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Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords seeks to rally women on gun control push

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By Annika McGinnis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Shooting victim and former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords sought on Wednesday to rally women behind her push for stricter U.S. gun laws.

Giffords spoke of the risks that women face from domestic violence and stalkers as she called for increased background checks for gun owners.

“Criminals who have guns, stalkers who have guns, abusers who have guns that make them violent are an issue – for mothers, for families, for me and you,” Giffords told a panel discussion held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. “Women can lead the way.”

After she was shot in the head during a rampage in Tucson, Arizona, in 2011, Giffords recovered but was left with injuries including a limp and a partially paralyzed right arm.

Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, who appeared with her at the panel event, mentioned that the couple own guns themselves, but they back increased background checks to “keep guns out of the hands of those who will stalk and abuse it.”

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In April 2013, a handful of Senate Democrats joined Republicans to block a bill that would have expanded background checks to online and gun-show sales just four months after a mass elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut brought gun control issues back to the public debate.

The National Rifle Association gun rights lobby group had warned lawmakers that the background checks would lead to a national registry in requiring checks for sales and gifts between family and friends.

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, who participated in the panel with Giffords, last year introduced a bill that would prevent people convicted of stalking or who have a restraining order against them from purchasing guns. The legislation would also expand the definition of domestic violence to dating partners, who Klobuchar said are often excluded.

During the panel, Sarah Engle of Wisconsin told of a former boyfriend who shot and killed her mother in 2008 after holding Engle hostage for a night, raping her and shooting her in the head.

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“I’m living proof of how important it is that we do everything we can to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers,” Engle said.

Gun violence against women has been in the news after a shooter in Isla Vista, California, killed himself and six others and wounded 13 near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara in May. Shooter Elliot Rodger had emailed plans to several people beforehand, stating his intention to get revenge on women for rejecting him.

(Editing by Caren Bohan; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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A conservative columnist who recently abandoned the Republican Party thinks Donald Trump isn't just a liar -- the president of the United States is trying to "murder the very idea of truth."

"The debasement of words has reached a zenith with the coming of America’s 45th president, who dominates discourse in this country in ways perhaps no other president ever has. And if we hope to repair the damage that’s been done, we need to understand what it is about Trump’s misuse of words that is pernicious and dangerous," writes Peter Wehner in The Atlantic.

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Harvey Weinstein in search of a lawyer as trial approaches

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The main lawyer for Harvey Weinstein has asked a judge to be removed from the case, leaving the disgraced movie mogul without counsel as his sexual assault trial approaches in September.

Weinstein has been charged over the alleged assaults of two women -- a rape in 2013 and an incident of forced oral sex in 2006. He faces life in prison if convicted, and is also accused of sexual misconduct with dozens of other women

Weinstein's first lawyer, Benjamin Braufman, withdrew in January after which Weinstein hired two other high-profile attorneys, Ronald Sullivan and Jose Baez.

Sullivan, who also teaches at Harvard, pulled out in May after coming under fierce criticism on campus for defending the man seen as giving rise to the #MeToo movement.

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Bernie fan who made the ‘liberal case for Trump’ in 2016 finally admits he was wrong

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Walker Bragman, a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who wrote an infamous essay for Salon.com called "A Liberal Case for Donald Trump," is now admitting that he gravely underestimated how bad Trump's presidency would be.

Bragman, who is still backing Sanders in the 2020 Democratic primary, wrote on Twitter Tuesday that he erred in thinking that the damage done by a Trump presidency would be limited.

"I underestimated the danger this man posed in 2016 -- particularly to immigrant communities," Bragman acknowledged. "That’s something I carry with me. Trump may indeed turn out to be the 4-year fire that forces this country to course correct, but the human damage in the now is real. He must lose in 2020."

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