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Congress Considers Gun Control Bills But Asks, ‘What Does Trump Want?’

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A high school student at a gun control rally in front of the U.S. Capitol in March 2019. The U.S. House is taking up gun control measures after recent mass shootings but it’s not clear what the Senate or President Trump will accept.

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A House committee will take up legislation on Tuesday aimed at preventing mass shootings, as lawmakers and the White House move to respond to a recent spate of attacks across the country.

The bills being considered by the House Judiciary committee include measures that would limit access to high capacity gun magazines and block any person convicted of a hate crime from obtaining a firearm.

Another measure under consideration would provide incentives for states to adopt policies for “extreme risk protection orders,” also known as ‘red flag’ laws, to allow the government to temporarily bar someone in crisis from obtaining guns.

While the House is moving forward on these bills, it’s unclear what legislation may come up for a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made clear that he will not hold any votes on the issue until President Trump outlines what he will support.

So far, Trump has called for action, but has not publicly identified what policies he would back. The absence of created frustration for some of his allies in the Senate.

“The President needs to step up here and set some guidelines for what he would do,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., on NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday.

The White House has been meeting with members of Congress and those affected by mass shootings to gather feedback on next steps.

“We hope the president can take the lead,” said Tony Montalto, president of Stand with Parkland, which is calling for more to be done to prevent these tragedies.

Montalto’s 14-year-old daughter, Gina, was killed in the 2018 shooting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He, and other family members affected by the shooting, visited the White House at the end of August to discuss next steps.

“This is clearly a time for statesmanship not partisanship. We need all our congressional leaders to work together for the good of Americans and help make us safer,” Montalto said.

He said background checks and federal support for ‘red flag’ laws were both discussed during their meeting.

After back to back shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio killed 31 people, Trump called for strong action on expanding background checks.

But, in recent weeks, Trump has talked more about the need to address mental health issues and raised concerns about the effectiveness of universal background checks.

“We have to protect our Second Amendment very strongly,” Trump told reporters on Monday, when asked about gun control.

The White House says that various measures are being weighed at this point.

“It’s a deliberative process,” said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. “We want do something that will actually help … not just something that will make people feel good.”

Max Schachter attended the August White House meeting. His son, Alex, was killed in the Parkland shooting. He said he was told that the White House wants to do something substantial.

“I’m hoping that really happens,” said Schachter.

Schachter said he supports closing loopholes in background checks for gun buyers and also expediting the death penalty for mass murderers.

Democrats in Congress are saying that they do not plan to give up on pushing for gun control measures.

“We are not taking no for an answer. We are not going away,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., vowed at a press conference on Monday.

She touted recent public opinion polls that indicated overwhelming support for proposals like the House-passed bill requiring background checks for almost all gun sales.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he’s spoken the president several times in the last month and “he’s all over the lot” on the gun issue. He argued that the public support for new gun control measures means ‘it’s a different era” from previous times when Congress failed to advance any legislation.

NPR congressional editor Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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Oregon chef caters to strippers, dominatrixes with late-night meal service: ‘Options for food shouldn’t just be Taco Bell’

The strippers of Oregon’s biggest city are eating better, thanks in part to Nikeisah Newton.

Newton, 38, has recently started a business that literally caters directly to Portland’s exotic dancers and dominatrixes, who, when ending their shifts, allegedly have few late-night dining options aside from fast food and greasy diners.

“It’s a physically and emotionally demanding job. The options for food shouldn’t just be Taco Bell,” Newton told SWNS.

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Chef Nikeisah Newton started out by dropping off food for an ex-girlfriend who worked as a stripper. She soon realized there was a whole market for her services. (SWNS)

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Newton originally got the idea for her business — which she now calls Meals 4 Heels — in December, after hearing of how her then-girlfriend, a stripper, would complain of having nowhere healthy to eat after her shift was over. Newton then began delivering meals to her friend at the strip club, and soon other dancers started showing interest, Newton said.

“She mentioned that the other dancers were intrigued and impressed by what she was eating at night and that they wanted to eat something similar.”

In January, Newton officially started her business — then called “Meals 4 Six-Inch Heels” — selling her food to Portland’s strippers, bouncers and sex workers, Willamette Week reported.

