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Trump Demands Death Penalty for Mass Shooters, Condemns White Supremacy

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In an interesting turn of events, following a deadly weekend of hate-fueled mass shootings, United States President Donald Trump has denounced white supremacy. Just this past weekend, a mass shooter in Dayton, Ohio and one in El Paso Texas has left over forty innocent people dead and dozens more seriously injured. President Trump called the acts “barbaric”.

The president condemned white supremacy as federal investigators are looking into an anti-immigration manifesto which was allegedly written and left behind by the shooter in the El Paso event, Patrick Crusius.

In addition, President Trump said that he had spoken to Attorney General William Barr and is urging the US Department of Justice to instate the death penalty for all hate-crime mass murders.

President Trump said, “Mental illness and hatred pulled the trigger, not the gun”.

Adding, “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacism”.

He also stated that video games “glorifying violence” have become commonplace and must be “substantially reduced”. A sentiment which has been adopted and echoed by the Republican Partry since the 1990s.

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Although President Trump suggested the government devise a “bipartisan solution”, he made no mention of gun regulations and laws. He stated he wants legislation requiring “strong background checks” while providing little details as to what that legislation might look like.

Hours before speaking to the public, from the white house, he released a statement on Twitter that a background check bill might be coupled with a bill to toughen the United State’s immigration policies, an effort which has been a focal point of this administration for some time. He gave no details as to these bills which have drawn heavy reproach from Democratic Party members.

Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told MSNBC, in an interview, “What’s [the] connection between background checks and immigration reform? That we have to keep guns out of the hands of the invading hordes? That’s disgusting. It reminds me of the 1930s in Germany.”

Both of the shooters in the weekend’s incidents in Ohio and Texas were United States citizens. Federal investigators are citing possible anti-immigration bias in the El Paso mass murder.

Since the beginning of his first term as US president, Donald Trump has attempted to marry and promote the building of a wall at the US – Mexico border with a reform of legal immigration restrictions which would prioritize merit over familial ties, which he believes to be gaining momentum.

In El Paso, Texas, where the death toll has officially risen to 22, there was opposition to President Trump’s proposed policies.

Helena Ramirez, a 42-year-old volunteer from San Francisco, who visits El Paso often to work with community groups has said that equating background checks and immigration had no logic according to an Independent Minds article.

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She was quoted as saying, “The president is fomenting hate”. She also stated that she is afraid we may be heading towards a civil war with “all these people stockpiling weapons.”

Mental Health and Racism

However, Ramirez says she agrees with President Trump that we may have a problem with mental health.

The same article also quoted Hillary Chan, a 25-year-old volunteer from Oakland, California, who said that the president’s initiatives “did not make much sense” since it was not an immigrant who shot and killed innocent people in a Texas Walmart, it was “someone with deep-seated racism.”

A lawyer with the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, Texas, Nicolas Palazzo, was quoted as saying, “It’s a false equation trying to tie this to immigration.”

Palazzo also stated that he doubts President Trump will pass any sort of relevant gun reform laws because he believes the National Rifle Association (NRA), a very powerful gun rights advocacy group,  would not allow it. He told Independent Minds that we are seeing policies being drafted by the Republican Party which appear to be “deeply dangerous.”

While the Trump Administration has received much criticism, over the weekend, following a string of mass shootings, President Trump defensively attempted to assure the American people that his administration is dealing with the issue of gun violence.

Trump said, “We have done much more than most administrations. We have done actually a lot. But perhaps more has to be done,” and left it at that.

In the face of an increased frequency of mass shootings, Congress has done little to pass meaningful legislation regarding gun violence during this session due largely to pushback from the Republican-led senate. In this respect, the Republican Party, as a whole, seems unwavering, as is President Trump.

Alex Baldridge is an activist and freelance journalist from the midwestern United States who was inspired to become a writer after watching the development of the Wikileaks story and the persecution of Julian Assange. Alex is especially interested in topics like surveillance, the rise of automation, foreign policy, prison reform, and the legal system.

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Nancy Pelosi Reelected As House Speaker In Narrow Vote

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Nancy Pelosi won another term as Speaker of the House of Representatives on Sunday, after a narrow vote.

80-year-old Pelosi will hold the position for a second consecutive two-year term and fourth overall, having previously been elected in 2007, 2009 and 2019.

Pelosi has served as a US representative from California since 1987. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the only woman in U.S. history to serve as Speaker and, until the inauguration of Kamala Harris as Vice President, is the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history.

As House speaker, Pelosi is second in the presidential line of succession, after the vice president.

During her first speakership, she was instrumental in the passage of many of the Obama administration’s landmark bills, including the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the 2010 Tax Relief Act.

Pelosi lost the speakership in 2011 after the Republican Party won a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections.

