Booker Introduces Bill Requiring Gun Owners to Obtain 5-Year Federal License

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By Nicholas Ballasy

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has introduced legislation that would require gun owners to obtain a 5-year federal license to "buy and possess" a firearm.

The licensing process outlined in the Federal Firearm Licensing Act would be handled by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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China’s Perspective: Economic Growth over Military Spending

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By Tom Clifford

Question. What leader saw his country’s military dropping 26,171 bombs in one year? 

That works out at every day of that year, the country’s military dropped 72 bombs, or 3 bombs every hour, 24 hours a day, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a Nobel peace prize winner.

Answer: Barack Obama. That same year, 2016, special operators from the United States could be found in 70 percent of the world’s nations.

One last question. What UN Security Council member has not fired a shot in anger outside its borders for 30 years but is nonetheless being accused of military expansionism?

Answer: China.

They see things differently in China. What we in the West refer to as the Middle East, they call the Middle West.

There are many in the West who view China as a military threat, a clear and present danger. China, needless to say, see things from a different perspective.

The United States occupies prime global real estate. It has two friendly neighbors in Canada and Mexico. China has strained relations stretching back centuries with many of its neighbors. These include India, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. Of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom), China is the only one that has not fired a single military shot outside its border in thirty years. A naval clash with Vietnam in 1988 was the last time a shot was fired in anger.

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New Jersey “High-Capacity” Magazine Ban Took Effect 9 Months Ago — Not a Single Magazine Has Been Turned In

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By Dean Garrison

A New Jersey State Police spokesman said not a single large-capacity magazine has been turned in since the law went into effect nearly nine months ago. Residents can also bring them to their local police departments. Source

Well done New Jersey gun owners!

United We Stand!

There are about 1 million legal gun owners in the state of New Jersey.

In December of 2018, New Jersey passed a law to ban magazines that held more than 10 rounds.


NJ.com
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When New Jersey’s ban on large-capacity gun magazines went into effect last December, it forced gun owners to make a decision.

Should they turn the magazines over to law enforcement? Should they modify them into compliance? Should they sell them to authorized owners or store them in another state?

Or simply ignore the law which banned magazines that have more than 10 rounds?

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There are about one million gun owners in the state, which translates into a huge number of magazines.

The penalties are rather severe if one gets caught in New Jersey with a magazine that holds 10 or more rounds.

Possession of a large-capacity magazine in New Jersey can result in up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

So where are gun owners hiding their magazines?

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Beijing Has "Proof" Of Foreign Intervention In HK Unrest, Summons German Ambassador

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By Tyler Durden

China has summoned Germany's Ambassador in Beijing to its foreign ministry, saying it has "sufficient proof" that foreign forces intervened in Hong KongReuters reports. 

This comes just after German foreign minister Heiko Maas held a controversial meeting and photo op with pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong in Berlin on Monday. Wong has emerged as among the most visible virulently anti-Beijing representatives of popular protests and unrest which have gripped Hong Kong streets for months over the anti-extradition bill.

Beijing promptly slammed the meeting as "disrespectful," also given Wong was hosted in German parliament as part of the meeting arranged by Bild newspaper to showcase "human rights activists around the world". 

"It is extremely wrong for German media and politicians to attempt to tap into the anti-China separatist wave," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying in response to Wong's high profile meeting. "It is disrespectful of China's sovereignty and an interference in China's internal affairs."

“There are certain German media and politicians who seek attention and stage political shows by taking advantage of anti-Chinese separatists,” China's foreign ministry continued. The ministry also noted Chancellor Angela Merkel had long been on record as supporting Hong Kong's 'one country, two systems' status. 

It's unclear at this point the nature of Beijing's "proof" of German intervention in Hong Kong's affairs. If substantial state media will likely publish it; however, the German ambassador's being summoned could be a mere continuation of Chinese anger over Wong's trip to Berlin. 

