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    Your problem is that you're actually thinking about the message instead of just mindlessly regurgitating it as intended.
    Complicating things since 2009.

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    The question is how many of these guns are lawful and how many are obtained outside the law.

    Look, over 2/3 of the gun violence was done with legally obtained weapons: https://www.statista.com/statistics/...oters-weapons/

    We have a saying in my family, thieves aren't made by need but by opportunity. Same with most crimes actually.

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    The site hides it's sources, so it is just a chart. But just because someone would go to the mall, get an assault riffle, train somewhat openly, and go do a domestic terrorist attack doesn't mean that they could go to the deep web, avoid undercover agents, purchase a shody attack riffle, or a lower calibre gun, practice with it covertly, have to go and buy bullets, and do a domestic terrorist attack.
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    So I was on Youtube and the new zeland prime minister said they were gonna make gun laws stricter so that criminals can't do such henious acts and then saw the comment section filled with people saying "Criminals don't listen to gun laws this only hurts regular people"

    Am I the only one who has never understood this argument, criminals don't listen to any laws they break, that's what makes them criminals in the first place!
    No

    It's just one of the many tired arguments you see people make in light of an unfortunate circumstance that offers up an inconvenient truth.

    Like people who argue Islam is a dangerous religion....then shit like this happens.
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    I've often wondered about that myself; seems like being supported by people who only want you there so the world can end in fire (with you going to Hell in the process) would be somewhat off-putting
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    I just don't get that argument, because no matter what stricter gun laws will stop some of these mass shootings from happening (and lets be honest here, a lot of these mass shootings are not done by seasoned criminals who would know their way around the black market to get guns they can't legally obtain). Is that not enough? Are the lives lost in even one mass shooting not worth enough to implement reasonable gun control laws?


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    The other counter argument is the use these people give to the guns on their daily lives, while a rural gun owner here I'd believe that he needs to keep wolves and boars out, I still wouldn't want that thing outside their property.

    Using a gun for safety in a city, without training like every day is mostly useles or only serves to intimidate.

    Also, the first chain in the supply chain for guns is stealing them from lawful gun owners. Maybe if they were less, or had a way to track their weapons mandated by the law...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Envy View Post
    I just don't get that argument, because no matter what stricter gun laws will stop some of these mass shootings from happening (and lets be honest here, a lot of these mass shootings are not done by seasoned criminals who would know their way around the black market to get guns they can't legally obtain). Is that not enough? Are the lives lost in even one mass shooting not worth enough to implement reasonable gun control laws?
    Sadly, there's too many Pro-gun forces in the U.S for that too happen. We're going to need more of these incidents in every major city that features prominent GOP voters for any real changes to happen. At least, that's how it feels sometimes.

    I, for one, would just like to see more public research on the subject, and the end to that CDC gun violence ban (though I hear it did technically end, though I think no one is researching it). The answers seems obvious, but we have so many guns in this country that even I don't think a ban would solve the issue. Help it, but not solve it. I would just like to see more people working on this in Washington rather than none at all.

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    Easing the mood somewhat to demonstrate another perfect example of the GOP engaging in blatant hypocrisy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ubiq View Post
    I've often wondered about that myself; seems like being supported by people who only want you there so the world can end in fire (with you going to Hell in the process) would be somewhat off-putting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Envy View Post
    I just don't get that argument, because no matter what stricter gun laws will stop some of these mass shootings from happening (and lets be honest here, a lot of these mass shootings are not done by seasoned criminals who would know their way around the black market to get guns they can't legally obtain). Is that not enough? Are the lives lost in even one mass shooting not worth enough to implement reasonable gun control laws?
    Unfortunately your argument is just too logical for some people.

