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Former Texas Rep. and 2020 Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke continued his crusade in favor of gun control measures on Sunday after his home state experienced yet another mass shooting on Saturday, killing 7 people and injuring more than 20.

"100 killed daily in the United States of America. We're averaging about 300 mass shootings a year. No other country comes close. So yes, this is f***ed up. If we don't call it out for what it is, if we're not able to speak clearly, if we're not able to act decisively, then we'll continue to have this kind of bloodshed in America. And I cannot accept that. We're going to speak as defiantly and as strongly as we can, but we're also going to take action. Universal background checks, red flag laws, an end to the sales of weapons of war and buying those AK-47s and AR-15s back so they cannot be used against our fellow Americans."

The big picture: O'Rourke's rhetoric on gun control has been core to his campaign in the month since the mass shooting in El Paso that killed 22 people, with his emotional appearances on cable news and in speeches going viral on several occasions. O'Rourke called for a mandatory government buyback of "every assault weapon in America" in an op-ed in USA Today last month, and he doubled down on his plan on Saturday.

  • Asked by a reporter how he would reassure people who are afraid the government will take their assault weapons, O'Rourke responded: "I want to be really clear that that’s exactly what we are going to do."

Go deeper: 2020 Democrats push for gun control measures after Texas shootings

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Two Canadians imprisoned by the Chinese government for over 1,000 days have been released and are expected to arrive in Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Why it matters: Their release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice that resolves the criminal charges against her and could pave the way for her to return to China.

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Arizona GOP's private recount of 2020 election confirms Biden's win

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In an odd coda to the 2020 election, private contractors conducting a GOP-commissioned recount in Arizona confirmed President Biden’s win in Maricopa County.

Why it matters: The unofficial, party-driven recount has been heavily covered on cable news as part of former President Trump's continued effort to sow doubt about the election result.

Del Rio bridge camp empty following Haitian migrant surge

A boy bathes himself in a jug of water inside a migrant camp at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sept. 21 in Del Rio, Texas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The last migrants camping under the Del Rio International Bridge, which connects Texas and Mexico, departed on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced during a White House press briefing.

Driving the news: Thousands of migrants, mostly from Haiti, had arrived to the makeshift camp after crossing the southern border seeking asylum. Roughly 1,800 migrants will now head to U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing centers.