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Beto O’Rourke Calls For Mandatory Assault Weapon Buybacks

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) called for a mandatory federal buyback of assault weapons in the aftermath of a mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, that claimed 22 lives and injured dozens more.

In an impassioned speech delivered in El Paso on Thursday, O’Rourke — who left the campaign trail two weeks ago to be with the community — praised the strength and resilience he had witnessed.

He then turned to what he saw as the root causes of the attack, naming lackluster gun control legislation, the influence of the gun lobby and the dehumanizing rhetoric President Donald Trump has used to refer to immigrants throughout his presidency.

O’Rourke and others have blamed Trump for promoting the racist views held by the El Paso shooter, who admitted last week to targeting people of Mexican descent and reportedly penned a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto ahead of the attack. His manifesto featured a number of phrases the president has used before, including “the Hispanic invasion” and “send them back.”

“If at this moment we do not wake up to this threat, then we as a country will die in our sleep,” O’Rourke said of the dangers these combined influences present.

He called for stricter gun control and indicated that the recent mass shootings had pushed him firmly in favor of a federal buyback program.

“I see more clearly than I ever have — that not only do we need universal background checks; not only do we need red flag laws, that would stop somebody when they pose a danger to themselves or someone else; not only do we need to end the sale of assault weapons and weapons of war, that were designed for the battlefield and have no place in our communities,” he said. “We must as a country buy those weapons, take them off the streets altogether.”

O’Rourke, who has previously said he was “open” to such a measure but has stopped short of explicitly endorsing it, joins fellow Democratic candidates New York Mayor Bill De Blasio and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in calling for a mandatory federal buyback program. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has also indicated support for the measure.

In his speech, the former congressman highlighted the history of mass shootings across the country. 

“As a country, we’ve accepted the murder of 6- and 7-year-old children where they sat at school. We’ve accepted high school students being hunted down in the halls of these institutions,” O’Rourke said. “It is time for us to be bold. To stand together. To stand up against those interests who would prevent us from saving the lives of our fellow Americans.”

O’Rourke also announced he will be returning to the campaign trail, but he will not join his fellow candidates in Iowa, citing the “urgency” of the issues that face Americans across the country. He will instead head to Mississippi, where an ICE raid on undocumented workers last week resulted in 680 arrests.

“To those places where Donald Trump has been terrorizing and terrifying and demeaning our fellow Americans, that’s where you will find me and this campaign,” he said.

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South African education official apologizes after backlash over ‘sexy reading’ tweets

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A South African education official has apologized to “sensitive viewers” he may have offended after posting images of scantily clad women in an effort to promote reading.

Department of Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said his actions were a bid to “push the boundary” and encourage reading as an activity for “fun and leisure.”

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“I have noted that one image in particular may have offended sensitive viewers,” Mhlanga wrote on Twitter. “This however, was not the intention and we strongly reject any view to that effect. To those I disappointed and indeed those of you who are offended by the use of the images I apologize.”

Many users were stunned that such images would be used for a reading campaign aimed at young adults and school children. Others said the images were “sexist” and objectify women.

In a series of tweets responding to the backlash, Mhlanga reasoned “contemporary audiences that consume media tend to be open about sex and sexuality.”

Mhlanga said his tweets were part of the department’s “Read to Lead” campaign, aimed at encouraging reading among “young adults and people of school-going age and society in general.”

South Africa was ranked last out of 50 countries in a 2016 literacy study testing primary school students for reading comprehension, Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper reported last year.

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Mhlanga said he hopes his campaign gets more people involved in reading.

“We hope this issue will heighten interest in and sustain a conversation about the importance of reading and its significance in human development. Yours in reading,” Mhalgna concluded his apology.

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Brody Jenner’s Mom Sends Love To His Ex, Kaitlynn Carter: ‘You Know I Love You’

Brody Jenner’s mom Linda Thompson apparently has no ill will for her son’s ex, Kaitlynn Carter, who was seen making out with Miley Cyrus over the weekend.

