Mass Shootings Prompt Debates on Guns, Underlying Causes

Two tragic mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso last weekend prompted a resurgence of debates on gun control, gun rights and underlying causes, both on Capitol Hill and throughout the country. Media coverage was largely split in the aftermath. Many left-leaning outlets focused on white...
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Second Dem Debates Reveal Party Infighting

Detroit played host to the second round of 2020 Democratic presidential debates on Tuesday and Wednesday, in a combative showing that outlined key differences in policy priorities and ideologies among the 20 candidates. On both nights, candidates sparred over topics ranging from...
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Story of the Week: As Tensions Escalate With Iran, Opinions Diverge on Intervention

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he called off a military strike against Iran, which was planned in response to reports that the country shot down an unmanned U.S. drone. The strike would have killed an estimated 150 people, a result Trump said was "not proportionate" to...
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Story of the Week: Sarah Sanders Resigns as White House Press Secretary

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will depart her post later this month, according to President Donald Trump. In the wake of the announcement, media outlets and pundits were divided over her two-year performance. Some celebrated her tenure as successful and accused the media of...
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Story of the Week: Virginia Beach Shooting Reinvigorates Gun Debate

Twelve people were killed and four injured on Friday in a mass shooting at a government building in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The spree reinvigorated the debate around firearm ownership, with a particular focus on gun silencers, which the shooter used to carry out the attack. In the wake...
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Story of the Week: Mueller Speaks Out About Russia Investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller held a press conference on Wednesday in which he urged Americans to read his report and said it was "not an option" to charge President Trump with a crime under Department of Justice regulations that bar the indictment of a sitting president. Both sides...
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Story of the Week: Multiple States Pass Near-Bans on Abortion

Alabama, Missouri, and Georgia, among another states, have moved to effectively ban abortion, passing legislation that would prohibit in the practice in nearly every circumstance. Some have decried the bills as oppressively anti-woman, while others dispute the idea that terminating a...
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Story of the Week: Attorney General Barr Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Attorney General William Barr testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, engaging in several tense exchanges with Democratic senators who accused him of obscuring special counsel Robert Mueller's findings and covering for President Trump. Some harshly criticized...
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Story of the Week: Joe Biden Enters 2020 Presidential Race

Joe Biden announced that he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, emerging as a potential frontrunner in a crowded field of hopefuls. Some praised the former vice president as the best option to beat President Trump, while others criticized his record and his behavior...
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Story of the Week: Mueller Report: Trump Implicated or Vindicated?

In a press conference today, Attorney General William Barr said that the Mueller report found no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, adding that there was insufficient evidence to indict President Trump on obstruction of...
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Story of the Week: Julian Assange Arrested in London: Justice or a Violation of the Free Press?

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London yesterday and charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. Media outlets, pundits, and politicians across the aisle are split: Some say that Assange must be punished for exposing classified information, while others say that...
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Story of the Week: Joe Biden's Behavior Towards Women: A #MeToo Moment or Blown Out of Proportion?

Ex-Vice President Joe Biden has come under scrutiny after former Nevada lawmaker Lucy Flores accused him of smelling her hair and kissing the back of her head without her consent during a 2014 campaign rally. Six additional women have come forward with similar claims, and Biden has...
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Story of the Week: Did the Media Blow It on the Mueller Report?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, but the report "does not exonerate" President Trump on obstruction of justice, according to Attorney General William Barr. Some criticized the mainstream media's original reporting on...
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Story of the Week: Shootings at New Zealand Mosques Leave 50 Dead

New Zealand experienced its deadliest attack last week after a gunman who had expressed racist and anti-immigrant views shot and killed 50 people at two different mosques. Some criticized President Trump in the wake of the attack and accused him of stoking white nationalism, while many...
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Story of the Week: Senate Votes to Block Trump's Emergency Declaration

The Senate voted to block President Trump's national emergency declaration for border wall funding, with 12 Republicans joining Democrats in passing a resolution to reject the move. The vote is slightly symbolic, as Trump will likely veto the measure. The move divided conservatives in...
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