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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Sources close to the president say he has repeatedly shrugged off the national debt, implying that he doesn't have to worry about the money owed to America's creditors -- currently about $21 trillion -- because he won't be around to shoulder the blame when it becomes even more untenable.


Monday, December 03, 2018

In a new study, five economists conclude that even with the increased demand for healthcare services that would result from a Medicare for All system, overall healthcare spending would be reduced by nearly ten percent (10%), or $310 Billion per year, while providing universal and stable coverage.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump's campaign, the Guardian has been told. A well-placed source has told the Guardian that Manafort went to see Assange around March 2016 read more


Monday, November 19, 2018

Democrats netted 1.3 million votes for State Assembly, 54 percent statewide. Even so, Republicans will return to the Capitol in 2019 with Republicans holding 63 of 99 seats in the Assembly, a nearly two-thirds majority. read more


Friday, November 02, 2018

Threatening comments made by President Donald Trump toward migrants heading for the southern U.S. border are being used to justify the shooting of protesters in Nigeria. Defense spokesman John Agim told Agence France-Presse (AFP) the army posted the video as a reaction to allegations its forces had acted illegally in dispersing the demonstration. read more


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At the time of ratification, and as remains the case today, the militia was defined broadly and was understood to include "all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense." Miller, 307 U.S. at 177, 59 S.Ct. at 818. But because the Constitution protects only the possession or use of guns reasonably related to a "well regulated militia," membership in this broad segment of the population is constitutionally insignificant. In determining the scope of Second Amendment protection, the Miller Court did not rely on the commonly understood and wide-reaching definition of the militia, but rather turned to early militia laws of New York, Massachusetts, and Virginia, which provided for the training, maintenance, and equipping of these states' respective militias. Id. at 177-78, 59 S.Ct. at 818-19. We find the Miller Court's reliance on these statutory provisions regulating "the organization and government of the Militia," id. at 181, 59 S.Ct. at 819, to be significant. In our view, it indicates that the Miller Court understood the Second Amendment to protect only the possession or use of weapons that is reasonably related to a militia actively maintained and trained by the states.

Moreover, after examining the text and history of the Second Amendment, we conclude that this reading of Miller is consistent with the motivating purposes of the drafters of the Second Amendment. The amendment describes a "well regulated militia" as "being necessary to the security of a free State." The fact that the drafters qualified "well regulated militia" by reference to state security suggests to us that they intended this term to refer only to governmental militias that are actively maintained and used for the common defense. We find substantial support for this textual reading in the history of the drafting and ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

U.S. v. Wright, 117 F.3d 1265 (11th Cir. 1997).

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