NYTimes: New Outcry as Trump Rebukes Charlottesville Racists 2 Days Later

New Outcry as Trump Rebukes Charlottesville Racists 2 Days Later https://nyti.ms/2uUNOUU

He first offered a lengthy and seemingly out-of-place recitation of his accomplishments on the economy, trade and job creation. When he did address the violence in Charlottesville, he presented his stronger language as an update on the Justice Department’s civil rights investigation into the death of a woman who was hit by a car that the authorities said was driven by an Ohio protester with ties to neo-Nazi groups.

“To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered,” said Mr. Trump, who had just concluded a meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director.

Mr. Trump has had a career-long pattern of delaying and muting his criticism of white nationalism. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he refused to immediately denounce David Duke, a former Klansman who supported his candidacy.

Republicans skeptical of colleges’ impact on U.S., but most see benefits for workforce preparation | Pew Research Center

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/07/20/republicans-skeptical-of-colleges-impact-on-u-s-but-most-see-benefits-for-workforce-preparation/

58% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say colleges and universities have a negative effect on the way things are going in the country, while just 36% say their effect is positive, according to a survey conducted last month by Pew Research Center. Just two years ago, attitudes were the reverse: a 54% majority of Republicans and Republican leaners said colleges were having a positive effect, while 37% said their effect was negative.

States Are Rolling Back Worker Wages and Rights – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/07/20/states-rolling-back-worker-rights/

federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 2009. Over the last few years, dozens of city and county governments have passed minimum wage ordinances. So far, 27 states have passed laws requiring cities to abide by statewide wage minimums. The most recent to do so, Missouri, will roll back a $10-an-hour minimum wage to $7.70 an hour, to take effect next month. Iowa just rolled back wage increases in the spring.

Brooks Rainwater of the National League of Cities said, “People within cities, where the cost of living oftentimes can be higher, needed a raise, and city leaders have responded to that.” However, he notes that states are undermining city governments on this and other worker issues, including paid sick leave.

NYTimes: McCain Returns to Cast Vote to Help the President Who Derided Him

McCain Returns to Cast Vote to Help the President Who Derided Him https://nyti.ms/2tWQhxo

McCain cautioned his colleagues to ignore “bombastic” pundits. “To hell with them,” he said to applause as he implored his colleagues to work in a bipartisan manner — a provocative message after the hyperpartisan vote. (In all, 50 Republicans voted to take up the health care debate and two voted no. On the other side, 46 Democrats and two independents voted no.)

Reports: Cyberattacks breached at least a dozen power plants, including nukes | Utility Dive

Source: Reports: Cyberattacks breached at least a dozen power plants, including nukes | Utility Dive

  • Cyberattacks from a foreign government recently breached a dozen or more U.S. power plants, including conventional and nuclear generators, multiple media outlets report.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued a report noting the Wolf Creek Nuclear station in Kansas was among facilities targeted, according to the New York Times. The report is said to contain an urgent amber warning, the second-highest threat rating.
  • Bloomberg reports that Russia is a chief suspect in the hacking, though other outlets did not name a potential source of the attacks and some analysts warn attribution is premature.