Today is Aug 9, and here are the stories I am watching.
1-Background checks and ‘red flag’ laws in the fall
After several calls to bring the Senate back from recess to consider gun violence legislation following last weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he and President Trump are considering several options, including background checks, and are “anxious for an outcome” when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill in the fall. McConnell won’t cut short the Senate vacation, as some lawmakers and 2020 presidential candidates have asked. But he told a Kentucky radio station Thursday that Trump called him and they discussed several ideas, including background checks and “red flag” laws that allow authorities to seize firearms from someone deemed a threat to themselves or others.
DML: Florida has done something similar to this, and it appears to be working but 2A advocates will push back heavily. It’s an election cycle, so President Trump will have to go with his gut on this, and he may upset the NRA in the process.
2-Dem frontrunner says ‘poor kids’ just as bright as ‘white kids’
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic primary frontrunner, made another gaffe Thursday when he told a crowd in Iowa that “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids.” Biden, who famously directed supporters to a wrong number during last month’s debate — and misidentified the sites of recent mass shootings — quickly corrected himself after some applause from the crowd at the Asian & Latino Coalition PAC, and finished, “wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids.”
DML: And somehow he’s not the racist?
3-Dems oppose NY bill making water attacks on police a felony
A Republican bill that would increase penalties for throwing water on cops is facing some initial Democratic opposition months before it could even be taken up.
DML: I am ashamed to say I am from NY.
4-‘The Hunt’ is still on, despite controversy
NBC Universal still plans to release the controversial satirical movie “The Hunt” as scheduled on Sept. 27, despite significant backlash over the film, which depicts privileged vacationers hunting “deplorables” for sport.
DML: Can you imagine if I made a film called “The Kill” and it was about hunting down “libtards.” World would stop spinning. Heck, I can’t get Hollywood to take a film on immigration or homelessness because it exposes the bad policies of the Left, but ‘The Hunt” is ok? My Lord.
5- 14% of Americans use CBD
According to Gallup, one in seven Americans say they personally use cannabidiol- (CBD-) based products, which have proliferated since last year’s passage of a federal law legalizing this hemp form of cannabis. Younger Americans and those in the Western U.S. are most likely to report using these products, which are widely touted for their therapeutic benefits without any psychoactive effects because they contain a low level of THC. CBD users in the U.S. cite relief from pain (40%), anxiety (20%), insomnia (11%) and arthritis (8%) as the top reasons for use.
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