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    Pope Francis?

    maybe shouldn't be bringing this up here but he seems to be a pretty nice guy..... and pretty progressive.....for a Pope "Pope: Priests lacking mercy shouldn’t hear confession; get desk job"
  2. "House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) yesterday announced that Republicans would be bundling a Planned Parenthood defunding bill in with their Obamacare repeal. Today, Planned Parenthood activists showed up to Ryan’s office with an 87,000 signature petition protesting the efforts to cripple the beloved reproductive healthcare bill. Instead of accepting it, the spineless coward had a team of six security guards remove them from the building.....
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    America's Gun Culture...

    How gun control activists learned from the NRA- ".....the Democratic Party’s recent embrace of gun control proposals — not just in legislatures and Congress, but on the campaign trail itself — hints that the wraith is gone. And those who now advocate for gun safety and control measures say that is because they learned from, and adopted the techniques of, the NRA itself. “Our founding story, I think, definitely looked at the NRA as an organization that has been very effective at what it set out to do,” Ambler said. “We definitely looked at where they had succeeded, but also at where they had failed.” The catalysts, according to those watching the gun debate play out, have been a series of mass shootings that have brought together a coalition of disparate activist groups..... "Over the last eight years or so, what you’ve seen is a movement that has grown in capacity and resources and become more strategic in its policy goals,” said Kristin Goss, a political scientist at Duke University who studies the gun control movement. “More and more groups of people who are affected by gun violence have organized.” Those groups have been buoyed by donors who now help the gun safety movement compete with the NRA financially....
  4. How guns became a part of American culture- "No other developed country embraces firearms the way ours does. The more we argue about them, the more it seems their mystique grows. But just how guns became part of our cultural DNA has been a long journey.........
  5. Gone in a New York Minute: How the Amazon Deal Fell Apart The final blow landed Thursday, when Amazon announced on a blog post that it was backing out "....The New York Times editorial board, meanwhile, called the deal a "bad bargain" for the city: "We won't know for 10 years whether the promised 25,000 jobs will materialize," it said. Anti-Amazon rallies were planned for the next week. Protesters stormed a New York Amazon bookstore on the day after Thanksgiving and then went to a rally on the steps of a courthouse near the site of the new headquarters in the pouring rain. Some held cardboard boxes with Amazon's smile logo turned upside down. They had a long list of grievances: the deal was done secretively; Amazon, one of the world's most valuable companies, didn't need nearly $3 billion in tax incentives; rising rents could push people out of the neighborhood; and the company was opposed to unionization......
  6. The Hill‏Verified account @thehill 8m8 minutes ago Protests planned across US on Presidents Day over Trump's national emergency declaration for wall
  7. Mark Harris‏Verified account @MarkHarrisNYC 7h7 hours ago National Emergency, Day 1. A nation holds its breath in terror. Will we survive this?
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    America's Gun Culture...

    The Hill‏Verified account @thehill 8m8 minutes ago Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand campaigns in Keene, NH: "We don't pass gun reform in this country because of the NRA. But it's not about the Second Amendment or hunter's rights. Let me be really clear: It's about the gun manufacturers that fund the NRA that want to sell more weapons."
  9. Laurence Tribe‏Verified account @tribelaw 9h9 hours ago The argument that Dems strengthened Trump’s legal hand has it backwards. By appropriating $1.375 for a fence and specifying NO MORE WALL, Congress made it crystal clear that Trump is DEFYING its will, not implementing it.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Susan Glasser‏Verified account @sbg1 45m45 minutes ago Noted by many here in Munich as one of the most awkward, and telling, moments. Worth noting a number of GOP members of Congress were there and also did not applaud. =================================== Aaron Rupar‏Verified account @atrupar 1h1 hour ago OMG -- Pence was visibly shook in Poland when he received absolutely no reaction to what was clearly supposed to be an applause line about how "the time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal."
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    Pope Francis?

