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Ted Cruz: 'Democrats Are the Party of Lisa Simpson'

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:31:06 -0500

... Republicans are happily the party of Homer ... " Cruz said..(image)



Rice 'Justifiably Concerned' Sharing Intel with Trump Administration

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:30:48 -0500

A lawyer for President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, told Congress late Friday that the outgoing administration was fearful of sharing classified intelligence with members of the incoming Trump team, especially Rice's successor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.(image)



Trump Reads Racist Anti-Immigrant Lyrics at CPAC

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:33:00 -0500

President Donald Trump read the lyrics of an anti-immigrant song titled "The Snake" on Friday, reverting to a campaign staple that Trump has used to criticize United States' immigration policy. The song, written by the late singer-songwriter Oscar Brown Jr., tells the story of a woman who takes in a frozen snake she finds on her way to work. After the snake is nursed back to health, it bites the women and kills her. Trump uses the song as an allegory to immigration law, suggesting that immigrants who come to the United States in search of a better life and help may end up hurting the country in the end. He added: "So this is called, this is called 'The Snake' and think of it in terms of immigration. And you may love it or you may say, 'Isn't that terrible.' And if you say, 'Isn't that terrible,' who cares?"(image)



House Intel Committee Releases Democratic Memo

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:31:16 -0500

Democrats on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee defended official investigations into claims of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election in a party memo released on Saturday. The 10-page, partially-redacted document, which was posted to the panel's website, sharply criticized a previously released Republican memo as a "transparent effort to undermine" investigations by the FBI, Justice Department and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The memo defends the FBI's obtaining of warrants to conduct temporary surveillance of Carter Page, an associate of President Donald Trump's election campaign, whom the Democrats say "the FBI assessed to be an agent of the Russian government."(image)



Teachers Say #ArmMeWith Classroom Resources Instead of Guns

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:32:19 -0500

In the wake of yet another tragic school shooting, teachers have started an eye-opening movement on social media to let the world know what preventative measures really need to be taken seriously to protect students. In response to the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Trump suggested that some teachers receive gun training so they can be armed in their classrooms. But rather than adding more guns to educational environments, teachers are using the hashtag #ArmMeWith to share far more peaceful resources they wish to be armed with, such as school supplies, mental health resources and funding, impactful changes in curriculum, and stronger gun control legislation.(image)



Parkland Student: 'We Should Call AR-15s Marco Rubio'

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:33:56 -0500

A Florida high school student who survived last week's mass shooting took to social media on Friday to slam Senator Marco Rubio for accepting donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA). Sarah Chadwick, a junior student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, tweeted a clever jab at Rubio, who reportedly received two donations of $4,950 from the lobbying group during his previous campaigns.(image)



China: America's Easy Gun Sales a Human Rights Problem

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:33:28 -0500

The United States should learn from China and "genuinely" protect human rights by restricting gun ownership, an editorial in a widely read state-run Chinese newspaper said on Friday. "Washington has been pointing an accusing finger at other countries over human rights ... However, more Americans have been killed by gunfire in the country than American soldiers being killed in all U.S. wars," the Global Times said. "Gun ownership in China is strictly regulated, which helps reduce gun-related crimes and deaths. The U.S. should learn from China and genuinely protect human rights," it said.(image)



EPA Chief Says Bible Defends His Environmental Policies

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:31:50 -0500

The Trump administration has used a variety of excuses to legitimize its record-setting rollbacks on environmental protections: calling global warming a hoax, or arguing that the economic consequences of increased regulation would outweigh their benefit. The latest justification? The Bible. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, a media outlet that also seems to double as a propaganda arm of the Trump administration, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said his Christian convictions led him to conclude that America should use gas and coal freely because natural resources exist purely for man's benefit. "The biblical world view with respect to these issues is that we have a responsibility to manage and cultivate, harvest the natural resources that we've been blessed with to truly bless our fellow mankind," Pruitt told CBN's David Brody.(image)



Oldest Known Cave Art: Neanderthal

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:30:36 -0500

A red hand stencil. A series of lines that look like a ladder. A collection of red dots. These images, painted in ocher on the walls of three separate caves in Spain, are the oldest-known examples of cave art ever found. And new research suggests that all three were created not by humans, but by our ancient cousins the Neanderthals. In a paper published Thursday in Science, an international team of archaeologists shows that each of the three paintings was executed at least 64,000 years ago -- more than 20,000 years before the first modern humans arrived in Europe.(image)



Florida Legislature Working Hard on Thoughts and Prayers

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:30:23 -0500

With the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting still looming large, its students in the Capitol to lobby for gun controls, the Florida House overwhelmingly passed a measure Wednesday its sponsor said aimed at bringing "light" to the schools. The bill (HB 839) would require all public schools to post the state motto, "In God We Trust," in a "conspicuous place She spoke directly of the school shooting, and said it's no secret that the state has "gun issues" that must be addressed. "But the real thing that needs to be addressed are issues of the heart," Daniels said.(image)



What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:31:05 -0500

Roberta Gordon never thought she'd still be alive at age 76. She definitely didn't think she'd still be working. But every Saturday, she goes down to the local grocery store and hands out samples, earning $50 a day, because she needs the money. "I'm a working woman again," she told me, in the common room of the senior apartment complex where she now lives, here in California's Inland Empire. Gordon has worked dozens of odd jobs throughout her life -- as a house cleaner, a home health aide, a telemarketer, a librarian, a fundraiser -- but at many times in her life, she didn't have a steady job that paid into Social Security. She didn't receive a pension. And she definitely wasn't making enough to put aside money for retirement.(image)



Judge Traded Dismissals for Explicit Photos

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:22:37 -0500

A former Arkansas judge was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison for dismissing minor criminal cases in exchange for nude photographs or sexual favors from male defendants. O. Joseph Boeckmann, a former district court judge in Cross County, pleaded guilty in October to wire fraud and witness tampering. He admitted on Wednesday that the seven-year-long scheme defrauded cities and counties of money and property they should have received as fines or fees from the people whose cases were fraudulently dismissed.(image)



3 More Deputies On Scene Did Not Enter School

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:31:11 -0500

When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff's deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.(image)



The AR-15 Inflicts Devastatingly Different Wounds

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:33:25 -0500

As I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled. The history simply read "gunshot wound." I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation for 13 years, and have diagnosed thousands of handgun injuries to the brain, lung, liver, spleen, bowel, and other vital organs. I thought that I knew all that I needed to know about gunshot wounds, but the specific pattern of injury on my computer screen was one that I had seen only once before. In a typical handgun injury that I diagnose almost daily, a bullet leaves a laceration through an organ like the liver. To a radiologist, it appears as a linear, thin, grey bullet track through the organ. There may be bleeding and some bullet fragments.(image)