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Iowa GOP Senator Joni Ernst gets busted lying about taking millions from the NRA

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During an August 8 town hall meeting, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) claimed she doesn’t take money from the National Rifle Association — despite the group giving her more than $3 million according to a 2017 analysis.

In a video posted by the Iowa chapter of March For Our Lives, an audience member asked the senator if her donations from the NRA could be related to her co-sponsorship of the STOP School Violence Act, a bill introduced in the wake of the Parkland shooting that didn’t contain the word “gun” in its text.

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The audience member noted that Ernst and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have received a combined $6 million from the NRA — a figure the Iowa senator refuted in her response.

“Actually, I have not received $6 million,” Ernst said. “Where did you see that information? Because we don’t receive dollars from the NRA.”

“They run independent expenditures or advertisements,” she continued, “They do not give us money. That would be illegal and I’d be driving a nicer car.”

Ernst, as the Times noted in an October list of members of Congress who benefitted from the NRA, is listed as the seventh-highest recipient of support from the gun rights group.

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Though Ernst is technically correct in asserting that it would be illegal for the NRA to cut her checks directly, campaign contributions can come in many forms — including the advertisements and “independent expenditures” she herself listed.


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UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report

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Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.

The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.

A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.

But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.

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‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys

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In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.

"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.

The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.

"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."

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Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors

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A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.

The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.

"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.

The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.

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