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New Jersey senator ready to re-introduce gun control bill

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The office of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) said Saturday he plans to reintroduce a bill that would “curtail the ability of a shooter to fire at length without reloading,” The Huffington Post reports.

The move comes after reports that James Holmes, the suspect in Friday morning’s mass shooting at an Aurora, Col. movie theater, purchased more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition online within the past two months, as well as weapons that allowed him to fire 50 or 60 rounds in less than a minute.

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“If reports are correct and a high-capacity gun magazine was used to commit these awful murders, Senator Lautenberg will absolutely renew his effort to limit the availability of this dangerous firearm attachment,” Lautenberg’s communications director Caley Gray told The Huffington Post.

Last year, Lautenberg and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) teamed up to introduce legislation banning the manufacture and sale of high-capacity ammunition feeding devices, following the shooting of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In that incident, the gunman was able to shoot 30 rounds at a time before reloading.

The bill eventually stalled out, but at the time, Lautenberg told Talking Points Memo he felt such weapons should not be on the market.

Earlier this year, Lautenberg chided the National Rifle Association for accusing President Barack Obama’s administration of being part of a “vast conspiracy” to pursue gun control legislation, even though it had not proposed any new laws on the issue.

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Two impeachment articles expected against President Trump: reports

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Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.

The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.

It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.

CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network's sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.

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Ambassador McFaul ‘shocked’ Trump invited Sergey Lavrov back to the Oval Office: ‘What are they thinking?’

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Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul repeatedly said he was shocked that President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

McFaul was interviewed Monday evening by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC "The Last Word," where he contrasted how Trump is treating the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Ambassador McFaul, I want to get your reaction to the Russian foreign minister meeting tomorrow at the White House, in the Oval Office, with President Trump," O'Donnell said. "That's his second time. President Zelinsky still hasn't gotten that meeting and Donald trump apparently, apparently may be voted articles of impeachment in committee this week because of his interactions with President Zelensky."

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House Judiciary to vote on Thursday to impeach Donald Trump: report

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Democrats are moving ahead with the impeachment of President Donald Trump following another day of testimony on Monday.

"House Democrats plan to unveil at least two articles of impeachment Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple lawmakers and aides. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the articles on Thursday, setting up a vote on the House floor next week to make Trump the third president in history to be impeached," Politico reported Monday evening.

"Democratic leaders plan to formally announce the articles at a press conference Tuesday morning. Judiciary Committee Democrats intend to meet ahead of the announcement and review the articles," Politico reported. "The decision to move forward with specific impeachment charges is the most significant move yet for the year-old Democratic House majority, a legacy-defining moment for Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sets up a Senate trial for Trump in early 2020."

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