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‘Small government’ Wisconsin Republican looks to punish business owners who ban guns

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The NRA might think arming drunken bar and nightclub patrons is a bad idea, but not everyone agrees.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Wisconsin State Rep. Bob Gannon (R-Slinger) has proposed a new bill called the “Disarmed Citizen Compensation Act” that seeks to actively punish businesses that don’t allow guns on their premises.

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Specifically, the bill would force businesses that ban guns to pay triple damages to compensate anyone who is harmed by any gun violence that occurs on their properties.

“This bill will give the citizens of Wisconsin a better chance of defending themselves and their loved ones against this scourge of terrorist activity,” Gannon said in a press release.

But even if no shootings actually occur at businesses that ban guns, they will still be punished by the bill indirectly since their insurers will likely raise their rates in response to it.

Steve Baas, senior vice president for governmental affairs with Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, told the Journal-Sentinel that he and his organization were not enthusiastic about Gannon’s proposal.

Specifically, he said that his members are generally “for tort reform and liability limits” and not liability increases.

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Gannon, for what it’s worth, stepped into controversy earlier this year when he said Milwaukee’s black residents were an “anchor holding back the ship of state as far as jobs is concerned.” He also flipped off a Democratic State Rep. who called him out for his comments.


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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists

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On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.

"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."

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