NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre: FBI, Elitism To Blame For School Shootings

NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre: FBI, Elitism To Blame For School Shootings

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to defend his organization one week after a gunman used an assault-style rifle to kill 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florid

Pennsylvania GOP Pleads With SCOTUS Again To Let Them Use Gerrymandered Map

Pennsylvania GOP Pleads With SCOTUS Again To Let Them Use Gerrymandered Map

Pennsylvania Republicans again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block Pennsylvania’s new, court-ordered congressional map on Wednesday, marking the latest in a series of attempts to halt a plan that would make congressional elections more competitive in the state by reducing the impact of gerrymanderin

Author Eric Metaxas, evangelical intellectual, chose Trump, and he's sticking with him

Author Eric Metaxas, evangelical intellectual, chose Trump, and he's sticking with him

Eric Metaxas, who wrote a bestselling biography of the anti-Nazi pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, surprised his friends when he came out in support of Donald Trump. And nothing that has happened since the election has changed his mind. Jon Ward explores what led him to this position and how he deals with the suspicions that he is "a fundamentalist in an intellectual's clothing.&quo

New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month

New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month

New York University has issued a public apology and fired their director of food service after students pointed out the watermelon-flavoured water and collard greens the school was serving during Black History Month were racially insensitive. College of Arts and Science sophomore Nia Harris noticed the offensive meal when she walked into Weinstein Passport Dining Hall - before alerting the deans of the school and NYU’s President Hamilton of the insensitive and “stereotypical” meal. “Not only was this racially insensitive, this was just ignoran

Philippines: Suspect in Filipina's freezer death arrested

Philippines: Suspect in Filipina's freezer death arrested

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One of two suspects in the gruesome death of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in an apartment in Kuwait has been arrested in Lebanon, the Philippine foreign secretary said Frida

Grand Canyon crash that killed Britons happened on tribal land with fewer aviation regulations

Grand Canyon crash that killed Britons happened on tribal land with fewer aviation regulations

Investigators are continuing to probe what caused a helicopter to plunge into the Grand Canyon as it emerged that the crash happened on tribal land where air tours are not as highly regulated as those inside the national park itself. Three British tourists died when the helicopter went down early February. They were in Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday and took a helicopter sightseeing tour on the Hualapai reservation. Becky Dobson, 27, her boyfriend Stuart Hill, 30, and his brother, Jason Hill, 32-year-old lawyer died. Three friends and the pilot are in hospital where investigators want to interview them about what went wrong. Unlike the national park, air tours on the Hualapai reservation are not subject to federal regulations that restrict routes, impose curfews and cap the amount of flights over the Grand Canyon each year. The Federal Aviation Administration granted the Hualapai Tribe an exemption 18 years ago after finding that the regulations would harm the tribe's economy where tourism is a major driver. Most of the flights over the reservation originate from Las Vegas, and air tour operators aggressively market them. The pilots can fly between canyon walls and land at the bottom next to the Colorado River on the reservation, which isn't allowed at the park other than for emergency operations. Quartermaster Canyon locator The National Transportation Safety board says it can't say with any certainty yet what caused Saturday's crash. Gary Robb, an attorney who has represented crash victims for almost 40 years, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal it may take investigators as long as nine months to establish the cause of Saturday’s crash. “It’s too early to speculate, but early indications suggest that perhaps heavy gusts could have been a factor that drove the aircraft to strike a wall of the canyon,” he said. “The other possibility is some sort of in-flight mechanical issue, including an engine problem or main rotor blade fracture or defect. Stuart Hill and Becky Dobson died when a helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon on Saturday Credit: facebook “You also cannot rule out human error, whether it be some sort of pilot incapacitation or neglect.” Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters said it is co-operating with the investigation and that it abides by flight safety rules and regulations that exceed those required by the Federal Aviation Administration. Saturday’s crash was its fourth fatal accident in the past 20 years, claiming eight live

Five-day assault on Syria enclave kills more than 400

Five-day assault on Syria enclave kills more than 400

Fresh bombardment on Eastern Ghouta killed dozens Thursday, bringing the number of dead civilians in a five-day assault by the Syrian government to more than 400. Mounting calls for a humanitarian truce in one of the bloodiest episodes of Syria's seven-year conflict failed to stop 46 more people being killed by air strikes and rocket fire. Regime backer Russia said there was "no agreement" at the UN Security Council on a 30-day ceasefire for Syria and presented amendments to a draft resolution that would allow aid deliveries and the evacuation of civilians from besieged Eastern Ghout

