The Latest: Confrontations taking place at Boston rallies Confrontations are happening amid a gathering of counterprotesters and conservative rally participants in Boston. Thousands of demonstrators marched Saturday from the city's Roxbury neighborhood to Boston Common, where the "Free Speech Rally" is being held. Dozens of free speech rallygoers have arrived. TV cameras showed a group of boisterous counterprotesters chasing a man with a Trump campaign banner and cap, shouting and swearing at him. Other counterprotesters intervened and helped the man safely over a fence to where the conservative rally was to be staged. Black-clad counterprotesters also grabbed an American flag out of an elderly woman's hands, and she stumbled and fell to the ground.
GOP doubts and anxieties about Trump burst into the open WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans across the country are expressing deep doubts about President Donald Trump's competency and temperament following his racially fraught comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally. The Associated Press interviewed more than two dozen GOP elected officials, donors and political operatives in the days after the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Most questioned whether Trump has the self-discipline to successfully push through the party's agenda. Eric Cantor, the former House minority leader from Virginia, said Trump's handling of the protests was a "turning point" for many Republicans. Importantly, the Republicans interviewed did not line up behind some course of action or an organized break with the president.
Thousands march through Boston week after Virginia bloodshed BOSTON (AP) - Thousands of leftist counterprotesters marched through downtown Boston on Saturday, chanting anti-Nazi slogans and waving signs condemning white nationalism ahead of a rally being staged by conservative activists a week after a Virginia demonstration turned deadly. Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers - some in uniform, others undercover - were deployed to keep the two groups apart Saturday. Boston's Democratic mayor, Marty Walsh, and Massachusetts' Republican governor, Charlie Baker, both warned that extremist unrest wouldn't be tolerated in this city famed as the cradle of American liberty. Organizers of the midday event, billed as a "Free Speech Rally," have publicly distanced themselves from the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and others who fomented violence in Charlottesville on Aug.
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Duke University removes statue of Confederate general DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke University removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee early Saturday, days after it was vandalized amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy. The university said it removed the carved limestone likeness early Saturday morning from Duke Chapel where it stood among 10 historical figures depicted in the entryway. Another statue of Lee was at the heart of a violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly a week ago. University president Vincent Price said in a letter to the campus community that he consulted with faculty, staff, students and alumni about the decision to remove the statue.
Trump to skip Kennedy Center arts awards BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) - In a break with tradition, President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors arts awards to "allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," the White House announced Saturday. The Kennedy Center said it respected Trump's decision and that the show will go on. Past presidents and first ladies have hosted a White House reception in the hours before the Kennedy Center gala, which they would then watch from seats high above the stage. The decision came a day after the entire membership of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned to protest Trump's comments about last weekend's demonstrations by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump struggles with presidential duties as uniter-in-chief WASHINGTON (AP) - For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words. She says the White House repeatedly tried to reach out to her on Wednesday, the day of Heather Heyer's funeral. But she's since watched President Donald Trump lay blame for the Charlottesville violence on "both sides." "You can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying 'I'm sorry,'" she said in a television interview on Friday. In moments like this, of national crisis or tragedy, presidents typically shed their political skin, at least briefly.
Trump Phoenix rally to highlight feisty feud with senator PHOENIX (AP) - When President Donald Trump takes the stage this week at a rally in Arizona, the state's junior senator will be nowhere to be seen. But Trump is likely to save some choice words for Sen. Jeff Flake. The senator is currently in an escalating feud with the president - a spat that illustrates the upside-down world of Republican politics heading into the 2018 elections. Flake is a Republican incumbent who is beloved by many high-ranking party officials and he is trying to hold onto a seat that the party needs to keep control of Congress. Meanwhile, the president from his own party is actively campaigning against him and Flake is returning the punches.
The past is still present in a changing Virginia RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - When 92-year-old Dr. Fergie Reid was a young man growing up in Richmond, he resented the massive statues of Confederate leaders lining Monument Avenue. But Reid says black people knew better than to speak out. "If you complained, they'd probably put you in jail," said Reid, who was Virginia's first black state lawmaker since Reconstruction. Virginia has come a long way since then. Once the home of the capital of the Confederacy and the hub of the segregationist movement known as massive resistance, Virginia has been eager to reinvent itself as a more diverse, tolerant and welcoming place.
Suspect arrested in killing, wounding of Fla. officers KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - A suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer in Florida and the grave wounding of a sergeant was arrested several hours after the attack in a bar, authorities said Saturday. Everett Miller faces a charge of first-degree murder for the killing of Officer Matthew Baxter and could face other charges for the wounding of Sgt. Sam Howard, said Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell at a news conference Saturday. Kissimmee is located south of the theme park hub of Orlando, Florida. During a patrol late Friday of a neighborhood with a history of drug activity, Baxter was "checking out" three people, including Miller, when the officer got into a scuffle with Miller.
Spain, France press manhunt for ringleader in dual attacks BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Authorities in Spain and France pressed the search Saturday for the supposed ringleader of an Islamic extremist cell that carried out vehicle attacks in Barcelona and a seaside resort, as the investigation focused on links among the Moroccan members and the house where they plotted the carnage. Catalan police said the manhunt was centered on Younes Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan suspected of being the driver of the van that plowed into a promenade packed with pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday, killing 13 and injuring 120. Even with Abouyaaquoub still at large, Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido declared the terrorist cell responsible for the carnage had been effectively "broken" after five members were killed by police in a shootout, four were in custody and as many as two were killed in an explosion earlier in the week.