The NRA’s New Start

Grind for May 10th, 2018

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Just What We Needed

The Headline

Infamous Vietnam War hero to lead NRA

The Grind

The National Rifle Association on Monday announced it had selected retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, 74, to lead the organization after current President Pete Brownell said he would be stepping down to focus on his family business.

North’s appointment comes amid a resurgence of anti-gun sentiment following the tragedies in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida, but NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre thinks North is up to the job.

“Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator, and skilled leader. In these time, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our president,” said LaPierre.

North, who is the closest thing the NRA has to a celebrity, said he is “honored to have been selected” and is “eager to hit the ground running as the new NRA president.”

The Background

North earned multiple medals during his military career, but is most famous for his work during the Reagan Administration. As a national security aide, North played a central role in the Iran-Contra affair – an illegal weapons deal with Iran that was intended to facilitate the release of US hostages in Lebanon.

North was indicted on 16 felony counts and hit with a 3-year prison sentence after he lied to investigators about his role in the deal. The charges were dismissed in 1991, and North went on to become a best-selling author and Fox News analyst.

North quit his job with Fox after accepting the NRA position and will assume leadership of the organization in a few weeks.

Follow The Leader

The Headline

Guatemala moves its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

The Grind

Guatemala was the first country to follow the United States in moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This week, contractors began preparing the new office with furniture and fresh paint. All personnel have already relocated to begin work in the new location.

“I was moved to see the flag of Guatemala waving in Jerusalem in advance of the opening of the Guatemalan embassy later this month,” tweeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has offered assistance and “preferential treatment” to the first 10 countries to move their embassies.

The Details

The US embassy in Jerusalem plans to open on May 14th, and the Guatemalan embassy on May 16th.

“I would like to thank President Trump for leading the way,” said Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales. “His courageous decision has encouraged us to do what is right.”

President Trump last December announced the United States would finally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that the US embassy would no longer be in Tel Aviv.

The controversial decision was condemned by the Arab League, which called on Trump to reverse it, and many world leaders worry the move will ruin all chances of a future peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians – who both insist they have a right to control Jerusalem.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley believes the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will streamline peace negotiations by removing a key sticking point: Palestine’s demand to establish East Jerusalem as its capital.

“I strongly believe this is going to move the ball forward for the peace process,” said Haley.

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April grew up in the Midwest, where she developed a passion for writing and storytelling at a young age. She transformed that passion into a degree at Indiana University (2008-2012), after which she promptly moved to South Florida to escape the cold.

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