the entire Senate and House family's assistance with this honor."

To lie in state is an honor reserved for “government officials and military officers” of which McCain was both.

What does it mean to lie in state? Here’s a look at who is eligible and who has been given that honor.

Who is eligible to lie in state or in honor?

According to the Architect of the Capitol, a congressional resolution or approval by congressional leadership is necessary for a person to lie in state or lie in honor at the Capitol.

What is the difference between lying in state and lying in honor

Government officials or military leaders lie in state. Private citizens lie in honor.

Where does the casket rest in the Capitol?

The casket is placed in the Capitol Rotunda. The rotunda is a circular room in the center of the building that sits directly beneath the Capitol dome, according to the Architect of the Capitol website.

It is 96 feet in diameter and rises 180 feet from the floor to the canopy. The website says the volume of the rotunda is around 1.3 million cubic feet.

For those lying in state, the casket rests on the catafalque (coffin support) that was constructed for the coffin of President Abraham Lincoln. 

>>Before he died, McCain asked that Trump not attend funeral 

According to the Architect of the Capitol, "since 1865, most services have used that catafalque.”

Who has either lain in state or lain in honor in the Capitol?

Here is a list of those who have either lain in state or lain in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

Lain in state

Henry Clay

Abraham Lincoln

Thaddeus Stevens

Charles Sumner

James Abram Garfield

John Alexander Logan

William McKinley

Pierre Charles L’Enfant

George Dewey

Unknown Soldier of World War I

Warren Gamaliel Harding

William Howard Taft

John Joseph Pershing

Robert Alphonso Taft

3 Unknown Soldiers of World War II and the Korean War

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Douglas MacArthur

Herbert Clark Hoover

Dwight David Eisenhower

Everett McKinley Dirksen

J. Edgar Hoover

Lyndon Baines Johnson

Hubert Horatio Humphrey

Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam Era

Claude Denson Pepper

Ronald Wilson Reagan

Gerald R. Ford, Jr.

Daniel K. Inouye

Lain in honor

Jacob Joseph Chestnut

John Michael Gibson

Rosa Parks

Billy Graham

What are the plans for McCain’s funeral?

McCain will lie in state in Arizona on Wednesday, what would have been his 82nd birthday. His body will be flown to Washington on Thursday and he will lie in state at the Capitol from Friday until early Saturday when his body will be moved to the National Cathedral for a memorial service. After the service, his body will be taken to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, for burial in the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery.

Who was Sen. Richard Russell, the man whose name is on a Senate office building?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said this weekend that he will introduce a resolution to rename the Senate's Russell Office Building for Sen. John McCain, who died on Saturday at his home in Arizona.

McCain died 13 months after he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

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Schumer, D-New York, praised his colleague as an American patriot and said he would introduce the resolution “so that generations remember him."

"As you go through life, you meet few truly great people," Schumer said in a statement. "John McCain was one of them. His dedication to his country and the military were unsurpassed, and maybe most of all, he was a truth teller - never afraid to speak truth to power in an era where that has become all too rare."

The Senate can vote to rename the building without approval from President Donald Trump who had a contentious relationship with McCain.

>>What happens to John McCain's Senate seat?

The building Schumer is proposing to rename is one of three Senate office buildings adjacent to the U.S. Capitol. Construction was begun on the building in 1903, and it was opened in 1909.

>>McCain dies on anniversary of friend Ted Kennedy’s death

It was called the Old Senate Office Building when it was renamed in 1972 for Sen. Richard Russell Jr., D-Georgia, who served in the Senate for 38 years.

Here are a few things you may not have known about Russell:

  • He was born in Winder, Georgia, in 1897, the first son and fourth of 15 children of Ina and Richard Russell. 
  • He practiced law with his father after graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law and serving for a brief time in World War !.
  • Russell’s father was later chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.
  • From 1921 to 1931, he served in the Georgia House of Representatives. He was elected governor of Georgia in 1930, taking office in 1931. He won a special election in 1932 to succeed Sen. William J. Harris, who died of a heart attack in April of that year. Russell called for the special election in September 1932, became a candidate and won the seat. He joined the Senate in 1933 and was re-elected six times.
  • Russell was known as a skilled legislator for his mastery of the rules of the Senate.
  • During his career, he served as president pro tempore of the Senate, chairman of the Committee on Immigration, chairman of the Committee on Manufactures, chairman of the Committee on Armed Services, and chairman on the Committee on Appropriations.
  • He was the chief sponsor of the 1946 National School Lunch Act. The legislation offered discounted or free lunches to low-income school children. 
  • Russell chaired the Senate investigation into the firing by President Harry Truman of General Douglas MacArthur.
  • He ran for president in 1952.
  • Russell was a segregationist, opposing civil rights legislation. In 1956, he helped to write the “Southern Manifesto” which laid out the Southern states’ opposition to racial desegregation.
  • He was a leader in the opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Russell was good friends with Lyndon Johnson until 1968 when the two ended their 20-year friendship over the nomination of Johnson's friend Abe Fortas for chief justice of the Supreme Court. Russell helped to kill the nomination by filibuster in the Senate. 
  • He was a member of the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
  • Russell died in office on Jan. 21, 1971 of emphysema. He is buried in Winder.
  • Russell never married.
  • A statue of Russell stands in the Russell Building’s rotunda. 
  • Russell has a myriad of buildings, schools and roads named after him, as well as a dam and a submarine. 


