Cristina Cabrera

Cristina Cabrera is the social media editor at TPM based in New York. Previously, she worked for Vocativ and interned at USA Today and New York 1 News. She received her B.A at NYU. Follow her on Twitter @crismcabrera

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Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) defended one of his staffers on Monday after a high school student’s profanity-laced call led the staffer to report the call to the student’s school, resulting in the student’s suspension.

“I’m not apologizing because my guy accurately described what happened in the phone call,” Amodei told the Nevada Independent.

17-year-old Noah Christiansen called Amodei’s office during Wednesday’s national school walkout to say that lawmakers needed to “get off their fucking asses” and do something about gun violence, such as raising the minimum age to purchase firearms.

The staffer who took the call contacted the principal of Christiansen’s high school about the incident, who then slapped the student with a two-day suspension for “disrespectful language.” Christiansen was also barred from assuming his role as elected class secretary-treasurer.

Amodei, a strong gun rights supporter, denied the suspension was an act of retaliation or a stifling of the student’s First Amendment rights, saying that “what the principal decided to do is, I mean, that’s what principals get paid for.”

The ACLU of Nevada and Christiansen are pushing for the school to wipe the suspension from his record and allow him to serve his elected class position, along with an apology from Amodei and the school administrators.

“I’m smart enough to use better words than of course the f-word,” Christiansen told the Independent. “But, at the same time, even if I do want to use words and use them over and over again, it’s my right to do so.”

“It is unbelievable that a constituent should have to worry about calling a congressional office to share their opinions because your congressman’s office might retaliate against you by reporting you to your school or place of employment,” said Nevada ACLU executive director Tod Story in a statement.

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A California teacher trained in firearm use accidentally fired his gun during a class demonstration on gun safety on Tuesday, resulting in a student getting injured.

The teacher, identified by police as Dennis Alexander, offers a public safety class at Seaside High School in Seaside, California.

According to the Monterey County Weekly, Alexander’s gun accidentally fired as he was pointing it toward the ceiling during a firearm safety presentation. Bullet fragments ricocheted and struck a student in the neck, causing non-life threatening injuries.

The student was rushed to the hospital after school when his parents noticed blood on his shirt.

Alexander has been placed on administrative leave, according to a statement from the school. The statement said teacher was also a “reserve police officer.”

The school district superintendent told the Weekly that Alexander was not authorized to carry a firearm on campus.

This latest incident comes as President Donald Trump pushes for arming teachers as a solution for preventing school shootings.

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Days before President Trump announced his proposed steel tariffs, former Trump advisor Carl Icahn sold $31.3 million worth of stocks in a company that relies heavily on steel.

According to the SEC filings flagged by ThinkProgress, Icahn started selling off his stocks in Manitowoc Company Inc. between February 12 and February 22. Manitowoc, being a “global manufacturer of cranes and lifting solutions,” is naturally a large consumer of steel.

Trump announced plans to slap a 25% tariff on imported steel on March 1.

U.S manufacturing companies saw their shares plunge after POTUS’ announcement, including Manitowoc. The crane company fell by 6 percent.

Filings show that until February 12 of this year, Icahn had not actively traded his stocks in Manitowoc since January 2015.

A longtime friend to Trump, Icahn served as a “special advisor” to the President before resigning in August 2017 ahead of an incoming New Yorker story that outlined his attempts to use his position to help his investments.

On the same day Trump made the announcement, Icahn told CNBC’s Scott Wapner that he hasn’t “had much” interaction with Trump “in the last four or five months.”


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President Donald Trump further escalated his trade war rhetoric on Saturday by threatening to put a tax on cars manufactured in European Union countries.

“If the E.U. wants to further increase their already massive tariffs and barriers on U.S. companies doing business there, we will simply apply a Tax on their Cars which freely pour into the U.S,” Trump tweeted. “They make it impossible for our cars (and more) to sell there. Big trade imbalance!”

The declaration was likely in response to reports that E.U leaders are considering slapping duties on about $3.5 billion worth of American imports in retaliation to Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the E.U will put tariffs on “Harley-Davidson, on bourbon and on blue jeans – Levis,” according to Reuters.

“We would like a reasonable relationship to the United States, but we cannot simply put our head in the sand,” said Juncker.

Trump’s announcement on Thursday caused financial markets to plummet while prompting significant pushback from global allies and even fellow Republicans.

“The president is proposing a massive tax increase on American families. Protectionism is weak, not strong,” said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE).

While defending the tariffs, POTUS claimed on Friday that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.”

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Failed Senate candidate Roy Moore is pleading for his followers to help him with the legal bills he’s been slammed with in wake of the teen sexual misconduct allegations that torpedoed his campaign, saying his “resources have been depleted.”

Leigh Corfman, who told the Washington Post in November that Moore touched her sexually when she was 14, sued Moore for defamation in January after the Alabama GOP candidate claimed her account was “politically motivated” and repeatedly painted her as a liar.

Moore set up a legal defense fund to help pay for the legal expenses and begged his followers to contribute now that “my resources have been depleted and I have struggled to make ends meet.”

