Trump Blames Gun-Free Zones for School Shootings, Echoing Myth Spread by N.R.A.

Trump Blames Gun-Free Zones for School Shootings, Echoing Myth Spread by N.R.A. For a second straight day, President Donald Trump suggested that school shootings, like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week that claimed 17 lives, could be prevented by repealing the federal law banning guns at the nation’s schools. At the White House now, President Trump said schools should not be gun-free zones — but the opposite. "You come into our schools. You're going to be dead. It's going to be fast." — Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) February 22,…
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Civilian Casualties Soared in Iraq and Syria in 2017. Was Trump’s Bloodthirsty Rhetoric to Blame?

Civilian Casualties Soared in Iraq and Syria in 2017. Was Trump’s Bloodthirsty Rhetoric to Blame? After three years of brutal fighting, the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is winding down, the U.S. military announced on Thursday, saying the coalition has “liberated” more than 98 percent of the area formerly controlled by ISIS, or Daesh, freeing “7.7 million Iraqis and Syrians once held under brutal Daesh rule.” By all accounts, this victory has come at a huge cost to civilians, but how huge depends on who you ask. The U.S.-led coalition says…
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Right Wing Round-Up: The Media Loves Mass Shootings

Right Wing Round-Up: The Media Loves Mass Shootings Diallo Brooks @ The Progressive: Trump’s Judges Threaten to Roll Back Racial Progress. Allegra Kirkland @ TPM: SPLC Adds Male Supremacist Groups To Annual Hate Count For First Time. Matthew Yglesias @ Vox: The Parkland conspiracy theories, explained. Jessica Mason Pieklo @ Rewire: An Organization Founded by Roy Moore Is Trying to Make Fetal ‘Personhood’ Law in Alabama. Aidan McLaughlin @ Mediaite: Sean Hannity Calls CNN ‘The Sh-Hole Network’ at CPAC Live Audience Episode. Willa Frej @ Huff Post: NRA’s Dana Loesch: ‘Many In Legacy Media Love…
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Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Wayne Allyn Root’s Enchanted Evening

Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Wayne Allyn Root’s Enchanted Evening Frank Amedia apologized to Vice President Pence “on behalf of the American people” for the fact that Joy Behar mocked his faith. The Family Research Council says that “if you want to protect kids from something, try the schools’ graphic sex-ed curriculums or propaganda of those trying to deconstruct society and the family that’s paraded through our schools. Those are the real destructive influences.” Tim Barton says that any Muslim who believes in Sharia is an extremist “because Sharia is extremist.” Richard Land asserts that “anybody…
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AIM Pushes Discredited Informant In Discredited Clinton Scandal

AIM Pushes Discredited Informant In Discredited Clinton Scandal An anonymous Accuracy in Media writer claims in a Feb. 9 post:A former undercover FBI agent told Congress that the Obama administration glanced over the evidence he was building against the Uranium One deal, which involved the Hillary Clinton-led State Department approving the sale of uranium to Ukraine and pro-Russian companies.The informant told Congress that he built contacts with Russian officials, who expected that a lobbying firm would apply a portion of their lobbying payment to “provide in-kind support for the Clintons’ Global Initiative.”Why? So the Obama…
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Robert Mueller Files Money Laundering , Tax Evasion Indictments Against Manafort And Gates

Robert Mueller Files Money Laundering , Tax Evasion Indictments Against Manafort And Gates Apparently Rick Gates is not being as cooperative as we thought. Either there has been some discussion of pardons or he is a very, very stupid man. I am not sure which, but whatever the case, Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed serious new charges against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. This indictment alleges money laundering and bank fraud, including the intentional failure to report income flowing into the United States from foreign banks. According to MSNBC expert Frank Figliuzzi, if Manafort is…
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“Black Panther” Is Inspiring Black Brazilians to Occupy Elite, White Shopping Malls

