Migrants at the border don’t need to show proof of vaccination because they don’t intend to stay for long – HotAir

They don’t?

All this time I’ve been operating on the assumption that the reason they come to the border is because they do intend to stay.

Forever, if they can.

What Psaki means is that migrants who surrender to the Border Patrol and apply for asylum can, in some circumstances, be summarily expelled under the CDC’s Title 42 pandemic authority. You file your asylum application and then you’re either repatriated or told to get comfortable in Mexico while you await a ruling. Ideally.

But there are two wrinkles. First, not everyone is turned away.

Maybe those families released into the U.S. will show up for their asylum hearing or maybe they’ll disappear and become illegal immigrants. In which case, for all intents and purposes, they are here forever.

Second, whether the Biden administration will be able to summarily expel families for much longer is in doubt thanks to a federal judge.

In a 58-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan found that the Title 42 policy does not authorize the expulsion of migrants — and, in turn, does not allow for those removed to be denied the opportunity to seek asylum in the U.S. The judge’s order will go into effect in 14 days…

Sullivan’s order applies only to families, meaning the Biden administration can continue to expel single adults arriving at the U.S. southern border. Unaccompanied children have been exempt from being expelled using Title 42…

In recent months, Mexico has been increasingly resistant to accepting families expelled from the U.S. under Title 42, resulting in a majority of families entering the U.S. to be permitted to remain in the country.

Families are coming across the border without proof of vaccination and being released into the United States to remain for months and potentially years. Meanwhile, until literally this morning, fully vaccinated tourists with proof of immunity were barred from entering the U.S. even just to enjoy a vacation of a few days.

The people who really do intend to stay only briefly are asked to prove they’re no threat to the population while the people who hope to stay permanently aren’t. Go figure.

This is the strange progressive flip side to the spectacle at the Emmys and the Met Gala in which the upper and lower classes are held to different standards on COVID precautions. At gatherings of the rich, the servants are masked while the guests enjoy freedom without. At the border and other points of entry into the U.S., the logic reverses. Anyone with enough wealth to afford an international flight is expected to also have the wherewithal to get vaccinated, and if they can’t get their act together on it they can stay home. But migrants at the border are typically impoverished and may come from countries with poor health-care systems and little access to vaccines. Holding them to the same standard — prove you’re immune or get out — would all but end the dubious mass asylum process.

So the White House effectively waives the rule for them. Progressives want the borders open to impoverished people and are willing to absorb some extra COVID transmission towards that end. But they don’t care if an unvaxxed European couple that wants to spend a few days in Vegas is forced to find some other country to holiday in.

There’s another class angle. Tourists who fly in from abroad for vacation to spread their money around are apt to patronize middle- or upper-class establishments, where they’ll mix with professionals. Dirt-poor migrants, on the other hand, are likely to spend most of their time in downscale American communities. The governing class doesn’t care much if the poors are exposed to COVID but they don’t want it in their own spaces. Which probably also explains why most major businesses are okay with not requiring customers to prove they’re vaccinated but are more eager to have their own staffers get their shots. The low-paid cashier or sales assistant can take their chances with infected shoppers out front, but executives don’t want any ‘rona around them back in the office.

I’ll leave you with another soundbite from Psaki at today’s briefing, in which she deflects Biden’s role in the horrendous drone strike that killed seven Afghan children in part by noting that he knows how painful personal loss can be. Is there no uncomfortable moment politically that the White House won’t try to use Beau Biden’s tragic death to extricate themselves from?





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What’s Going On? The Number of Container Ships Drifting Off Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach at All-Time High




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Joe Biden Ignores Reporters as He Arrives Back at the White House After Spending Long Weekend in Rehoboth Beach (VIDEO)




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Didn’t Take Long: ABC, CBS Lose Interest in Biden’s Botched Drone Strike on Kids

If a Biden blunder is too big to ignore completely, the liberal media will do the next best thing: move on as quickly as possible. On Friday afternoon, the Pentagon conceded a horrific addition to the President’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. An August 29th drone strike that was touted as killing ISIS terrorists actually killed ten civilians, including seven children. 

