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Bernie Sanders Says He Would Legalize Marijuana by Executive Order

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British foreign secretary: England will leave EU without a deal if necessary, by October

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British foreign secretary Dominic Raab said the United Kingdom is prepared to leave the European Union by October, even if they are unable to reach a final deal with their neighboring countries.

“We’re going through a challenge. We’ve got a historic crossroads with Brexit and we really appreciate the fact that we’ve got the relationship with our U.S. Friends and the U.S. Government, in such a good place. And we want to build on that,” he told Bret Baier during an interview on “Special Report” on Wednesday.

“The prime minister has appointed a much more united and disciplined cabinet which is going to get this Brexit process done by the end of October — preferably with a deal with our E.U. partners. But if they refuse to move… then we’ll leave without a deal.

“And come what may, we want to take the opportunities of Brexit. So that includes a free trade deal in both the interests of the U.K. but also the U.S.”

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Baier asked Raab if he was worried about a trade war within the European Union, and he said he has complete confidence in the British people to rise to the challenge without any help from the surrounding counties.

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“We don’t regard Brexit as a precipice [to a trade war]. I think there are some risks but we can manage them,” he replied.

“I think the most important thing that prime minister Boris Johnson has done is lifted up the head of the government and said, you know what — we’ve got the economic wherewithal, the capacity, we’ve got the business know-how, we’ve got the entrepreneurs and the innovators. Let’s actually go into this challenge with some self-confidence and grasp the opportunities.”

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California man, 70 accused of manslaughter after Minnesota girl, 6, dies in car fire

A 70-year-old Southern California man has been charged with three felonies in Minnesota — including second-degree manslaughter — after he put a hot cookstove in the back of his van, causing a fire that spread to another vehicle, killing a 6-year-old girl and critically injuring her sister, authorities say.

Investigators say Roberto Hipolito, of Long Beach, Calif., and his wife slept overnight in their van outside a Walmart in Fridley, Minn., a northern suburb of Minneapolis. Surveillance video shows Hipolito cooking something on the stove, then putting it in the van before going into the store.

Hipolito’s van caught fire and engulfed the two vehicles on either side of it, including a minivan where the two sisters, ages 6 and 9, were waiting for their mother to return from shopping.

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This Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 photo shows two charred vehicles in the parking lot of a Walmart in Fridley, Minn. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP) (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

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According to court documents, Hipolito’s wife, who stayed with the van, was told by a passerby that the vehicle was on fire. The woman jumped out and tried to remove belongings, but the fire grew stronger “within thirty seconds of the rear door being opened,” the document said.

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Six-year-old Ty’rah White died Tuesday night while being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Anoka County Sheriff’s Lt. Daniel Douglas told the Star Tribune. Her 9-year-old sister, Taraji White, remained in critical condition at the same hospital on Wednesday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The girls’ mother, 33-year-old Essie McKenzie of Coon Rapids, Minn., said Ty’rah was “such a bright kid” with “a huge personality,” and said her daughter “loved people.”

When asked about the stove, Hipolito said he had not used it for several days, the complaint said. He later clarified that he had used the stove the previous night. When investigators interviewed him again, and Hipolito said he had used the stove that morning to cook and then placed it in the rear of his van. Before moving to a parking spot closer to the store’s front door, Hipolito said he had tossed pillows and blankets to the rear of the van where the stove was.

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Walmart is well known for allowing overnight RV parking at some locations, and the company’s corporate website says it does so “as we are able,” with permission coming from individual store managers. A frequently asked questions section on the company’s website didn’t cover other vehicles. A manager of the Fridley Walmart referred questions to a corporate media relations number, and messages weren’t immediately returned.

Hipolito has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and two counts of negligently causing a fire. Hipolito is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Gutfeld on the media’s polarizing attacks

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The media continue to use tragedy to indulge their own resentment.

First, there’s Nicole Wallace of MSNBC claiming President Trump said he wanted to exterminate people.