Wong had also previously come under scrutiny in Chinese state media for meeting with a US diplomatic official based out of the American consulate in Hong Kong. The woman he met with was identified as Julie Eadeh, chief of the US consulate in Hong Kong's political unit - which Chinese media figures had denounced as a "subversion expert"

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New York Times Blames “Airplanes” For 9/11 Attack

By Paul Joseph Watson

The New York Times chose to honor the 18th anniversary of the September 11 atrocity by blaming “airplanes” for carrying out the attack.

Yes, really.

“18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center,” the Times tweeted from its official account.

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The tweet prompted an immediate backlash, with respondents furious the Times appeared to be absolving the terrorists of blame and pinning the responsibility on inanimate objects instead.

The newspaper later deleted the tweet and half way apologized, tweeting, “We’ve deleted an earlier tweet to this story and have edited for clarity. The story has also been updated.”

“Imagine what it takes, as a newsroom with a huge editorial process, to get 9/11 so offensively incorrect. Scumbags,” tweeted Raheem Kassam.

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Trump slams 'phony' poll showing him trailing several 2020 Democrats

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By Quint Forgey

President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed a new survey showing him trailing several of his top 2020 Democratic rivals in head-to-head match-ups, and blamed “never ending Fake News” for his dismal performance in public polling ahead of next year’s election.

The broadsides appeared on the president's Twitter feed roughly a half hour before he and first lady Melania Trump walked out of the White House to participate in a moment of silence on the South Lawn commemorating the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He is scheduled to attend an observance ceremony at the Pentagon later in the morning.

“In a hypothetical poll, done by one of the worst pollsters of them all, the Amazon Washington Post/ABC, which predicted I would lose to Crooked Hillary by 15 points (how did that work out?), Sleepy Joe, Pocahontas and virtually all others would beat me in the General Election,” Trump wrote online.

An ABC News/Washington Post survey released Wednesday showed Trump lagging behind former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, California Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg in potential general election contests.

Biden enjoyed the most significant advantage over Trump among all adults polled, 16 percentage points ahead of the president, while Sanders led by 12 points, Warren by 11 points, Harris by 10 points and Buttigieg by 6 points. 

Among registered voters, Biden is out in front of Trump by 15 points, Sanders by 9 points, Warren and Harris by 7 points, and Buttigieg by 4 points — though Buttigieg’s advantage is within the survey’s range of sampling error. 

“This is a phony suppression poll, meant to build up their Democrat partners. I haven’t even started campaigning yet, and am constantly fighting Fake News like Russia, Russia, Russia,” Trump tweeted.

Although the president claimed he has not begun campaigning for re-election, he has held regular campaign-style rallies across the country dating back to the transition period before his inauguration, and his 2020 campaign manager has been in place since February 2018. 

“Look at North Carolina last night. Dan Bishop, down big in the Polls, WINS. Easier than 2016!” Trump continued, pointing toward the Republican state senator’s victory Tuesday in the closely watched special election for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.

“If it weren’t for the never ending Fake News about me, and with all that I have done (more than any other President in the first 2 1/2 years!), I would be leading the ‘Partners’ of the LameStream Media by 20 points,” he concluded. “Sorry, but true!”

Trump most recently railed against polls by news outlets on Tuesday, after an ABC News/Washington Post survey reported his job approval rating dropping to 38 percent — a decrease of 6 percentage points from a peak of 44 percent approval in July.

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Taliban threatens US with jihad, seizes more land in Afghanistan after failed peace talks

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By RT

The Taliban has taken over another district in Afghanistan, the second in two weeks, saying that the US will “regret” abandoning key peace talks that stalled after Donald Trump called off a much-awaited meeting with the group.

Yangi Qala, a district in Afghanistan’s northern province of Takhar, fell into the hands of Taliban fighters on Tuesday after government troops retreated over fear of greater casualties, local authorities told the media. They sent reinforcements in order to drive the Taliban out of the area, claiming that dozens of militants were killed.

But the seizure of the district, which lies close to the border of Russia’s military ally Tajikistan, comes days after the Taliban made another advance by capturing the Anar Darah neighborhood in western Afghanistan.

