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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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Lil Uzi Vert Has $24 Million Diamond Installed In His Head

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The rapper Lil Uzi Vert has recently had a $24 million diamond surgically installed into his forehead. The rapper has reportedly been saving for the strange body modification for the past three years.

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He told reporters that the diamond costs more than his home and all of his cars put together. Oddly enough, the diamond could cost more than his entire net worth, which has been estimated at no higher than $16 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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Lil Uzi gained initial recognition following the release of the commercial mixtape Luv Is Rage in 2015, which led to a recording contract with Atlantic Records.

The rapper attracted mainstream attention following the release of his debut single “Money Longer” in 2016. After releasing two additional mixtapes in 2016 and 2017, including one in collaboration with Gucci Mane, Lil Uzi Vert was featured on the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping Migos’ single “Bad and Boujee”. He later secured his first top ten single with “XO Tour Llif3”, which won the MTV Video Music Award for Song of Summer.

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At the 2018 Grammy Awards, Lil Uzi Vert was nominated for Best New Artist. His second studio album, Eternal Atake was among the most anticipated albums in 2o20 and peaked at number one on the Billboard 200.

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Some fans noticed that the diamond seemed to be loose and off-center, but Uzi clarified that it is only like that temporarily because there is still swelling in the area.

“It’s in the middle. I just got a long bar in it because I just got it pierced. When the swelling go down I’ll get a short bar so it won’t move. Y’all keep talking about it off because I got a long bar in it so it can move ’cause of the swelling. When it go down, it gonna be right though,” he said in the video below.

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Photos Show Epstein Cuddling With Young Girl On Private Jet

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New photos that were recently obtained by journalists at The Daily Mail show Jeffrey Epstein cuddling with a sleeping young girl. The photos are said to have been taken on Epstein’s notorious private jet. The late billionaire pedophile reportedly took the girl to Disney World and was returning home with her when the photos were taken.

The most disturbing image shows Epstein sitting in his airplane with the young girl laying on top of his lap. Other photos showed the group’s trip to Disney World, where Epstein, the young girl, and others were seen posing with Disney characters like “Piglet” from “Winnie The Pooh.”

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The young girl in the photos has not been identified, and it is not clear if she was one of Epstein’s victims, but the images certainly paint an ugly picture.

The Disney trip reportedly took place in 2004, which was a few years before he was first arrested. However, many victims say that his abusive behavior goes back far earlier than 2004.

Epstein’s associate and one-time girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell is also believed to have been on the trip, although she does not appear in any of the photos. Some of the faces on the photos are blurred out.

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A source who was on the trip said, “It was a fun day. We ate in a restaurant with two of Jeffrey’s friends who he met there. Jeffrey however did not eat lunch. I hardly ever saw him eat at a restaurant. Food always had to be prepared by a personal chef.”

The source also said that Epstein and his entourage had full VIP access to the theme park and never had to wait in any lines.

“We were given a VIP tour of the park and someone was escorting us around from ride to ride. The group never had to be in line for a ride or a rollercoaster, we went to the front of the line each time,” the source told the Mail.

The source also claimed that the photo was innocent, despite how bad it looks in the context of what we now know about Epstein.

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“It had been a long day and the girl just fell asleep in his arms. The picture is terrifying based upon what we know now but it was entirely innocent,” the source said.

Epstein reportedly flew about ten other people to Disney World for the Trip, including Ghislaine Maxwell, his personal assistant Sarah Kellen and Slovakian model Nadia Marcinkova.

New details about Epstein’s crimes and his associates are expected to be revealed during the upcoming criminal trial against Ghislaine Maxwell. Epstein and Maxwell were connected with major players on both sides of the political spectrum who have a lot to lose if Maxwell discusses their involvement with Epstein’s criminal network. With how many people that Epstein was connected to there is no telling what can be revealed in the upcoming trial.

Epstein allegedly died in his jail cell on August 10, 2019. The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. Epstein’s lawyers have disputed the ruling, and there has been significant public skepticism about the true cause of his death.

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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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