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Open carry of knives, swords will be allowed under new Texas law

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed a bill into law effectively removing restrictions on the use and possession of several types of knives and other edged weaponsWFAA reports.

HB 1935 replaces the term “illegal knife” with “location-restricted knife” in laws regarding punishments for the use of firearms or clubbing weapons.

>> Razor blades found melted into slides at 2 Texas parks

The types of edged weapons that are no longer restricted include:

“(A) a knife with a blade over five and one-half inches;(B) a hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown; (e.g. throwing knives, “ninja stars”)(C) a dagger, including a dirk, stiletto, and poniard;(D) a Bowie knife;(E) a sword; or(F) a spear.”

According to the Houston Press, the law removes restrictions on possessing such weapons, carrying them into public or selling them to underage buyers.

HB 1935 still restricts users from carrying these weapons onto college campuses, nursing homes, sporting events and establishments that sell alcohol. The law also prohibits school-age children from carrying these types of weapons on school grounds or during school activities.

The new regulations come following a loosening of Texas’ so-called “illegal knife” laws:

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In 2013, the legislature removed the restrictions on the possession of switchblade knives. Two years later, legislators voted to pass a law prohibiting local jurisdictions from making ordinances regarding knives more restrictive than those same laws at the state level.

These changes also follow the Texas trend of “open carry” laws:

In January 2016, a law allowing an open carry of firearms, except in bars and other establishments, took effect, WOAI reported.

The knife “open carry” law goes into effect Sept. 1.

WATCH: Trump stops to pick up Marine's hat after wind blows it away – twice

A lighthearted moment between President Donald Trump and a Marine is going viral.

>> Watch the news report here

While preparing to board Marine One on Saturday, a Marine standing guard at the entrance of the helicopter had his hat blown off by the wind. Trump retrieved the hat, placed it back on the Marine’s head and patted him on the arm.

Only it happened again.

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The Marine, obviously bound to his stationary position, could do nothing about his renegade hat. But don’t worry – the president again retrieved the young Marine’s headgear. This time, Trump handed the hat to the military officer who was escorting him to Marine One, who then handed the hat back to the Marine.

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“This was kind of a light moment, we just wanted to play it for you, provide a little, a little relief as we’ve covered all the serious news,” a CNN anchor said.

“He’s trying to right the ship here, help out the Marine who’s standing alongside, apparently cannot move from his current position.”

Trump was returning to Washington, D.C., from the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, where he met with Russia president Vladimir Putin, who denied that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Ivanka Trump sits in for father at G-20 meeting, sparking criticism

President Donald Trump spent the later half of the week rubbing elbows at the G-20 summit, which brought together all the most powerful people in the world.

>> PHOTOS: Ivanka Trump through the years

At the event, held in Germany, leaders from the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China were all in attendance. The event even included a highly-anticipated meeting between Vladimir Putin and Trump. The two men held a closed meeting, making headlines worldwide.

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At one meeting in the summit, Trump had to step out, and his daughter, Ivanka, took his place. The first daughter was on the trip with her husband, Jared Kushner, who also works in the Trump White House. Both Ivanka Trump and Kushner are unpaid senior advisers.

A senior White House official dismissed the idea that the move was inappropriate, telling CNN, “Ivanka was sitting in the back and then briefly joined the main table when the president had to step out, and the president of the World Bank started talking as the topic involved areas such as African development.”

Unsurprisingly, a number of left-leaning pundits found the incident disturbing. CNN contributor Brian Fallon tweeted sarcastically, “I’m sure Republicans would have taken it in stride if Chelsea Clinton was deputized to perform head of state duties.”

New York Times columnist Charles Blow was even franker:

Jonah Green of Reuters declared, “Today is the day that Ivanka Trump finally became president.”

CNN’s Ana Navarro, a Republican critic of Trump, joked on Twitter, “Given choice b/w Pres. Donald or Pres. Ivanka, I’d take her. After all, she’s smart and eloquent and knows how to make champagne popsicles.”