McCain dies on anniversary of friend Ted Kennedy’s death

John McCain and his longtime friend Ted Kennedy were often on the opposite side of the political spectrum when it came to legislation being considered by the U.S. Senate. 

But while they had many differences, McCain would come to say, they recognized many similarities in one another’s character and eventually became not only colleagues but great friends.  

When McCain, who would have been 82 next week, died on Saturday at his home in Arizona, it was on the ninth anniversary of Kennedy’s death – August 25, 2009.

Not only did both men die on the same day, both died from the same disease, glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that generally kills within 14 months of a diagnosis. 

Kennedy was 77 when he died in 2009. McCain was asked by Kennedy’s family to give a eulogy at the senator’s funeral mass. 

McCain remembered his friend that day saying, "When I next saw Ted, ambling down a Senate corridor, he was bellowing laughter, that infectious laugh of his that could wake the dead and cheer up the most beleaguered soul. He was good company. Excellent company. I think I’m going to miss him more than I can say.

"We disagreed on most issues. But I admired his passion for his convictions, his patience with the hard and sometimes dull work of legislating, and his uncanny sense for when differences could be bridged, and his cause advanced by degrees. He was a fierce advocate, and no senator would oppose him in debate without at least a little trepidation, often more than a little. We all listened to him, of course. He was hard to ignore.” 

Cowboys’ Travis Frederick diagnosis: What is Guillain-Barre syndrome?

Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Travis Frederick revealed Thursday that he has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. In a Twitter post, Frederick, 27, said he has Guillain-Barre syndrome and that he has already undergone two treatments for the disease. Frederick said he believed he had “stingers” in his neck” and went to a doctor to get relief when the condition was discovered. “I have been told that the illness was detected at a fairly early stage,” he tweeted.  

What is Guillain-Barre syndrome? Here’s a look at the disorder.

What is Guillain-Barré syndrome?

Guillain-Barre (gee-YAH-buh-RAY) is an autoimmune disorder – a condition In which the body's immune system attacks nerves. 

What are the symptoms of Guillain-Barre?

According to the Mayo Clinic, Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) often begins with tingling and weakness in a person’s feet and legs. Eventually, the tingling spreads to the upper body and arms. Others will first feel the symptoms in the arms or face. 

Here are the symptoms the Mayo Clinic says Guillain-Barre syndrome may include:

Prickling, pins and needles sensations in your fingers, toes, ankles or wrists

Weakness in your legs that spreads to your upper body

Unsteady walking or inability to walk or climb stairs

Difficulty with eye or facial movements, including speaking, chewing or swallowing

Severe pain that may feel achy or cramplike and may be worse at night

Difficulty with bladder control or bowel function

Rapid heart rate

Low or high blood pressure

Difficulty breathing

People with Guillain-Barre syndrome usually experience their most significant weakness within two to four weeks after symptoms begin.

There are several types of Guillain-Barre

The main types of Guillain- Barre are: 

Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP). This is the most common form of the disorder. AIDP usually begins with muscle weakness that starts in the lower part of your body and spreads upward.

Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS). This form of GBS starts with paralysis in the eyes, and often an unsteady gait. MFS occurs in about 5 percent of people with Guillain-Barre syndrome in the U.S. but is more common in Asia, the Mayo Clinic says.

Acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN) and acute motor-sensory axonal neuropathy (AMSAN). These versions of the disorder are more common in China, Japan and Mexico.

What causes it?

The cause of GBS isn't known abut is often seen shortly after an infection in the respiratory or digestive tract. 

Who is likely to get it?

Young adult males are more likely to get GBS. Other risk factors that can trigger GBS are: 

An infection caused by campylobacter, a type of bacteria often found in undercooked poultry

Influenza virus


Epstein-Barr virus

Zika virus

Hepatitis A, B, C and E

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS

Mycoplasma pneumonia


Hodgkin's lymphoma

Rarely, influenza vaccinations or childhood vaccinations

What kind of complications can it cause?

GBS affects the nerves, and that can cause problems throughout your body. Some of the problems people with GBS can experience include:

Breathing difficulties if the disorder affects the muscles that control breathing. 

Residual numbness or other sensations if you do not fully recover from the disorder. Most people, however do fully recover. 

Heart and blood pressure problems. 

Nerve pain. 

Bowel and bladder function problems if those nerves are affected. 

Blood clots if you are unable to easily move about. 

How is Guillain-Barre syndrome treated?

There are two types of treatment for the disorder. One is intravenous injections of immunoglobulins – or proteins made by the immune system. These injections come from donors.

The other treatment is an exchange of plasma the liquid part of the blood. The plasma is removed and the blood cells are returned to the patient. well as physical therapy to help regain muscle strength.

What is the Outlook:

As Guillain-Barre syndrome progresses, muscle weakness can evolve into paralysis. However, most people fully recover from GBS over several months. 

What happens to John McCain's Senate seat?

Update 12:40 p.m. EDT Sept. 4: Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl is being nominated to fill the remaining term of Sen. John McCain, who died last month after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, Arizona Central reported .