But while the networks initially covered this latest debacle over the weekend, ABC and CBS quickly moved on. Mondays are usually a time when the networks offer a reset for viewers who weren’t paying attention on Saturday and Sunday. However, only NBC’s Today on Monday offered a fresh story, amounting to 2 minutes and 26 seconds. ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS Mornings on Monday? Zero. 

 

 

Reporter Richard Engel on Monday explained, “Just before American troops pulled out of Afghanistan last month, the last U.S. military drone strike killed ten, including an aide worker and his seven children. Now following an investigation, the Pentagon admits it was a tragic mistake.” He added, “A New York Times investigation showed the target was care carrying water jug, not explosives. Now family members say their name has been unfairly associated with ISIS.” 

Nowhere in the segment, however, was any mention of President Joe Biden. On Sunday’s Today show, reporter Monica Alba offered a report on the President “facing setbacks and challenges.” She noted, “The White House has yet to comment on the startling admission Friday that the missile killed ten civilians and seven of them children instead of an intended ISIS target.” 

On Sunday’s Good Morning America, Stephanie Ramos tried to ask Martha Raddatz how this latest disaster impacts Biden: “Martha, for weeks we know the Pentagon called the drone strike in Kabul that killed civilians a successful mission despite the loss of life. Now they’re admitting it was a tragic mistake. What’s the fallout look like for the administration?” 

Here’s Raddatz’s full answer: Notice she never says the word “Biden.” 

 

 

This was such a horrific mistake. A tragic mistake, a horrific mistake. They had tracked this car of the aide worker. They were convinced it was a terrorist. They tracked the car for about eight hours. They said the car went to an ISIS facilitator’s home and then continued on, but there was also this incredible investigation by The New York Times. This was about a week ago they had gotten surveillance video from the ground. They had tracked this aide worker. What he did during that day, he was dropping things off. He was picking up colleagues, went all over Kabul, and then pulled into that compound, and that’s when the hellfire missile struck. Even after that investigation, days later, they were still standing by the story that this was as General Milley called it, a righteous strike, and that they had followed the rules of engagement. They still say they followed the rules of engagement, Stephanie, on how this was carried out, but it was clearly, clearly a bad hit. 

In the first 24 hours, all three networks covered the botched strike. On Friday night, as well as the Saturday morning and evening newscasts, NBC offered the most time: 6 minutes and 9 seconds. CBS followed with 5 minutes and 39 seconds and ABC was in last with 4 minutes and 17 seconds. ABC offered another 4 minutes and 8 seconds on Sunday. NBC managed an additional 25 seconds. 

The networks dropped the border crisis for months at a time. And less than three days after the killing of ten civilians, including then children, CBS and NBC already appear ready to move on. 

CBS abandoning this horrific story after just a few days was sponsored by Progressive. On ABC, it was Target. Click on the links to let them know what you thinks. 

A transcript of NBC’s coverage on Monday is below. Click “expand” to read more. 

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9/20/2021

HODA KOTB: The Pentagon facing growing fallout after admitting this weekend that a drone strike in the final days of the Afghanistan war killed an innocent family. NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel is right here in studio and going to tell us how it happened. Hey, Richard. Good morning. 

RICHARD ENGEL: It’s good to be here. Sorry with such a sad story. This was the last act while U.S. troops were still in Afghanistan. I was there at the time. We were watching this very chaotic pullout. It was a stampede, a rush to the airport and then there was an attack and the U.S. really did believe that there was going to be a follow-on attack and thought that it was ISIS, stopping an imminent attack, but after initial reports from the family that said this wasn’t the case, just a bunch of innocent people and now an investigation from the Pentagon admitting there was a mistake. 

Just before American troops pulled out of Afghanistan last month, the last U.S. military drone strike killed 10. Including an aide worker and his seven children. Now following an investigation, the Pentagon admits it was a tragic mistake. 

