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Elizabeth Warren Wants To Raise Taxes On Guns And Ammunition

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to sharply increase taxes on guns and ammunition as part of a comprehensive new plan to reduce gun deaths in the United States by 80%. 

Warren, who is set to appear along with most of the other 20-plus Democratic presidential candidates at a gun control forum in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, is also proposing universal background checks, federal gun licensing, a one-week waiting period on all gun purchases to limit impulsive violence, a ban on assault weapons and a newly empowered Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, among a host of other suggestions.

“Faced with a complex and entrenched public health crisis, made worse by the ongoing inability of a corrupt government to do anything about it, it’s easy to despair,” Warren wrote in a Medium post. “But we are not incapable of solving big problems. We’ve done it before.”

Warren is unveiling her plan a week after deadly massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the latest in a years-long run of mass shootings that have transformed the politics of gun control, making it a key issue for Democratic primary voters and a key issue for the party in many general elections. 

Warren chose the 80% mark for gun violence death reductions in order to echo the 80% reduction in driving deaths since 1965, when Congress decided the number of people dying in automobile accidents was unacceptable.

“We’ll start by implementing solutions that we believe will work,” she wrote. “We’ll continue by constantly revisiting and updating those solutions based on new public health research. And we’ll make structural changes to end the ability of corrupt extremists to block our government from defending the lives of our people

Warren is not the first candidate to release a plan to combat gun violence, and much of the field ― including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ― supports universal background checks and bans on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) similarly pushed for federal gun licenses, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has promised to use a wide array of executive actions to stem gun violence even if Congress doesn’t act.

Two things set Warren’s plan apart: the taxes and her emphasis on eliminating the influence of the National Rifle Association.

For a century, the federal government has imposed an excise tax on manufacturers and importers of guns and ammunition. Handguns are taxed at 10%, while all other guns and ammunition are taxed at 11%. Warren would raise the tax on guns to 30% and the tax on ammunition to 50%.

Warren’s plan to combat the influential but weakened NRA, which has essentially united the Republican Party against gun control and stonewalled Democratic movement on the issue for decades, includes a promise to appoint an attorney general who will investigate the NRA’s use of “loopholes … to divert member dues into lavish payments for its board members and senior leadership.” 

Her plan also emphasizes the need for structural reforms, including ending the 60-vote requirement to end a filibuster in the Senate, in order to pass comprehensive gun violence legislation. 

“Enough is enough,” Warren writes. “Lasting gun reform requires the elimination of the filibuster.”

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Equinox protest in West Hollywood over Miami Dolphins owner’s fundraiser for Trump

A Trump fundraiser in New York’s summer playground for the rich prompted a protest across the country at a West Hollywood Equinox.

The protest Friday evening came after Equinox owner Stephen Ross — also the owner of the Miami Dolphins — hosted a fundraiser for the president at his Hamptons estate.

Dozens of people gathered outside the gym Friday evening to urge a boycott of the gym and Ross’ other fitness brand, SoulCycle, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported Saturday.

“I was a member of this gym, I’m tired of them taking my money and turning around and supporting a candidate who doesn’t [support] me and my community,” a protester said, according to the station.

MIAMI DOLPHINS OWNER FIRES BACK AFTER ANTI-TRUMP ACTIVISTS PLAN EQUINOX, SOULCYCLE BOYCOTTS

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FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2017, file photo, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross watches his team before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Miami Gardens, Fla. Ross is defending his support of longtime friend Donald Trump after being criticized about it by one of his players. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

There were protests at other Equinox gyms across the country Friday, the station reported.

The West Hollywood protest included John Wooden who told The Los Angeles Times that he canceled his membership, saying, “This is not Republican or Democrat. Trump is a problem for the country, for the world, for humanity, for children.”

At the fundraiser Trump said he joked with Ross about the controversy, pointing out how divided the nation is, the New York Post reported.

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“Steve Ross got into a little bit of trouble this week, I said, ‘Steve welcome to the world of politics!’” the paper quoted Trump as saying.

Ross regularly donates to Republicans — as well as a few Democrats — though he does not appear to have given to Trump in the past, according to FEC records.

In a statement released Wednesday Ross defended his decision to hold the fundraiser, noting that he has known Trump for 40 years.

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“I always have been an active participant in the democratic process,” Ross said. “While some prefer to sit outside of the process and criticize, I prefer to engage directly and support the things I deeply care about.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump Rants Real Rival Isn’t ‘Easy’ Democrats But The ‘Lamestream Media’

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President Donald Trump dangled some red meat to his base Saturday morning when he once again attacked the press, calling it “the seriously dishonest and unhinged Lamestream Media.”

