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Elizabeth Warren: Congress will have ‘blood on its hands’ if it won’t ban ‘Rambo-style’ weapons

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spoke up against what she called “the splintering of America” and partisan bickering as she took part in her party’s filibuster for tighter gun safety laws on Wednesday.

“If we fail to act, the next time someone uses a gun to kill one of us, a gun that we could have kept out of the hands of the terrorists, the members of this Congress will have blood on our hands,” she said.

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As Politico reported, Warren’s colleague Chris Murphy (D-CT) launched the filibuster with the goal of pushing through amendments on a spending bill that would institute universal background checks on gun purchases as well as a block on those types of purchases from anyone suspected of terrorism.

The filibuster is a response by Senate Democrats to the shooting massacre at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, which resulted in the deaths of 49 people and injuries to more than 50 more.

“The FBI should have the authority to block gun sales to anyone they believe is a terrorist,” Warren said. “If someone cannot get on an airplane because the FBI is concerned they might be plotting to do harm against Americans, then they shouldn’t be able to walk into a store and buy a Rambo-style assault rifle.”

The senator also argued that the homophobic nature of the attack should not be ignored.

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“We are already beginning to see the splintering of America. One side shouts, ‘It was a gun that killed all those people.’ The other side shouts, ‘It wasn’t a gun, it was a terrorist that killed all those people,'” she said. “And through all of the shouting we miss what should be obvious: it was a terrorist with a gun that killed all those people. A terrorist with hate in his heart and a gun in his hand that killed all those people. It is time for us to acknowledge all of these truths and to come together to address them.”

Watch Warren’s remarks, as posted online, below.

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This Friday, millions of people around the world are skipping school and work to demand action on climate change. According to reports, "global climate strikes" are currently taking place in over 150 countries, all designed to take place ahead of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly and the Climate Action Summit this coming Monday.

Images coming out of New York City alone show the massive scale of the protests. Tweeting from the NYC march, climate activist Greta Thunberg said that "lower Manhattan is absolutely packed with people."

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On Thursday, it was revealed that a whistleblower in the intelligence community has submitted a complaint about President Donald Trump's conduct with a foreign leader.

There was widespread speculation Friday on the nature of the complaint, but experts suspect it has to do with the president trying to extract opposition research on Joe Biden from the president of Ukraine. Recently, Trump's lawyer and friend Rudy Giulani traveled to the country to unearth dirt on Biden's son.

And experts are concerned that Trump promised the foreign leader a better relationship with the U.S. in exchange.

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California and 23 other states on Friday sued the Trump administration over its bid to restrict their authority to limit auto emissions, setting the stage for a bitter court battle over states' rights and climate change.

The lawsuit is in response to President Donald Trump's announcement this week that his administration was revoking a waiver accorded to California over the past 50 years to set its own vehicle emissions standards which are tougher than those imposed by the federal government.

The waiver over the years has helped the state -- which has some of the most polluted cities in the country -- to improve its air quality and become a model for battling climate change.

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