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Wayne LaPierre's letter to NRA

Businesses Are Fleeing The NRA In Wake Of Parkland School Shooting

Seen as inexcusably rigid in the wake of the Parkland shooting, the NRA is losing numerous business partners over their fear of incurring the public’s wrath. The First National Bank of Omaha, the largest private bank in the country, was the first to announce a split with the organization Thursday, saying it will end its NRA Visa Card contract.

February 24, 2018
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The NRA’s Latest Lie About Background Checks

The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) leadership has broken its silence following last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Comments made by its leadership at CNN’s February 21 town hall on gun violence and during speeches at CPAC indicate that the NRA is coalescing around a misleading talking point that attacks the national background check system for gun purchases.

February 23, 2018
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during his victory speech as his wife Melania, looks on at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary night rally in Manchester

Melania Trump’s Parents Gain Permanent Residency Via ‘Chain Migration’

First lady Melania Trump’s parents have become permanent US residents, their lawyer said Wednesday, apparently taking advantage of a family unification program pilloried by the president. “I can confirm that Mrs. Trump’s parents are both lawfully admitted to the United States as permanent residents,” lawyer Michael Wildes said in a statement.

February 22, 2018
Voters mark their ballots on Election Day in Las Vegas, NV - home to major Democratic ground force

Election Security A High Priority — Until It Comes To Paying For New Voting Machines

When poll workers arrived at 6 a.m. to open the voting location in Allentown, New Jersey, for last November’s gubernatorial election, they found that none of the borough’s four voting machines were working. Their replacements, which were delivered about four hours later, also failed. Voters had to cast their ballots on paper, which then were counted by hand.

February 21, 2018
Sheryl Acquarola

Florida Lawmakers Face Horrified Backlash For Blocking Vote On Guns

Meanwhile, Trump himself seems to be feeling the heat after being scorched for his insensitivity to the students’ plight, with a belated push for the Department of Justice to consider banning the “bump fire stock” attachment used in previous massacres like the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017.

February 21, 2018

Florida Students To March On Washington In Call For Gun Reform

Among the students announcing the march was Emma Gonzalez, who captured worldwide attention with a powerful speech in which she assailed President Donald Trump over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby. She vowed Stoneman Douglas would be “the last mass shooting.”

February 20, 2018

The Social Media Psy-Op That Took Down Al Franken

While everyone has been focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to support Donald Trump, the Franken take-down originated in—and was propelled by—a strategic online campaign with digital tentacles reaching to, of all places, Japan.

February 20, 2018

NATO Chief Warns Of Growing Nuclear Threat From North Korea, Russia

“Russia is modernizing its nuclear capabilities, developing new nuclear systems, and increasing the role of nuclear weapons in its military strategy. This is a cause for real concern,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told delegates Friday at the three-day Munich Security Conference.

February 18, 2018
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Trump Stooge Who Defended Accused Child Molester Running For Gowdy’s Seat

Burns announced late Thursday that he had thrown his name into the race for Gowdy’s seat as the representative for South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. He followed up that announcement Friday with a tweet touting his work for Trump and asking people to visit his campaign website.

February 18, 2018
Trump, Russia

Ex-CIA Chief Debunks Trump: ‘Implausible’ Russia Didn’t Influence Votes

Predictably, Trump responded to the indictment by fleeing from the press and refusing to answer reporters’ questions. The only comments Trump has made about the stunning revelations came in the form of tweet in which he falsely claimed that the indictment exonerated him and proved that Russia’s efforts didn’t influence the election results.

February 17, 2018

13 Russians Charged In Mueller Investigation

A federal grand jury investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals including 12 employees of a St. Petersburg, Russia-based company that carries out online influence operations on behalf of Moscow.

February 17, 2018

When Service For The Country Isn’t Enough

Perez became a permanent resident in 1989 and said he mistakenly thought he became a citizen because of his military service. He served half of a 15-year prison sentence after he was pleaded guilty to distributing less than 100 grams of cocaine. After his release from prison in September 2016, he was turned over to ICE and sent to a Wisconsin detention center to await deportation.

