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September 3, 2014
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In June of this year, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) introduced an amendment to halt the Pentagon's 1033 program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars of military-grade weapons and equipment to local police annually. The amendment overwhelmingly failed, and just seven out of 41 voting members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) supported it.

That vote has drawn controversy in the wake of this summer's protests and grotesquely militarized police response in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson's own congressman is Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.); he is a member of the CBC, and he voted against demilitarizing police.

Now, The New York Times reports that the CBC is campaigning on what happened in Ferguson to turn out African-American voters for 2014, an effort which would presumably be more difficult were the CBC's record on police militarization more widely known. Bonnie Kristian

11:00 a.m. ET

Former Daily Show correspondent and host of TBS' Full Frontal Samantha Bee sent out a series of cheeky tweets Friday night mocking presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's selection of Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate. Kaine is widely perceived as a cautious choice, to put nicely — which Bee did not. Take a look at a few of her tweets below, and see the rest on her feed. Bonnie Kristian

10:50 a.m. ET
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In just the 11th veto of his time in office, President Obama on Friday rejected the "Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2016," a bill which would have capped former presidents' expense accounts at $200,000 a year and phased out presidential pensions for former executives who independently make at least $400,000 annually.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the veto was issued out of concern that the bill would "immediately terminate salaries and all benefits to staffers carrying out the official duties of former Presidents" and require the government to "immediately terminate leases, and remove furniture."

Earnest indicated that Obama, who will himself be an ex-president in six months, would consider signing a revised version of the legislation. Bonnie Kristian

10:40 a.m. ET
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The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing at a protest in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Saturday. At least 61 people were killed in the attack and about 200 more were wounded, officials said.

The demonstration was primarily composed of the Shia Hazara minority; ISIS represents an extreme variant of Afghanistan's Sunni majority. The two sects have historically not experienced internecine strife in Afghanistan as they have elsewhere in the Mideast, including Iraq.

The Taliban condemned the incident, calling it an "act of making enmity among Afghan ethnicities" and denying all participation. If ISIS involvement is confirmed, it will be the first time the group has made a major strike in Afghanistan outside Nangarhar province. Bonnie Kristian

10:11 a.m. ET
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A 64-year-old Russian adventurer and Orthodox priest named Fedor Konyukhov landed in Australia Saturday and in doing so completed his record-setting hot air balloon circumnavigation. Konyukhov began his journey July 12 and traveled around the globe in just 11 days, 6 hours, living in a gondola measuring around 6 feet in each direction.

"He's landed, he's safe, he's sound, he's happy," said Konyukhov 's flight coordinator, John Wallington. "It's just amazing. It's fantastic — the record's broken, everyone's safe." Konyukhov landed cold and bruised but otherwise in good condition.

The previous record, held by an American named Steve Fossett, was 13 days, 8 hours. Bonnie Kristian

8:42 a.m. ET
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The 18-year-old gunman who killed 10 people, including himself, in an attack on a Munich shopping mall Friday evening was fixated on mass murder, local authorities have revealed.

"Documents were found about mass shootings," said Hubertus Andrae, Munich police chief. "The perpetrator was obviously obsessed with the issue." A search of the attacker's home located multiple books on the subject, including one titled, Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill.

The gunman's name has yet to be released, but early investigations suggest the German-Iranian man was not motivated by Islamic extremism and had no ties to the Islamic State. Bonnie Kristian

8:31 a.m. ET
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At least 130 people have died and dozens more remain missing after torrential rains caused flooding and landslides throughout China since the extreme weather began on Monday.

Hit hardest is Hebei Province, located near the capital city of Beijing in the northeast of the country, where 300,000 people have been evacuated and about 80 of the deaths occurred. Photos of drowned children purported to be from this area are circulating online.

Meteorologists say additional rainstorms are expected in coming days, and authorities estimate some 8 million people have been affected already. Some Hebei residents have accused the government of causing the disaster by opening a nearby reservoir, but officials insist the reservoir drains into a different river and did not cause these deadly floods. Bonnie Kristian

7:58 a.m. ET
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A mass shooting at the Munich shopping center Olympia Einkaufszentrum Friday evening left 10 people dead, including the gunman, who has since been identified as an 18-year-old German-Iranian whom authorities say had no apparent ties to an outside terrorist organization.

"Based on the searches, there are no indications whatsoever that there is a connection to Islamic State," said Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae in a press conference Saturday. Andrae noted that his officers had not found evidence tying the shooter to refugee communities or to past criminal activity — but did uncover a history of psychiatric care.

Nearly all of the victims were teenagers, with three just 14 years old. Another 16 people were wounded before the attacker killed himself and three remain in a life-threatening condition. Bonnie Kristian

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