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Ex-NFL Player Taken Into Custody Over Threatening Instagram Post, Rick Gates Pleads Guilty in Russia Probe, and Companies Cut Ties With NRA: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Feb. 23, 2018 4:30 pm Ron Sachs/SIPA/NewscomFormer NFL player Jonathan Martin was taken into custody after tagging his former high school in a threatening Instagram post. Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleaded guilty today to conspiracy and lying to the FBI. Florida lawmakers want to raise age requirements for purchasing firearms, add other restrictions. […]

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Trump, Dems, Business Want a Gas Tax Increase. The President’s Economic Advisers Suggest a Better Idea.

Aside from banning bump stocks, no policy in Washington seems to have more bipartisan appeal than raising the federal gas tax. The idea is beloved by such Democrats as Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon and Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware—the ranking minority members of the House and Senate committees that handle infrastructure. It’s beloved by […]

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San Francisco Man Has Spent 4 Years and $1 Million Trying to Get Approval to Turn His Own Laundromat Into an Apartment Building

To understand how difficult and expensive it is to build housing in San Francisco, observe the case of Robert Tillman. Tillman owns a single-story laundromat in the city’s Mission District. Since 2014, he has been attempting to develop his property into a 75-unit apartment building. The city is in the midst of a housing affordability […]

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Trump Endorses a Ban on Bump Stocks

Abaca Press/Douliery Olivier/Abaca/Sipa USA/NewscomIn the wake of last week’s shooting Parkland Florida—which left 17 people dead—President Donald Trump announced his intention to ban bump stocks. “Just a few moments ago I signed a memo directing the attorney general to propose regulations that ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” said Trump in […]

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Mueller Issues Another Indictment in Russia Probe, Trump Supports Bump Stock Ban, and the Taliban Taxes Journalists: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Feb. 20, 2018 4:30 pm Douliery Olivier/Sipa USA/NewscomMueller charges lawyer, Gates associate with lying in Russia probe. President Trump proposes Bump Stock ban. The Taliban taxes Afghanistan’s independent media. Donald Trump Jr.’s business trip to India raises ethics concerns. Portland wonders if affordable housing regulations reduces the supply of housing. Photo Credit: Douliery Olivier/Sipa […]

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FBI Failed to Act on 2018 Tip About 2018 Shooter, Mitt Romney Runs for Senate, and Inflation Is on the Rise: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Feb. 16, 2018 4:30 pm Laura Cavanaugh/Sipa USA/NewscomThe FBI failed to act on a January 2018 tip about Nikolas Cruz, the alleged perpetrator of Wednesday’s Parkland, Florida school shooting. Florida Governor Rick Scott calls on FBI director to resign. Senate immigration deal falls apart. Safety review of Baltimore subway finds 17 of 19 track […]

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German SPD Leader Resigns, Israeli PM Might Face Corruption Charges, and Hundreds of Thousands of Venezuelans Flee Their Socialist Utopia: P.M. Links

Ariel Schalit/POOL/SIPA/Newscom German Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz resigned today amidst talks of a possible coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s more conservative Christian Democratic Union. The Trump administration suggests replacing food stamp vouchers with boxes of healthy snacks shipped right to your door. David French on the media’s sudden love for North Korea. Israeli police […]

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Trump Infrastructure Plan: Privatization, Deregulation, and Spending

LEIGH VOGEL/UPI/NewscomIt’s finally here. After a year of delays, drafts, outlines, and leaks, the Trump administration has released a detailed $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal. The 55-page document conforms largely to previous reports of what the package might look like. On the down side, there is a lot of new federal spending here. On the upside, […]

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Dems Unveil Their Own Infrastructure Plan, the Internet Pivots to Video, and More State Legislators Get Dinged for Sexual Harassment: P.M. Links

Democrats call for $1 trillion dollar infrastructure plan that manages to promise both less investment than Trump’s while costing taxpayers five times as much. The internet pivots to video. Amazon launches delivery service to compete with UPS, FedEx. California Assemblywoman taking “leave of absence” during investigation into sexual misconduct. A little further North, an Oregon […]

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