By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - Democrats in the New Jersey General Assembly narrowly failed on Thursday to override Governor Chris Christie's veto of a gun safety bill, sparing him a political rebuke as he campaigns for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. After more than an hour of debate, during which several lawmakers invoked Wednesday's mass shooting in California that killed 14, Democrats in the 80-member chamber appeared to be three votes short of securing the 54 needed to override Christie's veto. The bill was pulled before the vote was formally recorded, which allows Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to introduce the legislation again at a later date. "I will put this bill back up again and again," he said in a statement criticizing Republicans. Democrats control 47 seats in the Assembly. The state Senate had already completed the first half of an override in October, when a handful of Republicans joined Democrats to reach the 27 votes needed in the 40-member chamber. Christie vetoed the bill in August after it passed overwhelmingly in both houses, including by a vote of 74-0 in the Assembly. He has boasted on the campaign trail that none of his hundreds of vetoes have been overturned by the legislature since he took office in 2010. A spokesman for the governor's office declined to comment, and instead referred to the governor's statements on the issue in November, when he said Democrats should "stop playing politics" and fix the problem. Gun control has been a hot-button issue in the 2016 presidential race following a string of deadly mass shootings in the United States. The legislation calls for police to be consulted when judges determine whether to expunge mental health records of prospective gun buyers. Federal law prohibits the purchase of firearms by anyone who has been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, but that record can be erased by a judge if the person is deemed unlikely to pose a public danger. Members of both parties traded recriminations on Thursday, with Democratic legislators criticizing Republicans for flip-flopping and Republicans accusing Democrats of playing politics themselves. "This bill has nothing to do with politics," said Democratic Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, the bill's chief sponsor. "This bill is all about public safety." But Scott Rumana, a Republican lawmaker, said the law had "a loophole as big as a Mack truck" and echoed Christie's calls for more comprehensive solutions. (Reporting by Joseph Ax in New York; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Dan Grebler)
Christina Bobb's comments on Fox News sounded more like an admission to some of Trump's critics.
Ex-official who investigated Hillary Clinton's emails said there would be evidence if Trump declassified documents: 'It can't just be an idea in his head'
"Programs and officials would have been notified," former DOJ official David Laufman said of Trump's claim he declassified all the Mar-a-Lago docs.
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Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham thinks there's nothing surprising on Mar-a-Lago surveillance tapes: 'I think what we would see is hardworking FBI agents doing their jobs'
Stephanie Grisham said she's not "surprised" Trump hasn't released the footage yet "only because I don't think there is anything there."
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American woman dumbfounded by plate after ordering ‘chips and salsa’ in Italy: ‘I’ll never get over it’
A word to the wise: "Chips and salsa" doesn't mean the same thing everywhere.
The right has used this phrase for others, but doesn't think it should apply to them.
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Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero / The Daily Beast / GettyAt the risk of awarding the title prematurely, we think we’ve found the weirdest study published in 2022. Scientists strapped GoPro cameras to the bodies of six dolphins trained by the U.S. Navy, and recorded them hunting for food and consuming their prey in grisly detail. According to the study, there was a purpose behind this potential invasion of dolphin privacy; namely, to learn more about how the mammals hunted and ate.Scientists
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R. Kelly’s former goddaughter breaks down at his federal trial in Chicago, telling jury he filmed them having sex while she was a minor
CHICAGO — For the first time after two decades of swirling allegations, R. Kelly’s former goddaughter has taken the stand as a prosecution witness in a case against the disgraced singer. Dressed in a white blazer with her hair in long braids, the woman, now 37 and testifying at Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago under the pseudonym “Jane,” told the jury she had sexual contact with Kelly for the ...
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R. Kelly’s former goddaughter breaks down at his federal trial, telling jury he filmed them having sex while she was a minor
The woman had been testifying for more than four hours Thursday about her clandestine sexual relationship with R&B superstar R. Kelly as an impressionable young teenager when she was asked about one of the central mysteries in the case. Why, after two decades of silence, did she finally decide to come forward and speak out? There was a lengthy, silent pause in the Chicago federal courtroom. ...
- USA TODAY
Frederick Woods, now 70, was 24 when he and two other men kidnapped 26 school children and their bus driver in Northern California and buried them.
- The Recount
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announces FL has “charged and is in the process of arresting 20 individuals … for voter fraud.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a presser in a courthouse to announce that the state’s new Office of Election Crimes and Security, which began on July 1, has discovered 20 instance of voter fraud. DeSantis says the 20 individuals will be charged and arrested for their crimes. The state of Florida will continue to monitor voter fraud in the upcoming election as well as review the 2020 election results.
This one may not help the former president's case.
"There's no way Trump wrote that," said "The Daily Show" host.
- Harper's Bazaar
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- ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports
When someone fully and completely embraces a public life, there really are no personal issues. That dynamic is becoming abundantly clear with Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. Brady, who has fully embraced and cultivated a platform that has resulted in the aggressive pursuit of multiple business interests, has had his football career plunge into mystery with [more]
I'm a former college teacher. I wish parents would teach their kids these 3 life skills before they're done with high school.
The author taught in college for nine years and shares three things all parents should be teaching their kids before they head out to college.
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Trump had a habit of keeping documents if he thought "something was cool" or it was "personally advantageous," Haberman said on a podcast.
The clip will help you keep track of the former president's growing number of attorneys.