Local NRA leader demands secession from Washington after a state gun control initiative won big

The National Rifle Association sued earlier this year to stop Washington state voters from considering a package of gun control measures known as Initiative 1639, but the state Supreme Court rejected their legal arguments. On Election Day, nearly 60 percent of the state’s voters rejected the gun group’s political arguments that the initiative would “criminalize self-defense.”

Now one of the organization’s local activist leaders in Washington state wants...

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What the WNBA’s past can teach current WNBA players about the fight for their future

On April 7, 2003, during contentious negotiations over the second collective bargaining agreement in WNBA history, then-NBA commissioner David Stern issued a public ultimatum.

“We want to get a deal and work with the players,” Stern said. “But if that’s not to be, it’s not to be. We’ll know in the next 10 days if there will be a WNBA season.”

It was, without a doubt, a tumultuous time for the league. During the offseason, franchises i...

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California wildfire now among the deadliest recent U.S. disasters

Officials provided a horrifying update about the wildfire ravaging northern California late Friday: At least 71 people are dead and over 1,000 are missing.

Authorities warned the death toll could rise further as “around 500 specialists and more than 20 cadaver dogs” search for human remains.

The 71 confirmed fatalities make this one of the deadliest disasters in recent U.S. history.

Deadliest U.S. disasters of the 21st century:

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Trump calls for more ‘decorum’ from reporters, threatens to restrict media access

President Donald Trump’s administration was ordered to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s White House credential in a ruling by a federal judge on Friday.

After the president berated Acosta for asking questions and implied that CNN deserved to be sent explosive devices last month during a news conference on the day after the midterm elections, Trump’s administration then used a doctored video to justify Acosta’s ban from White House grounds for the “inap...

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Betsy DeVos’ proposed sexual assault rules change definition of sexual harassment

More than a year after the Education Department rescinded Obama-era sexual assault guidelines, it released its proposal for how universities should handle reports of campus sexual assault.

The rules announced on Friday narrow the definition of sexual harassment, allow universities to use a higher standard of proof to decide whether the accused are responsible for sexual assault, and make it more difficult for universities to be held legally accountable for failing to investigate a c...

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Republican congressman falsely claims many new House Dems ran as ‘pro-life’

Last Tuesday’s midterm elections saw a historic number of pro-choice Democratic women elected to Congress, along with a diverse array of pro-choice Democratic men. Many of these candidates emphasized their opposition to the National Rifle Association and their support for common sense gun violence legislation. But apparently House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was watching a different election.

On Fox & Friends on Friday, Scalise was asked about the handful...

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As hate crimes rise, a bill to combat the problem languishes in Congress

New statistics released this week by the FBI show a 17 percent increase in documented hate crimes in 2017, the third consecutive year in which hate crimes have risen across the United States.

Not only did hate crimes altogether rise last year, but the FBI pointed to notable increases in anti-Hispanic and anti-Semitic crimes. Anti-black crimes also substantially outpaced all other race-based hate crimes.

One bill, though, attempts to not only stem the rising tide of hate crime...

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No one is having more fun right now than these new House Democrats

The House of Representatives is going to look a lot different come January — not just due to a Democratic majority, but also a record-breaking number of women, people of color, and LGBTQ members set to join Congress after last week’s midterm elections.

That sea change is depicted on the cover of the New Yorker, which Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) recently shared on Instagram with the caption “Knock knock.”

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D.C. man who praised Pittsburgh synagogue shooting arrested on weapons charges

A 30-year-old man from D.C. who was arrested by federal agents on Friday on weapons charges has been revealed as an avowed neo-Nazi, with multiple links to far-right figureheads.

Jeffrey R. Clark Jr., 30, from Bloomingdale, has been charged with illegally possessing a firearm and a high-capacity magazine. According to court filings, the FBI received a tip-off from Clark’s family shortly after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. The family said that Jeffrey and his brother Edwar...

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The GOP strategy to make the midterm elections about bigotry pretty much failed

After President Donald Trump won in 2016 on a platform of nativism, xenophobia, racism, and a false promise that Mexico would fund a giant wall along the U.S.’s southern border, he and his party apparently believed that appeals to bigotry and division were the way to win elections. But while the White House, GOP party committees, allied outside groups, and midterm candidates employed an array of dog-whistle and plainly racist attacks against Democratic candidates, it did not have the...

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