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trump suggests civil war could have been avoided


president donald trump appeared to misremember some history about president andrew jackson before implying that the civil war may have been unnecessary. "i mean, had andrew jackson been a little later you wouldn't have had the civil war," mr. trump said in an interview with journalist salena zito on siriusxm's "main street meets the beltway," which was released monday. "he was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the civil war – he said 'there's no reason for this.'" jackson died in 1845, which is 16 years before the civil war began. mr. trump has often talked about the similarities between jackson and himself, and keeps a portrait of the seventh president hanging in the oval office. mr. trump then went on to suggest






cnn guest crushes gop panelist’s attempt to spin trump’s andrew jackson blunder


cnn political commentator and republican communications strategist paris dennard tried his best to spin president donald trump’s historically illiterate remarks about andrew jackson — but bill press was there to quickly shut him down.during a panel discussion about trump’s questioning why the civil war needed to happen, dennard tried to make the case that trump was simply asking the question to help educate the public and to make sure that nothing like the civil war ever happens again in the united states.“maybe he’s saying more people need to ask the question: why?” dennard said.press then proceeded to bring down the hammer.“that is the most nonsensical statement i’ve ever heard on any television program before,” he said. “we all know why there was a civil war: because southern states tre






more groups press jeff sessions on civil rights commitment


washington (ap) — the leaders of several civil rights groups say they remain concerned about the future of the justice department’s civil rights enforcement after meeting with attorney general jeff sessions.the tuesday meeting came a day after sessions and other officials unveiled a scaled-back version of the controversial ban on many foreign travelers.kristen clarke, of the lawyers’ committee for civil rights under law, says she told sessions she believes the ban is unconstitutional and urged him to encourage president donald trump to revoke it.the justice department declined to comment on the meeting, which sessions arranged shortly after his confirmation.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the groups say they are worried by sessions’ early indications that the just






'donald trump's civil war' by ken burns


"i mean, had andrew jackson been a little later, you wouldn't have had the civil war. he was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the civil war, he said, 'there's no reason for this.' people don't realize, you know, the civil war, if you think about it, why? people don't ask that question, but why was there the civil war? why could that one not have been worked out?" — donald trumpnarrator: the civil war, if you think about it, why?sad fiddle music begins to play.(a series of clips: troops walking ashore on d-day, an engraving of the boston massacre, fort sumter with "you're fired" on it.)jeff sessions: (long silence) well, there is one thing we know about the civil war, and that is: a lot of people don't approve of






china tries again to stitch together a unified civil code of law


beijing—chinese lawmakers are making fresh efforts to resolve one of their most enduring frustrations: an inability to put together a unified civil code of law.civil codes are important in civil-law countries like china, where courts settle private disputes by applying codified statutes, rather than relying on precedents from previous cases the way judges do in common-law countries like the u.s.the national legislature was...






obama’s top civil rights lawyer to lead advocacy coalition


washington (ap) — the obama administration’s top civil rights lawyer will lead a coalition of civil and human rights organizations at a time when they fear the justice department will soften its stance on criminal justice reform.vanita gupta led the obama justice department’s civil rights division. she said on thursday she will become the new president and ceo of the leadership conference on civil and human rights. she says she joins the organization amid an “unprecedented assault on civil rights,” as attorney general jeff sessions has indicated the department will soften its focus on protecting voter rights and monitoring troubled police departments.gupta is a former attorney with the american civil liberties union. she’ll start her new position june 1.






donald trump's stunning ignorance about the civil war


alex brandon, associated press filein a recent interview with the washington examiner, president donald trump made puzzling claims about andrew jackson and the civil war, suggesting he was uncertain about the origin of the conflict while claiming that jackson was upset about a war that started 16 years after his death.re: “trump makes puzzling claim about andrew jackson, civil war,” may 1 news story.i fail to understand how our president is so uneducated about a matter that not only reshaped our country but is, as your article stated, “discussed from middle school classrooms to university lecture halls.”donald trump said in an interview, “people don’t realize, you know, the civil war, if you think about it, why? people don’t ask that question, but why was there a civil war? why could that






trump’s civil rights division will be headed by staffer who railed against civil


the trump administration has quietly appointed a heritage foundation staffer who has railed against civil rights protections for transgender patients as director of the federal agency charged with protecting the civil rights of all patients. though the administration did not issue a formal announcement, roger severino is now listed on the website of the u.s. department…






