The mass shooting in Orlando has taken at least 50 lives and over 50 more people are still fighting to survive in area hospitals.
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Equality Florida, an LGBT civil rights organization has opened up a GoFundMe page to raise money to support the victims of the attack.
From the group:
“We are reeling from the tragic news that a gunman opened fire on the 2am capacity crowd at Pulse leaving 50 people dead and over 50 injured according to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
We are heartbroken and angry that senseless violence has once again destroyed lives in our state and in our country.
Gay clubs hold a significant place in LGBTQ history. They were often the only safe gathering place and this horrific act strikes directly at our sense of safety. June commemorates our community standing up to anti-LGBTQ violence at the Stonewall Inn, the nightclub that has become the first LGBTQ site recognized as a national monument.
We have received a steady stream of emails and messages from those seeking to help or to make sense of the senseless. We make no assumptions on motive. We will await the details in tears of sadness and anger. We stand in solidarity and keep our thoughts on all whose lives have been lost or altered forever in this tragedy.”
As of 12:00 PM EST, over $21,000 has been raised out of a goal of $100,000.
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Johnson’s story was told in a remarkable profile by Al Jazeera and a video focused on the man’s reintegration into society has started to go viral.
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The 8 leading Republican candidates for President have gathered in Milwaukee, WI for the fourth primary debate in the 2016 election campaign. The debate is hosted by Fox Business Channel and The Wall Street Journal.
Here at Rise News, we are following the action and giving it a millennial spin. So follow along with us as we factcheck, crack jokes and make observations.
You can join the fun by sending us your perspective to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll include your thoughts in the live blog. You can also tweet at us @RiseNewsNow.
CB- Chris Beacham
BP- Ben Preez
RR- Rich RobinsonLoading ...
CB 11:21 PM:
How I think they did:
RR 11:17 PM:
How I think they did:
CB 11:12PM: Fiorina “Imagine a Clinton presidency.” Guy in audience yells “No!”
CB 11:08PM: Natural gas has been useful, and the transition will take time. But there are many jobs in solar and wind too.
RR 11:06 PM: JEB! logic: Only protect the environment if you have the money. Otherwise, just screw it.CB 11:06PM: Rand Paul is wrong on climate. Goal is to go to clean energy entirely.
RR 11:03 PM: Hell nah.
CB 11:02 PM: Yo Rich you wanna see Michael Bay’s Benghazi?
RR 11:01 PM: Is this debate over yet?CB 11:00 PM: Rubio mentioned student debt. Barely. One of the biggest issues of this election.
RR 10:55 PM: That Kasich answer didn’t make any sense. It would only make sense if he supported bail outs in worst case scenarios. Obviously, he would by the way. All established GOPers would not like the economy run down a cliff because of a weird Ayn Rand fascination (unlike the others).
CB 10:53PM: Kasich wasn’t too clear. Wants to help people who invested in banks while also allowing big banks to fail? Can you separate the two?
RR 10:47 PM: Really like the way Kasich talked about a moral capitalism. Never really heard it talked like that before but it is a good message.
CB 10:45PM: Kasich talking about greed, the dark side of free enterprise, and needed regulation. Scores even more points with me tonight.CB 10:44PM: Rubio, the government made them big because of NO regulation. Mostly under republican administrationsCB 10:42PM: And his brother’s policies are largely responsible for the dire economic conditions.CB 10:41 PM: Bush will not stand up to big banks.
RR 10:40 PM: JEB! says the economy will never fail on bad times ever again. Hooray!
CB 10:31 PM: Rand Paul: “I will not arm our enemies.” I love this guy. Unfortunately, it really is that simple.
CB 10:30PM: Rand Paul: “You can be strong and not be involved in every civil war int he world.” Couldn’t agree more.
CB 10:25 PM: Jeb Bush on foreign policy makes my toes curl.
RR 10:24 PM: JEB! got to step up his board game references. Letting Putin go into Syria not like Monopoly, more like Risk. #NothingButTheFacts
CB 10:21PM: Jeb Bush and Clinton agree with no fly zone in Syria.
RR: 10:15 PM: That Rand Paul slam was brutal. Trump really didn’t know what the trade deal is really about and Paul called him out. Ouch.
CB 10:13 PM: RAND PAUL REVENGE
BP: 10:13 PM: Rand : “Hey Gerard, We might want to point out, China’s not part of this deal”
CB 10:12 PM: Trump speaking against TPP. Unique situation where GOP majority agrees with Obama. Sounds more like Bernie Sanders.
BP: 10:11 PM: Trump: “TPP is a horrible deal”
RR 10:09 PM: @CB: Military is always asking for more money. That is nature of the beast.
CB 10:07 PM: Without question, Rand Paul is the smartest GOP on foreign policy. Wish we could get more inot that in this debate.
BP: 10:06 PM: Rand Paul “I want a strong national defense, but I don’t want us to be bankrupt.”
CB 10:06 PM: Is military asking for more money?
CB 10:04 PM: Good for Rand!
CB 10:04 PM: Jeb “I’m going to fight as hard as I can to make sure Supergirl gives me a chance. And everyone a chance. This is about giving people opportunity.”
CB 10:02 PM: Jeb “I’m going to fight as hard as I can to make sure Supergirl gives me a chance. And everyone a chance. This is about giving people opportunity.”
RR 10:00 PM: Bush supporter’s real name is Reagan Love? GIVE ME A BREAK.
CB 9:59 PM: Interesting notes on Carson and economy Rich.