The 69-year-old responded to an Instagram comment of Carter’s, saying she loves her and “always will.”

Earlier this week, Thompson appeared to like a few comments on Instagram about Carter’s relationship with Jenner. After that inevitably started some internet drama, Thompson decided to clear the air.

On Wednesday, she shared an image that read: “Please don’t judge people. You don’t know what it took someone to get out of bed, look and feel presentable as possible and face the day. You never truly know the daily struggles of others.” 

Thompson captioned the post by writing: “The only people we have the right to judge are our own selves…how we react & respond to life’s vicissitudes, disappointments, failures & successes. May we strive to do so with grace, humility, temperance, understanding, compassion, kindness, forgiveness & love. If we simply begin with self improvement, humanity could benefit vastly.”

But the real story was in the comments section.

Carter commented on Thompson’s post simply saying, “EXACTLY.” In response, Thompson replied with a heart emoji and wrote: “And for the record honey, the only ‘shade’ I throw is my own shadow walking away from drama. You know I love you. I always have & always will.”  

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This social media chatter comes on the heels of Carter being spotted on vacation in Lake Como, Italy, with Cyrus and Cyrus’ sister. Cyrus and Carter were packing on the PDA at the Il Sereno hotel. Onlookers said they were “not trying to hide it at all.”

Much like his mother, Jenner hasn’t shied away from posting on Instagram amid the drama. He even commented on an image of Carter and Cyrus on Carter’s Instagram, saying “Hot girl summer” and “Pics of Liam and I holding hands on the beach” are coming soon. 

Not missing a beat, Cyrus sounded off on Jenner and wrote back: “@brodyjenner go take a nap in your truck and cool off #HotGirlSummer,” alongside two dancing girl emojis.

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W.H. Press Secretary On Press Briefing Hiatus: Trump Gaggles ‘Good Enough’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said she would consider holding press briefings in the future, but that it was up to President Donald Trump to make that decision.

Grisham, who took over the role from Sarah Huckabee Sanders last month, claimed Trump is the “most accessible president in modern history” during her first TV interview Wednesday night with Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s “America This Week.”

“What about press briefings?” asked host Eric Bolling, a former Fox News host. “A lot less frequent than they had been in the past. Do you as press secretary … look to bring those back?”

Grisham, who also serves as White House communications director, said that it’s possible but not necessary for the media sessions to return.

“So we’re going to talk about it. That will be ultimately up to the president,” she said, claiming that the press was “really happy” with two recent press briefings from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli.

“But we want to hear from you,” Bolling interrupted.

“You’re hearing from me right now,” Grisham fired back. “But the president also ― he’s so accessible. Right now, I think that that’s good enough.”

She falsely stated that “no question goes unanswered” when Trump addresses a White House press gaggle. Earlier during her interview with Bolling, Grisham said she’s seen Trump gaggle with reporters for long periods of time during her first few weeks on the job.

“I’m getting up to speed on policy,” she said. “There’s a lot of work being done behind the scenes. It’s not all about a press briefing. And honestly, the president is his best spokesperson.”

Bolling balked at the statement. “He could use a little help,” he said of Trump. “I’d love to see you at the press briefing.”

Grisham also hit back at former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci over his recent comments bashing Trump.

“His feelings just seem to be hurt,” Grisham said, adding that Scarmucci’s claims that Trump is mentally declining are “ridiculous.”

She suggested he was fired from the White House less than two weeks after he started for more reasons than his infamous profanity-laden interview with Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker.

“Anthony says he was ejected from the White House after 11 days,” Grisham said. “That’s because he did an interview that was profanity-laced with a reporter that now he’s suddenly a media darling. But there was some other things happening at the White House that we won’t talk about that he had to be removed and the president removed him quickly.”

Grisham did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment about Scaramucci’s firing.

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Todd Chrisley denies extorting daughter over sex video with ‘Bachelorette’ star

Todd Chrisley is facing another shocking allegation, this time from his own daughter.

