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Gun control groups take out powerful ad in the New York Times naming NRA-funded politicians

Students protest for gun control outside the White House on February 19, 2018.Image: CQ-Roll Call, Inc./getty images The New York Times has “all the news that’s fit to the print” — and all the ad spreads too.  Gun control groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense joined forces and purchased a two-page ad in the New York Times on Wednesday, listing the name of every politician in Congress who has received money from the NRA as well as their phone numbers.  .@Everytown and @MomsDemand placed…

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Florida Teachers Pension Fund Invested in Maker of School Massacre Gun

As Florida teachers grieve over the mass shooting that left 17 students and colleagues dead last week, some of them may be surprised to learn they’ve been helping fund the firearms industry—including the company that made the gun used that bloody Wednesday.  A state pension plan for Florida teachers held 41,129 shares in American Outdoor Brands Co. valued at more than a half-million dollars, according to a Dec. 31 securities filing listing the plan’s Students evacuating Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. 2017 annual report. The fund had a $528,000 holding in…

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Trump offers a big thumbs up to school shooting victims instead of gun control

Trump flashes a thumbs up before boarding Marine One, destined for Florida where he will meet with victims and first responders after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.Image: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images On Friday, President Donald Trump visited Parkland, Florida in the wake of a school shooting in a high school that left 17 people dead. But Trump has faced criticism over the way he carried himself during that visit. After an awkward meeting with first responders, the president and first lady Melania Trump stood together for a friendly photo op,…

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Mueller Deflates Trump’s Claim That Russia Meddling Was Hoax

Donald Trump has insisted for more than a year that Russians didn’t try to get him elected. Special Counsel Robert Mueller put an end to those claims on Friday, declaring definitively that they did. A federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and a so-called “troll farm” in St. Petersburg on Friday for a broad campaign to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor. The indictment alleges that the operation was funded to the tune of $1.25 million a month by companies controlled by a Russian businessman close to the…

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Trump shows gun control hypocrisy in wake of latest school shooting

PARKLAND, FL – FEBRUARY 15: Kristi Gilroy (R), hugs a young woman at a police check point near the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed by a gunman yesterday, on February 15, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested the suspect after a short manhunt, and have identified him as 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz.Image: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Displaying a cognitive dissonance that’s become common with him, President Donald Trump on Thursday made a reference to the alleged mental instability of the young man accused of the…

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Trump tweets argument that he’s been ‘victimized’ by Obama administration

(CNN)President Donald Trump is promoting a conservative argument that he’s been “victimized” by the Obama administration through its allegedly flawed application for a surveillance warrant on a former campaign foreign policy adviser. The Nunes memo accuses the Russia probe of being infused with anti-Trump bias under the Obama administration and supported by the dossier. The memo alleges that Steele harbored anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations that were not included in the FISA application, and that senior Justice Department officials knew about Steele’s anti-Trump bias. Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2018/02/10/politics/trump-obama-administration-steele-dossier-tweet/index.html

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Trump says Democratic intelligence memo is ‘very political’ and needs redaction

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted a brief explanation for why he rejected the request to declassify a Democratic memo from the House Intelligence Committee. “However, given the public interest in transparency in these unprecedented circumstances, the President has directed that Justice Department personnel be available to give technical assistance to the Committee, should the Committee wish to revise the February 5th Memorandum to mitigate the risks identified by the Department,” McGahn wrote. Schiff’s memo rebuts allegations in another memo from the committee’s Republicans that accuses the FBI suppressing…

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John McDonnell says nationalising services would cost nothing

Shadow chancellor says Labours public ownership agenda is an economic necessity John McDonnell says nationalising services would cost nothing Shadow chancellor says Labours public ownership agenda is an economic necessity Sat 10 Feb 2018 07.35EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close

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Rand Paul is right

(CNN)When Rand Paul took control of the Senate floor just before 6 p.m. Eastern, virtually every one of his Republican colleagues grimaced. Five years ago, they would have cheered him. The simple fact is that Republicans in the Obama era defined themselves primarily as committed to reducing government spending and shrinking the nation’s debt. The ur-document of that age was Paul Ryan’s budget, in which he proudly touted the need to confront entitlement spending and make the hard cuts necessary to keep the country solvent for the foreseeable future. “Our…

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Trump tells Pentagon to plan a military parade

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has asked for a military parade and the Pentagon is reviewing potential dates, Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers said Tuesday. The Washington Post first reported Trump told top Pentagon brass last month he wants a military parade. “The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” a military official told the paper. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.” Trump’s meeting with senior military leaders last month included Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief of staff John Kelly,…

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Two Freemasons’ lodges operating secretly at Westminster

Exclusive: Lodges for MPs and journalists are so covert even lobby reporters do not know members Two Freemasons’ lodges operating secretly at Westminster Exclusive: Lodges for MPs and journalists are so covert even lobby reporters do not know members Sun 4 Feb 2018 09.00EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), the governing body for Freemasons in England and Wales, said there was no contradiction between the practice of journalism and membership of Freemasonry….

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Rep. Schiff: Steele dossier’s political motivation disclosed in FISA application

Washington (CNN)A central pillar of Rep. Devin Nunes’ memo alleging wrongdoing by the FBI — that the government did not disclose the political bias of a source when seeking a surveillance warrant — is unfounded, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff told reporters Friday. Schiff disputed the GOP memo’s assertion as “not accurate,” saying the court was aware that there was a “likely political motivation” behind the Steele dossier. The California Democrat also said it is normal in FISA applications not to name individuals who may be sources of…

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A Master Strategist: Steve Bannon Has Completed His Yearlong Plan To Become Increasingly Irrelevant Before Eventually Getting Fired

When Steve Bannon joined Donald Trump’s campaign as a key advisor last year, the left was right to be worried. Bannon’s reputation as a master strategist followed him through a stunning electoral upset and all the way into being Trump’s right-hand man in the White House. But today, the full shape of Bannon’s ultimate vision has finally become clear in his moment of triumph: Steve Bannon has just completed his yearlong plan to become increasingly irrelevant before eventually getting himself fired. Machiavelli, meet your star pupil. With the president’s ear,…

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US names Russian oligarchs in ‘Putin list’ but imposes no new sanctions

Washington (CNN)The US has released a sweeping list of prominent Russian business and political figures, in defiance of Moscow and implementing a Congressional law designed to punish Russia for election meddling. The list includes: 114 senior political figures with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including his chief spokesman, Dimitry Peskov, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev. 96 oligarchs with a net worth of $1 billion or more, including the aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and the media and tech magnate…

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The EPA made a surprise move that could protect the world’s largest salmon fishery

(CNN)In a surprise reversal, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it is withdrawing its plan to suspend environmental protections for an area of Alaska that is home to the world’s most valuable wild salmon fishery. A CNN investigation last fall found that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt ordered his staff to reverse the environmental protection within hours after meeting with the CEO of the mining company, Pebble Limited Partnership. Shortly after CNN’s report, more than 40 congressional Democrats wrote a letter expressing “deep concern” about the EPA’s reversal. “I found out from…

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