Top News Stories For Today – Oct 6, 2017
Bump stock gun control
The National Rifle Association on Thursday issued a surprising statement calling for “additional regulations” on bump stocks, the device used in the Las Vegas massacre to convert gunman Stephen Paddock’s rifles from semi-automatic to a more rapid fire that was essentially fully automatic. NRA President Wayne LaPierre and top lobbyist Chris Cox issued the joint statement “calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law” and saying they should be subject to more scrutiny.
The Obama ATF ruled that bump stocks did not violate federal laws in 2010. Some top congressional Republicans said Wednesday that they were open to a Democratic proposal to ban the modifiers., The Week
Iran nuclear deal
President Trump plans to back out of the Iran deal next week ahead of an Oct. 15 deadline to certify Tehran is complying with the terms, people familiar with the decision told The Washington Post. Trump’s announcement is tentatively planned for Oct. 12. In April and June, Trump reluctantly certified that Iran is still meeting the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal with the US and five other world powers; the president has long been a critic of the Obama-era agreement.
Trump will “hold off on recommending that Congress re-impose sanctions on Iran that would abrogate the agreement,” the Post writes, meaning the deal will technically hold as lawmakers are given 60 days to decide how to proceed. The Washington Post, The Week
Anti-nukes group awarded Nobel Peace Prize
On Friday morning, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), an international consortium of nongovernmental organizations, for “its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”
In July, 122 United Nations member states signed on to a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons pushed by ICAN, which will be legally binding on signatories once 50 nations ratify it. The Norwegian Nobel Committee noted that none of the nuclear powers signed the treaty, and said getting their buy-in was the next stage in the fight for global nuclear disarmament. Nobel Committee
Tropical Storm Nate
Tropical Storm Nate is headed to Mexico after killing 22 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras. The storm will make another landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula before hitting open sea again.
Nate is then expected to get stronger and hit late Saturday or early Sunday somewhere along the Gulf Coast — possibly New Orleans, where the drainage pumping system isn’t at full strength — as a Category 1 hurricane. CNN
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators met this past summer with the former British spy whose dossier on alleged Russian efforts to aid the Trump campaign spawned months of investigations that have hobbled the Trump administration, according to two people familiar with the matter. Information from Christopher Steele, a former MI-6 officer, could help investigators determine whether contacts between people associated with the Trump campaign and suspected Russian operatives broke any laws.
CNN has learned that the FBI and the US intelligence community last year took the Steele dossier more seriously than the agencies have publicly acknowledged. James Clapper, then the director of national intelligence, said in a January statement that the intelligence community had “not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable.” CNN
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