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New Gun Control Bill Encourages Financial Institutions to Report ‘Suspicious’ ...

New Gun Control Bill Encourages Financial Institutions to Report ‘Suspicious’ …A new gun control bill calls for banks and credit card companies to track and provide transaction data to the feds on some firearm purchases as a way of tracking people who the government suspects might be planning mass shootings. Rep. Jennifer Wexton’s (D–Va.) “Gun Violence Prevention Through Financial Intelligence Act” would require the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to “request information from financial institutions for the purpose of developing an advisory about the identification and reporting of suspicious activity.” The bill’s aim is to identify a consistent purchasing pattern among people who buy firearms and firearm accessories in order to conduct “lone wolf acts of terror” and expose how the firearms market in the United States is exploited by would-be mass shooters. “Banks, credit card companies, and retailers have unique insight into the behavior and purchasing patterns that can…


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The Many Lies and Untruths We’re Being Told About the Bolivian Coup

The Many Lies and Untruths We’re Being Told About the Bolivian CoupTo endorse the coup in Bolivia, numerous editorials in major US media outlets paint President Evo Morales as undemocratic. Exhibit A in their case is the Organization of American States’ (OAS) claims that there was fraud in the October 20 Bolivian election in which Morales was elected for a fourth term. They also argue that he should not have been allowed to run again in the first place. The New York Times’ editorial (11/11/19) accused Morales of “brazenly abusing the power and institutions put in his care by the electorate.” The Washington Post (11/11/19) alleged that “a majority of Bolivians wanted [Morales] to leave office”—a claim for which they provided no evidence—while claiming that he had “grown increasingly autocratic” and that “his downfall was his insatiable appetite for power.” The Wall Street Journal (11/11/19) argued that Morales “is a victim of his own efforts…


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President Trump Has Found His Plumbers

President Trump Has Found His PlumbersLast week’s Republican rallying cry on impeachment was “hearsay!” By this morning, the focus had turned back to the whistleblower who started it all.The consensus GOP retort to the first three public witnesses in the House impeachment inquiry—Ambassadors William Taylor and Marie Yovanovich, and George Kent, a deputy secretary of state—was that none of them had direct, first-hand knowledge of President Donald Trump’s alleged attempt to condition aid to Ukraine on an investigation of his political rival.When they arrived at the Capitol this morning, however, Republicans could no longer make that complaint. The witnesses before the House Intelligence Committee—Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman of the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, a special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence—were both listening in on the July 25 call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to do him “a favor” by pursuing an investigation of former…


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Half of American Men Still Can’t Handle the Prospect of a Woman in the White House

Half of American Men Still Can’t Handle the Prospect of a Woman in the White HouseIn 2019, just 49% of American men say they are comfortable with a woman president, according to a new poll on attitudes toward gender and power by consulting firm Kantar Public and Women Political Leaders, an Iceland-based nonprofit coalition of female politicians. The poll surveyed 22,000 people ages 18 to 64 across eleven countries (Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, United States), 2,000 of whom were Americans. Respondents were asked for their opinions on women and men’s suitability for leadership roles across multiple industries, as well as in politics. Countries were scored on an index of 1-100, 100 being a country with “perfect equality.” Even with just under half of men approving of a woman as head of state, the U.S. came in third, with a score of 75. Germany…


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Andrew Yang’s ‘Department of the Attention Economy’ Is Why Libertarians ...

Andrew Yang’s ‘Department of the Attention Economy’ Is Why Libertarians …For a self-styled digital native who stresses “21st century solutions” to today’s problems, presidential hopeful Andrew Yang has a decidedly 20th century way of addressing what he considers to be problems: spend more, regulate more. As Reason’s Billy Binion noted, the tech entrepreneur’s proposals about “Regulating Technology Firms in the 21st Century” involve a lot of unwise monkeying around with “Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act; the landmark legislation protects social media companies from facing certain liabilities for third-party content posted by users online.” Like many other critics of online platforms (including progressives such as Elizabeth Warren and conservatives such as Josh Hawley), Yang buys into the nonexistent distinction between “publishers” and “platforms” as a means of regulating the speech and economic freedom of social media companies and website operators. In the same document, Yang also proposes to Create…


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Illinois governor’s order restricts timeout rooms in schools

Illinois governor’s order restricts timeout rooms in schoolsSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday ordered the state’s public schools to immediately restrict the use of isolation rooms for students who don’t pose a clear safety risk. The Democrat said he directed the Illinois State Board of Education to issue emergency rules governing so-called timeout rooms after a published report […] ….. Read More.SEATTLE TIMES – Nation-World | U.S. & World NewsWed, November 20, 201952 mins ago


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