Wallace said: “You now have a president … talking about exterminating Latinos.”

After being called out she apologized, if you could call it that.

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Wallace tweeted: “I misspoke about Trump calling for an extermination of Latinos. My mistake was unintentional and I’m sorry. Trump’s constant assault on people of color and his use of the word ‘invasion’ to describe the flow of immigrants is intentional and constant.”

In sum, it’s as if she is saying that Trump didn’t say “kill all Latinos,” but he meant it anyway, so it’s not Wallace’s fault for saying so.

She’s not the only one hating for ratings.

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Wallace’s network now claims that you, me, or anyone who isn’t in the resistance is a white supremacist.

And people on MSNBC have accused Fox News of spreading hatred.

This is irresponsible and probably dangerous. But they don’t care, because they don’t see us as wrong, only evil. And of course, profitable. It borders on comedy, like a clown linking President Trump’s act of mourning to Nazis.

Frank Figliuzzi, a former FBI official who is now an MSNBC contributor, suggested that President Trump’s decision to order flags flown at half-staff to mourn the victims of the shootings in Texas and Ohio is tied to white supremacy.

Figliuzzi said: “The president said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until August 8th, that’s 8/8. Now I’m not going to imply that he did this deliberately, but I am using it as an example of the ignorance of the adversary that’s being demonstrated by the White House. The numbers 8/8 are very significant in neo-Nazi and white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter “h” is the eighth letter of the alphabet – and to them, the numbers 88 together stand for ‘Heil Hitler.’

OK, he’s crazy, and he’s on MSNBC.

Then there’s Joe Scarborough, who tweeted that any business donating to Trump endorses white supremacy. Has anyone in politics ever put so many targets on so many backs over a personal grudge?

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So as these people create a warlike fervor with heated rhetoric, I say “stay cool.” Don’t feed their hostility, because to you and me, tragedies are to be mourned, not exploited.

At “The Five,” we come up with paths forward. We’ve examined the media and the community’s role, and how to prevent the next attack if it’s possible. It’s not as exciting as painting bullseyes on half the country, or on your competition, but at least we can sleep at night.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on August 7, 2019.

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Bernie Sanders Says He Would Legalize Marijuana by Executive Order

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Beto O’Rourke calls Trump ‘white supremacist,’ says US ‘has been racist since it’s been a country’

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The war of words continues between President Trump and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who on Wednesday declared Trump a “white supremacist” and said that the United States “has been racist since it’s been a country.”

As the president visited O’Rourke’s hometown of El Paso, Texas, following the mass shooting there last weekend that left 22 people dead, the former congressman ratcheted up his attacks during an interview on MSNBC. He insisted another shooting will occur because of Trump’s rhetoric, which some say influenced a manifesto that investigators suspect was the El Paso gunman’s.

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“What happened in El Paso is not an isolated incident,” O’Rourke told MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff. “After the president warned of caravans, you had somebody go into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh warning of caravans. You had the mosque in Victoria, Texas, burned to the ground on the day President Trump signed his executive order to ban Muslim travel to the United States. So there are very real consequences to his words, to the tweets, to the racism that he fans.”

O’Rourke continued: “He’s not the source of racism in this country. This country has been racist as long as it’s been a country, but he is certainly fanning the flames, he is certainly making violence like this more possible and more real.”

“You’ve been very clear that you believe the president is a racist; is the president a white supremacist?” Soboroff asked.

“He is,” O’Rourke responded. “He’s also made that very clear. He’s dehumanized or has sought to dehumanize those who don’t look like or pray like the majority here in this country.”

The presidential candidate has been very outspoken with his attacks against Trump, calling him a “racist,” blaming him for the shooting and saying he wasn’t welcome in El Paso on the heels of the bloodshed.

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Trump fired back late Tuesday night on Twitter and mocked his “phony name.”

“Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1 percent in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!” Trump tweeted.

