Cory Booker just bravely risked his job to expose an ugly truth about racial profiling the Senate wanted to hide.
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Senate Republicans were trying to hide emails from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh discussing racial profiling.

Kavanaugh was offering counsel to the Bush White House on what he called “racial profiling,” in a question over whether certain businesses were being favored by their ethnic makeup.

Thanks to Cory Booker, you can now read all those emails here.

Knowing the emails would be controversial, Senate Republicans marked them as “confidential” even though they did not contain sensitive information about national security.

The emails were not classified, meaning they had already been cleared for public consumption.

However, the Senate marking them as “confidential” meant that it was suddenly against the rules to publish them or even discuss them in the context of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.

“I’m going to release the email about racial profiling. I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” Booker said in a dramatic moment Thursday moment.

True to his word, Booker then posted the emails to his Twitter account:

Booker’s move could bring some much needed transparency to the process.

Booker made it clear he wasn’t trying to hurt Kavanaugh’s nomination by releasing the emails. Instead, he’s pushing against an obvious attempt to shut down debate or even informed discussion, during the hearing.

“We’re rushing through this before me and my colleagues and can even read and digest the information,” Booker said.

Ironically, the Senate’s refusal to publish the information in a timely manner has now likely brought more negative attention to Kavanaugh’s nomination than if they had been published well in advance of the hearings.

Booker’s colleagues rushed to his defense, pointing out how unusual it is for the Senate to bury important documents before the Supreme Court nomination hearing.

After all, barring any huge controversies, it’s unlikely Democrats can do anything to stop Kavanaugh’s nomination.

And if it can’t be stopped, the public should at least have the right to truly know who President Trump has nominated for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court - whether they agree with that nomination or not.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

Band of Gamers

Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Seven years ago, Bill Murray shared a powerful story about the importance of art. The revelation came during a discussion at the National Gallery in London for the release of 2014's "The Monuments Men." The film is about a troop of soldiers on a mission to recover art stolen by the Nazis.

After his first time performing on stage in Chicago, Murray was so upset with himself that he contemplated taking his own life.

"I wasn't very good, and I remember my first experience, I was so bad I just walked out — out onto the street and just started walking," he said.

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