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My foundations of education class and I discussed the Parkland, Florida shooting a few days after the tragedy. My students tended to echo some of the most common and least credible arguments about the issue of mass shootings and gun violence. However, they were both willing to share and then eager to discuss and look at evidence. One student, for example, noted that he is a hunter and gun control makes him uncomfortable. Others mentioned mental illness and made analogies such as a...
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by on Yesterday, 10:22 pm
One of Wall Street's most powerful 
executives is seizing the 
#MeToo moment Krawcheck and her team are working to empower women through finance. Sallie Krawcheck figured the day before the 2016 presidential election would be the perfect time to launch her newest venture, Ellevest, an investment firm specifically tailored to serve female clients. “We were going to have a female president,” Krawcheck recalled thinking at the time. As it turns out, President Donald Trump’s surprise vi...
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by on Yesterday, 9:43 pm
Basic income is one of the hottest topics in Silicon Valley right now. With growing backlash against the tech industry and the specter of automation looming over millions of Americans, more and more tech titans are urging policymakers to consider guaranteeing every citizen a livable income in the form of direct cash welfare. Chris Hughes None of the tech industry's elite has given this more thought than Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes, who just published a new book on the topic, Fai...
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by on Yesterday, 9:29 pm
US Special Counsel Robert Mueller [official website] on Friday indicted [indictment, PDF] Attorney Alex van der Zwaan for false statements made during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Van der Zwaan was indicted for his answers regarding communication with Richard W. Gates III, a former aide to President Trump, who was also charged [JURIST report] with money laundering, conspiracy, and false statements, and with an undisclosed "Person A." Th...
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by on February 20, 2018
Governor Andrew Cuomo has officially called a special election to fill 11 vacant seats in the Legislature — two in the Senate and nine in the Assembly — for April 24. Of these, four vacancies are located within the five boroughs of New York City. The short races are quickly heating up to replace three former city-based state legislators who have joined the City Council -- former Assembly members Francisco Moya and Mark Gjonaj and former Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. -- and another lawmaker, Brian Kavan...
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by on February 19, 2018
As special counsel Robert Mueller builds his case, relatives of Michael Flynn are among those pressing the president to use his unique legal power and 'put these defendants out of their misery.' Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump are pictured during the presidential campaign in New Hampshire in September 2016. At least two Republican senators have urged Trump not to pardon him. After months of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia ...
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by on February 19, 2018
A federal judge approved an emergency $300 million loan that will keep Puerto Rico’s troubled electric utility in operation, averting a threat of more power outages at a time when the island is trying to recover from last summer’s devastating hurricanes. The Central Palo Seco power station of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or Prepa Judge Laura Taylor Swain of U.S. District Court in New York on Monday signed off on the loan from the island’s central government. Her decision c...
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by on February 19, 2018
Both parties have been too quick to propose restrictions that could have ramifications far beyond guns. President Obama calls for tougher gun-control laws at the Denver Policy Academy, in 2013. After the horrific shootings in Parkland, Florida, last week, President Donald Trump said very little about gun policy — but quite a bit about mental health. This has become a common move for many in the GOP, who hope to deflect a growing wave of pressure for stronger gun control laws. The ...
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by on February 19, 2018
As Jersey City's police department reels from the guilty pleas of 11 people who have admitted taking corrupt payments related to off-duty jobs, a former cop says in a new lawsuit that he was ostracized and eventually fired after reporting an illegal off-duty detail 10 years ago. Juan Ramos, right, a former Jersey City cop, is suing the city claiming he was the victim of retaliation. With him is his attorney, Lou Zayas. Juan Luis Ramos, 44, alleges in the seven-count lawsuit, filed in D...
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by on February 19, 2018
A 71-year-old Louisiana inmate whose case led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on juvenile-offender sentences was denied parole on Monday, more than a half-century after he killed a sheriff’s deputy at age 17. A three-member panel from the state parole board voted 2 to 1 to keep Henry Montgomery imprisoned. The hearing was his first chance at freedom since his conviction decades ago. Montgomery now must wait another two years before he can request another parole hearing. A vot...
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by on February 17, 2018
The charges against 13 Russians allege they tried to discourage Americans from voting and communicated with “unwitting” people in the Trump campaign. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office brought an indictment Friday charging the alleged Russian propaganda outfit called the Internet Research Agency, two affiliated groups, and 13 Russian nationals with an elaborate plot to interfere with the 2016 election through metric-driven social media campaigns, using the same techniques as sophis...
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by on February 17, 2018
Students have mourned and rallied the public after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High that left 17 dead. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attend a memorial for their teachers and classmates on Thursday. Something was different about the mass shooting this week in Parkland, Florida, in which 14 students and three adults were killed. It was not only the death toll. The mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High became the deadliest high-school shooting...
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