Original story: Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, died Saturday, 13 months after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

McCain’s family announced Friday that the 30-year veteran of the Senate had opted to discontinue treatment for glioblastoma.McCain, who would have turned 82 next week, did not resign his seat after the diagnosis and was a sitting senator at the time of his death.

What will happen to his seat now that he has died? 

>>What is glioblastoma, the cancer John McCain was diagnosed with?

The only guidance the U.S. Constitution gives on filling Congressional seats is that they must be filled through elections. How seats are filled in the interim if someone resigns, is too ill to serve or dies, is up to each state.

In the halls of Congress, McCain cut a unique political path

Arizona state law requires that the governor of the state appoint someone to fill a vacant U.S. Senate or U.S. House seat. In the case of a Senate seat, the governor, currently it is Republican Doug Ducey, appoints an interim senator. That person, who by state law must be of the same party as the person who resigned or died, would serve through the next scheduled statewide general election. That is Nov. 6 in this case.Whoever wins the election in November would serve the remainder of the term. In this case, McCain’s term goes through 2022.

A spokesman for Ducey told The Arizona Republic that the governor will wait to name McCain’s successor until after the senator’s burial at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Maryland.

“Out of respect for the life and legacy of Senator John McCain and his family, Governor Ducey will not be making any announcements about an appointment until after the Senator is laid to rest," Ducey's senior adviser Daniel Ruiz II said in a statement. "Now is a time for remembering and honoring a consequential life well lived."In McCain’s case, however, things may work a bit differently. Arizona law states that the seat must be filled by an election, but the last date to file as a candidate to be on the ballot for the Aug. 28 primary election was May 30 at 5 p.m.According to a post from the Tucson Sentinel, Arizona courts have ruled that an election is to be held on Election Day (Nov. 6 this year). There have been no rulings on if that applies to an election to fill a vacant Senate seat.

Shanann Watts murder: Are you more likely to be the victim of domestic abuse if you are pregnant?

When Colorado mother Shanann Watts was murdered last week, allegedly at the hands of her husband , according to law enforcement officials, she was pregnant with her third child.

Watts’ death cast a spotlight on a grim, often overlooked and historically underreported statistic – thousands of pregnant women in the United States are victims of domestic violence each year.  

A significant number of those abused women – around 15 percent according to one study – end up being killed by their “intimate partner” – a husband, boyfriend, ex-husband or former boyfriend.

>>Shanann Watts’ girls may have been dead when she got home, husband’s charges show

While hard numbers are sometimes difficult to find – maternal deaths due to intimate partner violence (IPV) are often not recorded by states as such – a report by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates that as many as 324,000 pregnant women in the United States are abused each year. 

Does being pregnant mean a woman is more likely to be abused? Not necessarily. A more reliable determiner of abuse during pregnancy seems to be if there has been violence in the relationship prior to a woman becoming pregnant. And if there has been violence before the pregnancy, then the violence during the pregnancy is often described by the victim as having been worse.

> >Related story: Colorado father charged with killing pregnant wife, 2 daughters, says wife killed children

A study done by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence showed that a majority of the women who suffered from IPV during pregnancy had experienced abuse before.

According to the study:

Pregnant abused women tend to report experiencing more severe violence compared to non-pregnant abused women

Pregnant women often experience multiple violent incidents during pregnancy 

Women abused both before and during pregnancy experience increases in the severity or frequency of violence during pregnancy

Perhaps the most startling statistic drawn from that study and one done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is that only automobile accidents outrank domestic violence as the leading cause of death for pregnant women and new mothers whose deaths are classified as “injury-related.” 

The CDC study looked at 617 murders between 1991 and 1999. Of pregnant women or new mothers who died as a result of trauma, 31 percent died as a result of domestic abuse. Forty-four percent of traumatic maternal deaths were a result of automobile accidents. Unintentional injuries (such as falls) or suicide combined for 23 percent of the deaths.

A broader 2017 CDC study looking at statistics from 30 states over an 11-year period showed that of 100,000 women who were murdered in the United States during that time period, more than half were killed by an intimate partner.

Fifteen percent of those killed in an IPV incident were pregnant. Eighteen percent of the pregnant women murdered by an intimate partner were black and 12 percent white.

Black women and young women were far more likely to be killed in an IPV incident than other races or age groups, the study showed. A black woman’s maternal homicide risk is seven times that of a white woman. A young black woman – between the ages of 25 and 29 – is 11 times more likely to be killed as a white woman the same age.

A study by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence found that:

Between 1990 and 2004, 56 percent of the 1,300 pregnant women murdered in the United States were shot to death. The other 44 percent were either strangled, as Watts was, or stabbed. 

A majority of the women killed were murdered during their first trimester.

A little more than a quarter of pregnant teens report being battered by their boyfriends after they learned of the pregnancy. 

It’s believed that slightly more than half of intimate partner physical violence is reported to law enforcement. 

Almost half of intimate partner homicides are committed by dating partners

How to get help

If you or someone you know are being abused, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-HELP (7233) for help. Or call 9-1-1 for help from your local law enforcement agencies.

Michael Cohen plea deal: How were campaign finance laws broken?

President Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to charges that under the president’s “direction,” he paid off two women to keep them quiet in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen said the payments to an adult film actress and a former Playboy Playmate were made "in order to influence the 2016 presidential election." Those payments, prosecutors say, violated federal campaign finance laws.