More Americans trust CNN than Trump, poll says

A new poll suggests that more Americans trust CNN more than they trust the president.

>> Trump beats down CNN in wrestling video he posted to Twitter

According to a Survey Monkey poll published by Axios, 89 percent of Republicans polled view President Donald Trump as more trustworthy than CNN, but 91 percent of Democrats think otherwise. Among Independents, CNN was found to be 15 percentage points more trustworthy than Trump. Meanwhile, among all political affiliations, those polled view the network as more trustworthy than the president by a 7-point margin of 50-43 percent.

“The fight ... between the White House and major media outlets has made the question of truthfulness just as partisan-tinged as health care or other policies,” Survey Monkey Senior Vice President Jon Cohen said.

>> Trump’s wrestling tweet: What they are saying about the media and the message

In fact, when asked whether Trump was more trustworthy than the Washington Post or the New York Times, American adults polled said they trust the newspapers more than the president by a 9-point margin. ABC, CBS and NBC were deemed more trustworthy than Trump among all adults by an 11-point margin. Republicans polled, however, had a similarly disproportionate trust in the president.

>> Keith Olbermann calls for 25th Amendment action after Trump’s CNN tweet

Of the 4,965 adults polled, 33 percent of Republicans said they exclusively get their news from Fox News. Sixty-four percent of adults polled don't approve of the president’s Twitter behavior, with 47 percent describing his tweets as “undignified,” 34 percent describing them as “mean,” 26 percent saying they’re “entertaining” and just 7 percent calling them “presidential.”

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“The biggest danger for Republicans is that they grow content with firing up the base: Fully three-quarters of pure independents (those that don’t lean one way or the other) disapprove of Trump’s tweeting, and their top three descriptors for it are ‘undignified,’ ‘mean’ and ‘dishonest,'” Cohen said. “A red flag for Democrats continues to be a perception that Trump is isolating himself from the GOP base with his tweets. Not only do most Republicans approve of his use of Twitter, but asked to describe those tweets, the No. 1 mention among the GOP is ‘truthful,’ with ‘entertaining’ in second place.”

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WATCH: Banner plane tells Chris Christie to get off New Jersey beach

New Jersey residents weren’t amused after Gov. Chris Christie and his family were photographed on a state beach during a recent government shutdown. And while many confined their gripes to the internet, at least one person took his complaints to the heavens.

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According to NJ.com, a banner plane spotted over the Jersey Shore on Monday bore the message, "Tell Gov. Christie: Get the hell off Island Beach State Park" – a riff on Christie’s famous press conference before Hurricane Irene came ashore in 2011. In that press conference, Christie warned people to evacuate, telling them to “get the hell off the beach.”

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Beach closed to everyone in New Jersey except Chris Christie

The cheeky banner was met with cheers and applause from onlookers. In a video posted to Facebook by Jersey Shore Hurricane News, beachgoers are audibly applauding the fly-by sign. One man says, “That’s great!”

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The New York Daily News reported that political consultant Joshua Henne paid for the ad.

"The banner speaks for itself," he told the outlet.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Keith Olbermann calls for 25th Amendment action after Trump's CNN tweet

Keith Olbermann, host of GQ’s “The Resistance,” called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked Sunday after President Donald Trump posted a video of himself beating down the CNN logo. The video was a doctored clip from Trump's appearance on a WWE show.

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“The @vp and the cabinet of @realDonaldTrump need to invoke Article 4 of the 25th Amendment and remove him from office, today, or resign,” Olbermann tweeted Sunday.

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“Resign, now, or be forced from office. You have no place in a freedom-loving country,” Olbermann tweeted earlier in the day.

Trump supporter cleans graffiti from president's Hollywood Walk of Fame star, goes viral

In the months since he has taken office, President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has taken a beating.

The ceremonial star has been smashed, drawn on and covered in stickers that protest Trump’s policies.

Earlier this week, a young Trump supporter decided to take care of the star – and won some praise from conservatives in the process.