The “Chrisley Knows Best” star’s estranged daughter Lindsie accused him of trying to extort her over a sex video allegedly filmed with a star of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” an allegation Todd vehemently denies.

TMZ reports that Lindsie, 29, filed a police report in Georgia claiming that Todd, 50, and her brother, Chase, harassed and threatened her over an intimate tape Chase allegedly purchased from her.

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In the police report, Lindsie, who is estranged from the reality show family, alleges that Chase, 23, and Todd threatened to release the intimate footage if she didn’t cooperate and lie about an unspecified “incident.”

Sources close to Lindsie told the site that the “incident” referred to Todd’s alleged tax evasion.

Todd denied Lindsie’s allegations, telling Fox News: “It’s heartbreaking and shameful that these kinds of accusations have to be aired in public. We have tried to keep Lindsie’s extramarital relationships with Robby Hayes and Josh Murray private for her sake since August of 2016. Sadly, for reasons we can only guess at, she ran to the sheriff’s office to accuse her brother of buying a sex tape of her and Robby, which was a complete lie, and now she’s telling more lies about me. Although our hearts are broken, Lindsie is our daughter and we will always love her.”

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Lindsie Chrisley is pictured alongside estranged father Todd Chrisley. Lindsie accused the “Chrisley Knows Best” star and his son (her brother) Chase Chrisley of attempting to extort her over a sex video allegedly filmed with a star of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

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Law enforcement sources in Georgia claimed that Lindsie’s case was dismissed because she alleged that the harassment occurred in Tennessee, outside of their jurisdiction.

Sources close to Todd believe that Lindsie may have been the source of the federal investigation and subsequent indictment of Todd and his wife Julie, an allegation Lindsie’s attorney slammed as false.

“Lindsie would like to thank all of her fans and supporters. The circumstances Todd and Julie find themselves in, is quite unfortunate,” Lindsie’s attorney, Musa M. Ghanayem, told Entertainment Tonight in a statement.

“It was reported that Lindsie was the source of the information that led to her father’s arrest,” the statement continued. “That is untrue. She was not the source of this information. Lindsie has been a constant target of lies, harassment and threats from her family and as a result, has been distancing herself from the Chrisley family since 2017. Lindsie is currently processing the events that have unfolded. We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement and pray for a just resolution. We will have more to say when the opportunity presents itself.”

TODD, JULIE CHRISLEY DENY FEDERAL TAX EVASION, FRAUD ALLEGATIONS

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On Wednesday, Julie and Todd Chrisley pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of tax evasion and fraud charges and were released on $100,000 bonds.

If convicted of all counts, the reality personalities would face up to 30 years each behind bars.

The family denied wrongdoing and pinned the allegations on a disgruntled former employee whom they accused of stealing from them before his firing.

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Chase Chrisley, meanwhile, was hit with a $16,000 tax lien for allegedly not paying income taxes in 2014. A rep for the family didn’t comment on the lien allegations, but a source close to the brood told Fox News, “The Chrisleys’ accountant in New York doesn’t know anything about any IRS lien on Chase and says he owes nothing for 2014.”

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Bernie Sanders And Cardi B Discuss How To End Police Brutality

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The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday released an 11-minute video of pop superstar Cardi B interviewing Sanders about a range of topics, including police brutality, immigration policy and worker pay.

The Afro-Latina rapper, born Belcalis Almanzar, endorsed Sanders in the 2016 election and lamented last month that “we let him down in 2016.” Both Sanders and Cardi were born and raised in New York City.

Cardi B, who supports Sanders’ proposals of “Medicare for All” and tuition-free public college, is backing the Vermont senator again this election cycle. The pair sat down in July for a heart-to-heart discussion at the TEN Nail Bar, a nail salon owned by Black women in Detroit.

The conversation, which the Sanders campaign had been hyping, included its share of lighthearted banter and production flourishes, such as camera pans across the salon.

