As Hard as It Tries, Illinois Can’t Move On From Its Native American Mascot – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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National Rifle Assn: Summary | OpenSecrets

The National Rifle Association goes to great lengths (and spends a huge sum of money) to defend the right to bear arms. It is opposed to virtually every form of gun regulation, including restrictions on owning assault weapons, retention of databases of gun purchases, background checks on purchasers at gun shows and changes in the registration of firearms.

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Bess Kalb, a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live! has thrown a fresh spotlight on NRA’s political spending this week, responding to lawmakers who are offering “thoughts” and “prayers” to the victims of Wednesday’s February 14, 2018 shooting in Florida, with tweets showing how much members of Congress have benefited from the group’s political spending.

Sen. Joni Ernst- Please join me in praying for the students, faculty, and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as their loved ones. Let us also show our gratitude to the courageous first responders.

Bess Kalb -$3,124,273 from the NRA

The NRA’s use of independent spending — on ads, mailers and emails — to mobilize voters has made it “one of the most powerful political organizations in America,” said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and author of 2011 book, Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.

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In Venezuela, they were teachers and doctors. To buy food, they became prostitutes. From miamiherald.com

As in much of the world the women of Venezuela have been more significantly impacted by the economic decline and proverty of the once oil rich country. There’s no doubt that the countries financial woes has affected the populations different ethnic classes in different ways to different degrees but women still face the majority of the challenges. Without any solutions being offered by the government nor the Venezuelian billionaire class as well as international humanitarian aid these educated women are left without a choice but to subject themselves to the trauma associated with prostitution. While these women are choosing this lifestyle is this really much different from sex trafficking.

At a squat, concrete brothel on the muddy banks of the Arauca River, Gabriel Sánchez rattled off the previous jobs of the women who now sell their bodies at his establishment for $25 an hour.

“We’ve got lots of teachers, some doctors, many professional women and one petroleum engineer,” he yelled over the din

of vallenato music. “All of them showed up with their degrees in hand.”

And all of them came from Venezuela.

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Grandmother of slain Sacramento man calls for police changes

Grandmother of slain Sacramento man calls for police changes:

The question that America needs to answer is, would deadly force have been used chasing a white male in a white neighborhood. The question is at the heart of the institutional racism people of color and of the African Diaspora but especially black men experience in America. It seems that the same aspects that made black males so valued when enslaved are the same things that white society fears about black males today. Their strength, stamina, and ability to procreate to name just three. So to the above question, history has already demonstrated by the fact that the mass murderes from Charleston and Parkland were captured without using deadly force that the answer is no.

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