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“As we took 9/11 seriously, we need to take this seriously.”

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, regarding the severity of the racist mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., which many are now calling an act of domestic terrorism. Legislators in both the Senate and the House have proposed legislation that would bolster federal resources against domestic terrorism, requiring the Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to create an interagency task force to combat white supremacy in the military. The House passed its bill in a nearly party-line vote late on Wednesday, May 18. (Associated Press — May 19, 2022)

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  • Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, regarding Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis’ decision that California’s law that required publicly held companies to include women on their boards was unconstitutional. Another challenge also recently struck down the state’s law mandating corporate board diversity based on race and sexual orientation. (Reuters — May 17, 2022)
  • Malcolm Graham, the brother of Cynthia Graham-Hurd, one of the nine parishioners who were fatally shot by an avowed white supremacist in Charleston, S.C., in 2015, regarding the mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., this weekend in which a white man targeted people because of their skin color. Sunday’s supermarket shooting was the nation’s 198th mass shooting so far in 2022, just 19 weeks into the year, averaging to about 10 mass shootings a week. (Associated Press, NPR — May 15 and 16, 2022)
  • Marc Molinaro, a Dutchess County, N.Y., executive who is trying to run for Congress, but the state unexpectedly invalidated the new congressional district in which Molinaro was attempting to run. Then Molinaro’s likely opponent, Rep. Antonio Delgado, took a job as the state’s lieutenant governor, leaving Molinaro without an opponent until a special election fills the roll, just months before the November election. (New York Times — May 11, 2022)
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