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Bill Moyers: NRA has turned the 2nd Amendment ‘into a cruel and deadly hoax’

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In this web-exclusive video essay, Bill Moyers examines the cost of the American obsession with guns:

Every year there are 30,000 gun deaths and 300,000 gun-related assaults in the U.S. Firearm violence may cost our country as much as $100 billion a year. Toys are regulated with greater care and safety concerns.

 

So why do we always act so surprised? Violence is our alter ego, wired into our Stone Age brains, so intrinsic its toxic eruptions no longer shock, except momentarily when we hear of a mass shooting like this latest in Colorado. But this, too, will pass and the nation of the short attention span quickly finds the next thing to divert us from the hard realities of America in 2012.

 

We are after all a country which began with the forced subjugation into slavery of millions of Africans and the reliance on arms against Native Americans for its Westward expansion. In truth, more settlers traveling the Oregon Trail died from accidental, self-inflicted gunshots wounds than Indian attacks – we were not only bloodthirsty but also inept.

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Watch Moyers’ full commentary below, originally broadcast by Moyers & Company on July 20, 2012:


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Former House lawyer explains new recording from Trump would add another ‘abuse of power’ to impeachment

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A recording was revealed Friday of President Donald Trump demanding that his staff "take out" former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. Former House committee lawyer Jeremy Bash, told MSNBC that it would constitute another "abuse of power" charge.

"I think it would be another important branch and sequel to the abuse of power allegation if the president used the office, used his own authority to direct that a U.S. ambassador be either removed from that position because she was standing in the way of his political agenda -- but it seems like, from the recording, possibly even that physical harm or threats to her should ensue," said Bash.

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Trump’s spiritual guru claims prayer ‘statistically proven’ to reduce crime

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Prosperity gospel evangelist Paula White, who has long served as President Donald Trump's spiritual adviser, credits a statistical drop in crime with increased Christian prayer.

Right Wing Watch reports that White earlier this month delivered a sermon in which she said it was "statistically proven" that crime dropped after the September 11th terrorist attacks because Christians started praying more frequently.

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GOP senator blows off new evidence against Trump — days after whining that there was no new evidence

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An explosive report from ABC News on Friday morning detailed an audio recording purportedly of President Donald Trump demanding the firing of Marie Yovanovitch, in which the president instructs his henchmen to "get rid of her" and "take her out."

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), when asked by reporters about this new evidence Friday afternoon, blew it off as not a big deal.

"There will be new evidence every day!" he said in shrugging off the purported recording of the president. "There will be something new that comes out every day!"

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