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Beto O’Rourke Destroys Trump’s Border Wall Lies | NowThis

Watch Beto O’Rourke set the record straight on what really makes America safe. Spoiler: It’s not walls.
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President Trump believes a border wall will save lives, but politician and former candidate for senator in Texas Beto O’Rourke is refuting that assessment on border security. In this recent Beto O’Rourke interview, Beto O’Rourke explains that Donald Trump and the White House are wrong in the border wall debate and though President Trump declares state of emergency, a wall will not make us safer. Beto and Trump are on opposite sides of the United States border wall debate. Beto O’Rourke and Trump recently held opposing rallies in El Paso Texas on the same night. Immigration was an issue in both the Beto O’Rourke speech and Trump’s. Trump has been desperate for border wall funding and is going to extreme lengths to make border wall progress. Beto O’Rourke lost to Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections, but Beto O’Rourke 2020 might be around the corner.

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Trump Workshopping to Psychologically Devastate Opponents

On Tuesday morning, Bernie Sanders announced his intention to run for president in 2020, bringing the number of Democratic contenders to at least a dozen, with even more waiting in the wings. At a time

No One Applauded For Trump At The Munich Security Conference | NowThis

Watch VP Mike Pence bring greetings from President Trump to this international conference and receive nothing from the crowd. » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe A message from President Donald Trump got no applause from the

Chuck Schumer Challenges Mitch McConnell on Climate Change | NowThis

Sen. Chuck Schumer issued a rare public challenge on the Senate floor to the GOP leader: admit for the first time that 1) climate change is real, 2) it’s caused by humans and, 3) Congress needs to act.
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In the latest news from Washington DC and the Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer has thrown down the gauntlet for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on climate change and global warming. Senator Schumer wants Senator McConnell to make three admissions about climate change: 1) that it’s real, 2) climate change is man made and 3) Congress needs to act on climate change. President Donald Trump has doubts about climate change despite the overwhelming scientific proof. The Republican party has largely been falling in line behind the president’s way of thinking. Recently Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has introduced the Green New Deal, which would be a comprehensive legislative solution to climate change aimed at providing jobs and creating a green future. Many 2020 election candidates have said they like the idea of the Green New Deal.

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How Trump Could Screw Over Federal Contractors Again | Opinions | NowThis

Senators Tina Smith and Chris Van Hollen aren’t letting Trump wiggle his way out of giving federal contractors back pay from the government shutdown.
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The battle of the President Donald Trump government shutdown 2019 is not over. Senator Tina Smith and Senator Chris Van Hollen are introducing legislation to make sure that President Donald Trump and the Trump administration doesn’t screw over federal contractors who are deserving of back pay from the government shutdown. The president of the united states and the White House have yet to pay these government workers back for the work they did during the shutdown.

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Trump Adviser Grilled Over Cover Up of Latin America Massacre | NowThis

Trump adviser Elliott Abrams helped cover up U.S. involvement in the El Mozote Massacre, the largest mass killing in modern Latin American history, and Rep. llhan Omar isn’t letting him forget it.
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In US news, Ilhan Omar grilled Donald Trump adviser Elliott Abrams over his past cover-up of the U.S.-backed El Mozote Massacre of nearly 1,000 people in El Salvador.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN): Whether under your watch a genocide will take place and you will look the other way, because American interests were being upheld is a fair question because the American people want to know anytime we engage a country, that we think about what our actions can be and how we believe our values are being furthered.

In 1981, nearly 1,000 people were murdered in the El Mozote massacre by the Atlacatl Battalion who were trained and supported by the U.S. Under the Reagan admin, Elliott Abrams distorted facts human rights abuses by the U.S.

Omar: On February 8, 1982, you testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about U.S. policy in El Salvador. In that hearing, you dismissed, as communist propaganda report, about the massacre of El Mozote in which more than 800 civilians, including children as young as 2 years old, were brutally murdered by U.S. troops. During that massacre, some of those troops bragged about raping a 12-year-old girl, girls, before they killed them. You later said U.S. policy in El Salvador was a fabulous achievement. Yes or no, do you still think so?

Elliott Abrams, Special envoy to Venezuela: From the day that President Duarte was elected in a free election, to this day, El Salvador has been a democracy. That’s a fabulous achievement.

Omar: Yes or no, do you think that massacre was a fabulous achievement that happened under our watch?

Abrams: That is a ridiculous question.

Omar: Yes or no?

Abrams: No.

Omar: I will take that as yes.

Abrams: I will not respond to that sort of personal attack which is not a question.

Omar: Yes or no, would you support an armed faction within Venezuela that engages in war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide, if you believe they were serving U.S. interest as you did in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.

Abrams: I am not going to respond to that. I am not sure if this entire line of questioning is meant to be real questions, and so I will not reply.