CB 9:59 PM: Would be funny if CNBC walks into the theater and just breaks the civility of this debate. As far as communicating ideas, this is a much better debate though
RR 9:59 PM: Ted Cruz just had an oops moment. Two mentions of Department of Commerce in his list of five departments he would cut. Politicians really have to stop listing off agencies they would cut. They never remember them all.
RR 9:57 PM: Can someone explain to me who collects taxes if we were to abolish the IRS? Who gives out business ID numbers? Who investigates tax related crimes?
BP 9:57 PM: Ted Cruz: “There are more words in the tax code than there are in The Bible!”
BP 9:56 PM: Rand: “I want a government really, really small. So small you could barely see it.”BP 9:52 PM: More coffee please!
CB 9:52PM: Seems like Dr. Carson took a lighter dose of morphine tonight
RR 9:52 PM Ben Carson doesn’t seem to realize how much the American economy changed after 1913. Went from very stratified society to a more broad base middle class. Government policies and wealth redistribution had a tremendous amount to do with it.
BP 9:50 PM Btw a 30 second ad during this debate sold for $750,000. Not that bad. affordable.RR 9:50 PM: Oh great, Michael Bay has turned Benghazi into modern day Alamo film.
CB 8:48 PM: Michael Bay’s Benghazi movie advertisement during the break. Coincidence?? NahCB 8:46 PM: Fox “What’s the alternative?” Good for them!CB 8:45PM: Fiorina talking about her business career. Don’t-don’t go there.
BP 9:45 PM Fiorina: “Obamacare has to be repealed because it is failing.”RR 9:45 PM: No, Obamacare has helped drive down costs and many people have become insured as a result. Hard to judge it fully though since there has been little help from the state level in the majority of the country.
CB 9:44PM: Is Obamacare a failure? Just playing devil’s advocate.
CB 9:43PM: Cruz: “It’s offensive!” Says it again in a Homer Simpson impression.
Democrats, laughing. pic.twitter.com/HbzZUXUTDt
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) November 11, 2015
BP 9:38 PM: Jeb: “Thank you Donald for allowing me to speak at the debate, I appreciate it. What a generous man you are.”
RR 9:37 PM: JEB! doing a lot more of that patented Bush lean tonight. He’s the decider. He he he.
BP 9:36 PM: Trump to Kasich: “You should let Jeb speak.”
CB 9:35PM: Kasich bringing common sense to the immigration conversation.
CB 9:34PM: Kasich is on the money tonight. Very strong so far.
RR 9:34 PM: John “Amnesty” Kasich’s immigration plan: “Would somebody think of the children?!”
BP 9:33 PM: Trump: “If you don’t think a wall works, ask Israel.”
RR 9:31 PM: Chris, you need to get out of the liberal elite bubble you live in. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain
CB 9:30 PM: Dr. Carson: “I have no problem being vetted”, after complaining a week about being vetted. Clinton and Obama are totally scrutinized by the media. Obama had to leave his church in 2008 because of media scrutiny.
BP 9:29 PM Carson: “Thank you for not asking me what I said in the 10th grade. I appreciate that.”
RR 9:29 PM: That’s a gotcha question Neil Cavuto!
BP 9:24 PM: Rand Paul “If you want less income inequality move to a city with a Republican mayor or a state with a Republican governor.”BP 9:24 PM: Agree.CB 9:24PM: The lighting on this stage is pretty rough tonight. Everyone looks tired.
RR 9:23 PM: Carly hangs out with some depressing people yo.CB 9:22PM: Fiorina: “Big government creating big business called politics.”
RR 9:20 PM: JEB! alive.
BP 9:19 PM: Bush says he wants to repeal every rule Obama has made so far.
CB 9:19 PM: Jeb Bush is having an aggressive opening.
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By John Massey
On Nov 30th, British Defense Minister Michael Fallon committed the UK to a leading role in the freshly designed Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF).
This force, composed of: the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Norway, will be a 10,000 strong unit designed to cooperate with NATO, EU, and UN operations.
JEF will be able to respond to a variety of missions including deterrence, interstate conflict, and humanitarian crises.
There has also been some speculation of Sweden participating in JEF, as the Swedish government continues its increasingly robust affiliation with the Atlantic Security system.
When looking at the list of countries taking part in this UK lead endeavor, one notices two things:
- All of the current contributors are NATO members, and potential contributor Sweden is greatly affiliated with NATO.
- This is a UK lead venture. While France and Britain have a similar integrated reaction force, the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF), the most prominent member of NATO, the US is missing from these recent arrangements.
The establishment of these reaction forces, in addition to the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), potentially indicate a shift in European defense responsibilities in response to increased Russian adventurism, and the American “Pivot to Asia”.
Thus, Britain attempting to shift the weight onto its own shoulders is in keeping with historical precedents from 1950-1955.
In Anthony Eden’s account of the period in “Full Circle”, American Secretary of State John Foster Dulles threatened an “agonizing reappraisal” of American security policy should West Germany not be integrated into the European security infrastructure.
This was followed by the personal commitment of Prime Minister Eden to finding a diplomatic solution, and the commitment of four British divisions under international direction.
The addition of the West Germans into the Atlantic Alliance, due to the hard work by Her Majesty’s Government, convinced the Eisenhower administration that Europe was worth investing resources to balance against the Soviets.
Likewise, in the establishment of these various European reaction forces, Britain is taking the lead in directing European Security policy.
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