In a single-tweet rant, Trump said “we are not fighting” the “easy” Democrats but instead the press, which he alleged has never been “more inaccurate, unfair or corrupt.”

“They have gone totally CRAZY!” Trump wrote. He followed it up with his 2016 campaign slogan “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

It’s not clear which piece of recent critical media coverage Trump was taking issue with.

He has, however, been widely condemned this week for the way in which he responded to last weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Critics called out Trump for failing to explicitly blame the massacres on guns or his government’s inability to tackle the country’s gun violence epidemic.

The president was also berated for his conduct during visits to hospitals where victims of the shootings were receiving treatment ― where he boasted about himself and attacked political rivals.

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Lawmakers have signaled interest in discussing gun control measures. Here's what we know

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Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan traveled to Kentucky to call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring House-backed gun regulation bills to the U.S. Senate floor for a vote. AP

WASHINGTON – As the nation continues to reel from a series of mass shootings, lawmakers on both sides of the aisles have increasingly discussed revisiting gun-control legislation. 

Back-to-back shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio restarted a national gun-control debate that reached members of Congress and the White House this week.

Some lawmakers are calling for “red flag” gun laws, while others are advocating for expanding background checks.

President Donald Trump has embraced both ideas and has said he will continue to work with lawmakers and receive input from the National Rifle Association.

There have been over 250 mass shootings in the United States this year alone. Here is what lawmakers have been saying about possible gun-control legislation.

More: Trump: Congress discussing ‘meaningful’ gun background checks, NRA will have input

‘Common-sense background checks’

On Friday, Trump told reporters that congressional leaders are coming up with new “meaningful background checks” for gun buyers, calling for “common-sense background” checks.

He did not include any details of what that would include. Trump went on to suggest that the NRA would have input on whatever package emerges.

Earlier this week, Trump called for lawmakers to discuss passing “red flag” laws, which would allow police or family to petition for the temporary removal of firearms from a person if they deem them a danger to themselves or others.

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

Universal background checks

Many top Democrats, including House Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have urged Trump to call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back to a special session to vote on legislation that expands background checks that the House passed earlier this year.

The House passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which expands existing background checks law to include guns sold at gun shows, online and through person-to-person sales. The Enhanced Background Checks Act was also passed.

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Pelosi urged the president to use his constitutional power to bring back the Senate. 

In a joint statement issued Thursday, Schumer and Pelosi said that they believed the “best way forward to address gun violence in our country” is to pass the House’s legislation.

“The President gave us his assurances that he would review the bipartisan House-passed legislation and understood our interest in moving as quickly as possible to help save lives,” they said in the statement.

Background checks ‘front and center’

McConnell, who has faced criticism from Democrats and drawn the ire from protesters, said Thursday that when Congress is back from recess, expanding background checks will be a top priority in debating legislation. 

He said during a radio interview that the Senate would take up the debate in September with background checks “front and center.” He did not mention the House legislation that Democrats are urging the Senate to take up.

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In addition, McConnell said that red flag laws will be a priority.

McConnell on Monday said he spoke with the chairman of three committees – Judiciary; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions — to discuss potential bipartisan solutions “to help protect our communities without infringing on Americans’ constitutional rights.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, over the weekend said he was going to be introducing his bipartisan red flag legislation.

Contributing: David Jackson, USA TODAY, Lucas Aulbach and Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal

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In the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump is reportedly in talks with leaders on both sides of the issue of expanding background checks for gun purchases. Buzz60

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Democratic Voters Rank Bernie Sanders as ‘Most Qualified’ 2020 Candidate to Solve US Healthcare Crisis

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Here’s my take. People as they get older have a hard time taking in new information, so they often go back to what they learned decades earlier.

So 15-20 years ago, when you heard about countries that implemented some sort of socialized healthcare, all you did was hear about the negatives. The high tax payer costs. The delays. The lack of resources. I’m not that old and I still remember the “fact” when in middle school that most states in the US had more MRI machines than all of Canada. I have no idea if it was true at the time, but these statements stick in people’s minds, especially when you’re 60+ years old.

So ultimately they’re just afraid to deal with the growing pains and afraid that the system will suck “because”.

What bothers me most about this is, the system will only suck if we allow it to suck. The ACA is not a success because a reasonable percentage of Americans didn’t want it to ever succeed. It could and should have worked. There’s no reason why that system couldn’t be tweaked and changed into a system that works reasonably well. But when you have so many opposing it, it will never happen.

