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- 2018-02-24 19:10:22Z
Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele blasted Friday a leading conservative's speech that claimed that he had only been hired because he is black as "painfully stupid."
By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday honored the head of the Federal Communications Commission with a rifle after braving death threats and other opposition as he worked to undo the Obama administration's 2015 net neutrality rules. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was honored at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hills, Maryland, by the NRA with the "Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award," an honor named for the late actor who was an NRA president. The award is a Kentucky long rifle that will stay at the NRA's museum in Fairfax, Virginia.
- 2018-02-23 23:53:58Z
Former President George W. Bush Deputy Assistant Brad Blakeman discusses why Democrats are starting to disengage from Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has made his recommendations to the White House on transgender individuals serving in the military, the Pentagon said on Friday, after President Donald Trump's call last year for a ban on such service. Major David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said the recommendations had been made earlier on Friday and the White House would make any policy decisions. The Pentagon did not give details on the recommendations, but the top U.S. general has said transgender troops should not be removed from the military.
Shares of gunmakers American Outdoor Brands and Sturm Ruger & Company rallied on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump advocated tightening background checks for guns in response to last week's high school massacre in Florida. The Republican president's tweets and comments were seen as increasing the possibility of greater curbs on gun ownership, fueling expectation that people might seek to stock up on guns in advance of any changes. Both of those sentiments had dipped since Trump was elected in November 2016 - illustrating a paradox under which a president viewed as more favorable to gun ownership can depress gun sales and shares in gunmakers.
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