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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Trump is weak, and our rivals have figured it out. They're walking all over the American president in a way we haven't seen since at least the days of disco and Space Invaders.

None of this seems to permeate the family circle of Trump's White House, where, as ever, mythology crowds out any notion of policy or reality.

As Hope Hicks, Trump's onetime corporate flack, put it in a breathtaking statement this week that Trump himself might well have authored, the president "has a magnetic personality and exudes positive energy," has "an unparalleled ability to communicate with people," "treats everyone with respect" and is of course "brilliant with a great sense of humor."

Out here in the world that isn't Narnia, though, we've all got enough of a sample size now to know what kind of leader Trump is.

Monday, May 15, 2017

At issue is the right to keep and bear arms outside the home. The Heller case specifically applies to situations within the home. Those who have petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case are hoping the justices will see it as a logical extension of their earlier opinions.

The case arose when Edward Peruta and other gun owners who lived in or near San Diego, Calif., couldn't get concealed-carry permits in their county. The Sheriff's Department handles permit requests and requires "good cause" to carry a gun outside of the home. This does not mean a generalized concern for safety, but something specific, such as fear of domestic violence or a regular need to move large amounts of money.

There were two separate lawsuits challenging the interpretation of "good cause," but the district courts found no violation of the Second Amendment.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

"The issue is trust," Cuban said.

"If you trust our president and his decision making ability, then this move is probably OK," he said. "If you don't trust his decision making process, or are uncertain about it like I am, then you question why he did it and how he will make his choice of replacement."

The White House attributed Comey's Tuesday ouster to his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. But Comey was also investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian officials to help influence the US election, which led Democrats and other Trump critics to suggest that he was interfering into an investigation that involved him.

In his letter to Comey, Trump said Comey had informed him "on three separate occasions" that he was "not under investigation." Comey has not confirmed that claim publicly.

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The White House just can't get its story straight about why President Trump decided to fire FBI Director James Comey.

When the move was initially announced -- just before 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday night -- the White House pointed to a memo written by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that made the case that Comey had lost support of the organization with his handling of the investigation into the private email server maintained by Hillary Clinton.

"I cannot defend the Director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken," wrote Rosenstein. "Almost everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives."

Friday, May 05, 2017

This new map shows how easily white Europeans associate black faces with negative ideas. Since 2002, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have logged onto a website run by Harvard University called Project Implicit and taken an "implicit association test" (IAT), a rapid-response task which measures how easily you can pair items from different categories. To create this new map, we used data from a version of the test which presents white or black faces and positive or negative words. The result shows how easily our minds automatically make the link between the categories -- what psychologists call an "implicit racial attitude". Each country on the map is coloured according to the average score of test takers from that country. Redder countries show higher average bias, bluer countries show lower average bias, as the scale on the top of the map shows. read more


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