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The presidential primary field further winnowed this week, with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton announcing their withdrawals.
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An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the U.S. amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey early Saturday after Greece said it wouldn't risk its relations with America by aiding it. The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, updated its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mersin, Turkey, a port city in the country's south and home to an oil terminal.
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|Former police officer charged with murder for botched Houston raid ||Sources: Howard to join Lakers with stern caveat |
Prosecutors are reviewing 14,000 criminal cases involving the drug squad that conducted the raid for evidence of improprieties, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg told a news conference. In January, then police officer Gerald Goines wrote in an affidavit to obtain a search warrant that an informant had bought heroin at the house, Ogg said. On Jan. 28, Goines and his Houston narcotics squad entered the house without knocking, as allowed under the warrant.
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|Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings ||Mets strike out 26 in 14 innings to tie MLB record |
Russia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region. Loaded with nuclear fuel, the Akademik Lomonosov will leave the Arctic port of Murmansk to begin its 5,000 kilometre (3,000-mile) voyage to northeastern Siberia. Nuclear agency Rosatom says the reactor is a simpler alternative to building a conventional plant on ground that is frozen all year round, and it intends to sell such reactors abroad.
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|Radical gun reform may finally have a voice in Washington ||Golden rings: Vonn engaged to Devils' Subban |
An ambitious agenda by the March for Our Lives activists may be the first time the majority of Americans get real representationA young girl looks on as she attends a vigil for the victims of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesMarch for Our Lives, the national youth gun violence prevention movement founded by survivors of last yearâs school shooting in Parkland, Florida, released a sweeping gun reform agenda this week.The agenda calls for significantly raising the standards for gun ownership in America, and reducing by about 100m the total number of guns in circulation.Itâs a dramatic, ambitious plan. And it may represent the first time in decades that the majority of Americans will get any real representation in the gun control debate in Washington.March for Our Livesâ young activists endorsed an Australia-style mandatory government buyback and destruction of âassault weaponsâ. They want to decrease the number of guns in circulation by 30% â which would mean roughly 100m fewer firearms in American hands. They proposed regulations that would dramatically raise the bar for who is allowed to purchase a gun, putting US law much more in line with European countries. And they want to revisit the 2009 supreme court decision, District of Columbia v Heller, which enshrined a pro-gun interpretation of Americansâ second amendment right to bear arms.These proposals are substantially more aggressive, and more ambitious, than anything the Democrats in Washington have fought for in years. In fact, for decades, gun control groups and progressive politicians have done a poor job at representing the majority of Americans in Congress when it comes to gun control. A surprising voidDemocrats have fought for minor new restrictions on gun buying â and been defeated by the Republican partyâs gun absolutists â but, fundamentally, the Democratic party has remained supportive of gun ownership.Democratic lawmakersâ efforts to âban assault weaponsâ, for example, have not meant an actual ban on these guns, but only a ban on future sales, meaning that Americans could keep the millions of military-style rifles they already own. President Obamaâs signature gun control legislation after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a compromise bill that would have closed just a few of the gaping loopholes in the nationâs background check system â a measure so weak itâs doubtful whether it would have had any effect on gun violence at all.The countryâs largest gun control groups, too, have made great efforts to portray themselves as pro-âgun safetyâ, not anti-gun. They routinely advertise themselves as supporters of Americansâ second amendment right to bear arms. And they have focused on âcommonsense reformsâ, such as getting what activists see as particularly extreme weapons off the streets, or requiring a criminal background check before every gun sale.This lack of any explicit anti-gun side in the American gun debate is strange.Although many Americans may not realize it, gun owners are a minority in the United States. American civilians overall own an estimated 300m to 400m firearms, more than one gun per person. But this frequently cited statistic obscures how concentrated American gun ownership is.In recent surveys, roughly 70% to 80% of Americans said they do not personally own a gun, and a majority said that nobody in their household owns a gun. Just 3% of American adults own half the countryâs guns, according to a definitive 2015 survey. This small group of gun super-owners have an average of 17 guns each.Gun absolutists â the activists who oppose any gun control measures, who want Americans to be able to own any kind of gun, and carry them everywhere â are a minority within that minority. According to the best available estimates, fewer than 10% of American gun owners overall are members of the National Rifle Association.There appear to be at least as many Americans who are vehemently anti-gun as there are NRA members.Recent Gallup polls have found that 28% of American adults say they would support a law banning handgun ownership, except by the police and other âauthorized personsâ. A 2017 Pew Research Center survey found that 9% of American adults believed that âalmost no oneâ should be legally allowed to own guns â about the same proportion as the number of adults who believed that âalmost everyoneâ should be able to own them.A coalition of 9% of American adults would translate into more than 20 million people. Thatâs a group four times larger than the NRA, which claims between 5 million and 6 million members.Only a minority of Americans oppose most private gun ownership. But thereâs strong majority support for much tougher gun control laws than the ones currently on the books.A 2017 Pew survey found 68% supported banning assault-style weapons. Seventy-one percent supported having a federal database to track all gun sales. A 2018 Gallup survey found 68% of respondents supported raising the legal age to buy certain guns. A Quinnipiac poll in May found 77% of respondents were in favor of requiring people to obtain a license before being able to purchase a gun.Itâs not hard to find Americans who oppose the countryâs current gun culture. They show up at gun control rallies, holding signs that say things like âRepeal the Second Amendmentâ. They live in neighborhoods burdened by decades of daily gun violence. Theyâve lost family members or friends to shootings. They keep asking: why canât we just get rid of the guns?But for years, these Americansâ views have not been well represented by Americaâs âgun safetyâ groups, and they have had virtually no representation in Congress.This may finally be starting to change. Moving the gun debateIn 2016, a progressive activist launched Guns Down America, a small organization that advocates not simply for âgun sense lawsâ, but for âa future with fewer gunsâ. Following the Parkland shooting, the young March for Our Lives activists have advocated unapologetically for bold reform, though they, like other American gun control activists, say theyâre not anti-gun and their proposals for stricter regulation represent the interests of âresponsible gun ownersâ.Itâs not yet clear how much the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates will move towards embracing these majority opinions on gun control policy. But thereâs already been movement towards the actual middle of the debate.In 2016, Obama argued in a CNN Town Hall that âissues like licensing, registration, thatâs an area where thereâs just not enough national consensus at this stage to even consider itâ. This year, the New Jersey senator Cory Booker made gun licensing the center of his 2020 gun control platform.After the mass shooting targeting Latino families in El Paso, the former Texas congressman Beto OâRourke said he endorsed not just an assault weapon ban, but a mandatory federal buyback of assault weapons. On Wednesday, he became the first Democratic 2020 candidate to tweet that he supported March for Our Livesâ new policy agenda.OâRourkeâs campaign did not back away from the most controversial elements of the youth activistsâ plan, including their desire to revisit the supreme courtâs current interpretation of the second amendment, enshrined in the Heller decision.âWhile Beto agrees with the courtâs holding that the second amendment allows for regulation, he does not agree with the entirety of the Heller decision,â said Aleigha Cavalier, OâRourkeâs national press secretary. âOne piece of the Heller case Beto believes should be revisited is the courtâs decision to strike down DCâs safe storage requirements.âAmericaâs gun debate may soon actually have two sides.
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Before we can understand the importance of a free press in a democracy, we need to grasp what it means to have a free press. The Cambridge Dictionary tells us that a free press allows all media outlets to express whatever opinions they desire. That means, it says, that they are enabled to â€œcriticize the government and other organizations.â€ So why would that be relevant in a democracy?
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Coup Or Civil War In Egypt
The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.