“Black Panther” Is Inspiring Black Brazilians to Occupy Elite, White Shopping Malls “How different. Exotic,” commented one women as she watched a group of almost 50 people — mostly young and black, many wearing bright fabrics with African designs — stroll through the Shopping Leblon mall. They came this Monday to participate in a rolezinho pretoi, roughly translated to “black stroll,” and watch the film “Black Panther” in Rio de Janeiro’s most exclusive shopping center, a place where black Brazilians are commonly employed, but are rarely seen as customers. Amid suspicious looks and a VIP escort of…
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Ohio Governor’s Race Turns to Gun Control, Assault Weapons Debate

Ohio Governor’s Race Turns to Gun Control, Assault Weapons Debate The debate about gun control that was reignited by last week’s tragedy at Parkland High School is playing out in Ohio’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, where Dennis Kucinich is calling out his opponent Richard Cordray for his track record as a pro-gun advocate. Kucinich, considered the most progressive candidate in the race, is calling for Ohio to ban assault weapons. “We are going to change the politics of the state on this single issue,” he said at a press conference in mid-February. The former Cleveland mayor and current…
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Kylie Jenner says Snapchat is dead, company suffers $1.3 billion loss in market value

Kylie Jenner says Snapchat is dead, company suffers $1.3 billion loss in market value Kylie Jenner (Credit: Getty/Nicholas Hunt) Snapchat’s future has been looking grim ever since it unveiled its new interface. A Change.org petition has even been circulating, collecting more than 1.2 million signatures, asking the tech company to remove its latest update. Now, Kylie Jenner — who was once dubbed the “Queen of Snapchat” — has seemingly ceased her operations on the platform. Indeed, she asked on Twitter yesterday, “Does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore?” “Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad,”…
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Experts: The Myth of Video Games Making Killers Is ‘Nuts’

Experts: The Myth of Video Games Making Killers Is ‘Nuts’ GettyIn a meeting on Thursday with Pam Bondi, Florida’s attorney general, President Trump suggested the root of America’s gun violence problem actually lay in violent video games and movies:Meanwhile, New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur released a statement on Wednesday suggesting that the best way to combat gun violence was research into violent media:Video games have long been blamed for violent tendencies. The theory is that viewing and pretending to do violent things somehow rewires a person's emotions and neurology and makes them more likely to…
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Experts: The Myth of Video Games Making Killers Is ‘Nuts’

Experts: The Myth of Video Games Making Killers Is ‘Nuts’ GettyIn a meeting on Thursday with Pam Bondi, Florida’s attorney general, President Trump suggested the root of America’s gun violence problem actually lay in violent video games and movies:Meanwhile, New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur released a statement on Wednesday suggesting that the best way to combat gun violence was research into violent media:Video games have long been blamed for violent tendencies. The theory is that viewing and pretending to do violent things somehow rewires a person's emotions and neurology and makes them more likely to…
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Missouri Governor Indicted

Missouri Governor Indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) was indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge, the Kansas City Star reports. “The charges stem from a 2015 affair and allegations that he threatened to release a nude photograph of the woman, taken while she was blindfolded and her hands were bound, if she ever spoke publicly about the affair.” Full Story
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Nashville Mayor’s Phone Seized

Nashville Mayor’s Phone Seized “The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it has obtained nude photos of a woman taken on the phone of former Sgt. Rob Forrest, evidence that investigators believe shows Nashville Mayor Megan Barry (D) engaged in an affair with her former bodyguard while he was on duty,” the Tennessean reports. “The photos are referenced in an affidavit in support of a search warrant that Nashville Judge Steve Dozier signed Tuesday seeking access to the contents of Barry’s cellphone… Documents show the TBI obtained a search warrant and took possession of Barry’s phone…
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Hannity says the Mueller indictment vindicates his Uranium One nonsense

Hannity says the Mueller indictment vindicates his Uranium One nonsense Fox News host Sean Hannity has decided that the real takeaway from special counsel Robert Mueller’s February 16 indictment of Russian nationals who allegedly meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign is that it vindicates his conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton was bribed to help the Russian government purchase an American uranium company. The so-called Uranium One scandal was launched in 2015 by a discredited author who was employed by then-Breitbart.com head Steve Bannon and funded by top Trump donors Robert and Rebekah Mercer. The theory…
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Ex-Trump Staffer Rick Gates Fires His Lawyer in Russia Probe

