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‘Absolute madness’: Watch a Parkland shooting survivor demolish Trump’s plan to arm teachers

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Sam Zeif on Thursday tore apart President Donald Trump’s proposal to solve school shootings by arming some teachers with guns.

When asked by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota to comment about the president’s latest tweets calling for arming the most “talented” teachers in schools across the country, Zeif simply called the plan “absolute madness.”

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“Teachers go through emotions every day, just like students do, just like mentally ill people do, just like everyone,” he said. “Teachers are faced with a responsibility every single day of molding young lives and mentoring them and being there for them. Why should they have to be faced with the responsibility with whether they’re going to have to kill them that day?”

Nicole Hockley, a gun control activist who lost her son in the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, similarly told Camerota that Trump’s plan was a nonstarter.

“I don’t think it’s a reasonable suggestion at all,” she said. “I don’t think it’s something the politicians should be talking about. Ask any teacher — teachers have no desire to be armed… in terms of arming them and asking them to make that sort of decision in a crisis moment, that’s unacceptable.”

Watch the video below.

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‘Will surely trigger’ the ‘snowflake crowd’: Internet celebrates climate activist Greta Thunberg as TIME’s Person of the Year

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TIME magazine has just named Swedish climate crisis and environmental activist Greta Thunberg its 2019 "Person of the Year" and the immediate responses are overwhelmingly positive -- for several reasons. Many are offering congratulations, saying it is well-deserved. But given the disgraceful and disgusting attacks the 16 year-old has endured from climate and science denying conservatives, some are enjoying the double-edged award because it "will trigger all the right people."

Here's TIME's announcement.

.@GretaThunberg is TIME's 2019 Person of the Year #TIMEPOY https://t.co/YZ7U6Up76v pic.twitter.com/SWALBfeGl6

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I thought Democrats were making a giant mistake on impeachment — but these experts changed my mind

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On Tuesday, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives announced that they would move forward with two articles of impeachment — involving abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — against President Donald Trump.

At first, I shared the frustration of many liberals and progressives that these articles are too limited in scope, and leave a great many of Trump’s apparent misdeeds unmentioned. But further reflection and exchanges with legal experts have convinced me that appearance is misleading. In fact, Democrats have performed a deft feat. In a single stroke — OK, two strokes — they have elevated the process of holding Trump accountable above the realm of partisan politics, and have also given the Democratic nominee (whoever that is) an excellent case to use against Trump in next year’s presidential election. The challenge for Democrats going forward will be to keep that nonpartisan outlook in mind — while understanding that, ultimately and unfortunately, the only possible way to hold Trump accountable will be through partisan politics.

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‘Robotic blacksmithing’: A technology that could revive US manufacturing

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Although it may not be obvious, there’s a close link between manufacturing technology and innovation. Elon Musk often talks of the “machines that build the machines” as being the real enabler in both his space and automotive businesses.

Using less-expensive, more scalable processes allows Space X to launch missions on budgets and with speed that would be unthinkable using NASA’s old-school manufacturing methods. And the new Tesla Cybertruck’s unorthodox design appears to take advantage of a simplified manufacturing process that does away with “die stamping” metal in favor of bending and folding metal sheets.

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