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What did Cohen do and why was it illegal? Here’s a look at what happened on Tuesday.

What did Cohen plead to?

Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges on Tuesday;  two concerned federal campaign finance laws, and six dealt with income tax and bank fraud. 

The two campaign finance law violations included:

  • Cohen’s negotiation of an agreement with American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, to pay Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal $150,000 to keep quiet about an alleged 10-month relationship with Trump. According to the plea, McDougal transferred the rights to her story to the Enquirer, which did not publish the story, and Cohen paid American Media to compensate the company for payments made to McDougal. 
  • Cohen’s $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, also over an alleged affair with Trump, that was made with funds drawn on a home equity line of credit Cohen took out. The plea said Cohen paid Daniels “by making and causing to be made an expenditure, in cooperation, consultation, and concert with, and at the request and suggestion of one or more members of the campaign … to ensure that she not publicize damaging allegation before the 2016 presidential election and thereby influence that election." Cohen said during the plea that he “participated in this conduct for the principal purpose” of influencing an election and did it at the “direction of a candidate for federal office.” 

 >> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Read the documents from Michael Cohen’s guilty plea

Cohen was later reimbursed for the payments.

“I used a company under my control to make the payment (to Daniels)” Cohen told the judge, adding that “the monies used were later repaid by the candidate.”

What’s wrong with paying the women? How did it violate the law?

Under federal campaign finance law, individual campaign contributions are limited to $2,700 per individual, or $5,400 for a couple, for each election cycle – that includes primary elections and the general election.

Federal law bars direct corporate contributions to federal candidates. The money paid to Daniels – $130,000 – was moved through a limited-liability company called Essential Consultants. Cohen created the company a few weeks before the election. The payment to Daniels was a campaign contribution, according to Cohen, who said in court on Tuesday that when he paid Daniels off, he was acting on behalf of the campaign with the aim of helping Trump win the presidency.

In other words, Cohen was making a campaign-related expenditure on behalf of the campaign. 

There would have been no problem, legally, with making such a payment to Daniels if the Trump campaign had paid the $130,000 with donated contributions and reported it to the Federal Election Commission.

Prosecutors made it clear that the payment was a campaign contribution because Cohen was repaid by the Trump Organization after he submitted “sham” invoices for legal work. 

Originally, after the deal came to light, Cohen said he acted on his own and had not been reimbursed by the Trump Organization, or by the campaign. He recanted that statement on Tuesday.

What does the law say about this case?

  • The Federal Election Campaign Act states, in part, that while individuals are limited to making donations of $2,700 to presidential candidates, businesses may not make direct contributions to candidates for president.
  • When candidates use or loan their personal funds for campaign use, they are making contributions to their campaigns, but contributions by candidates are not subject to limits. In other words, they may spend whatever they want on their campaigns.
  • It is a felony offense to conspire to make a campaign contribution that exceeds $25,000.

How does this affect Trump?

If what Cohen says is true, Trump conspired to violate campaign finance laws by directing payments to keep the women quiet so as to boost his election prospects.

Trump claimed Wednesday in a tweet that Cohen made up a story to get a plea deal.

While sitting presidents cannot be indicted under Department of Justice policy, they can be impeached. 

Impeachment is a political process, not a legal one. 


School violence: Half of all 2017-18 school shootings, threats happened in these 10 states

Half of all incidents of school violence and threats of violence during the 2017-2018 school year were logged in just 10 states according to a report released Monday from an organization that studies school violence.

The report from the Educator’s School Safety Network found that of 3,654 reported incidents of violence and threats of violence, half came from what the organization calls its top 10 “states of concern.”

The states of concern, ranked by a composite score that included four sub-categories, are California, Florida, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina and Virginia. Those 10 states accounted for 1,851 acts of violence in the 2017-18 school year.

The ESSN is a not-for-profit organization “dedicated to empowering educators with education-based school safety training and resources.” 

One of the four sub-categories ESSN used to grade states was the number of threats per school by state population. The top states for violent incidents per million residents are Michigan, Ohio, Alabama, Kentucky, Washington, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado and Idaho. 

According to the report, violence in schools has increased in the past year, in some cases pushing states ranked toward the bottom of the list of violent incidents in the 2016-17 school year – such as Mississippi, Idaho and Kentucky -- into the top 10 for incidents in the last school year. 

The number of threats reported from schools increased by 62 percent in the 2017-18 school year, the report noted. The number of violent incidents reported – 279 for the school year – was a 133 percent increase over the 2016-17 school year.  

The report defined “threats of violence” as “bomb threats, threats involving a weapon (such as a gun), threats involving both guns and bombs, generalized threats of violence, and other school-based threats when the specific nature of the threat was not reported (unknown or unspecified threats).”

“Incidents of violence,” per the report, included “events where something actually occurred (not just a threat). These included shootings, shots fired, weapons present, suspicious items, actual explosive devices, detonations, intruders, attacks, suicides on campus etc.”

