Progressive Briefing for Monday, July 23, 2018

White supremacist barred from Virginia, Trump threatens the Iranian president, corporate Democrats plan a counterrevolution, and more.

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Weeping white supremacist barred from Virginia after pleading guilty to assault

Arrested for using pepper spray against counter-protesters during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville last year, self-proclaimed anti-Semite and white supremacist Christopher Cantwell pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of assault and battery. According to the terms of the plea agreement, Cantwell is barred from returning to Virginia for five years and prohibited from making direct or indirect contact with his victims.

Trump issues all-caps threat to Iranian president: ‘You will suffer consequences few throughout history have ever suffered’

In a late-night Twitter rant, President Donald Trump issued an all-caps threat to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The threat came after Rouhani urged Trump not to “play with the lion’s tail or else you will regret it.”

Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law claims another victim

A Florida gunman won’t face charges for killing an unarmed man after starting an argument over a parking spot.

Terrified by progressive enthusiasm sweeping the nation, corporate Democrats have begun planning a ‘counterrevolution’

Corporate Democrats are extremely worried about the wave of progressive enthusiasm that is sweeping the country in red and blue states alike, and – according to a report by NBC News on Sunday – they are beginning to organize a “counterrevolution” to beat it back.

Ignoring survey after survey showing that progressive priorities like Medicare for All, a living wage, and tuition-free public college are overwhelmingly popular among the American public, Democratic politicians and operatives with the notorious think-tank Third Way used an invite-only event in Columbus, Ohio on Friday to tout an alternative agenda that centers on “opportunity” and access rather than equality – a platform that explicitly avoids alienating the ultra-wealthy.

Donald Trump is reportedly fuming over North Korea’s failure to honor his handshake

Over a month has passed since Trump handed a massive public relations victory to North Korea, and since then, officials in Pyongyang have done little else besides embarrass and humiliate their Washington, DC counterparts. Several follow-up meetings that were scheduled have been canceled or indefinitely postponed. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been stood up at least twice by North Korean officials, and when the Pentagon sent several officials to meet with representatives from North Korea last week at the demilitarized zone, they were left waiting for three hours before finally being told the meeting wouldn’t be happening at all.

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