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Democrats Have Staged An Amazing Sit-In Over Gun Legislation

Led by civil rights leader John Lewis, House Dems took over the chambers to demand a vote on the troubling issue Wednesday morning (June 22.) 

Over 12 hours has passed in the legendary protest on the Capitol Hill floor started by House Democrats who are hoping to achieve a vote on gun control legislation.

CNN reports the sit-in was started by Reps. John Lewis and Katherine Clark, who called to action on gun control laws on Wednesday (June 22.) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Democrats are willing to spend the night on the House floor until a bill is passed.

“We have turned deaf ears to the blood of the innocent and the concern of our nation. We are blind to a crisis,” Lewis said. “Mr. Speaker, where is the heart of this body? Where is the soul? Where is our moral leadership? Where is our courage?”

The bill, nicknamed by Dems as “no fly, no buy,” will prevent those who are on terrorist watch lists--like the “no fly list,” --from buying firearms. Extensive background checks are also mentioned in the proposed bill.

C-SPAN cameras ran by House Republican leaders were cut during recess, but politicians have used social media tools like Periscope to document the sit-in. The hashtag, #NoBillNoBreak was later created on Twitter.

The protest came to be after the Senate blocked a number of gun measures on Monday (June 20) following the shooting at a popular Orlando gay nightclub on June 12. A total of 49 people were killed and 53 were injured, making it the largest mass shooting in American history.

Many have praised Lewis online, including President Barack Obama.

Democrats have shared the tragic stories of Newton, the Charleston Massacre, the San Bernardino shooting and more to explain the importance on stronger laws on gun control. They also called out Republicans who ignored the tragedies, calling it "business as usual." "The American people are smart," Rep. Mark Takano said."They know that stopping people from buying firearms does not infringe the second amendment."

Republican Speaker Paul Ryan has reportedly called the sit-in a publicity stunt as the politicians debated over gun legislation. Thursday's (June 23) House agenda is expected to discuss a Zika funding legislation, but Dems are hopeful to take a vote on the bill.

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Pro-footballer Marshawn Lynch might take another indefinite break from the National Football League. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lynch will step away from the turf "after two seasons playing for his hometown Oakland Raiders."

CBS Sports reports Lynch prepared to share his decision on staying in the league or exiting after the NFL Draft, which is set to take place on Thursday (April 25). He's been with the Raiders since 2017.

Prior to suiting up for his hometown's team, Lynch launched his pro career with the Buffalo Bills where he was stationed from 2007-2010. Following that stint, the 33-year-old entrepreneur traveled across the country to play for the Seattle Seahawks from 2010-2015.

Following his last year with the Seahawks, Lynch publicized his retirement by posting a picture of hanged up cleats on Twitter. In 2017, Lynch laced up once more to join the Oakland Raiders. During a press conference, Lynch shared that he wanted to play for the team before their move to Las Vegas, as a symbol to young children that someone from their town is a part of this movement.

"With me being from here and continuing to be here, it gives them an opportunity to see someone who actually did it, who is from where they're from, someone they probably idolized," he said, per USA Today. Lynch also shared the atmosphere he would encounter on game days.

"The way we feel about where we're from, and why we represent so hard is because we know what the struggle is and how we get down," he said. "Every home game that I get to come to this [stadium], I'm probably going to be riding with the whole town."

After two seasons playing for his hometown Oakland Raiders, Marshawn Lynch is not planning to play football again, league sources tell ESPN.

Now, with the three-day draft kicking off Thursday night in Nashville, the Raiders have one more potential need to address: running back.

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"The cast is upset," he admitted. "It is a sad time and we are slowly healing."

Daniels did not reveal whether the cast believes Smollett staged his alleged hate crime earlier this year, but he said that he will not judge him. "What I am learning right now is that I can’t judge," he explained. "That that judgment is for that man wearing that black coat with a gavel and God. I can only support him because he is like my son, he is my son, so I am with him. I can only support him and I can only give him compassion."

As previously reported, the actor, who stars as Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox drama, told Chicago police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on Jan. 29. As the investigation continued, the attention turned to Smollett. He was arrested on Feb. 20, and indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report and allegedly staging the incident. Those charges were subsequently dropped, but the city of Chicago is suing the actor for $130,000 for the time spent investigating the matter.

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As previously reported, Woods was busted kissing Thompson, Khloe Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend, during a party at his house. After her Red Table Talk interview, Khloe attempted to blame Woods for ruining her family, but after receiving backlash, the reality star changed her tune.

During an appearance at Nigeria’s Homecoming Festival last weekend, Woods spoke about how the public backlash gave her an understanding of what it feels like to be a black woman.

“My little sister was bullied in school and I wanted to show her that if I was bullied by the world you can [get through it],” she said in a video from a panel discussion that was published by the Daily Mail. “I understood for the first time what it’s like being a black woman in  society, and how we can be so disrespected and nobody can really understand to that extent until you have to live it.”

The appearance in Nigeria marked Woods’ first trip to the Motherland. Despite being bullied online, Woods has seemingly bounced back stronger than before the Kardashian drama. After her initial interview with Jada Pinkett-Smith, Woods was flooded with support and has reportedly been scoring various business opportunities in light of the incident.

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