Author: Nick Wing

Georgia GOP Leader: Scalise Shooting Will Win Us Tuesday’s House Election

THE HUFFINGTON POST A Republican official in Georgia believes his party will win Tuesday’s special election in the state’s 6th Congressional District thanks to last week’s attack on GOP congressmen at a baseball practice in Northern Virginia. “I’ll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us,” Brad Carver, the party chairman in Georgia’s 11th congressional district, said Saturday, according to The Washington Post. Speaking after a get-out-the-vote rally for GOP candidate Karen Handel, Carver suggested that the shooting, carried out by a former volunteer for the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders...

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After 152 Mass Shootings In 2017, It Took An Attack On Congress To Get Our Attention

THE HUFFINGTON POST A gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday morning, wounding at least five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), a Republican staffer and a pair of Capitol Hill police officers. The shooter was reportedly killed during the incident. Apart from the setting ― a tony neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C.― and the high-profile targets, the episode was sadly not all that remarkable. It was the 153rd mass shooting of the year, in just 165 days, according to a tally by the Gun Violence Archive, a not-for-profit organization that tracks shootings across...

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Prisons And Jails Are Forcing Inmates To Pay A Small Fortune Just To See A Doctor

THE HUFFINGTON POST At jails and prisons around the U.S., inmates who seek medical care must pay a fee of a few dollars or more before seeing a doctor, dentist or other health professional. Now, a new report shows how these copays can restrict access to care for incarcerated people who often make just cents for an hour of work ― and nothing at all in some states. A total of 42 states allow for some form of copay for non-emergency, patient-initiated visits with jail or prison medical staff, according to the report that the nonprofit Prison Policy Initiative...

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Thousands Protest Outside White House To ‘Shame’ Trump Over Immigration Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Thousands of protesters flooded into a park across from the White House on Sunday afternoon, carrying colorful signs and chanting slogans against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugee resettlement. The event, organized and shared largely through Facebook, was part of a second day of nationwide protests in response to Trump’s order, which he announced Friday. After gathering near the White House, a portion of the crowd broke into an impromptu march, heading east toward the Capitol. Hundreds of protesters streamed past empty bleachers still standing from Trump’s inauguration parade earlier this month and stopped at the Trump International Hotel, where demonstrators led cheers. “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here,” chanted a crowd from the steps of the hotel. “Hands too small, can’t build a wall.” pic.twitter.com/C6H4r02Jwf — Nick Wing (@nickpwing) January 29, 2017 Trump’s executive order barred all refugees from entering the country for 120 days and suspended the Syrian refugee program indefinitely. The measure also halted the entry of nationals from seven majority-Muslim countries into the U.S. for the next 90 days, restrictions that have led critics to claim the policy is intended to discriminate against Muslims specifically. “We wanted to represent and stand up for what’s right,” said Manar al-Badarneh, a Palestinian-American college student who traveled with her family from Columbia, Maryland, to join the Washington demonstration. “We believe this is wrong. As Muslim Americans, we...

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Jeff Sessions Offers No Straight Answers On How He’ll Handle Legal Marijuana

  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has outlined his stance as a firm opponent of marijuana, but during his confirmation hearing Tuesday, he offered only vague answers about how he might approach the drug should he be confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general. Although Sessions appeared to suggest there wouldn’t be radical changes in federal policy toward weed, he also left the door open for increased federal interference. “I won’t commit to never enforcing federal law,” said Sessions, responding to a question about whether he’d use federal resources to prosecute people using marijuana in accordance with their state laws. “But absolutely it’s a problem of resources for the federal government.” Sessions went on to say that federal guidelines on marijuana enforcement crafted under Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch had been “truly valuable” in determining how to navigate inconsistencies between federal law ― under which marijuana is illegal ― and state laws that have loosened restrictions on the plant. Sessions also noted that if Congress wanted to clear up this confusion, it could pass a law adjusting the legal status of marijuana. Until then, however, he vowed to do his job “in a just and fair way” while judging how to approach marijuana going forward. “It is not so much the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce,” Sessions said. “We should do our job and...

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Senator Says Trump Has ‘Maturity Of A 5-Year-Old’ – Which Makes Nuke Talk Very Scary

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said Thursday that he has little confidence Donald Trump will act rationally on nuclear weapons as commander in chief, in part because he thinks the president-elect behaves like a child. Responding to Trump’s vague tweet Thursday morning stating that he wants to “strengthen and expand” the nuclear capability of the United States, Merkley told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that the apparent escalation of tensions terrified him. “We have an incoming president who has kind of the maturity of a five-year-old, wrapped by a massive ego,” Merkley said. “And to have that just a second away from a nuclear trigger is very, very scary.” Trump’s tweet came just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a similar call to strengthen his nation’s nuclear arsenal. Experts have expressed concerns that this sort of rhetoric could signal a departure from decades of cooperation against nuclear proliferation in the international community. “This is an area where it’s constrained by international agreements, as it should be because of the risk of nuclear weapons,” Merkley said. Although Trump’s tweet left many people worried, it also sparked uncertainty within his own camp, as his surrogates have repeatedly sought to walk back or clarify the president-elect’s position on nukes. On Thursday, Trump’s aides claimed their boss wasn’t actually arguing for building more nuclear weapons ― to which the president-elect reportedly responded Friday that he was fine with doing just...

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We Compared Obama’s Words To Trump’s And The Result Will Make You Sad

GETTY If someone shows you who they really are, believe them. Throughout his life, real estate mogul Donald Trump has given us countless opportunities to take to heart that piece of wisdom, originally imparted by Maya Angelou. He has spent the last 40-plus years in the public eye, developing and crafting his image through actions and words. Along the way, he’s embraced roles as a brash businessman, a playboy and an entertainer, all while offering us a clear window into his psyche. Trump’s exposure has made him both respected and reviled. By now, you probably know his controversial comments about women or Latinos. Some people love him for them. Others despise him. But however you feel about what Trump has said, written or done, there’s no denying that he’s defined his own character ― and it’s something never before seen on the presidential stage. Decency, devotion and grace have been big themes at the Democratic National Convention this week, and it’s no secret why. Democrats believe these are winning qualities, which exemplify key differences between Trump and Hillary Clinton ― or pretty much any other person who has endeavored to occupy the highest office in the nation. Whatever you think of Trump’s fitness for the Oval Office, he has not exactly gone out of his way to convince the public that he would be a caring and thoughtful president fully devoted to the momentous...

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Joe Biden Calls For Assault Weapons Ban, Says Congress Can Do More To Address Gun Violence

President Barack Obama speaks alongside Vice President Joe Biden after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.  SAUL LOEB/GETTY IMAGES Vice President Joe Biden on Friday made an impassioned plea for a renewed assault weapons ban, saying it was just one step Congress could take to reduce the shootings that claim tens of thousands of lives around the U.S. each year. “The President and I agree with you,” Biden wrote in response to a popular White House petition calling for a ban on AR-15 rifles. “Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines should be banned from civilian ownership.” Biden’s remarks come days after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that claimed 49 lives and injured 53 more. The gunman was armed with a Sig Sauer MCX, a semiautomatic assault-style rifle and a cousin of the highly popular AR-15. Biden went on to explain that a bill like the 1994 assault weapons ban, a controversial piece of legislation that expired in 2004, was just one step lawmakers could take to address gun violence. He encouraged Congress to work on strengthening background checks for gun purchases, preventing people on terrorist watch lists from buying firearms, tightening restrictions on domestic abusers, ending the freeze on gun violence research and increasing funding for law enforcement agencies to enforce existing gun laws. “If taking commonsense steps to reduce gun violence...

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