Other findings from the report:

  1. Washington state was not in the top 10 in any metric for the 2016-2017 school year. This year, however, it is one of the states of concern for incidents both by the numbers and when figured per capita. 
  2. Alabama continues to be a top 10 state of concern for incidents for the second year in a row, both in the number and per capita. It remains third in the nation in incidents per capita for the second year in a row. 
  3. Kentucky went from 40th in threats per million residents in the 2016-2017 school year to eighth, a significant increase. 
  4. Vermont, Montana, Idaho were ranked as a concern in both threats and incidents per capita. These three states were in last place for incidents per million residents in the 2016-2017 school year and moved to second, fourth, and sixth places respectively for the 2017-2018 school year. 
  5. Mississippi, also ranked 51st in incidents last year, ranked in seventh place in both threats and incidents per capita, moving it to the sixth most concerning state overall. 
  6. In threats per capita, Montana moved from 45th in the 2016-2017 school year to fourth this year.

Click here to read the entire report and see where your state ranks. 


 Aretha Franklin: What is pancreatic cancer?

Aretha Franklin died Thursday in Detroit from complications of pancreatic cancer, according to a statement from her publicist.

“Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit," the statement read.

Here is a look at the deadly cancer, and the rare form of it Franklin had.

What is pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer, like other cancers, begins when cells start to grow out of control. The overgrowth of cells interferes with the normal function of the pancreas. 

Pancreatic cancer can spread to the lungs, stomach, spleen and bowel. 

What is the pancreas, what does it do and where is it in our bodies?

The pancreas is behind the stomach in humans. The head of the organ is wide, and the body tapers to a narrow pointed tail end. In adults, it is around 6 inches long (think of the length of a dollar bill). 

The head of the pancreas sits on the right side of the abdomen with the body behind the stomach and the tail near the spleen on the left side of the abdomen. 

The pancreas produces chemicals to digest food. The organ secretes a clear, watery substance that contains enzymes that break down food.

What type of pancreatic cancer did Franklin have?

There are several types of pancreatic cancers and Franklin’s was one of the more rare forms, according to an article by WebMD. 

The tumor – a neuroendocrine type of tumor – is found in only about 6 percent of pancreatic cases, according to the American Cancer Society. 

While neuroendocrine tumors are often deadly, depending on the stage of the tumor, the outlook is generally better than that of pancreatic exocrine cancers. It is believed that Franklin’s tumor was found in 2010.

Franklin also had diabetes, which can be a contributing factor in pancreatic cancer.

What are the symptoms of pancreatic cancer?

From WebMD, the symptoms of pancreatic cancer include: 

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
  • Pain in the upper or middle abdomen and back Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

What are the risk factors for pancreatic cancer?

From the American Cancer Society, here is a list of factors that could put you at risk for developing the cancer: 

  • Smoking
  • Chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Inherited conditions (including hereditary pancreatitis)
  • Familial pancreatic cancer syndromes
  • Longstanding diabetes
  • Obesity

How is pancreatic cancer treated? It depends on the stage of the cancer when it is discovered. 

If the cancer is not advance, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy is often used. However many if not most pancreatic cancers are not found until they are advanced.

What is the outlook for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?

The disease is called a “silent killer” because it is usually not found until it has spread from the pancreas, making it extremely difficult to treat. 

According to the American Cancer Society, about 23 percent of patients with cancer of the exocrine pancreas are alive one year after they are diagnosed. Only around 8.2 percent will be alive five years after a diagnosis.

Which other famous people have died of the disease? 

  • Jack Benny – comedian
  • Sally Ride – astronaut
  • Ben Orr – one of the founders of The Cars
  • Donna Reed – actress
  • Brock Peters – actor
  • Ralph Ellison – novelist
  • Rex Harrison – actor
  • Wilma Mankiller – first female chief of the Cherokee Nation
  • Randy Pausch – professor of computer science and author of “The Last Lecture” 
  • Syd Barrett – founding member of Pink Floyd
  • Michael Landon – actor
  • Wernher von Braun – developer of the V-2 rocket and aerospace engineer
  • Ben Gazzara – actor
  • Luciano Pavarotti – opera singer
  • Steve Jobs – founder of Apple
  • Bill Hicks – comedian
  • Patrick Swayze – actor
  • Alan Rickman – actor
  • Joann Crawford - actress 


Did Omarosa break the law when she recorded her firing then played it for America?

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman shocked many over the weekend when she revealed that she had secretly recorded White House chief of staff John Kelly firing her in December 2017.

She released that tape on Sunday, saying that she surreptitiously recorded the firing that took place in the White House Situation Room – considered one of the most secure rooms on the planet. 

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Manigault Newman said she recorded the conversation because she feared for her safety and because, "If I didn't have these recordings, no one in America would believe me.”

While Manigault Newman admitted to secretly recording her firing, but did she break the law?

Here’s a look at what she did and what the consequences could be.

What did she do?

According to Manigault Newman, she recorded Kelly firing her from her job as White House aide. She was taken into the Situation Room, where Kelly told her she was fired.

How did she record the conversation without Kelly knowing it?

Manigault Newman is not saying. Some assume it was by cell phone, perhaps in a purse or pocket. Others are saying she used a pen that records audio.

What is the Situation Room?

The White House Situation Room is a secured facility in the basement of the White House. It’s classified as a “sensitive compartmented information facility,” or a SCIF, and security in the area is stringent. 

The complex is 5,500 square feet and divided into seven rooms. It was a courtyard when President Franklin Roosevelt was in the White House and became a bowling alley when President Harry Truman lived there. President John F. Kennedy wanted a secure area of the White House so he had the area renovated in 1961 and used it for a space to coordinate reaction to national security crises.

