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Hillary Clinton includes tighter gun laws in five-point anti-terrorism plan

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U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Tuesday outlined how she would stop homegrown terrorist attacks such as the San Bernardino, California, massacre.

Clinton said the United States should expect more terrorist attacks and must enlist the help of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to help identify potentially radicalized individuals on social media platforms. The married couple who shot 14 people to death in the San Bernardino rampage earlier this month have been described by authorities as self-radicalized.

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Clinton also called for a broader target for air strikes in Syria; more in-depth visa application reviews for all individuals who have spent time in areas where the Islamic State is active; and again called for tighter gun-control laws, including reinstating a ban on the sale of assault weapons.

(Reporting By Amanda Becker)


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As US struggles with coronavirus surge, Trump heads to Mount Rushmore for fireworks

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Under fire for his response to America's spiraling coronavirus caseload, President Donald Trump is heading to Mount Rushmore on Friday for a night of holiday fireworks that he hopes will provide a much-needed distraction.

On the eve of the country's Independence Day, the Republican leader is to speak in the shadow of four of his notable predecessors: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, whose heads are carved into a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills.

Trump has had little to say about the shocking increase in the number of virus cases in the US, though in a tweet late Thursday he said the rise was because "our testing is so massive and so good, far bigger and better than any other country," calling that "great news."

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Ex-Bush official slams ‘selfish’ Republicans who have endangered America by politicizing masks

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On Friday, writing for The Washington Post, former George W. Bush White House official Karen Hughes laid into Republicans who have treated face masks as a political issue.

"I live in Austin, where our state pushed to reopen absent clear communication and guidelines about the concerted individual and collective actions that would be essential to reopening safely," wrote Hughes. "When leaders said 'We are open for business,' too many citizens heard 'Life is back to normal.' Although some Republicans are now speaking up, for weeks there were mixed or no messages about everyone’s personal responsibility to don a mask in public." As a result, Texas is seeing an explosion of cases, and Gov. Greg Abbott has had to issue a statewide mask order.

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Paul Krugman issues dire warning about next four months under Trump

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In his column for the New York Times, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman expressed dismay that -- even with coronavirus infection rates going through the roof across the country --Donald Trump is still acting like the health crisis is over and Americans should return to their normal lives.

Noting that Vice President Mike Pence recently penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal proclaiming, “There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave',” the columnist was gobsmacked by the Trump administration's "delusions and magical thinking that have marked every step of the Trump administration’s response to Covid-19."

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