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Makenna Greenwald of Wyoming posted a photo on Twitter this week of her attempt to clean up Trump’s damaged star.

“Stopped to clean @realDonaldTrump Hollywood star. Nothing but respect for MY President,” Greenwald wrote on Twitter, along with the #RaisedRight hashtag.

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Greenwald’s post has been shared more than 50,000 times and caught the attention of many high-profile conservatives, including Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Trump’s son, Eric.

“Wow. Great American. @CNN @NBCNews @JoeNBC (who calls the @POTUS a schmuck, liar, goon etc.). Watch and learn what respect for the office is,” Hannity wrote.

>> See his post here

“Thank you Makenna!” Eric Trump added.

>> See his post here

WATCH: Irish reporter posts video of 'bizarre moment' with Trump in Oval Office

Irish reporter Caitriona Perry shared video Tuesday of what she called “the bizarre moment” when President Donald Trump waved her over to his desk in the Oval Office during a call with Ireland’s new prime minister, Leo Varadkar.

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 As Trump chatted with Varadkar, he made Perry a topic of small talk by asking her a few questions about her Irish roots and and finished the encounter by complimenting her smile as she walked away.

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Trump may have spotted Perry as he waited for Varadkar to pick up the phone; a CBS reporter in attendance said it took at least 90 seconds for him to answer. 

Trump sounds off after 3 CNN employees resign over retracted Russia story

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Tuesday to sound off after three employees on CNN’s new investigative unit resigned Monday over a retracted online story regarding the Senate’s Russia investigation.

"Wow, CNN had to retract big story on 'Russia,' with 3 employees forced to resign," he wrote. "What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!"

He added later: “Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories. Ratings way down!”

He continued: “So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost? They are all Fake News!”

Thomas Frank, a veteran reporter who wrote the story; his editor, Eric Lichtblau, who recently came from the New York Times; and Lex Haris, the man who oversaw the CNN Investigates unit and has worked at CNN since 2001, chose to depart Monday. Frank and Lichtblau worked out of the CNN D.C. bureau; Haris was based in New York.

A spokesman for CNN said: “In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication.”

The story, which linked Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge-fund manager close to Trump, to a Russian investment fund allegedly being investigated by a Senate intelligence committee, did not go through the proper fact-checking process, CNN said. The retracted story cited a single anonymous source.

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“The story wasn’t solid enough to publish as-is,” one of the people briefed on the investigation told CNN media writer Brian Stelter.

As The Washington Post noted, this mistake provided right-wing media fodder that feeds into the perception that CNN is improperly going after Trump. Breitbart dubbed the news “Very Fake News” in a headline.

In the past couple of years, CNN has been aggressively beefing up its investigative forces.

“CNN needs to be an organization that breaks news, not just an organization that covers breaking news or talks about breaking news on television,” Andrew Morse, the executive vice president of editorial for CNN/U.S. and general manager of CNN digital worldwide, told NPR in January. “There’s no better way to do that than to invest in investigative reporting.”

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Trump doesn't hold Ramadan dinner, breaking White House tradition

President Donald Trump did not hold a White House dinner to mark the end of Ramadan, breaking an annual tradition dating back to President Bill Clinton's administration.

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CNN reported that Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama held yearly iftar dinners celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Additionally, President Thomas Jefferson in 1805 made sure a formal White House dinner attended by Tunisian envoy Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, who observed Ramadan, occurred "precisely at sunset" instead of the usual 3:30 p.m., according to the Washington Post.

>> 5 things you should know about Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of fasting

Trump and first lady Melania Trump issued the following statement Saturday:

>> Muslims in America, by the numbers

"On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

"Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity. Now, as they commemorate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbors and breaking bread with people from all walks of life.

"During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values. Eid Mubarak."

CNN, citing two unnamed administration officials, also reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson turned down "a request by the State Department's Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host a reception marking Eid al-Fitr." The department had held iftar dinners or Eid al-Fitr receptions since 1999, according to CNN.

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