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Former NRA employees wreck Wayne LaPierre for lavish lifestyle — even as workers’ pensions get frozen

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Former employees of the National Rifle Association are sounding off about reports that NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre has been maintaining a lavish lifestyle even as they see their own pensions frozen.

NPR reports that several former NRA employees have come forward after Andy Lander, who worked for the organization for 13 years, wrote an open letter denouncing the way that LaPierre treats his workers.

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“I also cannot understand how a person like Mr. LaPierre treats the people that work for him like his own personal indentured servants, unless you know the secret handshake, then you’re compensated very handsomely as long as you follow along blindly providing no resistance to the people running the organization,” Lander wrote on Facebook late last month.

Other former NRA employees who talked with NPR told similar stories about low-paid employees that were kept in line by what they described as a “culture of fear.”

“There was a culture of fear,” said Vanessa Ross, who worked for the NRA for three years. “The moment you poked your head up and started asking questions, that’s when I felt everything turn — then it was like I was the pariah.”

Steve Hoback, who worked on an NRA training program from 2009 to 2012, told NPR that he was “horribly underpaid” during his tenure there — and the organization gave him a starting salary of $28,000 that it didn’t raise until he’d been there for three years.

At the same time, reports NPR, the NRA has aggressively moved to slash its pension costs.

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“The NRA said it had implemented a freeze to their pension plan in 2018,” NPR explains. “This means that even current employees who are in the plan can no longer accrue new benefits despite continuing to work for the organization… The freeze in benefits for employees who participate in the pension plan is in contrast to a one-time $3,767,345 supplemental retirement payment LaPierre received in 2015 according to the NRA’s public disclosures.”

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Trump shows all the signs of being ‘rattled’ now that the White House is under siege from protesters: columnist

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In a column for the Atlantic, longtime political observer Peter Nicholas stated that Donald Trump is showing all the signs of a scared man as massive protests have broken out across the country over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops -- and angry Americans are taking their case all the way up to the White House gates.

As Nicholas wrote, "Presidents live within a protective cocoon built and continually fortified for one purpose: keeping them alive. But inside the White House compound these days, Donald Trump seems rattled by what’s transpiring outside the windows of his historic residence."

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Black Londoner explains George Floyd protester support with story of how cops murdered his brother

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In an interview with MSNBC's Molly Hunter, a Black Londoner explained why he turned out for a protest near Trafalgar Square in support of Americans who have hit the streets in the U.S. over the murder of George Floyd by four former Minneapolis police officers.

According to the man -- identified as Daniel and who was wearing a COVID-19 mask and a New York Yankees hat -- his brother was also murdered by police and the cops walked free.

"You've been marching all day," Hunter began. "Look, I have two questions for you: what was it like watching the U.S. this week from London? Does it resonate?

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Denver cops busted for doing drive-by shootings of anti-police brutality protesters

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In a video posted to Twitter, a young Denver man protesting the killing of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minnesota police officers, found himself on the receiving end of an attack by police himself as he filmed them riding on the side of a truck -- only to have his phone hit by a fired police projectile while still in his hand.

According to Rachelle D'nae, a staff writer at Slate, her brother went to the Denver protest and was filming the officers when the incident occurred.

"My older brother went to a protest in Denver last night. as the police were leaving, one of them shot him with a pepper pellet that smashed the back of his phone and exploded in his face. they were ~30 feet from each other and it looks like the officer aimed directly at his face," she wrote before adding in a second tweet, "when my brother told me he was going I prepared for the worst. I made sure he had my number memorized so I could bail him out if I needed to and I sat up until he made it home, trying not to cry as he told me he had been tear-gassed."

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