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Climate Progress : Trump responds to Parkland massacre by announcing support for NRA-backed gun legislation

Days after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida resulted in the deaths of 17 people, President Trump has seemingly come around to the idea of strengthening the federal background check system. But if history is any indication, it’s probably too soon to celebrate. In a statement on Monday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah

2018-02-19 18:54   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Polish foreign minister indicates ‘Poles of Jewish ethnicity’ share blame for Holocaust

The government of Poland further escalated international tensions over the issue of accountability in the Holocaust this week, appearing to level a measure of blame at Jews for the genocide. Following the passage of a bill criminalizing any suggestion of Polish complicity in the Holocaust, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz seemed to suggest the actions of Polish Jews

2018-02-19 17:37   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Meet the new leaders of the gun control movement

After a gunman entered a high school in south Florida Wednesday and killed 17 people, news networks across the country portrayed a now-familiar scene. Students, abandoning their backpacks, sprinted out of the buildings. Helicopters circled as ambulances rushed to the scene. Authorities chased, and eventually captured the shooter. And then, by the next morning, something

2018-02-19 16:46   Click to comment

Climate Progress : For Black people, ‘Black Panther’ is a crucial viewing experience

A record number of moviegoers rushed into theaters over the weekend to be among the first to see the long-anticipated and much-ballyhooed Black Panther movie. I was one among them and I fully understand why we all felt drawn like bees to honey for this, a crucial and historic film. ‘Black Panther’ is much more

2018-02-19 16:33   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump thinks he’s Honest Abe, but Lincoln warned us about demagogues like him

President Donald Trump loves to compare himself to Abraham Lincoln. Honest Abe would disagree. Just last month, at a gathering of GOP lawmakers, Trump placed himself on Mount Rushmore again, asserting that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) “actually once said I’m the greatest president in the history of our country. I said, does that include Lincoln and Washington? He said

2018-02-19 15:46   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump calls Oprah ‘insecure’ at a moment of insecurity in his presidency

From within the gilded walls of Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, President Trump took to Twitter late Sunday evening to describe Oprah Winfrey as “very insecure.” The tweet seemingly came after he watched an interview the media proprietor conducted on CBS’s “60 Minutes” in which she spoke to voters about Trump’s presidency. Just watched

2018-02-19 15:36   Click to comment

Climate Progress : EPA head’s woes just keep coming

The hits just keep coming for Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, who has postponed a trip to Israel this week amid raging controversy over his use of first class travel, despite stark budget and staffing concerns within his agency. Pruitt was expected to travel to Israel, part of a larger dialogue on water issues intended

2018-02-19 15:14   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Happy Presidents’ Day! Meet the five most underrated American presidents

The institution of the presidency’s had a bad year. With a few exceptions, Donald Trump makes all of his predecessors look good. There was a time when the President of the United States did not spend hours at a time watching cable news. Or when they didn’t compare the size of their, um, “Nuclear Button”

2018-02-19 13:00   Click to comment

Climate Progress : NRA defends grant to 4-person marksmanship team that included Parkland shooting suspect

On Friday, the Associated Press reported that the NRA had donated over $10,000 in equipment to a four-person marksmanship team at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The small team included Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with murdering 17 people with an AR-15 rifle. While a member of the team, Cruz honed his rifle skills, practicing

2018-02-19 01:25   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Kids auctioning off AR-15 rifle following latest mass shooting

A third grade baseball team is the latest to raffle off an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, just days after the very same weapon killed 17 people in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. The 9-and-under baseball team from Neosho, Missouri joins Kansas congressional candidate Tyler Tannahill in auctioning off the popular rifle that has

2018-02-18 19:05   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Retiring lawmakers warn GOP move to Trump will drive away women, minorities, youth

Four Congressional Republicans who are not seeking re-election this November appeared together on Face the Nation on Sunday to discuss the state of the nation. Three of them — Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) — each sharply criticized their own party’s move toward President Donald Trump. Ros-Lehtinen warned

2018-02-18 18:54   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Following mass shooting, some Republicans begin to buck NRA

Days after one of the most deadly school shootings in U.S. history, there are some signs that the National Rifle Association’s stranglehold on the Republican party may be loosening slightly. Ohio Governor John Kasich (R), who touted an ‘A’ NRA rating during his unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign, called for “commonsense gun control” and questioned the need

2018-02-18 16:55   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Senator who weakened background checks says they are all we need

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) defended the current lax gun laws that make it easy to buy assault rifles like the AR-15 used in the horrific Parkland school shooting and a large number of previous mass murders, urging only better background checks. But his own actions have repeatedly undermined the background check process. When asked by

2018-02-18 16:47   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump falsely claims he never said Russia did not meddle

Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals on charges of meddling in the 2016 election with phony social media posts and other tactics.  Donald Trump claimed on Sunday that he never said Russia had not interfered in the election — but he repeatedly did say that. I never said Russia did not

2018-02-18 14:43   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump ties Florida massacre to the FBI’s Russia investigation

