John Lindsay-Poland coordinates Global Exchange’s project to Stop U.S. Arms to Mexico. At Focus on Foreign Policy, he writes—The U.S. Is Flooding the World With Guns. Congress Can Stop That: When gun exporters and importers gather at a trade conference at the Trump Hotel in Washington later this month, they will confront mixed trends in their industry. Gun manufacturing in the United States fell sharply in the first year of the Trump presidency, by more than 27 percent — a change widely attributed to gun buyers’ confidence that Trump would maintain or expand commercial access to firearms, limiting the impulse to stock up over a short period of time. Gun imports into the United States have also dropped significantly, with pistol imports falling by over 20 percent from 2016 to 2018. But reduced gun production was partly compensated by a record level of U.S. gun exports to other nations, which grew by nearly 30 percent in 2017. U.S. gun companies dramatically increased their firearms exports globally — to 488,300 guns in 2017, more than in any year on record, according to a report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). The United States exported even more firearms in 2018, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, and the Trump administration seeks to expand such exports even more. Last year, the administration proposed a regulatory change to transfer the export licensing of guns to the much looser rules of the Commerce Department, which industry leaders expect will “significantly expand their opportunities,” while removing congressional oversight and severely reducing the capacity to control the end uses of exported weapons. The proposed rule would apply to sniper rifles, semi-automatic assault rifles, and other weapons used in warfare around the world. The change would also effectively deregulate the production of 3D-printed weapons, which are currently considered exports. But the proposed change was set back on July 11, when the House of Representatives approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that prohibits taking gun exports off the State Department’s U.S. Munitions List. [...] The growth in U.S. gun sales outside the country occurred as the Trump administration’s weapons export licensing agency was understaffed and in devastating disarray, according to a State Department Inspector General report in February. [...] Indivisible’s list of Resistance Events & Groups TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “As painful and embarrassing as it may be, the fact remains that we are confronted with a human structure that has been shaped by thousands of years of mechanistic civilization and is expressed in social helplessness and an intense desire for a Führer.” ~~Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1946) TWEET OF THE DAY xTHIS IS AN ACTUAL HEADLINE pic.twitter.com/0U6EWTEeeO— Derek Johnson (@derekjGZ) July 23, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2008—Downing Street Memo - July 23, 2002: Six years ago today, Matthew Rycroft, private secretary to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, wrote a secret memorandum to the U.K.’s ambassador to the U.S., David Manning. The memo contained the minutes of a meeting held that same morning between Blair and a few senior foreign policy advisers. It was exposed by the Sunday Times nearly three years later. Two paragraphs stood out. Rycroft spoke about a trip that Sir Richard Dearlove had recently taken to Washington. Dearlove, the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service or MI6, is referred to officially as «C»: C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action. And there was this: The Foreign Secretary said he would discuss this with Colin Powell this week. It seemed clear that Bush had made up his mind to take military action, even if the timing was not yet decided. But the case was thin. Saddam was not threatening his neighbours, and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran. We should work up a plan for an ultimatum to Saddam to allow back in the UN weapons inspectors. This would also help with the legal justification for the use of force. Many people who were attentive to the White House’s public statements saw hints that a decision already had been made to invade Iraq well before that secret memo was sent to its select group of addressees. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Mueller is set to testify tomorrow. Trump casually discusses mass murder. Why Pence turned around (the day Trump died). Senate Dems appear dead set on repeating past rules mistakes. Papers, please. Oh, you have them? Well, lol/yolo/nm. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
Today is the day: At long last, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican-led Senate are finally voting on the bill that would authorize long-term funding for 9/11 survivors and/or their surviving families. In the last month alone, 16 first responders died while Republicans like Rand Paul inserted objections and dragged their feet. While first responders have repeatedly make the trek to Washington, D.C., to beg the “never forget” crowd for the funding they were promised, there has been no bigger champion of the 9/11 first responders than Jon Stewart. Time and time again, he’s come to the Capitol with the men and women who worked at the toxic World Trade Center location. Today, Jon Stewart is on hand once again to witness the vote for himself. There was an awkward, joyous moment as he stood in the hallway and Mitch McConnell himself passed him, a moment that was captured by Roll Call photographer Bill Clark.
Earlier in July there was much commotion around a suddenly canceled flight by Vice President Mike Pence to a New Hampshire roundtable on the opioid crisis. Did Trump accidentally swallow his Diet Coke button? Had John Bolton commandeered the White House situation room, demanding the generals launch a new war in time for the Fox News primetime hour? Nobody was willing to say. The White House and vice president's office treated the whole thing as the highest of secrets. We now know the truth was much stupider. Trump's vice president was yanked off Air Force Two just before takeoff because one of the people he was about to meet with was himself under investigation as a drug dealer. That person, former New York Giants player and well known anti-drug speaker Jeff Hatch, agreed to a plea deal in federal court last Friday. So that was the enormous secret Team Trump was hiding: insufficient vetting of the people that Mike Pence might have inadvertently graced with his ever-insincere and milquetoast presence. That was the big, mysterious crisis that required Mike Pence to quickly flee Air Force Two and scurry back to the White House. Sure, whatever.