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After HuffPost Investigation, 4 White Nationalists Out Of U.S. Military

Months after a series of reports exposed a dozen known or suspected members of white nationalist groups in the U.S. military, officials have confirmed that four of those servicemen have separated from the armed forces, while another four have been allowed to remain in the Army.

Four others remain under investigation, officials said.

In March and April, HuffPost published two reports identifying 11 servicemen who belonged to Identity Evropa, the white nationalist group best known for helping organize the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In a separate report in May, HuffPost confirmed that the Army was investigating a 12th soldier for his alleged ties to the Atomwaffen Division, a neo-Nazi terror group that has been connected to five murders in the U.S. over the past two years.

The danger of white nationalist terror was brought into devastating focus this week after a gunman who reportedly held white nationalist views massacred 22 people in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The man arrested in that attack does not appear to have any connections to the U.S. military. However, the serviceman with possible connections to the Atomwaffen Division is still stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, and is among the four who the Army has determined are still fit to serve.

Scholars of extremism and law enforcement officials have long warned about the risks of white nationalists serving in the armed forces, where they can pose a risk to fellow service members and receive combat training they can use to attack civilian targets. Earlier this year, federal authorities arrested a white nationalist Coast Guard lieutenant who prosecutors said had been stockpiling firearms to kill leftists and media figures as part of a plot to establish a “white homeland.”

Military regulations forbid service members from engaging in extremist activity or committing acts of discrimination, but an alarming 2017 Military Times poll found that nearly 25 percent of service members reported encountering white nationalists within their ranks.

The revelation that at least four of the 12 white nationalists exposed in HuffPost’s reporting will be allowed to remain in the armed services raises questions about how seriously the U.S. military is disciplining its recruits and active-duty members for ties to extremist groups.

Citing privacy reasons, military officials largely declined to elaborate on why certain servicemen are no longer members of the armed forces and why others were allowed to remain.

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Jason Laguardia posted on the Discord server an image of himself waving an Identity Evropa flag (left). He visited a New Haven, Connecticut, TV station wearing a Marine uniform (right).

Two Marines, Lance Cpls. Logan Piercy and Jason Laguardia, were “administratively separated” from the military in May after HuffPost exposed them as members of Identity Evropa, a Marines Corps spokesman confirmed last month.

Piercy had made deeply racist and anti-Semitic posts on private white nationalist message boards. “REMOVE KIKE,” he once wrote, using a slur for Jewish people, above a photo of Adolf Hitler.

Laguardia was a frequent commenter as well, posting photos of Identity Evropa propaganda he had placed throughout Connecticut and New York City, particularly on college campuses.

Piercy and Laguardia did not respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment.

“There is no place for racial hatred or extremism in the Marine Corps,” said Maj. Roger Hollenbeck, the Marine Corps spokesman.

Another Identity Evropa member, Jonathan Gould, is no longer in the military. Army spokeswoman Cathy Brown Vandermaarel confirmed that he left in April, shortly after an anonymous group of anti-fascist activists in the Pacific Northwest exposed his membership. However, she would not elaborate on the circumstances of his departure.

It appears that Gould is still active in white nationalist organizations. A photo that anti-fascist activists posted to Twitter in May showed him at the American Renaissance white supremacist conference in Tennessee.

Anti-fascist activists also spotted Gould among a group of fascists belonging to the American Identity Movement, the name Identity Evropa has now adopted, who stormed a reading by author Jonathan Metzl at a Washington, D.C., bookstore in April. (Metzl is the author of “Dying of Whiteness,” a book about racism and politics.)

Gould did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

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A photo Gould posted to his Facebook page. 

The fourth Identity Evropa member to leave the military is 20-year-old Jay Harrison, an ROTC cadet at Montana State University. The Daily Inter Lake, a newspaper based in Kalispell, Montana, previously reported that Harrison quit the military amid the investigation into his extremist ties.

Vandermaarel said she would “not comment or disclose the circumstances concerning any investigative, administrative or disciplinary action” regarding Harrison.

