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June 16, 2016 | By John Baer
THE ONLY THING as predictable as America's gun violence, including mass shootings, is America's political rapid reaction, especially in an election year - calling for legal measures to save us from America's gun violence. If that sounds annoyingly repetitive, it's because it's like everything to do with this issue. The Orlando nightclub shootings early Sunday set off yet another national debate on guns, offering politicians at all levels yet another platform for themselves. So, no surprise, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty is calling out her Republican opponent, Sen. Pat Toomey, to do more to fight gun violence.
NEWS
June 16, 2016
By Jeremi Suri Terrorism on American soil is not new. Nor are crimes of hate. Since at least the 19th century, politically motivated citizens have used violence to kill for a purpose. What makes the horrible massacre in Orlando stand out is its connection to a more recent phenomenon - the murder of large numbers by a single attacker. Even though gun ownership has always been widespread in American society, premeditated murder of innocent mass crowds has only become common during the past 20 or so years.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV Critic
You might think they're crazy, but the first thing to know about Robert and Michelle King's new CBS series BrainDead is that the creators of The Good Wife have not lost their minds. They've just taken their penchant for politics and public policy on a CBS-style summer vacation, the kind in which ant-like creatures from outer space picnic in people's brains. Though no sillier at heart than Under the Dome , Zoo or Extant , the Kings' Washington, D.C.-set BrainDead , which premieres at 10 p.m. Monday, is sci-fi with a healthy sense of the ridiculous.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
Love Trump? Hate Trump? Talking politics on a first date can be treacherous. It just got a whole lot easier thanks to two online dating sites. "TrumpSingles.com for supporters of Republican nominee Donald Trump promises to "Making Dating Great Again. " Not to be outdone, there's "BernieSingles.com - Where Progressives Meet. " The group for those who "share the philosophy championed by U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders," vows to "inspire chemistry" among those who share similar visions for the future.
NEWS
June 8, 2016 | By Karen Heller, WASHINGTON POST
"Sweetie," Don Rickles says, welcoming us to his sumptuous Spanish villa near Beverly Hills. "Can I get anything for you, dear?" This is the comedian known as the Merchant of Venom, the Insult King from Queens, Mr. Warmth (as in precisely the opposite). But not once in a convivial afternoon will he lob an insult, the sort he hurls at friends and fans alike, the latter paying handsomely for a dose of Rickles ridicule. At one point, he takes our left hand, bows his bullet head, and, in the custom of an Old World courtier, bestows a kiss.
NEWS
June 3, 2016
Weeks of arguing, advertising, and lobbying in the great soda-tax debate hasn't changed the fact that no better alternative has been presented to City Council to put preschool children on the right educational path to break the cycle of poverty in America's poorest big city. Mayor Kenney has proposed a 3-cents-per-ounce sugary-drink tax to raise $95 million a year to fund an expansion of high-quality prekindergarten centers across the city and pay for needed improvements to libraries, recreation centers, and parks.
NEWS
May 30, 2016
Joseph M. Knippenberg is professor of politics at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta Earlier this month, when she announced that the Obama administration was filing a lawsuit against North Carolina over its "bathroom bill," Attorney General Loretta Lynch traversed a significant portion of the history of political philosophy within a few short paragraphs. I'm quite confident that she didn't mean to do so, but she raised a number of issues that offer us the opportunity to get beyond the controversies of the moment and examine some of the deeper reasons for our current predicament.
NEWS
May 25, 2016
ISSUE | EDUCATION Playing politics with teachers' seniority The campaign by Republican legislators in Pennsylvania to have teacher effectiveness replace seniority in determining layoffs is eerily similar to their campaign to require voter identification ("GOP ties teacher bill to budget," Wednesday). Both efforts seemed aimed at groups that tend to vote Democratic. It is also ironic that Republicans, who decry the size and reach of government, are, through this legislation, inserting themselves into the affairs and collective-bargaining relationships of hundreds of local school districts.
NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Lucy Horton says she could scarcely believe her ears. Hours after she had called Delran's mayor Ken Paris "unprofessional and unethical" on her Facebook page, a township police sergeant was on the phone, "informing me that if I didn't take the Facebook post down, the mayor would be pressing harassment charges. " Paris, a two-term mayor seeking reelection this year, denies that he ordered the call. But it was the talk of the town this week. The incident went small-town viral because Horton not only refused to take down the post, she posted a new message describing the alleged police call, and denouncing Paris again.
NEWS
May 21, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Defense lawyers lit into U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's hired political gun Thursday in a dogged cross-examination of the man who has emerged as a key witness in the government's racketeering conspiracy case. It remains to be seen whether their attacks on Thomas Lindenfeld, the chief strategist behind Fattah's failed 2007 mayoral bid, were enough to sway the federal jury weighing the fates of the congressman and his four codefendants. In six hours of testimony, Lindenfeld parsed words with the smoothness of a man who had spent the last three decades working in Washington politics.
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