Chicago Police Express Frustration After More Than 100 Shot In Violent Fourth Of July Weekend

The Chicago Police Department says it is conducting “a very comprehensive review” after the city experienced one of its most violent Fourth of July weekends in recent years, with at least 101 people shot between late Friday afternoon and early Wednesday.

“We’re doing a debriefing,” said chief police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. “The mood here is frustration.”

The review will include an analysis of how “amateur fireworks” might have affected the ShotSpotter system, which captures audio of gunfire and attempts to pinpoint its location for quicker deployment of officers.  The system is deployed in the Englewood and Harrison districts, traditionally among the city’s most violent.

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While America Celebrated Independence Day, The Military Bombed ISIS 37 Times

As Americans celebrated Independence Day with cookouts and fireworks, the U.S.-led coalition was hard at work at making their own “special” fireworks for ISIS.

In a newly released statement, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) announced it conducted a total of 37 strikes against ISIS, with the majority of the bombing occurring in Syria.

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CNN Just Published A Fake Quote From Abraham Lincoln

CNN tweeted out quotes from notable Americans for the Fourth of July. Here was one of the quotes they tweeted from Abraham Lincoln:

The quote, which is also displayed at the Newseum, was interpreted as yet another attack from the media giant against the president. The Independent ran a story about it headlined, “CNN taunts Trump on July 4 with Abraham Lincoln quote on facts: The post did not mention the President, but it was obvious who it was directed at.”

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5 Things You Need To Know About The Fourth Of July

Tuesday is July 4th, the day that Americans celebrate our nation’s birthday through pool parties, barbecues and spectacular fireworks shows. However, the true significance of the holiday and how it came to be enshrined in our culture often gets lost in the fanfare. To help remedy this, here are five things you need to know about the Fourth of July.

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How To Love This Freaky Country

AMERICAN PROGRESSIVES CAN’T ever match conservatives in displays of febrile patriotism, and for good reason. What Jesus told his followers about prayer is also good advice about loving a country: “Thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.”

Moreover, anyone who’s spent five minutes thinking about human history knows how dangerously volatile nationalism is. This is especially important to keep in mind in a country that has used nuclear weapons and pondered whether to drop tungsten rods on our enemies from orbit.

Nonetheless, I believe it behooves all of us to consider and celebrate what is resplendent about the United States of America.

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The Founders: Awesome Since 1776

It is time to say it. The Founders were awesome. In fact, the Founders are more amazing than ever. One of the many reasons is that the Founders put America on the path to ending slavery and, with Lincoln, ended it.

The Founders put America on the road to ending slavery by their public and private pronouncements and actions; pronouncements that would have led to their death if they were captured by the British. The Founders deplored slavery and blasted the King for engaging in the slave trade, as stated in the original draft of the Declaration of Independence. Even before the Constitution, the Founders forbade its spread via the Northwest Ordinance. The Founders, to include slaveholders Washington and Jefferson, knew that slavery was a sin and said so. They knew slavery was incompatible with the equality of the very God whom they drew their inspiration and justification. They also knew it could not be put away immediately, but they did what was possible to put it on the path to extinction.

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Jefferson’s Powerful Last Public Letter Reminds Us What Independence Day Is All About

As the nation’s 50th Fourth of July approached in 1826, Thomas Jefferson was at one of the lowest points of his life.

The author of the Declaration of Independence turned 83 on April 13. Just two months before, his beloved eldest granddaughter, Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead, had died after childbirth as Jefferson wept inconsolably in the next room.

She had suffered abuse from her alcoholic husband, and Jefferson tried his best to support her. But now everything was crumbling. He was in so much debt from mismanaging Monticello that he and his grandson petitioned the Virginia General Assembly for permission to raise cash through a lottery.

Richmond subjected the proposal to a humiliating debate. People around the country felt embarrassed for the country’s third president and sent a few donations. Jefferson’s family tried to shield him from the truth, but he was going to lose Monticello.

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