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Day 929


(Matt Kiser) #1

1/ Trump attacked Obama after the former president called on Americans to "soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments." Tweeting paraphrased quotes from Fox News hosts, Trump rhetorically asked: "'Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook. President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign. Not many people said Obama is out of Control.'" Trump also claimed (again) that he is "the least racist person" in the world. Obama did not mention Trump in his comments. (Politico)


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com/2019/08/06/day-929/

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#3

Good…am stoked they might get off their ‘do nothing’ approach (from Canadian Bloomberg)

EXCERPT

The 2018 election reflected a changing landscape on guns. Republicans were swept out of the House majority after losing suburban bastions where they were once dominant — in places like Orange County, California, and around Dallas and Houston in Texas. Voters in 2018 favoured stricter gun control by a margin of 22 percentage points, and those who did backed Democrats by a margin of 76 per cent to 22 per cent, according to exit polls. Gun policy ranked as the No. 4 concern, and voters who cited it as their top issue voted for Democrats by a margin of 70 per cent to 29 per cent.
And the mood has changed since 2016.
The gun issue propelled Trump in key states like Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania among voters who opposed Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton’s support for gun control, said Republican strategist Brad Todd, whose firm polled on the issue. Todd said swing voters may still “see upsides and downsides to both approaches” on gun policy.
There have been 255 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which counts incidents where at least four people were shot or killed, not including the shooter. With the presidential election 15 months away, it’s unclear just how salient the issue of guns will be in shaping voter behaviour.


“Every time the country experiences a tragedy of this nature the Republican brand takes a hit,” said Carlos Curbelo, a Republican former congressman who lost his suburban Miami-area district to a Democrat in 2018. “Because many, many Americans perceive that Republicans are unwilling to act on gun reform, due to the influence of the NRA and other organizations.”
A Marist poll last month, commissioned by NPR and PBS, found that 57 per cent of American adults support banning “the sale of semi-automatic assault guns such as the AK-47 or the AR-15,” while 41 per cent oppose it. Support for such bans was 62 per cent among suburbanites, 74 per cent among women in the suburbs and small cities, and 65 per cent among white college graduates.
But the survey found broad opposition to banning semi-automatic assault weapons among the core elements of Trump’s coalition — 67 per cent among Republicans, 67 per cent among conservatives, 65 per cent among white men without college degrees, and 51 per cent among rural Americans.


(David Bythewood) #4

Despite the supposed appearance Trump and Kim are at odds, North Korea is featuring Donald Trump on its stamps…

…and South Korea is suddenly willing to pay significantly more for our protection. Was this whole show of missile firings an act to shake down an ally?

South Korea to discuss increased funding for US military help as North Korea missile tests continue


For reference, Trump’s history of trying to turn the US into a protection racket… starting in the 80s:


(David Bythewood) #5

All of the extremist killings in the US in 2018 had links to right-wing extremism, according to new report

Trump’s Words Are Poison

The president has done more than any politician in living memory to fan the flames of ethnic and racial antipathy and nurture a culture of bigotry.


(David Bythewood) #6

Fancy Bear servers are communicating with compromised devices inside corporate networks.

Hackers working for the Russian government have been using printers, video decoders, and other so-called Internet-of-things devices as a beachhead to penetrate targeted computer networks, Microsoft officials warned on Monday.

“These devices became points of ingress from which the actor established a presence on the network and continued looking for further access,” officials with the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center wrote in a post. “Once the actor had successfully established access to the network, a simple network scan to look for other insecure devices allowed them to discover and move across the network in search of higher-privileged accounts that would grant access to higher-value data.”