Retailers Dick’s and Walmart take harder line against guns – The Denver Post

NEW YORK — Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart took steps Wednesday to restrict gun sales, adding two retail heavyweights to the growing rift between corporate America and the gun lobby. Dick’s said it will immediately stop selling assault-style rifles and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21. Its CEO took on the National Rifle Association by demanding tougher gun laws after the massacre in Florida. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, followed late Wednesday saying it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21. It had stopped selling AR-15s and other semi-automatic weapons in
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Trump Calls Sessions’s Handling of Surveillance Abuse Allegations ‘Disgraceful’

But the president’s options are constrained, advisers said, because he recognizes that he would have a difficult time winning Senate confirmation for a replacement. Mr. Sessions served there for 20 years, and his former colleagues have bristled at Mr. Trump’s attacks. Any dismissal of Mr. Sessions would be taken by Democrats and even some Republicans as an effort to seize control of the Russia investigation and could trigger a bipartisan backlash. The exchange on Wednesday began when the president lashed out at Mr. Sessions for seeming to suggest that the Justice Department’s inspector general would look into Republican charges of
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Republicans Defend Trump Aide Who Admitted Telling ‘White Lies’ on President’s Behalf

Updated Feb. 28, 2018 4:43 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—Republicans on Wednesday defended a senior White House aide who acknowledged she had told what she described as innocuous lies on President Donald Trump’s behalf, saying Democrats had questioned her truthfulness to embarrass her. Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, spent nearly nine hours before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, fielding questions about the campaign and the presidential transition while refusing to talk about the 13 months she has spent in the West Wing. In response to a question from Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) about whether she has ever lied
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Theresa May rejects EU’s draft option for Northern Ireland

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMay: I’ll make opposition to plans ‘crystal clear’ to EU An EU proposal for the Northern Ireland border threatens the “constitutional integrity” of the United Kingdom, Theresa May has said. A draft legal agreement published by the EU proposes a “common regulatory area” on the island of Ireland after Brexit, if solutions cannot be found. Mrs May said “no UK prime minister could ever agree” to this. The EU says the controversial “backstop” option is not intended to “provoke” the UK. Unveiling the draft agreement, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier called on
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Stock Selloff Widens After Powell Boosts Expectations of Rate Rises

Updated Feb. 28, 2018 3:51 a.m. ET Global stocks fell Wednesday, after new Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy on Tuesday led investors to expect higher interest rates. The Stoxx Europe 600 dropped 0.4% in early European trade. Futures pointed to a flat opening for both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, following a selloff Tuesday. In Asia, equities took a dive on the back of weaker-than-expected economic data, as China’s official manufacturing survey of purchasing managers fell to a 19-month low and Japanese factory output and retail sales came in weak.
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Mueller team asks about Trump’s Russian business dealings as he weighed a run for president

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No Bail Hearings for Detained Immigrants, Supreme Court Rules

The decision came a day after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal over whether the Trump administration may shut down a program that shields some 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation, complicating legislative efforts to address the issue. Ahilan Arulanantham, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union who represented the immigrants seeking hearings in Tuesday’s case, said he was disappointed by the decision. “The Trump administration is trying to expand immigration detention to record-breaking levels as part of its crackdown on immigrant communities,” he said. “We have shown through this case that when immigrants get a fair
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Hope Hicks doesn’t answer questions on White House time

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Former President Bill Clinton to pay last respects to Billy Graham

Former President Bill Clinton arrived at the Billy Graham Library late Tuesday morning to pay his final respects to Graham, the evangelist and advisor to presidents who died Wednesday at age 99. Clinton arrived at 11:32 a.m. and was met by Franklin Graham, the late evangelist’s son. The two walked down a brick path to the Graham homestead, where Billy Graham’s body lies in repose. Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady and secretary of state, did not accompany her husband. Clinton, a Democrat, is the second former president in two days to honor Graham at the namesake library. Graham’s casket
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