Sunday, August 18, 2019

MixedTimes - Politics

Push for 'red flag' laws, background checks gains steam in wake of mass shootings

The push for so-called "red flag" laws and stronger background checksis gaining steam amid apparent support fromPresident Trump and Democrats in Congress inthe wake of the two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, though it presents a delicate challenge for the president as he worksto assure his supporters that he will"always uphold the Second Amendment.

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President Trump uses New Hampshire rally to attack Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden who are leading Democrats in a recent Fox News poll.

Warning signs for Sanders as Warren sees polling surge, in 2020 race shake-up

More polling evidence emerged this week that Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts may be eclipsing Bernie Sandersfor second place in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, a development sure to rattle the already agitated campaign of the senator from Vermont.

Democrats protest Trump ahead of, and during, his NH rally

While President Trump was inside New Hampshire’s largest arena on Thursday – holding his first campaign rally in this key general election battleground state since the eve of the 2016 election - outside Democrats were countering the president and his policies.

Trump knocks Rep. Steve King for 'rape or incest' comment

President Trump is dinging Iowa Rep.Steve King for his eyebrow-raising comments questioningwhether humanity would exist anymore if not for rape and incest, as the GOP lawmaker resists calls from critics to resign.

Dems throw Senate fight for a (Hicken)loop

2020 candidate and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper withdraws from the presidential race but is giving "serious thought" towards a Senate run.

AIPAC chides Israel for decision to block Omar, Tlaib visit

In a surprise move, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee criticized the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for barring two freshman Democratic congresswomen from entering the country ahead of a planned visit.

House subpoenas Lewandowski, ex-Trump aide in Trump probe

The House Judiciary Committee is subpoenaing former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and an ex-White House aide as part of its investigation into President Donald Trump's conduct in office.

Newest anti-Trump Republican Joe Walsh tries to shed history of incendiary remarks

Former Illinois congressman and radio host Joe Walsh is attracting sudden media attention as he floats a possibleGOP primarychallenge against President Trump – but the Tea Party-aligned Republican could struggle to be taken seriously as he confronts his own historyofconspiracy theories and incendiary remarks.

Israel blocks Omar, Tlaib from entering country amid pressure from Trump

Israeli officials have decided to block U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., from entering the country as part of a planned visit, a reversal that comes amid pressure from President Trump and concerns about their support for boycotts of Israel.

Kamala Harris slammed for 'politicizing' Philadelphia standoff

Sen.Kamala Harris faced criticism Wednesday for promoting her campaign's gun control plan during an appearance on CNN that coincided with breaking news about the police standoff in Philadelphiain which six officers were shot.

FBI 'indifferent' to possible China hack of Hillary Clinton's server, as State Department fought to protect her, interviews suggest

Interviews with intelligence community officials have revealed that senior FBI leaders "seemed indifferent to evidence of a possible intrusion by a foreign adversary" into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s non-government server,and that State Department officials allegedly sought to "downgradeclassified material found on the server," according to Senate investigators still probing the matter.

Fox News Poll: Most back gun restrictions after shootings, Trump ratings down

In the wake of two mass shootings, overwhelming and bipartisan majorities of voters favor background checks on gun buyers and taking guns from people who are a danger to themselves or others, according to the latest Fox News Poll.Two-thirds also support a ban on “assault weapons,” although that majority is largely driven by Democrats.

Fox News Poll, August 14

In the wake of two mass shootings, overwhelming and bipartisan majorities of voters favor background checks on gun buyers and taking guns from people who are a danger to themselves or others, according to the latest Fox News Poll.

Hickenlooper will end 2020 presidential run Thursday, according to source

Facing the likelihood that he won’t make the stage at next month’s Democratic presidential debates, former two-term Colorado Gov.John Hickenlooperwill end his2020 run for the White House on Thursday, a source close to him told the Associated Press.

Judge slaps down Dem gambit in Trump impeachment probe

A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday shot down an attempt by House Judiciary Committee Democrats to linktheirsubpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahnto a separate request for secret grand jury information from the Russia investigation, after theJusticeDepartment accusedthem of trying to "game the system.

Bernie Sanders threatens to ‘leverage’ US aid to combat Israel ‘racism’

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,threatened Tuesday to use billions of dollars in aid to Israel as “leverage” to combat what he called “racism” from the Jewish state’s government, while going so far as to compare America's Israel alliance to its relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Harris, Warren fact-checked on claim Michael Brown was murdered

Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusettsare taking heat from fact-checkersfor claiming the white officer who fatally shot Michael Brownin Ferguson, Missouri five years ago“murdered” the black teenager.

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