“The dancers can’t leave the club to get food, and in some clubs they let the cook go early to save money. Nothing is geared towards the women who work there,” Newton told SWNS.

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Newton originally got the idea for her business — which she now calls Meals 4 Heels — in December, after hearing of how her then-girlfriend would complain of having nowhere healthy to eat after working at local strip clubs. (SWNS)

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The former chef added that the meals — which all start with a bed of massaged kale before being topped with vegan or vegetarian options — are very friendly to those who need their energy to “climb the pole.”

“If strippers eat my meals, they are not going to be left hungry,” Newton told SWNS. “They will be able to work, climb the pole, swing around and not feel bloated or gassy.”

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“[Strippers] will be able to work, climb the pole, swing around and not feel bloated or gassy,” said Newton. (SWNS)

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Right now, Meals 4 Heels is a one-woman show, with Newton cooking and delivering each of the 20-plus orders she gets weekly, although she says she’s interested in expanding the operation to other states.

“It is a black-owned, female-powered business. This is a one-woman army.  I go to the farmer’s market, cook and prepare the food and I deliver it,” she said.

Newton also hopes to one day be able to give a portion of her revenue back to the community to support the sex workers of Portland, which is often said to have the highest per-capita rate of strip clubs of any U.S. city, according to Time.

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For now, though, she’s at least offering some much-appreciated nourishment in the early hours of the morning.

“When you are eating bad food, you really feel it,” said Julia Flores, a dancer who spoke with SWNS. “It matters what you are putting into your body — this is a very physical job.”

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NRA sues San Francisco over ‘domestic terrorist organization’ declaration

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The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit against San Francisco Monday over the city’s recent declaration that the gun-rights lobby is a “domestic terrorist organization.”

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the city and county of San Francisco and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. It accuses city officials of violating the gun lobby’s free speech rights for political reasons and claims the city is trying to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA from doing business there.

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The gun rights lobby asked the court to step in “to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.”

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution last week that said the U.S. is “plagued by an epidemic of gun violence,” and accused the NRA of using “its considerable wealth and organization strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence.” The resolution called on other cities, states and the federal government to follow suit and also declare the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization.”

San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani told the Associated Press she drafted the resolution after a July 28 high profile shooting in Gilroy, Calif., where a gunman entered a festival with an AK-style rifle and killed three people and injured at least 17 more before turning the gun on himself. Gilroy is located about 80 miles southeast of San Francisco.

At least three mass shootings — in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and in the West Texas towns of Odessa and Midland—have occurred since then, and Democrat leaders in Congress Monday urged President Trump to push Republicans to support gun control legislation to expand background checks.

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Corporate America has also taken a political stance on gun control in recent years. Delta Airlines ceased discounts for NRA members, and Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Albertsons chains have all asked customers to not openly carry firearms into their stores, even in states where it is legal to do so.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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U.K. Parliament Closes, but Lawmakers Don’t Go Quietly

LONDON — Along with the angry braying and ornate insults that were the soundtrack to Brexit debates this past year in the British Parliament, there was, for better or worse, a certain kind of choreography that kept proceedings on track.

Government ministers gave way to questions from the opposition. The speaker shouted, “Order!” and lawmakers, for a little while at least, lowered their grumbles. Both sides kept showing up.

But that sense of consensus, however stylized or superficial, was blown apart around 2 a.m. on Tuesday. In remarkable scenes that flustered even the sotto voce BBC commentators, opposition lawmakers threw themselves at the silk-canopied speaker’s chair, trying in vain to keep him from getting to his feet and allowing Parliament to be suspended.

When a security team finally tore the lawmakers away, the speaker, John Bercow, remained studiously seated, causing one of the BBC commentators to marvel under her voice, “He’s not going to go.”

And when Mr. Bercow did finally rise for the acutely formal ceremony of sending Parliament home, only Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s half of the chamber followed, with opposition lawmakers shouting, “Shame on you!” as their Conservative rivals filed out.

It all amounted to an extraordinary breakdown of parliamentary protocol that, even in the norm-bending era of Mr. Johnson’s leadership, made longtime observers of British politics shudder. Each side of the House of Commons boycotted the rituals of the other. And as a country increasingly rapt by the Brexit debate slept, its elected body was shuttered by the prime minister in a ceremony that featured a rod, a mace and a few lines of Norman French.

