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Obama planning to close gun sale loopholes via executive action

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President Barack Obama reportedly intends to take action on gun control where the U.S. Congress has been unable to act. According to the Associated Press, the president will enact measures to close a legal loophole that allows felons and other criminals to register weapons to companies rather than to themselves and to increase scrutiny of U.S. imports of surplus military weaponry.

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Obama added the two proposals to the slate of 23 steps that White House legal experts determined that the president could take to curb gun violence in the U.S. without the authorization of the gridlocked Congress. The announcement came Thursday, four months after a proposed omnibus gun safety bill was voted down in House and Senate.

The administration is proposing a federal rule that would keep convicted felons and others who would not pass a criminal background check from being able to elude detection by registering weapons in the name of a company or trust. The rule would require every person associated with the trust or business to be fingerprinted and background checked as if they were each purchasing and registering guns separately.

The other measure would put into place a ban on surplus U.S. military weapons re-entering the country in the hands of private citizens. Since 2005, an estimated 250,000 military weapons have been sold to outside agencies and brought back into the U.S., where they sometimes end up on the streets being used against civilian police. The rule would make it illegal for anyone other than museums and a few other government agencies to re-import military grade weapons into the country.

Vice President Joe Biden is set to unveil the new measures in the White House Roosevelt Room on Thursday at the swearing-in ceremony for Todd Jones, the new head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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‘I will be buying an AR-15’: MLB investigating umpire who called for civil war if Trump is impeached

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On Wednesday, ESPN reported that baseball officials are looking into a tweet by Major League umpire Rob Drake, in which he announced he was buying a semiautomatic rifle in preparation for the civil war that would erupt if President Donald Trump is impeached.

"I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL [sic] WAR!!! #MAGA2020" tweeted Drake, who has umpired postseason games since 2010 and lives in Arizona.

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Document reveals how the White House cheered up Trump after his meltdown at #MAGA rally in Dallas

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Last week, President Donald Trump sought to shore up political support in Texas by holding a campaign rally in Dallas.

During the rally, Trump told the crowd how he hated it when his children told him what they learned in school.

The president also suffered a meltdown and offered the crowd his impersonations.

Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren on Wednesday revealed a note she'd received from the White House reading, "Tomi, thank you for everything. Best wishes."

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‘Hard to overstate’ how badly Taylor’s testimony damaged Trump: Ex-federal prosecutor

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On Wednesday, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote for Politico Magazine that the testimony of Ukraine envoy William Taylor was devastating for President Donald Trump — and that if he keeps trying to deny wrongdoing, it will only get worse and maybe even force Senate Republicans' hand against him.

"It’s hard to overstate how much damage the testimony of Ukraine envoy William Taylor inflicted on President Donald Trump’s defense in the ongoing impeachment inquiry," wrote Mariotti. "On its face, Taylor’s testimony Tuesday established the quid pro quo that Trump has denied for weeks. But more importantly, Taylor’s detailed notes of the 'highly irregular' policy-making that he witnessed over the summer provide a roadmap to future testimony that could be even more harmful. Republicans have already begun to retreat from their 'no quid pro quo' line, but they will have to keep retreating because Taylor has almost single-handedly decimated the few witnesses who have provided some testimony that is favorable to Trump."

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