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Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of April 26

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  1. spit-evil-olive-tips
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    Elizabeth City, NC has declared a state of emergency preemptively because they're about to release bodycam footage of a police killing

    Elizabeth City, NC has declared a state of emergency preemptively because they're about to release bodycam footage of a police killing

    "Recordings of scanner traffic compiled by broadcastify.com from the morning of the shooting include emergency personnel indicating that Brown was shot in the back. An eyewitness has said that deputies fired shots at Brown as he tried to drive away, and a car authorities removed from the scene appeared to have multiple bullet holes and its back windshield shattered."

    Seven sheriff's deputies have since been placed on administrative leave. Three others resigned, though the sheriff's office said the resignations were not related to the shooting.

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    dubteedub
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    This past weekend just about every major Conservative media personality and tons of major Republican officials pushed a lie that Joe Biden is trying to take away all of our RED MEAT. While this is...

    This past weekend just about every major Conservative media personality and tons of major Republican officials pushed a lie that Joe Biden is trying to take away all of our RED MEAT. While this is an obvious lie and was based on a misleading Daily Mail article, it has not stopped it from taking root in the minds of the gullible.

    It really is just exhausting watching this complete bullshit play out time after time with no consequences for these people. Like there is a very real conversation to be had about emissions from the meat industry and a need for us to scale back, but for fucks sake conservatives, no one is taking away your precious burgers.

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      cfabbro
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      On the slightly more amusing side of this weird new Republican effort to smear Biden: Ex-Trump adviser mocked for claiming Biden pushing ‘plant-based beer’ And Chuck Schumer's tweet about it is...

      On the slightly more amusing side of this weird new Republican effort to smear Biden:
      Ex-Trump adviser mocked for claiming Biden pushing ‘plant-based beer’

      And Chuck Schumer's tweet about it is gold:

      Excited to be watching the Oscars with an ice cold plant-based beer.

      Thanks Joe Biden.

      https://twitter.com/SenSchumer/status/1386490885832159233

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      1. dubteedub
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        ohhhhh I saw that Schumer tweet and thought it was pretty odd. Thank you for giving me the context here, I had no idea that this was a response to some MAGA official.

        ohhhhh I saw that Schumer tweet and thought it was pretty odd. Thank you for giving me the context here, I had no idea that this was a response to some MAGA official.

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  3. nukeman
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    NPR: Supreme Court To Take Up 1st Major Gun Rights Case In More Than A Decade To elaborate, what is being challenged is the “may-issue” provisions of New York’s concealed carry law. Most states...

    NPR: Supreme Court To Take Up 1st Major Gun Rights Case In More Than A Decade

    In a major foray into gun rights, the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a lower court ruling that upheld New York's restrictive gun-permit law.

    At issue in the case, NY State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. Corlett, is how much the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to carry concealed weapons outside their home for self-defense. The case will likely be argued in the fall.

    While most states permit gun owners to carry their firearms when they go out, New York and seven other states — California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island — have some restrictions.

    To elaborate, what is being challenged is the “may-issue” provisions of New York’s concealed carry law. Most states are “shall-issue”, meaning if you take a class and pass the test, you can carry a concealed firearm in public. However, New York and the other states listed also require “good cause” to carry for self-defense. This definition is vague, and issuance varies by county; upstate counties act similar to shall-issue jurisdictions, while in New York City (which requires your permit be issued in NYC), good luck getting anything if you aren’t a celebrity, connected to the mayor, or are a jewel dealer or similar. Former President Trump is well-known by some gun enthusiasts for having had a NYC permit. Additionally, may-issue laws have been criticized for being biased/racist (the law in the case dates back to 1911, one of the earliest convictions was of an Italian immigrant) and corrupt (one of the ways to get a permit in many cases is a, ahem, donation to the sheriff’s re-election campaign).

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  4. dubteedub
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    ohhh boy Federal agents execute search warrant on Rudy Giuliani's apartment

    ohhh boy

    Federal agents executed a search warrant Wednesday at the Manhattan apartment of Rudy Giuliani, advancing a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors that has been underway for months, according to a person familiar with the matter.

    Giuliani, who served as former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, has been the focus of an investigation concerning his activities in Ukraine. He hasn't been charged and has denied wrongdoing.

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  5. cfabbro
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    I don't think this news really counts as "politics" per se, but it also isn't really worthy of its own topic either, IMO... so I figured I would post it here anyways. Federal agents execute search...

    I don't think this news really counts as "politics" per se, but it also isn't really worthy of its own topic either, IMO... so I figured I would post it here anyways.

    Federal agents execute search warrant on Rudy Giuliani's apartment

    Federal agents executed a search warrant Wednesday at the Manhattan apartment of Rudy Giuliani, advancing a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors that has been underway for more than two years, according to two people familiar with the matter.

    Giuliani, who served as former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, has been the focus of an investigation concerning his activities in Ukraine, including whether he conducted illegal lobbying for Ukrainian officials while he pursued an investigation linked to Trump's primary political rival, President Joe Biden, CNN has reported. Giuliani hasn't been charged and has denied wrongdoing.

    It is unusual for prosecutors to execute a search warrant on a lawyer, although Manhattan federal prosecutors have done so before, most notably in recent years against another former lawyer for Trump, Michael Cohen.