The Sift -> Liberty grads protest Falwell Jr.’s support of President Trump

The Sift -> Liberty grads protest Falwell Jr.’s support of President Trump

The Sift
 
Monday
Aug. 21
 
Here’s what we’re Sifting today

Liberty
Members of a Liberty University alumni group plan to return their diplomas to protest Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s defense of President Donald Trump’s comments about the violent Aug. 12 protest in Charlottesville, Va. … MORE
Spain
Catalan regional police say they have shot dead the suspected driver of the van used in Thursday’sterrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain. … MORE
UT
The University of Texas at Austin removed three Confederate monuments early Monday in an attempt to avoid controversy before students return to campus for the fall semester. … MORE
Russia
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said Monday it would temporarily stop issuing all nonimmigrant visas. … MORE
Lewis
Comic actor Jerry Lewis died Sunday in Las Vegas after an entertainment career highlighted by his stage-to-screen collaborations with Dean Martin in the 1950s and decades of hosting the annual MDA Labor Day Telethon. … MORE
Gregory
Dick Gregory, who broke racial barriers in the 1960s as a comedian and used his platform to become a civil rights and nutritional health activist, died late Saturday. … MORE
Boston
A free-speech rally in Boston was cut short Saturday when thousands of counterprotesters descended upon a bandstand where a series of speeches promoting First Amendment protections was scheduled to take place. … MORE
Duke
Duke University removed a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from its campus chapel early Saturday morning. … MORE
Read reports from The Sift throughout the day, including a report later today on the excitement surrounding the solar eclipse

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