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Living Room Town Hall LIVE Q&A with Kirsten Gillibrand | NowThis

An intimate Q&A with presidential candidate and U.S. senator from New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is being held in a living room in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a critical early primary state. The event is hosted by Progress Iowa and is streaming exclusive on NowThis.
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How Butterflies Are Fighting Trump’s Border Wall | NowThis

This butterfly sanctuary near the U.S.-Mexico border is filing a restraining order against Trump’s wall.
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A butterfly sanctuary filed a restraining order against Trump’s border wall. The National Butterfly Center in Texas filed an order which would keep contractors and federal agents off of its property. The center is located in a small town called Mission in the Rio Grande Valley

‘This land was all set aside for species conservation both plant and animal and that is what they are now destroying for border wall construction. They’ve already begun eliminating the trees and brush on the federal refuse tracks just to the west of us.’ -Marianna Trevino Wright , Executive Director of National Butterfly Center

The order argues that to build the wall would violate the Constitution and would cause ‘irreparable harm’ to the environment.

The wall would make 70% of its 100-acre refuge inaccessible. The National Butterfly Center attracts 35,000 visitors annually and is home to nearly 200 different species of butterflies .

The center has been trying for over a year to stop construction on the barrier. It initially filed the lawsuit on Dec 2017. As of Feb 12, no hearing has been scheduled on the center’s request . The U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to start building the wall in Feb 2019. President Donald Trump famously sparked the longest government shutdown in US history to secure border wall funding.

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Why This Man Served 32 Years in Prison for Weed | NowThis

George Martorano served 32 years in prison for weed — and then opened a CBD cafe in Philadelphia when he got out.
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‘It is said that I once was the longest-serving nonviolent person in the world for cannabis.’

George Martorano was arrested in Philadelphia in 1982 after being caught by the FBI with a truck full of cannabis, what Martorano says was 2,700 pounds of bud. At the advice of his attorney, Martorano pleaded guilty to a litany of drug charges thinking he would only get 10 years in prison. But the judge gave him a life sentence without parole.

‘So I did all the conspiracy [charges] time, but what kept me languishing in prison all those years was the marijuana count—the CCE [Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statute]—which was 10 to life. As a first offender, there’s no way—no way I should have gotten more than 10. But they gave me life, no parole, and over those years, you know, I was sent to all the worst prisons known to man.’ George M.

During his 32 years in prison, much has changed in the U.S. surrounding cannabis and its legality.

‘You’re laying in a cell, you’re looking at 4 walls, and you’re never getting out, and then on your radio—you know, in prison you’re allowed to have a little radio—and you listen to the news, and you just—constantly, things were going on about marijuana states. And you see dispensaries opening up and you’re just sitting there. And many, many wardens have said—used to bump into me and said, this is insane. I mean, one warden said, ‘I just was in Colorado—me and my wife was in Colorado and we went in the dispensary.’ He didn’t say that he purchased anything, but—you just—well, you don’t get angry. You get smarter. George M.

Finally, after 32 appeals in as many years, Martorano was released at the age of 65 under the DOJ’s compassionate release program. Now he’s just opened up the Hip Hemp Cafe, a coffee shop and CBD boutique in downtown Philadelphia.

‘Our theme is that the Hip Hemp Cafe is here to help people. Money is secondary. We’re here to help people. We want to interact with the community, we want to interact with the city’

Getting out of prison in 2015 after 32 years, Martorano said had no clue what CBD was. But he said he learned by going to mothers who were treating their children with CBD.

‘So, that’s the kind of people that gave me my education, because when you look a mother in the eye and she’s talking to you about her child, and how CBDs—CBD oils and THC oils have changed this child’s life for the better, you know, that’s—it was very absorbent to me, and that’s how, basically, I got into the Hip Hemp Cafe and the CBD products.’

The Hip Hemp Cafe sells all kinds of CBD products From lotions and tinctures, to high-CBD hemp flower and pre-rolled hemp joints. The cafe also offers coffee that’s infused with CBD and CBD-infused treats. But Martorano is most excited to educate the community about the benefits of CBD.

‘With CBDs there’s no buzz factor, it’s just relaxation factor. So, you know, you’ve just gotta talk to individuals. There’s so many people hurting—you know, there’s so many people. They’re tired of the pharmaceuticals and they believe in themselves, and they believe they can change. They don’t want to be dependent on something that’s actually gonna hurt them. So that’s what we want to—we want to teach this.’

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Congress Took Action on Gun Violence for The First Time in a Decade | NowThis

The House took action on gun violence for the first time in a decade just hours before the one year anniversary of the Parkland shooting.
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After a decade, Congress has finally taken some action on gun control and gun violence. Since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, many Americans have been calling for stricter gun laws and more gun reform laws. School shootings have become more frequent. A congressional committee has approved a bill that would instate federal universal background checks on all guns in America. Gun rights advocates who believe strongly in the 2nd amendment as well Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association (the NRA) likely won’t be happy about this background check bill. The second amendment offers the right to bear arms, but gun safety and gun regulation is of the utmost importance as well.

