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Obama’s claim that ‘states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths’

  “We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don’t work, or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns is not born out by the evidence.” —President Obama, remarks [...]

Martin O’Malley, citing his record in Maryland, asserts himself on gun control

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley on Sunday touted a package of gun-control measures passed during his tenure and challenged his two leading rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination to embrace several initiatives on the national level. O’Malley’s comm [...]

Open thread for night owls: ‘Carried interest’ loophole widely hated, but Congress won’t touch it

At In These Times, Jim Hightower writes—Even Donald Trump Wants To Eliminate This Tax Loophole for the Rich, Yet Congress Won’t Do It: With the 2016 presidential campaigns in full swing the burdens of the working middle class have taken center stage. And believe it or not, there is bipar [...]

We collectively are answerable for the demise of the America we thought we had

The President exasperatedly addressed the shooting massacre at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon with a passionate press conference. He made one statement that should be burned into every American’s psyche. He said, “We collectively are answerable to those families [...]

The great drying: Mars as it may have appeared billions of years ago on the left, and Mars as it appears today on the far right. Source: W [...]

Georgie Porgie

Yesterday, we marked the fifteenth anniversary of the first debate between Al Gore and George W. Bush, and the mainstream media’s refusal to state the obvious—that Gore kicked Bush’s rear end in that debate. You’d figure that fifteen years later, the country would  [...]

Corporate criminals cheat because they don’t fear jail time. That must change. Now.

We can’t let them get away with it any longer. There’s been no shortage of reactions to the Volkswagen cheating scandal. One proposal called for the deployment of already existing technology to do emissions testing out on the road, as opposed to in a lab or in some kind of a [...]

Planned Ignorance

Two stories today highlight another common theme in conservative American politics: the intentional withholding of information in order to prevent people from making proper decisions on public policy. First is the continued attempt by (mostly Southern) Republicans to whitewash American hi [...]

Rep. Jason Chaffetz launches bid for House speaker, shaking up GOP leadership race

The Republican chairman of a high-profile House committee on Sunday shook up the race to succeed outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, launching a challenge to the heavy favorite, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The bid by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah), chairman of the Oversight and Governme [...]

CIA director leads push for federal employees to donate to suffering charitable campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) raises millions every year for charities across the nation from federal employees. They have made a significant difference with this form of service, donating more than $7 billion since the campaign launched in 1961. But contributions to the self-de [...]

Trump and his Voters Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon

For months pundits have been waiting for Donald Trump take the precipitous tumble in the polls they have all been expecting since they began calling it the “Summer of Trump.” Now that the Summer of Trump is starting to extend itself into autumn, there’s finally some evid [...]

Pulp Fiction

I will never understand why people write articles encouraging conservative Republicans to take climate change seriously, when these articles are only ever read by progressive Democrats. The latest such article comes from libertarian carbon-tax advocate Jerry Taylor, formerly of the Cato I [...]

Forty years of increased productivity = lower wages

We work, and work, and work, but never seem to get ahead. When was the last time you got a decent raise? I know the older woman who takes my order at Panera Bread every morning has not had one in more than five years. Yet, there she is every morning, taking breakfast orders. It was hard [...]

Presidential candidates have been asking a lot of questions lately. Science can help answer them, but this year scientists are in notably s [...]

Trump Gets Refugee Numbers Wrong

Donald Trump keeps saying he “heard” the Obama administration plans to accept 200,000 Syrian refugees. He misheard, because that’s inaccurate. The administration has said its goal is to accept 185,000 total refugees of all nationalities over the next two fiscal years. It [...]

Trump endorses wait-and-see strategy in Syria

Donald Trump said he would wait and see what happens in Syria before deciding to intervene, suggesting that Russia is falling into a trap by launching airstrikes in the region. “This does not sound like me very much, but I want to sit back and I want to see what happens,” Trump told A [...]

Trump: Stricter gun laws would not prevent mass shootings

Donald Trump argued Sunday that tighter gun laws would not help prevent mass shootings, saying that people with mental illness will always “slip through the cracks,” regardless of restrictions on firearms possession. “No matter what you do, you’re going to have [...]

The other victims of domestic violence

Last week I wrote about my own experience as a victim of domestic violence. In that essay I wrote that my experience was “so typical. So ordinary and so common.” And it was. My abuser followed the steps from loving attention to physical violence as if he had a road map. If yo [...]

Trump: Mass Shootings Are Inevitable, And The People Who Commit Them Are ‘Geniuses’

There isn’t much America can do to prevent future mass shootings, because “that’s the way the world goes,” Republican presidential candidate and National Rifle Association member Donald Trump said on Sunday. Appearing on ABC News’ “This Week,” Tru [...]