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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...03/18/day-788/

    Day 788: Pathetic
    1/ Trump attacked the late John McCain on Twitter for his involvement in sharing the dossier allegedly linking Trump to the Russian government. After the 2016 election, McCain turned the Steele dossier over to the FBI, which Trump called "unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain." Trump incorrectly claimed that McCain had "sent the Fake Dossier to the FBI and Media hoping to have it printed BEFORE the Election." He continued to complain about that longtime Republican lawmaker, who died last year, "had far worse 'stains'" than the dossier, "including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!" Trump's statements about McCain were actually quotes from Ken Starr, who recently appeared on Fox News. (CNBC / Washington Post / New York Times)

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/17/trum...d-dossier.html

    Meghan McCain accused Trump of leading a "pathetic life" by obsessing over her father, who died almost seven months ago. McCain continued: "Your life is spent on your weekends not with your family, not with your friends, but obsessing, obsessing over great men you could never live up to." (Washington Post / Politico)

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...-trump-1225108

    Christopher Steele admitted that he used internet searches and unverified information to support some details he had gathered about a web company mentioned in the dossier. (CNN)

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/16/polit...ier/index.html
    2/ Trump accused "the fake news media" of attempting to blame him for the mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand, calling it "So Ridiculous!" In a manifesto, the alleged gunman called Trump "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose," and referred to immigrants as "invaders within our lands." Trump told reporters he doesn't believe white nationalism is a rising threat around the world, suggesting "it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess." (Politico / Washington Post)

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...ooting-1224867

    3/ Mick Mulvaney: Trump "is not a white supremacist." The acting chief of staff went on to say it was "absurd" to draw a connection between Trump's statements about immigration and the acts of a shooter who embraced both white nationalism and Trump. Last week Trump called undocumented immigrants coming to U.S. an "invasion" as he vetoed a congressional resolution that would block his declaration of a national emergency at the U.S. border with Mexico. (Washington Post / CNN)

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/17/polit...and/index.html

    The House Judiciary Committee plans to host a hearing on the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. and the hate crime and hate speech surrounding the movement. (Daily Beast)

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/house-...te-nationalism
    4/ Trump called for Fox News to bring back Jeanine Pirro after she was suspended for questioning a Muslim lawmaker's loyalty to the United States during an on-air monologue. Pirro asked if Representative Ilhan Omar's "adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Shariah law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?" Fox News said Pirro's remarks "do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly." Trump claimed "The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country." Trump also tweeted his support for Tucker Carlson, who has also recently faced criticism for a series of racist, xenophobic, sexist, and other comments. "Stay true," Trump tweeted, "to the people that got you there. Keep fighting for Tucker, and fight hard for @JudgeJeanine." (CNN / Politico / New York Times)

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...mp-fox-1224362

    5/ Federal authorities raided the office of Elliot Broidy last summer in order to obtain documents related to the fundraiser's dealings with foreign officials and Trump administration associates. Federal agents searched Broidy's office for documents related to China, Saudi Arabia, and a Miami Beach club promoter related to conspiracy, money laundering, and crimes associated with illegal lobbying on behalf of foreign officials. The sealed warrant revealed government investigators took a similar approach to searching Michael Cohen's office. Broidy served as a Trump campaign fundraiser and was the national deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned in April 2018, after it was revealed he had secretly paid off a former Playboy model in exchange for her silence about their affair. (ProPublica / Daily Beast)

    https://www.propublica.org/article/f...undering-probe

    Day 578: The Justice Department is investigating whether Elliott Broidy tried to sell his influence with the Trump administration. The longtime Republican fundraiser resigned from his RNC position in April after it was reported that he paid a former Playboy model $1.6 million in exchange for her silence about a sexual affair. Michael Cohen arranged the settlement. (Washington Post)

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...?noredirect=on

    GOP fundraiser Broidy under investigation for alleged effort to sell government influence, people familiar with probe say. (Washington Post)

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...?noredirect=on

    Ex-Fugees member Pras Michel denies wrongdoing in alleged effort to stop Malaysian corruption probe. (Washington Post)

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...?noredirect=on
    6/ Trump claimed he encouraged House Republicans to vote in favor of a resolution calling on the Justice Department to make Robert Mueller's final report public. Earlier in the day, however, Trump tweeted that the special counsel "should never have been appointed" and that "there should be no Mueller Report." The House approved the resolution last week 420-0 to demand that Attorney General William Barr release Mueller's entire report and make it available to Congress. The resolution was blocked by Republicans in the Senate. (Politico)