GENERAL KENNETH MCKENZIE: This strike was taken in the earnest belief that it would prevent an imminent threat to our forces and the evacuees at the airport. But it was a mistake and I offer my sincere apology. 

ENGEL: The strike came as American troops were pulling out of Afghanistan and it was mayhem. The Taliban had just taken over Kabul and Afghans were rushing to the airport, desperate to flee the country with American soldiers. An ISIS suicide bomber seized the opportunity and attacked American troops guarding a gate, killing 13 service members and nearly 200 Afghans. Afterwards, the Pentagon was on high alert for another ISIS attack. Later, bombing a car saying repeatedly it stopped another ISIS bomber. 

GENERAL MARK MILLEY: At this point we think that the procedures were correctly followed and it was a righteous strike. 

ENGEL:  But right from the start, witnesses claimed the U.S. Got it wrong and killed civilians. A New York Times investigation showed the target was care carrying water jug, not explosives. Now family members say their name has been unfairly associated with ISIS and they want the U.S. to help them get out of Afghanistan. “we’re not criminals. We did nothing wrong. We’re just innocent civilians, he said. 



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Biden Taking Long Weekend Vacation at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware

Joe Biden is scheduled to leave the White House early Friday afternoon for a long weekend at his Rehoboth Beach, Delaware vacation home, which he last visited in June. Biden’s trip comes with Americans still trapped in Afghanistan, Texas being overrun with thousands of migrants and the day after Biden announced a war on Red states by slashing lifesaving medical treatment for COVID.

The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti reported today on Americans trapped in Afghanistan, “Hey, guys? Those flights at Mazar-I-Sharif? They never took off. Those Americans/allies are still in Afghanistan and the State Dept says it’s “pulled all the levers” and the Taliban isn’t budging. The Americans can’t leave.”

Delaware Business Now reports Delaware is experiencing a COVID surge that is forcing hospitals to cut services.

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…He will arrive in a Sussex County that is seeing a surge in Delta variant Covid-19 cases that, along with the fall of Afghanistan, have led to a decline in Biden’s approval rating.

Both of the county’s hospitals have postponed elective surgeries requiring an overnight stay due to the number of Covid-related cases, largely among the unvaccinated.

Excerpt from the local Cape Gazette:

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he Federal Aviation Administration has issued a temporary flight restriction over the area that begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, and runs through noon, Monday, Sept. 20. The restricted area covers air space from Dover to Ocean City, Md.

Biden purchased a house in North Shores, a community between Rehoboth Beach and Gordons Pond, in the summer of 2017.

The Gazette also reported on canal and ocean security zones being established by the federal government (excerpt):

The U.S. Coast Guard has recently established two new security zones in areas near Biden’s beach house. A notice advising the public of the zones was published Aug. 26 in the Federal Register, a daily journal of the federal government that, among other things, informs citizens of changes to regulations. U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Jonathan Theel, Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, wrote the regulation notice Aug. 20. According to the public notice, the zones went into effect Aug. 26.

…Coming from Delaware Bay, the canal security zone begins approximately two-thirds of the way through the canal and lasts for about half a mile, ending just south of the entrance to the North Shores Marina. The zone for the ocean is a one-mile section of the North Shores beach that stretches 500 yards from the shoreline.

According to the notice, no vessel or person is permitted to enter either security zone without first obtaining permission from the Captain of the Port Delaware Bay or a designated representative.

…No stopping or anchoring will be allowed within the security zones, said the notice. At times, for limited duration, it is anticipated that vessels may be prohibited from entering the zone due to movement of people protected by the Secret Service.





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Biden’s ‘long overdue’ tax hikes span from Wall Street to Main Street, from superwealthy to smokers

President Biden’s plan for higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy to pay for his $3.5 trillion social welfare expansion so far includes 40 new taxes.

The menu of hikes ranges from doubling the federal tobacco tax to more than $2 per pack to boosting the top income tax rate to 39.6% from 37%, adding up to one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history.

Mr. Biden said Thursday that he’s ready to do more. To justify the taxing spree, he said the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations skirt their duties to pay for government safety net programs.

“Big corporations and the superwealthy have to pay their fair share of taxes,” Mr. Biden said at the White House. “It’s long overdue.”

The 40 proposed tax hikes assembled this week by House Democrats would boost federal revenue by $2 trillion over the next decade.

The windfall would help offset the cost of the $3.5 trillion package that includes amnesty for illegal immigrants, tuition-free community college, expanded health care and climate change initiatives.

The proposed taxes fall heavily on business, including limits to small-business tax deductions, an increase in the corporate tax rate to 26.5% from 21%, and a 3.8% tax on pass-through entities such as law firms.

“All of these measures are grounded in the goal of growing our economy and making it more inclusive and sustainable for the future,” said Rep. Richard E. Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat who chairs the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

Critics say the higher taxes on businesses will make the U.S. less competitive globally.

The increase to the corporate tax would put the U.S. rate well above those of other nations, including Scandinavian welfare states like Sweden, which taxes corporations at 20.6%. It would also be above the corporate rate of geopolitical competitors like China.

“Twenty-six and a half percent takes us to worse than China’s. It’s one of the worst in the world. They are going to eat our lunch,” said Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, the top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee.

Democrats also proposed to hike the minimum tax on corporate profits derived from foreign investment from 10.5% to 16.6%. That change and gutting of business deductions and tax credits, Democrats say, will raise more than $963 billion over the next decade.

Business groups said that the hikes are more than triple the $330 billion tax cut the private sector received in 2017 in President Trump’s signature tax overhaul.

“Rolling back job-creating tax reforms will slam the brakes on hiring and wage increases,” said Neil Bradley, the chief policy officer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “This is an everything but the kitchen sink bill that includes every policy idea the majority has been unable to pass.”

The Democrats’ plan also raises taxes on small businesses despite Mr. Biden’s promises not to do so. Critics said the tax plan fails to distinguish between large corporations and small, family-owned businesses.

The Ways and Means proposal would limit small business tax breaks, like the 20% deduction on “qualified business income.” The deduction is available to all entrepreneurs that incorporate their small businesses as pass-through entities.

Democrats also proposed a 3.8% tax on pass-through entities, which allows individuals to claim income generated from a small business as personal income rather than corporate profit for tax purposes.

Mr. Brady said the changes will raise the tax burden on small-business owners at a time when they are struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the higher taxes will fuel inflation even further and raise taxes on the middle class, breaking Mr. Biden’s pledge to spare Americans making less than $400,000 from the tax hikes.

Democrats dismiss such rhetoric, arguing that the wealthy and big corporations have long profited from an unfair tax code.

Apart from corporate and business taxes, the proposal championed by House Democrats would raise taxes on investment income, cryptocurrencies and vaping products.

Mr. Neal’s committee also offered an increase in the capital gains tax from 20% to 25% and an increase in the top income tax rate to a pre-Trump era high of 39.6%.

Democrats also pushed forward a wealth tax in the form of a 3% surcharge on individuals with income above $5 million.

“We are taking a significant step toward leveling the playing field,” said Mr. Neal.

While those hikes are targeted at the wealthy, the higher tobacco taxes and new taxes on vaping products would hit lower-income Americans. Studies show that 72% of smokers are low-income earners.

Democrats plan to pass the tax increases within Mr. Biden’s $3.5 trillion social welfare package.

Given that universal Republican opposition is assured, Democratic leaders are relying on a special procedure called budget reconciliation to force the measure through the Senate on a party-line vote.

Unity is already proving elusive, however. House Democrats this week were forced to ditch a planned increase in inheritance tax known as step-up in basis. It would have raised assessed values of inherited property and businesses, resulting in higher tax bills for heirs.

Jeff Mordock contributed to this report.

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Biden’s $3.5 Trillion Spending Plan Will Leave Americans Poorer in the Long Run – Reason.com

As Congress wrangles over the details of a massive spending bill that’s central to President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan, a new analysis shows the proposal will leave America poorer in the long run.

Biden’s plan to hike federal spending by about $3.5 trillion over the next 10 years—paid for with a combination of huge tax increases and up to $1.75 trillion in new borrowing—will decrease future economic growth and reduce private wealth, according to a new analysis from the Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM), a macroeconomic forecasting project based at the University of Pennsylvania.

The report projects that the reconciliation package would cause GDP would fall by about 4 percent by 2050 relative to where it would be if the proposal did not pass. That decline is driven by an estimated 6.1 percent reduction in private capital, which the group defines as “computers, equipment, factories, buildings, and other productive assets that are used to produce goods and services” and an 8.9 percent increase in government debt.

Higher levels of spending and higher amounts of government debt “crowds out investment in productive private capital. Less private capital leads to lower wages as workers become less well-equipped to do their jobs effectively,” the PWBM analysis warns.

That higher levels of taxation, spending, and borrowing are an albatross on future economic growth is not exactly a revolutionary conclusion—unless you work in government, that is. Congress pressed ahead with the reconciliation package this week, as the House Ways and Means Committee stuffed a long list of tax increases into the bill. They plan to hike the corporate income tax, capital gains tax rate, and personal income tax for the top income bracket. Other taxes will target tobacco products and e-cigarettes, cryptocurrencies, and more.

As those parts of the budget plan are finalized in the coming weeks, we’ll get more specific analyses from agencies like the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation. The PWBM report is based on a framework of the reconciliation bill that was released last month, so it does not take into account the specifics that are beginning to emerge, but the big picture remains the same: No matter whether the bill relies more heavily on revenue raised from taxation or by borrowing, the negatives outweigh the positives.

“Higher revenues decrease government debt, which offsets some of the negative effects on wages and GDP,” the report says. “On the other hand, higher tax rates on wages discourage households from working.” Other aspects of the plan, like greater levels of spending on public housing and increased Medicare benefits—at a time when some parts of the Medicare program are in danger of hitting insolvency—will further “reduce households’ incentives to work, which accelerates the decline in GDP.”

Workers might benefit from the massive surge in government spending in the short term, but they will lose out in the long run. The PWBM analysis says wages will rise by 0.7 percent between now and 2030 due to a reduction in the labor supply that will make workers more valuable. “However, as the decline in private capital grows over time, labor productivity continues to decline, which lowers the wage,” the report says. By 2050, hourly wages will be 2.1 percent lower than they otherwise would be.

In all, the PWBM report suggests that Biden’s massive spending package would hurt taxpayers, investors, workers, and future generations already facing the prospect of lowered standards of living caused by America’s impossibly huge pile of debt.

Build Back Better? Hardly.



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Long Live the Marder: Germany’s Cold War Classic is Here to Stay

Here’s What You Need to Remember: Despite the Marder’s early 1971 production date, the platform had was not tested in combat until 2009, when several Marders successfully defended a remote German-manned outpost in Afghanistan’s Kunduz Province.

Though the German Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) is half a century old, they’re to remain in service with the Bundeswehr for the foreseeable future.

Although Germany’s Marder infantry fighting vehicle first rolled off West Germany assembly lines fully fifty years ago this year, the fifty-year-old IFV will remain in Bundeswehr inventories for a long time to come thanks to an upgrade program.

The Marder’s development began in the early 1960s as a solution to the politically controversial, badly designed, and unreliable West German Schützenpanzer Lang HS.30. Though the Schützenpanzer was very well armed for an infantry fighting vehicle of the era, troop egress was problematic — disembarking troops would be exposed to enemy fire, as well as to the IFV’s tracks.

The Marder sought to rectify this problem — and was a significantly better infantry fighting vehicle when introduced into Bundeswehr service in 1971. With a crew of three, the IFV follows a fairly conventional design: a driver sits in the hull next to the engine, and the commander and gunner share space in the Marder’s small turret, which also mounts a 20mm autocannon and a MILAN anti-tank guided missile launcher. Secondarily, the Marder sports a 7.62mm MG3 general-purpose machine gun.

