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The Daily Countable: Guns & Students & Russia -- Oh My!

by Countable | 2.23.18

Hallo! from Countable's editorial HQ in Washington, DC.

Man, this week has been a doozy, dont'cha think? Massive student walk-outs around the country, protesting lax gun regulations. Businesses pulling-out of business deals with the NRA. Some supporters of gun rights softening on their stances toward age limits and mental health restrictions on gun ownership. And that's not to mention the new, jaw-dropping indictments against former Trump colleagues and Russian nationals, detailing schemes of international fraud that sound more like a John le Carré novel than anything really happening in our country. We live in important times. That's why it's so inspiring to experience the thriving, opinionated, engaged & vibrant community on Countable, every day. It's a microcosm of democracy, and we're proud to be with you. OK, end-of-emotional-moment.

One Big Thing: New Charges in Russia Investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has unveiled 32 new tax and bank fraud charges against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates. Gates has pleaded guilty. Read more about the charges here.

Need a refresher course on Mueller and company? Take a look at our Countable Primer: The Russia Investigation.

On the Radar: Heavy Sanctions on North Korea

President Trump announced on Friday that the U.S. Treasury Department is imposing new sanctions on North Korea targeting its shipping and trading companies. "We have imposed the heaviest sanctions ever imposed," Trump said at the conclusion of his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Hopefully, something positive can happen. We will see." Click here to read how heavy the sanctions are.

Under the Radar: When is a Burger not a Burger?

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association filed a 15-page petition with the USDA to prevent products from being labeled as "meat" or "beef" unless they’re made from a slaughtered animal. The ranchers are asking that the U.S. Department of Agriculture differentiate conventional meat from what’s known as “clean meat”—that grown in a lab using animal cells. Should "meat" be reserved for slaughtered animals? Join the conversation here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will go deliver remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxen Hill, MD.
  • He will then participate in a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, holding a joint press conference at 2pm ET.
  • The president will then meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return on Monday, February 26.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return on Monday, February 26.

Next Week's Preview

  • The Senate will consider judicial nominations. The House is expected to consider a bill to combat online sex trafficking along with bills related to financial regulations. It's possible that the House will consider a bill addressing the status of DACA recipients prior to the program's expiration on March 5, but that has yet to be added to the schedule.

  • Don't know your DACA from your Dreamers? Click on over to our DACA Primer.

  • Read how Immigration Service removed "Nation of Immigrants" from its mission statement


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  • Wallace
    02/23/2018
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    It’s nice to get an education but a safe school environment is mandatory!!! Sanction Russia and North Korea heavily!!! Put Trump and his cronies in jail!!!

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  • Christine
    02/23/2018
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    djt was incoherent today in his campaign rally speech at CPAC that was disgustingly unAmerican. He spoke on over 30 topics in about an hour of rambling, disconnected from reality nonsense including reading a disgusting poem likening immigrants to evil snakes. Isn’t anyone concerned about this lunatic?

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  • NoHedges
    02/23/2018
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    There is so much wrong with this administration, I am not sure where to begin. First take a look at integrity of the GOP primary candidates using Arizona as an example. The GOP chooses corrupt candidates time and time again because those are the types of people they can control and count on to carry out equally corrupt policies, while ignoring the consequences to the less fortunate among us. Soon I fear, those "less fortunate" will include the majority and be compromised primarily those whose voice can be easily silenced, children and the elderly. We need our own Common Sense Movement!

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  • Plegian
    02/23/2018
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    The newest from the Washington Post...one of the Russians indicted by Robert Mueller, connected to the Kremlin, was responsible for an attack on our military by his mercenaries and thwarted by our special forces. If this President is connected to Russian interference of our elections, or anything else Russian he must be held accountable for treasonous behavior.

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  • Diane
    02/23/2018
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    Republicans, the NRA, Terrorists, Lies, CPAC, Russians, treason, propaganda, racism, hatred. This is the republican party, mass corruption & deception Soviet Style. The nra is unacceptable. Ban the nra because they promote murder, violence, terrorism & massive gun promoting in the USA.

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  • Stickyfingers
    02/23/2018
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    There are sanctions on Russia. We need to put Hillary and Obama in jail for selling our uranium to the Russians and for spying on the American people for political gain.

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  • RadicalModerate
    02/23/2018
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    Republican congressman John Katko thinks weed is a dangerous gateway drug. But he’s ok with flooding our neighborhoods with assault weapons. VOTE HIM OUT!

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  • Amy
    02/24/2018
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    Donald Trump is a frightening human being. Between his speech at CPAC and those of the Dana and Wayne from the NRA, I am thoroughly frightened that we are on our way to a full blown dictatorship where we will have executions, government style and martial law. I'm beyond upset. Why is our congress so blind and deaf. And I can't imagine what those students who begged for a ban on assault weapons felt when they saw Trump at CPAC delivering his frothing, rabidly supportive rant to the NRA today. How, how, how can congress not do something about this? But, I suppose there were folks who could see Hitler's trajectory but no one who could have stopped it listened. Please. Please take this incendiary person out of the leadership of this country before it's too late.

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  • bart
    02/23/2018
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    Hell of a week. And Congress wasn’t even in session...

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  • Aileene
    02/23/2018
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    I think the title of this piece and the blurb itself are making quite the joke out of what just happened in Florida. Yeah, over a dozen dead children and teachers...it’s a real “doozy”. You can’t separate the walk-outs from the tragedy itself. Please try not to be so tacky next time (and at the rate the US is going with gun violence, there unfortunately will be a next time). Some topics are somber, they should be treated that way.