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How Manuel Oliver Turned Grief Into Action After Parkland | NowThis

Manuel Oliver has dedicated his life to activism, largely through art, after losing his son one year ago in the Parkland shooting. Here’s what his year of fighting for gun reform has looked like.
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Parkland father Manuel Oliver has dedicated every moment to activism since losing his son Joaquin Oliver in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Here is everything he did since the Parkland shooting on February 14, 2018

February 28, 2018 | Parkland, Florida
This was Manuel Oliver’s message at a candlelit vigil. 2 weeks after the school shooting that killed 17 people, including Oliver’s own teenage son Joaquin, ‘We were lucky enough to have Joaquin share his beautiful life for the past 17 years. Last week, somehow Joaquin stopped being with us… We are going to be Joaquin ‘Guac’ Oliver’s parents forever. And we are going to fight this battle until our last day. Me, Patricia, and any parent here – we, the parents.’

In March 2018, he launched a nonprofit Change the Ref to honor Joaquin and empower young people to create change

March 12, 2018 | Miami, FL
A few weeks later, he painted his first mural of many in an effort to start a conversation to end gun violence in America.

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How This Teen Rebelled Against His Anti-Vaxxer Parents | NowThis

This teen got himself vaccinated once he turned 18 after learning that his anti-vaxxer parents never did.
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18-Year-Old Ethan Lindenberger recently discovered that his parents never got him vaccinated. They are anti vaxxers (anti vaccination) and believed that a vaccine and vaccination might give him autism. Now that he’s 18 and well versed in modern medicine knowing that vaccines are safe, Ethan decided to get vaccinated. Vaccine controversies continue, but this young man took his health into his own hands.

2 years ago, when Ethan Lindenberger was 16, he began to question his parents’ stance on vaccinations. He said his parents believed that certain vaccines could cause autism. This claim is frequently refuted by The World Health Organization.

Lindenberger and his 4 siblings were never vaccinated for diseases like hepatitis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox some of which can be deadly. Lindenberger started doing research and presenting his findings to his parents, but nothing seemed to work.

So in 2018, he turned to Reddit to ask for help. More than 1,000 commenters responded, offering advice and personal stories. Some offered to help Lindenberger navigate the legalities and logistics of vaccination as a teen which are different in every state. In many states, minors can consent to hepatitis B shots without parental approval but must wait until they are 18 for other vaccinations. Lindenberger said he and his parents are on good terms now but it took them awhile to get there.

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Anthony Weiner Will Officially Register as a Sex Offender

The disgraced former congressman has reportedly finished his term in a Massachusetts prison and returned to New York.

Conservative Economist Cuts Through Trump’s Anti Immigrant BS | NowThis

This conservative economist explained how immigrants help raise the wages of all American workers, despite what Trump wants you to believe.
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In the latest US news, former director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and conservative economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin explained to members of Congress how immigrants and immigration helps raise all American wages. Since Donald Trump entered politics he has kept a hard line on illegal immigration and undocumented immigrants. This is based on the Republican party stance that immigrants will drain social security and take away jobs from people already here. This has led to President Trump, the White House and the department of homeland security’s policies on immigration including a desire to build the wall (a border wall) for more border security, ramping up the role of border patrol, and separating immigrant children from their families. But President Donald Trump’s xenophobia is likely based on an economic lie.

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How the Trump Administration Could Hurt Campus Rape Survivors | NowThis

Here’s how Trump administration official Betsy DeVos’ Title IX plan hurts survivors of campus sexual assault, from someone who knows firsthand what this grueling process is like.
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In Trump news, here’s why advocates say Betsy DeVos’ new Title IX plan could hurt survivors. Jess Davidson is the Interim Executive Director of End Rape on Campus, an organization that aims to end sexual violence on campus. After being sexually assaulted in college, Davidson decided to file a Title IX complaint.

Davidson: Had this regulation been enacted during the time when I went through with my case the university wouldn’t have allowed me to move forward. It wouldn’t have counted. … And so I decided to move forward with the complaint so that I could feel safe on campus. But like the majority of students I was sexually assaulted off campus. It was barely off campus by literally just a stone’s throw. But because of an arbitrary line and getting sexually assaulted on the wrong side of the street. Had this regulation been enacted during the time when I went through with my case the university wouldn’t have allowed me to move forward. It wouldn’t have counted.

Under DeVos’ proposed Title IX regulations, colleges would not be held liable unless the incident occurred on campus or involves a student organization.

