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Oliver North blamed ‘culture of violence’ for school shootings — but he helped sell violent ‘Call of Duty’ game

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Incoming NRA President Oliver North over the weekend blamed a “culture of violence” for the epidemic of school shootings in the United States, which he suggested included movies and TV shows.

However, as the Washington Post points out, North himself once served as a pitchman for “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” a first-person shooter game that revolved around covert missions done toward the end of the Cold War in the 1980s.

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“I don’t think the average American grasps how violent war is about to become,” North says in a promotional video for the game. “There is no longer a defined battle space. The enemy could be anywhere and it could be anyone. I don’t worry about a guy who wants to hijack a plane. I worry about the guy who wants to hijack all the planes.”

While North talked in the video, footage of explosions played on screen.

Game developer Treyarch defended bringing North in to help sell the game, as the company noted he had a long experience in covert operations — most infamously, his illegal scheme to sell arms to Iran in order to fund the Contras in Nicaragua.

“He rises to the top as someone who was probably, obviously the most well-known covert operations [person],” Mark Lamia, the head of Treyarch, explained. “So it made sense for us from a game development point of view to spend the time and be able to talk to [him].”

Watch the trailer of North below.

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Bill Barr: Donald Trump’s one-man wrecking crew has big dreams

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I must have heard the words "historic day" uttered a hundred times on Tuesday and it wasn't hyperbole. The Democratic leadership announced that they have decided to charge President Donald Trump with two articles of impeachment, one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress. The process is proceeding at a breakneck speed and should be concluded within the next month or so.  I have no idea what any of the players intend to do after that, but I have a sneaking suspicion Trump will be happy to carry on with his own "impeachment" of the Democrats and he's got a very powerful collaborator ready to do all he can to help: Attorney General William Barr.

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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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