As her state mourns 18 dead in shooting spree, Susan Collins is now facing criticism for her votes against gun control.
In 2013, Collins rejected two Senate amendments that would have banned the sale of assault rifles and limited access to firearm magazine capacity.
Collins has also supported allowing loaded guns in state parks and the concealed carrying of firearms across state lines, two Senate amendments she voted for in 2009.
More recently, Collins was one of 15 Republicans who voted for the 2022 bipartisan gun bill, which ended nearly three decades of congressional inaction on the issue.
His victory in the 1500m went alongside earlier wins in the 500m and 1000m. His time of 1 minute, 43.59 seconds on Sunday in the 1500m was good enough to beat double Olympic champion Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands by 23 hundredths of a second.
Stolz took up skating on his familys three-acre backyard pond in the small Wisconsin village of Kewaskum, about 45 minutes north of Milwaukee. He had been inspired by watching Apolo Anton Ohnos short-track exploits at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics on television. After initially training in short track, he moved toward the long track after a few years and began winning national championships when he was in fifth grade.
It got only eight recs, and it got lost, possibly being seen as less important than "cats."
Michael Popok for the Midas Touch suggests the real reason McCarthy turned over the tapes is because
of the legal issue of "Brady Evidence"
If he is correct, then we are a long way off from indictments turning into trials turning into prison sentences.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1017809070 or the direct URL
Somebody tell me I'm wrong, but this WAS BAD NEWS FOR OUR SIDE, is the way I saw it.
At almost every turn at the Republican National Convention, speakers from the president on down portrayed American cities like Portland, Oregon, New York and Chicago as lawless Democratic wastelands that have been overrun with violence, looting and destruction that is forcing residents to flee for safer locales.
The reality on the ground is much more nuanced.
In downtown Portland this week, tourists from Texas enjoyed gyros at a food cart, a couple from the suburbs soaked up the afternoon sun and a recent transplant from Indiana strummed an acoustic guitar outside a shuttered Apple store, in front of a mural thats dedicated to Black people killed by police.
Its a pretty day and we feel just perfectly safe as long as weve got our masks on, said Benjamin Green, a warehouse forklift operator from Beaverton, Oregon. I dont see why theres any need to be scared to walk around out here.
The picture of American cities overwhelmed by violence has become a central theme of the 2020 presidential race. In his convention acceptance speech Thursday night, President Donald Trump called for law and order and said the country can never allow mob rule. But for the most part that portrait doesnt line up with reality.
Read more: https://apnews.com/6a983b159cb0a20468e0c0a19dd93a31
The Daily Podcast
Across the United States, protests are erupting against orders to remain at home, close nonessential businesses and limit travel. So who is behind these protests? And what do they stand to gain
Conservative groups in a loose coalition have tapped their networks to drive up turnout at recent rallies and financed lawsuits, polling and research to combat stay-at-home orders.
Crowd sizes at the protests remain small -- ranging from a few dozen to several thousand at a rally in Michigan. Polls suggest that most Americans are in favor of cautious lockdown measures.
Jim Rutenberg, a writer-at-large for The New York Times.
Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/22/podcasts/the-daily/coronavirus-lockdown-protests.html
For more detailed information listen to the 28-minute Podcast.
Read the Complete Transcript here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/22/podcasts/the-daily/coronavirus-lockdown-protests.html?showTranscript=1
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NEW YORK (AP) Banking conglomerate Citigroup says first-quarter profit dropped 46% as it set aside billions to cover potentially bad loans. Citi set aside $7.03 billion for loan losses this quarter, up from $1.98 billion in the same period a year earlier. Citi is a large credit card issuer, focused primarily on consumers who keep and revolve a balance. Those customers are now at greater risk of default because many of them have lost their jobs. Citi also has a large international banking franchise and lends to companies around the globe, and some could default on their loans as business dries up.
Bank of America reported Wednesday that its quarterly profits dropped by 45% from a year ago, the latest major bank to say it took a hard hit from the coronavirus pandemic.
Like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, Bank of America had to set aside billions of dollars to cover potentially bad loans. Many of these loans were fine only weeks ago, but the pandemic has caused companies to shutter and millions of Americans to be put out of work.
The amount of money BofA set aside for loan losses nearly quintupled from a year ago, from $1.01 billion to $4.76 billion. The losses came from the banks consumer lending division BofA is a large credit card issuer and has a massive consumer banking business. The bank also reserved for bad loans in its lending division to businesses.
Read more: https://apnews.com/66b6a574386b82357167e1d5b72fffbe
WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump said hes open to some states reopening before federal social distancing guidelines expire at the end of month, as he appeared to back off his claim of absolute authority to decide when the time was right to act.
Hours after suggesting that the bipartisan concerns of governors about his assertion of power would amount to an insurrection, Trump abruptly reversed course Tuesday, saying he would leave it to governors to determine when and how to revive activity in their states. He said he likely would discuss his plans with governors on Thursday.
The governors are responsible, Trump said. They have to take charge.
Still, he insisted, The governors will be very, very respectful of the presidency.
Democratic and Republican governors had objected after Trump asserted Monday that he alone would determine when and how to reopen the economy, despite clear constitutional limitations on federal powers.
Trump said Tuesday he would authorize governors of each individual state to implement a reopening and a very powerful reopening plan of their state at a time and in a matter as most appropriate. Trump added that he would support moves by states that havent been hit hard by the outbreak to ease restrictions even before federal guidelines on social distancing expire April 30.
Read more: https://apnews.com/420a38ec14101eab70e07be367ee6422
April 10, 2020 at 9:24 a.m. CDT
President Trumps advisers are reportedly deeply worried that his narcissistic daily briefings on coronavirus are hurting his reelection chances. Thats revealing, in that it shows Trumps unshakable faith in his ability to manipulate the news cycle with his magical reality-bending powers is not shared by his data-focused team.
But whats even more revealing is what those advisers wont say about these displays. This shows the limits on what constitutes acceptable criticism of Trump among those who have a big stake in his political success.
In short: Its only okay to leak criticism of Trump for things that are perceived to harm him politically in the most superficial of ways, never mind the danger that his failings continue to pose to the country.
That Trumps magical reality-bending powers are failing him is borne out by a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finding that only 44 percent of Americans approve of his handling of coronavirus, versus 55 percent who disapprove, a sizable swing from last week. A new CBS poll also finds this approval sliding into negative territory, as did this weeks CNN poll.
It turns out some Republicans and some of Trumps own advisers agree with this, and are deeply worried about it.
A remarkably revealing New York Times report details these concerns, with a focus on how Trumps daily coronavirus briefings are working against him.
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