Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday poured cold water on "red flag" legislation that is gaining traction among some Senate Republicans in the wake of a pair of mass shootings over the weekend, calling the measure an "ineffective cop out."
"The notion that passing a tepid version of an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) bill—alone—is even close to getting the job done in addressing rampant gun violence in the U.S. is wrong and would be an ineffective cop out," Schumer said in a statement...
The notion that a tepid version of a 'Red Flag' bill—alone—is even close to getting the job done on gun violence is wrong & would be an ineffective cop out
We will seek to require that any 'Red Flag' bill is accompanied by a vote on the House-passed background checks legislation pic.twitter.com/oYD69zqlyh
Researchers from BitDefender have uncovered a concerning security vulnerability present in all modern Intel processors. If executed, the flaw could permit an adversary to access the computer’s kernel memory, which could potentially result in them gaining access to sensitive information, like passwords, tokens, and private conversations.
The flaw affects all machines using Intel processors that support the SWAPGS system call, which allows the processor to swap between the kernel mode and user mode memory rings...
On August 7, 2019, Regan tweeted that Trump “has a major opportunity: he can BAN assault weapons and invoke strict gun laws and background checks in one executive order.”
Regan did not mention that expanding background checks would have done nothing to prevent the Dayton shooter, as he acquired his gun “legally.” Moreover, there was an “assault weapons” ban at the federal level from 1994-2004, and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice reported that the ban resulted in “no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence,” according to the Washington Times...
Illegal crossing arrests along the southwest border have dropped about 45% from a peak of 132,000 in May, which was the highest total since 2006... Officials cited Mexico's stepped up enforcement efforts for preventing a portion of people from passing through the country on the way to the United States...
Illegal crossings hit a 17-year low in March 2017 when only 12,500 people were apprehended. That number began climbing in mid-2017 from 20,000 to 30,000 arrests each month. It surpassed an average of 40,000 arrests per month by the spring of 2018 and continued climbing to around 50,000 each month last fall. In February, arrests spiked to 66,000 before dramatically jumping to 92,000 in March and 99,000 in April before reaching May's 13-year high.
“Hong Kong’s crisis ... has continued for 60 days, and is getting worse and worse,” Zhang Xiaoming, one of the most senior Chinese officials overseeing Hong Kong affairs, said during a meeting in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen... The protests have drawn millions onto the streets in opposition to an extradition bill that would see suspects tried in mainland courts controlled by the Communist Party. Many feared it would undermine Hong Kong’s independent judiciary and was another step toward full mainland control of Hong Kong... Protesters are demanding a complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, an independent inquiry into the crisis, an investigation into what they say is excessive use of force by police, and for Lam to step down.
McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. have proposed paying $10 billion to settle claims they helped to fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic -- the first sign of progress in resolving state lawsuits against the drug distributors, according to people familiar with negotiations. The companies, which deliver the majority of prescription medications to U.S. pharmacies, made the verbal proposal as part of talks with a group of state attorneys general, said three people familiar with the offer who asked that their names not be used because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.
Richard Adam Schreiber, of Everett, was indicted Tuesday after federal agents seized about 100 guns, more than 1,300 gun components, and nearly 124,000 rounds of ammunition. Prosecutors say Schreiber plotted with a security guard who pilfered the weapons and ammunition from a gun-disposal facility operated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The guard, 52-year-old Christopher Lee Yates, of Martinsburg, has pleaded guilty in the case and is due to be sentenced in late August. Yates admitted taking firearms, parts, and ammunition from the Martinsburg disposal facility and was charged with possessing stolen firearms in Berkeley County.
Leslie Wexner, the billionaire behind Victoria’s Secret, said in a letter that his former money manager Jeffrey Epstein misappropriated more than $46 million of his fortune, revealing for the first time the financial fallout from his relationship with the disgraced financier. The founder and chief executive of L Brands Inc. told members of his Wexner Foundation that the missing funds were uncovered after Mr. Wexner decided in 2007 to sever ties with Mr. Epstein. Mr. Wexner began the separation process after allegations against Mr. Epstein surfaced involving sexual abuse of underage girls.
Huntsman’s resignation has sparked speculation that he will run for another term as governor of Utah. A source close to Huntsman told the Deseret News that he is “keeping an open mind” about entering the 2020 race, having served two terms previously as governor...
SpaceX is working to develop an ultra-low-cost launch system called Starship that could reach the moon and Mars. Company founder Elon Musk said progress on the system has been exponential in recent months. The company's first prototype of the rocket ship, called Starhopper, has served as an essential test-bed for the system. But after a big flight planned for mid-August, SpaceX will likely retire Starhopper. Its parts will be cannibalized to move the overall program forward. Musk said he'll present SpaceX's latest design and plan for Starship on August 24...
The Puerto Rico Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that last week's swearing in of Pedro Pierluisi as governor was unconstitutional and that he must leave office later in the day. In a unanimous decision, the nine-member high court nullified his governorship based on the fact his earlier appointment as secretary of state and next in line for governor had not been confirmed by both chambers of the legislature.
USA TODAY's headquarters in McLean, Virginia was evacuated Wednesday amid a heavy police presence after what authorities said turned out to be a mistaken report of a person with a weapon at the suburban Washington office. Fairfax County, Virginia police reported that they were clearing the building without incident... Lt. Eric Ivancic said police received a call at 11:56 a.m., reporting that a man with gun was seen at the building, which holds the headquarters for USA TODAY, its parent company, Gannett Co., and offices for a variety of other businesses. Police were continuing to investigate, but there has been no evidence of shooting and they have not located anyone with a weapon, Ivancic said.
The photos were taken by a member of the Shock Theater collective, a group that lays on haunted house tours and horror scenarios, but the company said it was not responsible for creating or posting the fliers. Suffolk County police said they weren’t alerted to the fliers, which now appear to have been removed.
Lambert went by the name “Eric Pope” and pretended he’d graduated from NYU law school while outfitting his fake website with bios ripped from other law firms’ websites, according to prosecutors. “Lambert’s de facto career was one of a grifter: he had never been to law school and certainly wasn’t an attorney,” US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement. “Today, Lambert admitted to his crimes and faces time in prison for his misdeeds.” He faces up to 20 years behind bars when sentenced on Nov. 4.
A suicide car-bomb attack struck the heart of Afghanistan again Wednesday, killing at least 14 people and injured a further 145. The morning rush hour onslaught – which targeted a police station in the capital of Kabul and was swiftly claimed by the Taliban – took the lives of four police officers while the rest were civilians, with women and children among the dead, the government stated. Images showed scores of people being carted from the carnage to nearby hospitals and expressions of exhausted devastation from within the remnants of the blast. A Taliban spokesperson, according to Reuters, said in a statement that their forces had bombed a “recruitment center” and boasted that a “large number of soldiers and police were killed or wounded.”
We have not yet found a source for this claim that the Taliban carried out this attack, yet the MSM is parroting it. There are also numerous accounts on twitter saying that no civilians are allowed in the area where the bomb was detonated. Is it a coincidence that this happened when just yesterday the Taliban says it has reached peace agreements with the U.S., and that the U.S. is preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan?