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Republicans likely to block ‘background checks’ after Trump’s abrupt reversal: report

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After two mass shootings over one weekend, President Donald Trump signaled that he would be open to strengthening background checks.

He promptly dropped his resolve to sign gun regulations one week later when he said that there were already strong background checks on the books.

With the president’s apparent reversal, Republicans in Congress also appear to be abandoning legislation, reports Politico.

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“I really don’t see the dynamic having really changed there much,” Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson told Politico. “I don’t anticipate we’re going to pass a federal red flag law.”

“There are a lot of downsides to passing more legislation that doesn’t do anything positive,” Johnson added.

Currently, legislation introduced by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) and a national “red flag” bill is wending through Congress, but Johnson thinks neither measure is likely to pass.

Other Republicans appear open to passing legislation.

“We need to do something to show that we’re doing something rather than just kicking it down the road,” said Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN).

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Suspected ‘community transmission’ of coronavirus in third West Coast state: report

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Doctors in two more states reported suspected "community transmission" of coronavirus on Saturday.

The first reported case occurred in California. The second case in California was reported on Friday.

Then Oregon reported their first suspected coronavirus victim, an elementary school employee thought to be another case of community transmission.

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Americans who believe Trump’s spin on coronavirus will get ‘what they deserve’: former Ebola Czar

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President Donald Trump's credibility deficit is coming into play as Americans wonder whether to listen to his debunked claims or facts from medical experts on the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

Former U.S. Ebola response coordinator Ron Klain, who was known as the "Ebola Czar," was interviewed Friday evening by Ali Velshi on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

Klain said the administration was facing a "crisis of both confidence and competence."

"On the confidence side, anyone who believes what Donald Trump says kind of gets what they deserve at this stage of the game," he argued. "But the problem is, the administration has silenced the people we can trust."

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Maddow guest predicts one-third of Congress will catch coronavirus — and Capitol Hill will close

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC interviewed an expert on the spread of plagues and pestilences on Friday.

Maddow was joined by New York Times science and health reporter Donald G. McNeil, Jr. to discuss the latest on the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

The interview came after California reported a second suspected case of "community transmission" of the potentially-fatal virus and Oregon reported the third such case.

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