A divided Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday that gun manufacturer Remington can be sued for alleged wrongful marketing of its Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, which was used in the mass murder of children and teachers at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. . .
A lower court judge previously threw out a wrongful death lawsuit against the company, saying it violated a 2005 federal law called the Protection of Lawful Commerce Act. Justices reversed that ruling in a 4-3 decision, with the majority agreeing that under Connecticut’s advertising laws, firearm companies may be held liable, The Associated Press reported.
Remington is being sued by the relatives of nine victims who were murdered in the massacre, and by one survivor. On Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Now we need to get other states to go along. Such a law would encourage other Republicans to challenge Trump during the primaries:
Washington’s state Senate passed a bill this week that would drop President Trump from the state’s 2020 presidential ballot until he releases his tax returns.
The bill, which advanced Tuesday to the state’s House of Representatives, according to CBS News, would require any candidate on the ballot for president in the state to release five years of tax returns before appearing in a general or primary election.
The myth (based on a internet urban legend) is doing terrible harm. We have to spread the word of what is the truth:
The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine isn’t associated with an increased risk of autism, even among kids who are at high risk because they have a sibling with the disorder, a Danish study suggests.
Concerns about a potential link between the MMR vaccine and autism have persisted for two decades, since a controversial and ultimately retracted 1998 paper claimed there was a direct connection. Even though subsequent studies haven’t tied inoculation to autism, fear about the risk has weighed on parents so much in several communities across Europe and the U.S. that vaccination rates have been too low to prevent a spate of measles outbreaks.
Trump has consistently tried to sabotage the NATO alliance. Which is further proof that he is a Russian agent:
Donald Trump isn’t done destroying American military alliances. After battering NATO, demeaning the support of allies in Afghanistan and Iraq, abandoning allied forces in Syria, and generally treating every other nation with ill-disguised contempt, Trump is ready to make it clear that he doesn’t think American forces are defending freedom. He thinks they are mercenaries.
Bloomberg reports that Trump is “drawing up demands” for the nations that currently host America’s overseas forces to pay up. Not pay up as in paying a share of the cost, because they do that already. Pay up as in paying all the cost, and then some. Trump intends to demand that U.S. allies cover the full cost of all U.S. military deployed to their countries, plus “50 percent or more for the privilege of hosting them.” That’s a “privilege” that few countries would be willing to pay for, and a recipe for ending a policy that has been the backbone of America’s military strategy for over 60 years.
President Donald Trump has traveled to his for-profit resort in Palm Beach, Florida, this weekend, where he will participate in Republican fundraisers that will put hundreds of thousands of dollars into his own cash registers.
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago will host a dinner for six-figure donors to the Republican National Committee on Friday evening and a “low dollar” lunch on Sunday, tickets for which cost $2,800, the maximum contribution allowable to a federal candidate for the 2020 election.
“It’s the perfect storm of corruption,” said Robert Weissman, the president of the liberal watchdog group Public Citizen. “This big money fundraiser by the RNC is being held to pursue a corrupt corporate agenda at a property owned by the president of the United States, who is using the highest office in the land to enrich himself.”
More evidence that gun laws do save lives. The problem is politicians are still afraid of the gun lobby:
States with stricter gun laws and lower rates of gun ownership in general saw a lower rate of mass shootings between 1998 and 2015 than did other jurisdictions where gun laws were more relaxed, according to a new study.
A study published in The BMJ found a significantly higher rate of mass shootings and other gun crimes in states that had higher rates of gun ownership among the population.
“States with more permissive gun laws and greater gun ownership had higher rates of mass shootings, and a growing divide appears to be emerging between restrictive and permissive states,” the study concluded.
“A 10% increase in state gun ownership [in a state] was associated with a significant 35.1% higher rate of mass shootings,” the study said.
This is dictatorship. And will only get worse unless we remove Trump from office. Time is running out:
Days before the Nov. 2018 midterm elections, President Trump cooked up pre-election hysteria over the so-called “caravan” of migrants a thousand miles away in southern Mexico, who were slowly making their way on foot towards the U.S. border. The president’s anti-immigrant chauvinism couldn’t stop his party from losing the House in a blue wave of Democratic victories, and afterward Trump largely dropped the issue until it became politically useful again months later during the government shutdown. The American government, however, sharpened its focus after the furor died down, according to a chilling report from NBC 7, NBC News’ local affiliate in San Diego. Documents leaked to NBC 7 show that the Trump administration went about gathering names of journalists, activists, and attorneys who had covered or worked with the fleeing migrants, and created a database that included dossiers on 57 people, including 10 journalists.
It can be argued that FOXNews runs the Republican Party, thus America:
A former Fox News correspondent is claiming the network strictly forbade conservatives from criticizing Trump. Author and frequent guest on the now-defunct O’Reilly Factor program, Bernie Goldberg, explained how Fox News executives would not allow conservatives to criticize Trump and other right-wing figures, such as Sarah Palin.
Police detained a black Colorado man who was picking up trash outside his own home.
A Boulder police officer questioned the man after spotting him Friday morning picking up trash with a clamper in a partially enclosed patio behind a “private property” sign, and he asked whether the man was authorized to be there, reported The Daily Camera.
The man, whose identity has not been released, told the officer he lived and worked in the building, and presented his school identification card, but the officer detained him for further investigation and called for additional assistance, saying the man was uncooperative.
A roommate began recording the encounter, and video posted online shows the man trying to explain that he lives in the building and did not have a weapon.
“You’re on my property with a gun in your hand, threatening to shoot me, because I’m picking up trash,” the man says. “I don’t have a weapon! This is a bucket, this is a clamp.”
“I’m not sitting down and you can’t make me,” the man says as additional officers arrive. “This is my property, this is my house — I live here.”