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Trump’s Phone Calls With Wayne LaPierre Reveal NRA’s Influence

Trump’s Phone Calls With Wayne LaPierre Reveal NRA’s InfluenceThree days after a pair of mass shootings in Ohio and Texas that left 31 people dead, President Donald Trump was preoccupied with visions of a Rose Garden ceremony.His daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, had proposed the idea of a televised Rose Garden appearance as a way to nudge her father toward supporting universal background checks. The president had recently suggested he was open to the gun-control measure, tweeting “Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform.” To be sure, this was similar to how he’d responded to other mass shootings during his 31-month presidency, and each time, the push for action fizzled. The prospect of a Rose Garden ceremony, however, his daughter thought, where Trump could sign a document, call it “historic” and “unprecedented”—and receive positive media attention—might…


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The Founders Were Flawed. The Nation Is Imperfect. The Constitution Is Still a ‘Glor...

The Founders Were Flawed. The Nation Is Imperfect. The Constitution Is Still a ‘Glor…Across the map of the United States, the borders of Tennessee, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona draw a distinct line. It’s the 36º30′ line, a remnant of the boundary between free and slave states drawn in 1820. It is a scar across the belly of America, and a vivid symbol of the ways in which slavery still touches nearly every facet of American history. That pervasive legacy is the subject of a series of articles in The New York Times titled “The 1619 Project.” To cover the history of slavery and its modern effects is certainly a worthy goal, and much of the Project achieves that goal effectively. Khalil Gibran Muhammad’s portrait of the Louisiana sugar industry, for instance, vividly covers a region that its victims considered the worst of all of slavery’s forms. Even better is…


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Paul Ryan moving with his family to Washington, keeping Janesville home

Paul Ryan moving with his family to Washington, keeping Janesville homeThe move comes just months after Ryan said he would not seek another term in Congress because he wanted to devote more time to his family.         ….. Read More.Journal Sentinel – Politics | Politics & GovernmentTue, August 20, 20192 days ago


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How a Gerrymander Nearly Cost Us the Bill of Rights

How a Gerrymander Nearly Cost Us the Bill of RightsJames Madison wanted to join Congress so he could amend the new Constitution. Patrick Henry was determined to stop him. ….. Read More.POLITICO – Politics | Politics & GovernmentSun, August 18, 20194 days ago


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Trump Thinks Background Checks Won’t Stop Shootings. He’s Wrong.

Trump Thinks Background Checks Won’t Stop Shootings. He’s Wrong.After mass shootings left 31 people dead in El Paso and Dayton, President Donald Trump signaled a willingness to pursue significant new gun control legislation—in particular, by strengthening the federal background check system. Currently, gun-buyers are required to pass a background check if they purchase a weapon from a licensed dealer, but not if they buy from a private seller online or at a gun show. It’s a massive loophole that makes it easier for ex-convicts and other dangerous individuals to illegally acquire firearms. “There’s no one policy that’s going to stop any shooting—it takes a multitude of solutions.”“Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks,” Trump tweeted on August 5. Later that week, he assured Americans that “serious discussions” were underway with the House and Senate to make that a reality. But on Tuesday, a number of outlets…


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FMCSA Proposes Removing Another CDL Testing Regulation

FMCSA Proposes Removing Another CDL Testing RegulationOver the past few years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been taking steps to remove regulations surrounding CDL training. As part of that initiative, the FMCSA has announced a new proposed rule which would allow out-of-state CDL applicants to take their tests where they train. On July 24th, the FMCSA announced the proposed rule. If enacted, it would allow truck driver trainees to take their exams in any state rather than requiring that they take it in the state where they live. This would override the rule known as the “domicile requirement” which was enacted by Congress. It was meant in part to make sure each driver could only get one CDL, to centralize driver records, and prevent drivers with poor driving records from simply obtaining a new CDL in a different state when their list of infractions got too long….


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