Ex-Trump Staffer Rick Gates Fires His Lawyer in Russia Probe Joshua RobertsFormer Trump campaign official Rick Gates has fired his lawyer, The Daily Beast has learned. And, contrary to recent media reports, Gates is not about to make a deal with the special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources familiar with the matter. CNN and The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that Gates was on the cusp of signing a plea deal with Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s team, and noted that Gates’ lawyer—Tom Green of Sidley Austin—is known for his work negotiating such…
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‘The Simpsons’ Showrunner Fires Back at Ted Cruz Over CPAC Comments

‘The Simpsons’ Showrunner Fires Back at Ted Cruz Over CPAC Comments FOXTed Cruz claims to love The Simpsons. They do not love him back. During an appearance at CPAC on Thursday, The Federalist founder Ben Domenech began his interview with Senator Cruz (R-TX) with a reference from The Simpsons. “Homer points out that guns are for things like protecting your family, hunting delicious animals and making sure that the king of England never shows up to push you around,” Domenech told Cruz, who replied, “All good things.” Read more at The Daily Beast. Full Story
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32 New Charges Filed Against Manafort and Gates

32 New Charges Filed Against Manafort and Gates “New charges were filed Thursday against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner, ratcheting up the legal pressure on them as they prepare for a trial later this year,” the Washington Post reports. “A new indictment has long been expected in special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecution of Manafort and his right-hand man, Rick Gates, on fraud and money laundering charges. Manafort served as President Trump’s campaign chairman from June to August 2016. Gates also served as a top official on Trump’s campaign. The new…
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No Longer a ‘Nation of Immigrants’? US Citizenship and Immigration Services Amends Mission Statement

No Longer a 'Nation of Immigrants'? US Citizenship and Immigration Services Amends Mission Statement Jessica Corbett, staff writerThe U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was sharply criticized Thursday for rewriting its mission statement so it no longer describes the United States as a "nation of immigrants" and now features language that seems more aligned with the policies touted by the Trump administration. Full Story
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Trump blames video games on gun violence, but defends NRA (again)

Trump blames video games on gun violence, but defends NRA (again) (Credit: Getty/Chris Kleponis) President Donald Trump tried to defend the NRA on Thursday, trying to blame everyone but the gun lobby for the epidemic of mass shootings. “We’re going to take action,” Trump told reporters on Thursday. “Today we want to hear from you about how we can improve physical security at our schools, tackle the issue of mental health which is a very big issue, this person that was caught after having killed so many people, 17, and badly injuring so many others……
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Florida school massacre survivors push lawmakers for assault gun ban

Florida school massacre survivors push lawmakers for assault gun ban Dozens of teenaged survivors of the second-deadliest public school shooting in U.S. history marched on Florida's capital on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to ban sales of assault rifles of the sort used to kill 17 students and educators last week. The post Florida school massacre survivors push lawmakers for assault gun ban appeared first on Politicus USA. Full Story
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Watch These Parkland Kids Shred NRA Talking Points: ‘Our Message Is Never Again’

Watch These Parkland Kids Shred NRA Talking Points: 'Our Message Is Never Again' After noting that the NRA is quite shrill today at CPAC because they are terrified of the students who are standing up to them, Katy Tur brought a couple of them on for an extended interview. Watch them. They're passionate, but calm. Rational. Determined. They aren't going to put up with the hysteria, deflection, and shrill screaming from the likes of Dana Loesch and Wayne LaPierre. This is their message: "We want change to happen. We don't want to sit around and…
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Arming teachers to stop gun violence is one of the worst Trump ideas yet

Arming teachers to stop gun violence is one of the worst Trump ideas yet (Credit: Getty/gradyreese) On Wednesday, President Donald Trump endorsed one of the worst ideas to prevent school shootings: Arming teachers. “If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly,” Trump said at a “listening session” with survivors of the recent attack in Parkland, Florida. Every time the country’s attention turns to the problem of gun violence, critics of gun control turn to this idea. It never makes any sense. Here are a few…
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Far-Right Constitution Party Makes Its CPAC Debut