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The fracas was set in motion two weeks ago, when Mr. Johnson said he would suspend Parliament for five weeks at the height of the Brexit crisis. The decision, while within the prime minister’s rights, was a sharp departure from the short, pro forma suspensions that are a normal feature of British politics. Scholars called it constitutionally suspect, if not downright unconstitutional.

The showdown only grew more heated. Opposition lawmakers rushed through a law averting an abrupt, no-deal Brexit by forcing Mr. Johnson, in the absence of a new deal, to ask for a delay. Mr. Johnson vowed that he would rather “die in a ditch” than do that.

By Monday night, as the parliamentary session neared an end, and lawmakers saw their debating time vanishing, the typically unruly chamber devolved into fresh depths of chaos.

“This is Parliament at its sickening worst,” Caroline Lucas, a Green Party lawmaker, wrote on Twitter. “From Tory benches, the braying and bullying, the shouting and jeering is just disgusting. This isn’t a game — it’s about real people’s real lives, about the rule of law and about democracy. If you’re watching at home, I can only apologize.”

Mr. Johnson, backed into a corner by lawmakers who also rejected his wish for an early election, refused on Monday night to delay Brexit no matter what laws the opposition passed.

“No matter how many devices this parliament devises to tie my hands,” he said, “I will strive to get an agreement in the national interest.”

But it was when the time came for Parliament to be suspended that the real pandemonium broke out.

The process, known as proroguing, usually passes without much notice, except for the pompous rituals and antiquarian costumes that accompany it. A prime minister asks for Parliament to be suspended, but the event itself happens in the queen’s name, with a series of elaborately dressed, stone-faced officials orchestrating the shutdown.

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In the early hours of Tuesday, a woman called Black Rod, who is responsible for keeping order in the House of Lords, knocked on the House of Commons, where elected lawmakers sit. After having the door ceremonially slammed in her face, the official, a rod on her shoulder and a sword at her waist, strode into the chamber.

Opposition lawmakers tore a page from their colleagues 400 years ago in trying to keep Mr. Bercow from getting out of his seat. Parliament cannot be suspended without the speaker standing, and so just as lawmakers in 1629 sat on the speaker to prevent Charles I from closing Parliament, they crowded Mr. Bercow on Tuesday morning.

Mr. Bercow appeared unflustered. Having made his career out of agitating for lawmakers’ rights to stand up to the government, he wore a look of seething contempt for the process.

“This is not a standard or normal prorogation,” Mr. Bercow said. “It’s one of the longest for decades, and it represents — not just in the minds of many colleagues, but huge numbers of people outside — an act of executive fiat.”

When a Conservative ally of Mr. Johnson interjected, the speaker boomed, “Get out, man, you will not be missed!” When a second interrupted him, he responded, more quietly this time, “I couldn’t give a flying flamingo what your view is.”

Both sides of the chamber usually follow the speaker into the House of Lords for the ceremony, conducted partly in Norman French, but this time opposition lawmakers did not budge. Instead they sang in a mostly empty chamber — “The Red Flag,” a socialist song, from the Labour benches; and “Flower of Scotland” from the Scottish Nationalists.

By the time the ceremony was finished and Mr. Bercow returned to the House of Commons with word that Parliament had officially been suspended, the Conservative lawmakers had vanished, refusing to subject themselves to the chants of “Shame!” from the opposition benches.

Instead, opposition lawmakers filed out of the chamber one by one, shaking Mr. Bercow’s hand in a customary farewell. They left behind a placard reading “Silenced” on his chair.

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Why Trump is taking flak for inviting the Taliban to Camp David

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Another historic Camp David summit was not to be.

We didn’t learn until late Saturday that President Trump planned to meet with Taliban leaders at the Maryland retreat to finalize a peace deal for Afghanistan. That news came through presidential tweets announcing that the secret session had been canceled, in the wake of a Taliban attack whose victims included an American soldier.

This is one of those rare instances when Trump is drawing criticism from some of his allies on the right as well as his harshest critics on the left. Just about everyone seems relieved that the agreement collapsed at the last minute.

