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Koch Brothers Look to Expand Influence, Bachmann in Trouble, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the husband of an Arkansas Republican Party official suggests shooting GOP lawmakers over Medicaid expansion and a New York state lawmaker advocates torturing the Boston bombing suspect.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE



Time for the Majority to Vote on Gun Control

The longer this drags out, the less likely anything will get done. That is why President Barack Obama’s announcement of a commission, just four days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, was a harbinger of failure and inaction.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Will the GOP Block Background Checks?

Is Congress on the verge of turning away from the lessons of the slaughter in Newtown even as Connecticut enacts sweeping laws to curb gun violence? Is the gun lobby hell-bent on aligning our country with such great friends of liberty as Iran, North Korea and Syria by opposing efforts to condition international gun sales on the human rights records of buyers?

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 READ MORE



GOP Senator Endorses Gay Marriage, Hannity Stoops to New Low, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the NRA’s new plan to make schools “safer” and Bill Maher scores a small victory against Donald Trump.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE



Senators Vow Gun Control Filibuster, Limbaugh Admits Defeat, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more legal troubles for former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig related to that infamous bathroom arrest and Barbara Walters’ possible major announcement.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Tina Fineberg

NRA Inundates Newtown Residents With Anti-Gun Control Robocalls (Audio)

Some residents are understandably upset at the National Rifle Association for bombarding them with pro-gun robocalls and postcards that ask the community to oppose gun-control measures that the Connecticut state legislature is considering in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Bullets—Not Apples—for South Dakota Teachers

Upon Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s signing of a law Friday, South Dakota appears to be the first state to allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE



Rob Bixby (CC-BY)

On Guns, Unfinished Business

Despite the best efforts of the National Rifle Association and like-minded groups to make sure this business remains unfinished, reducing gun violence remains stubbornly high on the nation’s agenda.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Sandy Hook Chorus Performs With Jennifer Hudson at Super Bowl

“We have come to New Orleans to represent the Sandy Hook Family and the community of Newtown, Connecticut,” a statement from the school said. “Our wish is to demonstrate to America and the world that, ‘We are Sandy Hook and We Choose Love.’ ”

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Violence Is Deeply Rooted in American Culture

The gun violence figures flooding the media in the wake of the Newtown massacre are startling, “but they do not tell us enough about the cult and spectacle of violence in American society. Nor do they make visible the myriad of forces that has produced a country drenched in bloodshed and violence,” Henry Giroux told C.J. Polychroniou in a Truthout interview.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE


My First Gun Control

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Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


Anderson Cooper Rips Newtown Shooting Conspiracy Theorists

In case you missed it, a smattering of conspiracy theories about last month’s shooting in Newtown, Conn., has been making the rounds on the Internet. One claims the massacre never happened, while another states it was a plot by the government and the media in order to take people’s guns away.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Gun Sanity Needs Bipartisanship

The first and most important victory for advocates of sensible gun laws would, on almost any other matter, seem trivial. But when it comes to firearms, it’s huge: Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, attention to the issue has not waned and pressure for action has not diminished.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE


Biden: White House Will Take Action on Gun Control

The vice president pledged Wednesday that the White House will take action on gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE



Everybody Hates John Boehner, Piers Morgan and Alex Jones Face Off, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Gabrielle Giffords’ new PAC, Elizabeth Warren admonishing AIG and Nate Silver talking politics and data analysis on Reddit.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



Congress Rights a Wrong, Ann Coulter’s Epic Rant, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s reported pick for secretary of defense and why Joe Biden could be America’s next reality TV star (or not).

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s ‘Worst Day’ as President, Bachmann’s Surprising Honor, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the company that would rather pay a daily $1.3 million fine than fund contraceptive coverage and a news magazine’s accidental posting of an obituary of an ex-president who is still alive.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE


Kindness in the Face of Horror

We must act forcefully to contain gun violence, and that is a political matter. But a year that ended on notes of heroism in response to natural disaster and endurance in response to human horror brings to mind George H.W. Bush’s challenge: We need to become “a kinder, gentler nation.” That seems a worthy resolution for 2013. 
   

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE


‘Call Me Crazy,’ NRA Chief Says of Controversial New Gun Proposal

During a Sunday morning appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Wayne LaPierre doubled down on his much-maligned proposal to have armed guards in American schools.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center:’ Guns and the Naked Fiscal Cliff

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other panelists discuss the NRA’s call for armed security at schools, violent media’s relationship to gun violence and the push for new gun control legislation on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE



Gingrich Switches on Gay Marriage, Limbaugh ‘Honored’ for Lies, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including speculation about actor Ben Affleck’s political future and Rachel Maddow’s sounding off on the government’s weak gun regulation efforts.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Seth Wenig

Newtown’s Moral Authority for Action

From such horrible tragedies emerge the beginnings of a national movement that shift sanctimonious politicians from talking to acting.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

Will We Forget Newtown’s Kids?