Far-Right Constitution Party Makes Its CPAC Debut Making its CPAC debut this year is the Constitution Party, which was originally organized in 1992 by right-wing activist Howard Phillips as the U.S. Taxpayers Party. Flyers being handed out at the group’s booth declare that it is the party of integrity, liberty and prosperity. According to the party, more than 75 of its candidates collectively earned over 1.3 million votes in 2016, and it was the first time the group’s presidential candidate got more than 200,000 votes. The Constitution Party’s materials say that the party is needed because…
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Trump Proposes a Ratings System for Movies

Trump Proposes a Ratings System for Movies President Trump suggested violent entertainment is to blame for mass shootings in the United States, the Daily Beast reports. His solution: “You see these movies, they’re so violent. And yet a kid is able to see the movie if sex isn’t involved, but killing is involved. And maybe they have to put a rating system for that. You get into a whole very complicated, very big deal but the fact is that you are having movies come out that are so violent with the killing and everything else…
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Dana Loesch Claims She Needed Guns At CNN Town Hall Because Audience Wanted To ‘Burn Her’

Dana Loesch Claims She Needed Guns At CNN Town Hall Because Audience Wanted To 'Burn Her' NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch on Thursday accused the mainstream media of "loving" to making money off of mass shootings and "crying mothers." Speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference, Loesch noted that she had participated in a CNN town hall after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead. "Many in the legacy media love mass shootings," she charged. "White crying mothers are ratings gold." "I call B.S.," Loesch added, mocking a line from Parkland shooting…
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Stoneman Douglas survivors call out Trump for blaming school shootings on video games

Stoneman Douglas survivors call out Trump for blaming school shootings on video games KATY TUR (HOST): So, John, I'm going to start with you. When you hear that from the president, what is your reaction? What do you think?  JOHN BARNITT (MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT): Well, first off, when he's talking about video games and how it's shaping the youths' minds, we can't go blaming school shootings and mass shootings on a video game. That's just for fun, and to make that comparison through playing a game, through real life action, that's just despicable…
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Teachers: We’ll Quit Before Trump Gets Us to Carry Guns

Teachers: We’ll Quit Before Trump Gets Us to Carry Guns Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIn the last 24 hours, President Donald Trump has offered a series of proposals to prevent against another school shooting like the one that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Florida last week. None have been as audacious as his idea to arm teachers so that they can respond to a gun-toting intruder in real time. The president has suggested that roughly 20 percent of teachers be able to carry a concealed weapon in the classroom. Those teachers would be…
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Oprah responds to Trump’s “hate-tweet”

Oprah responds to Trump’s “hate-tweet” Oprah Winfrey; Donald Trump (Credit: Getty/Rich Polk/AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Oprah Winfrey addressed President Donald Trump’s tweet where he called her “very insecure” Sunday with Ellen DeGeneres. On Thursday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the host asked Winfrey what her thoughts were about the president’s biting words. “I woke up and I just thought,” Winfrey said, as she raised her arms up in confusion, her expression baffled, “I don’t like giving negativity power, so I just thought, ‘What?'” Trump’s tweet came after Winfrey hosted a segment on “60 Minutes” where she invited Michigan voters in…
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Ted Cruz Declares That The GOP Is ‘Happily The Party Of Homer’ Simpson

Ted Cruz Declares That The GOP Is ‘Happily The Party Of Homer’ Simpson Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off his appearance at CPAC today by declaring that, when it comes to protecting gun rights, the Republican Party is proudly the party of Homer Simpson. Conservative commentator Ben Domenech said that the current debate over gun rights was aptly summed up by an episode of “The Simpsons” in which Lisa asserted that the Second Amendment is “just a remnant from revolutionary days [and] has no meaning today,” while Homer insisted that the Constitution guarantees him a right…
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Rauner Drinks Chocolate Milk for Diversity

