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Kentucky Moves To Add Guns To Schools After School Shooting : NPR

The Kentucky legislature is considering arming teachers and administrators in response to a school shooting there Jan. 23.
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Trump moves to ban 'bump stocks'

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has directed his attorney general to propose changes that would ban so-called bump stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly.
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Rev. Billy Graham Dies at Age 99

Rev. Billy Graham has died according to several news reports citing church spokesman Mark DeMoss.
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The Emotional Moment Parkland Students Met Pulse Shooting Victims | HuffPost

“Y’all strong. Make sure your voices are heard,” one Pulse survivor told Parkland students.
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Kentucky Democrat Wins Special Election To Reclaim Seat After Lawmaker's Suicide : The Two-Way : NPR

Linda Belcher reclaimed the seat she lost to Dan Johnson in 2016 amid a wave of pro-Trump voter sentiment in Kentucky. Johnson killed himself in December amid allegations of sexual assault.
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Trump, past presidents mourn Billy Graham's death: 'There was nobody like him!'

President Trump honored the legacy of the late Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday by calling the evangelist “a very special man” who will be dearly missed.
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Senior HHS official placed on leave for promoting unfounded claims and conspiracy theories on social media

A top official at the Department of Health and Human Services has been placed on administrative leave after a CNN KFile inquiry while the agency investigates social media postings in which he pushed unfounded smears on social media.
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Florida Shooting Survivors Confront Lawmakers For Inaction On Gun Violence | HuffPost

“A tragedy like this can never happen again, and ... we will never let it happen again,” said a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior.
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New Sealed Charges Brought In Case Against Paul Manafort, Rick Gates | HuffPost

The charges are part of the criminal case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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Flake backs bill to raise age to buy AR-15 style weapons

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced Wednesday he's backing a bill to increase the minimum age to buy a semi-automatic rifle, lending bipartisan support to legislation that was introduced last week by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
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Haley snubbed by Palestinian leader at UN

Pledging she "will not shut up," US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the Trump administration will not change its decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
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How AR-15-style guns are legal

After multiple instances of gun violence -- such as the Parkland, Florida, high school mass shooting that left 17 dead -- some gun control advocates have called for a ban on AR-15-style guns, similar to one the US had in place until it expired in 2004.
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CNN's Chris Cuomo Melts Down After Spreading Fake News About AR-15 Purchase

CNN's Chris Cuomo spread fake news about an AR-15 gun purchase and then melted down on Twitter after he was called out for it.
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NYT: Kushner is pushing back on giving up his access to classified info

White House officials Jared Kushner and John Kelly are privately feuding over Kushner's access to classified information despite having only an interim security clearance, according to a report in The New York Times.
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Pennsylvania’s new congressional district map will be a huge help for Democrats

The state Supreme Court installed a new map.
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In Wake Of Florida Shooting, Trump Calls For New Regulations On Bump Stocks : NPR

The president is directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose ways to ban devices like the ones used in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that accelerate the shooting rate of semi-automatic weapons.
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Measuring #MeToo: more than 80 percent of women have been sexually harassed or assaulted

A new survey asked Americans about sexual harassment and assault. The results are disturbing.
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Trump is helping to undermine US democracy. That's just what Russia wants

Wittingly or not, President Donald Trump spent the Presidents Day weekend doing the Kremlin's work.
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller Secures Another Guilty Plea : NPR

Special counsel Robert Mueller has secured another guilty plea, from a lawyer who lied to the FBI last year. But President Trump continues to attack the investigation, even as it intensifies.
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Trump says 'the facts' prove he's tougher on Russia than Obama -- they don't

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday on Twitter that "the facts" prove he's been tougher on Russia than his predecessor, President Barack Obama. They don't -- especially when it comes to punishing Russia for interfering in US elections.
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Pence Planned To Meet North Koreans At Olympics, But Pyongyang Cancelled : The Two-Way : NPR

The State Department says on Feb. 10, the vice president was to have met with North Korean representatives, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister. However, "at the last minute," Pyongyang backed out.
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Billy Graham, "America’s pastor," is dead at 99