Despite the Marder’s early 1971 production date, the platform had was not tested in combat until 2009, when several Marders successfully defended a remote German-manned outpost in Afghanistan’s Kunduz Province. The Marder’s large-caliber 20mm autocannon was a particularly valuable asset, as it combined precision and long-range fire, able to accurately engage targets much too distant for general purpose or heavy machine guns.

Although the Marder enjoys an overall positive reputation among troops, like many vehicles it suffered against improvised explosive devices. Additionally, the European vehicle was not tailored to the blisteringly hot conditions in Afghanistan: it was not equipped with an air conditioning unit, which adversely affected the vehicle’s three crew members and the additional six soldiers it carries.

But, despite the vehicle’s shortcomings and old age, it will continue to roll onward.

A new power pack will be installed on 71 Marder vehicles, pushing up the engine’s power output by over 150 horsepower, from 600 to 750+. A drivetrain upgrade is quite necessary for a vehicle that has steadily been up-armored to better hand a variety of conventional and unconventional (i.e. IED) threats. The Marder’s new power-to-weight ratio is expected to be over 20hp/ton once completed, making the platform significantly more nimble. A number of conversion kits will also be installed on seventy-one Marders emphasizing modularity and ease of maintenance.

Though it is one of the longest-serving vehicles in the German Bundeswehr, the Marder will continue to push onward, despite a half-century of service.

Caleb Larson is a Defense Writer with The National Interest. He holds a Master of Public Policy and covers U.S. and Russian security, European defense issues, and German politics and culture.

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The Nosler M48 Long Range Carbon Improves on an Excellent Original

Here’s What You Need to Remember: The M48 Carbon is available in eight different calibers, all with a capacity of 3+1 rounds, with the exception of the 6.5 Creedmoor, which has a capacity of 4+1.

Many are familiar with the original Nosler Model 48 Long Range, but have you heard of the M48 Long Range Carbon? Nosler has included all of the original features that shooters loved about the original rifle, but added a few more that really make it stand out so you can excel at hunting and long-range competitions.

Nosler offers an MOA accuracy guarantee with Nosler ammo, and they do not disappoint. From 100 yards, my average grouping was just under an inch. There are no standard sights included on the M48 Carbon, but it is drilled and tapped for Model 700 scope bases. The stock even has a high cheekpiece that can accommodate large bells. With the right long-range scope, the accuracy potential is incredible.

The M48 Carbon’s pistol grip features a thick, molded, and textured palm swell. The texture extends onto the forend to ensure a strong, non-slip grip, even while your hands are wet or muddy, which makes the rifle perfect for high-stakes competitions. Another addition to the Carbon model is the PROOF Research, carbon fiber-wrapped, match-game barrel. It’s lighter and stiffer than the traditional stainless barrel to increase accuracy and durability, and it also dissipates heat better.

The M48 Carbon is designed to reduce felt recoil. Thanks to the sharp downward slope of the comb, the stock slides away from your cheek under recoil for a more comfortable shooting experience. It also has a flat bottom to reduce stock roll and an integral recoil lug. Put all of this together, add the PachMyer Decelerator buttpad, and you have a rifle that offers very manageable recoil.

Another high point of the M48 Carbon is the Timney trigger. It has a smooth pull of about 3.5 lbs, with no discernable creep or overtravel. It also includes a quiet, two-position safety that, when engaged, still allows the bolt to rotate for loading or unloading. The M48 Carbon is available in eight different calibers, all with a capacity of 3+1 rounds, with the exception of the 6.5 Creedmoor, which has a capacity of 4+1.

With a 26” barrel, the overall length of the Model 48 Long Range Carbon is 48”. It weighs just around 7 lbs without any scopes attached. Unlike the Howa 1500, this is definitely not a budget-friendly option. It will cost you a pretty penny at a $3,190 MSRP, but will give you accuracy like no other long-range rifle. Practice on range day, then win your next long-range competition with the M48 Long Range Carbon.

Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.



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