Photo: Medical workers stage in the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun/Reuters)
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President Trump's in Puerto Rico, surveying the devastation from Hurricanes Irma and, especially, Maria, and the plight of 3.4 million American citizens. He said San Juan's Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has backed away from criticizing federal efforts, and had kind words for Governor Ricardo Rossello, thanking him for not playing politics. Attorney and political strategist Armando Valdés Prieto says there is concern that what the president's seeing is not representative of the real disaster.
America's mass shootings are getting deadlier, and Sunday's atrocity in Las Vegas was the deadliest yet; it involved automatic weapons. The numbers are now 59 dead and more than 500 injured by a killer who stockpiled 42 weapons. But despite the initial shock, the aftermath is all too familiar: demand for gun control versus the claim that "control" means limiting access. There's real passion on both sides. Is there anything about the attack on a Country Music event that might alter politics as usual? Are mass shootings the inevitable "price of freedom," or can we find ways to limit gun violence without limiting the right to own guns?
Chris Richards, Washington Post (@Chris__Richards)
David French, National Review / National Review Institute (@DavidAFrench)
James Fallows, Atlantic (@JamesFallows)
Cliff Schecter, Daily Beast (@cliffschecter)
Musician Caleb Keeter on guns, Second Amendment
Chris Richards on country artists, with the ear of American gun culture, needing to speak up
French on how the Las Vegas shooting differs from recent mass shootings
Jimmy Kimmel on Las Vegas mass shootings
French on Jimmy Kimmel clouding the debate on gun-control legislation
Fallows on dark American truths from Las Vegas, certainty of more shootings
Schecter on another bloody morning in America, as House prepares to vote on a bill easing access to ammo-piercing bullets, silencers.
After every census, legislatures around the country draw up new boundaries for congressional districts…and for their own. "Gerrymandering" is the way partisan majorities guarantee they can stay in power. Today the US Supreme Court took up a case from Wisconsin, which reapportioned in 2011. In the following election, Democrats won more votes -- but Republicans won 60 of 99 seats. Journalist David Daley is author of a book with the subtitle, "Why Your Vote Doesn't Count." He was at today's hearing.
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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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