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Aug. 18, 2017: What to Know

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  • Treefort Music Fest has made its first ticket sale announcement for 2018. Passes for the five-day festival, which is slated for March 21-25, will go on sale Friday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. The first 200 "early bird" passes are $50, but they're usually snapped up in a matter of minutes. After that, Discovery Passes are $155 until the first artist announcement in December. Locals Passes will be on sale at The Record Exchange Friday-Saturday, Sept. 8-9 for $139.

  • Almost two-thirds of Americans believe an attack that left one person dead in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12 was an act of terrorism, according to a CBS News poll released Thursday. The poll, which has a four percent margin of error, showed the approval rate of President Donald Trump's response to the attack was 34 percent, with 55 percent of respondents saying they disapprove of how the president responded. The day of the attack, Trump said blame for what happened should fall "on many sides." Fifty-five percent of all respondents said his description is inaccurate, but 68 percent of Republicans agreed with the president's characterization.

  • The Idaho Freedom Foundation has changed the location of its Faces of Freedom banquet after management at the Riverside Hotel in Garden City closed the event over concerns for the safety of their employees. Linda Johnson, co-owner of the resort hotel, was told by a partner the keynote speaker of the event, Dr. Charles Murray, could draw protests. "I did some research on Dr. Murray and found out there's a string of protests wherever he speaks," said Riverside Hotel co-owner Linda Johnson. At a March interview engagement at Middlebury College, student protests against Murray's appearance turned violent, causing injuries.

    - Dr. Charles Murray -  - AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE
    • American Enterprise Institute
    • Dr. Charles Murray
    Murray is a libertarian political scientist and co-author of the controversial book, The Bell Curve, which posits African-Americans statistically get lower scores in IQ tests than white Americans, and that intelligence is a driving factor in their respective political, social and economic inequality as America stratifies according to cognitive ability. The book has been called an "attempt to attribute black-white economic differences to factors intrinsic to black people," and Murray himself has been accused of racism.

    The Faces of Freedom banquet has been relocated to Chateau des Fleurs in Eagle. On its website, the Idaho Freedom Foundation called Murray a "leading intellectual scholar of our time" and the pressures that caused the Riverside Hotel to cancel the event on its premises part of a "Leftist campaign to stifle the free of exchange of ideas."

  • President Donald Trump has decided to remove chief strategist Stephen Bannon, The New York Times reports. A source close to Bannon told The Times the decision to leave was Bannon's, and that he tendered his resignation Aug. 7, but the unrest and terror attack in Charlottesville delayed his departure. Whether the ultimate choice to depart the White House was made by Bannon or the president, it's difficult to say. The controversial former head of Breitbart.com was a steadfast ally of the president on the campaign trail, and is known for contributing to a fractious atmosphere among Trump's inner circle at the White House.

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