The news follows a recent decision by Trump to cancel a meeting with Taliban representatives at Camp David, asking the group if they are ready for the next few decades of war. The US president said he canceled the meeting after the Taliban claimed responsibility for attacks in Kabul which killed 12 people, including one US soldier, earlier in the week.

On its part, the Taliban warned that the US will suffer heavy losses for ditching the key talks, yet the takeovers seem to be a continuation of their stick-and-carrot tactics.

Later on Tuesday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid reiterated the threat, saying that Washington will regret not getting back to the table. The Islamist group, he said, will resume jihad and fighting to end the foreign occupation of Afghanistan.

In recent years, US negotiators held several rounds of low-key talks with the militants in their political office in Doha, Qatar, providing some opening for a possible truce. But it remains to be seen if it could be reached at all, given that the Taliban frequently target local and foreign forces, sometimes taking control of important cities and locations.

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Bolton Out: Now What?

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By Robert Spencer

As of today, John Bolton is no longer President Trump’s national security adviser, but whether he jumped or was pushed is a matter of some controversy. Trump tweeted: “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House.” Bolton, however, disputed the idea that he was fired, himself tweeting: “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow.” He later elaborated: “I offered to resign last night. There was no request for a resignation.” The more important question, however, is what this means for the Trump administration going forward.

“I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration,” said Trump, “and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”

According to Fox News, “Bolton’s removal comes after the hawkish adviser was reportedly sidelined from high-level discussions about military involvement in Afghanistan, after opposing diplomatic efforts in the region.” Fox quoted an unnamed “White House official,” who said: “Simply put, many of Bolton’s policy priorities did not align with POTUS.”

Bolton apparently opposed Trump’s plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan; he also, according to the Fox report, “led a quiet effort inside the administration and with allies abroad to convince the president to keep U.S. forces in Syria to counter ISIS and Iranian influence in the region”

The Washington Post stated several days ago that Bolton also opposed the Trump administration’s peace talks with the Taliban:

Competing versions of what led to the cancellation of the meeting and, at least temporarily, any further U.S.-Taliban negotiations, exposed internal administration tensions that have flared as a deal seemed near in recent weeks.

Those tensions have pitted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whose chief negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, said a week ago that agreement “in principle” had been reached after 10 months of talks with the militants, and Trump national security adviser John Bolton, who opposed the talks.

Zalmay Khalilzad is an old Bush administration retread who is to a tremendous degree responsible for our being bogged down in the endless quagmire and fruitless “nation-building” mission in Afghanistan. The Taliban are the last group with whom the United States should even be considering concluding a peace treaty, and it is curious that Trump would differ with Bolton over this after declaring the talks “dead” several days ago, after the Taliban killed an American soldier.

The Taliban are indefatigably committed to their jihad to regain control of all of Afghanistan and impose Sharia fully in that country. This stance will not allow for the possibility of their coexisting peacefully with the Afghan government and remaining within its own sphere of influence while allowing that government to operate within its own domains. The jihad imperative is maximalist; the Qur’an calls upon Muslims to fight until “religion is all for Allah” (8:39). If a jihad group enters into peace talks, it is not for the purpose of concluding a peace agreement in the Western sense, that is, with a view toward establishing the basis for an indefinite cessation of hostilities. On the contrary, it only views such talks as a means to attain its goals, and if the talks do not turn out to serve that purpose, they are to be ended.

What’s more, Muhammad’s breaking of a treaty he made with the pagan Quraysh, the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah when his forces had grown stronger and he no longer needed it became the paradigm for all treaty-making under Islamic law. If the Taliban do enter into an agreement with the United States, they will break it as soon as it has served the purpose they envision for it.

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The Morning Briefing: Trump-Hater Hits Wall Street Statue with Banjo Edition

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By Stephen Kruiser

I Blame Fauxcahontas

Trump Derangement Syndrome doesn't pose the risk of becoming a global pandemic, thanks to the fact that it's an opt-in condition. The symptoms, however, seem to be worsening by the day.