Former state Rep. Jeanne Ives, a far-right social conservative who almost beat then-Gov. Bruce Rauner in last year’s GOP primary, announced that she would challenge Democratic freshman Rep. Sean Casten in Illinois’ 6th District. Surprisingly, Ives said that former Rep. Peter Roskam, an establishment ally whom Casten defeated in 2018, is supporting her. Ives will face former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, who was Rauner’s running mate last year, in the primary for this suburban Chicago seat. Ives decided to challenge Rauner in late 2017 after the governor signed a law allowing public funding for abortions. Ives’ bid quickly received $2.5 million from conservative mega donor Richard Uihlein (Illinois has no campaign finance limits), which is largely what kept her campaign afloat. However, Ives still spent the entire contest as the underdog against the wealthy governor, whom she tried to portray as a liberal. Ives infamously used a racist and transphobic ad to make that case. Her spot included a deep-voiced actor in a dress telling the governor, “Thank you for signing legislation that lets me use the girls bathroom.” The commercial also included a man in a hoodie wearing a bandana around his face expressing his appreciation to Rauner for ostensibly making the state “a sanctuary state for illegal immigrant criminals,” as well as a woman sporting a pink protest hat meant to invoke the Women’s March saying that the governor now had Illinois families “pay[ing] for my abortions.” This spot attracted plenty of attention, but every poll still showed Rauner beating Ives. However, the Democratic Governors Association decided to launch a late attempt to try and take down the governor in the primary. The DGA ran commercials in the final week of the contest pretending to call Ives out as «too conservative» in a barely disguised effort to boost her with, well, conservatives. It almost worked, but Rauner prevailed by a very weak 51.5-48.5. However, according to analysts and Daily Kos Elections contributor Drew Savicki, Ives carried the 6th District 50.2-49.8.
A nine-year-old girl has miraculously survived a potentially deadly encounter with a bison in Yellowstone National Park after being attacked and tossed into the air by the wild animal. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Question number one: Who the hell does Simba think he is?
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There are probably many of us who’d wish quite a lot of the last couple of years could be thrown into that temple fire, but this documentary is the first I’ve seen to expertly unpick what has become the real-world dumpster fire that is social media, dark advertising and global politics which have all become […]
The first scientific study of compensatory strategies -- techniques to camouflage autism -- finds that they have positive and negative outcomes, increasing social integration, but possibly also resulting in poor mental health for autistic people, and could be a barrier to diagnosis.
A WeWork IPO may be just weeks away, says new report.
A study of over 1,000 healthy women with no urinary tract infection symptoms showed nearly 9% carried multi-drug resistant Escherichia coli strains in their guts. Additional findings highlight likely reasons behind the pandemic of resistant E. coli strains. They show the value of checking a patients' carrier-status to predict resistant infections, and the need to re-think the clinical significance of bacteria in the urine without symptoms, because pandemic strains can be highly pathogenic to the urinary system and treatment resistant.
Scientists say the loss of a single gene two to three million years ago in our ancestors may have resulted in a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease in all humans as a species, while also setting up a further risk for red meat-eating humans.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park officials say a bull bison tossed a 9-year-old girl into the air when the animal charged a group of about 50 tourists. Park officials say the bison rushed the group Monday after some of the tourists approached to within 5 to ...
HOLT, Mo. (AP) - Authorities are searching for two brothers from Wisconsin who were reported missing after traveling to Missouri. The Clinton County Sheriff's Office says a rental car being used by Nicholas Diemel and Justin Diemel was found Monday abandoned in a commuter parking lot in Holt. The two ...
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on a wildfire in northern Arizona (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a state of emergency for a wildfire burning in northern Arizona. The fire that began Sunday now has charred an estimated 4 square miles (10 square kilometers) ...
World travel ranks high on most bucket lists. And yet, it’s hard to go to another country if you aren’t familiar with the language. But that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. You […] The post Save $100 and Learn German, Italian, and More With Rosetta Stone appeared first on Geek.com.
Wesley Snipes congratulated Mahershala Ali on his role in Marvel Studios' 'Blade' reboot movie. (Photo Credit: New Line Cinema) Wesley Snipes broke his silence on Marvel Studios’ Blade reboot and he is looking forward to Mahershala Ali playing the badass vampire hunter in the sci-fi movie. On July 20, Marvel Studios announced upcoming […] The post Wesley Snipes Congratulates Mahershala Ali After Marvel Announces ‘Blade’ Reboot appeared first on Geek.com.
A great horned owl was found completely covered in oil, after getting into an oil pit in California. (Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network) A great horned owl is recovering after it was found completely covered in oil in southern California. The juvenile male owl was found in the oil pit in Dulah in Ventura County on […] The post Great Horned Owl Found Completely Covered in Oil in California appeared first on Geek.com.
Smoak homers, gets winning hit as Blue Jays top Indians 2-1
Caleb Smith retired his first 17 batters and cruised through seven innings of two-hit ball, and the Miami Marlins beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1
Curtis Granderson smacks a 2-run home run and makes a leaping grab at the wall in his return to Chicago.
Dakota Hudson was able to re-focus after giving up three runs in the first inning, helping the Cardinals get a win over the Pirates.
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