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A Conservative Writer on Why Gun Control Activists Should Be Nicer to Gun Owners

In the wake of the Parkland massacre, as the school‘s politically active students have been appearing at state capitols and humbling politicians on CNN, there has been a debate over just how understanding and careful advocates of gun control should be with gun owners. In a New York Times column this week, ‘Respect First, Then Gun Control,‘ David Brooks wrote that ‘If you want to stop school shootings it‘s not enough

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The Angle: Teacher Packing Edition

Bad idea: Arming teachers would only exacerbate pre-existing problems with racially biased school discipline, Jamelle Bouie points out: ‘Groups at the bottom of American race hierarchy receive the brunt of state violence, full stop.‘

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Today‘s Impeach-O-Meter: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (andconvicted) or by resigning under threat of same.

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The NRA Muddles Its Message in Surprise CPAC Speech

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland-There was some intrigue about whether the National Rifle Association‘s Wayne LaPierre would be making an appearance at this year‘s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) after last week‘s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. His absence from the conference‘s online schedule early this weekevidently as a precaution against anti-gun protesterswas in itself remarkable. The Washi

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Somebody Needs to Make a Movie About John Shuster and His Ragtag Team of Curling Rejects

There‘s a great, crowd-pleasing movie to be made about the 2018 U.S. men‘s Olympics curling team. Their story conforms to every slobs-vs.-snobs cinematic underdog narrative you‘ve ever seen. The unheralded group of USA Curling castoffs, led by skip John Shuster, had to struggle against long odds to even make it to the Olympics. In Pyeongchang, they‘ve dispatched one more-heralded team after another. After beating the fears

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Arming Teachers Would Endanger Students of Color

For more than an hour on Wednesday afternoon, President Trump listened to students, parents, and teachers as they made their impassioned and emotional case for new laws that could end the scourge of school shootings. ‘We‘re going to do something about this horrible situation that‘s going on,‘ Trump said, while speaking to a group that included survivors of the Parkland shooting in Florida as well as parents of children kil

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Being Ruth Graham

Ruth Graham died in 2007 when I was about to embark on a daylong hike in the Great Smoky Mountains. Browsing a rack of newspapers on a coffee run before heading into the woods, I was jarred to see my own name in the headlines. Feeling uncharacteristically superstitious, I called my dad to let him know where I was going and what time I‘d be back.

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Is This Time Different?

On Wednesday night, an auditorium full of impassioned teenagers and parents jeered Florida Sen. Marco Rubio‘s every word until the senator with an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association conceded he was shifting some of his positions on gun control. Rubio said that he and his Democratic colleague, Sen. Bill Nelson, would try to secure unanimous consent to pass a bill strengthening the federal database for background checks when the Se

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Even By Trump Family Standards, This Don Jr. India Trip Is Pretty Shameless

Donald Trump Jr. is currently in India, doing exactly the thing people worried he and his siblings would do during their father‘s presidency: use their proximity to the White House to enrich themselves.

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Quincy Jones Is Really Sorry About His ‘Word Vomit‘ During Those Infamous Interviews

You may recall that just a couple of weeks ago, two bizarre and brutally candid interviews with Quincy Jones were published in GQ and New York Magazine that instantly went viral. Among many other things, he claimed to have dated Ivanka Trump, that frequent collaborator Michael Jackson ‘stole‘ from other artists, and that Marlon Brando hooked up with Richard Pryor and James Baldwin. On Thursday he apologized for being so loose-lipped a

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Can the People Behind Parks Rec Really Keep the NRA From Using a GIF From the Show?

After Wednesday night‘s CNN town hall on the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the NRA was feeling a little defensive. In response to the heavy opposition the gun lobby received at the televised event, it turned to GIFs. @NRA tweeted out praise for its spokesperson Dana Loesch, who confronted an angry crowd that booed her as she deflected questions about gun control. That tweet used a GIF from the televi

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Annihilation Wants to Be the Ultimate Trip, but It‘s Not Always Clear Where It‘s Going

The past five years have seen two superb films about the utter foreignness of alien life forms: the crowd-pleasing Arrival, in which Amy Adams‘ linguist ultimately decodes the spatter-based language of ‘heptapods,‘ and the chilly and ungiving Under the Skin, in which Scarlett Johansson‘s slinky extraterrestrial preys upon young men, the whys and hows as unknown as her name. Whatever the working balance is between mystery a

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Why Is Someone Impersonating Michael Chabon on Instagram?