From The New York Times:

The piercing noise of metal striking metal echoed through Wall Street just after noon on Saturday: A man was battering the bronze, 7,000-pound Charging Bull statue with a makeshift metal banjo.

“He just started wilding out, hitting the bull over the head,” a witness, Luis Cruz, 53, said on Sunday. “And every time he would bang it, he would say the same thing over and over.” Mr. Cruz said the man was cursing President Trump as he swung the banjo. The police said he was screaming and ranting about God.

Not just a banjo, dear readers, but a makeshift metal banjo. That added a little something extra to it for me.

You know, with the way Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders constantly rail against Wall Street, it was only a matter of time before someone snapped and attacked. Thank God, the Trump Derangement types tend to be paste-eaters, so this one went after a sculpture of a bull.

Because the world is insane, the damaged bull is already a tourist attraction, being pointed out to tourists who are passing by on double-decker buses.

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SPECIAL MEMO: G7 CIRCUS DIVERTS ATTENTION FROM NEW CENTRAL BANKSTER SWINDLE

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By Harley Schlanger

The G7 nations engaged in a three-ring circus of obfuscation, while demonstrating a convincing display of their institutional policy bankruptcy, at their August 24-26 summit in Biarritz, France, where they sidestepped discussion of the real issues facing humanity, by avoiding any discussion of the single, defining matter before mankind: The irreversible bankruptcy of the entire London-run trans-Atlantic financial system.  While the circus was underway in Biarritz, the real agenda was presented quietly, without much fanfare or publicity, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on August 22-24.  There, at the annual meeting convened by the Kansas City Federal Reserve, a gang of central bankers and other financial swindlers called for a "regime change in monetary policy", in a desperate attempt to keep their empire intact.  As described by the Schiller Institute President Helga Zepp-LaRouche, "The real story is that the Jackson Hole meeting declared a coup, what they themselves call a 'regime change in monetary policy'.  They are openly demanding the issuance, by Central Banks, of 'helicopter money,' which would basically eliminate the last aspects of national sovereignty of governments, by giving the authority to the central banks to directly pump fiat money both into official state, but also private channels⁠—and naturally, this is also supposed to all finance the Green Deal."  

Zepp-LaRouche reminded listeners that her late husband, Lyndon LaRouche, in a famous December 1971 public debate with the prominent liberal economist Abba Lerner at Queens College in New York City, demolished Lerner, by forcing him to admit that he thought Hjalmar Schacht's policy of opening the floodgates for the financing of the Nazi war machine, was the correct policy⁠—and that if other politicians had only done what Schacht advocated, Hitler would not have been "necessary."  Schacht served as Hitler's Minister of Finance, and had the full support of Bank of England Chair Montague Norman, and American bankers Roland Harriman and Prescott Bush, the father of former President George H.W. Bush.

There were three specific proposals put forward in the last days which elaborate this intent:

1.) Bank of England Governor Mark Carney proposed, at Jackson Hole, the adoption of a "Synthetic Hegemonic Currency", a "virtual" currency to replace the dollar, to be issued with no constraints by Central Bankers.  This would allow them to go far beyond Quantitative Easing (QE), zero interest rates and negative rates, to provide unlimited liquidity to bail out the worthless derivative and other speculative instruments, held on the books of the largest banks and financial institutions⁠—as well as by central banks⁠—to keep them at face value, so they could continue to be traded.  He specified that a virtual currency is needed, one with no connection to anything which is "physical";

2.) A proposal from four economists from central banks, issued by Black Rock, which called for moving from "unconventional monetary policy [e.g., QE] to unprecedented policy coordination" by the central banks.  The call is for merging monetary policy, the domain of central banks, with fiscal policy, i.e., government budgetary spending.  This would mean that all functions of government would be in the hands of central bankers, a "Committee of Experts", which would decide the volumes of credit created, and where it would go.  The credit would go obviously mainly to speculators, leading to an accelerated deindustrialization of advanced sector nations. This Committee would have the power to "put on the brakes" if they saw hyperinflation coming.  One opponent of this plan asked if these "Experts" would be the same ones responsible for the Crash of 2008, and the post-Crash policy of bailing out bankrupt financial institutions, while starving productive sectors of credit.  This plan is a straight-forward call for establishing a Global Banker's Dictatorship;