During George W. Bush’s presidency, the Situation Room was remodeled and the wooden paneling was removed and replaced with more high-tech material.

The room is staffed primarily by the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS). Five "watch teams" of five to six people each, 24 hours a day, seven days a week monitor international events and are able to brief the president about what is going on at any time of the day.    

Was it legal to make a secret recording of Kelly?

In the District of Columbia, it is legal to make a recording of a conversation as long as one person involved in the conversation is aware it is being recorded.

Was it legal to make a secret recording of any kind there?

Staffers are required to leave cell phones or any other unsecured electronic device outside of the situation room to ensure the security of the room. If you bring in a device that can record what goes on in the room, it is a violation of administrative rules, but not a crime. 

Mark Zaid, an attorney who specializes in national security cases, told USA Today that a person who accidentally brings in a device could lose their security clearance, and if it happens a second time, Zaid said, they would lose their clearance. Knowingly making a recording in a secured area is certainly an administrative violation, Zaid said, but is still not likely a legal matter.

“Now if you're recording, that is ratcheting up the level significantly because now it's intentional, so it's a major security violation for sure," he told USA Today. "But I've not seen anyone identify a (criminal) law that can reasonably and practically be applied to this type of situation."

Did she violate the espionage act?

Some have suggested it violates a federal statute (18 U.S.C. §793) that addresses, “Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information.” The law applies to defense-related or national security-related information. Manigault Newman’s firing would not likely fall under the category of national security.

Stephen Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas who specializes in national security and constitutional law, told Vox that if Manigault Newman had recorded classified material, it would be another matter.

“It’s a crime to record or share sensitive information that you’re not legally authorized to have, and so there’s no doubt that a recording of a discussion of information that is classified would violate the Espionage Act. But there’s no evidence, as of now, that this has happened here.”

Zaid pointed out that there is a law against misappropriating a government "record." The recording would be the “record” in this case, but he said it would be highly unlikely that the government would proceed with such a case.

Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vancetold MSNBC that Manigault Newman likely committed a "technical crime" when she taped Kelly in the Situation Room then released the tape when her book tour began.

“There is likely a technical crime or two that’s been committed here," Vance said. "Obviously, prosecutors don’t choose to prosecute every technical crime that’s been committed, but she probably should get herself a lawyer and be in consultation.” 

What does Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law say you can do?

Florida prosecutors on Monday charged Michael Drejka with manslaughter following a July 19 shooting in the parking lot of a Clearwater, Florida, convenience store. 

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Drejka, 47, is accused of shooting and killing Markeis McGlockton, 28, after a fight that began over a handicapped parking space.

Drejka was not initially arrested for the shooting. Police say he was not initially taken into custody because of Florida’s “stand your ground” law which allows a person to use deadly force to protect himself if he fears “imminent death or great bodily harm.” After further investigation, prosecutors decided to file manslaughter charges against Drejka, Pinellas County State Attorney Bernie McCabe told The Associated Press.

According to witnesses, Drejka berated McGlockton’s girlfriend after she parked in a handicapped-accessible parking space. Surveillance video shows McGlockton leaving the store, confronting Drejka and shoving him to the ground. Drejka, on the ground in a seated position, pulled out his gun and fired a shot, hitting McGlockton in the chest. McGlockton went back into the store and collapsed, the video showed. He was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later. 

What does Florida’s law say and how does it work? Here’s a look at “stand your ground.” 

What does ‘stand your ground’ mean?

Florida’s law, adopted in 2005, reads:

(1) A person is justified in using or threatening to use force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. A person who uses or threatens to use force in accordance with this subsection does not have a duty to retreat before using or threatening to use such force.

(2) A person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that using or threatening to use such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. A person who uses or threatens to use deadly force in accordance with this subsection does not have a duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground if the person using or threatening to use the deadly force is not engaged in a criminal activity and is in a place where he or she has a right to be.

Florida’s “stand your ground’’ law basically says you can use deadly force – such as shooting someone – to defend yourself if you fear for their life, or are afraid of serious bodily injury. In Florida, there is no duty to retreat before using deadly force.

What does ‘duty to retreat’ mean?

Under Florida’s law, if someone is in a place they are legally allowed to be, they do not have a “duty to retreat” (try to get away from that place) before using deadly force on a person they feel threatened by. That rule applies even if there is a way to get away without being harmed.

What does Florida’s stand your ground mean for you in the legal sense?

Florida’s statute says that if a person lawfully uses deadly force self-defense, then that person is “immune from criminal prosecution” in that case. In other words, if you kill someone to save yourself because you had a reasonable fear you were going to be harmed, you will not be charged with killing that person. That provision applies even if you could have gotten away from the situation safely. 

>>Florida’s gun laws: How have they changed after the Parkland shooting?

In addition, last year, the Florida Legislature passed a law that shifted the burden of proof in a stand your ground case from the defense to the prosecution. That means that defendants do not have to prove in pretrial hearings that they were defending themselves in order to avoid prosecution. Another part of Florida’s law says law enforcement officers who make an arrest that is later determined to be unwarranted face legal fees and civil penalties. 

Is Florida the only state that has this law?

