Today in 5 Lines
President Trump specifically denounced “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups” for inciting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend—two days after he gave a statement condemning violence “on many sides.” Trump attacked Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of Merck pharmaceuticals, on Twitter, after the executive announced he was resigning from a position on the president’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative to “take a stand against intolerance and extremism.” He also sent a robocall in support of Alabama Senator Luther Strange, a day ahead of the state’s GOP primary. The FBI arrested a man for attempting to detonate what he thought was a bomb outside a bank in Oklahoma City. Trump told Fox News that he is “seriously considering” pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of disregarding a judge’s order to stop conducting anti-immigrant traffic patrols.
- Voters in Alabama are heading to the polls today to select the Republican nominee to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate. Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat, is in a close race for second with Rep. Mo Brooks, and only one will head to the runoff with former Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore. (Politico)
- A Trump campaign staffer sent at least a half-dozen emails attempting to set up meetings with Trump or Trump campaign officials and Russian officials, according to emails. (The Washington Post)
- The Republican base is defending President Donald Trump’s response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. They say his two-day refusal to condemn neo-Nazis is not a big deal. (McClatchy DC)