A statement from an attorney, provided to the Daily Inter Lake in March, said that Harrison denied being in Identity Evropa. That attorney told HuffPost that Harrison is not his client. Harrison could not be reached for comment.

Harrison made racist and anti-Semitic comments in private Identity Evropa group chats. “I wish the holocaust had been real,” he wrote in one post. “Not one kike was ever gassed.”

Allowed To Stay In The Military

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Facebook / Courtesy of Nate Thayer At left, a photo of Corwyn Storm Carver posted to the Facebook account of the 1st Armored Division. On the right, a selfie posted to an Instagram account connected to Carver, in which he wears a Charles Manson T-shirt. The neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division idolizes Charles Manson. (Instagram photo provided to HuffPost by Nate Thayer)

In May, HuffPost reported that Corwyn Storm Carver, an Army private first class in the 1st Armored Division stationed at El Paso’s Fort Bliss, was under investigation for his alleged role in the neo-Nazi terror group Atomwaffen Division. 

The Atomwaffen Division, which idolizes the mass murderer Charles Manson and has made repeated calls for a race war, has been connected to five murders across the U.S. since 2017. 

Independent journalist Nate Thayer, who obtained Atomwaffen’s private online discussion logs, first exposed Carver’s alleged ties to the group. Thayer also connected a series of social media accounts to Carver, including one that showed a photo of Carver wearing a Charles Manson T-shirt. 

But Lt. Col. Rosy Poulos told HuffPost in a statement that the 1st Armored Division’s investigation concluded that Carver “does not have ties to the neo-Nazi terror group Atomwaffen Division. Pfc. Carver is currently still serving as an active duty soldier in the 1st Armored Division.” 

Poulos said the 1st Armored Division would “not comment or disclose the circumstances concerning any investigative, administrative or disciplinary action” regarding Carver. Carver did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Chris Grey, chief of public affairs for the USA Criminal Investigation Command, told HuffPost in an email that “CID Special Agents conducted an investigation into this matter and provided our findings to the appropriate officials.  It would be inappropriate for us to release any further information at this time.”

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Joseph Kane, a member of the Texas Army National Guard, has shared on Facebook the “It’s okay to be white” meme popular among white supremacists.

In Houston, another Identity Evropa member has been allowed to remain in the armed services.

Joseph Kane, who served as an Army intelligence specialist for four years before joining the Texas National Guard, often posted white nationalist content to his social media accounts. Although he has denied being a white nationalist, Kane was active in Identity Evropa’s private message groups.

Joseph Kane is still a member of the Texas National Guard,” a spokesperson for the Texas National Guard told HuffPost. “We have taken this incident very seriously and have taken corrective action.” 

Citing privacy regulations, the spokesperson wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of those corrective actions. Kane did not respond to a request for comment. 

In western New York, 23-year-old Christopher Hodgman has been allowed to remain in the Army despite being caught disseminating Identity Evropa propaganda in a suburb of Rochester. 

Earlier this year, police found Hodgman’s fingerprints on Identity Evropa flyers that had been placed on surfaces across the town of Brighton. Hodgman, an Army private and ROTC cadet at the University of Rochester, was charged with a series of town code violations. In May, he accepted what’s called an “adjournment in contemplation of dismissal” — meaning that if he stays out of trouble with the law for six months, the citations will disappear from his record. 

HuffPost’s previous reporting showed that Hodgman frequently posted on Identity Evropa’s private message server, sharing photos of the flyers he’d distributed. 

Vandermaarel, the Army spokeswoman, said the investigation into Hodgman’s Identity Evropa ties is “complete,” and that Hodgman is still an ROTC cadet and a specialist in the Army Reserve. She would “not comment or disclose the circumstances concerning any investigative, administrative or disciplinary action.” 

A lawyer for Hodgman declined to comment. 

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Social media accounts belonging to Minnesota National Guardsman Andrew James Schmidt, who used a photo of Reinhard Heydrich, a Nazi and one of the main architects of the Holocaust, for one of his profile photos.