Rauner Drinks Chocolate Milk for Diversity “In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity,” the Chicago Tribune reports. Said Rauner: “It’s really, really good. Diversity!” Full Story
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Rauner Drinks Chocolate Milk for Diversity

Rauner Drinks Chocolate Milk for Diversity “In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity,” the Chicago Tribune reports. Said Rauner: “It’s really, really good. Diversity!” Full Story
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Official Focused on Election Security Being Shoved Aside

Official Focused on Election Security Being Shoved Aside “The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being removed from his post by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the White House,” Reuters reports. “Matthew Masterson, currently chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, has been passed over for a second four-year term as one of the agency’s four commissioners… It is up the House speaker to recommend a nominee for the commissioner post that Masterson currently holds, with the president then…
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Alex Jones: “Fake women that weren’t even real that said Trump raped them” were “made up” by the media

Alex Jones: "Fake women that weren't even real that said Trump raped them" were "made up" by the media ALEX JONES (HOST): And then [George] Soros is in the news, saying, "Shut down all nationalist speech, period." It's not just ban somebody pointing out that a Muslim runs over people or pointing this or that out with mass Stockholm syndrome. You're not supposed to talk about it. He just says ban it all. See, once they ban the KKK or the Nazis, then they ban being nationalist. Then they ban saying "mother" or "father." This is beyond authoritarian. It is a total cult…
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Fox’s Chris Wallace calls arming teachers and putting more guns in schools a commonsense solution to school shootings

Fox's Chris Wallace calls arming teachers and putting more guns in schools a commonsense solution to school shootings HARRIS FAULKNER (HOST): Chris, I don't know if you could hear my initial remarks on all of this. Five-oh. Fifty minutes from this president. This is a hallmark for him now. This is how he's choosing to take on some of our nation's toughest issues as they happen in discussions like this. Effective?  CHRIS WALLACE (HOST OF FOX NEWS SUNDAY): I think -- well, more important than effective, I think it has been terrifically productive in the sense that -- having covered a…
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BREAKING: It’s time for Lithwick’s crowd to go!

BREAKING: It's time for Lithwick's crowd to go! THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018Decades of self-dealing: We will assume that Dahlia Lithweick is a perfectly decent person in her private life. In our view, most people are.That said, we're forced to agree with the assessment she launched this morning at Slate: According to Lithwick, a bunch of teenaged high school kids are better advocates than she and her useless, privileged crowd of establishment pundits have been.Lithwick's generation of liberal pundits has been a careful, ear-to-the-ground gang of careerist losers. Luckily, kids who are 17 years old aren't…
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5 places Republicans have no problems banning guns

5 places Republicans have no problems banning guns (Credit: AP/Alex Brandon) After every mass shooting, a portion of this country insists the real problem is that there aren’t enough guns. The group that pushes this absurd lie includes Republican politicians, many of whom fear that admitting otherwise would drive away NRA donor funds. There’s been a lot of recent discussion about how GOP legislators do nothing in response to gun massacres, but a 2016 Harvard Business School study proves that’s not quite true. In states with overwhelmingly Republican legislative bodies, after mass shootings, “the number of laws passed to loosen…
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5 places Republicans have no problems banning guns

5 places Republicans have no problems banning guns (Credit: AP/Alex Brandon) After every mass shooting, a portion of this country insists the real problem is that there aren’t enough guns. The group that pushes this absurd lie includes Republican politicians, many of whom fear that admitting otherwise would drive away NRA donor funds. There’s been a lot of recent discussion about how GOP legislators do nothing in response to gun massacres, but a 2016 Harvard Business School study proves that’s not quite true. In states with overwhelmingly Republican legislative bodies, after mass shootings, “the number of laws passed to loosen…
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Brendan Fraser’s #MeToo moment