donald trump questions why there was a civil war


donald trump has once again merited the ire of the internet, this time for wondering why there was a need for a civil war. during an interview with the washington examiner’s selena zito, the president praised america’s seventh commander-in-chief andrew jackson and said the war between the north and the south could’ve been avoided had he been president “a little later.”read let donald trump tell it, barack obama actually likes him“people don’t realize, you know, the civil war, if you think about it, why?” trump said in a clip of the radio interview released by the siriusxm show on monday (may 1). “main street meets the beltway.“people don’t ask that question, but why was there the civil war? why could that one not have been worked out?” trump added.trump’s appeal has drawn comparisons to an






hundreds attend meeting to air opinions on upcoming new trier civil rights semin


new trier high schoolkathy routliffe / pioneer pressthe cornog auditorium at new trier high school's northfield campus can seat 700, according to new trier officials. it was full, with standing room only, by 7:15 p.m. on feb. 20, when the school board was expected to discuss new trier's upcoming seminar day on civil rights.the cornog auditorium at new trier high school's northfield campus can seat 700, according to new trier officials. it was full, with standing room only, by 7:15 p.m. on feb. 20, when the school board was expected to discuss new trier's upcoming seminar day on civil rights. (kathy routliffe / pioneer press)






trump tweets: doubles down on civil war, andrew jackson comments


after his musings about the civil war and andrew jackson generated sharp reaction, president trump appeared to double down on the comments in a tweet.in an interview published by the washington examiner, trump said that he didn't understand why the civil war was fought and that it wouldn't have happened, "had andrew jackson been a little later.""he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the civil war," trump said of jackson. "he said, 'there's no reason for this.' "jackson died in 1845 and the civil war didn't begin until 1861, prompting some to question trump's knowledge of american history.in the tweet, trump appeared to defend his comments, suggesting he did know that jackson died 16 years before the war began but that the former president "saw it coming."






south sudan general resigns, says leader 'disgraced' himself


johannesburg — a south sudanese general has resigned while telling president salva kiir "you have disgraced yourself" by subjecting the civil war-torn country to ethnic bias and "unacceptable cycles of violence."the resignation letter, dated saturday and seen by the associated press, comes from lt. gen. thomas cirillo swaka, the deputy chief of general staff for logistics. government spokesmen could not immediately be reached.warnings of genocide hang over south sudan, where a 2015 peace deal has failed to stop the three-year civil war.swaka's letter accuses the president of a "policy of ethnic domination and subjugation" in which kiir's ethnic dinka group "has come to be hated by their own brothers and sisters from other communities."south sudan's civil war has killed tens of thousands an






trump tweets: doubles down on civil war, andrew jackson comments


after his musings about the civil war and andrew jackson generated sharp reaction, president trump appeared to double down on the comments in a tweet.in an interview that aired on siriusxm's p.o.t.u.s. channel and was published by the washington examiner, trump said that he didn't understand why the civil war was fought and that it wouldn't have happened, "had andrew jackson been a little later.""he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the civil war," trump said of jackson. "he said, 'there's no reason for this.' "jackson died in 1845 and the civil war didn't begin until 1861, prompting some to question trump's knowledge of american history.in the tweet, trump appeared to defend his comments, suggesting he did know that jackson died 16 years before the war began b






court rejects uk couple's bid for civil partnership


london — a british couple who want their relationship recognized in law without the "patriarchal baggage" of marriage have lost a bid to be allowed a civil partnership.rebecca steinfeld and charles keidan say they face discrimination because only same-sex couples are eligible for civil partnerships.the high court ruled against them last year, and on tuesday the court of appeal upheld the ruling by a 2-1 margin.since 2005, gay couples in britain have been able to form civil partnerships, which have the same legal status as marriage. same-sex marriage became legal in 2014.the government says it wants to see the impact of gay marriage on civil partnerships before deciding whether to extend them to everyone or phase them out.steinfeld and keidan plan to appeal to the supreme court.






