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GOP lawmaker behind gun control research ban has 'regrets'

Gun control research ban Amid growing pressure to reverse a ban on gun control research, a former Republican lawmaker now says he has regrets about writing the provision blocking studies.

In a letter released Wednesday, former Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark.) disavowed his efforts two decades ago to block gun control research.

“Back in [the 1990s], I took part in cutting off gun violence research dollars at the federal level because of what was considered a misapplication of the dollars by the CDC. I have recently expressed my regrets that we didn't continue that research,” Dickey wrote in a letter released Wednesday by House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (D-Calif.).

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You won't believe why N.H.'s top paper endorsed Christie

Why Star Ledger endorsed ChristieIf you were doing anything that even closely resembled "having a life" over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, you might have missed the news that the New Hampshire Union Leader handed out a (relatively early) Republican primary endorsement to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

It's a pretty big deal. As Toby Harnden wrote -- so sagely! -- back in 2011, "It's easy to dismiss the importance of today's endorsement of Newt Gingrich by the New Hampshire Union-Leader." Indeed. So easy.

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How the Extreme Christian Right Incited the Assault on the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado

abortion rightsAfter months of verbal assault against Planned Parenthood and against women more broadly, Republican Christianists have gotten what they were asking for: bloodshed.

On November 27, a mass shooting left three dead and nine wounded at a Planned Parenthood clinic just miles from the headquarters of the religious right flagship, Focus on the Family. Was the shooting exactly what conservative Christian presidential candidates and members of Congress wanted? Maybe; maybe not. But it is what they asked for. Republican members of the religious right incited violence as predictably as if they had issued a call for Christian abortion foes to take up arms.

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Black pastors demand apology from Donald Trump

Donald TrumpInstead of endorsements, many black pastors issued Donald Trump demands for an apology for his treatment of racial minorities at a closed-door meeting at Trump Tower in New York on Monday.

The demands, part of an hours-long meeting with dozens of black faith leaders that has been mired in controversy since it was announced on Wednesday, come after many leaders came under fire for meeting with Trump and after his campaign canceled the public portion of the event. But Trump, rarely one to avoid news cameras, held an impromptu press conference anyways and described the meeting as full of “love.”

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Trump campaign cancels event to showcase endorsements from blacks pastors

Trump cancels meeting with pastorsDonald Trump on Sunday abruptly scrapped a news conference designed to showcase his support from black religious leaders, as African-American pastors lined up to deny they were willing to endorse the Republican frontrunner.

It was an unusually public U-turn for the billionaire real-estate mogul, 69, whose controversial campaign last week invited the world's media to Trump Tower in New York for a press conference on Monday.

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GOP Playbook on Women Gets Even Scarier

Ted CruzLast week, Ted Cruz promoted the endorsement of Troy Newman, an anti-choice leader who has gone so far as to say that a perfectly biblical society would execute its abortion providers.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Ted Cruz is so thrilled that someone who wants abortion providers to be killed is supporting him that he actually sent out a press release to celebrate the endorsement. Is that what this Republican primary has come to? Presidential candidates applauding -- not denouncing -- these radically extreme positions?

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Black Pastors To Trump: Our Meeting Is Not An Endorsement

Black pasters not endorsing TrumpSeveral members of a group of prominent African American ministers scheduled to meet with Donald Trump Monday are making clear that they have made no commitments to endorse the real estate magnate.

Their public declarations of non-endorsement come after a press release from the Trump campaign announced a coalition of 100 African American religious leaders will appear with the real estate mogul shortly after the meeting to endorse him.

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