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NRA Open to New Rules on Rapid-Fire Gun Accessories
After Vegas

NRA Open to New Rules on Rapid-Fire Gun Accessories After Vegas

The nation’s largest gun-lobbying group said devices that allow semiautomatic rifles to function like automatic firearms should be subject to new regulation after a growing number of Republican lawmakers say they’re open to such restrictions. Following a mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, in which the gunman had weapons modified to allow rapid firing, the National Rifle Association called on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to review whether the “bump stock” devices used to modify semiautomatics comply with federal law. “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to … Read More

Trump Expected to Decertify Iran Nuclear Deal

Trump Expected to Decertify Iran Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the landmark international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a senior administration official said on Thursday, in a step that potentially could cause the 2015 accord to unravel. Trump has been weighing whether the pact, which he has called an “embarrassment,” serves U.S. security interests as he faces an Oct. 15deadline for certifying that Iran is complying with it. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump is also expected to roll out a broader U.S. strategy on Iran that would be more confrontational. The Trump administration has frequently criticized … Read More

House Passes 2018 Budget; Senate Committee Clears
Different Plan

House Passes 2018 Budget; Senate Committee Clears Different Plan

Republicans powered their 2018 budget through the House on Thursday, overcoming months of disagreements and taking the first concrete step in their quest to pass a massive tax reform by year’s end. Across the Capitol, meanwhile, Senate Republicans cleared their own version of the 2018 blueprint through the Budget Committee, setting up a floor fight later this month and an eventual meeting to work out differences with the House. Approving a budget is the key to unlocking fast-track legislative procedures that will allow Republicans to avoid a Senate filibuster and pass their tax overhaul without having to compromise with Democrats. … Read More

Trump: Generals too Slow with Advice on Crises

Trump: Generals too Slow with Advice on Crises

President Trump told senior military leaders Thursday night that he wants them to give him military options “at a much faster pace” when national-security emergencies erupt around the world. “I know that government bureaucracy is slow, but I am depending on you to overcome the obstacles of bureaucracy,” Mr. Trump said at a White House meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and others. The president, gesturing to the military chiefs around a table, told reporters, “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.” He didn’t elaborate. Their agenda included denuclearizing North Korea, putting an end to Iran’s … Read More

House Committee Approves $10 Billion Initial Payment
for Border Wall

House Committee Approves $10 Billion Initial Payment for Border Wall

The House Homeland Security Committee gave first approval to the broad scope of President Trump’s border wall Wednesday, clearing a bill that would authorize $10 billion in new infrastructure spending, new waivers to speed up construction, and 10,000 more border agents and officers to patrol the U.S.-Mexico line. Democrats vehemently opposed the bill, saying the wall was a boondoggle and the fact that U.S. taxpayers will fund it violates the president’s campaign pledge to make Mexico foot the bill. But Republicans backed the bill in a 18-12 party-line vote, saying it was time to get a handle on the border. … Read More

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