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...report-1224004

    poll/ 52% of Americans have little or no trust in Trump's denials that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia. 28%, meanwhile, say they have a lot of trust in Robert Mueller's investigation to be fair and accurate. 50% agree that Trump is the victim of a "witch hunt" while 47% disagree. (USA Today)

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...nt/3194049002/

    Notables
    The U.S. military now plans to keep nearly 1,000 forces in Syria. Three months ago, Trump ordered a complete withdrawal. (Wall Street Journal)

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-mil...ia-11552853378

    Kirsten Gillibrand formally launched her presidential bid, announcing she will deliver her speech next week in front of Trump International Hotel in New York City. (Reuters)

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKCN1QY0FQ

    Trump pulled Rudy Giuliani from doing TV interviews after the lawyer claimed the Trump Tower Moscow talks may have lasted up until November 2016. The Sunday, January 20th appearance was Giuliani's last – other than a March 8 comment, where he said Paul Manafort's short jail sentence was fair. (Axios)

    https://www.axios.com/rudy-giuliani-...c459e9027.html

    Ben Carson's daily schedule from 2017 shows that the HUD secretary met with his staff once a week and left work before 2 p.m. on most Fridays to fly to his Florida mansion. (NBC News)

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/whi...nch-my-n983526

    Trump tweeted that he wanted the General Motors Ohio plant to be "opened or sold to a company who will open it up fast!" In November, G.M. announced that it would idle five factories in North America and cut roughly 14,000 jobs to trim costs. Trump's tweets were an attempt to pressure G.M. and the United Automobile Workers union to begin negotiations on an agreement that would put the plant back to work. Trump added that the president of U.A.W. "ought to get his act together and produce." (New York Times)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/b...-gm-plant.html

    Kellyanne Conway's husband believes that Trump's mental condition is deteriorating. Kellyanne disagrees. George Conway tweeted last week that "whether or not impeachment is in order, a serious inquiry needs to be made about this man's condition of mind." He continued through the weekend by tweeting screenshots from American Psychiatric Association's "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," highlighting pages that include diagnostic criteria for "narcissistic personality disorder" and "antisocial personality disorder." Kellyanne told reporters that she does not share George's concerns. (CNN / Washington Post)

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/18/polit...ump/index.html

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    Bernie's new press secretary in action.



    Last edited by Ubiq; March 19th, 2019 at 03:19 PM.
    Complicating things since 2009.

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    Sweet mother of jesus.
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    I've often wondered about that myself; seems like being supported by people who only want you there so the world can end in fire (with you going to Hell in the process) would be somewhat off-putting
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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com/2019/03/19/day-789/

    Day 789: A little longer.


