Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 2:00 p.m. In front of the Russell Senate Office Building on Constitution Avenue

As 20th Anniversary of Columbine School Shooting Approaches, a Rare Showing of Solidarity Among Church and Ministry Leaders Across the Political and Theological Spectrum, Together with the Presence of a Columbine Victim, is Hoped to Move Senate to Action on Universal Background Checks and Red Flag Laws

WASHINGTON -- In what may be a pivot in the often contentious 2nd Amendment / Gun Violence Prevention debate, a diverse group of unlikely allies - conservative evangelical and liberal mainline church leaders - are joining together to deliver a unified message to Senators on April 16 and April 17: "We are concerned over the current status of legislation related to sensible gun regulation - we all agree that this is a moral and ethical issue in our country and the time for action is overdue." 

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The Pentagon's implementation on Friday of a new policy restricting military service by those who identify as transgender continues to draw criticism. But the reality is most of the critics have made little effort to accurately understand it. This is true even of groups presenting themselves as experts -- like the American Medical Association. The AMA was quoted last week criticizing the Pentagon document to implement the policy for using the word "deficiencies" in explaining when transgender service members may be separated from the military. AMA president Dr. Barbara L. McAneny told the Associated Press, "The only thing deficient is any medical science behind this decision."

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The Trump administration’s discussion of a plan to drop illegal migrants off in sanctuary cities met with an unexpected pushback Thursday from some of the most vocal advocates of laxer immigration laws.

According to a Washington Post report published Thursday, the White House approached Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at least twice to propose that illegal border-crossers be transported to sanctuary cities.

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The Green New Deal is not “new,” it is not “green” other than in name, and it is not a “deal.” In other words, it is a technocrat’s delight because it revisits and resuscitates their goal of total government control without appearing to do so. Proponents of the original idea that humans were causing global warming are losing the war one battle at a time. They did what they always do. Ignore the evidence and move the goalposts. That is what they are doing with the Green New Deal. It is the same use of false or deliberately created science to convince people that they can save themselves from the sky falling. Chicken Little reappears as Big Turkey.

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The Senate Judiciary held a hearing this week on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 160) further highlighting our need to continue encouraging our Senators to uphold the sanctity of our most vulnerable, the unborn.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act bans abortion after 20 weeks gestational age due to overwhelming scientific evidence that babies at this age can feel pain. The U.S. is only one of seven countries where it is legal to get an elective abortion after 20 weeks. That list includes North Korea and China, two countries that repeatedly violate basic human rights.

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. -- A new lawsuit says some of Virginia's gun-related laws are unconstitutional. The federal complaint is being filed April 11, 2019 in the the Eastern District of Virginia.

A military veteran in Fredericksburg, Virginia, was prosecuted for merely holding a B.B. gun down by his leg, upside down with the trigger hanging down near the ground. He then leaned the gun up against his own fence. 

The veteran was arrested for "assault by intimidation" and "brandishing" for merely holding a gun with other people around down next to his leg. He asked trespassers from his own backyard what they were doing there across his own fence in a private parking lot next door.

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In recent years, state lawmakers annually have earmarked a total of nearly $5 million to eight regional economic development organizations, presumably to help attract new companies to South Carolina.

But whether taxpayers are getting significant, verifiable returns on their investment is questionable, The Nerve found in a review of required annual reports from four of the groups to the S.C. Department of Commerce.

Most of the reports list international or out-of-state trips, and other “lead generation” or marketing expenses, but don’t specifically link those efforts to identified companies that located or expanded in the organization’s respective areas.

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