3.)  A global Green Financial Initiative (GFI), which would channel all credit to so-called green technologies, to "decarbonize" the global economy, is central to these scams.  The GFI has the backing of leading City of London and Wall Street bankers, and is based on the fraudulent science behind "man-made climate change".  It would further escalate not only deindustrialization, but attacks on mechanized agriculture, use of automobiles and airplanes, etc.  A prototype of this plan was presented by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who called for $17.8 trillion in spending over ten years, to dismantle the energy and wealth-producing sectors of the U.S. economy, while funding "sustainable" boondoggles.  

These proposals are nothing but a new-fangled version of the same Schachtian hyperinflationary bailout of their bankrupt financial system⁠—which has the same political attributes today as it did then, and can correctly by called by its real name, fascism.  Such a "regime change", which would further dismantle industry and manufacturing while funding inefficient "alternative" energy schemes, and would impose drastic austerity on the majority of people, to protect the financial swindlers who have created the world's largest debt bubble, and allow them to expand it!

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Hong Kong school boycott continues as hundreds turn out in support and call on Carrie Lam to meet all demands made by anti-government protesters

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By Cannix Yau, Yujing Liu, Gigi Choy, and Rhea Mogul

Nearly a thousand alumni and students across Hong Kong added their voices to a citywide protest on Friday, as demonstrators called on the government to meet all their demands and do more than just withdrawing the extradition bill.

They formed human chains outside schools in Kowloon Tong, Tai Po and on Hong Kong Island, and asked other students to join them to put pressure on Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s administration.

Protesters want an independent investigation into the use of force by police, an amnesty for arrested protesters, a halt to categorising the protests as riots, and the implementation of universal suffrage.

Their show of defiance continued despite Lam’s announcement on Wednesday that she would formally withdraw the extradition bill that has sparked months of protests in the city.

With Lam only acceding to one of the demonstrators’ five demands, protesters and politicians from both sides of the divide have said the move was too little, too late.

In Kowloon Tong, more than 500 men and women wearing masks and dark clothes lined the walls surrounding the neighbourhood’s elite schools, La Salle College, Bishop Hall Jubilee School, Jockey Club Government Secondary School, and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Wong Fut Nam College.

The demonstrators, most of whom were alumni, chanted school anthems and popular anti-government cheers, such as “there are no rioters, only a tyrannical regime,” and “Hongkongers, add oil.”

Some students in school uniforms also joined the effort to form a human chain.

The rally extended about 700 metres along the narrow, tree-lined pavement around two blocks, situated in an otherwise quiet middle-class neighbourhood with low-rise residential buildings.

“Even though Lam announced she would withdraw the bill, the decision should have come three months earlier. I hope she will respond to more of our demands,” said one La Salle College graduate, who wished to remain nameless.

More than 70 students skipped classes on Monday and Tuesday, according to Chan, a member of the school’s student concern group, who would only give his last name.

Despite that the Education Bureau did not want to see a school boycott, education minister Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said he would leave it to schools to handle the matter themselves according to their own judgment. Many schools allow students to skip classes if they have the permission letters from parents.

Chan, a Form Six student at La Salle, said the turnout was bigger than expected. The school had the largest crowd of the four schools, with more than 300 people involved.

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Students Prevented From Attending UK School Because They Refuse to Wear “Gender Neutral” Uniforms

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By Paul Joseph Watson

Female students at a school in the UK were prevented by officials and police from attending class because they refused to comply with a new “gender neutral” uniform policy.

Around 100 students protested outside the gates of Priory School in Lewes in response to a letter sent at the end of the summer advising they would be mandated to wear trousers at all times.

