The Sheriffs Refusing To Enforce Washington State’s New Gun Law (HBO)

From his temporary office in the basement of the Klickitat County Courthouse, Sheriff Bob Songer is carrying out a provocative mission: he’s refusing to enforce a new Washington State gun control law.

The law, Initiative 1639, raises the age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle to 21, expands background checks, and adds new rules for the safe storage of firearms. Some of its provisions went into effect on January 1st; the rest are supposed to start in July.

But Songer says the law is unconstitutional — and he insists he won’t carry it out, nor, as an elected sheriff, should he be obligated to.

“Even if it was a legal law, you have discretionary power,” Songer tells VICE News Tonight. “There is no other law enforcement official in the entire United States except a sheriff is elected to office by the people.”

Songer is a leading figure in a movement that’s become the go-to response to new gun-control laws: law enforcement officials declaring their counties “sanctuaries” for gun rights. So far, more than 100 counties in at least seven states have made the move. In Washington alone, more than twenty sheriffs have said that they will follow Songer’s lead.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson thinks a lot of that is bluster. But he’s also taking steps to ensure the law is fully enforced.

“We’ve had a death penalty in our state for many, many years,” Ferguson says. “I’m personally quite opposed the death penalty. But my office helps defend death penalty cases across the state.”

In February, Ferguson sent an open letter to sheriffs across the state warning them that their counties’s residents could face civil penalties or liability if the law is not enforced. Earlier this month, he penned another letter reminding gun shops that they must follow the new law, regardless of what their local sheriff tells them.

“To me where I draw the line is what’s discretionary and what’s not,” Ferguson said. “You will see in the state 18 year olds, 19 year olds, and 20 year olds can no longer purchase AR-15s. That’s going to happen. Period. You will see in the state enhanced background checks done for semiautomatic weapons. Effective July 1 that’s going to happen. Period.”

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O’Rourke Campaign Craze & Russian Cowboys: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

This is the November 1, 2018 FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

2:11 Trump is unleashing a blast of pre-midterm falsehoods, and the Republican establishment is going along

7: 52 Across the country, Beto O’Rourke fans are gathering to raise money and support the campaign. But these are not his constituents. They don’t live in Texas and can’t vote there. So why bother going through all the trouble, when it doesn’t even look good for Beto to pull out a win in Texas?

11:55 Democrats desperately want Beto O’Rourke to win but the reality is that Texas is probably a ways away from turning blue. We get a reality check from James Carville on what it would take for it to go blue THIS year. (It won’t.)

14:37 Being a cowboy wasn’t even a job in Russia 10 years ago. Today, there are 1,000 of them

19:43 VICE News breaks down the elements that make Post Malone’s music so damn catchy.

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Pittsburgh Massacre Mourning & A Migrant Motel: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

This is the October 29, 2018 FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

1:44 Sunday’s synagogue shooter was well known on Gab. VICE News talks about the role corporations have had in responding to the issue of hate-filled loner shootings when policy seems resistant to change.

4:40 VICE News spoke with Eric Holder about the mail bomber, redistricting and more.

9:33 Advocacy groups in Texas and Arizona are struggling to deal with an overflow of migrants at the US-Mexico border. According to the White House, the border patrol apprehended 16,658 people crossing illegally in September—a record total for one month.

14:15 Young Brazilians don’t remember military rule — so they elected someone who wants to revive it

18:26 In the wake of the shooting massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, there is one place of worship that knows the exact horror of an assault in the midst of prayer: Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

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2 Guys From Brooklyn Went To Syria To Fight ISIS. Now They’re Back (HBO)

Christopher is a former bike racer and photographer currently working as a metalworker in Brooklyn. His roommate, Chris, works as a theatre director. It’s a big change from a year ago, when both of them were in Syria, fighting the Islamic State as part of a Kurdish militia.

One year ago the U.S.-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF), finished a four month campaign to push ISIS out of its Syrian capital, Raqqa. Official American involvement in Raqqa was limited to airstrikes and small teams of elite special forces troops. But the YPG, a socialist Kurdish militia, didn’t have the same limitations, drawing hundreds of foreign, less-than-experienced fighters to its ranks.

