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Guns Have Changed, But Not Gun Laws

I posted the following 30-second video in the comment section on a post, but feel it deserves its own post.

The organization that made the video is States United To Prevent Gun Violence.  Its website says:

“States United to Prevent Gun Violence is a grassroots network of 32 state affiliates working to make our communities and families safer.”

The most recent school shooting has resulted in teens becoming activists.  Maybe a movement titled “Student Lives Matter” (#SLM) should start, since more families can now relate to how guns are used under government sanction to take innocent lives.

 

Federal Grand Jury Indicts 13 Russian Nationals and 3 Russian Entities For Interfering With U.S. elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering with U.S. elections and political processes, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said on Friday. In a court document, the U.S. government said Russian entities began interfering in U.S. political processes, including the 2016 presidential election, as […]

via U.S. grand jury indicts 13 Russian nationals, three entities in alleged election meddling — The Crusader Journal

You can read the indictment at this link.

 

 

 

Parade Idea

EDITORIAL: Will we let a small man take down a good man? — Chicago Sun-Times

They think they’re going to take down Bob Mueller? Have at it. Robert Mueller, the Justice Department special counsel leading an investigation into Russia’s screwing around in last year’s presidential election, signed up to fight in Vietnam. Donald Trump dodged the draft. Bone spurs. EDITORIAL In 1968, Mueller earned a Bronze Star for the courageous…

via EDITORIAL: Will we let a small man take down a good man? — Chicago Sun-Times

Amid tensions over memo, Trump attacks top U.S. law enforcement

The theme or concentration seems to be that Russia helped to have Donald Trump elected as president.  What people are not addressing is WHY.  It is my impression and opinion that the reason for Russia interference in the election is what Trump wants to keep hidden. 

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President Donald Trump addresses the Republican National Committee's winter meeting U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting at the Washington Hilton in Washington, U.S., February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

By Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump attacked the integrity of the FBI and Justice Department on Friday in an extraordinary showdown over the White House’s expected approval for the release of a secret Republican memo alleging FBI bias against him in its Russia probe.

Trump, who has long been angered over the probe, accused the country’s top law enforcement officers – some of whom he appointed himself – of politicizing investigations in favor of Democrats and against his fellow Republicans.

Trump has repeatedly complained about his treatment by federal investigators who are probing possible collusion between his campaign and Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election, and any actions to impede the investigation.

“The top Leadership and Investigators of the…

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U.S. attorney general questioned in special counsel Russia probe

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U.S. Attorney General Sessions testifies before a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington FILE PHOTO: Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice Department on Capitol Hill, November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

By Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned last week by the special counsel’s office investigating potential collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

The interview marked the first time that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office is known to have interviewed a member of Trump’s Cabinet.

The interview with Sessions, who served as an advisor to Trump’s campaign before the president appointed him as the top U.S. law enforcement official, is another serious development in an investigation that has hung like a cloud over Trump’s year-old presidency.

Sessions recused himself from overseeing the Russia probe last March after media outlets reported he had failed to disclose…

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Women’s March draws thousands as Trump term enters second year

Government shuts down as Trump feuds with Democrats

Government Shutdown Looms

As reported by Reuters

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved the stopgap spending measure late on Thursday, but it has been sidetracked in the Senate by a dispute over immigration. The House had planned to recess later on Friday for a weeklong break but members were warned they could be called back for votes.

Democrats have demanded the bill include protections from deportation for 700,000 young undocumented immigrants. Those children, known as “Dreamers,” were brought into the United States as children, largely from Mexico and Central America, and given temporary legal status under a program started by former President Barack Obama. Many have been educated in the United States and know no other country. Read the rest of this entry

A Message To The World To Remember, Lest We Be Hypocrites

Dr. Martin Luther King’s Forgotten Message – The Other America

“least racist” means “racist” but not as racist as others you know.

Just a moment ago, I heard the news play Donald Trump’s statement where he said he’s the “least racist person …”   Mr. Trump, “least racist” means you are “racist” but by your own comparisons, you think others are more racist than yourself.  Other than the Supreme Court of the United States, you hold the highest power in the land.  Racism is defined as person who shows or feels bigotry or prejudice against people of other races, because they believe their particular race is superior to others.

Give such people power and authority over the lives of others, and we have systemic, institutionalized racism.

Mr. Trump, being “least racist” is unacceptable.  You represent a country of people of all races, all genders, all economic statuses. You represent the healthy and the sick; the educated and poorly educated; people of all ages; people in rural and urban communities.  You represent this nation, and your representation is not making America great.  In fact, it has impugned us to the world.  If you think that returning America to the days before the Civil War, or to the days of Jim Crow is making it great, then you might want to remember that it was those very things that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. challenged.  This country made promises and wrote privileges in its constitution.  There is no room for racism. We’ve come too far to turn back now. Read the rest of this entry

Another Truth About Donald Trump 

Trump rejects author’s accusations, calls self ‘stable genius’

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An employee of Book Culture book store unloads copies of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by author Michael Wolff inside the store in New York An employee of Book Culture book store unloads copies of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by author Michael Wolff inside the store in New York, U.S. January 5, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday rejected an author’s accusations that he is mentally unfit for office and said his business career and election victory showed he is “a very stable genius.”

