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Former FDA Commissioner: Delta variant will likely run its course by Thanksgiving

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA commissioner under President Trump, tells CNN's Pamela Brown that the current Delta variant surge of coronavirus will likely finish running its course by the Thanksgiving holiday this fall.
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Caitlyn Jenner Defends Dave Chappelle Amid ‘The Closer’ Netflix Controversy: “Woke Cancel Culture Run Amok”
In a new video, Chappelle blamed the recent backlash on "corporate interests."
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Loudoun County school board member calls for superintendent to resign for pushing trans policy
A member of the Loudoun County School Board in Virginia has joined concerned parents and students in calling for the resignation of Superintendent Scott Ziegler in the wake of an email that surfaced last week. 
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The U.S. Should Rethink Public-Service Loan Forgiveness
Biden’s tweaks to the long-struggling program have some value. But a deeper reimagining would be even more worthwhile.
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Child Finds Massive Venomous Snake Hiding in School Backpack
Snake catcher Gianni Hodgson told Newsweek it was one of the more unusual places he had found one of the slithery reptiles.
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US asks UK court to allow Julian Assange to face espionage charges in US
The United States asked Britain’s High Court on Wednesday to overturn a judge’s decision that Julian Assange should not be sent to the United States to face espionage charges, promising that the WikiLeaks founder would be able to serve any prison sentence he receives in his native Australia.
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Column: Exxon Mobil is using a bizarre Texas court rule to harass its global warming critics
Exxon is exploiting a unique Texas courthouse procedure to intimidate global warming activists.
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What's on TV Wednesday: 'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' on The CW; 'The Wonder Years' on ABC
What to watch Wednesday, October 27: 'DC's Legends of Tomorrow' on The CW; 'The Wonder Years' on ABC; 'Nova: Universe Revealed' on PBS; World Series
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How Republicans used Senate delays to make changes at U.S. product safety regulator. Critics call it a ‘power grab’ that puts public at risk.
Slow confirmations are common but rarely play out with such clear consequences.
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The Supreme Court should hesitate before striding into this free speech minefield
An federal appeals court judge's dissent makes for exhilarating reading and points the way for a sensible ruling.
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Enjoy Southern hospitality at the most-visited winery in the U.S.
Biltmore Estate is one of the most popular destinations in the U.S., and it includes the the most-visited winery in the country. Here's how to make the most of a visit.      
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Your new Glenn Youngkin-approved AP English curriculum!
“The Sun Also Rises” — offensive to flat-Earthers!
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Why an L.A. novelist made her immortal Black protagonist an L.A. Times reporter
Natashia Deón talks about her second novel, "The Perishing," a complicated, fantastical ode — and in some ways a requiem — to her native city.
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Road might get tougher without LeBron: Takeaways from Lakers' win over Spurs
Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 125-121 overtime win against the Spurs on Tuesday in San Antonio.
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Kevin Kelley is here to break college football. Unless college football breaks him first.
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How to connect with a teen son as he continues to change
Sometimes, we forget how to connect with our changing children. Here’s how to come together.
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Don’t dismiss clearance plants at the garden center. With a little love, they can flourish.
Fall is the perfect time for planting, so hit up the clearance tables now for perennials, roses, ornamental grasses and more.
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French missing-person thriller ‘Only the Animals’ follows a tangled web of interconnected lives
Tense crime drama centers on the disappearance of a women during a snowstorm.
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‘Locke & Key’: How Eden And Gabe’s Villainous Duo “Rose to the Occasion”
Griffin Gluck and Hallea Jones discuss tackling the baddies of Season 2.
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The latest on the "Rust" shooting investigation
The Santa Fe County Sheriff's office will give an update on the investigation into the shooting incident on movie set "Rust." Follow here for the latest news updates.
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Former Facebook auditor says whistleblower’s claims have 'revived’ civil rights concerns
Laura Murphy called the allegations “deeply disturbing to the civil rights groups that called for and participated in its audit.”
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Boris Johnson thinks he doesn't need business. It's a huge gamble
Boris Johnson's government has just laid out its annual tax and spending plans with a clear central theme: building back better after the pandemic.
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Boris Johnson thinks he doesn't need business. It's a huge gamble
Boris Johnson's government has just laid out its annual tax and spending plans with a clear central theme: building back better after the pandemic.
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'Dune Part 2': Release Date And What to Expect From Denis Villeneuve's Epic
Legendary and Warner Brothers have confirmed it has greenlit a sequel to Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of "Dune" which will focus on the second half of Frank Herbert's book.
