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‘Shame! Shame!’: House Democrats shout Paul Ryan down as he tries to stop #NoBreakNoBill sit-in

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House Democrats shouted over Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) late Tuesday night as he attempted to reconvene the chamber following their sit-in protest.

Ryan returned to the chamber just after 10 p.m. EST, at which point C-SPAN resumed its broadcast. Its cameras were shut down earlier in the day, forcing Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) and others to use the Periscope online app to broadcast speeches from Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and several others.

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The protest called for an expansion of background checks on gun sales, as well as a move to ban people on the terrorist watch list and government “no fly” list from being able to buy firearms. Critics have argued that the latter proposal would only enable further racial profiling against Arab-Americans.

A graphic posted by C-SPAN shows Ryan managed to convene a vote on legislation unrelated to the gun safety proposals, as seen below:

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Watch Ryan attempt to get the House back in order, as posted online, below.

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Trump’s a traitor — and the Russian bounty scandal is the final straw

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The first story of the rest of Donald Trump's life was published last Friday in the New York Times, revealing that the Russian intelligence agency known as the GRU has been paying bonuses to Taliban fighters to kill Americans, and that this intelligence had been reported to Trump and had been known at least since March. The story was subsequently confirmed by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the AP.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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GOP scrambling to pay for Jacksonville convention after Trump yanked it from North Carolina: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, Republican officials are having difficulties getting donors to pay for the Republican National Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida after Donald Trump yanked the gathering out of Charlotte, North Carolina in a fit of pique over COVID-19 health restrictions.

At issue, the report notes, is that millions of dollars were spent in North Carolina where a smaller event will now be held, and now the party is, in essence, forced to pay for a second convention.

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As much of US marks a muted Independence Day, Trump encourages big parties

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While public health officials are urging Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted July 4 celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation's capital.

Trump is set hold his “Salute for America” celebration Saturday with a speech from the White House South Lawn that he says will celebrate American heritage, a military flyover over Washington, and an enormous fireworks display that is expected to draw thousands to the National Mall.

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