    Newsweek‏Verified account @Newsweek 47m47 minutes ago Washington D.C. Former Archbishop, Theodore McCarrick expelled from Catholic priesthood due to abuse .....The church has faced questions over its handling of the allegations, with critics claiming it ignored and covered up the alleged crimes. A letter obtained by the Catholic News Agency and CNN appears to show that the Holy See knew about abuse allegations levelled against McCarrick several months before he was appointed to be cardinal in 2001. ......
  12. 7 Questions We Would Have Asked Donald Trump At His Canceled Press Conference- President-elect Donald Trump promised a press conference Thursday to clarify the role he would have with his international business entanglements after he becomes president. He canceled. The transition team said Monday that Trump is delaying his "announcement" until January. Later that night, Trump took to his favorite medium to go around the filter — Twitter — and made some news about his plans: It’s been 140 days since Donald Trump’s last press conference. In the meantime, he’s tweeted 1,461 times. Why does this matter?Unlike other ways of getting messages out, press conferences hold public officials more accountable to the American people because they have to answer questions in an uncontrolled environment.....
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    Awards season 2018-2019

    A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN, nominated for the 91st Academy Awards for Best Documentary Short "In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York's Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism -- an event largely forgotten from U.S. history. A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN, made entirely from archival footage filmed that night, transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in the United States. " Directed by Marshall Curry For more about the rally: Age-restricted video (based on Community Guidelines)
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    Trump vs. the Press/Media

    CNN, MSNBC to air ad on American Nazis film, "A Night at the Garden" CNN and MSNBC have both decided to air a commercial for a film about American Nazis, The Washington Post reported Friday. The ad, which is for the short film “A Night at the Garden,” will air during CNN's “The Situation Room” and MSNBC's “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Monday, according to the Post. The film is nominated for an Academy Award and shows footage from a 1939 Nazi rally in New York. “We decided to dig deep and pay for television ads we weren’t planning to buy because we wanted to make the point that Fox News is out of the mainstream,” the movie’s director, Marshall Curry, told the newspaper. “It says something that some news channels trust their audience to interpret American history while Fox distrusts its audience and doesn’t think it can do that.”......... The film examines the 1939 rally held by the Bund, an American Nazi Party which attracted 20,000 supporters to Madison Square Garden on Feb. 20, 1939. The filmmakers say it is intended as a warning about the current political climate. They said they explicitly sought out airtime on Fox to reach supporters of President Trump. “The point of the spot is less about rallying people who are already worried [about demagoguery] than reaching people who don’t realize how dangerous this tactic is,” Curry told The Post....... Age-restricted video (based on Community Guidelines)
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    Trump & International politics

    Pence Arrives at Munich Conference With Allies Questioning U.S. Leadership Munich Security Conference signals concerns about Trump Stage set for appearance with Chinese, Russian officials "....Vice President Mike Pence arrived at Europe’s big annual security conference on Friday, determined to push back against a common perception that the U.S. has vacated its role as leader of the free world. Pence joined a large bipartisan U.S. delegation at the Munich Security Conference where he will face an unusually high-level Chinese contingent as well as Russian push back over the U.S. decision to suspend involvement in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty. U.S. allies who see the Trump administration itself as a problem to manage will be as big a challenge as the Russian and Chinese delegations..
  16. Donald Trump’s Phone Conversation With the Leader of Pakistan Was Reckless and Bizarre- "...the relationship between India and Pakistan, South Asia’s nuclear-armed nemeses. Any world leader approaching the issue even obliquely must surely see the “Handle With Care” label from miles away, given the possibility of nuclear conflict. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, however, doesn’t seem to have read the memo,... -Electing a president who doesn’t know what he’s doing carries real consequences.
  17. Haiti protests: Police clash with demonstrators demanding president quits over corruption claims Reports suggest up to four dead after several days of unrest in cities across Caribbean nation ============================================ Abby Martin‏Verified account @AbbyMartin 19h19 hours ago In the most impoverished country in the Western hemisphere, Haitians have been protesting for days demanding the ouster of their president, oddly absent from Western media hyperfocused on Venezuela -uuuuuuuhh............No OIL?
  18. Oaxaca Residents Plead for Water and Food After Mexican Earthquake Kills More Than 90 People
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    The Evolution of #MeToo

