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100 days of Trump brings no regrets from supporters — and people of color are paying for it

One of the more remarkable things about Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president is how comfortable his supporters are with what he has done. An ABC News/Washington Post poll published Sunday found that 96% of people who voted for Trump in November still believe it was “the right thing to do.” Only 2% regret it.

This remains the case after what seems — by most standards — to have been a disastrous and embarrassing first three months. Trump’s failures have been legion. His vows to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act went up in flames after Republicans couldn’t agree on the terms of the replacement, even though they’d had seven years to put it together. His promises to “drain the swamp” of Washington insiders and special interests have deflated beneath his cabinet of far-right politicians and corporate billionaires.

Trump’s staff has been roiled by evidence that members colluded with the Russian government to sway the election. His attempts to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S. have been blocked by federal judges. More people marched to protest his election than attended his inauguration. His military actions have shown little evidence of a coherent foreign policy vision, amounting to superficial shows of “strength” that claimed the lives of at least 20 civilians and one Navy SEAL.

But we’d be mistaken to judge Trump by these metrics if we want to understand his success. To get why Trump’s supporters care so little about his fumbles, it’s important to understand what they value. The evidence tells a clear story. The New York Times general election exit polls published in November identified the two areas Trump voters said were especially important to them: immigration and terrorism. 

In these areas, the president has delivered exactly what he promised: an aggressive and often performative crackdown on ethnic minorities aimed at punishing their existence and reminding them that they are not welcome in the United States. Read more (4/27/17)

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Families of Terence Crutcher, Walter Scott speak out ahead of of police-shooting trials

  • Tiffany Crutcher, the twin sister of Terence Crutcher, a black man gunned down by Tulsa, Oklahoma, police Officer Betty Shelby in September, said  her family has a singular focus as the officer goes to trial in early May.
  • “Our mission is to, on May 8, as we start this trial, make sure we get a conviction in Tulsa, Oklahoma,” Crutcher said Wednesday during a panel of families touched by police and vigilante violence.
  •  Crutcher said she recognizes how rare it is for officers to be charged in shooting, particularly when the victim is black.
  • “That right there says a lot,” Crutcher told the gathering of more than 200. “So we’re going to fight for a conviction. We’re going to be a voice for the voiceless.” Read more (4/27/17 10 AM)

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“Radiating Halo”

After stacking this sunset timelapse, this halo appeared even though I didn’t notice it while shooting, and I don’t see it in any of the single frames.
It looks a lot like a sun halo, and I’m guessing that’s what it is. I’ve seen this happen in timelapses shot at night, where there is a halo around the moon, but it can only been seen as clouds pass where it is, and in that specific area, the clouds appear a little brighter than any other position in the sky.
I still find it strange how it’s only detectable after stacking the photos together, but that’s also part of the fun with time stacking.
I made this time stack by combining 293 photos into one image.

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Remembering Robert Godwin Sr., victim of Facebook live shooting

  • As the manhunt continues for Steve Stephens, the family of the victim, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr., have taken to social media to honor the life of a beloved relative they say was “a good man” through and through.
  • Below are some of the details of Godwin’s life, as described by those who loved him.
  • “He’d give you the shirt off his back,” one of Godwin’s family members said during a tearful interview with CNN affiliate WOIO
  • “This man right here was a good man. I hate he’s gone. I don’t know what I’m going to do. … It’s not real.”
  • Family mattered most to him. In an interview with Cleveland.com, Godwin’s son, Robert Godwin Jr., said that his father is survived by nine children, 14 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
  • He loved to fish and clean up litter. Godwin Jr. said that his father had gone fishing the Saturday before he was killed, a hobby he particularly enjoyed in his retirement. 
  • He also said that Godwin Sr. often patrolled the streets with a plastic shopping bag, picking up the aluminum cans he saw on the ground along the way. Read more (4/17/17 1 PM)
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Neo-Nazis have been waging war on a small Montana town. Now they might pay for it.

  • “Are y'all ready for an old fashioned troll storm?” neo-Nazi leader and blogger Andrew Anglin asked his website’s audience last year. “Because AYO — it’s that time, fam.”
  • With that, Anglin launched a harassment campaign that would keep Tanya Gersh and her family always in fear of her life, wondering for months if they should pack their bags in the night and run.
  • On Tuesday morning, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit against Anglin, publisher of the infamous neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer
  • The SPLC seeks to punish Anglin for his “terror campaign,” get justice for Gersh and set a precedent that could stem the tide of coordinated harassment campaigns online.
  • It all began with Richard Spencer, the white nationalist who was famously punched during Trump’s inauguration, to the applause of the world. 
  • Spencer’s mother, Sherry Spencer, who owns property in the small resort town of Whitefish, Montana, wrote a Medium post called “Does Love Really Live Here?” claiming that Gersh pressured her to sell the commercial real estate she owned in Whitefish due to her son’s politics.
  • Since then, Anglin and his online brigade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists have waged war on Jewish members of the Whitefish community. And Gersh is getting the worst of it.
  • The SPLC’s complaint alleges that Anglin posted 30 articles on the Daily Stormer about Gersh, including her personal phone number, email address, personal information of her friends and colleagues, and the social media profiles of her 12-year-old son. Read more (4/18/17 1 PM)