Anti-Muslim C-PAC headliner Pamela Geller bows out; a religious group “celebrates” assault rifles like the one used to kill Florida school children; Russian bots also backed anti-Muslim extremists, and more.
News & Observer: White nationalist didn’t show up for a reported rally Wednesday at the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, but
scores of anti-racist students and teachers were out in force.
Pike County Courier: The AR-15 military-style assault rifle, like the one used in last week’s Florida shooting, will be “celebrated” during a four-day “festival” at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary Church in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania.
CNN: Anti-Muslim crusader Pamela Geller withdraws as a featured speaker at this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference.
New York Times: The U.S. Border Patrol is setting up checkpoints up to 100 miles away from the border as part of the Trump administration’s aggressive crackdown on illegal immigration.
Huffington Post: A video that surfaced in a pending lawsuit shows last summer’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was intended to be a “battle cry” for white nationalism.
Bend Bulletin: John Guandolo, a former FBI agent and anti-Muslim extremist, speaks at a Republican Party gathering in Bend, Oregon, claiming Muslims and Democrats are part of a conspiracy to take over the United States.
Washington Post: Florida high school students and survivors of last week’s deadly shooting are pushing back at right-wing conspiracy theorists.
Forward: Pro-Trump Russian Twitter bots just indicted by the special prosecutor also boosted anti-Muslim extremists, including Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Frank Gaffney.
Seattle Times: A $1.5 million reward is now posted in the 2001 fatal shooting of a federal prosecutor whose assassination likely involved a conspiracy and a hired gunman.
Review-Journal: Anti-government icon Cliven Bundy will deliver the keynote speech on Friday at the Independent American Party state convention in Sparks, Nevada.