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“Cats of New York: Show me your claws.”

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) as New York becomes the first state to pass a law making it illegal to declaw cats (this involves amputating their toes to the first knuckle, not just removing their nails). Rosenthal worked on this legislation for years; the bill now heads to the governor's desk (and discretion) to sign into law. Supporters call declawing inhumane; critics say the decision should not be legislated, but left up to medical professionals.
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“I think the American people would think that Congress ought to earn it first.”

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) speaking against a spending bill proposed by House Democrats that would allow members of Congress to receive a raise. Currently lawmakers earn an annual base salary of $174,000 & haven’t received a pay raise or a cost of living adjustment in nearly a decade. Supporters say a raise is needed so not just the wealthy can afford to serve in Congress.
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“He was supposedly the good guy with the gun who was supposed to go in and meet the threat, and he let us all down.”

Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter died in the Parkland high school shooting last year. Prosecutors say the school’s security guard, Scot Peterson, chose not to confront the shooter. He now faces 11 criminal charges including child neglect. Peterson was the only other armed person on campus when a gunman opened fire on Feb 14, 2018 killing 17.
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“It might take some customers some adjustment, but it is part of a larger conversation of trying to get plastics out of our culture.”

CA Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) who is sponsoring a bill that would ban the use of single-use plastic hotel/hospitality bottles in the next several years. Some industry experts say hotels already seem on trend to use soap or shampoo dispensers. This follows bans on other items across the country, such as plastic bags and straws.
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