But with Cardi B asking the questions ― which she said were sourced from her fans ― the discussion was almost entirely substantive, giving Sanders a chance to pitch Cardi B’s massive following on his left-leaning proposals.

The pop star first asked Sanders how he would address police brutality against Black men and other people of color.

“It makes us feel like we’re worthless. We constantly see our men getting killed, every day,” she said. “And it seems like nobody cares, nobody’s sympathizing, nobody’s talking about it.”

“Obviously, we need to end all forms of racism in this country ― from Donald Trump down to the local police department,” Sanders replied.

“We have something like one out of four young Black men in this country end up in the criminal justice system,” he continued. “They may end up in jail, they may end up on parole, they may end up on probation, whatever it is. That is disgusting and beyond belief.”

He went on to lay out a three-pronged approach to the problem: improving education and job access to prevent crime at its roots; task the Department of Justice with investigating when police kill someone; and use the power of the federal government to ensure that police departments “look like the community that they serve, not like an oppressive army.”

“We get rid of a lot of this militarization in the police department, which is a form of intimidating people in the community,” Sanders said.

Watch the full video below.

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Army details future ‘tactical’ war network

If a forward-operating Army Reconnaissance unit consisting of dismounted soldiers, tactical vehicles and hand-held drones were separated from a larger armored formation across mountainous terrain – and unexpectedly collided with heavily armed enemy fighters — its survival would depend almost entirely upon an operational “tactical” war network.

This network would need to be resilient and mobile amid the intensity of war and operate as a collection of hardened “nodes” seamlessly meshed together into a secure, interoperable communications network. This could consist of radios, satellites, cellular nodes, cyber systems and some air-ground data links. Preparing for scenarios such as this forms the inspirational basis for the Army’s current vision for a “mobile” Integrated Tactical Network (ITN).

The Army is now preparing to field its ITN to the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division as an experimental effort en route to fielding the system in 2021.

An integrated, self-healing network of this kind can, in concept, be distilled into a single combat objective — keeping soldiers alive. Should one node be destroyed by enemy attack, it can quickly be replaced by other elements of the network.

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“ITN systems will allow commanders to choose from different communication options (such as military radios, military satellite communications, commercial cellular networks) depending on what environment they are in,” Paul Meheny, Director of Communications, Program Executive Office C3T, told Warrior in a statement.

While many networking lessons were learned during the ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Army leaders emphasize that a new integrated network is more necessary than ever, given the sophistication of potential major adversaries. In effect, the network will provide a backbone, or what could even be called a lifeline, for ground war forces immersed in massive warfare against a great power adversary. It is precisely with this in mind that the Army is now conducting a wide range of live-fire exercises replicating the exact scenarios soldiers would face in war.

Technology is now evolving beyond the combat limitations encountered when fixed, stove-piped and somewhat disparate communications elements share information in war. With ITN, communications can now be more fully synergized more effectively into one resilient, mobile war network. This, among other things, enables soldiers, combat vehicles, fixed command and control centers and even air assets in a joint fight to seamlessly share critical war information in real-time – while on the move.

For several years now, the Army’s emerging network and battle command systems have been able to do some of this to varying degrees. The Army ITN effort seeks to build upon this and transition to a new, breakthrough phase in network development. For example, some of the existing systems the Army intends to integrate with, build upon and potentially replace include a GPS-enabled force-tracking technology called Joint Battle Command Platform (JBC-P), software-programmable radio, a radio-satcom network called Warfighter Information Network – Tactical, a moving digital battlefield-oriented mapping system called Command Post of the Future and an intelligence database known as Tactical Ground Reporting System, or TIGR.

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Dr. Bruce Jette, Assistant Secretary of the Army — Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, recently told reporters that the Army’s emerging network builds upon and moves beyond technologies proven over the last 15 years of ground war.

“The capabilities we’ve developed and understood in an operational environment were laid with the foundation of WIN-T using a mix of satellite and terrestrial communication, different sized pipes and different sized server stacks in different locations so that we could manage a loss of connectivity and still retain control over data because these things are linked together. All of that was developed in much of what we experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan…and now we’ve moved it over to being able to do that on the move,” told reporters.