    1/ Robert Mueller obtained warrants to search Michael Cohen's emails and cell phones in July, August and November 2017, according to the unsealed search warrant applications. One warrant allowed Mueller's office to search Cohen's emails dating to June 2015 when Cohen still worked for the Trump Organization. In particular, Mueller sought records of any "funds of benefits received by or offered" to Cohen "on behalf of, any foreign government," as well as evidence of efforts "to conduct activities on behalf of, for the benefit of, or at the direction of any foreign government." In February 2018, Mueller's office began referring parts of its Cohen investigation to federal prosecutors in New York, including relevant emails from its warrants. Investigators used the search warrants as the basis for an April 2018 raid of Cohen's office, home, safety deposit box and a hotel room where he had been staying. Cohen ultimately pleaded guilty to tax fraud, bank fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress. Mueller was was appointed special counsel in May 2017. (New York Times / Washington Post / Associated Press / Politico / CNN / NBC News)
    • The prosecutor who handled Michael Flynn's guilty plea has left the special counsel's office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmad is the third senior member of Mueller's team confirmed to leave the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts but hasn’t yet been sentenced. (Politico)
    • Rod Rosenstein will stay at the Justice Department "a little longer" despite previously announced that he would leave in mid-March. (NBC News)
    2/ Deutsche Bank loaned more than $2 billion to Trump over nearly two decades during his time as a real estate developer at a time when other banks wouldn't lend to him. The bank repeatedly loaned money to Trump despite multiple business-related "red flags," including instances where Trump exaggerated his wealth by an extra $2 billion in order to secure additional loans from the bank. In 2010, Trump returned to Deutsche Bank for $100 million loan, even though it had concluded at the time that Trump had overvalued some of his real estate assets by up to 70%. (New York Times / New York Times / CNBC)
    3/ The Supreme Court ruled that the government can detain immigrants indefinitely with past criminal records, even if they were previously released from criminal custody. The ruling provides Trump more authority to arrest, detain and deport immigrants convicted of crimes. (Reuters / Associated Press / Politico / CNN)
    4/ The House Judiciary Committee said it received "tens of thousands" of requested documents related to its investigation into whether Trump abused his power, obstructed justice or engaged in public corruption. The committee requested documents from 81 individuals, government agencies and others, including Trump family members, current and former business employees, Republican campaign staffers and former White House aides, the FBI, White House and WikiLeaks. The committee has received eight responses as of Tuesday morning, and the majority of the 8,195 pages of material the committee received was provided by Steve Bannon, who handed over 2,688 pages; Trump confidant Thomas Barrack, who supplied 3,349 pages; and the National Rifle Association, which turned over 1,466 pages, the Republicans said. (Washington Post / Politico / Reuters)
    5/ The Trump administration, however, ignored the House Judiciary request for documents. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler had set a Monday deadline asking for documents related the firing of James Comey, internal discussions about the decision of Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia probe, details about any talks to dismiss, as well as records about payments Trump made as part of a hush-money scheme to keep his alleged extramarital affairs from going public. (CNN / Politico)
    poll/ 71% of Americans say the economy is in good shape –the best rating during Trump's presidency by two points. (CNN)

    ✏️ Notables.

    1. The Trump administration proposed placing a cap on federal student loan borrowing as a way curbing student loan debt, which has reached nearly $1.5 trillion. The plan is to prevent borrowers from taking out too many federal loans to the point where the debt becomes unmanageable, which the government argues will reduce college tuition rates. The president of the nonprofit Institute for College Access and Success said the there's "no evidence" that the availability of federal loans has led to higher college costs. (NBC News)
    2. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed ending a loan forgiveness program for public service workers and eliminating subsidized loans for low-income students. DeVos also proposed a 12% decrease in funding for her department for fiscal 2020. (CNN)
    3. The Trump administration won't give the public more time to weigh in on its proposed rule restricting the Clean Water Act. [Editor's note: I don't have an account to this site, so I can't read the whole article, but it felt necessary to flag] (Greenwire)
    4. Paul Ryan will join the board of the Fox Corporation – the parent company of Fox News. (CNBC / CNN)
    5. Elizabeth Warren called for eliminating the Electoral College as part of an effort to expand voting rights, because "every vote matters." Separately, Colorado and 11 other states and the District of Columbia pledged to give their electoral votes to whichever candidate wins the national popular vote. (Politico / New York Times / Washington Post)
    6. Congressional Democrats asked the FBI to investigate the owner of the Florida massage parlor who allegedly sold access to Trump. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer called on federal agents to investigate "public reports about alleged activities by Ms. Li 'Cindy' Yang and her apparent relationship with the president." The letter also called on the FBI to investigate whether another company started by Yang that "may be selling access to the president and members of his family to clients from China." Yang's attorney says she denies the allegations against her. (ABC News / Reuters)
    7. A federal appeals court will hear arguments in a case challenging Trump's ownership of a luxury hotel down the street from the White House. The case represents the highest-level hearing yet for a lawsuit that claims Trump's vast holdings are a conflict of interest between his businesses and his duties as president. The suit accuses Trump of violating the emoluments clause in the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the president from receiving "any present, emolument, office or title of any kind whatever from any king, prince or foreign state" or any U.S. state while in office. (NBC News)

    💬 Dept. of Interpersonal Communication.