cnn pundit says ‘too late’ for trump to save presidency after bizarre civil war


a cnn panel agreed on monday that president donald trump needs to learn more about american history after he questioned why the civil war was fought and suggested that president andrew jackson could have prevented the conflict even though jackson was dead at the time.during an interview with the washington examiner’s salena zito over the weekend, trump opined about his affection for jackson.i mean, had andrew jackson been a little later, you wouldn’t have had the civil war. he was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the civil war. he said, “there’s no reason for this.” people don’t realize, you know, the civil war — if you think about it, why? people don’t ask that question, but why was there a civil war? why could






trump tweet about 'negative press covfefe' earns negative press coverage


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lawyers want civil claims in deadly bus crash put on hold


chattanooga, tenn. (ap) — lawyers for a man accused of causing a tennessee bus crash that killed six school students say they want civil litigation against their client put on hold to protect his constitutional rights during his criminal case.police have said johnthony walker was speeding in november while driving 37 elementary students home when the bus left a curvy road, hit a utility pole, overturned and hit a tree. he was charged with vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving in the chattanooga crash.attorneys representing families who have filed lawsuits against walker and his employer, durham school services, over the crash are opposed to putting the civil claims on hold.the chattanooga times free press (http://bit.ly/2lyjmoi) reports hamilton county circuit cour






arkansas ends robert e. lee-martin luther king jr. holiday


little rock, ark. (ap) — arkansas’ governor signed legislation tuesday ending the state’s practice of commemorating confederate gen. robert e. lee on the same holiday as slain civil rights leader martin luther king jr., leaving only two states remaining that honor the two men on the same day.republican gov. asa hutchinson championed the bill, which also expands what is taught in schools about civil rights and the civil war, saying it would unify the state and improve its image. his signature comes two years after similar efforts repeatedly failed before a legislative panel, with critics saying it belittles the state’s confederate heritage.here are some details about the new law and background about the original duel-holiday:___most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.what






arkansas ends robert e. lee-martin luther king jr. holiday


little rock, ark. — arkansas' governor signed legislation tuesday ending the state's practice of commemorating confederate gen. robert e. lee on the same holiday as slain civil rights leader martin luther king jr., leaving only two states remaining that honor the two men on the same day.republican gov. asa hutchinson championed the bill, which also expands what is taught in schools about civil rights and the civil war, saying it would unify the state and improve its image. his signature comes two years after similar efforts repeatedly failed before a legislative panel, with critics saying it belittles the state's confederate heritage.here are some details about the new law and background about the original duel-holiday:___what does the law do?the new law will remove lee from the state holi






why a civil rights icon chose to tell his story in the form of a comic book


a packed house greeted civil rights icon rep. john lewis and his co-authors of the "march" trilogy, andrew aydin and nate powell, at bovard auditorium on saturday afternoon.their graphic novel "march: book three," which is based on lewis' life, is a finalist for a los angeles times book prize in young adult literature.so, why a comic book?aydin, who works as lewis' digital director and policy advisor, grew up reading comic books and felt that the medium was an effective way to bring a new generation into lewis' story."when you're a kid and you don't have much to see in terms of good people ... when you finally meet one and work for one, you know you have to do something special to tell his story," aydin said.a young john lewis is seen in the foreground being clubbed by a state trooper duri






why a civil rights icon chose to tell his story in the form of a comic book


a packed house greeted civil rights icon rep. john lewis and his co-authors of the "march" trilogy, andrew aydin and nate powell, at bovard auditorium saturday afternoon.their graphic novel "march: book three," which is based on lewis' life, is a finalist for a los angeles times book prize in young adult literature.so, why a comic book?aydin, who works as lewis' digital director and policy advisor, grew up reading comic books and felt that the medium was an effective way to bring a new generation into lewis' story."when you're a kid and you don't have much to see in terms of good people ... when you finally meet one and work for one, you know you have to do something special to tell his story," aydin said.a young john lewis is seen in the foreground being clubbed by a state trooper during






syria's civil war: disturbing facts show cost of conflict


as syria's six-year-long civil war appears to continue without end, the country's conditions are insufferable for civilians.        