Brendan Fraser’s #MeToo moment Brendan Fraser (Credit: AP/Evan Agostini) A famous performer with a string of blockbuster hits and an iconic physique recedes from the public eye. Then, via a string of smaller character roles and a revealing magazine interview, the details emerge. Divorce. The duties of parenting a special needs child. Aging. Sexual harassment and possible retribution for complaining about it. It’s a familiar Hollywood story. It just usually isn’t one involving a male star. In a candid and affecting new GQ profile by Zach Baron with the frank title “What Ever Happened to…
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Brendan Fraser’s #MeToo moment

Brendan Fraser’s #MeToo moment Brendan Fraser (Credit: AP/Evan Agostini) A famous performer with a string of blockbuster hits and an iconic physique recedes from the public eye. Then, via a string of smaller character roles and a revealing magazine interview, the details emerge. Divorce. The duties of parenting a special needs child. Aging. Sexual harassment and possible retribution for complaining about it. It’s a familiar Hollywood story. It just usually isn’t one involving a male star. In a candid and affecting new GQ profile by Zach Baron with the frank title “What Ever Happened to…
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Conspiracy theorists come after Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg

Conspiracy theorists come after Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg Students Kelsey Friend and David Hogg recount their stories about the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (Credit: Getty/Mark Wilson) Right-wing opponents of gun control, not satisfied with merely thwarting popular gun regulations through the NRA, have taken to lying about a survivor of the Parkland school shooting who has come forward to support firearm regulation. David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been accused of being a “crisis actor” rather than a legitimate victim and of being part of an FBI conspiracy…
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Trump: ‘Maybe They Have to Put a Rating System’ on Movies

Trump: ‘Maybe They Have to Put a Rating System’ on Movies Leah MillisDuring a meeting Thursday with state lawmakers, President Trump suggested violent entertainment is to blame for mass shootings in the United States. His proposed solution? A ratings system for movies.At first, during the conversation about ways to prevent further massacres like the one that claimed 17 lives last week in Florida, the president connected video games to gun violence.Read more at The Daily Beast. Full Story
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Trump Has Led to More Law School Applicants

Trump Has Led to More Law School Applicants Above the Law: “We’ve known for a while that more people are taking the LSAT — we’re talking a double-digit increase. But exactly why has largely remained a source of speculation and anecdotal reports that the surprising results of the 2016 election were motivating people to go to law school. Now we have the hard data to support that hypothesis.” “Kaplan Test Prep conducted a survey of over 500 pre-law students and the results confirm the suspicions of many in the industry: the Trump Bump is real. Thirty-two…
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Mueller Knows How to Keep a Secret

Mueller Knows How to Keep a Secret BuzzFeed News: “More than nine months into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — the most-watched, most-speculated-about criminal probe in recent history — his office continues to unveil new criminal charges that catch the press, the public, and the political world off guard.” “Prosecutors are bound by confidentiality and ethics rules not to disclose information about pending criminal investigations, and grand jurors and court employees involved in grand jury proceedings are barred from talking about their work. It’s common for criminal charges to come as a surprise. But Mueller’s…
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Tucker Carlson promotes another social media platform full of bigotry

Tucker Carlson promotes another social media platform full of bigotry Last night on his Fox News show, Tucker Carlson hosted Bill Ottman, co-founder of a social media network you might have not heard of -- Minds.com. Carlson helped Ottman push the right-wing narrative that tech companies are censoring “free speech,” without noting the racist, anti-Semitic, and misogynistic content found on Ottman’s site. From the February 21 edition of Fox’s Tonight with Tucker Carlson: Carlson opened the segment declaring that tech companies are “a far bigger threat to your civil liberties than the federal government ever…
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The NCAA Says Student-Athletes Shouldn’t Be Paid Because the 13th Amendment Allows Unpaid Prison Labor

The NCAA Says Student-Athletes Shouldn’t Be Paid Because the 13th Amendment Allows Unpaid Prison Labor In the United States, college athletes — particularly those who compete at some of the largest football and basketball programs — generate not millions but billions of dollars for universities, brands, and television networks. In 2015, the top programs made a combined $9.1 billion. The NCAA, for its part, just signed an $8.8 billion dollar deal with CBS to air March Madness, the college basketball championship tournament. College sports is a business – a very lucrative business. That very obvious…
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Unwitting Russia victim badgered by CNN: To what end?

