What Can We Really Expect From Texas Leaders After the Santa Fe Shooting?

The most prominent response to Friday’s shooting that left 10 dead at Santa Fe High School came from the state’s lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick. Speaking to reporters the afternoon of the shooting, Patrick called not for gun regulation, but door regulation.

“We’re going to have to look at the

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What Happens in Georgia Could Have National Implications for Years to Come

If you’re a Fox News Republican, you’re either freaked out by Stacey Abrams, or about to be. A Pandora’s Box of musty racial terrors, myths and prejudices – along with freshly updated Trumpian resentments – will be uncorked Tuesday if (as expected) the Yale Law School graduate, romance-novel

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It’s the Guns

Americans of high-school age are 82 times more likely to die from a gun homicide than 15- to 19-year-olds in the rest of the developed world.

This stark discrepancy is often treated as a baffling fact, requiring some counterintuitive explanation. After today’s massacre in Texas, the state’s lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, suggested that the problem may be that high schools have too many doors. “Had there been one single entrance possibly for every student, maybe [the shooter] would have been stopped.”

At other moments, we’re told that the problem is that we need to do a better job guessing which troubled teens may prove murderous at some point in the future, or dealing with the excesses of masculinity, or possibly the crisis of meaning and identity in the secularizing modern world. As always, though, there is a simpler and more powerful explanation of why there has been no similar school shooting in Germany since 2009; or in Canada since 2007; none in the United Kingdom since 1996—while conversely, more young Americans have died in school shootings in 2018 than in all the nation’s combat operations all over the world.

The answer is almost insultingly simple and has the virtue only of being true: It’s the guns.

The Parkland shooting earlier this year seemed at last to ignite a public movement in response to these terrible crimes. Yet even the cumulative impact of slaughter after slaughter has not softened the harsh divide of the American gun impasse. Back in 2012, Nate Silver observed: “Whether someone owns a gun is a more powerful predictor of a person’s political party than her gender, whether she identifies as gay or lesbian, whether she is Hispanic, whether she lives in the South, or a number of other demographic characteristics.”

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Trump’s New Strategy for Responding to Robert Mueller

Rudy Giuliani’s first weeks as President Trump’s lawyer have been hectic and full of contradictions—both Giuliani contradicting himself, and the president contradicting Giuliani.

Underneath the chaos, however, it’s becoming possible to discern a fresh Trump legal strategy since the president shook up his team. On the one hand, Trump’s lawyers say they continue to work with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. At the same time, they are pursuing a fresh line of attack in public, shifting from proclaiming the president’s innocence to attempting to undermine the probe itself. The contours of the new strategy were on display in a highly entertaining jousting match between Giuliani and Chris Cuomo on CNN Friday morning.

The biggest fireworks came when Giuliani tried to filibuster Cuomo from playing an old video clip where he contradicted his own comments from 1998 about whether the president can be subpoenaed. But the single most notable piece of news was Giuliani’s pronouncement that Mueller has agreed to limit the scope of an interview from five to two topics.

“It is accurate as of Wednesday night,” he said. “We received a communication from them. We did go through five letters. We didn’t get a response. Then they sent us a response. I can’t go into detail, but narrowing the subjects for questioning down to about two.”

A spokesman for the special counsel declined to comment on Giuliani’s remarks. Giuliani didn’t say what the two topics were, and it’s probably worth taking his answer with a grain or two of salt. Giuliani previously said that he’d negotiate an end to the probe within a week or two, which didn’t happen, and the president said he was wrong about some aspects of a reimbursement to former fixer Michael Cohen. But Giuliani’s remarks make clear that far from ruling out an interview, the …read more

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