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The Latest: Governor doesn't push required background checks

The Latest: Governor doesn't push required background checksTexas Gov. Greg Abbott has tweeted simply “good” after a grand jury indicted the suspect gunman in an El Paso mass shooting on capital murder charges. Abbott on Thursday also signaled he won’t push for mandatory background checks in private gun sales in wake of the El Paso attack that killed 22 people and a separate rampage in Odessa that left seven people dead. The National Rifle Association last week pushed back after the state’s Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick defied the powerful gun lobby by coming out in favor of background checks for “stranger to stranger” sales.



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Gun Sales Jump 15.5 Percent in August as Dems Renew Push for Regulations

Gun Sales Jump 15.5 Percent in August as Dems Renew Push for RegulationsBackground checks for gun sales, concealed-carry permits, and security spiked in August as congressional Democrats renewed their push for expanded gun control in the wake of several mass shootings.The National Instant Criminal Background Check System recorded a 15.5 percent uptick in background checks last month, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.The jump in gun sales appears to have been spurred by a desire to secure self-protection amid an epidemic of mass shootings in the U.S., before Congress potentially approves stricter gun-control measures such as an assault-weapons ban, universal background checks, or limits on ammunition.The NSSF also pointed out that some states saw a particularly steep jump in background checks last month, with Alabama's NSSF-adjusted number jumping over 100 percent from August of last year, and Minnesota's number increasing 68.9 percent.Gun sales also spiked in August of last year, just before the midterm congressional elections, and even more starkly in August 2016, before the last presidential election.House speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Monday that there will be "hell to pay" if the Republican-controlled Senate fails to pass a universal-background-check bill, which would require checks for private gun sales, including purchases made over the Internet and at gun shows. The bill has already passed the House."We are not taking no for an answer. We are not going away," she said.“It is totally up to them, and it is on their shoulders. They can’t escape that responsibility,” Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer added.Renewed enthusiasm for gun-control measures comes after two back-to-back shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio killed 32 and left the nation shaken last month.



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Jewish lawyers back Texas death row inmate's retrial push

Jewish lawyers back Texas death row inmate's retrial pushSome one hundred Jewish lawyers and Jewish law organizations offered their support Thursday to a Texas death row inmate who wants a retrial because he says the judge who presided over his original trial was anti-Semitic. Randy Halprin is set to be executed on October 10. According to those claims, Judge Vickers Cunningham, who presided over the trials of some of the gang members in 2003, made anti-Semitic and racist comments about the defendants.



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Democrats quash climate debate push from activists

Democrats quash climate debate push from activistsThe Democratic National Committee on Saturday quashed a push from climate activists and some national party members who want a 2020 presidential primary debate devoted exclusively to the climate crisis. The national party committee voted 222-137 at its summer meeting in San Francisco against a resolution that effectively would have rolled back debate rules set by Chairman Tom Perez and freed presidential candidates to participate in a climate-only debate. The move drew rebukes from the Sunrise Movement and other activists who say the party leadership is ignoring young voters’ priorities.



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Trump news – live: Impeachment push intensifies as president launches late-night twitter storm after disapproval rating soars

Trump news – live: Impeachment push intensifies as president launches late-night twitter storm after disapproval rating soarsDonald Trump finds himself under siege once more as the Democratic case for his impeachment gathers momentum and his disapproval rating rises to 62 per cent in a new AP opinion poll.Illinois congressman Brad Schneider is the latest to urge the House Judiciary Committee on in its obstruction of justice inquiry, saying: “Regrettably, it is clear that the administration has little regard for the constitution, is unwilling to provide any information to Congress, and is seeking to play out the clock.”



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NRA struggling to counter gun control push

NRA struggling to counter gun control push‘The staff feels like there is no plan,’ said one person familiar with the NRA’s outreach.



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U.S. set to push security strategy as Chinese maneuvers rattle region

U.S. set to push security strategy as Chinese maneuvers rattle regionRecent incidents involving Chinese ships in Southeast Asian waters are testing regional faith in Beijing’s sincerity about maritime peace, and aiding a renewed U.S. push to build alliances with countries unnerved by China’s assertiveness. Chinese maneuvering in energy-rich stretches of the South China Sea, including a standoff in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone, will figure on Friday when top diplomats of Southeast Asian bloc ASEAN attend a security gathering with world powers. Among those is a United States that has laid out an “Indo-Pacific Strategy” challenging Chinese maritime hegemony and seeking stronger ties with nations pushing back against Beijing.



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Some Iranian women take off hijabs as hard-liners push back

Some Iranian women take off hijabs as hard-liners push backThe simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran's streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab. With every step, she risks harassment or even arrest by Iran's morality police whose job is to enforce the strict dress code imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The hijab debate has further polarized Iranians at a time when the country is buckling under unprecedented U.S. sanctions imposed since the Trump administration pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers last year.



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U.S. officials push for sanctions on China over oil purchases from Iran

U.S. officials push for sanctions on China over oil purchases from IranSuch a move would complicate trade talks between the two countries and further strain the relationship.



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Quakes push Californians to prepare for the next big jolt

Quakes push Californians to prepare for the next big joltShaken residents were cleaning up Sunday from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded “Big One” strikes. California is spending more than $ 16 million to install thousands of quake-detecting sensors statewide that officials say will give utilities and trains precious seconds to shut down before the shaking starts. Gov. Gavin Newsom said it’s time residents did their part by mapping out emergency escape routes and preparing earthquake kits with food, water, lights and other necessities.



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