Brazil’s Bolsonaro moves to expand gun rights

Brazil’s Bolsonaro moves to expand gun rights

The Brazilian gun debate is déjà vu all over again — but in Brazil, Congress could limit expanded access. “Sometimes we see little children put their fingers in blenders, turn them on, and they lose a finger. Are we going to ban blenders? No.” With this gruesome analogy, Onyx Lorenzoni, the chief of staff to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, dismissed concerns about Bolsonaro’s January 15 executive decree loosening gun control in Brazil. The move indicated…

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Trump on the shutdown: “We will not cave!” Trump one day later: I’m caving.

Trump on the shutdown: “We will not cave!” Trump one day later: I’m caving.

Life comes at you fast. What a difference a day makes. Late Thursday morning, President Donald Trump posted a defiant tweet in which he suggested the government shutdown would not end unless Congress gave him money for a border wall. “We will not Cave!” Trump wrote. Nancy just said she “just doesn’t understand why?” Very simply, without a Wall it all doesn’t work. Our Country has a chance to greatly reduce Crime, Human Trafficking, Gangs…

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The vindication of Nancy Pelosi

The vindication of Nancy Pelosi

How Pelosi delivered Trump the most humiliating loss of his presidency. Flashback 40 days and Nancy Pelosi’s return to the speakership was a hard-won prize. After the midterm elections, 15 House Democrats signed a letter urging their colleagues not to support Pelosi for speaker: “We promised to change the status quo and we intend to deliver on that promise.” Democrats made her promise to be a “transitional” speaker, and many quietly grumbled that she only…

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The State of the Union probably isn’t happening Tuesday

The State of the Union probably isn’t happening Tuesday

Trump’s address is off until he and Pelosi can come up with a “mutually agreeable date.” It looks like President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address won’t happen next Tuesday, even though the government shutdown should be over by then. Trump was initially scheduled to give his address on January 29, before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week rescinded his invitation to speak at the US House of Representatives. At a Friday press conference,…

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Is the government going to shut down again in February? Here are 4 scenarios.

Is the government going to shut down again in February? Here are 4 scenarios.

The government is reopened for three weeks. What happens next? The longest government shutdown in US history is almost over, and the federal government will be fully operational again — at least for the next three weeks. The relief is temporary. The deal cut by President Trump and congressional leaders to end the shutdown funds several government agencies only through February 15, with the understanding that Democrats and Republicans will keep searching for a compromise…

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How Trump could use a national emergency to get his border wall, explained

How Trump could use a national emergency to get his border wall, explained

“He has broad leeway to declare an emergency, frankly, whether one exists or not.” Nearly five weeks after it began, President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he has struck a deal to end the partial government shutdown. But that doesn’t mean he’s giving up on his border wall entirely — including if that means declaring a national emergency to get it. When announcing the agreement at the White House, Trump said that if Congress…

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The government is going to reopen. But what’s next is going to be tricky.

The government is going to reopen. But what’s next is going to be tricky.

The politics of border security have not changed. The government is opening again. After a more than month-long standoff over funding for a southern border wall, in the end Trump agreed to fund the government — for now — without any additional wall funding. Congress is expected to pass a short-term spending bill to open the government for three weeks, without any additional funding for a wall and with the presumption that Democrats and Republicans…

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2 winners and 3 losers in the deal to end the government shutdown

2 winners and 3 losers in the deal to end the government shutdown

Air traffic controllers’ role in American political history comes full circle. The great government shutdown of 2019 is over. (For at least three weeks.) After 35 days of pointless posturing and reckless damage to the fabric of the American state, President Donald Trump has agreed to sign a continuing resolution that will fund the government through February 15 without appropriating any money for the construction of a border wall. In exchange, Democrats made the minor…

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