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Austin bomber is finally called a domestic terrorist. It’s about time.

It took the police long enough. Police in Austin, Texas, have finally admitted that the man who terrorized the city for 19 days by sending package bombs was a terrorist. The series of bombings rocked the city. The explosions killed two people and injured several more. Frightened residents were told to stay inside and avoid […]

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Gun reform will be up to states — for now

The new energy in the fight for common-sense gun safety laws is being felt nationwide. But given the current makeup of Congress, it’s highly unlikely that anything meaningful will pass in 2018. Some states, however, are looking to succeed where Congress is failing. Laws are starting to be passed, one by one, area by area. […]

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Watch out, NRA: There’s new momentum in gun reform fight

Something is definitely different in the movement for stronger gun safety laws this time around. The impetus comes from the honest and heartfelt pain, anger, and eloquence of the teenagers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 of their classmates and teachers were killed by an expelled student with an AR-15 […]

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Mothers against gun violence running for office (UPDATE)

Fighting for legislative action against gun violence always seems like an uphill battle. But at least some activists are going a step further and running for office to try to pass common-sense gun safety laws. Take Lucia McBath. She lost her son, Jordan Davis, in 2012 when a white driver approached the vehicle Jordan was in […]

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Alabama Senate upset pushes predictions of 2018 Democratic wave

What a difference one election makes. Except it’s not just one election. Sen.-elect Doug Jones of Alabama (don’t you just love reading that?) came from behind to win over accused sexual predator Roy Moore. Although media were saying the race was too close to call, they were all expecting a Moore win. A thin plurality […]

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Doug Jones’ Alabama Senate victory: Black voters, honesty, and shoe-leather campaigning

When you’re on the winning side in an election, you’re happy. If your candidate lost, you’re casting around for someone to blame. Media love to issue morning-after political analyses, assigning winners and losers. Let’s see if we can’t do the same. Winners Doug Jones. Obviously, the victor in the contest belongs at the top of […]

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The deadly link between domestic violence and mass shootings

The fight for rational gun safety laws is frustrating. But the information that the perpetrator of the latest mass shooting was also guilty of domestic abuse — a conviction that should have kept him from buying a gun — seems to be opening some eyes. Devin Patrick Kelley, who opened fire with an assault rifle […]

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The GOP’s knee-jerk defense of Roy Moore (UPDATE)

Men who are sexual predators come from all professions and political persuasions. How political parties and their adherents respond to allegations of sexual abuse, however, is quite different. Roy Moore, the Republican candidate in the special election to pick a new senator from Alabama, has been accused of trying to engage in sexual activity with […]

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Solar power price tag plummets, but climate change is making disaster relief costs soar

While the Trump administration continues to boost dying fossil fuel industries, the rest of the world is stepping up to the true bargain of solar power. In 2016, the record low unsubsidized solar energy price was 3.6 cents per kilowatt-hour. This year, 3.6 cents is becoming the top price, with bids going lower and lower. […]

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ACLU launches ‘Let People Vote’ campaign

Between the fraudulent national voter suppression commission run by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and a plethora of state-level voter suppression laws, many U.S. citizens are encountering roadblocks on their way to the voting booth. The American Civil Liberties Union aims to change all that. Coming less than a week after #NationalVoterRegistrationDay (not that […]

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