Neo-Nazi in coast guard plotted attack on Democrats and journalists, say prosecutors

Lieutenant Christopher Hasson allegedly intended to ‘murder civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country’

A neo-Nazi serving as a lieutenant in the US coast guard has been caught plotting to attack Democratic members of Congress, including congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and well-known media personalities, according to prosecutors.

Christopher Hasson intended “to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” according to a filing to federal cour...

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Trendwatch: Gun Laws Moving Swiftly through the States in 2019

Gun violence prevention has already featured prominently in the 2019 state and federal legislative cycle. Our latest edition of Gun Law Trendwatch breaks down what you need to know.

On February 6, a congressional task force led by Representative Mike Thompson (CA-05) held the first gun violence prevention hearing in more than a decade. Activists, survivors, and experts, including Giffords Law Center Executive Director Robyn Thomas, powerfully testified to the toll that gun violenc...

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Supreme Court’s new ruling on civil asset forfeiture is pretty huge

States cannot ignore the Constitution when imposing fines or confiscating people’s property in civil or criminal cases, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Wednesday.

The decision in Timbs v. Indiana means change is on the wind for the widespread and chronically abused law enforcement tactic of civil asset forfeiture. It will also have sweeping implications for other monetary punishments levied by state and local governments, including the grubby spiderweb of municipal cour...

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The number of hate groups in the United States has reached a record high

The number of hate groups in the United States has surged to an all-time high, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), with numbers rising for the fourth year in a row.

The SPLC’s annual Year in Hate and Extremism report, released Wednesday, recorded 1,020 hate groups in the United States in 2018. That figure includes neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and anti-government extremists, and represents a rise of seven percent from 2017.

The report...

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White House panel to ‘question whether climate change is security threat’ – live

Committee would advise Trump on the ‘scientific understanding of today’s climate’, according to National Security Council

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One of the six people to survive the 2018 shooting at Maryland’s Capital Gazette newspaper, Rachael Pacella, said Trump’s “media-bashing” make her fear for her life and the lives of other reporters.

Pacella responded to Trump’s tw...

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Efforts to Address Gun Violence Should Not Include Increased Surveillance

This month marks one year since a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The shooter took the lives of 17 people and gravely wounded 17 others. Still reeling from the trauma, Parkland students mobilized swiftly and effectively, connecting with young activists across the country to demand immediate, comprehensive legislation that addresses widespread gun violence.

Also this month—and for the first time in nearly a decade—the House Judiciary C...

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Why BlacKkKlansman should win the best picture Oscar

Spike Lee’s politically charged cinema has irked the Academy in the past, but his witty take on how a black policeman outsmarted the Ku Klux Klan could prove sweetly timed

“Today’s young generation, they don’t know anything,” says Spike Lee in the Oscar-winning Rumble in the Jungle documentary, When We Were Kings. “Something happened last year, they know nothing about it. There are these great, great stories. These great historic events. I’m not talking about 1850s stuff. They don’t ...

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