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What will the candidates do about gun violence? – Las Vegas Sun

Polling shows that many Americans are in favor of additional gun safety legislation such as expanded background checks and an assault weapons ban. So where do 2020 presidential candidates stand on the issue? To find out, the Sun posed the following question to each candidate: If you are president, what steps will your administration take to address gun violence?
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SNL’s 2020 Democratic Town Hall Brings Back Woody Harrelson, Maya Rudolph, Larry David as Biden, Kamala, Bernie and More: WATCH – Towleroad

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As part of its 45th season premiere, Saturday Night Live put together its own Democratic Town Hall, lining up a cast of surprise celebs and past players to appear as the 2020 candidates, drawing on moments from town halls that were held over the summer.

Chloe Fineman, one of SNL’s recent new hires, had an impressive debut as spiritual self-help guru Marianne Williamson, while Maya Rudolph won the most laughs with her Kamala Harris schtick. Larry David returned as Bernie Sanders, Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Warren, along with Alex Moffatt’s Beto O’Rourke, Colin Jost’s Pete…

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Rep. Elaine Luria raises money for Va. Democrats running for legislature after GOP group runs impeachment ads – Washington Post

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Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) answers questions during a town hall in Virginia Beach on Oct. 3. (Parker Michels-Boyce/for The Washington Post)

October 7 at 4:42 PM

After a national Republican group began targeting Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) over her support for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, she is pushing back in an unusual way.

Luria, who represents the swing district of Virginia Beach, created a fundraising committee to raise $228,000 not for her own 2020 reelection…

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House fire in Virginia Beach spreads to fence, yard – WAVY.com

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Fire officials in Virginia Beach responded to a residential fire early Monday morning.

According to reports, the fire happened in the 1100 block of Autumn harvest Drive around the Indian Lakes area of the city at around 5 o’clock Monday morning.

Reports say the fire had spread to the fence by the house, but was immediately extinguished.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Credit – Virginia Beach Fire Department

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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 8, 2019: Find the courage to do what is right – Richmond.com

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Find the courage

to do what is right

I have been reading articles published in the RTD about the Ukraine investigation, “President orders staff cuts for security council” and “Ambassador to give deposition to House in impeachment probe.” It is interesting reading, but not pretty.

My conclusion here is that more people in the U.S. government need to do their actual Constitutional jobs. I am proud of Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Ben Sasse, R-Neb., for speaking the truth on how wrong President Donald Trump’s conduct was on the Ukraine call….

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Pelicans rescued in Virginia Beach during Dorian returned to the wild – WAVY.com

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A flock of pelicans rescued in Virginia Beach during Hurricane Dorian is back in the wild.

PETA rescued the birds at the Lesner Bridge in the middle of the storm. Rachel Bellis, Manager of Local Affairs for PETA, said the animals were wind-battered and needed some extra care.

They have been at Tidewater Rehabilitation and Environmental Education for the past month.

Sunday afternoon, the beautiful birds were released at the Lynnhaven Pier.

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Five Radical Climate Policies That Most Americans Actually Like – The Atlantic

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Leah Stokes, a political scientist at the University of California at Santa Barbara, also told me that the poll’s findings are in line with other research. “Climate policy is very popular,” she said. “If you highlight the cost, it’s less popular. If you highlight new taxes, it’s less popular. But if you highlight job creation or the air-pollution benefits, it’s more popular.”  

She added that many climate policies are especially favored now because the public tends to take views opposite those of the sitting president, a concept known as thermostatic public opinion….

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Candidates are hoping you’ll buy their rhetoric — as well as their merchandise – Marketplace.org

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Most of us can identify a standard commercial and we usually know someone is trying to sell us something. But what happens when the “product” is a political candidate and the “ad” is a tweet, or Facebook post?

In her new book “Political Brands,” Stetson University law professor and campaign finance expert Ciara Torres-Spelliscy says that candidates are increasingly using commercial techniques like repetition and micro-targeting in order to sell themselves and their policy positions.

Torres-Spelliscy says President Trump used political branding successfully…

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Former UFC champ, title-winning coach highlight Dana ceremony – Blair Enterprise Publishing

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A little more than a week removed from his unanimous decision victory against Myles Jury in Dublin, Ireland, former UFC champion and current 28-8 Bellator MMA standout Benson Henderson returned to Blair on Saturday for Dana College Homecoming festivities.

The accomplished professional fighter graduated from Dana College in 2006, where he was one of 12 All-Americans on the Vikings’ national championship wrestling team. The faith-driven athlete said the school, which closed less than 5 years after he left, helped him reach his current levels of success.

“Dana…

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Commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group Holds Change of Command Ceremony – DVIDS

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (NNS) — Commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) held a promotion and change of command ceremony at Naval Weapons Station, Cheatham Annex, Oct. 5. Rear Adm. Jackie McClelland, from Ocean City, N.J., relieved Rear Adm. Alan J. Reyes, who was also promoted to rear admiral (upper half) and served as NAVELSG’s commander since September 22, 2015.

Mark Sakowski, NAVELSG Chief of Staff, began the ceremonies by speaking on the uniqueness of the ceremonies….

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Rep. Joaquin Castro to ‘SNL’: ‘I’m Available’ to Play My Twin – Newsmax

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Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, on Wednesday tweeted he was available to play brother, Julian, on “Saturday Night Live” following SNL’s failure to include his brother, the only Hispanic Democratic presidential contender, in its sketch about 2020 White House hopefuls.

“Hi @nbcsnl, I’m available next time you need someone to play Julian Castro. I get mistaken for that guy all the time. #SNL #Castro2020,” Joaquin Castro said.

The sketch, titled “Impeachment Town Hall,” included spoofs of Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders.

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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard changes course on impeachment inquiry – ABC News

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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard – previously a lone holdout among the crowded field of 2020 presidential hopefuls – says she has changed her mind about an impeachment inquiry after reading the transcript of President Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urging the foreign leader to help with looking into claims against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

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Rep. Elaine Luria raises money for Va. Democrats running for legislature after GOP group runs impeachment ads – The Advocate

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After a national Republican group began targeting Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., over her support for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, she is pushing back in an unusual way.

Luria, who represents the swing district of Virginia Beach, created a fundraising committee to raise $228,000 not for her own 2020 reelection campaign,…

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Elizabeth Warren releases plan to combat lobbyists – NBCNews.com

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Elizabeth Warren releases plan to combat lobbyists

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has a new plan to tackle corruption — this time focusing on empowering Congress by funding agencies that would lessen reliance on lobbyist knowledge.

Elizabeth Warren speaks during a Town Hall at Keene State College on Sept. 25, 2019 in Keene, N.H.Scott Eisen / Getty Images

Warren claims that Congress has defunded or underfunded many of the services that lawmakers would ordinarily turn to in order to understand complex…

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Rudy Giuliani rips impeachment coverage – Fox News

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This is a rush transcript from “Media Buzz,” October 6, 2019. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: On Buzz Meter this Sunday, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, is here for an exclusive interview on his role in the Ukraine drama and his allegations against the Bidens.

This as President Trump is ratcheting up his rhetoric against what he now calls a coup, accusing critics of being spies or committing treason and lashing out at the press.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I don’t even use fake anymore. I call the fake news now…

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POLITICO Playbook: Who in the White House will take the fall – POLITICO

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SNEAK PEEK … THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK … Monday: THE PRESIDENT will participate in a welcome ceremony for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia. He will have lunch with VP Mike Pence…

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