The gun lobby and the weapons merchants are counting on our notoriously short national attention span. They are counting on confusion, obfuscation and the quiet mobilization of allies to create one delay after another.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



Piers Morgan Goes Off on Pro-Gun Guest, Norquist Breaks Anti-Tax Pledge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why conservatives think Hillary Clinton’s faking a concussion and Time reveals its 2012 Person of the Year.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE


The Four Freedoms

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Guns Don’t Kill

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Conservative Writer Blames Sandy Hook Shooting on ‘Feminized Setting’

According to anti-feminist and backward-thinking author Charlotte Allen, the killing spree in Newtown, Conn., could have been avoided if only another man had been there and the setting hadn’t been so “feminized.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Narciso Contreras

Don’t Be Afraid of NRA Bullies

Politicians are still terrified of the NRA, even though analysis shows that the organization’s power is greatly exaggerated.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



The NRA Responds to Sandy Hook Shooting, Richard Engel Is Freed, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a serious female contender to become the next defense secretary and Nate Silver’s analysis of gun ownership in America.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE


America Reacts

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The Shot Heard Round the World

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A Leftist’s Argument Against Gun Control

Should the “same state responsible for warrantless wiretapping and the NDAA” be regulating “the public’s access to weaponry for self-defense”?

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Westboro Baptist Church’s Tax-Exempt Status Challenged

Despite its vitriolic activities and protests that are political in nature, the hate group Westboro Baptist Church has somehow managed to keep its IRS tax-exempt status. But after its publicly announced plans to picket the funerals of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, tens of thousands of people have signed petitions hoping to change that.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



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The War Against Teachers in Dark Times

It is ironic, in the unfolding nightmare in Newtown, Conn., that only in the midst of tragedy are teachers celebrated in ways that acknowledge the vital role they play every day in both protecting and educating our children. What is repressed in these moments is that teachers have been under attack by right-wing conservatives, religious fundamentalists and centrist Democrats since the beginning of the 1980s.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE


Schoolhouse Glock

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Pro-Gun Senators Call for Gun Control, NRA Takes Down Facebook Page, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the death of one the longest serving U.S. senators and an update on negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Now Is the Time

The horror in Newtown, Conn., should shake us out of the cowardice, the fear, the evasion and the opportunism that prevent our political system from acting to curb gun violence.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Anonymous Hacks, Promises to ‘Destroy’ Westboro Baptist Church

The hacktivist group Anonymous is going after Westboro Baptist Church after members of the Topeka, Kan., religious hate group announced plans to protest at Sandy Hook Elementary School after the massacre that claimed the lives of 28 people, including 20 children.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Is This the Most Inappropriate Reaction to Sandy Hook School Shooting?

Oregon state Rep. Dennis Richardson sent an email the day of the Connecticut massacre explaining how most of the kids who were killed that day “would still be alive” if he had been a principal or a teacher at the school.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on the Connecticut School Shooting and Gun Control

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief weighed in on gun control laws, the powerful weapons lobby and the possible renewal of the assault weapons ban during an extended interview on “The Sunday Show with Philip Maldari.”

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE



Feinstein to Introduce Gun Legislation, Boehner Proposes Tax Hike, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on Hillary Clinton’s health scare, why a pizza chain founder is suing the Obama administration and what Stephen Colbert is doing with the rest of his super PAC money.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: ‘SNL’ Honors Connecticut School Shooting Victims

“Saturday Night Live” deviated from its traditional comedic cold open to pay tribute to the children and adults who lost their lives in Friday’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE


GOP Lawmaker’s Solution to Preventing Mass Shootings: More Guns

Some Democrats have publicly advocated for tighter gun control laws in the aftermath of Friday’s shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and eight adults dead. But according to Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, the way to prevent such massacres from happening is to have more Americans carry firearms.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



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The Future of Gun Control in the Aftermath of Sandy Hook

As a result of a grotesque confluence of cultural iconography celebrating the virtues of an armed citizenry, political cowardice in the face of pro-gun lobbies like the NRA, and a judiciary that has redefined the meaning of the Second Amendment, we have become a nation bereft of effective gun control, reduced to waiting for the next firearm fueled massacre.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Julio Cortez

Questions I Ask Myself About the Connecticut School Shooting

Why do U.S. cable news networks intensively cover these mass shootings, making it the only story for a day or two and prying into every detail of them, when they aren’t interested in preventing them from happening again through banning semiautomatic weapons?

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

20 Children Shot Dead at Elementary School in Connecticut

Sources involved in a developing investigation say a 20-year-old gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, on Friday morning at a grade school in Newtown, Conn., roughly 60 miles northeast of New York City.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE


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