And the plan to use Camp David, where Jimmy Carter famously negotiated peace between Israel and Egypt, is bringing an extra measure of passion to the debate.

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Simply put, it is hard for many Americans to stomach that the Taliban, who harbored Osama bin Laden in the runup to 9/11, would be given a civilized welcome by a president of the United States in those storied cabins–especially with the anniversary of that terrible day approaching.

It may well have been a bad idea for several reasons. But I will say this: Many people have a hard time understanding why, 18 years later, the United States still has troops in a country torn by civil war. And Trump ran for the White House as an opponent of endless wars.

No one wants to allow brutal terrorists to again operate with impunity in Afghanistan—but few want American troops bogged down there for decades.

The New York Times, which has by far the most detailed reporting on the episode, said it has “all of the characteristic traits of the Trump presidency — the yearning ambition for the grand prize, the endless quest to achieve what no other president has achieved, the willingness to defy convention, the volatile mood swings and the tribal infighting.”

The Washington Post says that when the top U.S. negotiator asked for a summit meeting in D.C., “Taliban leaders said they accepted the idea — as long as the visit came after the deal was announced.

“That would become a fundamental dividing point contributing to the collapse of the talks. Mr. Trump did not want the Camp David meeting to be a celebration of the deal; after staying out of the details of what has been a delicate effort in a complicated region, Mr. Trump wanted to be the dealmaker who would put the final parts together himself, or at least be perceived to be.”

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These and other news outlets agree that the maneuvering highlighted the divisions between Mike Pompeo, the secretary of State, and John Bolton, the national security adviser. Pompeo, according to the Times, increasingly tried to isolate Bolton, the leading opponent of the deal.

The tentative agreement would have the U.S. withdrawing its remaining 14,000 troops over 16 months in exchange for counterterrorism assurances from the Taliban. Bolton has argued that Trump could pull out 5,000 troops without a deal. But what incentive do the Taliban have make concessions if the American troop presence is being slashed anyway? And how come the Afghan government isn’t in on these talks?

Lindsey Graham and retired generals David Petraeus and Jack Keane counseled Trump against the meeting, as did (according to CNN) Mike Pence. (Trump called it fake news that he overruled the VP and other advisers, saying the “Dishonest Media likes to create the look of turmoil in the White House.” He also tweeted that “we have been serving as policemen in Afghanistan.”)

Rep. Liz Cheney tweeted, “Camp David is where America’s leaders met to plan our response after al Qaeda, supported by the Taliban, killed 3000 Americans on 9/11. No member of the Taliban should set foot there. Ever. The Taliban still harbors al Qaeda. The President is right to end the talks.”

I wonder whether the car bombing that killed the American soldier is the entire reason for Trump’s pullback. After all, it’s routine to hold peace talks while wars are raging unless there’s a cease-fire. Perhaps the president thought the death would just galvanize the deal’s opponents.

But what rankles most of all is the venue. The Vietnam peace talks were held in Paris. The two summits with Kim Jong-un were in Singapore and Hanoi. The summit meeting with Vladimir Putin was in Helsinki. To invite the terroristic Taliban to Camp David, whatever the negotiating details, is really hard to swallow.

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Democratic Rivals Unite In Powerful Plea For Gun Control

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Eight Democratic presidential candidates came together for a common goal ahead of Thursday’s debate: Ending to gun violence in schools.

In an ad already shared and viewed hundreds of thousands of times since its release on Monday, the candidates appealed for a reprieve to mass shootings in schools. Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords’ gun control organization Giffords Courage To Fight Gun Violence launched the campaign, which implores Americans to elect a president who will enact meaningful change to gun policy.

The video features Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Giffords said in a statement that the “Gun Safety President” campaign aims to end Trump’s corrupt leadership and elect a president who will stand up to the gun lobby to protect kids and communities from gun violence.

“This campaign will give Americans a closer look at just how committed the candidates running against Trump are in the fight to save lives,” she stated.

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Virgin Mary painting shows ‘tears’ at Chicago church facing foreclosure: reports

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Chicago worshippers on Monday flocked to a century-old Greek Orthodox church that is facing foreclosure to see what some say is a sign from God after a caretaker witnessed what appeared to be tears streaming from the eyes of a painting of the Virgin Mary over the weekend.

