Trump Rallies Gun Owners With Fiery Anti-Clinton Speech
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump assured gun owners on Friday he would protect their constitutional right to bear arms and eliminate gun-free zones if elected, accusing Democrat Hillary Clinton of wanting to weaken gun rights.Trump, who will almost certainly be the Republican presidential nominee, picked up the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, a politically powerful lobbying group which claims more than 4 million members.
Trump’s remarks at the NRA’s national convention in Louisville, Kentucky, were not a surprise, but they could solidify his status among conservatives who see protecting the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment as a top priority.Trump also planned to meet on Monday with U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, a source close to the Trump campaign said. The two are expected to consult on foreign policy. The source said Corker remains on Trump’s list of potential vice presidential running mates.
Clinton, who is close to clinching the Democratic Party’s nomination for the Nov. 8 election, has vowed to take on the gun lobby and expand gun control measures to include comprehensive background checks for gun buyers, including at open-air gun shows and online.Trump, who is trying to unite the Republican Party behind him after a brutal primary battle, accused Clinton, a former secretary of state to President Barack Obama, of wanting to end the 2nd Amendment, which says in part that the people’s right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.”“Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment, not change it; she wants to abolish it,” Trump said.
Clinton campaign senior policy adviser Maya Harris said Trump is peddling falsehoods and denounced “Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories.” She said Clinton believes there are “common-sense steps we can take at the federal level to keep guns out of the hands of criminals” while protecting the Second Amendment.Trump told the NRA he would eliminate gun-free zones imposed in some areas, noting that the 2015 shooting deaths of four U.S. Marines at an armed forces recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, took place in a gun-free zone.“The Second Amendment is on the ballot in November,” he said. “The only way to save our Second Amendment is to vote for a person you know: Donald Trump.”
The NRA’s convention took place on the same day that a man brandished a gun at a checkpoint near the White House in Washington and was shot and wounded by a law enforcement officer.The New York billionaire’s NRA speech was another step in his drive to make more conservatives comfortable with his candidacy. Earlier this week, he released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court nominees who are conservative jurists, a step well-received on the right.Many conservatives, who had backed other Republican candidates in the 2016 race, worry that Trump is a closet liberal on many issues.But Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said it was time for them to get over their qualms about the 69-year-old candidate.
“If your preferred candidate is out of the race, it’s time to get over it,” Cox told the NRA audience. “Are there valid arguments in favor of some over others? Sure. Will any of it matter if Hillary wins in November? Not one bit.”In another step toward trying to unify the party, Cox has invited members of Congress to a “small roundtable discussion” with one of Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr., on Wednesday at the Capitol Hill Club near the U.S. Capitol, a copy of the invitation said.
U.S. Airport Security Improves Since Screening Lapses
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is working to improve airport screening after major lapses last year, a U.S. government investigator said on Tuesday, adding that the agency has embraced oversight.“As a result of our audit reports … TSA is now, for the first time in memory, critically assessing its deficiencies in an honest and objective light,” said John Roth, inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the TSA’s parent agency. “We are generally satisfied with the response we have seen at TSA.”
“We went from a cultural situation where we were fought at every turn to one in which they now embrace oversight in a way that I think is … positive,” he added, in testimony before a U.S. Senate committee.In a covert audit, department staff succeeded in bringing banned items through airport checkpoints and raised concerns about the TSA’s vetting of its workforce.
The TSA has cut back on directing travelers into faster lanes that let them keep shoes on and laptops packed. That change along with low staffing levels and more flyers had sparked long lines this spring.Roth, in testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, said the TSA has come up with nearly two dozen ways to improve procedures.“Over the past 11 months, we have undertaken a systematic and deliberate transformation of TSA,” Administrator Peter Neffenger, who took the TSA top job after the lapses, said at the hearing.