The school claimed that the policy change was put in place to “address inequality,” and be “inclusive,” but students and parents were outraged.

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Ted Cruz Accepts Alyssa Milano's Challenge to Debate Gun Issues

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By Matt Margolis

Ever since Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders debated tax reform two years ago, I've been itching for more debates like it. Sanders was totally outmatched going up against Cruz and it was glorious to watch. Is another debate coming?

On Monday, actress/activist Alyssa Milano challenged Senator Ted Cruz to a debate "on the gun issue and many other issues that include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

It's hard to say whether she really expected him to respond to this challenge, given she followed up her challenge with the suggestion of live-streaming their discussion "so the American people can hear [his] bulls**t" firsthand. PJ Media's managing editor was so excited she declared she'd be willing to pay money to see it happen. Late Monday night, her wish came true, because Senator Cruz accepted the challenge.

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Biden's eye fills with blood during CNN climate town hall

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By Julio Rosas & Joseph Simonson

Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to have a blood vessel burst in his left eye while participating in CNN's town hall on climate change.

A broken blood vessel in the eye, also known as a subconjuctival hemorrhage, can be caused by several things, including high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, blood thinners, or even excessive straining.

Biden, 76, has long been plagued by health issues. In 1988, he suffered an aneurysm that burst and required him to undergo emergency surgery. The then-senator was so close to death that a Catholic priest began preparing to administer the sacrament of last rites.

Months later, surgeons clipped a second aneurysm before it burst. Biden then took a seven-month leave from the Senate following the surgery. Describing the operation, he once said, “They literally had to take the top of my head off.”

Jill Biden said in her recently released autobiography Where the Light Enters that, at the time, she feared her husband would never be the same. "Our doctor told us there was a 50-50 chance Joe wouldn't survive surgery," she wrote. "He also said that it was even more likely that Joe would have permanent brain damage if he survived. And if any part of his brain would be adversely affected, it would be the area that governed speech."

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Walmart to stop selling handgun ammunition

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NEW YORK — Walmart says it will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition and publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even though state laws may allow it.

The announcement comes just days after a mass shooting claimed seven lives in Odessa, Texas, and follows two other back-to-back shootings last month, one of them at a Walmart store.

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based discounter said on Tuesday that it will stop selling short-barrel and handgun ammunition, including .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber used in military style weapons, after it runs out of its current inventory. It will also discontinue handgun sales in Alaska, marking its complete exit from handguns and allowing it to focus on hunting rifles and ammunition for those rifles only.

“We have a long heritage as a company of serving responsible hunters and sportsmen and women, and we’re going to continue doing so,” according to a memo by Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon that will be circulated to employees Tuesday afternoon.

Walmart is further requesting that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms at its stores unless they are law enforcement officers. Last month, a gunman entered a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, and killed 22 people using an AK-style firearm. Walmart already bans the sale of those firearms. Texas became an open carry state in 2016, allowing people to openly carry firearms in public.

Walmart’s latest move will reduce its market share of ammunition from about 20 percent to about 6 percent to 9 percent, according to the company memo. About half of its more than 4,000 U.S. stores sell firearms.

The nation’s largest retailer has been facing increasing pressure to change its gun policies by gun control activists, employees and politicians after the El Paso shooting and a second unrelated shooting in Dayton, Ohio, in which nine people were killed. A few days before that, two Walmart workers were killed by another worker at a store in Southaven, Mississippi.

In the aftermath of the El Paso shooting, Walmart ordered workers to remove video game signs and displays that depict violence from stores nationwide. But that fell well short of demands for the retailer to stop selling firearms entirely. Critics have also urged Walmart to stop supporting politicians backed by the National Rifle Association.

The retailer has long found itself in an awkward spot with its customers and gun enthusiasts. Many of its stores are located in rural areas where hunters depend on Walmart to get their equipment. Walmart is trying to walk a fine line by trying to embrace its hunting heritage while being a more responsible retailer.

