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Retiring lawmakers warn GOP move to Trump will drive away women, minorities, youth

Retiring lawmakers warn GOP move to Trump will drive away women, minorities, youth

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Four Congressional Republicans who are not seeking re-election this November appeared together on Face the Nation on Sunday to discuss the state of the nation. Three of them — Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) — each sharply criticized their own party’s move toward President Donald Trump. Ros-Lehtinen warned that the GOP’s policies in the Trump era are alienating women and minorities, especially the administration’s “schizophrenic” approach to immigration policy. “When you look at the future of the Republican Party, I think that we would be foolish to not see that we’re heading into trouble,” she observed, noting that women are becoming Democrats and outreach to minorities has be
Adam Schiff Delivered The Perfect Put Down To Trump Latest Russia Vindication Claim

Adam Schiff Delivered The Perfect Put Down To Trump Latest Russia Vindication Claim

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) responded to Trump’s claim that he has been vindicated by the Russia indictments by saying that this president claims vindication anytime someone sneezes. Video: Boom! Slam! Down goes Trump's "Russia vindication" thanks to #AdamSchiff. pic.twitter.com/AZqymuQ3RU — Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 18, 2018 Transcript of Schiff on CNN’s State Of The […] The post Adam Schiff Delivered The Perfect Put Down To Trump Latest Russia Vindication Claim appeared first on Politicus USA.
How the Republicans stole the Second Amendment

How the Republicans stole the Second Amendment

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Republicans stole the Second Amendment. Over the course of 30 years, the right waged a war on political, legal, and academic fronts to redefine that amendment, contrary to history, text, and precedent, as creating an individual right to bear arms. Of course, none of those efforts, nor their aggregate effect, would have been enough to accomplish the right’s aims without a far-right ideologue on the Supreme Court, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, to codify them.  The right’s misappropriation of the Second Amendment ranks among the most stunning legal feats in U.S. history. 
Parkland Students Hammer Trump For Making Mass Shooting About The FBI And Russia

Parkland Students Hammer Trump For Making Mass Shooting About The FBI And Russia

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Parkland students who survived the mass shooting at their high school are shredding Donald Trump for using their tragedy to attack the FBI for the Russia investigation. Trump tweeted: Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too […] The post Parkland Students Hammer Trump For Making Mass Shooting About The FBI And Russia appeared first on Politicus USA.
Senator who weakened background checks says they are all we need

Senator who weakened background checks says they are all we need

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Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) defended the current lax gun laws that make it easy to buy assault rifles like the AR-15 used in the horrific Parkland school shooting and a large number of previous mass murders, urging only better background checks. But his own actions have repeatedly undermined the background check process. When asked by Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, whether it should be harder to purchase an AR-15, Lankford said he did not. “I think what should be is difficult for any person with any kind of criminal background history, domestic violence, or mental illness regardless, I don’t care whether they’re being a .22 pistol or a AR-15, we have good, clear, strong background checks on each person.” Watch: A surprised Todd responded, “we
Following mass shooting, some Republicans begin to buck NRA

Following mass shooting, some Republicans begin to buck NRA

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Days after one of the most deadly school shootings in U.S. history, there are some signs that the National Rifle Association’s stranglehold on the Republican party may be loosening slightly. Ohio Governor John Kasich (R), who touted an ‘A’ NRA rating during his unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign, called for “commonsense gun control” and questioned the need for semi-automatic weapons during an appearance on CNN Sunday morning. Former Rep. David Jolly, a Republican from Florida who ran with the NRA’s support and longtime GOP donor Al Hoffman Jr. have also echoed those calls. On CNN Sunday morning, Kasich said he asked a gun-collector friend of his if his Second Amendment rights would be eroded if he couldn’t buy a “god darn AR-15.” &
Desperate Trump Claims That GOP Investigations Of Him Are A Russian Conspiracy

Desperate Trump Claims That GOP Investigations Of Him Are A Russian Conspiracy

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Trump claimed that by investigating him, the members of his own party in Congress are helping the Russians. Trump tweeted: If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They […] The post Desperate Trump Claims That GOP Investigations Of Him Are A Russian Conspiracy appeared first on Politicus USA.
Thoughts and prayers are not doing a damn thing

Thoughts and prayers are not doing a damn thing

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The headlines read, “17 killed in mass shooting at high school.” It doesn’t matter which community this happened in: it is a national disgrace. This does not happen in any other country in the world with the regularity that it happens here in America. We are No. 1 in school shootings. Of all the things we could lead the world in, it is the taking of innocent lives. Seven weeks into 2018 and this is the eighth time (at the time of this writing) there has been a school shooting with fatalities. Immediately after this most recent shooting at a Florida high school, arguments were made that we need to arm the teachers. Great idea—let’s put the kids in the crossfire. The answer to gun violence is not more damn guns. The problem is not mental illness, nor is it the firearm itself. The problem is
Trump falsely claims he never said Russia did not meddle

Trump falsely claims he never said Russia did not meddle

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals on charges of meddling in the 2016 election with phony social media posts and other tactics.  Donald Trump claimed on Sunday that he never said Russia had not interfered in the election — but he repeatedly did say that. I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said “it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer.” The Russian “hoax” was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia – it never did! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 But he has repeatedly indicated that he believes Putin’s denials of Russian interference and dismissed reports of meddling as “fake news”