Davidson: ‘That’s ridiculous because seeing my assaillant in the library it was causing me to have to leave the library to go throw up. It was extremely disruptive to my education. It didn’t matter where I had been sexually assaulted. What mattered was how it was imparting my ability to finish school and to graduate. ‘

Title IX is a civil rights law that bans sex-based discrimination at any educational institution that receives federal funding.

In November 2018, DeVos proposed new regulations that Davidson says would limit a school’s liability, narrow the definition of sexual harassment, allow mediation and cross-examination.

The proposed regulations wont go into effect until a 60-day comment period ends on Jan 30. The Department of Education is required to respond to all comments it believes are substantial and then make a decision.

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Why We Need Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s Green New Deal | Opinions | NowThis

‘The Green New Deal is not just another climate policy…it is a call to redefine politics and establish a new social contract for America.’ — Meet the economic policy that progressives are hoping will shape the nation’s future.
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‘For the first time ever, we have a plan to tackle together some of the most urgent ecological, social, and economic crises of our time — the Green New Deal put forward by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Sunrise Movement, and Justice Democrats.

People have been asking what AOC’s Green New Deal actually is. Here it is:

The Green New Deal calls for achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, guaranteeing everyone a good job, and providing targeted investment in low-income communities and communities of color — that means upgrading every building and mode of transportation in this country and upgrading our entire power grid to achieve maximal energy efficiency.

Leading climate scientists have said that the only historic parallel to the kind of mass mobilization we need to avoid economic and climate disaster is the mass economic the United States underwent to build arms for World War 2 — a mobilization that created the modern American middle class.

That’s why the Green New Deal is not just another climate policy. Like FDR’s New Deal, it is a call to redefine politics and establish a new social contract for America, in line with the economic and ecological realities of the 21st century.

It is one where no matter the color of your skin, where your parents are from, or how much money you make, you are entitled to basic rights: to a good job transforming our country; to clean air, water, and food; and to a stable climate able to sustain human civilization. It is about firmly saying: no one should have to live in fear of losing the people and places they love to a crisis that we have the power to stop.

The original New Deal created the greatest middle class America has ever seen. But many of its promises were deliberately kept away from people of color and women. Today the youngest, most diverse and most female working class deserves a renewed investment that allowed so many Americans to prosper in the 20th century.

The UN’s IPCC report last October by the world’s top climate scientists laid out in stark terms how we have 12 years to transform our economy and society to preserve the stable climate that human civilization depended on for millennia. If we don’t rise to the challenge, the wildfires, hurricanes, and heat waves that claimed thousands of American lives in the past few years will claim millions of lives within our lifetimes.

The science is clear. The solutions are ready, overwhelmingly popular, and would create millions of good jobs. Politicians have a choice: will they find the courage to stand up to the fossil fuel billionaires who bankroll both parties, or will they choose to condemn millions of people to a future without the livable planet human civilization has depended on for milenia?

The Green New Deal is gaining momentum. Hundreds of organizations and politicians have endorsed it. Nearly all the major Democratic presidential contenders in 2020 say they back the idea. Now they all have an opportunity to back up their words by sponsoring this resolution. That’s what any politician who wants to be taken seriously on climate and economic policy will do.

It’s time for a Democratic Party that fights for big solutions that match the scale of our crises: climate change, skyrocketing inequality, and deepening structural racism. Throughout 2019, we’re going to be taking the fight for a Green New Deal to every corner of America. We’re going on a 15-city tour and a 50-state campaign starting in early primary states to build the political and public support for the Green New Deal.

If you’re a Democrat running for president or Congress — we’re calling on you to co-sponsor and support AOC’s Green New Deal.’

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The Juliana Kids Use Legal Action to Fight Against Climate Change | NowThis

‘They said we could never win. And then we started winning.’ These young people from all around the U.S. are taking legal action in the fight against climate change. To learn more about the Juliana kids, as well as Zero Hour and Our Children’s Trust, visit https://go.nowth.is/JoinJuliana.
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Ted Cruz Wants El Chapo to Pay for the Border Wall | NowThis

Ted Cruz is trying to pass a bill that would make El Chapo pay for Trump’s border wall.
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is trying to pass a bill called the EL CHAPO Act. that would divert all money from recently convicted drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to help finance increased border security, including Trump’s border wall

Cruz first introduced the act in April 2017 and reintroduced it early Jan 2018 He began pushing for it on social media on Feb 12 on the heels of El Chapo’s conviction.

After a 12-week trial, El Chapo was convicted on 10 federal criminal charges, including international distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs.

He faces life in prison and prosecutors want his estimated $14 billion estate handed over to the U.S. government.

‘America’s justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts. U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits & other assets from El Chapo which should go towards funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder.’ — Ted Cruz in a tweet.

The act has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

#TedCruz #ElChapo #DonaldTrump #BorerWall

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