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A sanctuary county… for gun owners

Out in Illinois, the state legislature has been attempting to seize on the supposed momentum for new firearms restrictions and begun passing a raft of new gun control measures. Governor Bruce Rauner has been using his veto powers in some cases, but that hasn’t slowed down the Democrats seeking new restrictions. In response to this flurry of legislative activity, the ...

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Sessions warns White House: If Rosenstein goes, I go. Maybe.

Yeah, I’m not sure offering his own scalp in a two-for-one deal with Rosenstein’s is going to have the deterrent effect Sessions is hoping for. You can imagine Trump reading this, thinking, “Is that a threat or a promise?” According to WaPo, it’s neither. Sessions isn’t guaranteeing he’ll quit if Trump fires Rosenstein. He’s just stating the obvious: If Trump ...

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CIA declassifies memo clearing Haspel in tape-destruction case

At the moment, Washington’s confirmation focus has mainly fallen on Mike Pompeo, currently CIA director and soon-to-be (maybe?) Secretary of State. But what about the woman nominated by Donald Trump to succeed Pompeo? Gina Haspel ran into a Senate buzzsaw over her involvement in the destruction of videotapes of “enhanced interrogations” of terrorists, with even some Republicans balking at her ...

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NYC mayors have been wiping out rats for decades

On a frigid Sunday morning as a rookie reporter in New York City, I was assigned to cover the launch of what was billed as a major city offensive against its rampaging rat population. Officials estimated that the Big Apple probably had more rat residents than the 8.6 million human ones. Such certainty comes only with the knowledge that no ...

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The latest craze on the left: Trump won’t run for a second term

The grand plans of Democrats and never-Trumpers have been undergoing a slow metamorphosis over past fifteen months. There was always talk of impeachment coming from some of the more strident voices, pretty much since inauguration day. Then there were most complicated schemes involving the 25th Amendment and cabinet members willing to declare Donald Trump incapacitated by mental illness, moving Mike ...

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Guess who is not coming to Trump’s first state dinner?

Fifteen months into his presidency, President Trump and First Lady Melania will host their first state dinner Tuesday. The guest of honor is French President Emmanuel Macron. Given that Trump favors grand and rather gaudy displays in his personal life, it is interesting that his time in the White House has more closely mimicked that of George W. Bush than Barack ...

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Rocket Man redux

When John covered the big announcement out of North Korea last night he hit on many of the positive (or at least potentially positive) aspects of Kim Jong-un’s stated plans. And to be clear, there are definite possibilities for improvement in a very troubled region of the world. Just putting an end to Kim’s bothersome habit of regularly detonating nukes ...

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British PM May takes on plastic straws. Also ear swabs.

The government of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is launching a domestic and international program against plastic straws. The idea is to have them and other single-use items gone by 2042 when the prime minister turns 86. May said: Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central ...

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Dick’s solves their gun problem in an unusual fashion

Last time we checked in with the folks at Dick’s Sporting Goods (and their subsidiary, Field & Stream) they were having something of a gun problem. Bowing to pressure from left-wing groups in the wake of the Florida school shooting, the retailer had announced that they were no longer going to carry so-called “assault weapons” and were raising the minimum ...

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