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Democrat’s Praise of Strict Gun Law Roils Kansas Senate Race | Political News

By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Sunday circulated a video of the Democrats’ candidate for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas praising strict Australian gun laws that she said “took them all away” to undercut her campaign as a political moderate in what’s been an unexpectedly tough red-state race for the GOP.

Democrat Barbara Bollier’s spokeswoman accused Republican Roger Marshall’s campaign of being “duplicitous” in highlighting the video. Bollier’s campaign released longer audio from the same event that included moments in which Bollier said she supports the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protecting gun rights and recalled hunting with her father.

The race appears to be close between Marshall, a two-term congressman for western and central Kansas, and Bollier, a Kansas City-area state senator who was a lifelong moderate Republican before switching parties late in 2018. As the GOP fights to keep its 53-47 majority in the Senate, Marshall and his supporters have attacked Bollier on issues that favor Republicans in much of the state, including gun rights.

Both a 2 1/2-minute video clip provided to The Associated Press by the Marshall campaign and the longer audio from Bollier’s show that she noted that an adult daughter lives in Australia and praised a law there that in the 1990s forced owners of 700,000 guns to sell them to the government as “this amazing thing.”

“They have no guns. They don’t allow them. They just took them all away,” Bollier told her audience. “And you know what? It’s pretty darn safe.”

Bollier also noted that Australia imposes licensing and training requirements for gun owners. Kansas law allows adults to carry weapons openly, and it allows them to carry concealed firearms without a permit — a policy Bollier opposed a legislator when it was enacted in 2015.

“Who thinks you can just go out and have gun? Seriously,” Bollier said. “You can’t drive a car without training. You can’t basically do anything with some kind of training. This is a lethal weapon.”

As the video clip began circulating, Bollier tweeted Sunday afternoon: “I do not support gun confiscation. I never have. I never will.”

Republicans have not lost a Senate race in Kansas since 1932, but Bollier has flooded the airwaves with ads that have included testimonials from former GOP state lawmakers.

The race had seen a Kansas record of $32 million in advertising as of last week, with Marshall and his allies being outspent, according to the media advertising firm Advertising Analytics.

Bollier’s campaign had spent more than $9 million, with outside groups paying for about $8 million more. Nearly 90% of the roughly $14.5 million in ads for Marshall were covered by outside groups, with the Marshall campaign spending about $1.5 million, according to Advertising Analytics.

Bollier’s remarks on guns first were reported Sunday by The Washington Free Beacon conservative site. Marshall’s campaign manager, Eric Pahls, texted a 36-second excerpt to The Associated Press. He later provided a link to a longer

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Anti-Government Groups Shift Focus From Washington to States | Political News


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The foiled plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor is a jarring example of how the anti-government movement in the U.S. has become an internet-driven hodgepodge of conspiracy theorists who have redirected their rage from Washington toward state capitols.

That’s in contrast to the self-styled “militia” movement that took shape in the 1990s — loosely connected groups whose primary target was the federal government, which they considered a tyrannical force bent on seizing guns and imposing a socialist “new world order.”

Deadly standoffs between FBI agents and extremists at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas, stoked those groups’ anger. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, convicted in the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building that killed 168 people, were reported to have met with Michigan militia activists.

Public revulsion over that massacre damaged the movement, which largely faded from public view. But recent protests over racial injustice, the coronavirus and other turmoil during the Trump administration have fueled a resurgence, with militias blending into a mishmash of far-right factions that spread their messages on websites and social media.

In many ways, their focus is unchanged, including contempt for authority, reverence for the Second Amendment and backwoods military-style training exercises.

But the plot targeting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer illustrates one stark difference: Nowadays, much of the anger focuses on state officials whom extremists accuse of denying rights and freedoms.

“And this is largely due to the fact that Donald Trump, who the militia movement supports, is at the head of the federal government,” said Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.

“But they can much more easily be angry at state governors, especially Democratic ones, but sometimes even Republican ones, who are involved with gun-control efforts or lockdown or anti-pandemic measures,” he added.

Whitmer told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that extremism targeted at state officials is “a very real threat to democracy.”

“There’s no question that these hate groups are domestic terrorists and I think we need to call them that,” Whitmer said while greeting voters in Traverse City. “We need leadership who steps up and takes it on. We need it coming out of the White House, we need it coming out of all of our statehouses as well.”

Seven of the 13 suspects charged in the kidnapping plot are linked to a paramilitary group called the Wolverine Watchmen, a Michigan State Police investigator said in a court filing. The group used Facebook to recruit members and communicated on an encrypted messaging platform, the affidavit said.

Joseph Morrison, 42, a founding member, used the screen name “Boogaloo Bunyan.” Group members gathered for training and drills as they prepared for the “boogaloo,” an anti-government, pro-gun extremist movement that has been linked to a recent string of domestic terrorism plots, the affidavit said.

