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U.S. Senate will consider blocking rule on guns and mentally ill

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The Republican-led Senate is moving to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm.
The Obama administration had sought to strengthen the federal background check system with a rule requiring the Social Security Administration to send in the names of beneficiaries with mental impairments who also need a third-party to manage their benefits.
With a Republican ally in the White House, the GOP is moving aggressively on gun rights measures. The House earlier this month voted for the resolution blocking the rule. The Senate has scheduled a vote for Wednesday morning that would send the measure to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said during a debate on the Senate floor Tuesday that the regulation, set to go into effect in December, unfairly stigmatizes the disabled and infringes on their constitutional right to bear arms. He said that the mental disorders covered through the regulation are filled with “vague characteristics that do not fit into the federal mentally defective standard” prohibiting someone from buying or owning a gun.
Grassley cited eating and sleep disorders as examples of illnesses that could allow a beneficiary to be reported to the background check system if they also need a third party to manage their benefits.
“If a specific individual is likely to be violent due to the nature of their mental illness, then the government should have to prove it,” Grassley said.
The regulation was crafted as part of President Barack Obama‘s efforts to strengthen the background check system in the wake of the 2012 massacre of 20 young students and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old man with a variety of impairments, including Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, shot and

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Donald Trump nominee decried criticism of judges, senators agree

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that comments by his Supreme Court nominee criticizing his own attacks on the judiciary were “misrepresented,” even as Republican and Democratic lawmakers vouched for the veracity of the remarks.
Trump responded after private rebukes from Judge Neil Gorsuch, who said in meetings with lawmakers on Wednesday that the president’s comments about federal judges were “disheartening.”
Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump last week to the nation’s highest court, made the comments in meetings with senators after Trump accused an appeals court panel considering his immigration and refugee executive order of being “so political.” Over the weekend, he labeled a judge who ruled on his executive order a “so-called judge” and referred to the ruling as “ridiculous.”
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut first relayed Gorsuch’s remarks on Wednesday following a meeting with him. Trump’s own confirmation team for Gorsuch later confirmed he had made the remarks.
But Trump said during a Thursday luncheon with senators that Blumenthal had misrepresented Gorsuch. “His comments were misrepresented. And what you should do is ask Senator Blumenthal about his Vietnam record that didn’t exist after years of saying it did,” he said.
Blumenthal, who served in the Marine Corps Reserves during Vietnam, apologized in 2010 for saying he had served in Vietnam.
The president made the comments while making the case for Gorsuch during a luncheon with 10 senators, including six of Blumenthal’s fellow Democrats.
Blumenthal, a former state attorney general, argued Thursday that Gorsuch would need to go further to publicly denounce Trump’s verbal assault on judicial independence.
“He needs to condemn Donald Trump’s attacks publicly and it needs to be much stronger, more explicit and direct than has been done so far,” Blumenthal said. “Unless it is done publicly in a clear condemnation, it will not establish his independence.”
Lawmakers from both parties quickly vouched for

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.14.16 – Mission creep in Yemen?

Friday, October 14th, 2016

The real news is out there – you just have to search for it.
While the increasingly dysfunctional presidential election grips/horrifies the nation, there are things happening in the world that U.S. citizens should be aware of – such as our involvement in Yemen.
On Thursday. a U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes to knock out three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces, retaliating after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer.
Now some might ask: What is our military doing there in the first place?
Well, apparently it’s because of our alliance with frenemy Saudi Arabia.
Let’s go back to 2014, where an alliance of Houthi rebels began fighting for control of Yemen against followers of its former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. That was picked up momentum when the Saudis, fearing the influence of Iran, led a coalition of air strikes to support the exiled Yemen leader, Abed Rabbo Mansour.
That was has killed nearly 10,000 people, with reports of as many as 4,000 of them civilians. And this is where we should add that the U.S. has sold Saudi Arabia over $111 billion in defense equipment and weaponry under President Obama, and the U.S. and Great Britain have been key allies in helping the Saudis in Yemen.
Because of that alliance, there are those in Yemen who blame the U.S. for what the Saudis are doing, hence the shots taken at U.S. Navy ship earlier this week, based there to guard a sea lane through which four million barrels of oil pass each day.
Now there’s this, from today’s NY Times: “After the American strikes, Iran said it was sending two warships to the strait, presumably to support the Houthis, an indigenous Shiite group with loose connections to Iran. Saudi Arabia has portrayed the Houthis as an Iranian proxy force and has said that it needed

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Pride Fund, Val Demings, Patrick Murphy bring gun control pitch to Orlando

Monday, October 10th, 2016

The Pride Fund — a political action group tying gay rights and gun control inspired by the June 12 Pulse nightclub massacre — is planning a major announcement in Orlando Wednesday with Democrats Patrick Murphy, Chris Murphy, and Val Demings.
U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy is running for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat, taking on incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, has been one of the leading voices in the Capitol seeking gun restrictions, especially since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in that state in 2012.
And former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings is running for the U.S. House from Florida’s 10th Congressional District, which includes the site of Pulse, the popular Orlando gay nightclub that was turned into a bloodbath June 12, when madman Omar Mateen opened fire with semi-automatic weapons he’d purchased only a few days earlier. Demings faces Republican nominee Thuy Lowe.
The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence arose a few weeks after Pulse and quickly began raising money, making endorsements and spreading money around in efforts to ban semi-automatic weapons and seek other restrictions, including efforts to prevent someone like Mateen from obtaining any guns. The committee already has endorsed Patrick Murphy and Demings, along with Democrat Stephanie Murphy, who’s running in the neighboring Florida’s 7th Congressional District against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. John Mica of Winter Park.
The Pride Fund also has endorsed three state candidates from Orlando, all Democrats: former state Rep. Linda Stewart, who is running in Florida Senate District 13 against Republican nominee Dean Asher; Beth Tuura, who is running in Florida House District 47 against Republican incumbent state Rep. Mike Miller; and Carlos Guillermo Smith; who is running in Florida House District 50 against independent candidate Shea Silverman.
Pride Fund Executive Director Jason Lindsay will be leading an 11:30 a.m. press conference with the two

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