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Houston police chief slams GOP for inaction on guns after sergeant is shot to death

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In the wake of a police sergeant being shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call, Houston police chief Art Acevedo is calling on lawmakers to pass legislation that would ban domestic abusers from possessing firearms, Chron.com reports.

“I don’t want to hear about how much they support law enforcement,” Acevedo said during a press conference outside the medical examiner’s office this Monday. “I don’t want to hear about how much they care about the sanctity of lives,” Acevedo said.

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Acevedo slammed politicians for failing to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, suggesting they were doing the bidding of the National Rifle Association (NRA) which “doesn’t like the fact that we want to take firearms out of the hands of boyfriends  that abuse girlfriends.”

“And who killed our sergeant? A boyfriend abusing his girlfriend,” Acevedo said. “So you’re either here for women and children and our daughters and our sisters and our aunts or you’re here for the NRA.

“Make up your minds,” he added.

Watch his comments in the video below, via The Guardian:


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GOP senator baffled by Jared Kushner’s national stockpile claims — and vows to probe ventilator ‘mismanagement’

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) does not seem happy with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and his claims that the Strategic National Stockpile's supply of ventilators is "not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use."

In an interview with Politico, Gardner said that he wanted to investigate whether the national stockpile has been mismanaged during the COVID-19 pandemic, and he vowed that "any kind of mismanagement or abuse needs to be rooted out and those responsible held accountable."

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Epidemiologist delivers a chilling warning as he dismantles the White House’s overly optimistic coronavirus projections

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During an appearance on CNN this Friday, infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm warned viewers that "this is just the beginning" of the coronavirus health crisis and that we're going to see it continue to spread throughout the U.S., adding that people are underestimating just how the long the outbreak could last.

"I think one thing that's really being missed here is that if you look at 1918 and the big influenza pandemic that occurred then, that lasted until almost 1920 before finally most people were infected and therefore became immune or died," he said. "And what we're talking about here is this is not the next couple of weeks -- we're talking about months and months, and we're already running out of supplies now, and much of the rest of the country won't even have the supplies New York has when their first wave was up and active."

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Under cover of pandemic, Trump’s NLRB moves to make unionizing ‘nearly impossible for workers’

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"The Trump NLRB takes this moment to publish a rule that will make it harder both for workers to unionize and to keep unions they have. Shameful does not even begin to describe this."

The National Labor Relations Board finalized a rule this week that critics warn could make unionizing "nearly impossible for workers" at a moment when employees across the nation are fighting for stronger protections against the coronavirus pandemic.

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