To me, that’s the biggest issue I have for M4A. It’s not that it’s a bad idea or won’t work. My fear is that we won’t give it a chance to work. We won’t get behind the idea and give it the actual time and resources needed to succeed. It really shouldn’t be that complicated considering we have so many countries to use as a model for success. They’ve done so much of the ground work all we have to do is implement the good stuff and do our best to eliminate the bad. It just won’t happen with people like the Freedom Caucus around.

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Israel kills 4 Palestinian militants carrying RPG launchers and assault rifles, Hamas denies involvement

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Israel’s military said Saturday its troops killed four armed Palestinian militants who tried to cross the Israel-Gaza perimeter fence.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the militants were on a “very significant attempt to attack Israel” and that they carried RPG launchers, assault rifles, grenades, and wire cutters.

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He said Israeli soldiers opened fire when the militants tried to climb the fence, and that the militants returned fire before being killed. No Israelis soldiers were injured.

“The terrorists were equipped with AK-47 assault rifles, RPG grenade launchers, and hand grenades,” the Israeli army’s statement said. “The army opened fire after one of the terrorists scaled the barrier and hurled a grenade at the soldiers.”

“The terrorists were equipped with AK-47 assault rifles, RPG grenade launchers and hand grenades. The army opened fire after one of the terrorists scaled the barrier and hurled a grenade at the soldiers.”

— Israel’s army

Israeli officials claimed the “organization affiliation” of the four militants was unknown but stressed that Hamas, a Palestinian terror group controlling the Gaza strip, was “responsible and accountable for any acts of violence emanating from the Gaza Strip whether they were Hamas operatives or not Hamas operatives.”

A Hamas spokesman said the four Palestinian militants were engaging in “an individual act,” emphasizing that the operation was not planned by Hamas.

Abdel-Latif al-Qanou said Saturday that the attempted infiltration into Israel was carried out by “angry youths” who were enraged over Israel’s 12-year blockade of Gaza.

“The occupation is responsible for the state of anger and pressure inflicted on our people due to the continued siege on Gaza,” he said in a statement.

“The occupation is responsible for the state of anger and pressure inflicted on our people due to the continued siege on Gaza.”

— Hamas’ Abdel-Latif al-Qanou

NETANYAHU SLAMS ‘VICIOUS TERRORISTS’ OVER MURDER OF SOLDIER, 19; HAMAS PRAISES ‘HEROIC OPERATION’

Israel and Hamas have agreed to an informal cease-fire in May following the worst round of clashes since the 2014 war.

Hamas has been organizing weekly protests along the Israel-Gaza frontier since March 2018 against the strip’s dire conditions following 12 years of Israeli-Egyptian blockade.

The death of four militants also comes as Israel is in mourning over the death of a 19-year-old soldier in the West Bank, with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denouncing the killing as a terror attack.

Dvir Sorek was found dead with stab wounds in the Gush Etzion region of Judea and Samaria on Thursday, the military said. He was a student at a pre-military Jewish seminary in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, south of Jerusalem. His body was found on the side of a road near the seminary, he was neither armed nor in uniform.

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It remains unclear who perpetrated the attack, but the Islamic militant group Hamas celebrated the murder.

“We salute the hero fighters, sons of our people, who carried out the heroic operation which killed a soldier of the occupation army,” Hamas said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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White Supremacists Committed At Least 73 Murders Since Charlottesville: ADL

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According to the report, the recent attacks are part of a four-year resurgence in white supremacist activity and activism driven in large part by the rise of the “alt right.”

You’re correct about Trump’s part in bring these people out of the shadows. I would like to add that I’m tired of the phrase “alt-right” the article uses. Conservatives constantly offer political cover for these supposed alt-righters.

“Very fine people”

“Too early to politicize this tragedy.”

“But AntiFa!”

The alt-right is now just the right. Whatever distinctions separated them before are long gone. They act in each other’s interests and offer the same policy for governing the nation. Call the entire group what you want: the GOP, the right, conservatives, whatever. There’s no functional difference between the right and the alt-right under Trump.

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Typhoon Lekima strikes China’s east coast, kills at least 18

More than a dozen people have died and more than 1 million forced from their homes as Typhoon Lekima continued to batter down on China’s eastern coastline.

The deadly storm made landfall Saturday morning in Wenling, which is between Taiwan and mainland China’s financial capital Shanghai.

Lekima was initially designated a “super typhoon” but it weakened slightly before making landfall with sustained winds of 116 miles per hour.