Neffenger said the TSA has retrained staff and is vetting employees daily.In addition, he said TSA is working with about a dozen airports to increasingly automate screening and create a “true curb-to-gate security environment, as opposed to just focusing it all around that checkpoint.”Delta Air Lines Inc and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, opened two lines last month that automate the distribution of bins for carry-on bags at checkpoints, to avoid screening bottlenecks.Neffenger said the lanes have improved efficiency at the checkpoints by 30 percent.
Blame Man United players not coach van Gaal for poor form
Manchester: English football giants Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney insists that it is the players who should be blamed for the club\\\'s nightmare season and not manager Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman has been widely criticised for the club\\\'s fortunes this season after United failed to make it out of their Champions League group and fell behind in the race for the top four in the English Premier League.
Six points separate fifth-placed United from local rivals Manchester City in the final Champions League place - a gap that would have been just three had United managed to beat relegation-threatened Sunderland on Saturday rather than suffering a 2-1 defeat.
But Rooney believes the players have simply under performed.
\\\"It\\\'s a very good group of players. At times it’s been frustrating for us as we’ve under-performed. And actually the manager has taken a lot of stick for some performances. It’s down to us, we’re players and we have to perform,” Rooney was quoted as saying by goal.com on Monday.
“At times this season we haven’t done that. In terms of that, we’ve probably got off quite lightly and the manager has taken a lot of it. But we’re going on the pitch. We have to create chances and win games and we haven’t done that enough this season,” the England national team skipper said.
Despite the club\\\'s struggles, Rooney believes United should focus on winning silverware this season, with the club still alive in the FA Cup and Europa League.
\\\"The important thing now, I feel, is to win trophies again this season. It’s been a few years since we won a trophy. This is more or less a new team so for ourselves, as a team, we need to win something. The fans want to see us win something again,” he said.
\\\"Obviously the Champions League is massive for this club and it was disappointing to go out of it. We’ll keep going in the league, keep trying. But our main aim has to be to make sure we can get in that top four,” Rooney said.
Republicans Want a Confident America
Republicans are calling for a \\\"confident America,\\\" and believe in empowering people to live out their dreams, Oklahoma State Rep. Lisa Johnson-Billy said in Saturday\\\'s GOP address while sharing her personal life as an example of the importance of expanding opportunity for all Americans. \\\"When government fulfills its responsibilities, that’s what allows the people to create opportunity — the opportunity to learn more, to find a job, to start a business,\\\" Johnson-Billy said Saturday. \\\"What opportunity ignites is hope. That’s what pushes people through difficult times\\\" Johnson-Billy, a member of the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes, is the first Native American, woman, and Republican to serve her district in Oklahoma, and explained that she was born in Purcell, Oklahoma and grew up on a small farm where she learned the value of hard work and to be grateful for the country she and her family lived in.
\\\"The reason my parents could make a second income on that farm is that this is a country where taking responsibility is rewarded,\\\" she said. \\\"We had a government that kept the streets safe, protected what we earned, and fostered opportunity for all. We had a government that understood there’s nothing more fulfilling than when you can provide for your family—and feel that sense of accomplishment.\\\"
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Johnson-Billy served two terms in the Chickasaw Nation Legislature with her father before she was elected to the state house, where she is a floor leader. She is also a wife of a veterans and a mother of three, with her oldest in the U.S. Arm, \\\'so this is not some abstraction for me. I know that a lot of Americans don\\\'t\\\' feel confident about the future.\\\"
Japan PM Protests Against Okinawa Incident At Summit With Obama
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he lodged a stern protest with U.S. President Barack Obama following the arrest last week of a U.S. base worker in connection with the death of a Japanese woman in Okinawa, southern Japan.“As Japanese prime minister, I protested sternly to President Obama over the recent incident in Okinawa,” Abe told a news conference, flanked by the president ahead of a Group of Seven summit meeting starting on Thursday.“I feel strong indignation about the selfish and extremely mean crime,” Abe said.
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