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At rally, Parkland shooting survivors rail against NRA and Trump

One by one, students and staff members who survived alleged gunman Nickolas Cruz’s deadly rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High stepped up to a podium Saturday and railed against the gun lobby and gun laws that enabled him to purchase an assault weapon. Emma Gonzalez speaks at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Feb. 17, 2018. NBC News At times their voices broke with emotion or rage, but each person who addressed the crowd gathered at the Federal Courthouse in…

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Russia’s electoral interference requires Trump answer Mueller’s questions

Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Even before Robert Mueller’s team announced the indictments of 13 Russians on charges of election interference on Friday, Donald Trump’s Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats had issued a stark warning about ongoing Russian interference in our democracy: “Frankly, the United States is under attack.” But even as Putin continues to expand on his attacks, the president of the United States is refusing to tell law enforcement what he knows about the last one. If America is ever going to know the full truth about…

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White House official says that Florida shooter “obviously” shouldn’t have had a gun

Instagram/ Nikolas Cruz Donald Trump’s spokesman said school shooter Nikolas Cruz should not have had a AR-15 assault riffle Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah was asked by the press whether Mr Trump thought it was right that Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz had obtained the lethal AR-15 assault riffle.  He told Fox News: “In this instance, this individual did obtain the weapon through a legal background check. “We don’t know all the circumstances surrounding it, but obviously he shouldn’t have had that weapon and shouldn’t have been able to…

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Munich Security Conference: Germany REFUSES to spend 2 percent on Nato

He instead called for money to be spent on building a strong European defence union. Answering questions after his speech, he said: “i consider the figure difficult”. He said if Germany spent 2 percent of its GDP for ten years, it would spend more than €70 million every year for ten years. He added: “I’m not quite sure after ten years all European partners would consider that a good idea.” Germany has agreed to increase its defence spending, and part of that will go into the European defence fund, and he…

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‘We always had someone to blame’ Merkel’s deputy reveals Germany’s tricks to become leader

He said: “Germany has never learned to act in a geopolitical way, we left it to France or the UK to sort things out.” He added that this meant they always had someone to blame. He hit out at President Trump and the US saying that he expects it “respects the unity of the EU” and not try to divide it, adding that the EU deals with the US in a “trsutful” manner, “not as a follower”.

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‘Do we look at tweets now?’ Merkel’s deputy makes HUGE dig at Trump risking retaliation

The Germany foreign minister called on further cooperation between the US and EU to maintain security and “freedom” in the face of an escalating crisis on the Korean Peninsula. He also asked that America did not try to divide the bloc, saying: “From ur friends and partners we expect they respect the unity of the EU, or better support it. “No one should try to divide it, not Russia, not China, and not the United States.” He contnued hitting out at President Trump, saying: ” The EU deals with the US in…

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President Trump's New Defense on Russia Contradicts His Old One

President Donald Trump took a new line of defense in light of the indictment Friday of 13 Russians and three Russian entities on charges of meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But his new argument contradicts his old one — and isn’t supported by the evidence he cites. In the past, Trump has cast doubt on Russian meddling, regularly calling it a “hoax” despite widespread agreement in the American intelligence community. But on Friday he and the White House acknowledged the efforts, said they predated his campaign, claimed they did…

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Dems to Trump: Still think Russia inquiry is a ‘hoax’?

Democrats lashed out Friday at President Donald Trump after the investigation he has called a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” resulted in the indictment of 13 Russian nationals on charges of interfering in the 2016 election. “For all of those who have been asking, ‘where is the evidence of a crime?’ — this is it. This is the criminal conspiracy,” Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a statement. “Today’s indictments show precisely how the Russians worked to help…

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Adults Offered 'Thoughts and Prayers' After the Florida School Shooting. But the Students Who Survived Want Action

After a former student armed with an AR-15 assault rifle allegedly murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, adult politicians offered predicable responses. Sen. Marco Rubio, the 46-year old Florida Republican who has benefited from more than $3 million in NRA campaign spending, tweeted Bible passages. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a 65-year old grandfather who has received an A+ rating from the NRA, offered his “thoughts and prayers” to the students and their families. Donald Trump, the oldest president ever elected to a…

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The stark message behind Mueller indictment of 13 Russians

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday indicted 13 Russians, and three Russian organizations, with meddling in the 2016 US election. The charges centered on the alleged use of social media to sow political discord, via inserting politically charged messages into the stream of American electronic discourse. But they dealt with physical actions as well: Russians attempted to organize rallies in the US, and at one point paid for a demonstration that included a fake prison cage housing someone portraying Hillary Clinton. Underlying the allegations was this stark message: A foreign…

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