Michael Wolff, who was granted unusually wide access to the White House during much of Trump’s first year, has said in promoting his book that Trump is unfit for the presidency. He told BBC Radio in an interview broadcast on Saturday that his book is creating “the perception and the understanding that will finally end … this presidency.”

Trump battled back in a series of extraordinary morning posts on Twitter, which appeared to catch some in his inner…

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Jones certified U.S. Senate winner despite Moore challenge

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FILE PHOTO: A combination photo shows Democratic Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore FILE PHOTO: A combination photo shows Democratic Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones (L) and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) at their respective election night parties in Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama, U.S., December 12, 2017. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry/Jonathan Bachman/File Photo

(Reuters) – Alabama officials on Thursday certified Democrat Doug Jones the winner of the state’s U.S. Senate race, after a state judge denied a challenge by Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign was derailed by accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.

Jones won the vacant seat by about 22,000 votes, or 1.6 percentage points, election officials said. That made him the first Democrat in a quarter of a century to win a Senate seat in Alabama.

The seat was previously held by Republican Jeff Sessions, who was tapped by U.S. President Donald Trump as attorney general.

A state canvassing board composed of Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, Governor…

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No More Roy Moore: Democrat Doug Jones Wins in Alabama

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In an incredibly close special election for United States Senator from Alabama former Judge Roy Moore lost to former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones.

Moore who lost the election had been credibly accused by multiple women of sexual assault when they were minors had previously been removed twice from his office as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for violations of the U.S. Constitution and rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet Moore, capitalizing on the votes of white Evangelical Christians defeated the very conservative Luther Strange in the Republican primary charged into the special election primed to win the seat of now Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Alabama has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since Hal Heflin was re-elected and retired in 1996. Sessions then won the election to replace Heflin.

Despite everything the mitigated against Moore it seemed that the closing…

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Trump tweets about Russia probe spark warnings from lawmakers

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President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, before his departure back to Washington, U.S., December 2, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

By Roberta Rampton and Karen Freifeld

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A series of tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump about the investigation into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia prompted concerns on Sunday among both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham saying Trump could be wading into “peril” by commenting on the probe.

“I would just say this with the president: There’s an ongoing criminal investigation,” Graham said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”

“You tweet and comment regarding ongoing criminal investigations at your own peril,” he added.

On Sunday morning, Trump wrote on Twitter that he never asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn, the president’s former national…

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Ex-Trump adviser Flynn charged with lying to FBI in Russia probe

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI, according to court documents released on Friday, in an escalation of an investigation into alleged ties to Russia that has cast a cloud over President Donald Trump’s administration.

The Office of the Special Counsel said Flynn was charged with making false statements about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.

The office, which is investigating accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential collusion by Trump’s campaign, said a plea hearing for Flynn had been set for 10:30 a.m. EST (1530 GMT) on Friday.

Flynn was expected to plead guilty. He had turned himself in to the FBI, two federal law enforcement officials told Reuters.

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Flynn, a retired Army general who was fired from his White House post in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about…

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Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ Racial Slur Stuns Families of Navajo War Vets

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Families of Navajo war veterans who were honored at the White House say they were dumbfounded that President Donald Trump used the event to take a political jab at a Massachusetts senator, demeaning their work with an unbreakable code that helped the U.S. win World War II. Trump turned to a nickname…

via Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ jab stuns families of Navajo war vets — Chicago Sun-Times

Watch “Trump is Finished | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ” on YouTube

I hadn’t watched Olbermann since 2008. It’s good to see him break down reasons for why the U.S. President cannot remain in office.

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Air Force didn’t log Texas church gunman conviction in U.S. database

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A recently hung Texas state flag flies near the site of the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland A recently hung Texas state flag flies near the site of the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas, U.S., November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

By Jon Herskovitz and Lisa Maria Garza

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (Reuters) – The man who carried out one of the deadliest U.S. mass shootings was able to buy guns legally from a sporting goods store because a prior domestic violence conviction was never put into an FBI database used in background checks, officials said.

Devin Kelley, the gunman in Sunday’s massacre at a church in rural southeastern Texas, was convicted by court-martial of assaulting his first wife and stepson while serving in the U.S. Air Force in 2012, according to the Pentagon.

Authorities put the death toll at 26, including the unborn child of a pregnant woman who was killed. The attack ranks as the fifth-deadliest by a single gunman in U.S. history.

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