Each week we will provide you with a rundown of top news stories and must-read articles.
Armed white supremacists, Nazis, and KKK klansmen marched in Charlottesville this weekend to protest the removal of Confederate statues. Thousands of counter protesters marched in response to this repulsive display of hate. In a horrifying act of violence, one of the white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counter protesters –killing 1 and injuring 19.
It was revealed this week that the Department of Justice has a wide-ranging search warrant to collect huge amounts of information from a website used to organize anti-Trump protests. This search warrant is a major constitutional threat and is part of a concerning trend of privacy overreach by the government.
The Maine DHHS failed to investigate 133 deaths of individuals with development disabilities who were under state care. This incredible failing by the department meant that the deaths of these people were never investigated for abuse or misconduct.
News outlets this week reported that Trump is considering a pardon for former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was just recently found guilty for criminal contempt for failing to follow a judge ruling ordering Arpaio to stop the racial profiling within his department.
In 2012, President Obama protected thousands of undocumented children from deportation when he signed the executive order, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). A handful of states want DACA gone and are pushing Trump to take yet another hurtful anti-immigrant action. The bipartisan Dream Act is a ray of hope that could save DACA.