President Donald Trump suggested that the FBI failed to stop the horrific Parkland, Florida school shooting because it was “spending too much time” investigating Russia’s involvement in his narrow 2016 election victory. The claim is both demonstrably false and hypocritical, given his own frequent demands for investigations of his former opponent, Hillary Clinton. Trump made the

2018-02-18 14:19   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump puts public school safety and trauma counseling funding on the chopping block

With school mass shootings on the rise across the country, the Trump administration is proposing major funding cuts for violence prevention and recovery assistance programs at public schools. Funds targeted for reduction or elimination in President Donald Trump’s FY’19 budget request, which was released two days before the tragedy at a high school in Parkland, Florida, have

2018-02-17 20:41   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump spokesperson defends Russia, blames election interference on the mainstream media

Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley claimed during an appearance on Fox News on Saturday that Democratic politicians and the mainstream press have done more to interfere in the electoral system than Russia has. Responding to a question about the indictment handed down by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday — which accused 13

2018-02-17 19:46   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Serious questions are mounting about Jared Kushner’s security clearance

Serious questions are swirling around Jared Kushner’s security clearance — which is still pending more than a year after he entered the White House, even as Kushner reportedly requests more intelligence information than almost any other White House official. According to new reports by the Washington Post, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly announced

2018-02-17 18:43   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Parkland massacre survivor issues powerful call to action to hold politicians accountable

The school shootings won’t stop. Hundreds of students will die in the coming decades at the hands of men who have easy access to guns and who have grown up in an age where violence is glorified in American culture. That’s the cynical view held by older generations who have seen policymakers at the federal,

2018-02-17 16:52   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The GOP suggests policy solutions couldn’t have prevented the Parkland shooting. Here’s one idea.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) plans to introduce a bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21. Under this proposed legislation, it would make it more difficult to purchase military-style assault weapons such as the AR-15 that was used by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who is suspected of killing 17 people

2018-02-17 15:29   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump’s national security adviser says the evidence of Russian election interference is irrefutable

President Trump’s national security adviser acknowledged on Saturday that the evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is irrefutable — after more than a year of Trump characterizing accusations of Russian election interference as a “hoax.” Speaking to an audience at an international conference in Munich, H.R. McMaster said the evidence of Russian interference…

2018-02-17 14:52   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The NRA donated $10,000 to help train the Parkland shooting suspect to use a rifle

Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who charged with murdering 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, honed his marksmanship skills in a school program supported by the NRA. Cruz was, according to the Associated Press, a member of the school’s four-person varsity marksmanship team, which received a $10,000 grant from the NRA in 2016. MSD JROTC Marksmanship team would

2018-02-17 00:00   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Trump claims vindication, but Mueller is still investigating his campaign for possible collusion

A major indictment released Friday by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused 13 individuals and three Russian companies of “interference operations targeting the United States.” The White House was quick to claim that the indictment exonerates President Donald Trump of any suspected collusion with Russia during the 2016 United States election — even though that

2018-02-16 22:06   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Mueller’s indictment demolishes Trump’s narrative that Russian interference was a hoax

Over the past year, President Trump has repeatedly denied Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He has ignored the joint assessment of his own intelligence community and instead took the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin that the U.S.’s Cold War rival did not interfere in the electoral process. His view reportedly remained undeterred even after CIA

2018-02-16 22:00   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The misleading claims Republicans are already using to downplay the Mueller indictment

Republicans are working quickly to downplay Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictment, which was released on Friday and which focuses on 13 Russians accused of attempting to sway the 2016 election using social media. While the indictment itself outlines a number of troubling accusations that support the notion of Russian interference, many on the right

2018-02-16 21:46   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Before Adam Rippon, there was Rudy Galindo

As the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games progress, one face is arguably stealing more attention than many others: 28-year-old Adam Rippon, one of the first openly gay athletes to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics. Rippon’s star has received a significant amount of positive media coverage, a dramatic shift from the treatment queer

2018-02-16 20:25   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Steve Scalise’s terrible answer to a good question about an assault weapons ban

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) dismissed legislative gun control efforts, and argued that more guns will help prevent gun violence, during an interview on Thursday’s edition of Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show. Following a school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people, Ingraham asked Scalise to respond to a tweet from former President Bill Clinton

2018-02-16 20:23   Click to comment

Climate Progress : The 3 most important words Rosenstein said about the Mueller indictment

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 individuals and a trio of Russian companies for “interference operations targeting the United States,” which was handed down Friday afternoon, does not allege that the Trump campaign knowingly colluded with Russian agents during the 2016 presidential election — but in a news conference on Friday, deputy attorney general Rod

2018-02-16 19:15   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Miami holds gun show just days after Parkland shooting

Just three days after 17 students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, one of the state’s biggest gun-expo organizers is holding a gun convention in Miami — just 46.9 miles away. The Florida Gun show has had their 600-booth convention planned for months, and

2018-02-16 19:14   Click to comment

Climate Progress : Fox News first response to Russian election meddling indictments: blame Obama

Amid news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals on charges of conspiracy related to meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Fox News returned to a favorite strategy: blame Barack Obama. Former House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), now a Fox News contributor, was asked about the indictments on Friday afternoon.  He immediately

2018-02-16 18:43   Click to comment

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