Advancing a secure network in this fashion is not without challenges; the prospect of GPS interference, electronic warfare jamming or cyber intrusions will all require a network to adapt in a “self-healing” fashion with built-in redundancy and an ability to shift from one communications system to another as required. As the Army’s Acquisition Executive, Jette manages the Army’s effort to engineer technical “interfaces” between the new and existing technologies comprising the ITN.

“It is always difficult to interoperate with different systems, particularly because we always have legacy systems. We can’t just swap them out…we have to get them to work together. We look for backward compatibility in many of the approaches as we migrate from older systems into newer systems,” Jette said.

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Much of the current command and control architecture provides the conceptual and technical apparatus for the emerging ITN network, it also has some limitations which the Army is addressing. Overall, Army developers say the current individual systems need to interoperate more fully. For instance, JBC-P can offer crucial friendly and enemy force position location data, using icons on a digital map. Newer satellite throughput has greatly reduced latency of this system, allowing it to refresh quickly so soldiers on-the-move can track fast-changing details.

What if JBC-P could instantly interoperate with radio, cellular or computer networks interchangeably alongside its reliance upon GPS? What if it were seamlessly connected with otherwise separated combat intelligence systems in real-time? What if it functioned more fully as just one node on a larger integrated communications apparatus?

While some of this happens to a limited degree already in certain circumstances, the Army’s ITN is being engineered to assure and advance a system of this kind to a new level of security, functionality and lethality. For example, a faster, more seamless and secure interface between JBC-P and its companion intelligence database TIGR would greatly improve operational effectiveness. TIGR’s database details moments of relevance or risk along a particular route, along with other critical intel. TIGR can inform forces on-the-move where previous attacks or IEDs might have existed. Other elements of somewhat stovepiped networking nodes include airspace deconfliction and a fires node called Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS).

Army weapons developers say many of the current technologies may ultimately be replaced, yet they are designed to address those essential missions necessary for real-time combat attack and defense. In particular, Jette referred to both artificial intelligence and current experimentation with software-programmable radio as key developmental areas already informing the trajectory of the ITN. Unlike the Army’s previously pursued Joint Tactical Radio System, the current software programmable approach is almost entirely different; it is based upon commercial networks and commercial waveforms; the shift, beginning several years back, is intended to keep pace with rapidly emerging commercial applications which can keep pace with new technology and new threats.

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Software-programmable radio, particularly new systems referred to by Jette, offer what might be described as an indispensable combat advantage. Each radio can operate as its own router, or node, within an ad-hoc terrestrial network to transmit voice, data and even video using high-bandwidth waveforms. This offers a combat advantage of being able to share information across a mobile network without needing to rely on a fixed infrastructure. However, at times these networks can be limited by line-of-sight connectivity, and, like any radio, they can emit a signature detectable by an enemy or run the risk of being “jammed or hacked.” Hardening networks such as these, using state of the art commercial and government technologies such as encryption, offers a two-fold advantage; it not only protects an operational network but can also share sensitive data with other transport systems such as satellite or cellular networks while being less vulnerable.

Jette also referenced AI as an areas of focus regarding ITN development. AI could potentially process vast volumes of data transmitted as IP packets of information, traveling through high-bandwidth waveforms. Once data arrives at its intended destination, information must, in many cases, be decrypted, organized and processed quickly to inform decision-makers of fast-changing combat dynamics. This, it seems clear, is an area wherein evolving adaptations of AI could be quite impactful. Using AI and advanced algorithms, incoming data could instantly be compared against volumes of existing data to draw parallels, perform analysis and organize time-sensitive information. The faster commanders can receive processed information, the more quickly they can make time-sensitive decisions.

