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Wrap Weekly Wrap 11.10.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
“In 2016, there were 508,680 potential voters in Virginia disenfranchised because of felonies, including more than one in every five African Americans, according to The Sentencing Project.”
Before Texas Shooting, Samantha Bee Revealed How Domestic Abusers Get Around Gun Restrictions
She called for the end of "the boyfriend loophole," referring to the 20-year-old Lautenberg Act that barred individuals who are married, in a domestic partnership, or have children to own guns. Outside of that realm, domestic abusers are still allowed to own guns.
12 Historic Wins in Last Night's Elections
From Virginia’s first-ever Latina state representatives to the first-ever openly transgender elected official in U.S. state legislature, here are 12 ways last night represented wins for justice.
11 Dorothy Day Quotes in Remembrance of the Radical, Pacifist Servant of God
"We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it."
Texas State Rep. on Gun Violence: ‘As God Is Our Witness, This Stops Here’
In an open letter to the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Joe Straus, State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) is calling for the creation of a commission to examine the roots of gun violence in the state and recommend solutions, including "common sense gun control reforms."
Syria to Sign Paris Climate Pact, U.S. Now the Only Country to Withdraw
Syria announced plans to sign the Paris climate accord on Nov. 7, according to The New York Times. With Nicaragua signing the Paris Agreement in October, it leaves the U.S. as the only country to oppose the accord.
10 Quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt, the ‘First Lady of the World’
"Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down."
Humans the Primary Cause for Global Warming, Report Shows
The findings directly contradict the Trump administration's policies on climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency has removed mentions of climate change from their website, with administrator Scott Pruitt denying that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. "It begs the question, where are members of the administration getting their information from? They’re obviously not getting it from their own scientists," Philip B. Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center, said.
Weekly Wrap 11.3.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Ireland wanted to forget. But the dead don’t always stay buried.
GOP Tax Plan Would Allow Clergy to Endorse Political Candidates From the Pulpit
The proposal, part of the House Republicans' tax plan, states that churches will no longer be found guilty of breaking the law “because of the content of any homily, sermon, teaching, dialectic, or other presentation made during religious services or gatherings.”