It faced external pressure from 2020 candidates, like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, to stop its gun sales — and saw a walkout by 40 white-collar workers in California, per the Washington Post.
Worth noting, via Axios' Erica Pandey and Courtenay Brown: Despite Walmart's massive footprint, smaller gun shops and gun shows make up a much larger piece of the vendor pie than big retailers do, and a lot of transactions take place in cash — well outside the purview of big business.
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Conservative MP Phillip Lee theatrically crossed the floor of the House of Commons to sit with the Liberal Democrats on the opposition benches as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke today.
Why it matters, per the BBC: Johnson's Conservative Party "no longer has a working majority."
⚠️ Buckle up: Opposition MPs will vote later tonight to seize control of the Commons' business to attempt to pass a cross-party bill to block a no-deal Brexit. That, in turn, would likely force Johnson to call his own vote to try to force a snap general election.
2. What you missed
Views of the destruction and personal misery caused by Hurricane Dorian as the storm passed over Grand Bahama Island. Photos: AP
Hurricane Dorian was downgraded to a Category 2 storm, but the National Hurricane Center says its "combined ... hazards are the same or even worse since [it] has become larger." What you need to know.
The California boat fire is presumed to have killed 34 people, according to officials. Go deeper.
Joe Manchin (D) announced that he will not run for governor of West Virginia and will instead remain in the Senate through 2024. Details.
A top manufacturing index ended a 35-month period of expansion, another dark signal for the U.S. economy. The state of play.
3. 1 🐶🐱 thing
"[P]et euthanasia rates have plummeted in big cities in recent years, falling more than 75 percent since 2009," writes the NY Times' Alicia Parlapiano.
Why it matters: "A rescue, an adoption or a return to an owner or community is now a far likelier outcome, a shift that experts say has happened nationwide."
What's happening: "Animal welfare experts tend to agree that since the 1970s, the number of stray animals entering American shelters has decreased sharply — the result of a successful push to promote spaying and neutering of pets."
"A recent paperin the journal Animals found that up until about 2010, the drop in shelter euthanasia tracked very closely with the drop in intake. After that, the authors wrote, it appeared that adoptions helped to further drive down euthanasia rates."