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In this Aug. 9, 2019, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a man uses his mobile phone to record waves crashing on the shore as typhoon Lekima approaches the Shitang Township of Wenling City in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province. Typhoon Lekima stuck the coast south of Shanghai, knocking down houses and trees. (Xinhua via AP)

State TV reported that at least 18 people were killed while more than 200 houses collapsed and 3,200 were damaged by the storm’s strong winds and heavy rain.

The deaths occurred in Yongjia County on the outskirts of Wenzhou, a major port city, the report said.

A fatal landslide happened when a dam broke in the region and a river that was blocked rose more than 30 feet before breaking through the debris and flooding nearby homes.

More than 1 million people were evacuated before the storm struck – which included 253,000 in Shanghai alone.

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Emergency crews battled to save stranded motorists from floods.

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Visitors leave from the bund as Typhoon Lekima approaches in Shanghai Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. Typhoon Lekima has struck China’s coast south of Shanghai, knocking down trees and forcing airlines to cancel flights. (AP)

Authorities said the storm is expected to weaken further before it reaches Shanghai, but warn that major flooding is still a concern.

“Now the disaster zones are mainly in the rural-urban integration zones,” Fu Songliang, head of a rescue for Ningbo City’s fire service, told Reuters. “These are low-lying areas. When the flooding from mountainous areas converges and comes down, these areas are quite seriously affected.”

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State TV said 3,023 airline flights in Shanghai, Hangzhou and other cities and some train services were canceled. Authorities in Shanghai also shut down the high-speed magnetic levitation train to Pudong International Airport.

Meanwhile, Shanghai Disneyland was shut for the day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New UN Report Puts A Dagger Through Climate Deniers’ Favorite Argument

Former Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) spent much of his lengthy career in Washington denying the threat of human-caused climate change, a relentless effort that included harassing federal climate scientists and peddling fake climate scandals.

Then in 2017, Smith’s views on planetary warming suddenly shifted. What the fossil fuel industry ally had for so long refused to acknowledge as real, he now argued was “beneficial” to crop production and the lushness of the planet. 

Pumping the atmosphere full of carbon dioxide will “aid photosynthesis, which in turn contributes to increased plant growth,” he wrote in an op-ed published in The Daily Signal, a news website of the right-wing Heritage Foundation. “This correlates to a greater volume of food production and better quality food.”

Less than two years earlier, a retired Princeton physics professor named William Happer ― now an adviser in President Donald Trump’s White House ― had founded a right-wing think tank to “defend the honor of CO2,” as he described it in a 2015 speech. The group, called the CO2 Coalition, spends its days cheerleading for the very greenhouse gases driving the global crisis. It claims CO2 is nothing more than “plant food” and that rising atmospheric concentrations will “play a crucial role in meeting the planet’s growing food needs in the next century and beyond.” A quarter of the CO2 Coalition’s funding in 2017 came from the mega-donor Mercer family, which plowed more than $15 million into Trump’s 2016 campaign and continues to bankroll climate change denial.

The argument that CO2 emissions from fossil fuels benefit humanity has become a favorite among climate contrarians as an all-but-irrefutable body of scientific research has forced many to abandon outright climate change denial. And just like so many other go-to talking points, this one is wildly inaccurate, as a United Nations report drove home this week. 

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Brook Mitchell via Getty Images An aerial view of severely drought-affected farmland on July 13, 2019, in Warialda, Australia.

The new assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, the leading U.N. body of researchers studying human-caused global warming, warns that the unfolding crisis has already negatively affected crop growth in many parts of the world and poses a major threat to global food security. It found that some 500 million people live in areas where once-productive land has dried out and turned to desert, including parts of North Africa, East Asia and the Middle East. 

“Food security will be increasingly affected by future climate change through yield declines – especially in the tropics – increased prices, reduced nutrient quality, and supply chain disruptions,” Priyadarshi Shukla, an author of the IPCC report, said in a statement.

It is true that higher carbon dioxide concentration has made parts of the world greener and can boost plant growth in some environments. But scientists say the negative consequences of climate change on the agricultural sector far outweigh any benefits from this so-called “CO2 fertilization” effect.

“This argument about CO2 being good for us, good for the food system, is really pure lies and propaganda,” Sam Myers, a research scientist at Harvard University, told HuffPost. 

This argument about CO2 being good for us, good for the food system, is really pure lies and propaganda. Sam Myers, research scientist at Harvard University

Myers is not a co-author of the IPCC report, but his work is referenced throughout the assessment. He has conducted extensive research looking at the impact of climate change on staple food crops and found that human carbon emissions are significantly reducing the content of iron, zinc and protein in those crops, putting hundreds of millions of people at risk of nutrient deficiencies. 