The Minnesota National Guard, meanwhile, has decided to allow a young recruit to remain in its ranks after he expressed regret for his ties to Identity Evropa.

Andrew James Schmidt, a 19-year-old member of Identity Evropa who had posted photos of fliers he’d placed on the University of Minnesota campus, has been allowed to remain in the Minnesota National Guard because the activity occurred before he joined the military.

Schmidt also maintained a series of online accounts using the name “Hyphenstein” and used a photo of Reinhard Heydrich, a Nazi and one of the main architects of the Holocaust, as his profile photo.

Colonel Joe Sharkey, a spokesman for the Guard, told HuffPost that after “a thorough investigation into his alleged conduct,” they determined that Schmidt “did not engage in prohibited activity during his period of service” and was thus not in violation of any regulations.

Sharkey added that Schmidt has “received counseling and training on Army policies against involvement in extremist groups and the prohibition of extremist activities,” and that Schmidt has “disavowed any continued association with any groups or participation in activities that discriminate, or condone discrimination based on Race, Religion, Sexuality or Gender.”  

HuffPost couldn’t reach Schmidt for comment. An email to his father went unanswered. Schmidt told the Minnesota Star Tribune, however, that he was “embarrassed and ashamed” about his involvement in Identity Evropa.

“Those groups are really manipulative,” he told the paper. “They target young men and make them feel like they’re part of something.”

Schmidt also said he was thankful that HuffPost exposed his ties to Identity Evropa. “It peeled away some of those impressions that were put on me by that organization,” he said.

Still Under Investigation

Investigations into four other servicemen are ongoing.

Stephen Farrea, a resident of Rhode Island, is a corporal in the Selected Marine Corps Reserve and frequent participant in Identity Evropa events and propaganda campaigns.

Hollenbeck, the Marines spokesman, said Farrea’s board review was to conclude at the end of July. Farrea did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. 

Christopher Cummins, a 44-year-old lieutenant colonel physician in the Army Reserve, is also still under investigation. Cummins bragged about posting Identity Evropa flyers in Mississippi and Tennessee, and wrote in an IE message group that he likes Tennessee because it is “conservative & Christian ― implicitly white.”

Vandermaarel said the Army “cannot comment on active investigations.”

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Photos that Cory Allen Reeves, a master sergeant in the Air Force, posted to a private Identity Evropa group chat on Discord. 

In the Air Force, an investigation is still underway into Master Sgt. Cory Allen Reeves and Airman 1st Class (E-3) Dannion Phillips.

Stationed at Schriever Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, Reeves posted photos of himself leaving Identity Evropa flyers outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center and Detention Facility in Aurora, Colorado.

Reeves’ lawyer, also a member of Identity Evropa, didn’t respond to a request for comment. Phillips was stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey as of March and couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Air Force spokesman said the service is aware of the allegations against both Reeves and Phillips and “is looking into it.”

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The gun control fight has started. Could turmoil at the NRA be a game-changer?

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President Donald Trump said he is talking with congressional leaders and considering tougher background checks for gun buyers. USA TODAY

After each mass shooting in America, the nation relives a near-scripted clash: calls for stricter gun laws, pushback from pro-gun activists led by the National Rifle Association, and an ultimate impasse.  

But this time — following seven days that left at least 35 people dead in shootings in Gilroy, Calif., El Paso and Dayton, Ohio — one side of that power struggle appears to have shifted. 

The NRA is busy managing another crisis: its own.  

For months the organization has weathered a series of public spectacles stemming from both infighting and outside scrutiny. Most recently, in the middle of last week’s mass shootings, three members of the NRA board resigned, citing concerns over irresponsible spending by the organization’s leaders.  

The NRA’s opponents see the chaos as a vulnerability, something not lost on supporters who have grown frustrated with the national organization. 

“Those of us who are plugged into this, who are living it, are wondering why this is happening and why it seemingly isn’t being fixed,” said Mark Walters, an NRA member and host of the syndicated Armed American Radio. “[Especially] at a time it is so important that we have a strong National Rifle Association coming into 2020, in particular on the heels of this mess with California, El Paso, and Dayton.” 

