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‘Our government has been useless’: Parkland student slams NRA control in emotional #MarchForOurLives speech

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A junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School captivated the large crowd at Washington, DC’s March for Our Lives Rally with an emotional plea for gun control.

“In the wake of the tragedy on February 14th, we as students, as youth, decided that if adults weren’t going to take action, we would,” Alex Wind explained.

Wind directly addressed criticism that the students of Parkland are not mature enough to have political goals.

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“People believe that the youths have no choice. When Joan of Arc fought back English forces, she was 17 years old. When Mozart wrote his first symphony he was 8 years old,” Wind noted. “To those people that tell us that teenagers can’t do anything, I say that we were the only people that could have made this movement possible.”

And he had harsh words for the gun lobby.

“If teachers start packing heat, are they going to arm our pastors, ministers, and rabbis?” he wondered. “Will they arm the guy selling tickets at the movie theater? This is what the National Rifle Association wants.”

“For too long our government has been useless on this issue,” Wind continued. “Our job as their constituents is to make sure we know what they’re thinking. There are over 250 representatives that have not come out with a public stance on this issue, it is our job to make sure that we call them up and force them out of the shadows of corruption and into the light of justice.”

“Now we need to educate ourselves on which politicians are truly working for the people and which ones we want to vote out,” he explained. “Because at the end of the day, bullets do not discriminate, so why should we?”

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“All it comes down to is life or death. To all the politicians out there, if you take money from the NRA, you have chosen death,” Wind argued. “If you have not expressed to your constituencies a public stance on this issue, you have chosen death. If you do not stand with us by saying we need to pass common sense gun legislation, you have chosen death.”

The high school student also put politicians on notice.

“And none of the millions of people marching in this country today will stop until they see those against us out of office,” he promised. “Because we choose life.”

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Impeachment: Trump’s ‘hearsay’ defense just crashed and burned

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In the panoply of contradictory and incoherent defenses of Donald Trump, a favorite of Republicans has been to harp on the claim that witnesses to Trump's extortion scheme against Ukraine were all "second-hand" or "third-hand." This has always been confounding, as the official summary readout of the famous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump clearly conditioning military aid and U.S. support on Zelensky giving a public boost to Trump's conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders. The witnesses so far have simply affirmed what the written record demonstrates amply.

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WATCH: Dejected Devin Nunes slumps back in his chair after he fails to yield his time to Elise Stefanik

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The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee was visibly frustrated after once again getting shut down while attempting a parliamentary maneuver.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has been attempting to ignore the rules governing the impeachment inquiry so that he can yield Republicans' time to fellow members of Congress, instead of just the professional GOP counsel.

Nunes has attempted to yield time to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who has been raising re-election funds off of her outbursts in the hearings.

Once again, Nunes attempted to yield his time to a fellow Republican and once again Nunes was told that is against the rules.

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Mike Pompeo wants to run for Senate — but can’t figure out a graceful way to resign: report

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For months, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been dogged by rumors that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is trying to recruit him to run for Senate in his home state of Kansas — a claim that he has flatly denied.

Now, Time reports that multipler Republican sources have confirmed Pompeo does in fact have a Kansas Senate run on his radar. The only problem is that he can't figure out a graceful way to exit the Trump administration.

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