Multi-pronged networks can also function to better defend against an increasingly wide array of attack methods, such as attempted cyber-intrusions or Electronic Warfare. When it comes to various command and control nodes and a corresponding need to improve safeguards against modern EW attacks, industry and government developers have been working on directional antennae able to emit narrow beams in a particular direction, away from an enemy location(General Dynamics Mission Systems worked on this with several transport layer communications systems, such as WIN-T.)

By narrowing or directing signal beams, command and control systems on-the-move can emit a much less detectable electronic signature. Naturally, the moment a device begins to transmit a signal broadly, it then potentially becomes detectable by enemy sensors. This is one of many reasons why an interoperable, multi-faceted network can massively change the equation when it comes to increasing survivability in combat. For example, should radio comms become too dangerous, information could then instantly transfer to other elements of the network, such as SatCom, cellular or cyber connectivity.

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Finally, the most cutting edge current networks could quickly become obsolete, or even useless, if they are not engineered for continued modernization. Therefore, by pursuing technical strategies related to the often-overused term “open architecture,” Army developers are now using the most advanced engineering techniques to build systems with common standards, such that they can quickly accommodate new technology.

When it comes to identifying the key method for rapid technical progress, Army leaders point to one thing — soldiers. Live Fire demos, experiments and warfare scenarios seek to harness soldier feedback as a way to prepare the network for major war.

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“The Army’s first responsibility will always be to soldiers in combat. That will never change. We continue to focus on many ways experiments with new technologies can help in theater,” Gen. John Murray, Commanding General of Army Futures Command, recently told reporters.

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Trump approval rating drops following mass shootings in latest Fox News poll

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Protestors turned up in both Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas as President Donald Trump visited following two mass shootings that left 31 dead. USA TODAY

A Fox News poll released on Wednesday indicated that support for President Donald Trump among voters has declined, with an approval rating that dropped to 43% from 46% in July.

More respondents said Trump is “tearing the country apart” than did in previous years; 59% thought he is divisive while 31% said he is “drawing the country together.” 

The poll, conducted between August 11 and August 13, includes responses from more than 1,000 people who are currently registered to vote, on both sides of the aisle.

The current rating is heavily influenced by Democratic responses. Only 7% of Democrats in the survey approved of Trump’s performance as president compared 88% of Republicans.

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Trump’s reaction to the recent mass shootings is an issue for survey respondents; 52% disapproved. Following the deaths of 22 victims in El Paso, Texas, and 9 in Dayton, Ohio, Trump has called for stronger background checks. Background check measures were supported by the vast majority of both Democrats and Republicans who were polled.

According to the poll, a proposal to ban assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons in the country would be favored by 86% of Democrats and 46% of Republicans. Democrats and Republicans also both showed strong favor toward police removing guns from individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others.

Other factors for gun violence pointed to by poll respondents were split across party lines. More Republicans believed bad parenting was partly to blame, while Democrats said white nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment were factors.

Ten percent of respondents listed Trump’s rhetoric as a main cause for mass shootings occurring more frequently in the United States than in other countries, making it the third most common response after lack of gun laws and mental health-related issues.

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Disapproval of the National Rifle Association has also been climbing, with a current unfavorability rating of 47%, up from 45% in March 2018.

Overall, the majority of respondents prefer to live in a country where people have the right to own guns when asked to choose between that and a ban, with an overwhelming support from Republicans at 84% and only 32% from Democrats.

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‘It’s Just a Nightmare.’ Despite Tariff Delay, Toy Makers Are Worried.

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WASHINGTON — Toymakers breathed a little easier this week when President Trump announced plans to delay tariffs on many goods from China — but their relief may not last long.

The delay pushes a new 10 percent tariff on some Chinese imports to December from September, and allows companies and retailers to avoid paying an additional tax on the goods they’re bringing into the United States for the all-important holiday shopping season. Yet toymakers are already looking ahead to next year’s holiday season, and fretting about the crippling uncertainty that the president’s on-again, off-again trade policy has created for them.