A spokesman for the NRA did not respond to a request to interview Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre, instead providing a statement that touted “a string of recent victories” under the NRA’s new political team.  

“With many in the media writing the obituary of the NRA, we are scoring big wins in the legislative, legal, and public policy arenas,” spokesman Andrew Arulanandam wrote. 

The NRA’s opponents see them as putting on a good face.  

“I’ve never seen them weaker,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, a national advocacy group. “I think that they have been very much sidelined.” 

As proof, he pointed to the fact that that gun control groups outspent gun rights groups in the 2018 midterm elections. The gun control lobby spent about $12.1 million to the gun rights’ $10 million ($8.2 million of that coming from the NRA), according to numbers compiled by Open Secrets, a nonpartisan group that tracks lobbying and election spending. 

And that, he said, was all “before the five-alarm fire.” 

The turmoil in the NRA has been unfolding for months.  

The group began the year by downplaying its relationship with Maria Butina, a Russian agent later convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison for trying to infiltrate political organizations on behalf of the Kremlin. Butina had become cozy with the organization, including helping to host a delegation of NRA insiders in Moscow in 2015. McClatchy has reported that the Justice Department is investigating whether one of her associates, former Russian official and NRA member Alexander Torshin, illegally moved Russian money through the group to back President Trump’s 2016 campaign.  

Then in April, the organization’s president, Oliver North, was forced out after raising concerns about the group’s finances and amid allegations that he had attempted to engineer the removal of LaPierre. LaPierre, who accused North of extortion, is now facing increased pressure to resign, including from deep-pocketed donors concerned about the ongoing strife, the New York Times has reported. The palace intrigue continued in June when the group ousted its longtime top lobbyist, Chris Cox, saying he also engineered the attempted coup against LaPierre. 

The New York Attorney General also in investigating the organization’s tax-exempt status. And the District of Columbia Attorney General has another probe into the organization and its charitable foundation. 

Even with public pressure from the recent mass shooting, many watching the debate are skeptical that the NRA’s troubles will dramatically move the needle on gun control legislation. Congress has failed to pass broad reform for decades. And Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has thus far ignored Democrats’ calls for a special vote over the summer recess to consider gun measures.  

Some Republican lawmakers have signaled a willingness to consider “red-flag” legislation that would allow law enforcement, family members and other concerned individuals to ask a judge to confiscate guns from those who may be a danger to themselves or others. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) this week said he planned to introduce a bill that would create a federal grant program to encourage states to pass such laws. 

President Trump in remarks at the White House on Sunday backed the idea of red-flag laws, while blaming violent video games and mental illness as causes of mass shootings. On Wednesday, the president said he is also considering tougher background checks for gun buyers, calling such checks “important.” 

The NRA praised the President’s Sunday call to address “the root causes” of violence and said the organization believes anyone “adjudicated as a danger to themselves or others should not have access to firearms.” 

Lawmakers considering new gun measures know that how they vote will influence whether the NRA endorses them — one of the most powerful tools at the organization’s disposal, said Adam Winkler, a professor at the UCLA School of Law and author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.

“The threat is always there and I think that is enough to sway a lot of lawmakers,” he said. “But we’ll have to see how it plays out. I think the NRA is going through remarkable internal strife right now.” 

Harry L. Wilson, a political scientist at Roanoke University who focuses on gun control, said he doubts that the NRA’s troubles will have much impact on the current legislative debate. In the short term, he said, there’s “nothing the NRA honestly needs to do.” 

“The sides are pretty firmly dug in, I think, legislatively,” he said. “Most elected officials are representing districts that are pretty firmly Democrat or pretty firmly Republican and they’re not going to change their positions because there’s no incentive for them to change their positions.” 

The majority of NRA members, also, won’t be swayed by the national strife, according to Jerry Henry, executive director of gun-rights group Georgia Carry. 

