Since the carnage in Las Vegas, there's been a lot of talk on TV and commentary in print about gun control.
Here we are again, America, forced to face ourselves and wincing at our reflection.
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Mike Juhasz is nothing short of the classic American Renaissance man; the 32-year-old grandson of a tool and die worker who lost two of his fingers to a press, he began adulthood working in manufacturing.
What exactly is going on with the Mississippi Department of Education?
The mayors doing their utmost to get Amazon's second headquarters for their cities are having a grand time informing Jeff Bezos of everything they have to offer. They should enjoy this part of the chase, because what comes next won't be much fun.
You could call it a moment of truth, except that what actually came out of that moment was a realization of how little truth now matters.
Republicans and Democrats don't agree on much, but they agree that sometimes, individual freedom must yield to the imperatives of public safety. They also agree that sometimes, efforts to save lives come at too high a price in liberty. Trouble is, they can't agree on when.
No matter how great one's faith in God, after yet another massacre of innocent people, it's impossible to believe that prayer alone is going to save us from ourselves.
Nice try, Republicans. You'd like to end the federal deduction for state and local taxes. That would stick the expensive-to-live-in blue states with more of the nation's bills. It would amount to taxing income that has already gone to taxes. Not gonna happen.
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