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It ended in the wee hours of the morning.  We are proud of all the senators who joined.

Murphy Ends Filibuster With Reminder of Sandy Hook Teacher’s Bravery

Senate Democrats ended a nearly 15-hour filibuster early Thursday after Republican Party leaders reportedly agreed to allow votes on two proposed gun control measures.

Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said that a compromise had been reached. Votes would be held on whether to ban people on the government’s terrorist watch list from obtaining gun licenses and whether to expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales, he added.

“We did not have that commitment when we started today,” Murphy said.

The nonstop series of speeches stretched 14 hours and 50 minutes. It followed the shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

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Here is an updated list of participating senators.
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Curbing gun sales will not prevent another Oklahoma City, Boston Marathon bombing, or 9/11 but can help prevent the next Orlando, Sandy Hook, Charleston, or Colorado Springs.  Trump, McCain, Cruz and other Republicans insist the focus should be on terrorism rather than guns.  Arguably, any attack using assault weapons can be called terrorism, but it is possible ISIS was only the latest convenient excuse for this shooter and banning people from coming here would not have prevented this tragedy. This afternoon, CNN reported this story originally an exclusive to TMZ.  Apparently it checks out.  He could not buy a gun in fifth grade, so that didn’t happen, but there were warnings.

It also should be lost on no one that there were 50 shooting victims in Orlando over the weekend. Christina Grimmie’s murder was quickly eclipsed by the larger massacre – and that could have been a much worse situation had her brother not tackled the shooter. These problems cannot be addressed with a wall or by banning people, as Hillary Clinton tirelessly points out.

So thank you Senator Murphy, all the senators listed above, and Hillary Clinton for shining light on a realistic solution.

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Email from Senator Murphy:

I was the Congressman from Newtown, Connecticut when tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th, 2012. As long as I live, I’ll never forget the scene at the firehouse when twenty-six families were told they would not be reunited with their children and loved ones.

For years, Congress has failed those families and the victims of gun violence all across the country.

That is why yesterday, starting at 11:21 a.m., I decided to stand on the Senate floor and talk for as long as I could about the need to prevent gun violence. And with the help of more than 30 of my colleagues, we demanded immediate action to make our communities safer from gun violence:

I can tell you that as the hours progressed, my colleagues heard your calls for change grow louder and louder. And after almost fifteen hours of filibustering, I was proud to be able to announce that Republicans had agreed to our demand for a vote on legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists and require comprehensive background checks for gun purchases.

That is just one step, and our fight is far from over. But there are millions of voices out there who believe like we do that now is the time for action. And if we keep making ourselves heard, we will save lives.

Add your voice to Hillary Clinton’s and mine to demand Congress take immediate action to make our communities safer from gun violence:


Whether it’s shootings fueled by racism, rage against women, homophobia, extremist ideologies, or severe mental illness, I shudder to think what it says about us as a nation if we don’t even attempt to make a good faith effort to end this carnage. We need to re-think whether or not that’s something we are willing to allow. And like President Obama said on Sunday, doing nothing is a choice, too.

So I am going to stand with Hillary Clinton and continue this fight until Congress has done everything it can to make our communities safer from gun violence.

Thank you for adding your voice to ours.

Chris Murphy
U.S. Senator, Connecticut

When Hillary sat down with Huffington Post‘s Sam Stein, she turned the tables and started by asking him a question.  He concluded by thanking her for not blacklisting HuffPo.

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Transcript: Hillary Clinton’s Interview With The Huffington Post

The presumptive Democratic nominee addressed a number of foreign and domestic topics.

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Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, spoke with The Huffington Post by phone for roughly 10 minutes on Wednesday, discussing everything from gun control and drone policy to campus rape and women in the military. 

Below is the full transcript from the interview. It has been edited for clarity.

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Hillary Clinton: Great to talk to you, Sam. Aren’t you from one of the [Trump-]banned publications?

The Huffington Post: Yes, and our group is growing bigger. We have a real crew now.

I think there should be some kind of badge of honor that you all put on.

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While we were all busy encouraging and thanking our senators for their filibuster last night, Oprah – yes the Oprah – was endorsing Hillary.

EXCLUSIVE: Oprah Winfrey Endorses Hillary Clinton in Upcoming Election: ‘It’s a Seminal Moment for Women’

by Zach Seemayer 9:54 PM PDT, June 15, 2016

Oprah Winfrey is throwing her support behind Hillary Clinton.