Rev. Fr. Nicholas Jonas told the Chicago Tribune he was in his office at Chicago’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church early Sunday morning when a caretaker told him about the painting.

Jonas said he investigated and placed cotton balls at the bottom of the painting to absorb an oil-like substance pouring from the eyes of the Virgin Mary. He posted a picture of the painting Sunday night that shows streaks of liquid residue coming from the Blessed Mother’s eyes, which give the appearance that she’s crying.

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“I can’t explain why she is tearing, but I do know as human beings we are usually crying for two reasons: either joy or sorrow,” Jonas told Chicago’s WLS.

The church is scheduled for a bankruptcy hearing Tuesday. Following Jonas’ social media post, many people visited the church to see the painting. More than a hundred candles were lit, according to the Tribune. Some worshippers viewed the phenomena as a sign of a coming miracle indicating the church would be saved from foreclosure.

“Mary weeping is a sign, and the miracle is actually in our hearts,” Laura Tovar, whose sister was married at the church, told the Tribune.

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Jonas, however, said he’s not sure the tears are a sign the church would be saved and he “would just rather say that the Virgin Mary is talking to us. I would just let her finish her conversation. And, let’s see what happens.”

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Social media falls in love with video of toddler ‘besties’ spotting each other on the street

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This is precious.

A pair of toddler “besties” spotted each other on a New York City street — and immediately rushed toward each other to hug, in an adorable moment captured on video.

The 2-year-old boys, named Maxwell and Finnegan, can be seen running on a tree lined block, their arms flailing, and embracing, in the now-viral footage posted on Facebook Sunday by dad Michael Cisneros.

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Cisneros, who is Maxwell’s father, told ABC News the boys have known each other for about a year and are inseparable.

“When they are away from each other, they are always asking about one another,” he said. “They go to music class together, Dana Banana (a weekly music event) and they love to dance — both are excellent dancers.”

More than 14,000 people had seen the heartwarming footage by Monday evening.

“That’s awesome & it gives me hope for this world we live in!” one person commented.

“Absolutely love this!” another person added. “These two just melt my heart.”

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It’s unclear where and when the footage was taken. Cisneros, who had hundreds of comments on his page, didn’t immediately respond to a message from The Post.

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Soros calls Trump’s China policy his ‘greatest’ foreign policy achievement, warns on Huawei

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George Soros, the left-wing billionaire, offered partial praise for President Trump in an op-ed published Monday night over his tough stance on China but went on to urge Congress not to allow the president to use Huawei—the second-largest smartphone maker in the world—as a bargaining chip in his fight for reelection.

Soros, who famously shorted the British pound in 1992 and made a $1 billion profit, penned the op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. He said perhaps Trump’s only foreign policy win during his presidency was “the development of a coherent and genuinely bipartisan policy toward Xi Jinping ’s China,” and his administration’s move to declare Beijing a “strategic rival.”

Soros also praised the administration’s move to place Huawei on the Commerce Department’s so-called “entity list,” which prevents U.S. companies from dealing the telecom giant.

Huawei has called the action by the Trump administration a violation of “free-market competition.”

Soros wrote about the tense competition in the 5G market and said the U.S. has a commanding lead over China. But he warned that Trump “may soon undermine his own China policy and cede the advantage to Beijing.”

He said he believes Trump wants to free himself from any constraints by Congress and be able to remove Huawei from the list at his own discretion. China has insisted that Huawei be removed from the list as a prerequisite for any trade agreement.

“In my view, he wants to arrange a meeting with President Xi Jinping as the 2020 election approaches and make a trade deal with him, and he wants Huawei’s status on the table as one of his bargaining chips,” Soros wrote.

Soros called on Congress to act and pointed to Rep. Mike Gallagher,  R-Wis., and Sen.  Mitt  Romney, R- Utah, for introducing amendments that would require Congress’ blessing for removal.

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“As founder of the Open Society Foundations, my interest in defeating Xi Jinping’s China goes beyond U.S. national interests,” he wrote. “As I explained in a speech in Davos earlier this year, I believe that the social-credit system Beijing is building, if allowed to expand, could sound the death knell of open societies not only in China but also around the globe.”

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