US President Donald Trump shakes hands with National Rifle Association (NRA) President Wayne LaPierre (R) during the NRA Leadership Forum in Atlanta, GA, April 28, 2017, with NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox (L). / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump is the NRA's apprentice

By Jen Psaki
No, America. Donald Trump is not going to be our savior on gun reform. And he is not going to deliver swift action to keep our kids safe from mass shootings. The speech he made Friday to conservatives at the Conservative Political Action Conference made that clear.
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What does Dana Loesch know about "grieving black mothers in Chicago"?

By Clay Cane
Firearms bought at gun shows, transported over state lines and sold via straw purchases to criminals cause havoc in communities of color, even as the NRA and gun manufacturers profit from this awful trade. The NRA is shamefully selective in its outrage, writes Clay Cane.
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Kylie Jenner at the Met Gala in May.

How Kylie Jenner should really use her power

By Kara Alaimo
Wouldn't it be better if our conversations on social media focused on things like what our country should do about health care, immigration and the opioid epidemic, rather than what brands celebs like Jenner are wearing?, asks Kara Alaimo.
Sheryl Acquarola, a 16 year-old junior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is overcome with emotion in the east gallery of the House of Representatives after the representatives voted not to hear the bill banning assault rifles and large capacity magazines at the Florida Capital in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 20, 2018. Acquarola was one of the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead, who were in Tallahassee channeling their anger and sadness into action. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Sandy Hook parents: Online platforms are caving to hoaxers

By Veronique and Lenny Pozner
For those affected by gun violence, managing the pain in the aftermath becomes a full-time job. To then be forced to endure conspiracy theorists who are branding your tragedy an elaborately crafted hoax is a form of deliberate revictimization.
The International Space Station

Astronaut: Trump's plan for the Space Station a huge mistake

By Leroy Chiao
Trump wants to shut down the essential International Space Station to help pay for a return to the moon, writes Leroy Chiao. Only problem is, it won't be enough, and could well spell the end of NASA's human spaceflight for the foreseeable future.


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