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The Morning Briefing: 3-D Gun Madness and Much, Much More

Cody Wilson holds what he calls a Liberator pistol that was completely made on a 3-D-printer at his home in Austin, Texas. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

Good Wednesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president meets with the secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • President Trump meets with inner city pastors
  • The president meets with Republican members of the Senate

IMPORTANT: War dead remains returned by North Korea headed to Hawaii

This morning, there was a formal repatriation ceremony in South Korea before the remains were loaded on a plane headed for Hawaii. The loading process is taking place now (as of 4:30 a.m. ET).

North Korean army officials who returned the remains expressed concern about bones being mixed up, said Boyd. He told CNN after the press conference it’s likely there will be more than 55 individuals in the 55 boxes being sent to Hawaii.

The remains were handed over by the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in the North Korean city of Wonsan before being transported to South Korea on Friday, the anniversary of the armistice that paused hostilities in the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953.

Enough about Jim Acosta, let’s talk about Jim Acosta

Or we could eat Jim Acosta. Acosta, who just got done complaining about being told to GTFO of the Oval Office when he was shrieking questions at the president, has some fresh new material for his butt hurt tour on the prime time spin shows.

As Acosta — a sharp questioner of the president and a frequent target of his ire — reported live from the event, a crowd of rally attendees surrounding him chanted “CNN sucks” and shouted, “traitor,” and “you’re a liar.”

Several reporters on the ground documented the incident.

And now, Acosta is worried that the anti-media rhetoric will result in violence.

Yeah, I’ll say, Jim. I WILL say. You know who knows about political violence? Rep. Steve Scalise and his congressional buddies, who were shot up by a Rachel Maddow fan looking to kill some Republicans. If you can dish it out, you can take it. So if you’re worried about political violence, keep your side of the street clean, because it is FILTHY dirty.

Facebook removes suspected RUSSIAN pages for election interference

Facebook removed some pages from the platform (or should I say from its media outlet because if they are curating their content, they aren’t really just a platform or a tool anymore) when it was determined the pages might be of RUSSIAN origin.

Publicly, Facebook is saying it does not know for sure who was behind the network, but is saying it has “found evidence of some connections between these accounts” and accounts that had been run by Russian trolls in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. The company also said it had reported the network to law enforcement and to Congress.

According to Facebook, there were more than 290,000 followers of these RUSSIAN-suspected pages.

The removed pages had more than 290,000 followers, the company said. The most followed Facebook pages were “Aztlan Warriors,” “Black Elevation,” “Mindful Being,” and “Resisters.”

Those don’t sound Trumpy to me because they aren’t. They are lefty pages or new age-y.

Related:

Here are some of the posts that Facebook says were part of a coordinated attempt to influence American elections

3-D gun madness

A judge has stepped in and blocked the publishing of plans to print a 3-D gun. The anti-Second Amendment zealots were screaming that the Trump administration was officially allowing people to make untraceable “ghost” guns. Not so. The plans to print 3-D guns have always been out there on the internet. Go look for yourself. The original issue has to do with the First Amendment and whether the government can stop someone from publishing a document because of what someone else might do with the information. In 2013, the Obama State Department blocked Defense Distributed from uploading their 3-D gun-printing plans on the internet because the plans might enable overseas terrorists to make weapons. Defense Distributed sued the government on a 1A violation. The Trump State Department settled the lawsuit, allowing the plans to be published.

Steven Gutowski, a respected gun dude, fired back on Twitter.

Here’s a good summary of the fact and fiction surrounding this ridiculous hysteria.

“Downloadable guns are a real thing because of the Trump administration.”
False. 3D-printed guns were legal regardless of the outcome of the case, and plans for 3D-printed guns were widely available online.

“Individuals will now be able to log on to a website, and if they have access to a 3D printer, print fully functional and totally undetectable firearms.”
Misleading. The word “now” is deceptive. Individuals were able to do this before the Trump administration’s settlement, and they would have been able to do so even if the Trump administration kept litigating the case. Moreover, it’s important to note that possessing “totally undetectable” firearms violates federal law.

“All of this is because the Trump administration quietly settled a lawsuit with Cody Wilson, a 3D-gun creator who had sued the federal government for being forced to take down his downloadable 3D guns back in 2013.”
False. As the Fifth Circuit clearly stated, manufacture and possession of a plastic pistol or plastic lower receiver (subject to the Undetectable Firearms Act) “is legal for United States citizens and will remain legal for United States citizens regardless of the outcome of this case.”

I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this issue today and in the future.

Related:

NRA Calls Out Politicians, Media for 3D Printed Gun Misinformation

Your daily WTF:

North Carolina man shoves $100 worth of Walmart steaks down pants, flees on moped: police

‘Obese’ tourists from US and UK blamed for crippling donkeys in Greece, activists say

Picture of the day:

Flames consume a home as the River Fire tears through Lakeport, Calif., Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Other morsels:

Dem governor flees to $7M Italian vacation home as political, personal problems mount

Kavanaugh reveals views on Mueller probe

STALL TACTIC Schumer asks national archivist for sensitive Kavanaugh records

85 injured, 2 critically, after Aeromexico plane crashes at airport, officials say

Iran: Rejoin JCPOA and maaaaaaybe we’ll chat

BBC, Fox News, PBS ranked as TV’s most trusted news brands

HEROES Idaho starts ticketing drivers for moving too slow in passing lane

Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan To Get A Netflix Documentary

Meghan McCain Destroys Joy Behar On The Iran Deal

Tom Steyer’s $110 million plan to redefine the Democrats

Protesters wear ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ costumes to troll Pence

Leslie Jones: “Stop being offended” by comedians

Oh yeah, this will help. Twitter brings in anti-Trump academics to combat intolerance

Manafort jury pulled from region that voted heavily against Trump

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!