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Burritos and assault rifles don’t mix, a nervous Chipotle suggests after Texas stunt

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The Chipotle restaurant chain said Monday that firearms are not permitted inside its locations. Talking Points Memo reported that the company released a statement about its no-guns policy after “open carry” activists staged an armed demonstration at a Chipotle in Dallas, TX.

“Recently participants from an ‘open carry’ demonstration in Texas brought guns (including military-style assault rifles) into one of our restaurants, causing many of our customers anxiety and discomfort,” read the statement to CBS Dallas-Ft. Worth. “Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

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The company gave a nod to pro-gun advocates, saying that there are “strong arguments” on both sides of the gun rights issue.

“The vast majority of gun owners are responsible citizens and we appreciate them honoring this request,” the statement continued. “And we hope that our customers who oppose the carrying of guns in public agree with us that it is the role of elected officials and the legislative process to set policy in this area, not the role of businesses like Chipotle.”

Earlier this month, Open Carry Texas demonstrators showed up unannounced at a Jack in the Box restaurant in Ft. Worth, heavily armed but bearing no protest signs or banners. Restaurant employees thought they were being robbed and barricaded themselves in the walk-in freezer as a manager called police.

That incident opened a rift between Open Carry Texas and the now separate organization Open Carry Tarrant County. The protesters who carried assault rifles and other weapons into the Dallas Chipotle represented Open Carry Texas.

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The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched a petition asking Chipotle to ban guns from its premises. The group has similarly petitioned Starbucks and other U.S. companies in an effort to keep weapons out of public places.

In an open letter last year, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz asked customers not to bring guns to its restaurants. He was responding to a series of gun groups’ decision to hold “Starbucks Appreciation Days,” in which members were encouraged to openly carry weapons at the popular coffee shops.

The pro-gun activists were protesting increased scrutiny of gun ownership in the U.S. that came after 20 children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT in December of 2012.

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“Pro-gun activists have used our stores as a political stage for media events misleadingly called ‘Starbucks Appreciation Days’ that disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of ‘open carry.’” said Schultz in September. “To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores.”

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‘Trump literally just confessed to the crime’: Pennsylvania Democrat

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Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) believes President Donald Trump confessed to bribing or extorting Ukraine in an effort to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

The president told reporters Monday morning at the United Nations that he had withheld foreign aid from Ukraine as he discussed alleged corruption involving Biden, the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

"It's very important to talk about corruption," Trump. "If you don't talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?...It's very important that on occasion you speak to somebody about corruption."

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Trump’s jumbled response to Ukraine scandal is a strong signal of what’s to come: columnist

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On Monday, President Donald Trump denied allegations that he extorted the president of Ukraine for information about Joe Biden. “It’s a ridiculous story,” Trump said during an appearance at the United Nations.

The controversy emerged after an anonymous whistleblower in the intelligence community logged a complaint with their agency about improper behavior by the president on a phone call with a foreign leader. “It’s a partisan whistleblower,” the president added.

Previously, the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani had traveled to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. Critics worry that during a conversation with the president of Ukraine about rooting out corruption in his country, Trump suggested he offer information about Biden in exchange for funding.

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FBI arrests far-right extremist who talked about ‘bombing a major U.S. news network’: report

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The FBI has arrested a member of the United States Army who allegedly talked about plans to carry out acts of violence in the U.S.

According to ABC News' Mike Levine, the arrested man "allegedly discussed plans to bomb a major U.S. news network, discussed traveling to Ukraine to fight with violent far-right group, and allegedly distributed info online on how to build bombs."

Levine also reports that the arrested man also made mention of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who made headlines during a recent primary debate by saying he wanted to confiscate AR-15s and AK-47s. It is not known at this time if the man made a direct threat to O'Rourke, however.

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