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Man Commits Suicide In Front Of The White House

The man who fatally shot himself in front of the White House has been identified as a 26-year-old from Maylene, Alabama. Officials say Cameron Ross Burgess removed a concealed handgun and began firing rounds in the vicinity of the North White House fence line just after 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Police do not believe any of those shots were being directed at the White House. President Donald Trump was in Florida during the shooting, but returned to Washington later in the day. No one else was injured.  After the incident the Secret Service released this statement, “The subject approached the vicinity of the North White House fence line and removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear at this time to have been directed towards the White House.” The public was immediately alerted after the shots were fired and the White House was locked down.   ...Read more

Florida Senate Rejects Ban On Assault Weapons

The Florida Senate rejected a proposal to ban assault weapons, and voted for a measure to arm some teachers.  This comes after 17 people were killed in the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history. An amendment that would have banned assault weapons attached to a wider bill failed on Saturday in a largely party-line vote, in response to the Feb. 14 killing of 14 students and three faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland. The vote was 20-17 against the assault weapon ban, with two Republicans joining all of the senate’s 15 Democrats in support of the proposal.   ...Read more

Russia’s Vladimir Putin Unveils ‘Invincible’ Nuclear Weapons

President Vladimir Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons on Thursday, in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield.   Putin said a nuclear attack on any of Moscow’s allies would be regarded as an attack on Russia itself and draw an immediate response. But in Washington, officials cast doubt on whether Russia has added any new capabilities to its nuclear arsenal beyond those already known to the U.S. military and intelligence agencies. The Trump administration also accused Moscow of violating a Cold War-era treaty which banned nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 300-3,400 miles. “President Putin has confirmed what the United States government has known all along, which Russia has denied: Russia has been developing destabilizing weapons systems for over a decade in direct violations of its treaty obligations,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. ...Read more

Dow Plunges More Than 350 Points After President Trump Says U.S. Will Impose Tariffs On Steel And Aluminum Imports

Stocks fell on Thursday after President Donald Trump said the U.S. will implement tariffs on steel and aluminum imports next week. The Dow Jones industrial average traded 358 points lower after rising more than 150 points earlier in the day. The 30-stock index fell as much as 586 points.  The U.S. will set tariffs of 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminum, President Trump said. It is unclear whether they will apply to all imports or only metals from certain countries.  ...Read more

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Fires Back At President Trump Over Handling Of Justice Department Surveillance Probe

Jeff Sessions fired back Wednesday at criticism from President Donald Trump, saying in a statement that “as long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor.” Mr. Sessions’s statement came hours after Mr. Trump criticized the Attorney General’s decision to refer a probe of the Justice Department’s handling of secret surveillance warrants to the agency’s inspector general rather than another office.  The President’s tweet followed a disclosure by Mr. Sessions on Tuesday that the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, would investigate how the FBI and federal prosecutors obtained warrants from the nation’s secret spy court to spy on a former Trump campaign foreign-policy adviser who had previously been targeted by Russian intelligence for recruitment. ...Read more

Dick’s Sporting Goods Will No Longer Sell Assault-Style Rifles

Effective immediately, retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods said it will no longer sell “assault-style rifles,” nor sell any firearm to anyone under 21 years of age, and is banning the sale of high capacity magazines. The company also emphasized it has never and will never sell bump stocks and other devices that makes a semi-automatic weapon shoot more quickly.  According to Chairman and CEO Edward Stack, the shooter in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, bought a gun from the company in 2017. While the gun wasn’t used in the school shooting, the company feels it’s necessary to scale back the type of firearms it sells. “We did everything that the law required and still he was able to buy a gun,” Stack said of the shooter. “When we looked at that, we said, ‘The systems that are in place across the board just aren’t effective enough to keep us from selling someone a gun like that.’”  ...Read more

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker Says He Will Not Run For Re-Election

Sen. Bob Corker, one of the most outspoken Republican critics of President Trump, has decided not to run for re-election, ending weeks of uncertainty about his future. The Tennessee U.S. senator has spent much of this month rethinking his decision to forgo a third term and saying little in public about his status. On Tuesday, his chief of staff Todd Womack issued a written statement cementing his plans. After Corker initially said he was stepping down, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., entered the contest. Democrats, meanwhile, are pinning their hopes on former Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has the inside track for his party’s nomination.  ...Read more

West Virginia Schools Still Closed As Teachers Strike For Better Wages Enters Its Fourth Day

Public schools in West Virginia remained closed Tuesday as thousands of schoolteachers continued their demands for better wages. Teachers on strike have demanded a face-to-face meeting with Gov. Jim Justice and leaders from the state legislature to address their complaints, a union official said Monday. Schoolteachers announced they would continue to strike until they are granted a meeting with the state’s leaders, said Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teacher’s West Virginia chapter.  The average pay for West Virginia teachers ranks among the lowest in the nation. Last week the state’s Republican governor signed a bill into law that would raise pay for teachers and state employees. Teachers would see a pay increase of $808 next year and $404 the following two year; however teachers said the increases are not enough, especially as health care costs rise. Missed class time as a result of the strike will be automatically added to the end of the school year. ...Read more

Florida Governor Launches Investigation Into School Shooting Response

Florida Governor Rick Scott called on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sunday to investigate law enforcement response to the deadly school shooting in South Florida last week.  The call for an investigation comes after a state representative asked the governor to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from his post for his deputies’ “incomprehensible inaction” during the shooting.  Much debate has surfaced over the response of Broward deputies after Israel announced Thursday afternoon the resignation of Scot Peterson, the school resource officer on duty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of the shooting. Israel said Peterson, who was armed, never went into building where the shooter was firing at students and instead took a position outside and did “nothing.” Peterson was suspended without pay pending the investigation but chose to resign completely, Israel said. The sheriff said his department is also looking into reports that at least three other Broward Sheriff’s deputies didn’t enter the school building during shooting. ...Read more

Supreme Court Rejects Trump Appeal On DACA

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from the Trump administration to decide the legality of the president’s plans to end the DACA program affecting young illegal immigrants. In an unsigned comment released Monday, the Supreme Court denied the unusual request to take up the issue, saying the appeal should move through the normal appellate process. The move kicks the case back to the 9th Circuit in San Francisco. In recent months, lower court judges have moved to stop the administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects about 800,000 young immigrants brought to country illegally as children from deportation. ...Read more