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Trump’s claims and what experts say about mental illness and mass shootings

Kameleon007/iStock(WASHINGTON) — “Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger, not the gun,” President Donald Trump said soon after the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that left 31 dead.Under pressure to take action, the president has repeatedly tried to shift the cause of mass shootings away from guns and toward mental illness.Experts say that’s…read more »

John Hickenlooper joins crowded Senate race in Colorado

krblokhin/iStock(DENVER) — Onetime 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper launched his campaign to unseat GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Thursday morning, entering a crowded Democratic primary to challenge the vulnerable Republican incumbent.”I know changing Washington is hard but I want to give it a shot,” Hickenlooper said in a new video…read more »

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces he’s dropping out of the 2020 race

liveslow/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.He made his announcement on MSNBC Wednesday night.”It’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball, but we’re going to make sure somebody is,” he said on “The Rachel Maddow Show.”Inslee was the first governor to declare a run…read more »

CBO projects higher deficits beginning in 2020 after bipartisan spending deal

claffra/iStock(WASHINGTON) — As the Trump administration dismisses concern from some economists that the U.S. economy is heading for a recession, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the federal deficit will grow to $960 billion this year before climbing above $1 trillion in 2020 — two years earlier than a projection earlier this year.The non-partisan agency periodically…read more »

‘Nothing’ to indicate Epstein death was not a suicide: Attorney General William Barr

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that ongoing investigations into the death of Jeffrey Epstein have not produced information that contradict the medical examiner’s determination that Epstein died by suicide.”I have seen nothing that undercuts the finding of the medical examiner that this was a suicide,” Barr told reporters, following a roundtable…read more »

After Denmark’s PM calls buying Greenland ‘absurd,’ Trump calls her comment ‘nasty’

Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday hit back at Denmark’s prime minister for calling his idea about the U.S. buying Greenland “absurd,” blasting her comment as “nasty” and accusing her of “blowing off the United States.”Trump spoke after abruptly cancelling his planned visit to Denmark via Twitter Tuesday…read more »

Jews ‘disloyal’ to their own people and Israel if they vote Democratic: Trump

zrfphoto/iStock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump doubled down Wednesday on his controversial assertion that Jewish Americans who vote for a Democrat are “very, very disloyal to Israel and the Jewish people,” continuing his effort to make support for Israel a political wedge issue ahead of the 2020 election.The day before, while attacking Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib…read more »

Trump administration proposes longer-term detention of migrant families

Photos597/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration on Wednesday rolled out a new plan that would allow the government to detain migrant families traveling with children indefinitely, effectively calling for an end to the federal government’s agreement with a court more than 20 years ago that it wouldn’t hold children for long periods of time because it’s…read more »