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Oct 3, 2015

Gunman in Oregon massacre was turned away from firearms academy

By Eric M. Johnson and Emily Flitter

ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) – The gunman slain by police after he killed his English professor and eight others at an Oregon college was once turned away from a firearms academy by an instructor who recalled finding him “weird” and “a little bit too anxious” for high-level weapons training.

Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, who moved to Oregon from the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California, was officially identified on Friday as the assailant in the rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, which ranks as the deadliest among dozens of U.S. mass shootings in the past two years.

Oct 3, 2015

In an Oregon gun shop, President Obama’s message does not sit well

By Emily Flitter

ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) – The first thing customers entering the Roseburg Gun Shop see is a life-sized cardboard cutout of President Barack Obama with a Middle Eastern scarf around his head and a badge pinned to his chest that reads: “Gun salesman of the year.”

The customers and sales staff in this store, located 10 miles (16 km) from Umpqua Community College, where a gunman killed nine people and injured nine others on Thursday, said they were horrified by the shootings. But they were not buying the president’s argument that guns were the problem.

Sep 30, 2015

U.S. securities regulator expands use of powerful software -source

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC) is expanding an effort that allows its staff to
search massive amounts of data for signs of insider trading and
other securities violations, a person familiar with the matter

The SEC is awarding a five-year, $90 million contract to
privately held Palantir Technologies to provide software for the
detection program, the person said.

Sep 28, 2015

Trump promises to tax U.S. corporate profits held abroad

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday unveiled sweeping proposals to simplify the tax code, slash the corporate tax rate and impose a one-time levy on the overseas earnings of U.S. companies.

In a news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan, he also vowed to eliminate deductions and loopholes for special interest groups if he becomes president at the November 2016 election.

Sep 25, 2015

Exclusive: Joe Biden backers hiring staff in more states in hopes of 2016 run

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A group of Joe Biden supporters trying to build momentum for a White House run by the vice president is hiring paid staff in about a dozen crucial primary states.

The political action committee backing the vice president, Draft Biden, has begun building operations in 11 states holding primary elections on “Super Tuesday” in March 2016, two of the group’s officials told Reuters, an important series of votes for any candidate seeking their party’s nomination.

Sep 16, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

What it’s like for the journalists who cover Trump


Donald Trump is used to being the focus of 20,000 pairs of eyes, but I’m not. During his rally on Monday night in Dallas, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination pointed to the area where we journalists were gathered on the floor of the American Airlines Center and asked the crowd what they thought of the media. Everybody looked at us. Everybody booed.

Still, I have to admit – with a giant exception for the egregious treatment of the reporter Jorge Ramos, who Trump’s security guards tossed out of a press conference when he tried to ask the candidate about immigration – Team Trump is refreshingly relaxed with the media.

Sep 15, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

What Republicans like about Trump


Ask any Trump supporter why the blond-bouffanted businessman is the best and you’ll get pretty much the same answer: He’s speaking his mind, saying what other candidates are afraid to say.

There’s the hair: Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Sep 15, 2015

Hundreds of Latinos protest at Trump rally, clash with supporters

DALLAS (Reuters) – A downtown Dallas rally by presidential hopeful Donald Trump produced some of the sharpest scenes of conflict yet in his campaign as hundreds gathered to protest his positions on immigration and confronted supporters as they left the event.

Inside the rally at the American Airlines Center sports arena, the biggest cheers from the thousands of attendees erupted when the Republican front-runner said it was time to stop illegal immigration.

Sep 9, 2015

Trump security guards assaulted protesters on NY sidewalk, lawsuit claims

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Five people are suing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claiming his private security team assaulted them on a Manhattan sidewalk as they protested outside Trump’s office, according to a filing on Wednesday in New York state court.

The suit names Trump personally, the Trump Organization and Trump’s security director Keith Schiller. It also addresses four unnamed members of Trump’s security team.

Sep 9, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Trump wants CNN to donate debate ad revenue to veterans

Donald Trump, the New York businessman and reality TV personality who is running for president, made it clear this week he isn’t afraid to tell other people what to do with their money.

The Republican presidential front-runner made a modest proposal to CNN’s president Jeff Zucker this week: He wants Zucker to donate the proceeds of the ads CNN sells around its Sept. 16 Republican primary debate to “various VETERANs groups,” as he put it in a letter Tuesday, “a list of which I will send to you in the near future.”