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NRA paid shady shell company $19 million to help elect Republicans who would thwart gun control

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is one of the fiercest opponents of gun control.

“As a hunter, gun owner, and NRA member, I understand how central the outdoorsman way of life is to Arkansas’s culture and tradition,” Cotton has written.

As it turns out, the NRA is equally appreciative of his fealty: Politico reports that the gun lobby group appears to have used the services of a shell company to bankroll Cotton’s re-election campaign in 2014, alongside Republicans Thom Tillis in North Carolina and Cory Gardner in Colorado.

What’s striking about the report is that the company—Starboard Strategic—got $19 million from the NRA, despite being a relative newcomer to electoral politics. Politico found no record of the firm’s activity in prior elections in FEC documents. However, the company has identical information to OnMessage, a far more established campaign organization.

“Well-established and well-connected, OnMessage is as transparent as Starboard is opaque,” writes reporter Mike Spies. “What the Federal Election Commission and the public do not know is that the two entities appear to be functionally one and the same.”

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The Politico report suggests that the NRA used the shell company to circumvent FEC rules that prohibit donations exceeding $5,000 to a candidate.

The report further points out that the strategic 2014 races were meant to combat President Barack Obama’s efforts to impose stricter gun regulations following the shooting at Sandy Hook.

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Cop says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot following Trump’s racist targeting of The Squad

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Following racist attacks on members of The Squad by President Donald Trump and his supporters, a police officer in Louisiana reportedly said that one of the congresswomen of color should be shot.

Trump has been lashing out at the four first-term congresswomen, who include Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

"A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a 'vile idiot' who 'needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve,'" NOLA reported Saturday.

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Internet piles on ABC reporter for lavishing praise on Trump for allowing press to ask questions

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ABC News reporter Kyra Phillips on Saturday heaped praise on President Donald Trump for his treatment of the press.

Despite the White House no longer holding daily press briefings, Phillips praised the "access" she receives from the administration.

"No matter what your politics are, I have to say that I appreciate the access ?Trump? gives us on a regular basis and the ability to ask any question," she said.

She tagged Stephanie Grisham in her tweet, who is Trump's latest press secretary. She also tagged her husband, John Roberts, who does not work in the White House, but works for Fox News.

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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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