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Headlines Edition

Friday Headlines: Lame duck l’orange.

The various Jefferson Davis Highways around the US were part of a larger scheme hatched in the 1910s to skew history with the "Lost Cause" falsehood, explains Erin Blakemore in a Twitter thread that's definitely worth your attention.

Most Confederate monuments were erected in the first two decades of the 20th century, after Plessy v. Ferguson ruled in favor of "separate but equal."

This tool shows where the closest Confederate monuments are to your location, and this tool shows you the closest Home Depot that offers rentals of mini-excavators and demolition equipment.

A tally of all the tech companies that are kicking white supremacists off their services.

"I’m one of the Central Park Five. When we were falsely accused of sexual assault, Trump had no qualms about jumping to conclusions.”

After Charlottesville, the ACLU says it won’t represent groups that want to demonstrate with loaded firearms, and will more strictly review white supremacist legal requests.

“I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists.” James Murdoch, son of Rupert, breaks with his father's unwavering support of Trump.

Compared to past administrations, mounting evidence shows Trump has already hit lame-duck status.

Some white supremacists are dismayed when genetic tests show they're not as white as they believe.

“Doxing is a sloppy form of justice that often hurts many beyond the intended target. It punishes their families, and even people who look like them or have similar names.” The ethics of yanking the hoods off white supremacists online.

Two days after his police killed 32 in drug raids, Duterte says they can kill human-rights activists who interfere.

More reads about Rodrigo Duterte's continuing criminal career.

Profits are soaring, but firms spend less on workers: a macroeconomics detour.

Rejecting agency experts, Trump nixes requirement for federal buildings to incorporate protections against flooding.

Residents of Beaumont have lost hope that Exxon will ever stop spewing carcinogens—federal offices have done zilch.

Chicago neighborhoods with greater tree canopy have lower crime—whether correlation or causation is up for debate.

To write a pop hit in 2017, slow things down—below 120 bpm should do it.

"The only thing I’d be impartial about is what prison this guy goes to." Transcripts from Shkreli's jury selection.

The Wikipedia entry for songs about Wikipedia.