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Trump orders US companies to leave China immediately in extraordinary attack on Fed chief
News ImageDonald Trump has issued an order to US companies to withdraw from China, as he suggested his own appointment as Federal Reserve chairman was a greater threat to the economy than Chinese leader Xi Jinping.The president told firms to immediately start looking for an alternative or make their products in America instead as he lashed out at the central banks chair Jerome Powell.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:00:00 -0400
Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings
News ImageRussia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region. Loaded with nuclear fuel, the Akademik Lomonosov will leave the Arctic port of Murmansk to begin its 5,000 kilometre (3,000-mile) voyage to northeastern Siberia. Nuclear agency Rosatom says the reactor is a simpler alternative to building a conventional plant on ground that is frozen all year round, and it intends to sell such reactors abroad.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 03:01:09 -0400
Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to Turkey
News ImageAn Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the U.S. amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey early Saturday after Greece said it wouldn't risk its relations with America by aiding it. The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, updated its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mersin, Turkey, a port city in the country's south and home to an oil terminal.
Sat, 24 Aug 2019 03:33:40 -0400
Catholic priest Joseph McLoone stole church money and spent it on himself, Grindr men, authorities say
News ImageA Catholic priest in Pennsylvania was charged with theft after he stole nearly $100,000 from his parish over several years.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 06:23:34 -0400
Federal appeals court rules Colorado was 'wrong' to force electors to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016
News ImageBradley Moss and John Yoo weigh in on a federal court ruling in Colorado on the Electoral College that could make its way to the Supreme Court.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 23:32:18 -0400
David Koch's Millions Remade the Republican Party. He Didn't Like the Results
News ImageDavid Koch was the most vilified symbol of the billionaires who have turned 21st century politics their playground. He died at 79.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:16:19 -0400
Hong Kong families form peaceful human chains ahead of airport protest
News ImageThousands of chanting Hong Kong protesters joined hands to form human chains on Friday in a peaceful protest, with almost three months of anti-government demonstrations showing no sign of let-up across the Chinese-ruled territory. Demonstrators, families young and old, some people masked, some using hand wipes to stay clean, linked hands across different districts as others held up banners thanking overseas nations for supporting "freedom and democracy" in Hong Kong. "I joined the Hong Kong Way because its peaceful," said protester Peter Cheung, 27.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 20:45:04 -0400
2020 Toyota GR Supra vs. 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: Which Is the Better Driver's Machine?
News ImageVastly different yet similarly capable, one of these rear-drive sports coupes begs to be driven harder than the other.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:00:00 -0400
Radical gun reform may finally have a voice in Washington
News ImageAn ambitious agenda by the March for Our Lives activists may be the first time the majority of Americans get real representationA young girl looks on as she attends a vigil for the victims of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesMarch for Our Lives, the national youth gun violence prevention movement founded by survivors of last years school shooting in Parkland, Florida, released a sweeping gun reform agenda this week.The agenda calls for significantly raising the standards for gun ownership in America, and reducing by about 100m the total number of guns in circulation.Its a dramatic, ambitious plan. And it may represent the first time in decades that the majority of Americans will get any real representation in the gun control debate in Washington.March for Our Lives young activists endorsed an Australia-style mandatory government buyback and destruction of assault weapons. They want to decrease the number of guns in circulation by 30% which would mean roughly 100m fewer firearms in American hands. They proposed regulations that would dramatically raise the bar for who is allowed to purchase a gun, putting US law much more in line with European countries. And they want to revisit the 2009 supreme court decision, District of Columbia v Heller, which enshrined a pro-gun interpretation of Americans second amendment right to bear arms.These proposals are substantially more aggressive, and more ambitious, than anything the Democrats in Washington have fought for in years. In fact, for decades, gun control groups and progressive politicians have done a poor job at representing the majority of Americans in Congress when it comes to gun control. A surprising voidDemocrats have fought for minor new restrictions on gun buying and been defeated by the Republican partys gun absolutists but, fundamentally, the Democratic party has remained supportive of gun ownership.Democratic lawmakers efforts to ban assault weapons, for example, have not meant an actual ban on these guns, but only a ban on future sales, meaning that Americans could keep the millions of military-style rifles they already own. President Obamas signature gun control legislation