White Supremacy is Terrorism

Forty-nine people in Christchurch, New Zealand are dead in the name of bigotry, ignorance, and white supremacy.

The man who committed this atrocity cited the president of the United States as a pillar of “white identity,” and praised the mass-murderer who shot and killed 77 people in Norway in 2011.

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Things Have Been Weird

Nearly half the Democratic party has declared their candidacy for president, the current president declared an unnecessary state of emergency, and the Supreme Court actually agreed on something unanimously.

But that’s not really too far off par for the course when you think about it. The last two years have been nothing if not a whirlwind of ludicrous headlines competing to stay on the airwaves for more than 12 hours.

One thing is for certain, though, and that is the undeniable fact that every day we continue to travel further and further down this road of insanity, the greater the danger becomes.

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Louisiana Abortion Bill Blocked

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled against a harsh Louisiana abortion law that would have ultimately resulted in the entire state population becoming dependent on a single doctor to provide the procedure.

In a pleasantly surprising twist, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal faction of the court in a 5-4 vote to temporarily halt the legislation, which would have required doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic.

Unsurprisingly, recently sworn-in Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault by multiple women, voted in favor of the legislation and wrote the dissenting opinion.

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‘Thermal Whiplash’ Up Next for Midwest, East Coast

Meteorologists are predicting that the polar vortex gripping much of the U.S. will give way to rapid warming and ‘thermal whiplash.’

At least 12 people have died in the harsh conditions brought on by a heat wave at the North Pole which displaced frigid air cold enough to induce frostbite nearly immediately.

Thanks to climate change, the North Pole experienced a rapid temperature increase, called ‘sudden stratospheric warming,’ of nearly 125 degrees due to air moving up from the south; that rapid warming is what sent all the cold air rushing down through Canada and into the Lower 48.

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Khanna Reintroduces War Powers Resolution

California Congressmember Ro Khanna has reintroduced a War Powers Resolution to end the war in Yemen for the third time in as many months.

The Senate made history by passing the resolution 56-41 last month, but House Republican leadership was able to block a vote on the bill while they retained control.

Now, however, Democrats are securely in the helm of the House, increasing the chances that the legislation will pass.

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Joshua Tree Damages to Last Three Centuries

The government shutdown resulted in damages to the Joshua Tree National Park that the former superintendent says could take 300 years to resolve.

Visitors to the park actually cut down ancient Joshua trees — which take a full 60 years just to mature — so that they could make illegal roadways into the park.

Human waste from illegal camp sites also contributed to incalculable ecological damage to the park, which houses trees as old as 1,000 years.

Friends of Joshua Tree nonprofit director John Lauretig argues that the park should be completely closed if the government shuts down again to prevent any further damage.

“If the government doesn’t fund or staff the parks appropriately, then they should just close the parks to protect the parks and protect the people.”

Shutdown Cost U.S. $11 Billion

A report from the Congressional Budget Office shows that the 35-day partial government shutdown cost the U.S. economy $11 billion.

While the CBO believes that roughly $8 billion of those losses are recoverable, at least $3 billion are permanent.

This devastating news comes as a bipartisan committee is beginning the daunting task of attempting to find a middleground between U.S. lawmakers and the president that will keep the government open after the three-week stopgap measure expires February 15.

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Stacey Abrams With the Clapback

Democrats have chosen former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to deliver the rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union address next week.

The address, which was previously cancelled due to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, will take place Tuesday, February 5.

Abrams headed a monumental campaign in Georgia last year, and many still suspect she only lost because of election mishandling on the part of the Georgia government. Abrams recently launched Fair Fight Action, which is an advocacy group suing Georgia election officials for mismanagement of the state’s 2018 midterm elections.

An End to The War in Afghanistan?

Multiple news outlets are reporting that the United States government and the Taliban are negotiating towards peace in Afghanistan.

Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, the key U.S. negotiator with the Taliban, has told The New York Times that the group has agreed in principle to initial drafts of a deal.

If an agreement can be reached, it would end 17 years of bloodshed in the country as well as the longest war in U.S. history.

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