Unwitting Russia victim badgered by CNN: To what end? (Credit: YouTube/CNN) The media’s unrelenting zeal to find Trump supporters who unwittingly engaged with Russian bots means that badgering older women in front of their homes is now considered professional news gathering. Welcome to an average day in 2018. In an uncomfortable exchange, CNN correspondent Drew Griffin tracked down a woman named Florine Gruen Goldfarb on the lawn of her suburban home in Florida to question whether she knew she had apparently made contact with Russians through a Facebook page she used to run called “Team…
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Texas Sen. Carlos Uresti, Accused of Groping, Convicted in Federal Fraud Trial

Texas Sen. Carlos Uresti, Accused of Groping, Convicted in Federal Fraud Trial AP/REX/ShutterstockTexas State Sen. Carlos Uresti—who stands publicly accused of sexually harassing multiple women—was found guilty Thursday on multiple federal fraud charges.Over four weeks, the lawmaker was painted by prosecutors as a man desperate for money, who lured investors into supporting frac sand company FourWinds Logistics, which eventually fell apart over a combination of lies and debt, according to several local news outlets. Prosecutors argued that Uresti callously “groomed” nearly $900,000 out of a grieving mother and former client by using his sexual relationship…
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The NRA’s new talking point about background checks is bullshit

The NRA’s new talking point about background checks is bullshit 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. Three different times during a 24 hour period, NRA leadership bemoaned that states are not required to submit disqualifying records into the background check…
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Betsy DeVos is Helping Puerto Rico Re-Imagine Its Public School System. That Has People Deeply Worried.

Betsy DeVos is Helping Puerto Rico Re-Imagine Its Public School System. That Has People Deeply Worried. Puerto Rico, in the midst of the chaos and instability following Hurricane Maria, is moving quickly forward with plans to institute a wide swath of education reforms, with the help of the aggressively ideological federal education department, helmed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Puerto Rico’s governor and education secretary have expressed openness to the concerns raised by parents, teachers and community members, and stress they are not looking to implement an extreme version of privatization. Yet at the same…
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The FCC announces the last days of net neutrality

The FCC announces the last days of net neutrality Demonstrators rally in support of net neutrality outside a Verizon store (Credit: AP/Mary Altaffer)) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made it official: On April 23, 2018, the net neutrality measures imposed by President Barack Obama will be no more. The FCC established that date as the terminal one for net neutrality by publishing its order to the Federal Register on Thursday. Dozens of state attorneys general are now expected to join private net neutrality advocacy groups to file lawsuits against the order, which its publication in…
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Bernie Sanders blames Hillary Clinton for not stopping Russian election meddling

Bernie Sanders blames Hillary Clinton for not stopping Russian election meddling Bernie Sanders (Credit: Getty/Alex Wong) Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking heat from liberals after suggesting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign could have done more to prevent or thwart Russian interference in the 2016 election. “I did not know that Russian bots were promoting my campaign,” the Vermont independent told a Vermont Public Radio station Wednesday. “I would say that the real question to be asked is: What was the Clinton campaign [doing about Russian interference] — they had more information about this than we had”…
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While Democrats Call for Gun Control at Home, They Push Deadly Arms Deals Abroad

While Democrats Call for Gun Control at Home, They Push Deadly Arms Deals Abroad In the aftermath of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead, many Democrats in Congress are once again calling for gun control, as they have for decades. But all too often, this concern for the unchecked spread of weapons ends at America’s shores. Last week, top Democratic senators, such as Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), expressed outrage over the lack of action by Congress to stop gun violence in America. However these same senators voted against an…
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Trump Just Attacked Parkland Victims By Calling The NRA Good People

Trump Just Attacked Parkland Victims By Calling The NRA Good People Trump painted the victims and survivors of the Stoneman Douglas shooting as the bad guys on the gun issue by calling the NRA patriots and good people. Video: Trump refuses to confront the #NRA while calling them good people and patriots. #parkland pic.twitter.com/fpUzrGhFFM — Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 22, 2018 Trump said, “But I’ll […] The post Trump Just Attacked Parkland Victims By Calling The NRA Good People appeared first on Politicus USA. Full Story
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Trump’s cheat sheet for meeting with shooting survivors: “I hear you”