Winfrey spoke with ET’s Nancy O’Dell at the premiere of her new OWN drama, Greenleaf, and the media mogul opened up about the possibility of America electing its first female president.

“I really believe that is going to happen,” said Winfrey, 62. “It’s about time that we make that decision.

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Today, the AFL-CIO gave Hillary their nod.

AFL-CIO endorses Hillary Clinton

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Hillary had a wonderful week last week and all the joy was punctuated by the massacre in Orlando.  Hillary has vowed to take on the NRA and the Senate will vote on proposals to close loopholes in the gun laws. It will be a while before people feel joyful again, but we can be thankful to Hillary for her firm stance, to the senators who joined the filibuster, and to the very strong, influential people and organizations who endorse Hillary.

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Proud of my Senators.  Are yours in this?

Dems take over floor to protest Senate inaction on gun control

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and other Democrats have taken over the Senate floor to call for tougher gun control laws and specifically action on keeping people on terrorist watchlists from buying firearms.

“I’m prepared to stand on this floor and talk about the need for this body to come together on keeping terrorists away from getting guns … for, frankly, as long as I can, because I know that we can come together on this issue,” Murphy said in beginning the filibuster on Wednesday.

Murphy began speaking at about 11:20 a.m., and the filibuster was still going at 2 p.m.

Other Democrats who joined him included Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Al Franken (Minn.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Ben Cardin (Md.) and Ed Markey (Mass.).

It also won support from presumptive Democatic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

How are your Senators doing?  Here is the list of participants.

You can call to urge participation or register your support here >>>>

The number will be dialed for you and you will be connected.  Let’s do this once and for all!

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Speaking on safety and security at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton today, Hillary once again blasted Donald Trump’s lies, rants, implications, and outrageous policy plans.  She said a ban on people by religion or region would not have prevented the Orlando massacre since the shooter was born in Queens, NY not far from where Donald Trump was born – also of an immigrant mother. Of his planned wall, she wondered how you build a wall against the internet. (Firewalls notwithstanding, Chinese people get around the Great Firewall regularly to come right here to this blog from their universities and technical institutes, and American students know how to circumvent firewalls at their schools.  They do it all the time.)

First on CNN: New Clinton video blasts Trump’s response to Orlando massacre

“He wants to ban all Muslims from entering our country, and now he wants to go even further,” Clinton says in the video. “Just one day after the massacre, he went on TV and suggested that President Obama is on the side of the terrorists.”

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I am posting this while Donald Trump is on my TV screen spouting the most outrageous lies and misinformation … again!  He just said, “Belgium is a beautiful city.”  I kid you not.

We’re still reeling from what happened on Sunday in Orlando. Another terrorist attack–not overseas, but here at home. Dozens of Americans killed and wounded. A hate crime at an LGBT nightclub, right in the middle of Pride Month. The deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.

Since Sunday, we’ve been trying to make sense of what happened and what we can do together to prevent future attacks. Yesterday in Cleveland, I once again laid out a plan for defeating ISIS and the broader radical jihadist movement — around the world and online — and for combating radicalization here at home, including detecting and preventing “lone wolf” attacks like we saw in Orlando and San Bernardino. These attacks are carried out by individuals who may or may not have direct contact with an organization like ISIS but are inspired by its twisted ideology.

We have to work with Muslim communities here at home, who are often the most likely to recognize radicalization before it’s too late. And, as I’ve said from the very beginning of this campaign, I believe we Americans are capable of protecting Second Amendment rights while making sure guns don’t fall into the wrong hands. The terrorist in Orlando was the definition of “the wrong hands.” And weapons of war have no place in our streets.

The questions about how we deal with the threat of terrorism are some of the most charged and important issues we face, and there are bound to be differences of opinion.

But I believe with all my heart that despite those differences, on a deeper level, we’re all on the same team. That’s what we’re seeing in Orlando and across America — people of different faiths, backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities coming together to say with one voice, we won’t let hate defeat us. If even the families of the Orlando victims are speaking out right now against hate and division, we should certainly expect it from our leaders.

I’m sorry to say that’s not what we’re seeing from Donald Trump.