“When you combine the positive, small CO2 fertilization effect with the effect on temperatures and precipitation ― even if you don’t factor in more extreme events like heat waves, droughts, forest fires and all the other stuff that comes along with climate change ― you still get these relatively large negative effects on global crop yields,” he said. 

The IPCC report, co-authored by more than 100 experts from 53 countries, found that planetary warming to date has increased the yield of some crops, including corn and cotton, in higher-latitude regions, while yields of wheat, barley and other crops are on the decline at lower latitudes. Areas of the tropics and subtropics are most vulnerable to crop declines in the future. The panel also determined with “high confidence” that the “stability of food supply is projected to decrease” as extreme weather that disrupts food chains becomes more common. Vulnerable populations are likely to be the hardest hit. 

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The aspirational goal of the 2015 Paris climate accord is to keep global temperatures from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. The planet has already warmed 1.1 degrees Celsius (just shy of 2 degrees Fahrenheit), triggering an increased risk of water shortages, soil erosion, wildfire and yield decline in the tropics, according to the report. At 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming ― a mark that the U.N. panel has warned could be reached as soon as 2030 ― the risk of food supply instabilities is projected to be “high,” the IPCC said. At 2 degrees Celsius, the risk becomes “very high.” 

Trump, a vocal climate change denier, is among those who have embraced and peddled the misinformation that’s been championed by the CO2 Coalition. Earlier this year, he tapped Happer, the think tank’s co-founder and current deputy assistant for emerging technologies at the National Security Council, to spearhead an ad-hoc panel to conduct an “adversarial scientific peer review of climate science, although E&E News reported last month that the White House scrapped the initiative. Happer has claimed the earth is in the midst of a “CO2 famine” and said the “demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.”

In March, Trump parroted CO2 Coalition board member Patrick Moore on Twitter after Moore went on Fox News and falsely claimed that “carbon dioxide is entirely beneficial to both the environment, to agriculture and forestry and to the climate of the earth.”

The CO2 Coalition has no doubt benefited from and been emboldened by Trump’s tenure. As E&E News’ Scott Waldman has reported, the coalition has expanded its presence on Capitol Hill, briefing members of Congress who will listen, and hiring prominent figures of the climate denial movement. 

“We’re sort of like Trump in that we’re trying to bypass you all in the mainstream media who don’t cover us,” Caleb Rossiter, the group’s executive director, told E&E News this week. 

The CO2 Coalition did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. But if you’re wondering how the IPCC findings have been received by the group and whether it plans to take all the pseudo-science off its website, look no further than Moore’s Twitter page.

“Particularly dumb,” he wrote of The Guardian’s coverage of the report. 

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Raiders’ Antonio Brown threatens to quit football over new helmet: reports

Antonio Brown, the Oakland Raiders’ mercurial wide receiver, is reportedly threatening to quit football if he is not allowed to wear his old helmet, according to reports.

Brown, 31, who was traded to the Raiders by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the off-season, has worn the same type of helmet for 10 years, and reportedly wants to keep it that way, instead of using a newer-model helmet mandated by the league.

The star had a two-hour conference call with an independent arbitrator Friday, according to ESPN, to argue why he should be allowed to keep the original piece of equipment. He is said to be bothered with the vision the new helmet affords him, and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he has field a grievance with the league.

OAKLAND RAIDERS’ ANTONIO BROWN MAY BE SUFFERING FROM FROSTBITTEN FEET

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In this June 11, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is shown during an NFL football minicamp in Alameda, Calif.  (AP)

In a cryptic Instagram post on Friday, Brown appeared to allude to the ongoing row, with a caption paraphrasing the 2002 movie “Paid in Full”.

“I love the game; I love the hustle; young-in got doe he can leave the league but if I leave will the fans still gone love me man? #paidinfull,” he wrote.

Brown has had a somewhat disruptive summer since being traded, missing a significant portion of training camp and practice in the off-season.

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Earlier this week, he posted photos of the bottom of his feet to his Instagram story, showing his feet covered in dead skin and blisters. A source told ESPN that the cause of the injury appears to be the result of frostbite caused by a cryotherapy machine.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden Friday expressed his disappointment that his new wideout is missing so much time.

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“I think we’re all disappointed,” Gruden said. “We think he’s disappointed. We’d like to get the party started. We’d like to get him out here. He’s a big part of the team. But for the time being, we’re going to continue to work hard and we’re seeing the development of some other receivers we’re excited about.”

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