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UPDATE: Florida GOP staffer fired after accusing Parkland students of being ‘crisis actors’ who travel to shootings

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 - 5:28pm

Republicans are ramping up attacks on survivors of the Parkland school massacre who have asked for new gun control laws. [Updated: Aide Benjamin Kelly has been fired — see tweet below] Journalist Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times reports on Twitter that he received an e-mail from Benjamin Kell...

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Two men plead not guilty in deadly Oakland, California, warehouse fire: report

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 - 5:22pm

Two men pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of involuntary manslaughter in a deadly 2016 Oakland, California, warehouse fire where 36 people died at an illegal dance party, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The men, Derrick Almena and Max Harris, former residents of the Oakland Ghost Ship w...

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FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 - 4:55pm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules, two sources briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The formal publication in the Federal Register, a government website, means state attorneys genera...

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WATCH: Fox News’ Shep Smith calls out Sarah Sanders for lying about Russian collusion during frantic press conference

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 - 4:47pm

Just moments after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders concluded an attenuated press briefing, Fox News’ Shep Smith immediately called her out for promoting a falsehood when discussing Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Sanders was asked about the President’s tweet ...

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Age limit for buying AR-15 assault rifle ‘on the table’: White House

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 - 4:30pm

The White House said on Tuesday setting an age limit for buying AR-15-type assault rifles, the type purchased legally by a teenager who shot dead 17 people at a Florida high school last week, was under consideration. “I think that’s certainly something that’s on the table for us to...

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White House says Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner can do job without security clearance

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 - 4:29pm

U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, can continue in his role as a senior White House adviser even if he does not obtain a security clearance, the White House said on Tuesday. Kushner has been operating under a temporary clearance for the past year while the Federal Bureau ...

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WATCH: Woman who destroyed her gun after Florida school shooting says it made gun nuts flip out

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 - 4:21pm

In the wake of the Florida shooting, Amanda Meyer decided she didn’t want to have a gun anymore. So Meyer destroyed her semi-automatic Sig Sauer pistol in a video posted to Facebook, and then handed it over to police. “The only way that I can know for sure that this gun will never hurt a...

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Trump directs AG Sessions to prepare memo on ban on gun modifications like bump stocks

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 - 4:13pm

In an address Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump stated that he has issued a memorandum to the Justice Department asking the Attorney General to ban bump stocks for rifles. According to the president, he has asked the Justice Department to propose regulations to “ban all devices that turn leg...

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‘Sanders couldn’t fake empathy if she tried’: White House blasted for statement on Parkland massacre victims

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 - 4:01pm

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who cancelled last week’s scheduled press conference following the Parkland shooting massacre in Florida, received harsh criticism online for the callowness of her statements. “Here at the White House the victims and families have const...

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Sarah Sanders melts down trying to defend Trump’s tweets blaming Russia probe for Parkland shooting

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 - 3:49pm

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders clashed with ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl on Tuesday. “The president hasn’t said that Russia didn’t meddle. What he’s saying is it didn’t have an impact, and it certainly wasn’t with help...

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I’m a Republican who served under George Bush — and it is time to ban assault weapons

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 - 12:18am

I’m a Republican who served under Bush and Whitman: Let’s ban AR-15s | Opinion By Alan J. Steinberg I need not dwell on the catastrophe of the Parkland, Florida mass murder last week. Such killings have become the new normal in America. In five of the six deadliest mass shootings of...

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California’s cannabis growers are still staying in the shadows

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 - 12:15am

California’s cannabis growers stay in the shadows More than a month after California’s regulation of marijuana began, only a small number of the tens of thousands of cannabis businesses have joined the system — threatening the state’s shift to a regulated market and the promise of ...

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The American public has power over the gun business – why doesn’t it use it?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 - 12:09am

As teenagers in Parkland, Florida, dressed for the funerals of their friends – the latest victims of a mass shooting in the U.S. – weary outrage poured forth on social media and in op-eds across the country. Once again, survivors, victims’ families and critics of U.S. gun laws demanded action to add...

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‘This is not a man who wants to die in prison’: Don Lemon panel predicts Manafort now poised to flip on Trump

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 - 11:52pm

As part of a CNN panel discussing the sketchy financial dealings of associates of President Donald Trump that may be under investigation by the FBI, talk turned to the biggest fish caught so far: former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Reacting to news that Manafort associate Richard Gates has ...

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Conservative critics of ‘Black Panther’ are sending an ugly message to black America

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 - 11:13pm

Conservative critics of “Black Panther” are sending the worst message possible to black America My first attempt to see the new Marvel movie “Black Panther” was Saturday morning at 9:45 a.m. Surprisingly, at least to me in that moment, both that time slot and the following showing were sold out....

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Chelsea Handler tweeted a hilariously vulgar response to Donald Trump’s President’s Day call for ‘reflection’

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 - 11:11pm

Chelsea Handler tweeted a vulgar response to Donald Trump’s President’s Day “reflection” Days after blaming the Republicans Party for the mass shooting in Florida that left 17 dead and calling President Donald Trump “mentally disturbed” on Twitter, comedian Chelsea Handler tripled down by calling Tr...

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Trump endorses Mitt Romney in run for US Senate seat in Utah

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 - 11:07pm

President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, despite Romney often being critical of Trump. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Romney excoriated Trump as a “fraud” who was “playing the ...

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‘Why doesn’t he just shut up?’: CNN’s Setmayer launches epic rant on Trump for tweeting like an ‘insecure lunatic’

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 - 10:58pm

Conservative CNN commentator Tara Setmayer went ballistic on President Donald Trump on Monday over his inability to refrain from tweeting about the Florida tragedy — among other things — while the country is still reeling from the high school shooting in Parkland that left seventeen dead...

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MSNBC’s Maddow shames Trump White House aides for admitting Florida massacre was an ‘awesome relief’

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 - 10:14pm

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow blasted the Donald Trump White House on Monday for believing that the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland was a reprieve for the embattled administration. “The Washington Post has a stomach-churning story on the front-page of the web...

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‘There are kids that are dead’: Parkland survivors rip Trump aide who called shooting a ‘reprieve’ from White House drama

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 - 9:36pm

Two of the survivors of the horrific shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school seemed stunned and then hit back at a Trump aide who reportedly said White House staffers were happy for the “reprieve” the massacre gave them from having to put out White House fires created the president ...

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