U.S. President Donald Trump continues to face a barrage of criticism for his contention that both white supremacists and counterprotesters were to blame for the deadly violence that erupted last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
On Wednesday, the president announced that he had dissolved two business advisory committees made up of top American corporate executives, after at least seven CEOs announced they were resigning from the councils because of his remarks.
Memorial Service Held for Woman Killed After White Supremacist March
A memorial service is being held Wednesday for the woman killed over the weekend when a man drove his car through a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old resident of Charlottesville, was one of hundreds of activists who amassed Saturday in the city to stand against a demonstration by white supremacists.
The gathering quickly devolved into chaos and violence as the white supremacists clashed with protesters in the streets and police did not immediately intervene.
Trump Renews Twitter Criticism of Amazon
President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, and he says the company is "doing great damage to tax paying retailers."
Trump tweets that "towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt -- many jobs being lost!''
The president has often criticized the company and CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post.
Many traditional retailers are closing stores and blaming Amazon for a shift to buying goods online.
Workers Remove Baltimore Confederate Monuments Overnight
Confederate monuments have been removed overnight in Baltimore.
Local news outlets report that workers hauled the monuments away early Wednesday, days after a white nationalist rally in Virginia turned deadly.
WBAL-TV reports that a crane removed a monument to Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall'' Jackson'' from its pedestal around 3 a.m. and placed it on a flatbed truck 45 minutes later.
Photos taken by The Baltimore Sun shows workers taking away a monument dedicated to the Confederate Women of Maryland
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told the newspaper that crews began removing the city's four Confederate monuments late Tuesday and finished around 5:30 a.
Charlottesville Schools, Parents Address Children's Fears After ViolenceWhen white supremacists began rallying in downtown Charlottesville last weekend, Liz Licht kept the TV off, trying to shield her three kids from the hate spewed on the streets of this normally quiet college town.
But after learning that a 32-year-old woman who joined a counterprotest had been killed by a man described as having neo-Nazi sympathies, Licht could no longer keep news of the violence from her 9-year-old son and 7-year-old twins.
"Our son went to bed scared that night," Licht said.
Racial Politics Haunt Republican Party in Trump Era
The statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the focus of an emotional debate in the state's Republican primary election weeks before it became a flashpoint in the nation's struggle over race.
Corey Stewart, an outsider candidate for governor sometimes compared to President Donald Trump, seized on possible removal of the Confederate general's memorial as an "attempt to destroy traditional America." Stewart, who said in an interview Tuesday that such an action "hits people in the gut," found unexpectedly strong support, forced his main opponent to defend the statue and almost won.
Trump Blames Both Sides for Racial Violence at Virginia Rally
President Donald Trump on Tuesday vigorously defended what many say was a weak initial statement condemning Saturday's deadly racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying there is enough guilt and blame on both sides.
Trump's critics say it took him two days to use the words neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists when condemning the riots that left a young woman and two Virginia state policemen dead and dozens hurt.
Standing in New York City's Trump Tower while reporters' questions echoed throughout the lobby, Trump said he did not have "all the facts" when he made his first statement shortly after the riots Saturday in Charlottesville.