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Muslim Youth Groups Clean Up National Parks Amid Government Shutdown

"Service to our nation and cleanliness are important parts of Islam," said Dr. Madeel Abdullah, president of The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.

Twitter @MKA_DC/ Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association

A group of teen boys and young Muslim men in multiple cities are cleaning up the nation's parks and memorials because Trump's government shutdown over his border wall has debilitated the National Park Service.

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Trump's EPA Chief is a Fan of Racist Alt-Right Social Media Posts

Andrew Wheeler also joins the club of Trump's administrators who deny being racist.

Ethics violations pushed Scott Pruit, former EPA Chief to resign last year, and President Trump replaced him with Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, who likes racist social media posts about the Obamas.

American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic political action committee, found social media posts belonging to Wheeler that spanned defending alt-right member Milo Yiannopoulos' tweet to encourage the harassment of actress Leslie Jones, to liking Infowars tweets, to Dinesh D'Souza's discrediting of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, to an ape depiction of the Obamas.

Wheeler's response to the outing of his favorite social media posts:

"Over the years, I have been a prolific social media user, and liked, and inadvertently liked, countless social media posts," Wheeler said, in an email to The Huffington Post. "Specifically, I do not remember the post depicting President Obama and the First Lady. As for some of the other posts, I agreed with the content and was unaware of the sources."

Some racists in Trump's camp, who were outed, lost their positions. Carl Higbie of AmeriCorps stepped down after racist and sexist remarks he made on radio surfaced. Ian Smith of Homeland Security resigned after his ties to white nationalists were revealed on emails. Rev. Jamie Johnson, also of Homeland Security, resigned after his comments surfaced about Black people being lazy, and Islam being a violent religion.

For those lucky enough to stay on the White House payroll, they continue to be policy makers.

Ronald Vitiello, acting ICE director, attended an anti-immigration group's conference last month (Federation for American Immigration Reform) where an anti-Muslim group, ACT for America, honored former ICE Director Thomas Homan.

Stephen Miller, White House adviser, helped institute the Muslim travel ban, separate immigrant children and parents, and is working on plans to limit and strip citizenship of documented immigrants. He was heard saying last year in National Security Council meetings: "We must save Americans from these immigrant criminals!"

And, of course, Mike Pence lauded former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of ignoring a judge's order to stop systematic racial profiling patrols in the Phoenix area, as a "tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law." Arpaio was pardoned by Trump last year, and ran for (but lost) an US Senate seat.

Reader Question: Do you buy Wheeler's explanation of inadvertently liking posts and not remembering or being unaware of sources? Join The Conversation below.

​Study Confirms What we all Know: Trump Is a Racist

Americans across the aisle and across the nation are united in that truth.

A lot has been said around about what President Trump is or isn't, and Blacks, immigrants and women especially have had strong opinions about his agenda toward anyone who isn't a rich, white male. But a Quinnipiac University study released numbers to back it up.

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor Slammed Decision to Uphold the Largely Muslim Travel Ban

She accused the court of violating one of the core foundations of this nation — religious freedom.

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor blasted her colleagues for upholding the travel ban targeting Muslims in a 5-4 vote on Tuesday. Sotomayor, an immigrant, condemned the ban as "motivated by hostility and animus toward the Muslim faith."

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Hate Groups on the Rise in U.S., with a Tripling of Anti-Muslim Groups

"2016 was an unprecedented year for hate … with a resurgence of white nationalism that imperils the racial progress we've made … and a president whose policies reflect the values of white nationalists."

The number of hate groups in the United States reached near-historic highs in 2016, rising for the second straight year, with the amount of anti-Muslim hate groups tripling from 2015, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) annual Year in Hate report released Wednesday.

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Miss Puerto Rico Fires Off Anti-Muslim Rant

"If we are all the same then Muslims need to take off their napkins off of their heads [because] I feel offended by it."

Filmmaker Michael Moore stands outside one of Trump's towers promoting his #WeAreAllMuslim message.

Miss Puerto Rico 2015 has been suspended by the Miss Puerto Rico organization following an anti-Muslim rant last week.

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