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Tipster’s Warning to F.B.I. on Florida Shooting Suspect: ‘I Know He’s Going to Explode’

“He got pissed off and then he came in the house and started banging all the doors and banging in the walls and hitting the walls and throwing everything in the room,” she said. “And then my son got in there and he said, ‘Stop it,’ and he didn’t want to stop.”She added: “It’s not the first time he put a gun on somebody’s head.” Ms […]

Ties to the N.R.A. Leave Companies Scrambling for Cover

For companies like MetLife that are caught in the middle of these angry social media storms, actions tied to divisive social issues can be a lose-lose proposition. […]

‘The Hapsburg Group’: Mueller Says Manafort Secretly Paid European Leaders

PhotoPaul Manafort leaving Federal District Court in Washington last year.Credit Win Mcnamee/Getty Images North AmericaFor five centuries, the Habsburgs dominated much of Central Europe, reaching from their ancestral base in Austria to eventually encompass a multiethnic and multilingual empire that collapsed only at the end of World War I.The name of the dynasty that ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire quickly became a trending topic on Friday evening, after the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election in the United States accused Paul Manafort Jr., President Trump’s former campaign chairman, of secretly paying a group of former European officials to lobby for Ukraine in 2012 and 2013, when its government was pro-Russian.Around 2012, according to the indictment released on Friday, Mr. Manafort and his colleague Rick Gates “secretly retained a group of former senior European politicians to take positions favorable to Ukraine, including by lobbying in the United States.”PhotoPortraits of Princess Louise of Saxony and Emperor Franz Joseph at the home of a Habsburg descendant, Geza von Habsburg, in Bronxville, N.Y.Credit Damon Winter/The New York TimesThey were informally called the Hapsburg Group, according to the indictment, which used an alternative spelling for the Habsburgs.Continue reading the main storyAlthough the former politicians purported to provide “independent assessments,” according to the indictment, “in fact they were paid lobbyists for Ukraine.” Mr. Manafort used at least four offshore accounts to wire more than 2 million euros to pay the group of former politicians, according to the indictment.Continue reading the main story […]

The Charges in the Mueller Investigation

SectionsSEARCHSkip to contentSkip to site indexSubscribeLog In SubscribeLog InAdvertisementPoliticsThe Charges in the Mueller InvestigationBy Emily Cochrane and Alicia Parlapiano Feb. 23, 2018In the nine months since Robert S. Mueller III was appointed to oversee the investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, he has issued more than 100 criminal counts against 19 people and three companies. Of the 19 people, four — including three Trump associates — have pleaded guilty. Thirteen are Russians accused of meddling in the 2016 presidential election.Here is an assessment of the charges and the people facing them in the special counsel investigation.Pleaded Guilty and Known to Be CooperatingGeorge PapadopoulosMr. Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to lying to the F.B.I. […]

Fact Check: Major Shootings Led to Tougher Gun Laws, but to What End?

? The Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed after the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. […]

Trump Condemns Florida Officer Who Didn’t Act; Sticks by Plan to Arm Teachers

“I’d rather have somebody that loves their students and wants to protect their students than somebody standing outside that doesn’t know anybody, and doesn’t know the students, and frankly, for whatever reason, decided not to go in even though he heard lots of shots being fired inside,” Mr. Trump said, referring to Mr. Peterson. He said the officer “was not a credit to law enforcement.”Speaking of the gunman in Parkland, Mr. Trump added that if his idea had been in place, “a teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened.”It was the third time in three days that Mr. Trump, who has vowed to take swift action after the latest school shooting, has championed the idea of transforming schools into fortified zones where educators would secretly be carrying weapons to guard against attacks.Mr. Trump is under pressure to embrace stiffer gun restrictions, including a ban on assault weapons and limits on high-capacity ammunition, despite vehement N.R.A. opposition. The president has instead seized on the idea of loosening gun laws to protect schools.“Why do we protect our airports and our banks, our government buildings, but not our schools?” Mr. […]

Defying N.R.A., Florida Lawmakers Back Raising Age Limits on Assault Rifles

Mr. Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron also said they would push to ban “bump stocks,” which enable semiautomatic rifles to fire faster; require more safety and mental health training for school personnel; and establish processes for the authorities to better share information about potential at-risk students and security threats.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyGet the Morning Briefing by EmailWhat you need to know to start your day, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.Thank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.In all, the governor asked lawmakers for $500 million for mental health and school safety programs, including requiring at least one armed police officer for every 1,000 students at public schools.“If funding this means we won’t be able to cut taxes this year, so be it,” Mr. Scott said.All three proposals — from the governor, House speaker and Senate president — would give the police more power to use Florida’s Baker Act to keep weapons away from people with mental health problems.“I want to make it virtually impossible for anyone who has mental issues to use a gun,” Mr. […]