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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., talks about the border during a House Select Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 15, 2021, on the coronavirus crisis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

Scalise: Two sets of COVID-19 rules for migrants, citizens

- The Washington Times

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise highlighted the disconnect Thursday between stringent rules on Americans who attempt to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic and conditions at the southern border, where migrants are crossing the border illegally and traveling deeper into the country without being tested.

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FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, people wait in line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif. California could expand its law requiring unique identifiers on every bullet casing to include weapons used by law enforcement, a move that proponents said is another attempt to help investigate shootings by police. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Public wary of passing new gun laws, poll finds

- The Washington Times

The calls for tighter gun restrictions face stiff opposition in the court of public opinion, according to a new survey that found a clear majority of Americans back the Second Amendment and that voters are wary of more gun control laws.

Housing for migrant kids currently unneeded in Connecticut

Associated Press

Federal authorities have told Gov. Ned Lamont's administration they do not, for the moment, need sites in Connecticut to house unaccompanied migrant children who have been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in record numbers, state officials confirmed Friday.

Hunger-striking Navalny describes threats to force-feed him

- Associated Press

Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been on hunger strike since March 31, described threats to force-feed him, using “straitjacket and other pleasures,” in a message from behind bars Friday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech during a parliament session about a new law to battle the coronavirus pandemic at the parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Friday, April 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany's Merkel urges lawmakers to support pandemic bill

- Associated Press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged parliament Friday to pass a bill that would mandate a nationwide “emergency brake” when the spread of the coronavirus becomes too rapid, saying that it was needed to prevent the health care system from becoming overwhelmed.

Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan, a radical Islamist political party, chant slogans during a protest against the arrest of their party leader, Saad Rizvi, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, April 15, 2021. The French embassy in Pakistan on Thursday advised all of its nationals and companies to temporarily leave the country, days after violent anti-France violence erupted in this Islamic nation over the arrest of Rizvi who wants expulsion of French envoy over the publication in France of depictions of Islam's Prophet. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Pakistan briefly blocks social media amid anti-France rally

- Associated Press

Pakistan briefly blocked access to all social media on Friday after days of violent anti-French protests across the country by radical Islamists opposed to cartoons they consider blasphemous.

How the Kremlin provides a safe harbor for ransomware

- Associated Press

A global epidemic of digital extortion known as ransomware is crippling local governments, hospitals, school districts and businesses by scrambling their data files until they pay up. Law enforcement has been largely powerless to stop it.

Texas House OKs dropping permit to carry handgun in public

- Associated Press

Texas handgun owners would no longer need a license or training to carry their weapon in public under a bill that cleared a major vote Thursday over Democrats who railed against loosening gun laws after the 2019 mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart.

Changes to bill bans guns in state buildings, Capitol Square

- Associated Press

Virginia legislators recently accepted the governor’s substitute to a bill banning firearms on and near Capitol Square, as well as in state buildings. Lawmakers voted last year to ban firearms from the state Capitol.

Bill would ban state enforcement of federal gun laws

- Associated Press

The Alabama Senate on Thursday backed legislation to make it a crime for local police officers to enforce any new federal gun restrictions, part of a wave of GOP nullification proposals to try to resist any new gun control measures.

President Joe Biden speaks about Russia in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden says U.S. doesn't want 'cycle of escalation' with Russia

- The Washington Times

President Biden said Thursday that the U.S. doesn't seek "a cycle of escalation and conflict with Russia" after the administration slapped dozens of sanctions on Moscow over its interference in the 2020 presidential election and a massive cyberattack.