Supporters have shown up at protests over COVID-19 lockdown orders and demonstrations over racial injustice, carrying rifles and

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A poorly worded state law could decide the fate of R.I. political operative

The judge said he won’t issue a ruling in the high-profile trial for another five to seven weeks – meaning the verdict will come in after Election Day, when Mattiello faces another hard-fought re-election campaign in House District 15.

The weeklong trial concluded on Friday after prosecutors made final oral arguments, claiming that Britt committed a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison when he funneled $1,000 to a defeated Republican candidate, Shawna Lawton, so she could put out a mailer endorsing Mattiello, a Cranston Democrat.

Mattiello testified on Thursday, saying he never authorized the Lawton mailer and was angry when it hit the mailboxes in his district just before Election Day.

After hearing final arguments, Procaccini said Rhode Island’s money laundering statute has “gone virtually unnoticed” for many years.

“I consulted with my colleagues. I’ve been on the bench for 20 years,” he said. “No one recalls a money laundering case in the state Superior Court being filed or pursued in any way.”

Without prior cases as a guide, much will depend on the interpretation of the law’s language, he said. But the problem, he said, is that, “It does not read in a smooth, simple straightforward fashion.”

For instance, he said, the statute uses colons and semicolons rather than the commas found in most criminal laws, and it doesn’t use the “and/or” conjunction found in many laws.

So, Procaccini said, it remains unclear if the elements of the crime spelled out in the law match the elements outlined in Britt’s indictment.

Procaccini noted that other states have different degrees of money laundering crimes, based in part on the amount of money involved. But Rhode Island has just one level of money laundering and it carries a fine of up to $500,000 and prison term of up to 20 years.

So, he said, he wants to be sure that he is properly interpreting that statute, and he wants to be sure it has been properly charged and applied.

“Does the plain language of the indictment and the statute fairly and properly apprise the defendant of what he has been charged with?” Procaccini said.

The judge asked lawyers for both sides to address those issues in legal memos that are due on Oct. 19. Once he receives those memos, he said, he expects to issue a ruling within four to six weeks.

That would mean the verdict would come after the Nov. 3 general election, when Mattiello faces Republican activist Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung, who is married to Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung.

Procaccini said he will provide a week’s advance notice of the verdict. That will offer enough time for Britt, who now lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., to return to Rhode Island. Britt was returning to Florida and excused from appearing in court Friday.

Special Attorney General Stephen G. Dambruch made a closing statement Friday, outlining the sequence of events that began after Britt began working as a consultant for the Mattiello campaign in 2016.

State prosecutor Stephen G. Dambruch makes closing arguments at the Jeffrey T. Britt money-laundering trial.
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Senate Dems ask government watchdog to investigate ‘political pressure’ on FDA, CDC

ABC News Corona Virus Government. Response

COVID-19 has taken the lives of more than 212,000 Americans.

The Democrats urged the Government Accountability Office to “conduct an investigation to determine whether the CDC and FDA’s scientific integrity and communications policies have been violated and whether those policies are being implemented as intended to assure scientific integrity throughout the agency.”

PHOTO: President Donald Trump listens to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn speak on the latest developments of the coronavirus outbreak, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House March 19, 2020, in Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump listens to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn speak on the latest developments of the coronavirus outbreak, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House March 19, 2020, in Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump listens to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn speak on the latest developments of the coronavirus outbreak, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House March 19, 2020, in Washington, DC.

Since the early days of the pandemic, the Trump administration has faced criticism about its coronavirus response, including downplaying the severity of the virus and undermining the opinions of the country’s top scientific experts.

The administration also has faced allegations that it put pressure on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to change their guidance on important subjects.

Earlier this week, for example, The New York Times reported that White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’ office stalled an effort to greenlight more stringent guidelines for the eventual approval of a vaccine.

A spokesperson for the White House budget office denied that report to ABC News, and the tougher guidelines were later approved. That decision angered Trump, who tweeted Tuesday that the “New FDA Rules” amount to nothing more than “another political hit job.”

PHOTO: In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee members Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Gary Peters greet Richard Spencer before his confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee members Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Gary Peters greet Richard Spencer before his confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee members Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Gary Peters greet Richard Spencer before his confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

The senators also cited reports that political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services published information to the CDC’s website — without consulting experts at the CDC — recommending that asymptomatic people did not need to be tested for COVID 19 — guidance that was later reversed.

Also highlighted in the letter is a report that the White House pressured the CDC to downplay the risk of COVID transmission in schools, despite

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Poll: Many Americans Blame Virus Crisis on US Government | Political News

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans blame the U.S. government instead of foreign nations for the coronavirus crisis in the United States, a rebuke to the Trump administration’s contention that China or other countries are most at fault, a new poll shows.