“A lot of people belong to organizations just to say they belong to them. … That’s what the majority of basically what all NRA members are,” said Henry, who has been a member for more than five decades. “They just follow it because they know that it can help them. They know it’s not going to hurt them, and they know they can get hurt without organizations like the NRA.” 

Wilson said the impact of the NRA’s infighting could be more dramatic down the line if the problems persist and discourage donations. He said while it’s impossible to know how much money the organization has lost due to the crisis, “it has to be having an impact on fundraising.” Walters, the radio show host, said the same, noting that many of his callers have vowed to not donate to the NRA until LaPierre resigns, something Walters has publicly called for. 

Some former NRA supporters appear to be taking their money elsewhere. Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said he’s seen at least a 20 percent increase in donations and memberships since April, likely a combination of those disenfranchised by the NRA and those motivated by seeing “20 plus Democratic candidates for president out there attacking gun rights every single day.” 

“They play into each other,” he said. “One, the Democratic candidates screaming for gun control creates the threat. And two, people can’t necessarily count on the NRA to be there to solve all the problems for them.”   

Gottlieb said his organization is trying to “fill up some of the gaps” created by the NRA’s turmoil, not just legislatively but looking ahead to the 2020 general election.  

Activists in battleground states are watching the national organization’s strife closely. 

Shira Goodman, executive director of the nonprofit CeaseFire PA, said she hopes the “the lawsuits, the turmoil, the internal dissension, the attempted coups” will damage the NRA’s brand. Over time, she said, that could weaken the group’s own support and strengthen the other side by motivating those who had viewed the NRA as unbeatable. “Having a belief that you will ultimately prevail is critical,” she said. 

She and others stressed, though, that the NRA still has its biggest asset: single-issue, pro-gun voters it can mobilize in an election. 

“Those people will take the NRA voting guide to the polls,” Goodman said. “And that is not going to disappear overnight.” 

Reporters Mark Nichols, Kevin Crowe and Richard Wolf contributed to this story.  

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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California seaside community is in an uproar after a home was given a new paint job featuring two huge emoji on a bright pink background.

Manhattan Beach residents railed against the makeover during a City Council meeting Tuesday night, citing problems with spectators.

One speaker called the paint job graffiti and another said it was an attack on neighbors.

Both bright yellow emoji are cross-eyed and have distinctly big eyelashes.

One has a goofy expression with its tongue hanging out. The other has its mouth zippered shut.

The new paint job appeared after neighbors reported the home was being used for short-term rentals and the homeowner was fined $4,000.

Owner Kathryn Kidd told KABC-TV she didn’t realize short-term rentals weren’t allowed and she denies the redecoration is retaliation.

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Ohio’s Republican governor called for his state legislature to adopt Red Flag Protection Order laws in the wake of the mass shooting in Dayton.

Gov. Mike DeWine also thanked President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for their visit with victims and families affected by the tragedy, in an interview Wednesday on “Your World.”.

“I have asked the state legislature to pass a very well-thought-out process that respects the Second Amendment and respects due process of law,” he said.

“When you have someone who is a threat to themselves or a threat to others, and who has guns, there ought to be a procedure where family members could go into court or police could go into court and present the evidence and have those guns temporarily taken away from that person.”

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DeWine said such a policy would go a long way to prevent suicides and save lives in general.

He added during Ohio’s last budget proceedings, he had asked the legislature in Columbus to put an emphasis on mental health reform, especially in the school system.

“We really have an epidemic,” he said.

Of Trump’s visit to Dayton, DeWine said the president and first lady were gracious and consoling to victims and appreciative of law enforcement.

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“I can just tell you in every room he went, there were family members and sometimes victims and they were all very happy to see the president,” he said.

He added he asked the president about passing “red flag” laws, and that Trump, in turn, asked him to forward him a “summary” of his ideas in the near future.

Nationwide, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Hawaii, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado and the District of Columbia have enacted state “red flag” laws.

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