This man wants to be our next Commander-in-Chief, a job that demands a calm, collected, and dignified response to these kinds of events. Instead, yesterday morning — just one day after the Orlando massacre — he went on TV and suggested that President Obama is on the side of the terrorists.

Even in a time of divided politics, this is beyond the pale. And I have to ask — will responsible Republican leaders stand up to their presumptive nominee? Or will they stand by his accusation about our president?

I’m sure they’d rather avoid that question altogether. But history will remember what we do in this moment.

What Trump is saying is shameful. And it’s disrespectful to the people who were killed and wounded in Orlando and to their families.

Of course, this is a leader of the birther movement, which spread the lie that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States. But it was one thing when he was a reality TV personality — it’s another when he’s the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president.

Americans don’t need conspiracy theories and pathological self-congratulations — we need leadership, common sense, and concrete plans. The barbarity we face from radical jihadists is profound, and Americans deserve a worthy debate on the best way to keep our country safe.

I read every word of Trump’s speech yesterday. I sifted through all the bizarre rants and outright lies. And what I found is, once you cut through the nonsense, his plan comes down to two things.

First, he’s fixated on the words “radical Islam.” Is Trump suggesting that there are magic words that, once uttered, will stop terrorists from coming after us? From my perspective, it matters what we do, not just what we say. It didn’t matter what we called Bin Laden — it matters that we got Bin Laden.

I’ve clearly said that we face terrorist enemies who use a perverted version of Islam to justify slaughtering innocent people. We have to stop them, and we will. What I won’t do is demonize and declare war on an entire religion.

Now that we’re past the semantic debate, Trump’s going to have to come up with something better. He’s got one other idea — to ban all Muslims from entering our country and to suspend all immigration from large parts of the world. This approach is un-American. It goes against everything we stand for as a country founded on religious freedom.

It’s also dangerous.

First, we rely on partners in Muslim countries to fight terrorists. Second, we need to build trust in Muslim communities here at home to counter radicalization. This makes all of that harder. Third, Trump’s words will be a recruiting tool for ISIS and help increase its ranks. And fourth, he’s turning Americans against Americans, which is exactly what ISIS wants.

In this instance, though, Trump’s words are especially nonsensical. Because the terrorist who carried out this attack wasn’t born in Afghanistan, as Trump said yesterday. He was born in Queens — just like Donald Trump. Muslim bans and immigration reforms wouldn’t have stopped him, and they wouldn’t have saved a single life in Orlando.

Those are the only two ideas Trump put forward yesterday for how to fight ISIS. Beyond that, he said a lot of false things about me. He said I’ll abolish the Second Amendment. Wrong. He said I’ll let a flood of refugees into our country without any screening. Also wrong.

These are demonstrably lies. But he feels compelled to tell them — because he has to distract from the fact that he has nothing substantive to say for himself.

Trump has been very clear about what he won’t do: He won’t stand up to the gun lobby.

The terrorist who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in Orlando did it with two guns: a handgun and a Sig Sauer MCX rifle. This man had been investigated by the FBI for months, but we couldn’t stop him from buying a powerful weapon he used to slaughter Americans in large numbers.

We’ve reached the point where people can’t board planes with full bottles of shampoo — but people being watched by the FBI for suspected terrorist links can buy a gun with no questions asked. If you’re too dangerous to get on a plane, you’re too dangerous to buy a gun.

Enough is enough. Now is the time for seriousness and resolve.

We need to go after ISIS overseas, protect Americans here at home, counter poisonous ideologies, support our first responders, and take a hard look at our gun laws — and we need to stand with LGBT Americans and peaceful Muslim Americans, today and always.

America is a big-hearted, fair-minded country. We teach our children that this is one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Not just for people who look a certain way, or love a certain way, or worship a certain way — for all.

That fundamental American ideal is why I’m so confident that we can overcome the threats we face. We can solve our challenges at home. And we can build a future where no one’s left out or left behind. Because we’re stronger together.

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Thank you, Washington, D.C.!  Not only did she win, she got a huge margin!  Thank you so much, D.C. voters!

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We just won Washington, D.C.! Grateful to everyone who voted.

And it’s a SWEEP!  Thank you so much D.C. Voters for coming out! Hillary took all eight wards!  At LEAST 36 delegates!  D.C. rocks!  Way to bring it home BIG for Hillary! Way to make history!

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