The poll by The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research was conducted before President Donald Trump tested positive for the virus Friday and was hospitalized. Trump has downplayed the severity and impact of the pandemic in recent months.

Although many see plenty of blame to go around and there’s a wide bipartisan divide over who is responsible, 56% of Americans say the U.S. government has substantial responsibility for the situation. That compares with 47% who place that much blame on the governments of other countries and only 39% who say the same about the World Health Organization.

“It reflects a general lack of confidence in the way the government has handled the situation,” said Austin Wright of the Harris School for Public Policy.

More than 1 million people worldwide, including more than 200,000 Americans, have died of COVID-19 in the outbreak. Trump has squarely blamed the virus’ spread on China, where it originated, and an inadequate response from the WHO.

As he faces a rough reelection contest in November, Trump has steadily ramped up criticism of China for the virus and announced the U.S. would halt funding for and withdraw from the international health agency over alleged Chinese interference in its work. Critics, including public health experts, have said China bears some responsibility but have also harshly criticized Trump’s response.

The poll shows Democrats are especially likely to say the U.S. government is responsible for the situation, while many Republicans are likely to place the blame elsewhere. Among Democrats, 79% say the U.S. government has a great deal of responsibility, while 37% say that about other countries’ governments and 27% about the WHO. Among Republicans, 38% say the U.S. government is responsible, compared with 60% for the governments of other countries and 55% the WHO.

Self-described conservative Republican Ralph Martinez, a 67-year-old grocery store manager from the Fort Worth, Texas area, said he wasn’t sure that any government could have handled it better and dismissed criticism that Trump had downplayed the matter.

“It’s an open question, honestly,” he said. “I don’t care who’s in office, I think they’re going to do their best for everyone. But how much can they do?”

Martinez, who said he had to throw a customer out of his store for not wearing a mask recently, lauded Trump for not wanting to create panic in the early stages of the outbreak in the U.S. He also recalled unprecedented runs on items such as toilet paper and paper towels when people realized the virus was not a momentary phenomenon.

“You would not believe how crazy these people got,” he said. “I can’t imagine how bad it would have been

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The place Did As we speak’s Conservative, Republican, And Democratic Political Events Come From

Jewellery in Thailand is not only for the purpose of beauty however it’s also associated to beliefs and faith, particularly faith in religions and sure practices. The Spanish first brought Africans to Mexico in 1519 to work in the agrarian and silver industries, under typically brutal conditions. Texican” actress and a member of hit TV sequence Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria’s three % African ancestry surfaced in DNA taken by PBS sequence Faces of America (Henry Louis Gates, Jr.).

It is necessary in these occasions of the Viral stream, we make aa concerted effort to seize and write about the cultures of African people from an African-centered perspective. Nevertheless, the town proper has almost no people of apparent African heritage.

The goal was and is to encourage everybody, but particularly Africans, to resist Africa and speak about European imperialism against Africans around the globe. Not one of the boats returned to Mali, but curiously round this time proof of contact between West Africans and Mexicans seem in strata in America in an amazing mixture of artifacts and cultural parallels.

Our people who are in different privileged place are terrified of an Unbiased African South African, who has the potential to learn, and develop into higher, if not different from the. But in frequent with different Latin American international locations, over the past 25 years Uruguay has skilled a big upsurge in black civic and political mobilization.

Black individuals don’t run toward a person holding a gun. Though the exact actions and ideas could differ throughout the acceptable vary and still stay squarely in the category of African tradition, there are some behaviors among some others. The Hub above was an attempt to point out that the cultures in many of the places touched upon above, are the identical with the African cultures in Africa.…

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Political Parties, Corruption, & Political Science

Political science has a relationship within the study of law. The President has the ability to veto such laws. HermanHusband— Thank you very a lot for taking the time to read my article. I hate it when the gun foyer takes issues to extremes each time gun management is suggested. The government of a rustic is a very powerful institution, affecting the lives of persons inside its borders in essentially the most intimate ways.

As increasingly persons are brainwashed by social media and propaganda to consider the new World Order is better than what was ever devised by our structure, this is not going to doubt result in a religion like the Muslim one which holds it MORE HOLY AND MORE VITAL to be accepted and controlled by the powers of government and tyrannical males than by God.

Most of the weapons used by criminals are already illegal. A prohibition in opposition to retroactive (ex submit facto) legal laws ensures people know the legal guidelines before the government prosecutes them for a given motion. As Hitler and his Nazi occasion grew in energy, the “Legislation on Firearms and Ammunition” was enacted.

To the general public the well known and highly effective members of the Council have good intentions, Whenever you see the phrase Socialism you realize that this stands for a tyrannical dictatorship, to be ruled by massive corporate conglomerates and international bankers.