With its new policy on open carry, McMillon noted in his memo that individuals have tried to make a statement by carrying weapons into its stores just to frighten workers and customers. But there are well-intentioned customers acting lawfully who have also inadvertently caused a store to be evacuated and local law enforcement to be called to respond.

He said Walmart will continue to treat “law-abiding customers with respect” and it will have a “non-confrontational approach.”

Walmart said it hopes to use its weight to help other retailers by sharing its best practices like software that it uses for background checks. And the company, which in 2015 stopped selling assault rifles like the AR-rifles used in several mass shootings, urged more debate on the reauthorization of the assault weapons ban. McMillon said Walmart will send letters to the White House and congressional leadership that calls for action on these “common sense” measures.

“In a complex situation lacking a simple solution, we are trying to take constructive steps to reduce the risk that events like these will happen again,” McMillon wrote in his memo. “The status quo is unacceptable.”

Over the past 15 years, Walmart had expanded beyond its hunting and fishing roots, carrying items like assault rifles in response to increasing demand. But particularly since 2015, often coinciding with major public mass shootings, the company has made moves to curb the sale of ammunition and guns.

Walmart announced in February 2018 that it would no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 and also removed items resembling assault-style rifles from its website. Those moves were prompted by the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed.

In 2015, Walmart stopped selling semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 style rifle, the type used in the Dayton shooting. The retailer also doesn’t sell large-capacity magazines, handguns (except in Alaska) or bump stocks, nor the AK-style firearm that was used by the El Paso shooter.

In the mid-1990s, Walmart stopped selling handguns except in Alaska.

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Hong Kong's Carrie Lam Scrambles After Leaked Tape Reveals Desire To Quit

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By Tyler Durden

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is in full damage control mode after Reuters reported leaked audio from a closed-door meeting in which she said she would resign over the ongoing political crisis in the city. 

"If I have a choice ...  the first thing is to quit, having made a deep apology," Lam said during the private gathering, adding that her ability to resolve the crisis is now "very limited." 

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of the former British colony since mid-June in sometimes violent protests against now-suspended draft legislation that could have seen people sent to mainland China for trial in Communist Party controlled courts.

Lam told business leaders last week that she had caused “unforgivable havoc” by introducing the bill and that if she had a choice she would apologize and resign, according to a leaked audio recording. -Reuters

Speaking on Tuesday in a televised news conference, Lam said that she "never tendered any resignation," however she did not deny the authenticity of the recording. 

"I have not even contemplated discussing a resignation with the central people’s government. The choice of resigning, it’s my own choice," she said, adding "I told myself repeatedly in the last three months that I and my team should stay on to help Hong Kong ... That’s why I said that I have not given myself the choice to take an easier path and that is to leave."

Lam said that she was disappointed that comments she made while sharing the "journey of my heart" had been leaked. 

At a news conference given by China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in Beijing, no questions were raised directly about the Lam tape, and a spokesman and spokeswoman did not refer to it or the Reuters story.

They denounced the violence and Western countries seeking to use the Hong Kong issue to interfere in China’s affairs, and reiterated that China would never tolerate Hong Kong independence or a leader who was not loyal to Beijing. -Reuters

So far, Beijing has firmly supported Lam and her government over anti-government unrest - but has made clear that they will not stand by forever if the violent protests over a controversial extradition bill and other grievances continue, according to spokeswoman Xu Luying. 

"The central government will not allow chaos in Hong Kong to continue indefinitely," she said. 

"If the situation in Hong Kong continues to worsen and it becomes turmoil that cannot be controlled by the SAR government and endangers the country’s sovereignty and security, the central government will not sit idly by."

China's communist news outlet, the People's Daily, denounced Reuters - who they said were spreading fake news.

"Reuters and other Western media have been entangled in the fake news that ‘Carrie Lam’s resignation has not been approved’ for some time, a serious infringement of the bottom line of professional ethics," the outlet said in an editorial. "They are not objectively reporting facts."

Via zerohedge.com