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Texas man shoots himself dead during NRA-sponsored NASCAR race

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Authorities in Texas said a 42-year-old man died late Saturday night after shooting himself in the head during a NASCAR race sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The Associated Press reported that the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office ruled Kirk Franklin’s death a suicide. Franklin allegedly shot himself after getting in an argument with other campers in the infield of the Texas Motor Speedway during the Sprint Cup Series NRA 500.

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CNN reported on Monday that, according to police in Fort Worth, Franklin’s body was found in the back seat of a truck.

The Yahoo Sports blog From The Marbles reported on Sunday that state law prohibited patrons from bringing firearms into the venue.

Before the race, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) wrote Fox network chief Rupert Murdoch asking him not to televise the event, saying it would “give credence to an extreme organization that is opposed to reasonable policies to stem gun violence.”

The race was still televised on Fox Sports, but the NRA was only mentioned once an hour as the title sponsor, and its logo was not part of any in-race graphics.

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Trump has figured out how to get taxpayers to renovate one of his golf courses: MSNBC panel

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President Donald Trump has figured out how to have taxpayers pay to renovate his Trump National Doral Miami golf course, according to an analysis by MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle.

"Before setting himself on fire on Ukraine yesterday, Mick Mulvaney came into the White House briefing room to break to the nation the fact the that the Trump Doral golf resort turns out to be -- in his estimation, organically, just sitting there -- the best possible place to have a G-7 Summit of world leaders," MSNBC's Brian Williams reported. "That was provision number one. There’s no better place that we can find. Number two was, the president will not profit from said G-7."

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Bill Maher reveals plan to ‘bribe’ Trump with one billion dollars — for him to leave office

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The Constitution has two mechanisms to remove President Donald Trump from office prior to his term ending on January 20, 2021: impeachment and the 25th Amendment.

HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher noted that Trump could also choose to resign.

Maher waved around a $1 million check that he said he would give to Trump to quit.

He said he also knew 1,000 people who would do the same -- which would land Trump over $1 billion.

Maher said even poor people would pawn their wedding rings to add to the pot.

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Trump can’t fire Mulvaney because nobody else wants to be his chief of staff: report

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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will likely stay on at the White House despite his public confession of a quid pro quo in the Ukraine scandal at the center of the impeachment inquiry, The New York Times reported Friday.

"But Mr. Mulvaney’s job has been anything but normal since the news conference on Thursday at which he seemingly undermined the Trump administration’s strategy for avoiding impeachment by acknowledging that Mr. Trump had sought a quid pro quo for providing Ukraine with American aid," the newspaper reported. "In the chaotic aftermath, the president’s Republican allies are questioning Mr. Mulvaney’s savvy and intelligence even as the Trump campaign is defiantly turning one of his lines from the news conference into a T-shirt."

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