Study: gun owners with a history of alcohol abuse are much more likely to commit crimes

This isn’t the first study with these kinds of results. Alcohol may not be the first thing that most Americans think of when they think of violent crime, but a growing body of research keeps proving that America’s favorite drug is a big contributor to crime and violence. Consider the latest evidence: A new study, by researchers at the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California Davis, found that alcohol may be a…

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Trump’s refugee crackdown is getting less popular over time

Resistance works A new poll from Quinnipiac shows, consistent with most other polling, that Donald Trump is broadly unpopular, and his specific actions to crack down on travel and immigration are also unpopular. The numbers have Americans opposing a ban on Syrian refugees by a 70-26 margin, the pause on refugee admissions from all countries by a 60-37 margin, and the shutdown of travel by citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations by a 51-46 margin. Issue…

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Sen. Jeff Sessions was just confirmed as the next attorney general

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) was confirmed as the next attorney general in a near party-line vote on the Senate floor on Wednesday night. As the head of the Justice Department, Sessions will be the nation’s top law-enforcement officer and oversee its more than 100,000 employees. Democrats had sought to derail Sessions’s nomination, highlighting that the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected his nomination to the federal bench in 1986 because of charges that he’d unfairly targeted three…

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Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general, will be a massive setback for civil rights

A man who once allegedly said the KKK “was okay until I found out they smoked pot” will guide the nation’s top law enforcement agency. But he said he was taken out of context. If there was ever any doubt on where President Donald Trump will take the country on issues like civil rights, criminal justice, and immigration, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions’s nomination for attorney general — confirmed by the Senate, mostly along party lines,…

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Trump’s Supreme Court nominee condemns Trump’s attacks on the judiciary

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch privately told a Democratic senator that President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on judicial independence were “demoralizing” and “disheartening,” according to multiple reports. The senator, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, told reporters about Gorsuch’s comments in a conference call Wednesday. “He said [the attacks] were demoralizing and disheartening—those were his words,” Blumenthal said, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Beth Reinhard. “I believe he has an obligation to make his views known…

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San Francisco just offered free college tuition to all its residents

One day before Betsy DeVos’s controversial appointment as the nation’s secretary of education, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee made a historic announcement: Starting next fall, community college will be free to all California residents who’ve lived in the city for at least one year. “At a time when the political rhetoric is punishing those who are less fortunate, San Francisco has again united around our values and taken the national lead on this important issue…

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Mitch McConnell’s censure of Elizabeth Warren just gave her a much bigger platform

The GOP accidentally found the perfect way to circulate Coretta Scott King’s attack on Jeff Sessions. On Wednesday morning, two Democratic senators did something that had been declared out-of-bounds by their Republican colleagues just the night before — they read a letter from Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor. Written in 1986, the letter criticizes the civil rights record of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general. When Sen. Elizabeth Warren…

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Nordstrom’s shares up nearly 5 percent after clash with Donald Trump

Sad! President Trump went to war Wednesday with Nordstrom, the department store, over its decision to stop carrying his daughter Ivanka’s line of branded apparel. And it appears Nordstrom won, with the company’s stock up almost 5 percent on the day. In today’s battle of Trump vs @Nordstrom, Nordstrom is the overwhelming winner: shares up nearly 5% at the closing bell pic.twitter.com/hne3FFpv8j — Joshua Green (@JoshuaGreen) February 8, 2017 The saga began way back on…

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A congressman challenged CNN to name more than 2 white terrorist attacks. It’s not that hard.

Republican Rep. Sean Duffy said recent white terrorist attacks were one-offs. But compared with other kinds of terrorism, they’re not that rare. It was an unusual exchange even by cable news standards: When CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota asked Wisconsin Republican Rep. Sean Duffy why his party’s leader, Donald Trump, says a lot about Muslim terrorists but nothing about white terrorists, Duffy said that there just haven’t been that many white terrorists recently — and the…

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2 Senate Republicans tried to define Trump’s foreign policy — and gave opposite answers

On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul published a curious op-ed on the conservative website Rare. In it, Paul lays out the case for why President Donald Trump shouldn’t let Elliot Abrams, a former Reagan and Bush administration official who is reportedly Trump’s pick for deputy secretary of state, into his administration. “I hope against hope that the rumors are wrong,” Paul writes. “Abrams would be a terrible appointment for countless reasons.” Paul has a solid case.…

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