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Trump cools on background check push in recent lawmaker conversations

  • Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump has been cooling to the idea of supporting new legislation for stricter firearm background checks in recent conversations with lawmakers, congressional and Republican sources tell CNN.
  • After a week at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and with the conversation around Dayton and El Paso shrinking, Trump has -- at least publicly -- scaled back his emphasis on even modest reforms to the nation's gun laws.
  • Trump's shift away from background checks comes amid conversations with Republican Rep. Mark Meadows and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin over the last week, as well as the National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre, the sources said.
  • One Republican operative close to the White House said the issue is likely to reemerge when Congress returns from its recess in September, noting that some GOP lawmakers in swing districts are hearing from voters who want to see action on the gun issue.

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First on CNN: More NRA leaders step down amid spending controversy

  • Country music singer and NRA board member Craig Morgan has resigned, sources with knowledge of the matter tell CNN, and NASCAR team owner Richard Childress stepped down on Monday.
  • The departures are the latest to roil the organization's leadership, which has seen several members resign in recent weeks amid the controversy over NRA spending and the forced resignation of former NRA President Oliver North.
  • But Childress, along with North, previously raised concerns about the amount of money the NRA was spending on outside lawyer William Brewer and his firm Brewer Attorneys & Counselors, according to documents obtained by CNN.
  • Last week, Julie Golob, a professional sport shooter, announced that she will not be finishing her full three-year term as an NRA board director, and three NRA members from the more than 70-member board resigned after raising concerns about reports of lavish spending and mismanagement by LaPierre, The Washington Post reported.

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The NYC landlord accused of splitting a single condo into 9 illegal units is repeating the city’s dark history of filthy, dangerous tenements

  • Two Manhattan landlords were busted by New York City authorities who said they had illegally constructed and rented out two illegal sub-units that created rooms that were dangerously cramped.
  • Investigators said the landlords illegally constructed nine units which had no windows, sprinklers, or fire-safety systems, which created potentially deadly conditions for tenants.
  • Nearly a century after these vulnerable populations faced deadly conditions in tenement housing, basic laws on construction and renting often come back into play to safeguard basic living standard.
  • These laws were brought back into focus when two Manhattan landlords were found to have divided a 634-square-foot unit horizontally to construct nine single-occupancy rooms attached with an illegal staircase, according to the city's Department of Buildings.
  • The nine units had no windows, sprinklers, or fire-safety systems, the lack of which poses a deadly risk to tenants, the department told Insider.

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Joe Biden's former brain surgeon explains why he's not too old to be president

  • At age 76, former Vice President Joe Biden would be the oldest president to take office if he became the Democratic nominee and won the 2020 election.
  • Despite his current status as the frontrunner in the race, Biden's age has raised some questions as to whether he could be too old to be president, the subject of recent long-form pieces in The Atlantic and Politico Magazine.
  • A series of unfortunate missteps and gaffes over the course of his campaign have fed into the narrative that Biden could be too old to take on the full responsibilities of being president, but medical experts and a surgeon who treated him say Biden's gaffe-prone tendency is not a reflection of his mental sharpness.
  • His surgeon, Dr. Paul Kassell, recently told Politico's Marc Caputo that the surgeries did not negatively affect his mental capabilities or agility.
  • President Donald Trump, who currently holds the record of oldest US president on Inauguration Day, was 70 years and 220 days old upon taking office.

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A man held on to a sailboat for 12 hours after it capsized miles off the coast in Lake Erie

  • According to a news release from the US Coast Guard's Marblehead, Ohio, station, the man was stranded about 4.5 miles offshore when his boat flipped during a storm at 8 pm on Sunday.
  • The crew on board the chartered fishing boat the Waterfox spotted the man holding tight to the hull of his boat around 8 am Monday morning.
  • Speaking to WTVG, Waterfox first mate Brant Cook said they stumbled upon the man and his boat by mistake, at first believing it to be a jet ski.
  • When Cook realized that they had actually found a stranded man, he turned to crew members with "eyes big as saucers," Captain Eric Langermeier.
  • According to WTVG, the man's family doesn't want to disclose his identity.
  • EMS was waiting in Port Clinton to treat the man for this hypothermia symptoms, the press release said.