Signing up was easy — both men found applications on Google. That’s also how they met, while fighting for the YPG, and they were there on the day Raqqa officially changed hands. (After hearing rumors that ISIS had placed a bounty on the heads of foreign fighters, Chris and Christopher requested to be identified only by their first names or Kurdish noms de guerre.)

“Most of the time it was super boring,” said Christopher. Chris says he read the “whole cannon” of Shakespeare during his time in Syria.

And like many foreign fighters, Chris decided to hide his involvement in the Syrian war, avoiding social media, and only telling close friends and family where he was. Christopher, on the other hand, took a slightly different approach, building a small Instagram following, where he posted updates from the battle in Raqqa and propagandized in support of Kurdish revolutionaries.

VICE News Tonight met Christopher and Chris in New York to ask what exactly compelled them to run off to Syria to fight for the Kurdish cause.

This segment originally aired October 17, 2018 on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

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These Brooklynites Went To Fight ISIS In Syria. Now, They’re Back. (HBO)

Christopher is a former bike racer, photographer who’s now a metalworker. Chris, his roommate in Brooklyn, New York, is a theatre director.

But a year ago they took a break from their jobs and went to Syria, to fight the Islamic State.

Despite the thousands of ISIS fighters that foreign recruits, official American involvement in Raqqa was limited to airstrikes and small teams of elite special forces troops. But the YPG, a socialist Kurdish militia that dominated the SDF coalition, also drew hundreds of foreign, less experienced fighters. The two Brooklynites, Christopher and Chris, met while fighting for the YPG and were there on the day Raqqa officially changed hands.

Before traveling to Syria, Christopher spent most of his time with bikes, racing and fixing them, while Chris dedicated himself to Shakespearean theatre. Like many foreign fighters, Chris decided to hide his involvement in the Syrian war, avoiding social media, and only telling close friends and family where he was.Christopher, on the other hand, built a small Instagram following where he posted updates from the battle in Raqqa and propagandized in support of Kurdish revolutionaries.

VICE News Tonight met Christopher and Chris, in New York, to ask what compelled them to fight for the Kurdish cause.

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Roseanne Barr Reflects On Life After “Roseanne” (HBO)

Brooklyn, NY (October 16, 2018) – In an new, exclusive interview with VICE News Tonight on HBO, Roseanne Barr, creator of the ‘Roseanne’ show, opens up about her life since she was fired by ABC after making racist comments on Twitter about former aide to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett.

After being fired from the award-winning sitcom that she created based off her life in 1988, Roseanne brings VICE News Tonight on HBO inside her home for an intimate look at how she’s been spending her time: organizing photos, sleeping, smoking, and more.

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The Secrets of Making a Great Movie Trailer

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She’s Running Part 2 (Trailer) | VICE News Tonight Special (HBO)

“Oh shit, that’s our first negative mailer.”

“Are we now free to light his ass up?”

This is what it’s really like to run for Congress in 2018.

Watch the second part of our special report, “She’s Running,” next Thursday at 7:30PM EDT on VICE News Tonight on HBO

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Shane Smith Interviews Benjamin Netanyahu: VICE News Tonight on HBO (Preview)

This is the first time Israel has put the Iranian drone they shot down in February on full display.

See @shanesmith30’s interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) on VICE News Tonight on @HBO at 7:30PM EST.

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Inside The Killing Rooms Of Mosul: VICE News Tonight (Preview)

Warning: graphic images

In March, VICE returned to Mosul for the first time since the war against ISIS was declared over eight months ago.

While life may be returning to normal in the eastern half of the city, on the other side of the river — where the fighting was most intense — the scale of rebuilding that needs to be done is monumental. It’s estimated there are still eight million tons of conflict debris that need to be moved before reconstruction can start, equivalent to three times the size of the Great Pyramid of Egypt. Seventy-five percent of that rubble is in West Mosul, and it’s mixed with so much unexploded ordnance that hazard disposal experts say this is now the most contaminated spot on the planet.

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