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Texas gun nut lawyer forces Houston Zoo to take down ‘No guns allowed’ signs

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After receiving a complaint from a local attorney, the city of Houston is forcing the Houston Zoo to take down their “No guns allowed” signs, KHOU is reporting.

Unsurprisingly zoo-goers in the Texas city are apprehensive and wondering why anyone would need to pack heat at the popular destination for families with children.

“Why would you want to bring a gun to the zoo? I mean that’s kind of crazy,” a puzzled Damian Manuel said when the change was brought to his attention.

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According to the city they had no choice but to tell the privately-owned zoo to remove the signs — since they are located on city property —  after it was brought to the attention of the city by a local guns rights attorney. Under the state’s newly passed concealed carry laws, private businesses can legally ban guns by posting signage to that effect, but on city-owned property the ban is not allowed.

While several zoo-goers were fine with the change — with one saying, “If you have the right to carry, you should be able to carry.That’s my opinion. Everyone should be safe. If you think carrying a gun makes you safe” — others were disappointed and said it may curtail their future visits.

“If I do start seeing exposure of it I probably won’t be coming here anymore, so it’s probably bad for them,” stated Anna Runge.

Open carry in Texas has been a hot button issue, with local gun activists issuing death threats to lawmakers if they didn’t pass a bill allowing them to carry their weapons at all times.

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According to the zoo, they have “long-believed it was permitted to ban weapons from entering the zoo,” but have complied with the city while they explore their options. In the meantime, they will ask armed zoo visitors to please leave their weapons in their cars when visiting.

Watch the video below from KHOU:

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The DOJ is suing Omarosa over the same law Brett Kavanaugh is accused of violating: Ex-White House ethics chief

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On Monday, former Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub noted a massive double standard at the Justice Department, pointing out that government attorneys are suing Omarosa Manigault Newman for financial disclosure violations — while giving a free pass to Brett Kavanaugh, who is accused of even more serious financial disclosure violations.

In fact, noted Shaub, not only is the DOJ not pursuing that allegation, Attorney General Bill Barr is giving the DOJ employees who helped fast-track Kavanaugh through Supreme Court confirmation hearings a prestigious award, usually reserved for prosecutors who take down terrorists and mob bosses:

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Trump’s longshot bid to win New Mexico has political leaders baffled: ‘He’s a batsh*t racist’

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Despite losing New Mexico by eight points in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump and his campaign manager Brad Pascale are making big plans to win the state in 2020 -- and that has political observers baffled.

With Trump appearing in New Mexico on Monday night, Politico reports the president has his work cut out for him in a state that saw the GOP lose the governorship and one House seat in 2018.

"The Land of Enchantment has voted for a Republican presidential candidate only once since 1992. With a considerable nonwhite voter population and all-Democratic congressional delegation, it’s not exactly fertile ground for a surprise GOP victory," the report notes before adding that Parscale feels they can make inroads this go-around.

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Oil prices soar more than 10% after Saudi plant attacks

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Oil prices surged more than 10 percent Monday after attacks on two Saudi Arabian plants that slashed output in the world's top producer by half, with Donald Trump blaming Iran and raising the possibility of a military strike on the country.

West Texas Intermediate jumped 10.68 percent to $60.71 and Brent climbed 11.77 percent to $67.31 in early Asia trading following the blasts at facilities run by state-owned giant Aramco.

The attack by Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, effectively shut down six percent of the global oil supply.

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