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“When you decide to vote, this cause of continuing death for innocent people should be a relevant factor in your decision.”
– President Barack Obama

“There’s been another mass shooting in America,” President Barack Obama, in what likely was the most angered, angst-ridden, and unreserved press conference he has held to date, said in response to today’s Umpqua Community College shooting that left ten dead and another seven wounded. 

“That means there are more American families, moms, dads, children, whose lives have been changed forever. That means there’s another community stunned with grief and communities across the country forced to relieve their own anguish, and parents across the country who are scared because they know it might have been their families or their children.”

Speaking just hours after this latest, the 15th, mass shooting of his presidency, President Obama, as he has numerous times before during his tenure, expressed, unscripted his grief.

“So we know there are ways to prevent it. And of course, what’s also routine is somebody somewhere will comment and say, ‘Obama will politicize this issue.’ Well, this is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together, to our body politic.”

“This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America,” the President told reporters. “We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones.”

“Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine,” a clearly frustrated president said. “We’ve become numb to this.”

“We’ve talked about this after Columbine and Blacksburg, after Tucson, after Newtown, after Aurora, after Charleston,” he continued, rattling off the names of cities forever changed by mass shootings. “It cannot be this easy for someone who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun,” he pleaded.

Challenging the NRA’s claim, the president said, “more guns” and “fewer safety laws” won’t make Americans safer.

“There is a gun for roughly every man woman and child in America…How can you with a straight face make an argument that more guns make us safer?”

President Obama urged all Americans to “think about” whether their “views are properly represented” by elected officials and to gun owners asked them to think if “the organization that suggests it’s speaking for you” – the NRA – actually is.

“I hope and pray that I don’t have to come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences to families in these circumstances,” the President said. “But based on my experience as president, I can’t guarantee that. And that’s terrible to say. And it can change.”

“Tonight as those of us who are lucky enough to hug our kids a little closer are thinking about the families who aren’t so fortunate, I’d ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws to save lives and let our young people grow up,” he urged.

In what appeared to be his only scripted remarks, the President asked God to “bless the memories of those who were killed today, may he bring comfort to their families, and courage to the injured as they fight their way back, and may he give us the strength to come together and find the courage to change.”

 

Editor’s note:
At 7:54 PM ET the New York Times reports “Sheriff John Hanlin of Douglas County said that the gunman killed 10 people and wounded seven, adjusting initial reports from law enforcement officials, which counted 13 dead and 20 injured.” 

 

EARLIER:

Live Video: 13 Confirmed Dead In Umpqua Community College Shooting – Gunman Was 20 Year Old Male

BREAKING: At Least 10 Dead, 20 Injured In Shooting At Oregon Community College

Video and screenshot via MSNBC

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GOP Senators ‘Feel Blindsided’ Administration Had Bombshell Bolton Book and Didn’t Tell Them – Experts Call It a ‘Cover Up’

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Republican Senators are angry and “feel blindsided” the White House did not tell them it had a draft copy of John Bolton’s upcoming book before they defended President Trump’s lies that he did not extort Ukraine. The New York Times late Sunday revealed it had obtained the unpublished manuscript in which Bolton writes that in August Trump told him he wanted to continue to withhold aid from Ukraine until they agreed to manufacture “dirt” on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden.

One fo the authors of that NY Times article, Maggie Haberman, Monday added to her reporting, via Twitter:

But many are convinced that Republican Senators had to have known that Trump was lying about his “perfect call” with Ukraine President Zelensky, as they lied for him.

And some experts are pointing to Haberman’s tweet and doubting they didn’t know – and accusing the lawmakers and Trump of engaging in a “cover up.”

 

 

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‘Cool Story Bro’: Trump’s Latest Bolton Lie Sinks Like Lead Balloon as Americans Grow Tired of President’s Perjury

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President Donald Trump kicked off the week with a lie about John Bolton. Sunday night The New York Times revealed the manuscript of the President’s former National Security Advisor’s upcoming book includes the bombshell that Trump told Bolton in August he wanted to continue to withhold nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine until that country agreed to manufacture dirt on Joe Biden.

Monday morning Trump tweeted his latest lie, claiming the House “never” asked Bolton to testify, and claiming the Senate had no right or responsibility to get testimony from his former advisor. Both are lies. The House asked, but Trump ordered Bolton to not testify.

And Americans know Trump is lying.

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Unpublished Bolton Manuscript Exposes Trump’s Ukraine ‘Drug Deal’ Tying Military Aid to Dirt on Biden: New NYT Report

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The unpublished manuscript of John Bolton‘s forthcoming book exposes what the former Trump National Security Advisor allegedly had called a “drug deal,” when referring to the president’s extortion scheme of Ukraine, a New York Times report reveals. Trump, according to the draft, personally told Bolton of the illegal act, including tying congressionally-approved military aid to Ukraine manufacturing “dirt” against former Vice President Joe Biden, who early emerged as Trump’s top political opponent.

“President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R. Bolton,” the Times reported late Sunday.

Those facts wholly destroy the president’s defense which his legal team have been arguing before and now during his Senate impeachment trial. The revelation, just before the trial resumes Monday afternoon, might make it extraordinarily difficult for Trump’s defense team to continue that line of defense.

“Mr. Bolton’s explosive account of the matter at the center of Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial, the third in American history, was included in drafts of a manuscript he has circulated in recent weeks to close associates.”

Senate Democrats tried last week to subpoena Bolton to testify, but Republicans killed all such efforts.

The Times’ report also states Bolton submitted the manuscript to the White House, which means they are aware of the existence of the allegation – and continue to engage in obstruction of Congress, one of the two Articles of Impeachment.

Maggie Haberman, one of the author’s of Sunday night’s bombshell, posted this tweet:

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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