Graham changed the face of evangelicalism in America.
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White House on 'Assault Weapons' Ban: 'We Haven't Closed Doors on Any Front' | Breitbart

White House Press Sec. Sarah Sanders was asked about a proposed "assault weapons" ban and said, "We haven't closed the door on any front."
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Unions sound alarm as Supreme Court takes up fees fight; Gorsuch seen as pivotal vote

The political and financial stakes are huge for the American labor union movement, as the Supreme Court takes up a dues dispute on Monday.
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Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg Donate $500K to Student March for Gun Control

Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg are pledging $500K to the student gun control march.
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European Allies Warn Of Trade Retaliation If U.S. Limits Steel, Aluminum Imports : NPR

The European Union is considering ways to fight back if the Trump administration adopts tariffs or quotas on imported steel and aluminum.
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Trump questions why Sessions isn't probing 'Dem crimes' amid Russia probe

President Trump on Wednesday again dinged Attorney General Jeff Sessions, this time asking why the Democrats in the Obama administration aren’t being investigated as part of the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
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Schiff hopes Dem memo will be released this week

The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat says he hopes to release this week the Democratic memo that pushes back against Republican allegations of FBI and Justice Department surveillance abuses of a former Trump campaign adviser.
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Bay Area Income Inequality Among Highest in America | Breitbart

Brookings Institution research confirms that the San Francisco Bay Area has the highest income inequality levels in the United States.
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Mueller's Message to America About Russian Meddling - The Atlantic

The clear goal of the special counsel is to speak to the American public about the seriousness of Russian interference.
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Trump rates as worst ever, but you should be skeptical

Political scientists ranking President Trump as the worst president ever, but you should be cautious in using this study to determine Trump's place in history.
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Trump Says Florida Students Should Have Done More To Prevent Deadly Shooting | HuffPost

Meanwhile, the president has actually made it easier for people with mental health issues to buy guns.
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Bump stock prices jump after Trump comments, report says

Gun auction platforms are reporting a significant price increase for bump stocks just hours after President Donald Trump directed the Justice Department to move to ban similar devices, Bloomberg reported.
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What Congress is investigating from Obama era

President Donald Trump requested the FBI investigate how the Obama administration was involved in Russian meddling in the 2016 -- questioning why Congress and federal investigators aren't probing how the Democratic administration handled certain issues.
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The keto diet, explained

Is eating a lot of fat really the best way to lose weight?
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Trump’s National Defense Strategy: Something For Everyone (In The Military-Industrial Complex) | HuffPost

By Danny Sjursen This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Th...
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Donald Trump Jr.’s tour through India is staggeringly corrupt

The Trump brand is surprisingly hot in India — and the president’s son is exploiting his connections to milk this moment.
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Idaho Senator Rants At Students Who Drove 300 Miles To Meet Him | HuffPost

State Sen. Dan Foreman abruptly canceled a meeting with the students and threatened to call law enforcement if they ever return.
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Vox 2 days

This Trump accuser’s story is well-supported and convincing. His response is not.

Trump’s latest statement on sexual misconduct allegations: call it the security camera defense.
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2018’s hottest show debuted in 1994. It’s called ER, and it’s awesome.

The classic medical drama’s addition to Hulu is one of the big TV events of the year so far.
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Mueller's interest in Kushner grows to include foreign financing efforts

Mueller's interest in Kushner has grown to include his efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition
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Illegal immigrant minor suggests she faced pressure to get abortion on federal dime

The Trump administration is trying to keep another illegal immigrant minor from using federal dollars to get an abortion.
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Why mass shootings don't convince gun owners to support gun control

The differences on guns run far deeper than evidence or persuasion.
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Justice Clarence Thomas says he's 'worn down' with victimhood culture

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said in a rare public appearance Thursday that he’s exhausted with today’s culture where everyone seems to consider themselves a victim.
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California Democrat facing possible discipline after sexual misconduct allegations

Members of the California state Senate are scheduled Wednesday to consider disciplinary action against a Democrat who “more likely than not” made inappropriate sexual advances toward six women, including four subordinates.
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U.S. Officials Tell World Leaders To Ignore Trump's Tweets | HuffPost

Americans tried to calm rattled leaders at an international conference in Munich.
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