    1. Trump: "I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be." McCain died last August after a battle with brain cancer. (NBC News / USA Today / ABC News)
    2. Trump called Kellyanne Conway's husband "a total loser!" after George Conway suggested on Twitter that Trump is not mentally fit to serve as president. (Washington Post / NBC News)
    3. Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and two parody accounts for $250 million over mean tweets. Nunes claims one Twitter account pretending to be his mom and another pretending to be a dairy cow in Iowa made fun of him and accused him of crimes, something Nunes says "no human being should ever have to bear and suffer in their whole life." (New York Times / Politico / USA Today / CBS News)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgamer82 View Post
    1. Elizabeth Warren called for eliminating the Electoral College as part of an effort to expand voting rights, because "every vote matters." Separately, Colorado and 11 other states and the District of Columbia pledged to give their electoral votes to whichever candidate wins the national popular vote. (Politico / New York Times / Washington Pos
    As much as I -unfortunately- don't think she'll win the Dem nomination, she deserves it.
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    Yeah sure. Do I look for the charts of the disaster? I'm following a new person who's been very eloquent about this, but I'd need to translate.

    tldr; the oil boom that would have pushed us into a world power (done cleanly), or at least Chilean standars of life (with the political corruption of old that was more parasyte than murder the host), was suqandered in corruption, cuban imperialism, politcal favors, half made infrastructure proyects and..

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    Fairly old, but..

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    Would be more clever if Lisa was depicted as part of the candidates since she is his successor in that universe.

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    https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday...03/20/day-790/

    Day 790: Nuts


    1/ Trump called Mueller's report illegitimate because he was never elected and complained to reporters that he now has to deal with "somebody writing a report" despite having "won one of the greatest elections of all time." Trump went on to refer to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as just "a deputy" who was "appointed," who then "appoint[ed] another man to write a report," rhetorically asking somebody to "explain that, because my voters don't get it, and I don't get it." Trump nominated Rosenstein, who was confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate in a 94-6 vote. (Talking Points Memo / Roll Call)
    2/ Trump then called for Robert Mueller's report to be made public, saying "Let it come out, let people see it […] we'll see what happens." He added: "I don't mind" if it's made public and "I look forward to seeing the report." The decision to make Mueller's report public will be left to Attorney General William Barr, and Trump said he has "no idea" when the report will be released. (Reuters / Politico / Bloomberg)
    3/ Robert Mueller's team told a federal judge that they're very busy this week because they "face the press of other work" and would like a deadline extension to respond to a request to unseal records in Paul Manafort's criminal case. The special counsel asked the court to give them until April 1 to respond to the request from the Washington Post, which petitioned the court to unseal the Manafort documents related to his breach of plea proceedings, citing "the profound public interest in these proceedings." Mueller's report is expected any day now. (Washington Post / CNN)
    • Here's what we already know about the Mueller report: The investigation has revealed a range of events related to Russian interference and the 2016 election. Six people connected to Trump have been charged and five have been convicted or pleaded guilty. (New York Times)
    4/ Hope Hicks plans to turn over documents to the House Judiciary Committee as part of its investigation into potential obstruction of justice. Rep. Jerry Nadler said the former White House communications director and long-time confidante of Trump will hand over documents from "any personal or work diary, journal or other book containing notes, a record or a description of daily events" about Trump, the Trump campaign, the Trump Organization and the executive office of the President. (CNN)
    • Michael Flynn's company submitted several thousand pages of documents to the House Judiciary Committee as part of the panel's investigation of alleged obstruction of justice and other actions by Trump. (Politico)
    • The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee accused the Trump administration of engaging in "an unprecedented level of stonewalling." Elijah Cummings said the White House has refused to cooperate with repeated requests from the committee. (Newsweek)
    • Day 798: The Trump administration ignored the House Judiciary request for documents. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler had set a Monday deadline asking for documents related the firing of James Comey, internal discussions about the decision of Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia probe, details about any talks to dismiss, as well as records about payments Trump made as part of a hush-money scheme to keep his alleged extramarital affairs from going public. (CNN / Politico)
    5/ Trump's $1.5 trillion tax cut will not result in the promised 3% annual growth rate. The White House conceded that the American economy would need additional labor regulation rollbacks, a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, and another round of tax cuts in order to produce the promised 3% average growth rate for the next decade. White House forecasters say that without those additional steps, the growth rate would slow to about 2% a year in 2026 when many of the 2017 tax cuts expire. (New York Times)
    poll/ 62% of Americans have confidence in the fairness of Mueller's investigation – with 33% very confident. 37%, however, are not very or not at all confident in a fair investigation. 63% are concerned about the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia. (Associated Press)
    poll/ 48% of Americans approve of Mueller's handling of the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election in 2016, while 37% disapprove. 56% say they consider Russia's efforts to influence the election a serious matter that should be fully investigated, while 38% consider an effort to discredit Trump's presidency. (CNN)

