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Mass Shootings Don't Lead to Inaction—They Lead to Loosening Gun Restrictions

“After Newtown, nothing changed, so don’t expect anything to change after Las Vegas.” Related Story Did the Las Vegas Shooting Involve an Automatic Weapon? How often have you heard that said? Yet it’s not true. The five years since a gunman killed 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, ...

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Civil-Rights Protests Have Never Been Popular

One common response to the national anthem protests originated by Colin Kaepernick is to disparage them as polarizing. Joe Scarborough, host of Morning Joe, summed up this particular critique in a tweet last weekend: This may be unpopular but it is a political reality: Every NFL player refusing to stand ...

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Returning to Class the Morning After a Massacre

Clark County School District, which serves Las Vegas and surrounding cities, held classes the day after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The attack killed 59 people at a country-music festival in the city, and injured more than 520 others. “Law enforcement has cleared us to have school ...

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One Year After Its Fake-Accounts Scandal, Wells Fargo Isn't 'A Better Bank'

On Tuesday, Wells Fargo’s CEO, Tim Sloan, was summoned by the Senate Banking Committee to report changes the bank has made in the aftermath of a fake-accounts scandal that saddled millions of customers with unauthorized fees and charges. Sloan told the committee that the bank was “a better bank today ...

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Tom Petty's Psychedelic Curveball Triumph

Tom Petty, fairly or not, is often talked about as a voice for the center, someone whose music is like the point where all the tangled roads on the map of rock-and-roll history meet. His signature song is a vision of universal American feeling, and so are many of his ...

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Trump's Puerto Rico Visit Is a Political Disaster

Updated on October 3 at 2:36 p.m. Making his first appearance in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico since Maria’s landfall, President Trump offered a hearty round of congratulations to federal relief efforts and thanked the island’s governor. But the president also suggested Maria was not a “real catastrophe,” made an odd and ...

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Are Trump's Tweets Undercutting U.S. Diplomacy?

President Trump’s tweets Sunday, declaring it a waste of time to try to negotiate with North Korea, appeared to contradict the sentiments of his own chief diplomat, who is at least formally taking the lead on the administration’s North Korea policy. It wasn’t the first time the two men seemed ...

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The Absurdity of the Nobel Prizes in Science

This morning, physicists Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish received the Nobel Prize for Physics, for their discovery of gravitational waves—distortions in the fabric of space and time. The trio, who led the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) project that recorded these waves, will split the 9-million-Swedish-krona prize between ...

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18-year-old found shot to death in car in Paramount, authorities say

An 18-year-old man was found fatally shot in a car in Paramount late Monday. Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lakewood Station responded to an “illegal shooting” call about 11:04, Deputy Kevin Moody said in a statement. The deputies found the victim in a car on Madison Street west ...

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What America Taught the Nazis

Reviews Hitler’s American Model: the United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law By James Q. Whitman Princeton There was no more extravagant site for Third Reich political theater than the spectacular parade grounds, two large stadiums, and congress hall in Nuremberg, a project masterminded by Albert Speer. From ...

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