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The etymology of “beazel”

I’d wanted to write last night about Donald Trump’s ever-changing position on mandatory background checks for gun sales, and the pathetic way in which he publicly grovels at the feet of the NRA, but, when I saw that one of my favorite films, Preston Sturges’s delightfully thoughtful 1941 screwball comedy Sullivan’s Travels, was going to […]

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Yet another young white male with a gun goes on a killing rampage citing the racist “great replacement” conspiracy theory

Yesterday morning, at approximately 11:00 AM, Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old white male wth a history of racist views, walked into the Walmart next to El Paso’s Cielo Vista Mall with an AK-47-style assault rifle, and proceeded to take the lives of 20 human beings. While some on the right, like Texas Governor Greg Abbott, are […]

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Matt Gaetz says we need a border wall, not universal background checks, to stop gun violence in America

When the Democrats took back the House of Representatives during this last election, it gave them the ability to once again set the legislative agenda. And, today, we saw how important that was. For the first time since the Republicans took control of the House during the 2010 midterms, there was a hearing in the […]

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“The Committee to Defraud America”

In a move that the conservative Wall Street Journal said would “hurt the economy and his voters,” Donald Trump announced on Thursday that the United States would be imposing steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. [The tariff on steel would be 25%, while the tariff on aluminum would be 10%.] As for why Trump […]

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Despite what Marco Rubio and his fellow NRA shills may say, gun bans are both popular and effective

One of the biggest applause lines at last night’s CNN town hall on American gun policy came from Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Attempting to make the case that an assault weapon ban wouldn’t be effective, the Senator said “you would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle.” He, of course, thought that members of the […]

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