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NORTHWEST NEWS

Oregon Lawmakers Fail to Agree House Districts as Deadline Looms

Republicans failed to show up for a session to redraw the state's congressional districts Saturday, thwarting majority Democrats’ attempts to pass new political maps before a looming deadline

Oregon School Board Ban on Anti-Racist, LGBT Signs Draws Ire

An Oregon school board has banned educators from displaying Black Lives Matter and gay pride symbols, prompting a torrent of recriminations and threats to boycott the town and its businesses.

New, Long-Term Black Lives Matter Public Art Piece Installed at Seattle City Hall

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture today announced that a new, long-term Black Lives Matter public art piece has been installed at Seattle City Hall.

Black Man Fatally Shot Outside Bend Nightclub, Man Arrested

A Black man was shot and killed outside a bar by a white man in central Oregon

NEWS BRIEFS

5th Annual Yard Tree Giveaway Events to Begin

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Oregon Announces Stabilization Grant Opportunity to Assist Child Care Providers

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TriMet Plans Weekend Construction Along MAX Red Line to Help Keep Trains Running Efficiently

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Larsen Chairs Hearing on Surge in Air Rage Incidents, Effects on Workers, Airlines, Airports

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Police use new ordinance to crack down on street racing

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Greyhound Lines settles lawsuit over immigration sweeps

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AP Top 25 Takeaways: Clemson falls during frenetic afternoon

For about 45 minutes late Saturday afternoon, college football was on overload. North Carolina State went from agony to ecstasy against No. 9 Clemson. Baylor stopped a 2-point conversion to upset No. 14 Iowa State. No. 16 Arkansas finished off No. 7 Texas A&M to claim a Lone...

BC beats Mizzou 41-34 in OT on Flowers catch, Sebastian INT

BOSTON (AP) — Denis Grosel threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Zay Flowers in overtime, and Brandon Sebastian’s interception sealed the victory on Saturday as Boston College recovered after blowing two fourth-quarter leads to beat Missouri 41-34. BC coach Jeff Hafley said he...

OPINION

Homelessness, Houselessness in the Richest Country in the World: An Uncommon Logic

When and why did the United States of America chose the wealth of a few over the health, wealth, and well-being of so many ...

American Business Leaders Step Up to Fight Inequities in the South

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Waters Statement on 20th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

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Letter to the Editor: Reform the Recall

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

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Lower death rates for Black moms is goal of California bill

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US Rep. Karen Bass enters race for Los Angeles mayor

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ENTERTAINMENT

Select list of winners at the Tony Awards

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Autopsy: Actor Michael K. Williams died of drug intoxication

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Michael K. Williams died of acute drug intoxication in what New York City's medical examiner said Friday was an accidental death. Williams, known for playing Omar Little on “The Wire” and an Emmy Award nominee this year, had fentanyl,...

Tonys Latest: ‘Moulin Rouge!’ wins best new musical crown

The Latest on the Tony Awards (all times local): ___ 10:45 p.m. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, has danced away with the best new musical Tony Award. ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

UK mulls calling in army to help ease gas shortages at pumps

LONDON (AP) — Lines of cars formed at British gas stations for a fourth day on Monday, as the government mulled...

Gen. Milley: Whisperer to presidents, target of intrigue

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Beyond, Impossible join crowded plant-based chicken market

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Man in Poland gets 25-year sentence for murder, cannibalism

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China: 2 Canadians in prisoner swap freed for health reasons

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South Africa pledges more ambitious climate targets

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CNN Political Unit

(CNN) -- Referencing President Barack Obama's children in a recent television advertisement against gun control was not "particularly helpful," one of the National Rifle Association's top lobbyists said.

"I don't think it was particularly helpful, that ad," said Jim Baker, the top federal government liaison with the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. He spoke in an interview with Reuters, the news agency said.

"I thought it ill-advised," Baker, referring to the ad, said in the interview.

The ad, which appeared on the Sportsman Channel and was posted online, drew hearty criticism for the reference to Obama's daughters. Describing him as an "elitist hypocrite," the narrator asks, "Are the president's kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools, when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?"

The organization has proposed what it calls a "school shield" program, which would include government offering every school nationwide an armed guard. The NRA, Obama and others have taken strong positions on gun control issues in the wake of the December 14 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 elementary school students and several adults dead.

NRA President David Keene defended the advertisement in an appearance on CNN's "The Situation Room," saying, "We're not talking about the Secret Service. ... What we're talking about is folks who have protections for their own children, send their kids to schools where they have protection, and then pooh-pooh the idea that the average American's children should have the same sort of protection."

The White House blasted the spot, joining some members of both parties in criticizing it.

"Most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as pawns in a political fight," Press Secretary Jay Carney said. "But to go so far as to make the safety of the president's children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly."

CNN was not able to immediately reach Baker for comment Friday.

But the Reuters report suggested Baker thought the ad could have been more effective without invoking Obama's children.

"I think the ad could have made a good point, if it talked about the need for increased school security, without making the point using the president's children," he said.

Reuters reported that Baker voiced concerns about the ad, and that he responded to a question about whether those concerns were heard by saying, "Believe it or not, there are occasionally differences of opinion in this building."

Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesman for the NRA, responded to the interview saying, "Differences of opinion are common to organizations throughout the country, from the White House to every corporation and association.

"Where there is no disagreement, however, is with NRA's belief that every child in America should be safe," Arulanandam continued in a statement to CNN. "The president's children are protected at their school - and they should be. The point of the NRA's recent ad is that the rest of our children should be protected at their schools as well."

The NRA began running the ad several days after a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, his gun violence task force, and other gun rights groups. Baker represented the NRA at that meeting.

After the meeting, the group issued a statement saying, "We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be "prejudged," this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners -- honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans. It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems."

-- CNN's Todd Sperry, Ashley Killough, Kevin Bohn and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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