“Everybody is just on this roller coaster, trying to stay one step ahead or keep up with this inconsistent, irrational trade policy that is coming out of the White House,” said Jay Foreman, the chief executive of Basic Fun, which manufactures toys like Lite-Brite, K’nex building sets and Lincoln Logs, the vast majority of which are made in China. “It’s just a nightmare.”

Mr. Trump and his advisers have urged business leaders to stay focused on the larger picture: that the administration is trying to secure a historic trade deal with China. They say that China has gamed economic rules for decades, leading to the loss of millions of American manufacturing jobs, and that the United States must do what it can to change the behavior now.

After months of negotiations, however, the United States and China appear no closer to a deal. On Thursday, an official from China’s State Council Tariff Commission said China would be taking “the necessary countermeasures” to respond to Mr. Trump’s next tariffs.

Meanwhile, the pain of the tariffs is being felt by American consumers and businesses, and forcing companies, where they can, to reconfigure their global supply chains.

Some companies are moving factories out of China to countries like Vietnam and India to avoid being hit by the tariffs. But that strategy also introduces risks for an industry, focused on children, that depends on carefully controlled facilities and strict health and safety standards.

Mr. Trump’s latest round of tariffs would have affected nearly $300 billion of Chinese products as of Sept. 1, on top of a 25 percent tariff that is already in place on roughly $250 billion of goods.

Instead, tariffs on about $160 billion of consumer products, including toys, shoes, apparel, laptops and mobile phones, will be delayed until Dec. 15, while tariffs on a few items will be canceled altogether.

The move does not appear to be a response to any concessions by China in the trade negotiations. “We’re doing this for the Christmas season,” Mr. Trump told reporters on Tuesday.

“Obviously, toys are a sympathetic product,” said Matt McAlvanah, a spokesman for the United States trade representative in the Obama administration who is now a policy analyst for Farmers for Free Trade, an anti-tariff advocacy group. “I think it’s an admission that it would be politically unpopular to see price increases during the holiday season.”

Toymakers both large and small say they don’t have the ability to absorb cost increases, and would have to almost immediately raise prices. The typical toy in the United States retails for only $10, and profit margins for some of them may be just pennies on the dollar, according to the Toy Association, an industry group.

Mr. Foreman, who sources 92 percent of his products from China, said that if tariffs had gone into effect as planned, they would have eaten up two-thirds or more of his profit for the year.

But the company must now decide whether to try to speed up product shipments to beat the new tariff date in December. That could save money, but will tie up capital and will crowd distribution warehouses with products. For many companies, the large outlays and disappearing profit margins risk throwing lending covenants with banks out of whack.

“It just causes chaos from the top to the bottom of the whole business model,” Mr. Foreman said.

Moving operations out of China to lower-cost countries without tariffs may not eliminate the issue, either. Mr. Trump has threatened tariffs on Mexico, for example, to try to get the country to do more to restrain migrants. The administration has also weighed tariffs on Vietnam because of that country’s rising exports to the United States.

Hasbro, which is based in Rhode Island and makes Nerf, Transformers, Play-Doh and Disney Princess merchandise, said last month that it would aim to produce just half of the goods it sells in the American market in China by the end of 2020. It currently makes about two-thirds there. Much of that production will go to India and Vietnam.

Hasbro has said that it must make this shift slowly. At a hearing on the tariffs in Washington in June, John Frascotti, Hasbro’s chief operating officer, said that suppliers in China had been trained to meet strict American product safety standards, and that there was no readily available alternate supply chain outside the country.

China’s factories have not always had the best reputation. The country has faced scandals over toxic infant formula, dog food, drywall and other products. In 2007, Mattel was forced to recall nearly one million toys that had been covered in lead paint by a contract manufacturer in China.

But China’s stature as a supplier has improved. International companies have carefully policed supply chains, and turned to external auditors to ensure rules are followed. China has set up test labs that ensure that exported toys — many of which will wind up in children’s mouths, whether they’re supposed to or not — meet rigorous American and European safety standards.