Parkland survivor Sarah Chadwick perfectly mixes hot memes with serious activism

Parkland survivor Sarah Chadwick perfectly mixes hot memes with serious activism

In the days since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people, students from the school have taken up a gun-control movement highlighted by powerful speeches, a tenacious CNN town hall appearance, and, in the case of Sarah Chadwick, cuttingly funny tweets. SEE ALSO: After Florida shooting, gun control becomes a global conversation Chadwick, a junior, has been among a group of outspoken MSDHS students who have given voice to the grief and rage of a community shattered by a violent act in the "Never Again" movement. And her activism, like many of the students, has extended to social media.  Chadwick has brought a fiery edge to her Twitter game amongst all of her activism work. Case in point: her slam on Sen. Marco Rubio after his poor performance at the CNN town hall when Chadwick's classmate, Cameron Kasky, challenged Rubio on not taking anymore donations from the NRA.  We should change the names of AR-15s to “Marco Rubio” because they are so easy to buy. — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 23, 2018 She also whipped up a tweet off the "Is your child texting about" meme that managed to deliver a few laughs and dovetail with the students' current mission, a pretty impressive feat for someone of any age. Is your child texting about gun reform? LOL: lets get stricter background checksDTF: don’t take money from NRABRB: ban rifles bro TTYL: Tomi Lahren stop talking — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 23, 2018 And as for the ridiculous conspiracy theory from the far right that some of the students — and one in particular, David Hogg — were "crisis actors," Chadwick delivered a zinger that dinged Hogg in jest but also underscored the absurdity of the conspiracies. To clarify @davidhogg111 can’t act to save his life. The fact that some people think he is being payed to is hilarious. — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 20, 2018 She's also not one to take any guff from pearl-clutching conservative commentators who keep pushing an agenda that distracts from the key issues of gun control and protecting the students. I’m a junior. https://t.co/P9clE1ks5N — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 23, 2018 Someone said Laura Ingraham was a discount Ann Coulter, and I haven’t stopped thinking about that since. — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 23, 2018 But for all the jokes, Chadwick, like her classmates, has displayed incredible resolve and stunning maturity in the face of unspeakable tragedy, not to mention an eloquence that I'm pretty sure I was nowhere close to when I was their age.  Sarah Chadwick: "Never again should a child be afraid to go to school. Never again should students have to protest for their lives." pic.twitter.com/SfW9RI8SAC — Fox News (@FoxNews) February 21, 2018 This extends to their social media use, which the students have leveraged to their advantage. Like her classmates, Chadwick's Twitter account has been extremely active with retweets showing support, links to their appearances that amplify their message, and useful, relevant news items.  Hey everyone for more updates on our movement and the match follow @NeverAgainMSD and @AMarch4OurLives — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 21, 2018 Yeah, they get in zingers (like that one on Rubio) and they're out here memeing it up, but there's always an underlying message to their sharing. And even with the lulz, they haven't undermined their message. Instead, their channeling even the smallest bits of humor toward their greater goal: change in gun control laws in the hopes of making these school shootings a thing of the past. The humor hasn't only grounded their efforts, it's amplified how extraordinary these students are. These aren't professional activists with years of experience under their belt; they're young people who were, a week ago, simply living the teenage experience when a act of violence ripped that away from them. “Be the change you wish to see in the world” - that quote is plastered high on a staircase in douglas. I read it everyday while walking to class, and now I’m here truly trying to be a change in the world. — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 20, 2018 That Sarah, Cameron, Emma, and so many others can find the inner strength to not only fight back but maintain their own sense of humanity as so many others try to tear them down is breathtaking to watch.  Seeing these students rally, both online and off, shows us that, at heart, they're still teens who like to goof on their friends and find joy in the world. And more importantly, it helps radiate one the most important things one can ask for in the wake of another horrific attack: it gives us hope. UPDATED: The story originally referred to Chadwick as a sophomore; she's actually a junior . We've also added Chadwick's burn on conservative commentator Laura Ingraham.

Christians Wrestle With Billy Graham's Legacy

Christians Wrestle With Billy Graham's Legacy

Rev. Billy Graham, the famous evangelist who died on Wednesday, was a charismatic preacher, a counselor to presidents, and a leading figure in American evangelicalis

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