Trump all over the place on gun background checks

From CNN. A sustained effort from National Rifle Association officials, Republican lawmakers and conservative allies helped cement President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon his previous calls for tougher background checks in the wake of recent mass shootings, sources tell CNN. Trump held a lengthy phone call with NRA chief Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday, one of…

Trump says Jews disloyal if they vote for Democrats

From CNN. President Donald Trump criticized Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats, saying “it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” Trump was speaking to the press in the Oval Office about two Democratic congresswomen barred from entering Israel over their involvement in the movement to end international support for the country…

NYPD officer accused of choking Eric Garner fired

From CNN. The New York police officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner in 2014 has been fired and will not receive his NYPD pension, Commissioner James O’Neill said Monday. “It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City Police officer,” he said. Officer Daniel Pantaleo was found…

Rep. Rashida Tlaib tweets she won’t visit Israel

From CNN. Rep. Rashida Tlaib said she would not visit Israel after the country granted permission for her to enter the country on humanitarian grounds to visit her family in the West Bank. This comes one day after Israel blocked her and fellow Rep. Ilhan Omar from visiting the country. CNN’s Oren Liebermann has the…

Why passing gun control legislation is so hard

From CNN. In the wake of twin mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayon, Ohio, Congress is faced again with mounting pressure to pass gun control legislation. It’s the same pressure lawmakers faced following the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2013. Is there any reason to think this time will be any different? SOURCES…