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Beto O’Rourke video on NFL player protests goes viral

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It almost seems like everyone on social media is talking about the Beto O’Rourke video.

O’Rourke is the Democrat who is challenging Texas Republican Ted Cruz. He has substantially out-raised Cruz, but Cruz is ahead in the polls – by single digits, which are narrowing.

Some may be thinking a video released by Now This News may help narrow that gap even further.

The video, which has gone viral, according to The Washington Post and others, shows O’Rourke speaking to voters. One man, clearly not supportive of the silent protests by NFL players of police killings of Black people, asks O’Rourke for his opinion.

After thanking the service members in the room and in Afghanistan, O’Rourke lays out his reasoning of why he supports the players and their protests.
“I don’t think it’s disrespectful,” the Texas Democrat, who was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012, responds.

Wary it’s a sensitive issue, especially in a red state like Texas, O’Rourke offers that “reasonable people can disagree on this issue,” which “makes them no less American to come down on a different conclusion.”
“You’re every bit as American all the same,” he says, passionately and reassuringly.

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O’Rourke shifts, comparing the players to “Dr. King and this nonviolent, peaceful movement to secure better—because they didn’t get full—civil rights for their fellow Americans.”
And from there it’s magic.


O’Rourke revists the African-American Civil Rights Movement, as he talks about “the challenges that they face—those who died in Philadelphia, Mississippi, for the crime of trying to be a man, trying to be a woman, in this country, the young girls who died in the church bombing, those who were beaten within an inch of their life crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, with John Lewis, those who were punched in the face, spat upon, dragged out by their collar at the Woolworth lunch counter for sitting with white people at that same lunch counter, in the same country where their fathers may have bled the same blood on the battlefields of Omaha Beach or Okinawa or anywhere that anyone ever served this country.”

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“The freedoms that we have were purchased not just by those in uniform, and they definitely were. But also by those who took their lives into their hands riding those Greyhound buses, the Freedom Riders in the deep South in the 1960s who knew full well that they would be arrested, and they were, serving time in the Mississippi State Penitentiary.”

Perhaps this final part of his answer is what’s so convincing and compelling.

“Rosa Parks getting from the back of the bus to to the front of the bus. Peaceful, nonviolent protests, including taking a knee at a football game to point out that Black men, unarmed; Black teenagers, unarmed; and Black children, unarmed, are being killed at a frightening level right now, including by members of law enforcement, without accountability and without justice. And this problem—as grave as it is—is not gonna fix itself, and they’re frustrated, frankly, with people like me and those in positions of public trust and power who have been unable to resolve this or bring justice for what has been done and to stop it from continuing to happen in this country. And so nonviolently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching these games, they take a knee to bring our attention and our focus to this problem and ensure that we fix it. That is why they’re doing it, and I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up or take a knee for your rights anytime, anywhere, anyplace.”

O’Rourke’s answer has some – including Republican strategist Steve Schmidt – comparing him to Robert F. Kennedy.

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‘Veto the Cheato’: Americans gathered nationwide for #ImpeachTrump rallies

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Frustrated Americans on Saturday attended #ImpeachTrump rallies from coast-to-coast.

The rallies were organized by MoveOn, Indivisible, Democracy for America, the Women's March, Credo and other progressive organizations.

Over 140 events were held nationwide.

[caption id="attachment_1513038" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Map of #ImpeachTrump rallies in the contiguous United States.[/caption]

Many attendees took the time to create hand-made protest signs, while others held printed banners.

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Mississippi fast food cashier ‘terminated immediately’ for ugly racist slur on customer’s receipt

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The owner of a fast food restaurant in Mississippi "terminated immediately" an employee after a racist and misogynistic slur of patrons.

When Lex Washington visited Who Dat's Drive-Thru in Oxford with her roommate, the cashier listed them on the receipt as "black b*tches in a silver car."

A manager reportedly refused to apologize at the time, and instead "laughed in her face."

A photo of the receipt then spread on social media.

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George Conway calls out fears Trump will compromise new US intelligence initiative aimed at Russia

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On Saturday, George Conway drew attention to a specific passage of a new article from The New York Times about the intelligence community's efforts to counterattack the Russian power grid, in response to years of covert Kremlin attacks on our own:

“[O]fficials described...hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern...that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials, as he did in 2017 when he mentioned a sensitive operation...to the Russian foreign minister.” https://t.co/BXTjjXBmia

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