In addition to Florida, 32 other states have “stand your ground” laws. Some states require you to retreat “with perfect safety,” meaning you must retreat from a situation when you can do so without being harmed or you lose the right to use the argument of deadly force self-defense in court. 

Where did the law come from?

Florida’s law is based in part on castle doctrine. Castle doctrine says that you have a right to defend yourself -- with deadly force in most cases -- if you are in your home, yard or private office. Castle doctrine is considered common law, or law that is developed through the years through decisions made by the court.  

Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court?

President Donald Trump has chosen Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a choice that will likely affect the court for a generation or more to come.

The announcement was made Monday, July 9.

Kavanaugh, who clerked for Kennedy, is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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What to now about Kavanaugh:

  • Kavanaugh was born in Washington, D.C., and reared in Bethesda, Maryland. His mother was a Maryland state circuit court judge. His father was also an attorney.
  • He graduated from Georgetown Prep School and received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He also earned his law degree at Yale.
  • In addition to clerking for Kennedy, Kavanaugh clerked for Judge Walter Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge Alex Kosinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Kavanaugh earned a one-year fellowship with Ken Starr when Starr was the solicitor general of the United States, before he clerked for Kennedy.
  • Kavanaugh worked as an associate counsel for Starr in the Office of Independent Counsel after his time working for Kennedy. There, he helped draft the Starr report that recommended the impeachment of President Bill Clinton for lying about an affair with Monica Lewinski, a White House intern.
  • Kavanaugh also investigated the suicide of Vincent Foster, an aide to Clinton. While some thought Foster could have been murdered, Kavanaugh concluded there was no question that Foster had killed himself.
  • He argued one case before the Supreme Court, asking the justices to rule that Foster’s attorney had to turn over notes from a conversation he had with Foster just prior to his suicide. The court ruled 6-3 against Kavanaugh’s request.
  • After working for Starr, he worked for President George W. Bush in the Florida recount fight during the 2000 presidential election.
  • He joined the staff at the White House following Bush’s victory, serving as staff secretary and assistant to Bush.
  • He was nominated to the D.C. appeals court by Bush in 2003. It took three years for Kavanaugh to be confirmed.
  • Kavanaugh was not on Trump’s initial list of potential nominees for any vacant seat on the Supreme Court but was added later.
  • He says he considers Roe v. Wade binding under “stare decisis” which is Latin for “to stand by things decided.” Kavanaugh has said he would support the decision that allows a woman to legally have an abortion in every state in the country.
  • In 2009, Kavanaugh wrote a piece for a law journal arguing that U.S. presidents should be exempt from “time-consuming and distracting” lawsuits or special investigations which “would ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis.” Some have suggested that is why Kavanaugh is on Trump’s short list to sit as a Supreme Court justice.
  • He is 53, and married Ashley Estes in 2004. The couple has two daughters.


What happened at Charlottesville: Looking back on the anniversary of the deadly rally

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of a bloody clash between white supremacists and counterprotesters that left three dead and dozens wounded, the governor of Virginia this week declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlottesville.

Gov. Ralph Northam said he wanted to get out ahead of any potential trouble in the city, where violence broke out Aug. 12 last year as supporters of Unite the Right and counterprotesters came together on the streets of the small college town in Virginia. Here’s a look at what led to that violence last August and where we are today.

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Where is Charlottesville?

Charlottesville is located in west-central Virginia. It’s about 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The city was established in 1762. It is the home of the University of Virginia and its nearly 22,000 students.

What led to the violence that day?

The impending removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was the reason white nationalists and neo-Nazi organizations came to Charlottesville in mid-August. It wasn’t the first time there had been a protest over the statue’s removal. In May 2017, white supremacist Richard B. Spencer led a rally to protest the statue’s removal. The following day, counterprotesters held a candlelight vigil.

Two months later, on July 8, the Ku Klux Klan rallied in Charlottesville over the plan to remove Lee’s statue and the renaming of the park in which it sits. Klan members clashed with counterprotesters, and police arrested 23 people.

The Unite the Right rally would again see Spencer, white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of the Lee statue – featuring the Confederate general astride his horse, Traveller – that has stood in the city since 1924. Only this time, there was a large number of counterprotesters present, and the two groups wound up facing each other in the streets.

Here is a timeline of the events that led to the violent clash on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Friday, Aug. 11

Rumors began on Friday afternoon that the Unite the Right rally would have a surprise early start on Friday night. The rumors proved true when around 8:45 p.m., about 250 men dressed in khakis and carrying Tiki torches began to gather at an area behind UVA’s Memorial Gymnasium called Nameless Field.

The men were arranged in formation, two by two. Organizers instructed the group to head to the university’s Rotunda, where a statue of Thomas Jefferson stands. As they moved across campus, they began to chant “blood and soil,” a Nazi slogan meant to emphasize the racial purity of the people of German blood and their connection to a German homeland. 

By 9 p.m., the group was making its way up the lawn and to the Jefferson statue.

It was there that they ran into resistance when about 30 UVA students met them at the base of the statute.

The group had locked arms and stood in a circle around the statue at its base. The 250 marchers encircled the students and began shouting, “White lives matter!” and making monkey sounds. Moments later, the two sides were shoving each other, and then punches and torches were being thrown.

Several minutes passed before university police arrived at the Rotunda.

While there were injuries on both sides, it was only a precursor to what would happen on Saturday.