She retained her role as leader of the House Democratic Caucus and returned to the role of House minority leader. In the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats regained control of the House.

When the 116th Congress convened on January 3, 2019, Pelosi was again elected speaker, becoming the first former speaker to return to the post since Sam Rayburn in 1955.

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Under Pelosi’s leadership, the House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on December 18, 2019.

Despite supporting the $2000 checks for struggling Americans, Pelosi, along with everyone in congress have provoked anger from citizens who see them as being out of touch with the average people.

The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) estimated in 2009 that Pelosi’s average net worth was $58 million which ranks her 13th among 25 wealthiest members of Congress.

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Roll Call said Pelosi’s earnings are connected to her husband’s heavy investments in stocks that include Apple, Disney, Comcast, and Facebook. Roll Call reported that the Pelosis have $13.46 million in liabilities including mortgages on seven properties.

According to Roll Call, Pelosi and her husband hold properties “worth at least $14.65 million, including a St. Helena vineyard in Napa Valley worth at least $5 million, and commercial real estate in San Francisco”.

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FAA Responds To Numerous Reports Of A UFO Over Hawaii

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The FAA was notified after multiple people reported seeing an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) in the sky over Leeward Oahu on Tuesday evening. Witnesses all over the region called into 911 at around 8:30 p.m.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said that there were no aircraft incidents or accidents in this area at the time of the reports, but multiple witnesses reported seeing a large blue object fall out of the sky and into the ocean.

Some of the witnesses managed to get video or photos of the incident.

Witness Misitina Sape told Hawaii News Now she captured a photo of the object at 8:26 p.m. near Haleakala Avenue in Nanakuli.

Another witness named Moriah said she had never been a believer in UFOs until she saw the object fall from the sky.

“I started calling my husband and them because they were all in the garage. I was like hey. Come look up there. See if you see what I see. They all said yea!” Moriah said.

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They jumped in the car to follow the object and see what it was.

“I don’t know what it was,” she said. “This one was going so fast.”

About three miles down the road, they saw the object fall into the water.

She said that it was larger than a telephone pole but didn’t make any sound when it hit the ground.

“We called 911,” Moriah said, “For have like one cop or somebody for come out and come check em out.

She also says that they saw another light in the sky after the blue object fell into the water. She says that police saw the second light as well.

“My husband went look up and he seen the white one coming,” she said. “The white one was smaller. Was coming in the same direction as the blue one.”

FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor said the agency received a report from police Tuesday night about a possible plane down in the area “but had no aircraft disappear off radars. And no reports of overdue or missing aircraft.”

Earlier this year, the Pentagon announced the formation of a new task force that will be studying UFOs or “Unidentified Flying Objects.”

The formation of this new task force was revealed last year when the Pentagon acknowledged that military pilots were encountering aircraft that might not have been made by humans.

The new task force was officially revealed to the public after the Pentagon released declassified videos that appeared to show government aircraft interacting with UFOs in the sky.

One of the videos, taken from US Navy aircraft, seems to show the pilots chasing a UFO off the east coast of the United States.

Navy pilots reported spotting the objects flying around 30,000 feet in the air at hypersonic speeds and showing no visible engines or exhaust plumes typical of any known aircraft currently on Earth.

The new agency has been called, The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF).

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Mitch McConnell’s House Vandalized Over $2,000 Checks

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had his home vandalized this week, after blocking the vote to increase stimulus payments to $2,000.

Messages like ‘WERES MY MONEY’ and ‘MITCH K1LLS THE POOR.’ were spray-painted on the building.

Police said that they don’t have any suspects.

On Saturday, McConnell released a statement to the Louisville Courier Journal which read: “Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society. My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren’t too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum.”

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In 2015, Time listed McConnell as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. McConnell is the longest-serving U.S. senator for Kentucky in history, and the longest-serving leader of U.S. Senate Republicans in history.

During the Trump administration, Senate Republicans, under McConnell’s leadership, broke records on the number of judicial nominees confirmed. Among those nominees were Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh who were recently confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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McConnell’s critics have called him by a variety of different nicknames, including “Moscow Mitch”, “Cocaine Mitch”, the “Grim Reaper”, “Darth Vader”, “Rich Mitch”, “Nuclear Mitch”, and “Midnight Mitch.” On some occasions, he has even embraced these nicknames, although he was apparently unhappy with the more recent “Moscow Mitch.”

McConnell has a net worth of $35 million dollars, and many Americans feel that he is out of touch. He isn’t the only US politician that was a target for vandalism this week.

 

According to a report from TMZ this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had her house vandalized with a pig’s head and fake blood.

Spray painted in black on the white garage door were the messages “$2K,”  an apparent reference to the $2,000 COVID stimulus checks that have been held up in the U.S. Senate, as well as “CANCEL RENT!” and “WE WANT EVERYTHING!”

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