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Adolphus Busch IV, great-grandson of the founder of beer giant Anheuser-Busch, has asked to have his name immediately removed from the National Rifle Association’s membership list after more than 38 years as a member.

The letter he sent to the group reveals his dismay at how the NRA has organized to defeat a policy it once endorsed — universal background checks:

One only has to ask why the NRA reversed its original position on background checks. Was it not the NRA’s position to support background checks when Mr. LaPierre himself stated in 1999 that NRA saw checks as ‘reasonable’?”

He also cited their opposition to a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

How does the NRA influence Congress so effectively? This Washington Post infographic explains:
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, center, speaks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi behind him.

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

With the Delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus surging in the United States — especially in red states with large numbers of unvaccinated Americans — Capitol physician Brian Monahan is reinstituting a mask mandate for the U.S. House of Representatives. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is honoring that mandate, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, pandering to the GOP's MAGA base, is opposed. And when Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about McCarthy's opposition, she had some scathing words for the California congressman.

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