February 14, 2018
DC statehood vote

Many White House Staff Lack Proper Security Clearance

Dozens of employees have been working at the White House and handling sensitive information without permanent security-clearance, according to a new report. The staffers have been granted temporary approvals while the FBI completes the backlog of background checks, U.S. officials told The Washington Post.

February 11, 2018
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Fox News Executive VP Rails Against Diversity Of US Olympians: “Darker, Gayer, Different”

Moody decried the strides Team USA has made toward diversity of its athletes in a February 7 op-ed published on FoxNews.com. Though this is Team USA’s most diverse delegation of athletes ever, as The Washington Post reported, the U.S. Olympic Committee still has a lot of progress to make…

February 10, 2018
Democrats

GOP Faces Challengers In 226 House Seats While Struggling To Raise Cash For Midterms

Passing a Republican tax bill late last year has done nothing to improve the GOP’s chances in the upcoming midterm elections. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to raise way more money than their opponents, as the party expands the map of competitive races in the House to 101 contests.

February 9, 2018
FBI

Nunes Preparing More Memos On State And Justice Departments

According to a new Axios report, the propagandistic memo from Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is just the beginning of Republicans’ war on government agencies that don’t fall into line behind President Donald Trump’s authoritarian administration.

February 6, 2018
Rohingya

There’s A Massive Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding In Asia: The Plight Of The Rohingya

Relief workers for International agencies sit with me in Dhaka (Bangladesh). They are talking about the difficulties faced by the Rohingya people who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh over the past several months. Over 650,000 people from the Rohingya community came into Bangladesh since August 25 of last year.

January 16, 2018

This Is What The Planet Would Be Like Without Trees

Forests account for nearly 30 percent of the world’s surface. That’s a staggering 3.04 trillion trees, each of which are continually remoistening our atmosphere, filtering the air we breathe and combating climate change by storing carbon and providing shelter for countless species of wildlife.

January 15, 2018

Ohio Senate Candidate Defends Trump’s Racist Remarks

During an interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, Renacci suggested that because Trump’s racist, vile language mirrors what some Americans privately think, that makes it OK for the president of the United States to give voice to those vulgar attacks.

January 13, 2018
SEAL

Call It The ‘Who Cares About Consumer Safety Commission”

He has also re-nominated Boston attorney Dana Baiocco to the commission. Baiocco represented Yamaha in lawsuits brought by the families of boys injured while riding all-terrain vehicles. Baiocco’s husband, Andrew Susko, was involved in defending Ikea against three lawsuits filed by families of children who died after the company’s dressers tipped over on top of them.

January 12, 2018
A women shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote during a legislative election

The Surprising Ways Voter Suppression Particularly Hurts Women

Every election, poor folks, transgender men and women and communities of color across genders have to jump hurdles to access one of their basic American rights, thanks to new rules that shorten polling hours, cut the number of polling places in districts, change up geographic voting lines and require IDs to vote.

January 12, 2018
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Trump Threatens New Law To Stop People From Making Him Look Bad

Still stinging from a White House insider book that portrays him as an unstable dolt surrounded by aides who uniformly think he’s unqualified to be president, an angry Donald Trump, reading from a prepared statement, threatened Wednesday to “take a strong look” at U.S. libel laws.

January 11, 2018
corporations

Corporations Stealing Online Identities To Push Their Political Agenda

Forget Russian fake news for a moment. Another extremely consequential privacy-breaching, identity-theft hack is undermining our democracy and almost certainly being perpetuated by corporate America.

January 10, 2018
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Nervous Trump Lawyers Worry He’ll Commit Perjury In Front Of Mueller

As questions mount about Donald Trump’s mental capacity, White House lawyers are trying to devise a strategy where he will be able to answer questions about possible Russia collusion from special counsel Robert Mueller, but without having to do so face-to-face.

January 9, 2018
Kushner

Trump Campaign Digital Director Throws Jared Kushner, Eric Trump Under The Bus

Brad Parscale, digital director for the Trump campaign, took to Twitter Friday to hit back at claims made by author Michael Wolff in the book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” an explosive new tell-all about the Trump administration. But while Parscale was trying to defend Donald Trump, he ended up throwing two members of Trump’s own family under the bus instead.

January 7, 2018