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Odell Beckham Jr. calls trade to Browns 'personal', saying the Giants thought 'they'd send me here to die'

  • In a story published by Sports Illustrated, Beckham told reporter Ben Baskin that he knew the Giants had better offers on the table, but instead elected to send him to the Browns out of spite.
  • In March, Browns general manager John Dorsey inquired about Beckham, making Giants Dave Gettleman an offer.
  • The team hasn't had a winning season since 2007.
  • Then Baker Mayfield arrived after being drafted No. 1 overall in 2018 to lead the Browns to a 7-8-1 year.
  • Although not a winning season, the Browns suddenly have potential.
  • Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield also criticized the Giants in a profile published by GQ Magazine.
  • For Beckham, the upcoming season will be a chance to prove the Browns can live up to expectations as the team is favored to with the AFC North for the first time in franchise history.

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This $155 laptop bag is one of the smartest we've ever carried to work — here's why professionals will love it

  • The brand already has a running list of commuter-friendly bags, including a carry-all gym bag, a professional leather tote, and a work-appropriate backpack, among others.
  • Sleek materials, aesthetically pleasing designs, and smart features are the signature of the Dagne Dover 365 collection, including its two newest additions — the Ryan and Weston Laptop Bags.
  • While the unique style is what might draw customers to these laptop bags at first, it is the superior organization and additional specs that will keep them coming back to Dagne Dover.
  • I wish the Dagne Dover Ryan Laptop Bag had existed while I was in college, because it would've actually held up to all the heavy study materials and the laptop I carried around campus.
  • Dagne Dover's laptop bag, like much of its offerings, is smarter, leaner, and better looking than most other options.

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US soldiers got down and dirty in the desert to find the best sniper in the 1st Armored Division

  • FORT BLISS, Texas — The sharp crack of an M110 semi-automatic sniper system and a faint plume of sand are the only signs of activity across the glinting sands of New Mexico, as sniper teams engaged targets with unparalleled proficiency.
  • Sniper teams from 1st Armored Division competed in the Iron Sniper 2019 competition, hosted by 2nd Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1AD, August 13-14 at Fort Bliss, Texas and Dona Ana Range Complex, New Mexico.
  • Sgt. John Sis, an infantryman assigned to 4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1 AD and native of Annapolis, Maryland, alongside teammate Spc. Colin Clayton, a cavalry scout assigned to 6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1ABCT and a native of Denton, Texas, won the competition, receiving an Army Commendation medal and the chance to represent 1AD.

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Apple's 'The Morning Show' will reportedly be one of the most expensive TV series in history, costing $150 million per season

  • Apple is dropping $300 million for two seasons of the series ( 20 episodes), according to Bloomberg, which cited anonymous sources familiar with the matter.
  • At $150 million a season, that makes it one of the most expensive TV shows ever, though the Bloomberg report didn't specify whether that includes both production and marketing costs, as well as actors' salaries.
  • Regardless, Apple is heavily investing in Apple TV Plus to compete with Netflix and the upcoming Disney Plus.
  • For comparison, the first season of Netflix's "The Crown" cost $130 million for 10 episodes, according to The Daily Beast.
  • The hospital drama "ER" cost $13 million an episode in its later seasons, and seasons exceeded 20 episodes.
  • In its final season, "Game of Thrones" had a production budget of $15 million an episode, or $90 million for the entire six-episode season, according to Variety.

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Popeyes is selling out of chicken sandwiches as the frenzy over the new menu item reaches a fever pitch

  • Popeyes is facing a chicken sandwich shortage following the rollout of its new menu item.
  • Last week, Popeyes added a chicken sandwich to the menu.
  • It was an immediate hit, winning over Business Insider's fast-food critic Irene Jiang.
  • Fans were quick to crown it the king of chicken sandwiches.
  • The debate over the Popeyes' chicken sandwich reached a boiling point this week, as Popeyes feuded with chicken sandwich rivals Chick-fil-A and Wendy's on Twitter.
  • The debate seems to be driving sales.
  • Dozens of people are complaining on social media about their local Popeyes being sold out of chicken sandwiches.
  • Business Insider visited two Popeyes locations in Manhattan early Tuesday afternoon.
  • Both were sold out of chicken sandwiches.
  • Popeyes didn't immediately provide comment to Business Insider on the sold-out sandwiches.
  • Irene Jiang contributed reporting for this piece.

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