This wasn’t significantly exhausting to do attributable to growing onerous times and constant political in combating throughout the German government. While it’s true that the Nazi occasion was rambunctious and disrupted many political and governmental gatherings both in the streets and in parliament, this did not imply what they did wasn’t legal.…

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The Unfortunate Religiosity Of As we speak’s Political Landscape

Setting aside the common notion that politics involves government and political management in an organization like a state or community. That reveals of their cultures, nationalisms, identity politics, kindred glues like sports activities clubs and social fads, and in cronyism, nepotism, and gang life. “This belief comes from my unyielding religion in the decency and generosity of the American individuals.

Additionally, for Africans of South Africa, it needs to be our job and concerted effort to jot down about our own tradition and historical past as now we have experienced it, not as we’ve got been instructed by White writers what our music and tradition is all about.

Within the now, there are lots of black people that got here here from Africa, or their parents came here from Africa, or their grandparents. Curiously, Kamba individuals as music and dance loving people are the unique African descendants that founded the city of Kamba Cuá, an important Central Division Afro Paraguayan community in Paraguay.

They embody comparable socialization practices, rituals, and perceptions of community, the Ancestors, and God(In both the Western and African interpretation. A few of our South African brothers assume that they are white, and you’ll inform from the best way they’re speak, act, behave and plan their lives and ignore their culture, custom,customs, practices,languages and sacred rites.

Second, African People are not Black exclusively, they embody White, Blue and Mongol-Egyptian Colour Mix. These attitudes can be traced all through the historical past and its notion of African individuals. We endow those we name ‘Towers’Taken from Face E book interlocutions, and those intellectuals, so adorned with such titles because they have been edumacated overseas and by the present South African Instructional system.…

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Political Passion Can Poison Persuasive Speeches

Mario Uribe Escobar, the president of Colombia’s cousin and leader of the Colombia Democratica political party, announced the removal of two Congressional candidates, Rocío Arias and Eleonora Pineda, from his social gathering on 2 February for his or her outward assist of paramilitary organizations. Afro-Cubans are the only Afro-Latin American descendants who repatriated again to Africa and have built-in efficiently. They skilled a largely remoted community life on the rice plantations, and their isolation and numerical energy enabled them to preserve an ideal many African cultural traditions.

Cerda-Flores and his colleagues additionally examined the DNA of Mexican-People in Texas, who got here out as about 6 percent black. We, as a community, must rescue and reconstruct essentially the most viable components of our highly effective African indigenous socialization programs.

And the Africans that didn’t become slaves, didn’t truthful well in Africa both. The Seminole settlements in Spanish Florida elevated as increasingly more runaway slaves and renegade Indians escaped south—and conflict with the Individuals was, in the end, inevitable.

Initiation, which right this moment is being destroyed by opportunist and cultural pirates, Africans, is a vital key to rising our boys and girls into manhood and womanhood. There you’ve got it, the development of America’s political social gathering system. The Great Awakening gave rise to evangelical denominations and the spirit of revivalism, which proceed to play important roles in American religious and cultural life.

Moreover, peoples of African descent with larger economic energy were owners of private outlets. The Oklahoma Seminole Freedmen still possess a wealthy traditional culture combining each African and American Indian parts. In a single grand dedication, Haiti, by means of President Pétion, contributed more to the liberation of the Americans from European colonial powers than another nation.…

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Political Science And Law

Political science has a relationship within the examine of law. Written constitution: That is the place all of the legal guidelines governing a country are codified into a single document or e-book. (three) Political legislation has two areas specifically: the constitutional law; and administrative regulation. Versatile constitution: It is a kind of structure whose rules or laws are very straightforward to amend or change.

The definition of a Republic is: a constitutionally restricted government of the consultant sort, created by a written Structure-adopted by the people and changeable (from its authentic that means) by them only by its modification-with its powers divided between three separate Branches: Executive, Legislative and Judicial.

I argue, our government is failing the folks it serves as a result of the power struggle inside every branch. Our forefathers believed in the work of Hobbes and Locke, believing that making a government based on separation of powers and checks and balances was the one way these absolute rights could possibly be offered and protected.

Bobbi Purvis and thanks for taking the time to read my article. Larry Wall, thanks for taking time to read and comment on this article. Goldwin additionally chopped down the canned progressive canard, implied by Booker, that each one white People on the time fortunately conspired to disenfranchise individuals of colour.

Between 1948 and 1951 loads of houses had been built at the fee of round 200,000 a yr which, although lower than in the 30’s or 50’s, was real progress for a time when materials, workers, and money had been quick. Devolution has also begun in that the nationwide government has to cross down some of its power to the states (Patterson, 2008).…

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