Biden Speaks of Grief at Anniversary of Birmingham Church Bombing

While addressing churchgoers attending a service commemorating the 56th anniversary of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing on Sunday, presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden described the grief felt decades ago by the church as a defining moment in the history of the nation, and how the nation faces a similar moment today.

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Reported Hate Crimes on the Rise, but Federal Prosecutions Drop

Federal authorities say they plan to pursue hate crime charges against the 21-year-old white man accused of shooting and killing 22 people – most of them Latino – at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, less than two weeks ago. But research shows such prosecutions have been relatively rare over the past three decades and have dropped in recent years.

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FBI Officials Grilled on Response to White Supremacist Threats

The Trump administration has cut federal spending to tackle domestic terrorism as violent episodes of white supremacist extremism continue to play out, and House Democrats demanded answers Tuesday from FBI and Homeland Security officials about how the agencies plan to solve the problem with inadequate resources.

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