trump makes puzzling claim about andrew jackson, civil war


president donald trump made puzzling claims about andrew jackson and the civil war in an interview, suggesting he was uncertain about the origin of the conflict while claiming that jackson was upset about a war that started 16 years after his death.trump, who has at times shown a shaky grasp of u.s. history, said he wonders why issues "could not have been worked out" in order to prevent the secession of 11 southern states and a war that lasted four years and killed more than 600,000 soldiers."people don't realize, you know, the civil war, if you think about it, why?" trump said in an interview with the washington examiner, according to a transcript released monday. "people don't ask that question, but why was there the civil war? why could that one not have been worked out?"trump ruminated






here is what was overlooked in the brouhaha about trump’s comments on andrew jac


often overlooked in the brouhaha about donald trump’s comments on andrew jackson and the civil war is the revisionist perspective that he offers. the president suggested that andrew jackson would have prevented the civil war and the conflict could have been avoided. “had andrew jackson been a little later,” said the president, “you wouldn’t have had the civil war.such a view claiming that the war was avoidable is not mere innocent counterfactual speculation. it is a view that dates back to the aftermath of world war i, when historians questioned the conflict’s inevitability. scholars such as avery o. craven, charles w. ramsdell, and james g. randall saw the civil war as a tragedy that might have been prevented. they blamed it on a breakdown in democracy and the actions of fanatical aboliti






trump makes puzzling claim about andrew jackson, civil war


new york — president donald trump made puzzling claims about andrew jackson and the civil war in an interview, suggesting he was uncertain about the origin of the conflict while claiming that jackson was upset about a war that started 16 years after his death.trump, who has at times shown a shaky grasp of u.s. history, said he wonders why issues "could not have been worked out" in order to prevent the secession of 11 southern states and a war that lasted four years and killed more than 600,000 soldiers."people don't realize, you know, the civil war, if you think about it, why?" trump said in an interview with the washington examiner, according to a transcript released monday. "people don't ask that question, but why was there the civil war? why could that one not have been worked out?"trum






what is 'ramspecking'?


white house press secretary sean spicer departs following the daily press briefing at the white house, tuesday, march 21, 2017, in washington. (photo: andrew harnik, ap)those who tune in to the daily-ish white house press briefings learned a new term on tuesday: "ramspecking."when asked whether president trump believed in the "deep state" — a secret network within the government working to undermine the president and his adminisrtation — trump spokesman sean spicer replied, "i think there are people that burrow into the government after an administration. this is going back since the beginning of time. they used to call it 'ramspecking.'"he continued on with his explanation that yes, people who were in the obama administration may have found civil servant jobs. but before the next question






what is 'ramspecking'?


white house press secretary sean spicer departs following the daily press briefing at the white house, tuesday, march 21, 2017, in washington. (photo: andrew harnik, ap)those who tune in to the daily-ish white house press briefings learned a new term on tuesday: "ramspecking."when asked whether president trump believed in the "deep state" — a secret network within the government working to undermine the president and his adminisrtation — trump spokesman sean spicer replied, "i think there are people that burrow into the government after an administration. this is going back since the beginning of time. they used to call it 'ramspecking.'"he continued on with his explanation that yes, people who were in the obama administration may have found civil servant jobs. but before the next question






what is 'ramspecking'?


white house press secretary sean spicer departs following the daily press briefing at the white house, tuesday, march 21, 2017, in washington. (photo: andrew harnik, ap)those who tune in to the daily-ish white house press briefings learned a new term on tuesday: "ramspecking."when asked whether president trump believed in the "deep state" — a secret network within the government working to undermine the president and his adminisrtation — trump spokesman sean spicer replied, "i think there are people that burrow into the government after an administration. this is going back since the beginning of time. they used to call it 'ramspecking.'"he continued on with his explanation that yes, people who were in the obama administration may have found civil servant jobs. but before the next question






trump makes puzzling claim about andrew jackson, civil war – the denver post


new york — president donald trump made puzzling claims about andrew jackson and the civil war in an interview, suggesting he was uncertain about the origin of the conflict while claiming that jackson was upset about a war that started 16 years after his death.trump, who has at times shown a shaky grasp of u.s. history, said he wonders why issues “could not have been worked out” in order to prevent the secession of 11 southern states and a war that lasted four years and killed more than 600,000 soldiers.“people don’t realize, you know, the civil war, if you think about it, why?” trump said in an interview with the washington examiner, according to a transcript released monday. “people don’t ask that question, but why was there the civil war? why could that one not have been worked out?”trum






