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Cars in the pit at Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sept. 08 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

NASCAR rejected multiple advertisements from firearms companies this summer, muddling the racing organization's stance on Second Amendment issues, according to CNN.

Why it matters: Gun enthusiasts and manufacturers told CNN the rejections stunned them and they fear NASCAR is silently joining the chorus of companies calling for action on gun control and changing their internal policies on guns following recent mass shootings.

Context: NASCAR partners with retailers including Gander Outdoors and Bass Pro Shops, which both sell guns, and gun manufacturer Henry Repeating Arms, but other gun distributors and manufacturers said the company rejected advertisements that depicted assault-style rifles or sniper rifles.

What they're saying: David Dolbee, general manager for the firearms distributor K-Var Corp., told CNN that the rejections do not make sense:

  • "This is a colossal mistake. Do they not understand their own base? They are a sporting organization trying to take sides on a political issue. That never goes well for any company."
  • The National Rifle Association criticized NASCAR in an online post, calling the rejections "a decision that could easily alienate a great many of its most ardent fans."
  • NASCAR has not explained its reasoning behind rejecting the ads.

Go deeper: 145 CEOs urge Senate to pass gun control legislation

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Bill Clinton hospitalized for non-COVID-related infection

Former President Bill Clinton. Photo: Win McNamee/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday for a non-COVID-related infection, his spokesperson Angel Ureña said Thursday.

The latest: In an update on Friday, Ureña said Clinton's health indicators are "trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly."

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FDA panel endorses shot of J&J booster for adults

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Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Friday unanimously endorsed a booster shot for adult recipients of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after the initial dose.

Why it matters: The advisory committee raised concerns about a dearth of data to support their decision but ultimately decided to support an additional shot for those over 18.

Capitol Police officer indicted for obstructing Jan. 6 investigation

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping hide evidence of a participant's involvement in the Jan. 6 riot.

Driving the news: Officer Michael A. Riley, 50, is accused of telling the unidentified participant, referred to as "Person 1," in the Jan. 6 riot to delete posts from Facebook, which showed them in the Capitol during the attack.