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Are Officer Involved Shootings Exacerbated By Public Gun Access?
by Dave Mindeman

This chart shows the number of individuals killed by police officers year by year...

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As you look at it, consider this:

The Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) -- officially, the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act -- is a subsection of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a United States federal law that included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms it defined as assault weapons, as well as certain ammunition magazines it defined as "large capacity." . . .
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America Got A "Bad" Deal In Electing Trump
by Dave Mindeman

There is something that Trump supporters should be begin to realize. Donald Trump is a business fraud.

The hyperbole was "I, alone can fix it."...or "I'm the best dealmaker"...or this or that treaty is the "worst deal ever made".

What is becoming pretty clear is that Donald J. Trump is no dealmaker, he is no brilliant businessman, he is the classic huckster.

His business acumen has really been on display for years. He has filed numerous bankruptcies, and has defaulted on so many US bank loans that no one would lend to him . . .
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Daudt - A Win At All Costs Mentality
by Dave Mindeman

Kurt Daudt thinks he is pretty clever. He risked a government shutdown with a poison pill in the tax bill trying to put Dayton in an impossible position.

Dayton could have vetoed that tax bill and sent us into another round of probable shutdown, but he doesn't play the same kind of game that Daudt does.

Today's court ruling that Dayton's line item veto was unconstitutional was followed immediately by a Kurt Daudt tweet:

"Pretty good day for Minnesotans."

Well, in Daudt's world maybe, but that tax bill is not good . . .
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Junk Insurance
by Dave Mindeman

One positive thing that came from the ACA is that insurance policies were required to meet minimum standards. For all the talk about the so-called "catastrophic" plans being the answer to the individual market, they really did not cover much. They came very close to being "junk insurance".

And if the Senate passes the current bill, we will be headed back there once more.

The new version of the bill released on Thursday incorporates an idea from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas that would permit insurers to market all types of plans as . . .
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