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‘Violence is an infliction of injustice’: MLK’s daughter implores GOP to reconsider healthcare after rampage

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The late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest daughter, Bernice King, penned a moving essay on Wednesday that evoked her father’s mantra of nonviolent resistance to urge the nation to “[recognize] that we cannot achieve peace without peaceful means.”

King made the remarks in response to a mass shooting that occurred Wednesday morning at a Congressional baseball practice. The gunman reportedly harbored resentment towards Donald Trump, and targeted Republicans in the rampage.

“This morning’s shooting and the responses to it were reminders that there are many forms of violence: gun violence, psychological violence, the violence of ignoring the needs of others, and, yes, legislative violence,” King wrote. “Violence, simply put, is a violation of another being, a denial of what is healthy and humane, an infliction of pain and injustice.”

King expanded on the notion of “legislative injustice,” arguing the government is “on the cusp of passing a healthcare act that would cause catastrophic health issues and could potentially cost people their lives. Their LIVES.”

“We are a nation where, as Rep. Scalise was in surgery this morning, MILLIONS were and are still struggling through the angst of whether or not and for how long they will have healthcare,” King said, noting she prays for the injured, but also “for the spiritual condition of this nation.”

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“Now, more than ever, we have to elevate our thinking beyond what divides us so that we can determine, then cultivate, what will heal us,” King argued. “This is the question for us to answer and respond to with action: How can we begin to more fervently love each other, meaning being active forces for goodwill and humane conditions for each other?”

“Now, more than ever, we must refuse to be governed by biases, hate and division,” King continued. “That includes recognizing that we cannot achieve peace without peaceful means. Those who are writing and passing laws that dictate tragedy for countless people can’t legitimately call for ‘peace’ in the midst of the turmoil that their actions cultivate. So, our laws and language must reflect the peace we seek.”

King urged the country “ build a ‘coalition of conscience’ and work on delivering this nation’s soul from the afflictions of hate and inhumanity.”

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“We need a critical mass of people, representing the differences that we currently allow to divide us, to join together to begin the work of turning our nation [and our world] right side up,” King concluded.


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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Trump ignored being condemned by Congress and instead praised Republicans on Twitter for defending his racism

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President Donald Trump celebrated on Tuesday night despite the House of Representatives having voted earlier in the day to condemn his racist statements.

By a final vote of 240 to 187, Congress voted for a resolution saying, "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

The resolution said Congress “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”

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The tortured madness of Donald Trump: It’s clear the president is out of his mind

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Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

His brags are especially weird because they usually involve achievements he hasn’t made. It’s as though his saying something makes it true — even though everyone except his most naive devotees can clearly see that he’s either hallucinating or lying. In June, for example, at a rally launching his reelection campaign, he retrumpeted an old campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” assuring the adoring crowd that “that’s exactly what we’re doing right now.”

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