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NRA defends grant to Parkland shooting suspect’s rifle team, lashes out at critics

NRA defends grant to Parkland shooting suspect’s rifle team, lashes out at critics

On Friday, the Associated Press reported that the NRA had donated over $10,000 in equipment to a four-person marksmanship team at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The small team included Nikolas
Kids auctioning off AR-15 rifle following latest mass shooting

Kids auctioning off AR-15 rifle following latest mass shooting

A third grade baseball team is the latest to raffle off an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, just days after the very same weapon killed 17 people in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.
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

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),
Following mass shooting, some Republicans begin to buck NRA

Following mass shooting, some Republicans begin to buck NRA

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
Senator who weakened background checks says they are all we need

Senator who weakened background checks says they are all we need

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) defended the current lax gun laws that make it easy to buy semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 used in the horrific Parkland school shooting and a large number of previous
Trump falsely claims he never said Russia did not meddle

Trump falsely claims he never said Russia did not meddle

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
Trump ties Florida massacre to the FBI’s Russia investigation

Trump ties Florida massacre to the FBI’s Russia investigation

President Donald Trump suggested that the FBI failed to stop the horrific Parkland, Florida school shooting because it was “spending too much time” investigating Russia’s involvement in his narrow
Trump puts public school safety and trauma counseling funding on the chopping block

Trump puts public school safety and trauma counseling funding on the chopping block

With school mass shootings on the rise across the country, the Trump administration is proposing major funding cuts for violence prevention and recovery assistance programs at public schools. Funds
Trump spokesperson defends Russia, blames election interference on the mainstream media

Trump spokesperson defends Russia, blames election interference on the mainstream media

Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley claimed during an appearance on Fox News on Saturday that Democratic politicians and the mainstream press have done more to interfere in the electoral
Serious questions are mounting about Jared Kushner’s security clearance

Serious questions are mounting about Jared Kushner’s security clearance

Serious questions are swirling around Jared Kushner’s security clearance — which is still pending more than a year after he entered the White House, even as Kushner reportedly requests more
Parkland massacre survivor issues powerful call to action to hold politicians accountable

Parkland massacre survivor issues powerful call to action to hold politicians accountable

The school shootings won’t stop. Hundreds of students will die in the coming decades at the hands of men who have easy access to guns and who have grown up in an age where violence is glorified in
The GOP downplays policy solutions to prevent school shootings. Here’s one idea.

The GOP downplays policy solutions to prevent school shootings. Here’s one idea.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) plans to introduce a bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21. Under this proposed legislation, it would make it more difficult to purchase
Trump’s national security adviser says the evidence of Russian election interference is irrefutable

Trump’s national security adviser says the evidence of Russian election interference is irrefutable

President Trump’s national security adviser acknowledged on Saturday that the evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is irrefutable — after more than a year of Trump
The NRA donated $10,000 to help train the Parkland shooting suspect to use a rifle

The NRA donated $10,000 to help train the Parkland shooting suspect to use a rifle

Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who charged with murdering 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, honed his marksmanship skills in a school program supported by the NRA. Cruz was, according to the
Mueller is still investigating Trump’s campaign for possible collusion

Mueller is still investigating Trump’s campaign for possible collusion

A major indictment released Friday by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused 13 individuals and three Russian companies of “interference operations targeting the United States.” The
Mueller’s indictment demolishes Trump’s narrative that Russian interference was a hoax

Mueller’s indictment demolishes Trump’s narrative that Russian interference was a hoax

Over the past year, President Trump has repeatedly denied Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He has ignored the joint assessment of his own intelligence community and instead took the
The misleading claims Republicans are already using to downplay the Mueller indictment

The misleading claims Republicans are already using to downplay the Mueller indictment

Republicans are working quickly to downplay Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictment, which was released on Friday and which focuses on 13 Russians accused of attempting to sway the 2016
Before Adam Rippon, there was Rudy Galindo

Before Adam Rippon, there was Rudy Galindo

As the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games progress, one face is arguably stealing more attention than many others: 28-year-old Adam Rippon, one of the first openly gay athletes to represent the
Steve Scalise’s terrible answer to a good question about an assault weapons ban

Steve Scalise’s terrible answer to a good question about an assault weapons ban

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) dismissed legislative gun control efforts, and argued that more guns will help prevent gun violence, during an interview on Thursday’s edition of Laura Ingraham’s Fox News
The 3 most important words Rosenstein said about the Mueller indictment

The 3 most important words Rosenstein said about the Mueller indictment

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 individuals and a trio of Russian companies for “interference operations targeting the United States,” which was handed down Friday afternoon, does