Saturday, Aug. 12

8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

The rally was set for Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. in downtown Charlottesville at Emancipation Park, where Lee’s statue stands. By 8 am., Emancipation Park (its named was changed in June 2017 from Market Street Park, which was formerly Lee Park) began to fill. People were coming in the park, holding white nationalist banners and Nazi flags, many carrying sticks and some carrying handguns or long guns. Virginia is an open-carry state, meaning you can openly carry a firearm in public where it can be seen by others.

Those who had come to protest against the Unite the Right rally were also getting there early. Many in those ranks also carried sticks.

By 9:30, the counterprotesters were joined by civil rights activists, Charlottesville residents and church members. As they entered the park, the groups began to form up on one side or the other, and words were being exchanged. To the chants of “our blood, our soil,” a group of church leaders responded by singing, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” In the middle of the two groups was a militia force that had begun to form up in the park. They, too, were armed and were clad in camouflage. The leader of the self-styled group told one reporter that area law enforcement was happy to see them there. They wanted to help keep the peace, they said.

By 10:30, the groups were restless and some physical violence – pushing and shoving -- had started. Police officers were stationed along the sides of the park but did not intervene. By this time, people from both sides of the rally were entering the park through the Market Street entrance and yelling at each other as they came in.

Charlottesville Police Chief Al S. Thomas Jr. would later tell The Washington Post that rally-goers had abandoned the plan to come into the park through only one entrance. If they'd stuck to the plan, it would have kept protesters and counterprotesters separated, at least for a time.

10:30 a.m.- 11:22 a.m.

Just before 11 a.m., Unite the Right members took up shields and began waving sticks as they moved toward the Market Street entrance to Emancipation Park. Trying to keep them out, counterprotesters formed a line to block their path. Both sides swung sticks and shot pepper spray at each other as the groups met in the street.

According to an independent review of the actions of law enforcement and city officials by former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy, police were in the vicinity but still did not engage the protesters. According to Thomas, the police officers were not in riot gear and sending men into such a fight “would be putting the public and law enforcement in jeopardy.” The violence escalated, and bottles and rocks started being thrown. At 11:22 a.m., the police declared the assembly unlawful, and according to Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, “We quelled the disturbance at that point.”

11:22 a.m.- 1:42 p.m.

After the gathering was dispersed by police, the Unite the Right rally supporters began making their way to McIntire Park, about a mile north of downtown Charlottesville.

At 11:52 a.m., Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency as scuffles continued in the city’s streets.

About a minute later, at 11:53 a.m., UVA canceled all campus activities, effective at noon. At 1:19 p.m., President Donald Trump tweeted a call for an end to the violence.

At 1:42 p.m., a car backed down 4th Street at a high rate of speed and into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one and injuring 19. James Alex Fields Jr. 20, of Maumee, Ohio, was later accused of being the driver.

3 p.m.-7 p.m.

At 3 p.m., Trump again spoke from his New Jersey golf club, saying, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country. … It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society. And no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good time. … We must love each other, respect each other and cherish our history and our future together. So important. We have to respect each other. Ideally, we have to love each other.”

At 5 p.m., witnesses reported a helicopter crash off U.S. Route 29. Two hours later, around 7 p.m., Virginia State Police identified the helicopter as belonging to the force. They announced that two of their officers were onboard the helicopter and that both were killed in the crash.

At 6 p.m., Gov. McAuliffe condemned the violence in a press conference.

Who was killed that day?

Heather D. Heyer, 32, a paralegal from Charlottesville, was killed when the car hit the crowd in which she was standing.

Lt. Jay Cullen, 48, and Berke Bates, who was one day shy of his 41st birthday, were killed in the crash of the helicopter they were using to monitor the protests. Whatever happened to the helicopter happened quickly, because according to the National Transportation Safety Board, there had been no distress call from craft.

What happened to Fields, the man who was accused of driving the car into the crowd?

Fields was charged with federal hate crimes including a murder charge in Heyer’s death and multiple attempted murder charges for the other people who were injured.

The fallout? 

The independent review of the actions of law enforcement and city officials was critical of the Charlottesville police as well as the State Police for failing to stand up to protect human life. The Charlottesville city attorney, the city manager and the police chief all have left their positions since last August.

What happened to the statue?

The city council was being sued over its decision to remove the statue. A week after the rally, Lee’s statue was covered up with a tarp. Several months later, the tarp was removed after a judge ruled that the city could not keep the tarp up indefinitely. The case is ongoing. The statue remains in the park.

What did Trump say in the days after the incident?

On the afternoon of the rally, after a woman had been killed, Trump said Americans have to learn to set bigotry and hatred aside.

In an exchange with reporters at Trump Tower on the Tuesday following the Saturday the rally took place, the president had something more to say. “I think there is blame on both sides,” the president said in a combative exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in Manhattan. “You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now. I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups,” he said. “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.

“Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. So this week, it is Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”

What about this year?

A state of emergency has been declared in Charlottesville ahead of the one-year anniversary of the rally. Virginia State Police Superintendent Gary Settle told The Associated Press that more than 700 State Police will be activated during the weekend and “State Police is fully prepared to act” to prevent any incidents like last year. 

Sources: The Associated Press; The Washington Post; The New York Times; PBS; The Daily Progress

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