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‘Enough!’: Australia’s ex-deputy prime minister urges ‘leadership’ on gun control after Las Vegas massacre

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Tim Fischer, Australia’s former deputy prime minister who pushed through legislation banning all automatic and semiautomatic firearms in his country, called the United States for failing to take any common sense steps to reduce gun violence, telling Vox “There has to be some leadership” on the issue of gun control.

“The results speak for themselves,” Fischer said of gun control in Australia. “We managed to get the right legislation through, and the results speak for themselves.”

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Fisher and former Prime Minister John Howard oversaw radical changes to gun laws in Australia after a 1996 massacre in Tasmania that killed 35 people. The Australian government pushed through a gun amnesty program that pushed gun owners to turn over their weapons in exchange for money.

“It was very hard work persuading people to surrender their guns, but it was the correct call,” Fischer explained. “I took the argument to the public square, and the Australian people chose to step back from laissez-faire dysfunctionality, which now exists in the USA.”

Fisher also offered a sharp critique of the National Rifle Association in the United States, expressing solidarity with Richard Ford’s description of the organization as “a domestic terrorist organization that tacitly supports the killing of children more than it supports reasoned gun legislation.”

“The NRA have blocked people on the USA’s no-fly list [from] getting gun background checks,” Fisher said. “The NRA are pushing anti-silencer legislation, not just in hunting areas but right across the USA. Enough is enough. There is a great Italian word, basta, which means enough. My message to the NRA is: Basta!”

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Three GOP senators could force a rule change leading to Trump’s impeachment — here’s why McConnell might go for it

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According to a column written for Politico by a former senior adviser to multiple Republican lawmakers, there is a path to forcing Donald Trump from office that would only require three GOP senators to join forces with the Democrats.

Under the heading, "There’s a Surprisingly Plausible Path to Removing Trump From Office," Juleanna Glover -- who served as an adviser to former President George W. Bush and ex-Vice President Dick Cheney -- laid out a simple way to force an impeachment vote that would be conducted in secret, freeing GOP senators to turn on the president without fear of repercussions.

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Send in the clowns: Impeachment is serious stuff, but the GOP wants a circus

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The impeachment of Donald Trump is not just a matter of holding the president accountable for his confessed plot to extort Ukraine at a time when Russia is engaged in both an invasion of that country and a cyber-invasion of the United States. This impeachment is also a mandatory warning to myriad potential Trump copycats that serving as a carrier of the political disease known as Trumpism is absolutely not a path to more winning, but a political death wish.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Trump goes on wild Biden conspiracy tweetstorm as public impeachment hearings threaten to expose his presidency

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President Donald Trump started firing off misleading tweets before sunrise to defend himself from the impeachment inquiry.

The president started tweeting a bit earlier than usual, at 6:25 a.m. EST, complaining about the public phase of the inquiry, which begins Wednesday with testimony from George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, and Bill Taylor, a former ambassador and the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine.

Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will testify Friday.

"Why is such a focus put on 2nd and 3rd hand witnesses, many of whom are Never Trumpers, or whose lawyers are Never Trumpers, when all you have to do is read the phone call (transcript) with the Ukrainian President and see first hand?" Trump tweeted.

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