    After Ryan Adams allegations, will music industry finally face a #MeToo reckoning? “I don’t know why it took so long to get here, but I think more is very likely to come out," one veteran music journalist said. ..........."These record labels are finally waking up to the idea that it's not good business to be in proverbial bed with alleged serial abusers and sexual harassers," said Lola Ogunnaike, a culture critic and People TV anchor. "I also think the industry, unfortunately, is driven by the bottom line and the M-word: money, not morality." Sony Music, a leading recording company, cut ties with R. Kelly after a six-part Lifetime documentary series brought renewed attention to his alleged pattern of sexual, emotional and physical abuse. Lady Gaga and Chance the Rapper apologized for collaborating with him. The singer has vehemently denied the allegations. The release of Adams’ new album was reportedly canceled after The New York Times reported that seven women, including his ex-wife Mandy Moore, have accused him of emotional and verbal abuse that was in some cases tied to sexual overtures..... The history of American popular music is littered with examples of "male artists preying on women and young girls," Ogunnaike said, referring to a dynamic that was often glamorized in lyrics during rock's pinnacle in the 1960s and 1970s. The longstanding gender inequities of the music industry also “help support and hide bad behavior,”......
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    Trump & International politics

    Iran rejects 'laughable' anti-Semitism allegations by Pence Tehran dismisses accusations by US Vice President, saying it 'supports Jews' but is 'against Zionists'. ......"Iran's historic and cultural record of coexistence and respect for divine religions, particularly Judaism, is recorded in reliable historic documents of various nations," Qasemi said, according to the Iranian foreign ministry's website. He added that the principle underlying Tehran's foreign policy was "the aggressive and occupying nature of the Zionist regime [Israel] ... which is a killing machine against the Palestinian people".......
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    2020 Election

    Trump’s Base Isn’t Enough - - "......This year’s results do serve as a warning to Trump in one important sense, however: His base alone will not be enough to win a second term. Throughout the stretch run of the 2018 midterm campaign, Trump and Republicans highlighted highly charged partisan issues, from the Central American migrant caravan to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. And Republican voters did indeed turn out in very high numbers: GOP candidates for the House received more than 50 million votes, more than the roughly 45 million they got in 2010. But it wasn’t enough, or even close to enough. Problem No. 1 is that Republicans lost among swing voters: Independent voters went for Democrats by a 12-point margin, and voters who voted for a third-party candidate in 2016 went to Democrats by 13 points. Trump and Republicans also have Problem No. 2, however: Their base is smaller than the Democratic one. This isn’t quite as much of a disadvantage as it might seem; the Democratic base is less cohesive and therefore harder to govern. Democratic voters are sometimes less likely to turn out, although that wasn’t a problem this year. And because Republican voters are concentrated in rural, agrarian states, the GOP has a big advantage in the Senate.1 Nonetheless, it does mean that Republicans can’t win the presidency by turning out their base alone, a strategy that sometimes is available to Democrats.......
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    Illinois mass shooting- breaking CNN

    NPR‏Verified account @NPR 1h1 hour ago The 45-year-old gunman who killed five people and wounded five police officers in Aurora, Ill., began shooting after learning he was being fired. He was not legally allowed to own a gun, police say.
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    Bruno Ganz dies at 77

    Criterion Collection‏Verified account @Criterion 9h9 hours ago Goodnight, Bruno Ganz, an actor whose empathy on-screen was always palpable & whose presence in such films as WINGS OF DESIRE will always live on in our hearts.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Facts Do Matter‏ @WilDonnelly 4h4 hours ago He tried to steal his brother and sister's inheritance He stole millions from the government through tax fraud He stole millions from Americans with a fake University He stole from his charity Of course he is going to try to steal from the military, He's a conman and a thief! ======================================== - THE COMMANDER OF THIEVES

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