Politics as usual.
1. Richmond Considers Removing Confederate Statues.
Mayor Levar Stoney of Richmond, Virginia, announced Wednesday a commission would look into removing statues honoring the Confederacy on the city’s Monument Avenue. He stated the events in Charlottesville revealed “their power to serve as a rallying point for division and intolerance and violence.” The city of Baltimore removed four Confederate statues in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
2. CEO’s Quit Trump Council Over Charlottesville Comments.
President Donald Trump’s business advisory councils have been scrapped after CEOs representing some of America’s biggest companies left over his Charlottesville comments. Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday that he was “ending” both his manufacturing council and business strategy council. But more than a dozen leaders, including the CEOs of PepsiCo, IBM, and JPMorgan, had reportedly already decided to split, taking a stand against Trump’s failure to clearly condemn white supremacists
3. The first solar eclipse to go coast to coast in 99 years.
Tomorrow, the moon will fall directly in line with the sun, resulting in two minutes and 40 seconds of total darkness along the eclipse’s path of totality during usual daylight hours in the US. Visually, the solar eclipse, the first to occur from coast to coast in the United States in 99 years.