animated map of the entire civil war


more americans died in the civil war than in all other american-involved wars combined. at a time when our country seems almost as divided as it did then, let’s take a moment to remember the repercussions of failing to compromise.full story at youtube.more amazing history. posted by josh urich






ruth sulzberger holmberg, past newspaper publisher, 96, dies


chattanooga, tenn. — ruth sulzberger holmberg, longtime publisher of the chattanooga times and a member of the family that controls the new york times, has died at her home in that tennessee city. she was 96.holmberg was the granddaughter of adolph s. ochs, the patriarch of the chattanooga times who gained prominence as publisher of the new york times early in the 20th century. the chattanooga times free press (http://nyti.ms/2o5onyp) said her death wednesday was confirmed by her family.it said holmberg was born ruth rachel sulzberger in new york city and that she worked as a reporter at the new york times while in high school. she later graduated from smith college and arrived in chattanooga in 1946 after serving as a red cross nurse in europe for a time in world war ii, according to the






civil rights leaders to meet atty. gen. jeff sessions on tuesday


leaders from some of the country's most prominent civil rights organizations, many of which have been critical of the trump administration's record on civil rights, plan to meet tuesday with atty. gen. jeff sessions. the group includes the leadership conference on civil and human rights president wade henderson, national urban league president marc morial, lawyers’ committee for civil rights under law president kristen clarke, national action network president rev. al sharpton, naacp legal defense and educational fund president sherrilyn ifill, and national coalition on black civic participation president melanie l. campbell. according to a news release from the leadership conference on civil and human rights, an umbrella group, the civil rights leaders plan to "express grave concern for s






witness to slavery, war and civil rights opens in florida


tallahassee, fla. — calling it a reflection of the "larger american experience," a home that has been witness to slavery, the civil war and the civil rights era has been opened to the public in tallahassee.state officials on saturday swung open the doors to the grove, a state-owned mansion that was once the residence to gov. leroy collins. secretary of state ken detzner was joined at a ribbon-cutting by members of the extended collins family.the grand opening came one day and 108 years after collins was born.built by one of florida's early territorial governors using slave labor, the grove would later serve as home to collins as he tried to shepherd the state through the civil rights era. the state spent nearly $6 million to renovate it.






un rights envoy was followed in china, sources intimidated


beijing — a u.n. envoy on human rights says he was followed by security officers during an official trip to china and that some civil society representatives he met with were intimidated and faced reprisals.philip alston, a u.n. special rapporteur, said the chinese government's conduct was at odds with the need for u.n. experts to have the freedom to assess situations and preserve source confidentiality.he details difficulties in a final report on his mission to china in august, which was emailed to the associated press on tuesday. it is to be delivered to the u.n. human rights council in june.alston's report says the chinese government warned him not to make direct contact with civil society organizations to arrange meetings, and requested full details of private meetings.






trump has a question about the american civil war: ‘why could that one not have


the u.s. president had a historical question: why did america’s civil war happen? “why could that one not have been worked out?”remarks by donald trump, aired monday, showed presidential uncertainty about the origin and necessity of the civil war, a defining event in u.s. history with slavery at its core. trump also declared that president andrew jackson was angry about “what was happening” with regard to the war, which started 16 years after his death, and could have stopped it if still in office.trump, who has at times shown a shaky grasp of u.s. history, questioned why issues couldn’t have been settled to prevent the war that followed the secession of 11 southern states from the union and brought death to more than 600,000 americans, north and south.“people don’t realize, you know, the






trump on civil war: why couldn't they have worked that out?


new york — the u.s. president had a historical question: why did america's civil war happen? "why could that one not have been worked out?"remarks by donald trump, aired monday, showed presidential uncertainty about the origin and necessity of the civil war, a defining event in u.s. history with slavery at its core. trump also declared that president andrew jackson was angry about "what was happening" with regard to the war, which started 16 years after his death, and could have stopped it if still in office.trump, who has at times shown a shaky grasp of u.s. history, questioned why issues couldn't have been settled to prevent the war that followed the secession of 11 southern states from the union and brought death to more than 600,000 americans, north and south."people don't realize, you






the spanish civil war in 10 minutes


the spanish civil war was one of the most important, yet understudied, historical events in the twentieth century. this video teaches you about that war, and it’s significance, in just ten minutes.full story at youtube.more great history. posted by josh urich