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The Daily Countable: Veterans Affairs Shake-up and... Background Checks for Ammunition?

by Countable | Updated on 3.29.18

Hope you're having a great Good Friday, folks.

Even if you aren't, it's probably better than David Shulkin's. He's out as the director of Veterans Affairs, replaced by White House physician Rear Admiral Ronny L. Jackson. Trump - surprising no one - took to Twitter to announce Shulkin's send-off and Jackson's on-boarding.

Read what can't be said in 140-characters here.

Too heavy to start your morning? Yesterday was Opening Day for Major League Baseball, and for such a momentous occasion, baseball teams often invite a well-known athlete, celebrity, or politician to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Wondering which president threw the best first pitch? Click here.

On the Radar

The president probably wishes this would drop off the radar: A federal judge ruled that a lawsuit alleging Trump violated the Constitution's ban on receiving "emoluments," or payments from foreign governments, can proceed. Federal District Judge Peter Messitte of the U.S. District Court of Maryland ruled that the Maryland and D.C. attorneys general who brought the case have legal standing to sue the president. Click here to read what this means for Trump.

Under the Radar

  • All 22 female senators – from both parties – wrote a letter to Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), citing "deep disappointment" in the chamber’s “inaction” in moving sexual harassment legislation forward. Inspired by the #MeToo movement and a number of high-profile lawmakers resigning or retiring amidst sexual misconduct allegations, the House unanimously passed sweeping anti-sexual harassment legislation earlier this year. Alas, the Senate has yet to take up the measure. Read what the female senators are saying and add your voice to the discussion here.

  • Meanwhile, two Democrats - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut - have proposed legislation that would require a background check for all firearm ammunition sales. Currently, federal law prohibits felons, domestic abusers, and the mentally ill from purchasing ammunition—but does not require a background check to prevent the illegal purchases from occurring. Is the Ammunition Background Check Act of 2018 the answer? Head here to Take Action.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in FL

  • The president has no public events scheduled.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Tuesday, April 10th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday, April 9th.

Next Week's Preview

  • Congress will be observing the second week of a two week recess for Easter and Passover.

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

Spring Break may be starting for some of you, but we at Countable only care about breaking news, which we'll continue to bring you at whatever beaches you're on. Hope you find all the Easter eggs, afikoman, or non-denominational treats you're looking for this weekend.

—Josh Herman

Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • Azrael
    03/30/2018
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    Wether you’re doing a good job or a bad job, you should be treated with dignity Firing a person by tweet is absolutely cowardly Isn’t it a symptom/sign that an individual is a psychopath when they get pleasure from demeaning and causing pain to another?

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  • Mike
    03/30/2018
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    An ammunition background check is a simple process which will heighten the awareness of the purchaser that sensible gun control is here to stay. The check itself may well prevent those with problems from securing ammunition and will surely give enforcement authorities another opportunity to prevent serious and deadly consequences. Legitimate purchases will only be slowed down by a few minutes while the check is conducted ... a small cost to help reverse a problem of epidemic proportions.

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  • Annmarie
    03/30/2018
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    When are the “checks and balances” going to come alive? This President is damaging our democracy. Of course we should have background checks for ammunition!!!

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  • lachancp
    03/30/2018
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    STOP infringing on the 2nd amendment!

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  • SneakyPete
    03/31/2018
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    “🤬🤯Another ANTI-GUN Attack” Should Congress enact legislation requiring background checks on ammunition purchases? HECK NO - NOT ANYTIME SOON PLEASE..... We again are seeing continuing efforts by the Anti-Gun community, to not only push GUN CONTROL, but now it’s AMMUNITION CONTROL that they wish to create laws which would limit the access to purchase ammunition. Lets be blunt and to the point on several points. * Primarily if an individual want to obtain either ammunition OR weapons including Long guns or hand guns, NO law is going to prevent them. * An individual not having a background of criminal or mental issues would pass a background check easily and could continue on with whatever activities that they wish. * All being said, the restricting the ability to purchase ammunition, is just another attempt in the anti-Gun crowds agenda. 3*31*18.

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  • OlderNWiser
    03/30/2018
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    Sneaky, cowardly way to humiliate the former head of the VA and replace him with his sycophant. Anyone who uses a kindergarten mental test and then proclaims # 45 is fit to lead clearly lacks either competence or morals or both. Like all of number 45s appointments, he is willing to flatter a deeply flawed man, and will destroy what he was inappropriately appointed to lead. Can anyone miss that #45 has twin agendas of padding his pockets and of destroying our beautiful country. Is Putin proud?