after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a compromise bill that would have closed just a few of the gaping loopholes in the nations background check system a measure so weak its doubtful whether it would have had any effect on gun violence at all.The countrys largest gun control groups, too, have made great efforts to portray themselves as pro-gun safety, not anti-gun. They routinely advertise themselves as supporters of Americans second amendment right to bear arms. And they have focused on commonsense reforms, such as getting what activists see as particularly extreme weapons off the streets, or requiring a criminal background check before every gun sale.This lack of any explicit anti-gun side in the American gun debate is strange.Although many Americans may not realize it, gun owners are a minority in the United States. American civilians overall own an estimated 300m to 400m firearms, more than one gun per person. But this frequently cited statistic obscures how concentrated American gun ownership is.In recent surveys, roughly 70% to 80% of Americans said they do not personally own a gun, and a majority said that nobody in their household owns a gun. Just 3% of American adults own half the countrys guns, according to a definitive 2015 survey. This small group of gun super-owners have an average of 17 guns each.Gun absolutists the activists who oppose any gun control measures, who want Americans to be able to own any kind of gun, and carry them everywhere are a minority within that minority. According to the best available estimates, fewer than 10% of American gun owners overall are members of the National Rifle Association.There appear to be at least as many Americans who are vehemently anti-gun as there are NRA members.Recent Gallup polls have found that 28% of American adults say they would support a law banning handgun ownership, except by the police and other authorized persons. A 2017 Pew Research Center survey found that 9% of American adults believed that almost no one should be legally allowed to own guns about the same proportion as the number of adults who believed that almost everyone should be able to own them.A coalition of 9% of American adults would translate into more than 20 million people. Thats a group four times larger than the NRA, which claims between 5 million and 6 million members.Only a minority of Americans oppose most private gun ownership. But theres strong majority support for much tougher gun control laws than the ones currently on the books.A 2017 Pew survey found 68% supported banning assault-style weapons. Seventy-one percent supported having a federal database to track all gun sales. A 2018 Gallup survey found 68% of respondents supported raising the legal age to buy certain guns. A Quinnipiac poll in May found 77% of respondents were in favor of requiring people to obtain a license before being able to purchase a gun.Its not hard to find Americans who oppose the countrys current gun culture. They show up at gun control rallies, holding signs that say things like Repeal the Second Amendment. They live in neighborhoods burdened by decades of daily gun violence. Theyve lost family members or friends to shootings. They keep asking: why cant we just get rid of the guns?But for years, these Americans views have not been well represented by Americas gun safety groups, and they have had virtually no representation in Congress.This may finally be starting to change. Moving the gun debateIn 2016, a progressive activist launched Guns Down America, a small organization that advocates not simply for gun sense laws, but for a future with fewer guns. Following the Parkland shooting, the young March for Our Lives activists have advocated unapologetically for bold reform, though they, like other American gun control activists, say theyre not anti-gun and their proposals for stricter regulation represent the interests of responsible gun owners.Its not yet clear how much the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates will move towards embracing these majority opinions on gun control policy. But theres already been movement towards the actual middle of the debate.In 2016, Obama argued in a CNN Town Hall that issues like licensing, registration, thats an area where theres just not enough national consensus at this stage to even consider it. This year, the New Jersey senator Cory Booker made gun licensing the center of his 2020 gun control platform.After the mass shooting targeting Latino families in El Paso, the former Texas congressman Beto ORourke said he endorsed not just an assault weapon ban, but a mandatory federal buyback of assault weapons. On Wednesday, he became the first Democratic 2020 candidate to tweet that he supported March for Our Lives new policy agenda.ORourkes campaign did not back away from the most controversial elements of the youth activists plan, including their desire to revisit the supreme courts current interpretation of the second amendment, enshrined in the Heller decision.While Beto agrees with the courts holding that the second amendment allows for regulation, he does not agree with the entirety of the Heller decision, said Aleigha Cavalier, ORourkes national press secretary. One piece of the Heller case Beto believes should be revisited is the courts decision to strike down DCs safe storage requirements.Americas gun debate may soon actually have two sides.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 01:00:08 -0400
2020 Vision: Democratic field continues to shrink as Inslee and Moulton drop out
News ImageThe presidential primary field further winnowed this week, with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton announcing their withdrawals.
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:27:20 -0400
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