“What we see in terms of standards is that China is way above countries like Bangladesh, Malaysia and Vietnam,” said Sebastien Breteau, the chief executive of QIMA, which audits supply chains for some of the largest retailers and clothing brands in the United States.

Mr. Breteau said his company found many more instances of child labor, human trafficking, environmental violations and dangerous conditions for workers in Southeast Asia.

These violations often happen not at the factories of major companies but at the partner factories they contract with. When companies are trying to quickly relocate supply chains to get ahead of tariffs — and compete for factory space — these risks can be magnified, Mr. Breteau said.

The Toy Association, which represents Hasbro, Mattel and Lego, as well as small toymakers, said any moves in company supply chains were being done in a measured way, to make sure the same strict safety standards are followed.

“We built this business with China over the last four or five decades,” said Steve Pasierb, the president of the association. “It’s going to take a decade to move.”

China’s wages are gradually rising, making it less attractive for companies looking to get labor-intensive work, like sewing clothes or assembling electronics, done inexpensively. But companies say China’s position as a factory to the world for so many products has given the country an important advantage.

It remains a one-stop shop for many manufacturers. Whether companies need a plastic doll shoe or a computer chip, it can most likely be sourced within 50 miles of a Chinese factory.

Although the administration’s aim is to bring manufacturing back to the United States, toymakers say that isn’t realistic for many low-margin products.

Jim Barber, the owner of Luke’s Toy Factory, which makes eco-friendly trucks for toddlers in Danbury, Conn., said he would like to sell to more lower-income people in the United States, but he realizes that his market is the consumers who can afford to spend money to get what they want, not the majority of people for whom price is the paramount issue.

“You can go to any consumer survey you want and they say, ‘Yes, I’d be willing to pay more for an American-made toy,’” Mr. Barber said. “It’s a complete lie. You talk to any retailer and they’ll tell you that’s not true.”

“Price is what sells toys,” he added. “Price and Batman.”

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W.H. Press Secretary On Press Briefing Hiatus: Trump Gaggles ‘Good Enough’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said she would consider holding press briefings in the future, but that it was up to President Donald Trump to make that decision.

Grisham, who took over the role from Sarah Huckabee Sanders last month, claimed Trump is the “most accessible president in modern history” during her first TV interview Wednesday night with Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s “America This Week.”

“What about press briefings?” asked host Eric Bolling, a former Fox News host. “A lot less frequent than they had been in the past. Do you as press secretary … look to bring those back?”

Grisham, who also serves as White House communications director, said that it’s possible but not necessary for the media sessions to return.

“So we’re going to talk about it. That will be ultimately up to the president,” she said, claiming that the press was “really happy” with two recent press briefings from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli.

“But we want to hear from you,” Bolling interrupted.

“You’re hearing from me right now,” Grisham fired back. “But the president also ― he’s so accessible. Right now, I think that that’s good enough.”

She falsely stated that “no question goes unanswered” when Trump addresses a White House press gaggle. Earlier during her interview with Bolling, Grisham said she’s seen Trump gaggle with reporters for long periods of time during her first few weeks on the job.

“I’m getting up to speed on policy,” she said. “There’s a lot of work being done behind the scenes. It’s not all about a press briefing. And honestly, the president is his best spokesperson.”

Bolling balked at the statement. “He could use a little help,” he said of Trump. “I’d love to see you at the press briefing.”

Grisham also hit back at former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci over his recent comments bashing Trump.

“His feelings just seem to be hurt,” Grisham said, adding that Scarmucci’s claims that Trump is mentally declining are “ridiculous.”

She suggested he was fired from the White House less than two weeks after he started for more reasons than his infamous profanity-laden interview with Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker.

“Anthony says he was ejected from the White House after 11 days,” Grisham said. “That’s because he did an interview that was profanity-laced with a reporter that now he’s suddenly a media darling. But there was some other things happening at the White House that we won’t talk about that he had to be removed and the president removed him quickly.”

Grisham did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment about Scaramucci’s firing.

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