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Former Obama official 'connects the dots' between El Paso terrorists' letter and Trump's tweets

After back-to-back mass shootings this weekend, it has become nearly impossible to deny that our nation's current political climate is playing a role in catastrophic gun violence. While we can't create a direct line between President Trump and mass shootings, the anti-immigrant rhetoric he has co-opted from the political fringes has become integrated into our national dialogue and filtered down into the language used by those perpetrating gun violence on innocent victims.

For those who still don't see a direct correlation, this Twitter thread is impossible to ignore.




After some backlash from fellow progressives, Friedman chimed back in to make an important point: Those who want to maintain the status quo regarding gun laws and gun crimes aren't afraid to push extreme ideas and false narratives. That makes his evidence-based claim all the more vital.


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Seventy-five years ago, on January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.

Auschwitz was the deadliest of Nazi Germany's 20 concentration camps. From 1940 to 1945 of the 1.3 million prisoners sent to Auschwitz, 1.1 million died. That figure includes 960,000 Jews, 74,000 non-Jewish Poles, 21,000 Roma, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, and up to 15,000 other Europeans.

The vast majority of the inmates were murdered in the gas chambers while others died of starvation, disease, exhaustion, and executions.

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The phrase "stay in your lane" is usually lobbed at celebrities who talk about politics on Twitter by people who disagree with them. People in the sports world will often get a "stick to sports" when they try to have an opinion that lies outside of the field of play.

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In a move that feels like the subject line of a spam email or the premise of a bad '80s movie, online shopping mogul Yusaku Maezawa is giving away money as a social experiment.

Maezawa will give ¥1 million yen ($9,130) to 1,000 followers who retweeted his January 1st post announcing the giveaway. The deadline to retweet was Tuesday, January 7.

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