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How not to deal with a Confederate monument

In this Aug. 20 file photo, police stand guard after the confederate statue known as Silent Sam was toppled by protesters on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
In this Aug. 20 file photo, police stand guard after the confederate statue known as Silent Sam was toppled by protesters on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Gerry Broome/AP

Say you’re a university official or municipal leader grappling with a Confederate memorial in your town. What’s the best plan of action, given the strong emotions the statue probably raises?

For what not to do, look no further than the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more than a year, university officials and state leaders failed to take any action on Silent Sam, the bronze Confederate soldier that stood in a prominent spot on the university system’s flagship campus.

White House misrepresents exchange in official transcript after Trump audibly insults woman reporter

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The White House has altered its official transcript of a tense back-and-forth exchange Monday between President Donald Trump and a female reporter, despite the existence of video footage in which the accurate exchange can be clearly heard.

Democratic House candidates are posting millions in record-setting fundraising hauls

Kentucky Democratic House candidate Amy McGrath
Kentucky Democratic House candidate Amy McGrath Timothy D. Easley/AP

In a fresh sign of juiced Democratic enthusiasm for the midterm elections, Democratic House candidates are posting record-breaking fundraising hauls from the third quarter of 2018 — showing how they’re flush with cash in the final stretch of their campaigns.

How Florida’s Puerto Rican voters could help elect Andrew Gillum

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum John Raoux/AP

Andrew Gillum took the stage at a campaign rally in Kissimmee, Florida, on Monday and announced he wants to be “the candidate of the Boricuas” in his bid for the state’s governorship.

“I want that label, and not in a tokenizing way,” Gillum, flanked by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, told the crowd assembled in the heart of one of Florida’s most prominent Puerto Rican strongholds. “I want it in a way that says we understand each other, in a way that says we’re one and the same. You’re not gifting any of us anything. We work for what we’ve got.”

A history of Trump’s long, complicated relationship with Diet Coke

President Donald Trump during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in 2016
President Donald Trump during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in 2016 Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Trump has endorsed a number of questionable things throughout his career, including pizza, McDonald’s and even professional wrestling. But there seems to be no greater love of Trump’s than Diet Coke.

Tim Mulkerin
Reporter and Social Media Editor, Hype