“Please help me fight this battle for the heart and soul of this Nation,” Moore wrote in an apocalyptic screed published on Thursday. “I now face another vicious attack from lawyers in Washington D. C. and San Francisco who have hired one of the biggest firms in Birmingham Alabama to bring another legal action against me and ensure that I never fight again.”

Moore, who ran on a far-right campaign that branded him as a Christian warrior, also railed against the “gays, lesbians, and transgenders” that have “joined forces with those who believe in abortion, sodomy, and destruction of all that we hold dear.”

“Please send a generous gift today to the Roy Moore Legal Defense Fund to help me defeat, once and for all, those who would destroy America in order to usher in their anti-Christian ‘kingdom,'” wrote Moore.

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The White House announced on Friday President Donald Trump’s chosen nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste: Peter C. Wright, a corporate lawyer from The Down Chemical Company.

Tapped as the EPA’s assistant administrator, Wright would lead the agency’s efforts in responding to toxic spills and cleaning hazard waste sites.

In the official announcement, the White House says Wright has “led Dow’s legal strategies regarding Superfund sites and other Federal and State-led remediation matters.” Wright has been a managing counsel for Dow since 1999.

Dow and Dupont (a rival chemical company that merged with Dow last year) are responsible for over 100 of the toxic sites currently undergoing or scheduled for cleanup, according to an analysis by the Associated Press.

Correction: This post originally stated the companies were responsible for “over half of the 100 toxic sites currently undergoing or scheduled for cleanup.”

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A victim of last week’s Florida high school shooting said that she had “never been so unimpressed by a person” as she was when President Donald Trump spoke to her in a phone call to her hospital room.

“He said he heard that I was a big fan of his,” Samantha Fuentes, who was shot in both legs during the Parkland massacre, told the New York Times in an interview published on Thursday. “And then he said, ‘I’m a big fan of yours too.'”

“I’m pretty sure he made that up,” she added.

Fuentes said that she did not feel reassured by Trump’s remarks: “He didn’t make me feel better in the slightest.”

Trump spent the weekend after the shooting at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he attended a disco-themed party — to wide criticism — though a White House aide told Bloomberg News that Trump planned to skip his usual round of golf “to respect the dead and the mourners.”

On Wednesday, Trump held a listening session with survivors of the shooting. During the event, he held a white notecard with a list of five discussion prompts, including “I hear you.”

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 21: President Donald Trump holds his speaking notes during a listening session about school safety with high school students and teachers in the State Dining Room at The White House on February 21, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Trump’s apparent awkwardness in situations where he was called on to offer condolences to and express solidarity with survivors and grieving families has previously landed him in hot water.

In October 2017, Myeshia Johnson, the widow of a fallen soldier, said that Trump’s call brought her to tears when he told her that her late husband “knew what he signed up for.”

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House Majority Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Friday said special counsel Robert Mueller’s bombshell indictment of 13 Russians indicates “the extent of the subterfuge” that Russia undertook to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“We have known that Russia meddled in the election, but these indictments detail the extent of the subterfuge,” Ryan said in a statement. “Today’s announcement underscores why we need to follow the facts and work to protect the integrity of future elections.”

Mueller on Friday announced that a grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities on criminal charges related to the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Read Ryan’s full statement below:

“We have known that Russia meddled in the election, but these indictments detail the extent of the subterfuge. The Russians engaged in a sinister and systematic attack on our political system. It was a conspiracy to subvert the process, and take aim at democracy itself. Today’s announcement underscores why we need to follow the facts and work to protect the integrity of future elections.”

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President Donald Trump on Friday claimed that Democrats are to blame for “how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated” by Congress after the Senate failed to vote on a bill to protect the undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S as children.

Trump’s tweet was in line with a statement the White House released on Thursday blaming “Schumer Democrats” who “are not serious about immigration reform” for the failure of the immigration legislation Trump favored.

Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September and left Congress to find a solution for the hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who previously had legal protection under the program. Over the past week, the Senate has scrambled to negotiate a bipartisan deal on immigration while the Trump administration repeatedly undermined lawmakers’ efforts to reach a compromise.

The Senate on Thursday rejected all four immigration proposals in discussion and failed to restore or otherwise address DACA protections, which are set to expire on March 5.

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Several high school students who survived Wednesday’s shooting massacre in Florida have a message for the adults: Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough.

In a Thursday interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, high school senior David Hogg pleaded for lawmakers to find a solution to mass shootings. “Please, this is the 18th one this year. That’s unacceptable. We’re children. You guys are the adults.”

On Wednesday, a man opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, leading to 17 deaths and at least 14 injuries. The suspected gunman has been arrested and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

“We can say, ‘Yes, we’re going to do all these things, thoughts and prayers.'” said Hogg. “What we need more than that is action.”

“People are not understanding that this is not going to stop,” high school freshman Kelsey Friend said through tears.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday, “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting.” On Thursday, he gave a speech on the massacre that emphasized “the difficult issue of mental health” without offering any legislative proposals to tackle gun violence.

Camerota observed that “something has gone terribly wrong when all of us adults are looking to you 14 and 18-year-olds for wisdom and to help us figure out how solve this, but that’s where we are today.”

Watch the video below:

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