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  • PaxAmericana
    02/24/2018
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    As a voting able High school student myself, I can resolutely confirm that these student “walkouts” will accomplish literally nothing. Wasting time at your school, at my school, in the middle of class is frivolous and frankly an excuse to skip class. My friend’s government teacher forced the entire classroom to leave at 12:00 p.m. and locked the door, saying, “everyone should want to protest the lack of gun control.” He then protested the protest by standing at the classroom door for the duration of the seventeen minutes. Gun violence is a problem, but these publicity antics are simultaneously time wasters and safety risks if a danger did present itself at the school whilst students are leaving classrooms unsupervised and unattended. Please contact your legislators if you think more guns should be banned; I personally think this issue is extremely overblown. But I implore you, my legislators and anyone else whom may see this, just as the national anthem protests were disrespectful and foolish, so are these walkouts. I know where I’ll be on the 14th and 24th: doing my math quiz and reading a book, respectively; NOT protesting the second amendment.

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  • Pat
    02/23/2018
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    Age 21 at least before you can own a gun. And no selling those high-performance guns. As far as security goes in the schools I don’t think you should be asking the teacher to take on another job I don’t think they should be asked to be fire control either you know they’re going to grab an extinguisher yes Or you are going to have to triple their wages if you want them to do different types of jobs. Are we all supposed to be talking guns when we go to work or maybe the company I work for had very good security and when things got a little rough they put up pull up through bulletproof plexiglass and enclosed the HR office and gave you a pushbutton that you might talk to them from the outside hallway. Nobody got in and thick they even put the all the questions as far as where you can get a application for employment on a different site off the premises. Many things you can do to change this. As far as Robert Mueller investigation I think he’s doing a very good job very thorough he’s going to finish it up in the right way where he’s going to bring them all in and prove what I’ve done wrong is doing a great job of that I’m very proud of him.

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  • Michele
    02/23/2018
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    I understand the desire to own a gun. But to think it’s a god given right and that automatic weapons are what the founders of the constitution had in mind is absurd. Eliminate the weapons of mass destruction, get the NRA out of the pockets of the politicians, and try to do what’s right for the safety of the children. We should be able to get this right without much thought. Jail trump and his buddies and might be easier to do.

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  • One4All4One
    02/23/2018
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    Seems Republicans are still caught up in believing the fake news put out by Russian trolls. So sad!

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  • Gerald
    02/24/2018
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    There is no rational reason for citizens to think that removing assault weapons is somehow taking away their second amendment rights. It didn’t before. You can have all the pistols and hunting rifles for protection you want. Do you have the ability to detach emotions and think rationally on this topic? The president of course links the ban on assault weapons to removing the second amendment, but can’t you see that he is just reading script written by the NRA like a paid actor? Give up your assault weapons and save the future children, teachers. Police officers, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, church goers, concert goers, and maybe someone you love from facing a brutal death that will repeat over and over again as long as you refuse to think rationally about that weapon of war you possess. It makes no sense and I just don’t understand your reasoning.

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  • Jann
    02/24/2018
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    Make extreme gun laws! It is the 21st Century not the Wild West!!!! Catch up to the rest of the world. We lead the world in violence instead of intelligence and innovation. America is now an embarrassment and not a world leader. Using force is not leadership. It is dictatorship. Our democracy has been trashed! Step Up!!

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  • Gregory
    02/24/2018
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    The democrats and the Russians they both sound and look like their in the same camp. With all of this activism and the lefts hatred of Donald Trump and that includes their hate for the american people who voted for him. Make america civil again and enough with all of this discourse. Elections have consequences remember.

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  • David
    02/23/2018
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    Liberalism is caught in a sophistry feedback loop.

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  • SneakyPete
    02/24/2018
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    I fully agree that the (M)ain (S)tream (M)edia (MSM) is the most critical facet of the modern-day problem of mass-media-driven politics. It often seems that, instead of popular opinion determining the focus of the news, it's the opposite: the news media determines the focus of popular opinion. We are only seeing/hearing what the MEDIA whats us to, in order of swaying the uninformed to theirs and as such, the Democratic point of view. Sadly we’ve seen over the past 10+/-years, that the “Main Stream Media (MSM), in support of the Democratic Party has used their “Power of the Press” to sway the “Uninformed Voter” through the use of the media by their skillfully use of their: * Propaganda:,is information that is not objective and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis or perception, * Misinformation: Stories which are false or incorrect information, that is spread intentionally or unintentionally. * Disinformation: False Facts or Information that is spread deliberately in order to deceive folks from the Truth. * Distraction: Information which distracts, divides the attention, or prevents concentration on the Truth/Facts. I fully agree that when American voters allow the media -- and, by extension, campaigns -- to determine the most important issues of the day, we open ourselves to outlandish spin, political influence and downright fraud. We have been, and are continuing to see that today’s Main Stream Media (MSM) is poisoning their presentation of the news in favor to the Democratic Agenda. #TheSpinWon’tWin. 2*23*18.

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  • John
    02/23/2018
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    What I’d like to know, is What Happened? For years now, it hasn’t been safe for kids to go to school...What the Hell happened...when I was going to school back in the 50’s & 60s the worse thing a boy could bring to school was a small pocket knife, not to harm anybody, but most boys always carried a small pocket knife..,there might have been a fist fight once in awhile, but I don’t remember to many of them...What the Hell happened...

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