Mass shooting fallout. House and Senate Democrats are pressuring Senate Republican leadership to take up gun safety legislation. Senators in both parties have been meeting with White House officials about gun control legislation [NYT].

  • Support for passing an assault weapons ban is beginning to pick up steam in Congress [The Hill].
  • Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally is drafting legislation to make domestic terrorism a federal crime [Politico].
  • The gunman in Dayton, Ohio shot 26 people in 32 seconds according to a timeline released by police [NYT].
  • The owner of online messaging site 8chan, which has become a notorious haven for racism and white supremacist content, says he will keep the site dark until after he meets with Congress [CNET].
  • An Ohio teenager who was arrested after posting threats to a federal officer online and discussed mass shootings targeting Planned Parenthood had 25 guns and 10,000 rounds of ammo [BuzzFeed].

Hong Kong. Order was restored at Hong Kong's airport on Wednesday after thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with police in the main terminal on Tuesday [CNN].

  • Photos show more than 500 Chinese military vehicles along the border with Hong Kong [Bloomberg].

2020

  • Former Gov. John Hickenlooper is considering dropping out of the Democratic presidential race to run for the Republican-held Senate seat in Colorado [NYT].
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer reached one of the two thresholds for inclusion in the September Democratic presidential debate [The Hill].

Trump admits tariffs hurt consumers. President Trump announced tariffs on some Chinese consumer goods, including cell phones, laptops and video games, would be delayed until December, which is after the Christmas shopping season [AP].

  • China is reporting weak economic data amid the growing economic conflict with the U.S. [WSJ].
  • President Trump reportedly asked Japan to buy a "huge amount" of U.S. agricultural goods [Reuters].

Immigration

  • The Trump administration's top immigration official caused a stir on Tuesday offering a version of the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty that aligns more closely with the administration's latest rule to deny entry to immigrants who are likely to access public assistance [Politico].
  • Immigration officials are blaming "political rhetoric" for bullets fired through the windows of Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in San Antonio [BBC].

Uh oh! U.S. mortgage debt hit a record level, pushing even higher than the 2008 peak [WSJ].


Extreme climate change is here. The Washington Post found 1 in 10 Americans are living in areas that are rapidly heating up due to global warming. Grand County, Utah was named as one of the most quickly warming areas in the U.S. [WaPo].

  • A coalition of 29 states is suing the Trump administration over the rollback of Obama-era restrictions on coal-burning power plants [NYT].

Tech. Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users voice chats on Facebook Messenger. The contractors were not told where the audio came from nor why they were transcribing the audio. The company says they have discontinued the practice [Time].