Politics

Memphis erases Confederate general from its public spaces

Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s polarizing presence has hung over Memphis, Tennessee, since he moved there in 1852 with his family. Defenders consider him a hero for his Civil War exploits. Detractors call him a violent racist and note his early leadership role in the Ku Klux Klan. Now his remains are set to be moved to a new Confederate museum in Columbia, Tennessee. With the approval of Forrest’s relatives, the Sons of Confederate Veterans have agreed to transport them there, another milestone in the effort to remove statues, monuments — and now the remains — of Confederate leaders from public spaces.

Conservative activists heckle Pence at conference in Florida

Some attendees at a conference in Florida for conservative activists heckled former Vice President Mike Pence during a speech. Several attendees shouted, “Traitor!” as Pence spoke Friday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Policy Conference at a resort in Orlando. Pence ignored the shouts and plowed through his address. Many supporters of former President Donald Trump have been angry with Pence after the former vice president said he did not have the power to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory. During the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, some angry protesters chanted, “Hang Mike Pence!”

Amid reform movement, some GOP states give police more power

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a year of protests over police brutality, some Republican-controlled states have ignored or blocked police-reform proposals, moving instead in the other direction by granting greater powers to officers, making it harder to discipline them and expanding their authority to crack down on demonstrations.

Voting debate roils Washington but leaves many voters cold

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Brenda Martinez, a 19-year-old community college student, thinks the government should help immigrant students more. Donald Huffman is worried about turning 50 next week with no work available because the federal government is delaying the pipelines he usually helps build. Binod Neupane, who just moved to Texas to research alternative fuels, wants action on climate change.