Nov. 18 Letters: How shooters are able to acquire their guns

Regarding the story, “How did shooter get his guns?” (Page 1A, Nov. 16), the Tehama County shooter got his guns because they are manufactured by the truckload and sold every day all across America. This massive supply ensures that every person who wants rapid-fire guns and large-capacity ammo clips can acquire them. That is, people with or without mental illness; people with or without mental health care benefits; people with or without criminal records; people that are on or are not on government watch lists; people with or without known motives to kill; people that hoard guns in private or shoot them nightly in their front yard. Everybody can get… Read More

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Why sexual harassment training doesn’t stop harassment

AP Photos, FileThis combination photo shows, top row from left, film producer Harvey Weinstein, former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price, director James Toback, New Orleans chef John Besh, middle row from left, fashion photographer Terry Richardson, New Republic contributing editor Leon Wiseltier, former NBC News political commentator Mark Halperin, former Defy Media executive Andy Signore, and bottom row from left, filmmaker Brett Ratner, actor Kevin Spacey, actor Jeremy Piven and actor Dustin Hoffman. In the weeks since the string of allegations against Weinstein first began, an ongoing domino effect has tumbled through not just Hollywood but at least a dozen other industries. Shannon Rawski first got the idea for her… Read More

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Ultra-wealthy win in Senate tax bill, other face hikes

WASHINGTON — The ultra-wealthy, especially those with dynastic businesses — like President Donald Trump and his family — do very well under a major Republican tax bill moving in the Senate, as they do under legislation passed this week by the House. Want to toast the anticipated tax win with champagne or a beer — or maybe you’re feeling Shakespearean and prefer to quaff mead from a pewter mug? That would cheer producers of beer, wine, liquor — and mead, the ancient beverage fermented from honey. Tax rates on their sales would be reduced under the Senate bill. On the other hand, people living in high-tax states, who deduct their… Read More

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Trump delays new policy on importing elephant parts

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday he’s delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review “all conservation facts.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation, arguing that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs. Animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision. California Rep. Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the administration to reverse the policy, calling it the “wrong move at the wrong time.” Trump tweeted Friday that the policy had been “under… Read More

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Allegations against Alabama’s Roy Moore dividing GOP women

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Standing on the white marble steps of Alabama’s Capitol, Kayla Moore surrounded herself with two dozen other women Friday to defend husband Roy Moore against accusations of sexual misconduct that are dividing Republicans, and women in particular. “He will not step down. He will not stop fighting for the people of Alabama,” Kayla Moore said at a “Women for Moore” rally. Acting as her husband’s lead defender, she lashed out at the news media and thanked people who were sticking behind her husband. “To the people of Alabama, thank you for being smarter than they think you are,” Moore said. Not everyone is sticking with Roy Moore,… Read More

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Trump often condemns Democrats, defends Republicans on harassment allegations

President Donald Trump’s decision to mock Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., for groping a sleeping woman while posing for a photo has once again made him a central figure in the national discussion about sexual assault, harassment and misconduct – and has again brought attention to past accusations against the president himself. As a growing number of prominent men have publicly faced accusations, Trump has been selective in responding, largely on the basis of whether the accused is an ally or foe and focusing relatively little on the alleged victims. Trump called his own accusers “horrible, horrible liars” and threatened to sue them, while coming to the defense of friends such… Read More

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