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NRA tightens its leash on Trump after he floats background check support

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The National Rifle Association is in complete turmoil, but embattled chief Wayne LaPierre took time to call President Donald Trump personally after he told the press he was open to stricter background checks, said The Washington Post.

Trump has been afraid of the NRA since the early days of his presidency when he faced a huge backlash from Parkland, Florida students taking to the streets. So, the president’s claim he’s open to background checks could be shortlived. While visiting the cities where Americans were gunned down, he said that there was “great appetite” for actions on background checks. There’s also a great hunger for an assault weapons ban, but the president isn’t that brave.

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During a Feb. 2018 meeting with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Trump asked if they included raising the age for some gun purchases in the bill they wrote.

“We didn’t address that, Mr. President,” Toomey said.

“You know why? Because you’re afraid of the NRA,” Trump chuckled.

But this week it seems Trump is the one getting the calls to back down, and it isn’t his first time. After the Parkland shooting, Trump made promises before checking with LaPierre. Once the NRA came to the White House, things changed, and Trump was no longer a supporter of any regulations on weapons.

LaPierre told Trump a background check bill wouldn’t be popular with his supporters. It’s an interesting take given 90 percent of Americans want the background checks.

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“I don’t think the president or his Republican allies are going to become out of nowhere advocates of aggressive gun control,” said conservative Matt Schlapp, whose wife works at the White House.

The Post reported that Trump asked his lawyers what he could do through executive order, according to officials. Some of the things he could do are to bring back some of the things he got rid of through executive order when he came into office.

“He seems determined to do something and believes there is space to get something done this time around,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has befriended Trump since he took the White House. “The president has a pretty common-sense point of view. He’s never been a sports or gun enthusiast. But he is more determined than ever to do something on his watch.”

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Trump reportedly also called Manchin, wanting to know about the past bills that never went anywhere.

“He was inquisitive, wanting to know why it hadn’t happened. He wanted to know all about it,” Manchin said. “I told him we couldn’t get enough Republicans to help us.”

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Manchin warned Trump that unless he openly supports the legislation, Republicans won’t.

“If you don’t stand up and say, ‘This is a piece of legislation I support,’ we’re not going to get enough cover to have Republicans stand tall. They won’t be able to do it,” Manchin said.

There could be the promise of progress if the NRA is in too much disarray to ensure the president’s reelection. But, they could also weld the choke-hold they have on the president and stop any progress.

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Read the full report from The Post.


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‘Disease fanboy’: Internet slams NBC conservative for ‘rooting for pandemic’ to distract from Trump impeachment trial

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Hugh Hewitt is once again under fire, this time for almost appearing to be glad a deadly SARS-related virus has been diagnosed in a patient in Washington state – saying additional diagnoses will take the focus away from the Senate's historic impeachment trial. Hewitt is a conservative Washington Post columnist, radio host, MSNBC and NBC contributor, and law professor who went from being a "Never-Trumper" to all-in for President Donald Trump.

"People care much more for their health than theater," said Hewitt via Twitter, referring to Trump's impeachment trial. The SARS-related virus, known as the Wuhan coronavirus, is named for an area of China where it was first found. It "has infected more than 300 people and killed six in an outbreak that has struck China, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and now the US," CNN reports.

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Trump pushed for a sweetheart tax deal on his first hotel — it’s cost NYC $410,068,399 and counting

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In 1975, New York City was run-down and on the verge of bankruptcy. Twenty-nine-year-old Donald Trump saw an opportunity. He wanted to acquire and redevelop the dilapidated Commodore Hotel in midtown Manhattan next to Grand Central Terminal.

Trump had bragged to the executive controlling the sale that he could use his political connections to get tax breaks for the deal.

The executive was skeptical. But the next day, the executive was invited into Trump’s limousine, which ushered him to City Hall. There, he met with Donald’s father Fred and Mayor Abe Beame, to whom the Trumps had given lavishly.

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Mitch McConnell’s impeachment rules pass by 53-47 vote — here’s what happens next in Trump’s senate trial

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The US Senate voted along party lines on Tuesday to set the rules for President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial.

By a 53 to 47 vote, the Republican-controlled Senate approved an "organizing resolution" for the trial proposed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Before approving the rules, the Senate voted down several amendments proposed by Democrats seeking to subpoena witnesses and documents from the White House and State Department.

These are the next phases in Trump's impeachment trial, just the third of a president in US history:

- Opening arguments -

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