    Notables.
    1. Trump designated Brazil as a "major non-NATO ally" after meeting with the country's new far-right president and said he would be open to granting Brazil full NATO membership, even though Brazil doesn't qualify to join the alliance. Trump also remarked that he was "very proud to hear the president use the term 'fake news'." (Associated Press / Reuters)
    2. Trump Jr. thinks Brexit would have been on had Theresa May followed his father's advice. It is unclear what expertise Trump Jr. has in British or European politics. (NPR / New York Times)
    3. Trump said he plans to leave the tariffs on Chinese goods in place for a "substantial period of time" until he's certain that "China lives by the deal." Trump has levied tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods – about half the value of Chinese exports to the U.S. Beijing has retaliated with tariffs on $110 billion of U.S. goods – about 90% of U.S. exports to China. (Wall Street Journal / Bloomberg)
    4. The Trump administration wants to use $359 million from an unrelated bank settlement to fund the border wall. French bank Societe Generale agreed to pay the U.S government $1.3 billion after admitting that it violated U.S. sanctions on Cuba and Iran for years. It's unclear if the White House can use the money for the wall. (CNBC)
    5. A federal judge ruled that Trump's ban on transgender people in the military can not go into effect yet, and that the 2017 court order blocking the ban remains in place. The White House released a memo last week saying that it planned to implement the ban in April because "there is no longer any impediment" to doing so. (BuzzFeed News)
    6. A federal judge temporarily blocked oil and gas drilling on 300,000 acres of federal land in Wyoming, ruling that the Trump administration "did not sufficiently consider climate change" in its assessments of whether to lease federal land for individual projects. (Washington Post / Axios/Reuters)
    7. Trump plans to nominate former Delta Air Lines pilot and executive Stephen Dickson to lead the FAA. If confirmed, Dickson will become the first permanent FAA administrator since Obama-appointee Michael Huerta resigned in 2018. (NPR)
    8. 18 states have considered legislation that would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the ballot during a primary or general election. Many of the legislatures considering the bills are controlled by Democrats. (Washington Post)
    9. A panel of federal appeals court judges challenged the legal basis for a lawsuit alleging that Trump's profits from the Trump International Hotel violate the Constitution's emoluments clauses. Trump has retained ownership of the hotel while serving as president, which has become a favored lodging and event space for foreign- and state-governments. (New York Times / Reuters)
    10. Kellyanne Conway defended Trump's attacks on her husband after Trump called George Conway "Mr. Kellyanne Conway," a "whack job," "a stone cold LOSER," and a "husband from hell!" George Conway responded: "You. Are. Nuts." Kellyanne, meanwhile, asked: "You think [Trump] should just take that sitting down?" (Politico / NBC News / CNBC / ABC News)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgamer82 View Post
    1. Kellyanne Conway defended Trump's attacks on her husband after Trump called George Conway "Mr. Kellyanne Conway," a "whack job," "a stone cold LOSER," and a "husband from hell!" George Conway responded: "You. Are. Nuts." Kellyanne, meanwhile, asked: "You think [Trump] should just take that sitting down?" (Politico / NBC News / CNBC / ABC News)

    I know I shouldn't be surprised that yet ANOTHER Republican has their spouse attacked by Trump, yet they side with Trump over the spouses. But I still kind of am.
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    A magical strange Twilight Zone episode where no other education is offered, and the only option is Bill Nye the Science Guy videos

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