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The gun control catch

Politics | Republicans struggle to unite behind a meaningful solution to firearms violence
by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/15/19, 04:47 pm

WASHINGTON—Following back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, this month, lawmakers are debating the best legislative response to gun violence. But political posturing is already threatening to derail compromise.

Proposals for increased gun control include universal background checks, “red flag” laws that temporarily confiscate firearms from dangerous individuals, a crackdown on straw purchases of guns, a ban on semiautomatic firearms or large-capacity magazines, and making domestic terrorism a federal offense.

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New rule targets legal immigrants on welfare

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/13/19, 10:26 am

The Trump administration on Monday finalized new “public charge” rules that will reduce legal immigration to the United States. Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the policy encourages self-reliance and self-sufficiency. “Our rule generally prevents aliens who are likely to become a public charge from coming to the United States or remaining here and getting a green card,” he said.

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Caught up in the shame game

Politics | Democrat publicly chastises Trump donors in Texas
by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/08/19, 04:49 pm

As soon as U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, tweeted a list of names of President Donald Trump’s donors from San Antonio on Monday, Justin Herricks heard about it from his employees. Soon, he was getting angry calls and social media messages.

“[They were] saying a lot of things about the businesses I have and about myself as a person—people telling me I’m a racist person,” Herricks, the president and CEO of Precision Pipe Rentals, told me. His name was on Castro’s list with 43 others who donated the maximum amount permitted under federal law to Trump’s reelection campaign.

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