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Democratic Congresswomen make powerful, political statement at SOTU in silence

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Among the dozens of noteworthy moments during President Trump’s State of the Union address, Democratic Congresswomen stole the show.

As a salute to women’s equality activists who trailblazed the roads before them, they dressed in white ensembles. Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter and wrote to”honor the women who paved the path before me and for all the women yet to come. From suffragettes to Shirley Chisholm, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the mothers of the movement.”

Making silent yet powerful and political statements, congresswomen Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and Rep. Ilhan Omar took their message a step further and wore pins in honor o Jakelin Caal –– a 7-year-old Guatemalan child who died in Border Patrol custody this past December.

Caal and her father were brought into custody after attempting to illegally enter the United States. White under careless supervision, Caal reportedly began to run a fever and had seizures. According to the Washington Post, the child went days without food or water and later died at a hospital in El Paso.

“We are bringing Jakelin Caal into the room with us during the #SOTU.12,800 children are in detention camps via federally contracted sites. Now they said it was more 15,000,” Rep. Tlaib tweeted hours before the address, hashtagging the post #not1dollar in reference toTrump’s demand for border funding.

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Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman guilty on all counts

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Drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has reportedly been found guilty in a Brooklyn court on all ten charges against him, in a trial involving, among other things, the trafficking of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and marijuana into the U.S. from across the border.

On Fox’s Outnumbered on Tuesday, host Harris Faulkner spoke with Judge Andrew Napolitano about the verdict.

“First we hear about a guilty on one count life sentence. And then we hear guilty on all ten federal counts,” said Faulkner. “Are we surprised that it’s a full guilty?”

“No, I’m not surprised. Evidence of his guilt, Harris, was overwhelming,” said Napolitano. He noted that the defense argued the witnesses were themselves drug dealers and criminal lowlifes, and therefore they shouldn’t be considered credible.

“Quite frankly, the government did a truly brilliant job of not only getting all these people from Mexico to come to the United States and testify against him, but in corroborating their testimony with forensic evidence, physical things, and texts and emails that can’t lie,” he said.

“I’m reading here that the evidence included testimony from 14 cooperators,” said Faulkner. “That’s a lot of people.” Faulkner was citing witnesses who were cooperating with Federal investigators while potentially under their own investigations or charges. Overall, about 50 witnesses testified against El Chapo.

Napolitano noted again that this is a risky proposition that can backfire, because of the character of the witnesses who may themselves be facing charges and cutting deals, but again cited the work by the prosecution in shoring up that testimony. “As I said, it’s backed up by forensics,” he said. “Physical things that can’t lie.”

The jury deliberated for six days before finding the vicious druglord guilty on all counts in the federal drug conspiracy trial that lasted about three months.

He has not been sentenced yet, but is guaranteed at least life in prison under the statutes, Fox reports.

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Aerosols are detrimental to global warming

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The extreme shift in climate change is beginning to cause even the non-believers of global warming to believe it exists.

Rising temperatures increase the concentration of aerosols in the atmosphere that cause air pollution, according to a study which highlights another disturbing effect of climate change.

According to a recent study, the atmospheric saturation of aerosols worsening air pollution has a crippling effect on the climate.

Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have noted that the warming temperatures play a huge role in air toxicity.

“A robust response to an increase in greenhouse gases is that the land is going to warm faster than the ocean. This enhanced land warming is also associated with increased continental aridity,” said Robert Allen, an associate professor at UC Riverside. 

Their findings show that the warmer Earth gets, the harder it is going to be to keep air pollution down to a certain level without strict control over the sources of aerosols.

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