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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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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Just over year before her untimely death on Friday, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared as a guest lecturer for the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR with National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg. The crowd that signed up to see "Notorious RBG" live was so large that the event had to be moved to a major sports arena – and they weren't disappointed by the wide-ranging, hour-long interview.

Witty, charming, brilliant, principled, Ginsburg represented the very best of American liberalism and modern feminism. Listen to her and you'll feel even more deeply what former President Bill Clinton says in his poignant introduction: "Only one of us in this room appointed her…but all of us hope that she will stay on that court forever."