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More than just calling for a ban on assault weapons, Obama moves to reinstate federal research on gun violence over the NRA’s objections

The gun control debate in the United States went into overdrive today, as the President, surrounded by children who had written letters to the White House about gun violence, called on Congress “to renew a prohibition on assault weapons sales that expired in 2004, require criminal background checks on all gun purchases, including closing a […]

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Romney backtracks, embracing FEMA

After days of dodging the issue during fake storm relief events, Romney has finally come up with a response to the question, “Now that the hurricane has passed, do you regret your comments about wanting to cut funding for FEMA?” Reversing his previous position, he today announced that he appreciates FEMA and wouldn’t dream of […]

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Global climate change, as we’re seeing, is not a joke. The consequences are real. And we should scorn, mock and drive from our society politicians who fail to acknowledge that fact.

I didn’t think it was possible for me to be any more pissed than I was during the Republican National Convention when I heard Mitt Romney say the following. If there’s any silver lining at all in what’s happening right now along the east coast, it’s that maybe, just maybe, people will begin to see […]

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The Southerm Poverty Law Center’s Mark Potok puts Michigan hate groups in context

This evening, I had the occasion to speak briefly with Southern Poverty Law Center Senior Fellow Mark Potok. I’d reached out to Potok, who serves as editor-in-chief of the Center’s quarterly journal, the Intelligence Report, and its blog, entitled Hatewatch, as I hoped that he might be able to shed a little light on William […]

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On Republican bloodlust and Obama’s Job Act

If Obama really wanted people to get behind him and this new jobs initiative of his, he would have announced this evening that he was planning to top Rick Perry by taking the lives of 250 American citizens. (Just think of all the executioners and grave diggers we could put to work if he said […]

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