The Instagram account of Pulitzer Prizewinning novelist Michael Chabon feels entirely his own, an always personal mix of selfies, family photos, and political reflections. On Wednesday, however, an unusual post appeared in his feed. It was a collage of four men to whom he bears a squinting resemblance-among them the writer Neil Gaiman and the DC Comics character Highfather. In the caption beneath, he wrote that someone had been impersonating him

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SpaceX‘s Latest Launch Marks Its First Step Toward Beaming Internet Down from Space

SpaceX launched two of its own satellites into space on Thursday morning, and if you watched the webcast of the launch, you probably only remember hearing about the primary payload: a Spanish Earth-observation satellite called Paz.While the primary payload is important, it‘s the two other satellites that deserve more attention. Unlike the last thing Elon Musk sent up into space, a cherry-red convertible, these two satellites, called Microsa

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Why Soros-Phobia Is a Global Phenomenon

Conspiracy theorists this week have suggested that the Florida teens rallying for gun control measures after surviving last week‘s school shooting are being manipulated by billionaire donor George Soros. This lunacy shouldn‘t be surprising.

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Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The ‘Professionalized Childhood‘ Edition

Listen now:

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Janelle Mone‘s New Music Video Is Prince Meets ‘San Junipero‘

The trailer for Janelle Mone‘s new album, Dirty Computer, didn‘t prepare us for this. Monae dropped two new singles on Thursday, and, to paraphrase one of them, they make us feel so effing good.

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The Parkland Teens Will Win. Eventually.

The shape of the Parkland, Florida shooting‘s aftermath is unlike that of any other American massacre. For the first time, the teenage survivors of a school shooting have assumed the mantle of leading the activist response to the tragedy. Their courage in the face of fear and loss has inspired several nationwide actions this week, including student-led walkouts at middle schools and high schools in Virginia, Maryland, Arizona, and Kentucky,

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How Safe Injection Facilities Could Reduce Fentanyl Overdoses

America will soon have its first safe injection facilities-locations where drug users can shoot up under supervision and without fear of legal repercussions-thanks to newly greenlighted initiatives in Philadelphia and San Francisco. The model has a long and relatively successful history in Europe, Canada, and Australia, though it‘s still controversial in the U.S. But there‘s good reason for skeptics to give these programs a chance. Sa

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Trump Just Proposed Giving as Many as 150 Teachers Per School Financial Bonuses for Carrying Guns

You probably think that headline is an exaggeration or a joke. It‘s not!

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Twitter is Really Cracking Down on Bots

Bots have long been a scourge of Twitter, ranging from the irritating but largely harmless (like the one that retweeted mentions of cheese) to the potentially destructive (as in the Russian election meddling bots described in the indictment special counsel Robert Mueller released Friday). In fact, researchers at Indiana University estimate that between 9 and 15 percent of active Twitter accounts are bots. Now Twitter is ramping up its efforts to

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Olympics Angle: The Thrill of Victory Edition

Catch up on the latest Olympic action with this special version of The Angle. We‘ll also be sending the regular newsletter at the regular time.

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Queens vs. Trolls

Last week, RuPaul‘s Drag Race contestant Chi Chi DeVayne Instagrammed a screencap of multiple text message threats made against another (unnamed) queen on the current All Stars 3 season. ‘Kill uself bitch, how could you sent [redacted] home! I‘m throwing acid to your face in your next show, H3NEY,‘ the antagonist in the exchange wrote. (I‘ve taken out the name because it‘s a possible spoiler.) ‘This is th

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Fanning the Flames of America‘s Racial Tensions Is As Russian As Vodka and Blini

Just as Presidents Day weekend kicked off, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted the Russian organization Internet Research Agency and 13 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. The fact that Russia meddled in one of our most treasured democratic processes isn‘t a revelation-it‘s been well-known and confirmed that Russia waged information warfare on the American public to influence our voting behavior.

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