Trump’s cheat sheet for meeting with shooting survivors: “I hear you” Donald Trump holds his notes while hosting a listening session with students survivors of mass shootings at the White House, February 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Getty/Chip Somodevilla) In the wake of the tragic school shooting that left 17 dead last week in Parkland, Florida, President Donald Trump invited students, teachers and parents affected by gun violence to the White House for a “listening session.” The emotional, and at times tear-filled, conversation was quickly overshadowed when a photograph of the president holding hand-written talking points on official White House stationary…
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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre instructs CPAC to “be frightened” of “socialist wave” following Parkland

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Former Parkland Student: I Interned for Senator Rubio. Now I’m Begging Him to Act on Guns

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Rep. Ted Deutsch: 'You Bet' I Want To Ban Assault Weapons At last night's CNN Town Hall, Jake Tapper introduced Gabriel Edenbaum. "He hid in a closet until the SWAT team arrived. Gabriel has a question," he said. "Why can a 19-year-old with mental health issues and other problems walk into a gun store and buy a gun and ammunition, when his mom called the cops on him 39 times?" Edenbaum asked. Rep. Ted Deutsch responded. "First of all, I can't imagine -- I can't imagine how terrifying that must have been for you. and…
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Limbaugh: The Damn Women’s Libbers Shot All Those Kids In Florida

Limbaugh: The Damn Women's Libbers Shot All Those Kids In Florida Conservatives have a lot of scapegoats for the shooting in Parkland, Florida -- inadequate mental health screening, video games, an FBI failure, or maybe they just think the whole thing was a hoax staged by crisis actors. How can Rush Limbaugh distinguish himself from the pack? He showed us how yesterday on his show: he blamed feminism for the shooting. Or, to be precise, a caller (who may or may not have been an actor, if news reports from a few years back are…
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Late Night Hosts Step Up To Provide The Moral Leadership Trump Won’t

Late Night Hosts Step Up To Provide The Moral Leadership Trump Won't This is weird, right? That there's such a moral vacuum at the top in America that light-night comedians feel compelled to step up and fill it? I have to think this makes a difference, though. Maybe some of it is just preaching to the choir, but I have to believe that their voices of common sense are making a difference. Last night, Jimmy Kimmel stood up for the students who walked out of school to protest the should be applauded, and went after…
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Trump says he wants armed teachers in schools, after saying he never said that

Trump says he wants armed teachers in schools, after saying he never said that (Credit: AP/Evan Vucci) On Thursday morning President Donald Trump tweeted that he would be “strongly pushing” legislation that would strengthen firearm background checks, raise the age limit to buy a long gun and ban the sale of bump stock modifications. I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope! — Donald…
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Separate Is Still Unequal

Separate Is Still Unequal For many Americans, segregation is a concept of the past, the term conjuring up powerful images of the Little Rock Nine integrating into an all-white school and of the removal of the signs designating drinking fountains and bus stops as “colored” or “white.” But it is naive to believe that a single Supreme Court ruling ended inequality in the U.S. education system. Located only a few blocks apart, P.S. 199 on West 70th Street and P.S. 191 on West 61st Street in Manhattan represent the seemingly perpetual problem facing the nation:…
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Behind Janus: Documents Reveal 15-Year Conspiracy to Kill Public-Sector Unions

Behind Janus: Documents Reveal 15-Year Conspiracy to Kill Public-Sector Unions THE ROMAN GOD JANUS WAS KNOWN FOR HAVING TWO FACES. It is a fitting name for the U.S. Supreme Court case scheduled for oral arguments February 26, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31, that could deal a devastating blow to public-sector unions and workers nationwide. In the past decade, a small group of people working for deep-pocketed corporate interests, conservative think tanks and right-wing foundations have bankrolled a series of lawsuits to end what they call “forced unionization.” They say they fight in the name…
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