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  • NoHedges
    03/30/2018
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    If the democrats want to prove they are ready to take the reins of this country then they must start working together as a team focused on protecting citizens rights. They must move the message to the middle and work together on every single special election to restore our checks and balances. Congress is in a parlous condition and the dysfunction is reason for serious concern.

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  • Bc
    03/30/2018
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    No background check for ammunition purchases. Our forefathers did NOT intend to give us the Right to Bear Arms... as long as they are empty. Ludicrous!!! Use some common sense, people!

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  • SneakyPete
    04/01/2018
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    Here’s wishing each and all a very Happy Easter 🐰 🐣 today and enjoy a great day with families and friends.......

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  • NoHedges
    03/31/2018
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    Let me try again to explain how important special elections and midterms elections are. If the dems can work together and retake the house by a 2/3 majority, they can vote to remove Trump from office via the 25 amendment article 4 of the constitution in 28 days. This means no long drawn impeachment hearings, no more for profit agency, and ending this plutocratic dictatorship. However, if the dems cannot pull together and do not retake the house by a 2/3 majority then the Mueller investigation is our only hope. Arizona 8 matters because it will bring us one step closer to achieving the necessary 2/3 majority. Please write your senators today and ask them to go out and actively support Dr. Tipirneni campaign. Let's retake the house and put and end to this nightmare.

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  • J
    03/30/2018
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    Trump doesn’t have the courage to fire anyone face to face except on a staged TV show. And this isn’t draining the swamp since Trump nominated this guy to run the department. Trump has always been part of the swamp as a major campaign contributor and user of politicians and political connections. He was never an outsider, he was just not an elected or appointed official. Remember, he tried to use the government to kick people out of their homes and businesses for his own personal gain. They don’t come any swampier than Trump. Look no further than how he and his family have tried to enrich themselves even more through the use of mixing politics and personal business. The ethics violations are plain to see.

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  • Don
    03/30/2018
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    Should there be a background check prior to purchasing ammunition? Why not! My preference, and I am a gun owner, is establishing a permit for purchasing any firearm. In order to purchase a firearm a permit request would be filed. That would initiate a background check that would include any past criminal activity, warrants, domestic abuse, addictions and mental health concerns. Safety and competence certification would be required and would be available through a certified firearms instructor. A function that the NRA could assist in, rather than acting like the petulant old uncle at Christmas dinner. That would cover the issue of background checks for ammo.

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  • Jim
    03/30/2018
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    And another good man, overcome by a sense of duty to country, will be devoured by one whose sole commitment is to himself. Sad, so very sad

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  • Dave
    03/30/2018
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    People say that if you hit Trump, he will hit back harder? The question one needs to ask is where would you see or use this approach? Maybe gangs, gangster, mobs, dictators or underground activities. Trump’s dad own and operated rental in NY in the 1920’s and the mob was quite strong. Trump grew up in NY, is there an association. Trump’s problems with the FBI may go back a long time ago., back to his dad?

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  • Danny
    03/30/2018
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    I think we should do a background check on every person that continues to promote aggressive gun / ammo control. Clearly they are delusional.

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  • Ray
    03/30/2018
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    Although the new candidate seems to have served our country with honor and must be respected for all he has done. In my opinion he is not qualified to run a department this big. He is good doctor but he has not developed experience to be a manager of a department this large. It’s not good for the veterans, the country and himself. He should refuse taking the job.

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  • Kathleen
    03/30/2018
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    The only reason they want to privatize the VA is so Trump and his cronies can get their hands on some of that money. Congress and the senate have been starving the VA for years while expecting the VA to deal with more and more vets and not giving the VA the money to deal with it. I know because I am a vet and I worked at the VA for 23 yrs. We worked our butts off with fewer and fewer resources. Now you want to blame the VA for everything that has gone wrong. That’s why there were these enormous wait times. The vets don’t want the VA privatized. The VA is a huge piece of their identity and comradery. Vets need a place where they can get the specialized treatment they need for ie their PTSD which is provided by other vets. They need a place where their needs are understood. Do not let Trump and the GOP destroy the VA!

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  • Jennifer
    03/30/2018
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    Love the idiots complaining about the “leftist socialists”. Don’t you realize those are the people fighting for healthcare for all equally, including making sure our vets are well cared for even after they are no longer active duty. So shut up, you dumbasses, we’re trying to help everyone.

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  • RadicalModerate
    03/30/2018
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    Central New York. I’m voting for people who aren’t corrupt, for governor and congress. This year the ladies own my ballot.

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  • Marsha
    03/30/2018
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    As gun owners, my husband and I have no problem with background checks before purchasing ammo. Firing somebody via a tweet is a cowardly thing to do. He is a very rude and cowardly man. He thinks he is on a reality show and our Congress is allowing him to think that.

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