Former President Bill Clinton called into CNN on Thursday to discuss the school shooting in California, and ended up criticizing President Trump for refusing to work with Congress on things like gun control due to the ongoing House impeachment inquiry.

The exchange:

JAKE TAPPER: What would your message to President Trump be about when he says, "I can't work with these people. They're impeaching me?"
CLINTON: My message was, would be, look, you got hired to do a job. You don't get to — every day's an opportunity to make something good happen. And I would say I've got lawyers and staff people handling this impeachment inquiry and they should just have at it. Meanwhile, I'm going to work for the American people. That's what I would do. He did indicate a couple times he would go along with this and then obviously the gun lobby got ahold of him and pulled him back, but at some point denial is no longer an option.

Why it matters: Clinton — one of two U.S. presidents to be impeached — was responding to a clip of Attorney General Bill Barr, who said Wednesday that legislative efforts on gun control have been "sidetracked" by the impeachment process.

  • Clinton is the last president to have signed major gun control legislation. He called Barr's comments "just an excuse," telling Tapper, "Look how much we got done in 1998 and 1999. And even 1997. We had very productive actions in all three years."

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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law

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Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai has been arrested for "collusion with foreign powers," said Mark Simon, an executive at the tycoon's media firm Next Digital Monday morning local time.

Why it matters: He was arrested under the new national security law that gives Beijing more powers over the former British colony. Lai is the most prominent person arrested under the law, which prompted the U.S. to sanction Chinese officials, including Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, over Beijing's efforts to strip the territory of its autonomy.

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New York reports new low positive coronavirus test rate

People physically distancing at tables in New York City's Times Square in June. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Sunday 515 people, or 0.78% of those tested, returned a positive reading for COVID-19 the previous day.

Why it matters: It's the lowest single-day positive rate since the start of the pandemic. It's another sign that the state that was once a global coronavirus epicenter is curbing the spread of the virus. "Our daily numbers remain low and steady, despite increasing infection rates across the country, and even in our region," Cuomo said in a statement. "But we must not become complacent: Everyone should continue to wear their masks and socially distance."

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