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Ivanka is calling up senators to figure out whether her father should consider gun legislation: report

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On Tuesday, Axios reported that First Daughter Ivanka Trump is calling up senators behind the scenes and trying to gauge whether President Donald Trump would be able to seriously consider gun legislation in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings.

In particular, she has called up Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), the architects of the last serious attempt to reform federal gun laws in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.

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Neither of these two senators are exactly gun control advocates — they’re both NRA members and Toomey has stated that assault weapons are too “popular” to ban — and their legislation in 2013 would have actually loosened restrictions on some handgun sales and prohibited the creation of a federal gun registry. But it would also have expanded background checks by closing loopholes around private sales online and at gun shows.

Even this modest compromise was too much for the NRA, which successfully lobbied to kill Manchin and Toomey’s bill. But the proposal has periodically been brought up in subsequent years after particularly horrific shootings.

There are signs that Republicans may be wavering on their hardline stance, and Trump reportedly has lost respect for the NRA in the midst of their financial scandals because he thinks they can’t afford to help re-elect him. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has stepped on calls to bring the Senate out of recess to debate the issue.

Ivanka has long cultivated an image of herself as advising her father to moderate his positions on tough issues behind the scenes, although in her more candid moments, she has admitted this isn’t really why she’s in the White House.

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Trump told Rick Perry to ‘visit with Rudy’ when he asked why he called off meetings with Ukraine’s president: report

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On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Energy Secretary Rick Perry was ordered by President Donald Trump to get in touch with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani about "corruption" in Ukraine — at the same time that he and Giuliani were attempting to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to help him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Speaking to the Journal, Perry denied knowing anything about Trump going after Biden specifically, but said the Trump told him he was not "comfortable" that the Ukrainians had "straightened up their act" — an apparent reference to Trump's belief that Ukraine tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election for Hillary Clinton.

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Sondland was going to testify Trump gave the impression they should coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine: report

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European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland is slated to give testimony Thursday to the House committees on President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal.

Sondland was slated to tell investigators that Trump gave him the impression that he and two other officials should coordinate with the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, The New York Times said in an explosive report Wednesday.

"That command effectively created a foreign policy back channel that cut the State Department and National Security Council out of deliberations involving a pivotal ally against Russia," The Times reported.

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Trump’s lawyers are trying to tell Appeals Court they actually won the taxes lawsuit — but are still appealing

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President Donald Trump's lawyers sent out a bizarre letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, making the case that they actually won their case to keep the president's taxes a secret. It's an odd take given that they're filing for an appeal.

Oct. 7, a federal judge dismissed Trump's efforts in a 75-page opinion calling the White House claim "extraordinary."

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero explained that no occupant of the White House enjoys "absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind." Such a position "would constitute an overreach of executive power."

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