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Parkland shooting survivor challenges Trump to talk to her about gun control ‘face to face’

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After her strongly-worded statement rebuking President Donald Trump’s “prayers and condolences” went viral, a survivor of the Parkland, Florida school shooting said Friday she wants to tell the president her thoughts to his face.

“Dear Donald Trump,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Sarah Chad tweeted. “I’m the 16 year old girl who tweeted you and told you i didn’t want your condolences, I wanted gun control, and went viral because of it. I heard you’re coming to my community soon and I would like to express my opinions on gun control to you face to face.”

In the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day massacre, Chad called Trump a “f*cking [piece] of sh*t” in a tweet that soon went viral.

“Multiple of my classmates are dead,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Do something instead of sending prayers.”

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The 16-year-old also went viral Wednesday night after calling right-wing conspiracy theorist Mark Dice a “heartless d*ck” for incorrectly claiming the “Generation Z” students at MSD for posted photos and videos from inside the school instead of calling the police.

“17 people are dead,” she wrote. “17 of my classmates. This is how you f*cking respond? How much of a heartless d*ck do you have to be to tweet something like this.”

Chad also noted that “as we were running for our lives we were calling 911 to the point that they told us not to anymore.”

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The real problem wasn’t the racism — it was the Trump taking ‘the Lord’s name in vain’ twice: supporter

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President Donald Trump was widely condemned after supporters at a campaign rally in West Virginia turned his racist "go back" message into a "Send Her Back" chant against one of a woman of color in Congress.

One Trump supporter in West Virginia also criticized the speech, but not for the racist targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

State Senator Paul Hardesty, a Democrat, wrote to the White House to complain about Trump's use of the word "goddamn."

The letter was republished by the Montgomery-Herald.

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Here’s how Trump hopes to recreate his 2016 presidential win — and how Democrats can send him packing

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Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.

"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.

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American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS

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US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.

A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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