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In the Va. governor’s race, ‘Beloved’ is reduced to its most explicit parts. That’s obscene.
Toni Morrison’s 1987 classic has sparked debate in the Virginia governor’s race about what public school students should read.
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New York AG issues warning about candy with 'dangerously high concentrations of THC'
New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a warning to parents about cannabis products with high levels of THC that look like candy.       
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Heisman Trophy race coalesces around five quarterbacks in Week 8 QB rankings
The race for the Heisman Trophy has coalesced around five quarterbacks with a legitimate chance at the greatest individual honor in college sports.       
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Reconciliation Bill Fight Leaves Democrats, GOP Haunted by Obamacare Ghosts
Democrats could face difficult midterm elections next year as they struggle to pass a key social spending package.
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'Medicane' storm tears through southern Italy, flooding streets and leaving two dead
Southern Italy is bracing for two more days of devastating rain and flash flooding, as a 'medicane' storm that has deluged streets and killed two people continues to barrel through the region.
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New York City-area kayaker found dead after trying to cross waters ahead of nor’easter: report
A 45-year-old kayaker has been found dead by the Coast Guard after reportedly trying to paddle across waters near New York City in darkness ahead of a nor’easter that battered the region.
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Kansas ‘cult’ leaders separated children from their parents and forced them into unpaid labor, feds say
Prosecutors charged eight United Nation of Islam leaders with conspiracy and forced labor in connection with the alleged abuse that took place from 2000 to 2012, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday.
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Haters Unite, a Man Has Made a Pizza Including Base and Toppings Entirely From Pineapple
The budding chef shared a clip to his YouTube account of the unique recipe, which has divided opinion online.
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More than 470,000 without power in Massachusetts after devastating nor’easter
More than 470,000 people are without power in Massachusetts Wednesday morning as a nor'easter pounded the region with fierce winds and heavy flooding.
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The inauspicious similarities between Robert Saleh’s debut and the early Adam Gase era
If Jets fans are feeling a little déjà vu, you can’t blame them. The start of Robert Saleh’s tenure with the Jets feels remarkably like the start of Adam Gase’s tenure with the Jets in 2019. We all know how it ended up going with Gase; just bringing up his name makes Jets fans angry....
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Judge says men killed by Kyle Rittenhouse should't be called 'victims' during trial
A Wisconsin Judge ruled Monday that the men shot and killed by Kyle Rittenhouse during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year should be referred as "rioters" or "looters," during the trial and not as "victims". CNN's John Berman and Laura Jarrett discuss.
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The outstanding issues are still outstanding and a deal on Biden's agenda needs to happen today
Democrats seemed to move further apart over the course of the last 24 hours, laying bare the very real risk that President Joe Biden will fall short in his effort to secure an agreement before he arrives on the global stage later this week.
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Author Michael Lewis on COVID-19 deaths and processing grief after losing a loved one
Bestselling author Michael Lewis joins “CBS Mornings” to discuss his book "The Premonition: A Pandemic Story," and what he's learned about living with and processing grief after the death of his 19-year-old daughter, Dixie Lewis, earlier this year.
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Top-level pro soccer player Josh Cavallo comes out as gay, encouraging others they're 'not alone'
Australian soccer player Josh Cavallo came out as gay Wednesday, releasing a video statement on Twitter. He said he hopes to evoke change in sports.       
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‘Rust’ producers reportedly lawyer up after fatal on-set shooting
The producers of Alec Baldwin’s film "Rust" have reportedly hired powerhouse law firm Jenner & Block to interview cast and crew about the accidental, fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
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McDonald's gets a big boost from higher prices, celebrities and chicken
Higher menu prices, celebrity meals and chicken sandwiches helped boost McDonald's sales in the third quarter.
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2023 Corvette Z06 extends legend with radical new engine, 2.6-second 0-60 dash
The latest Corvette from GM, with its 670-horsepower engine, summons the ghosts of eight decades of performance design and engineering.      
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This exec was central to banning Trump on Twitter. Now she's facing thorny issues in democracies abroad
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Woman in Thailand high-rise cuts rope holding painters
Thai police say a resident of a high-rise condominium near Bangkok cut the support rope for two painters, apparently angry she wasn’t told they would be doing work, and left them hanging above the 26th floor until a couple rescued them
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Minnesota surgeon loses his job after telling school board to let parents make decisions about masking kids
A surgeon in Minnesota lost his job this month just days after telling school officials at a public meeting that parents should have the right to decide whether their children wear masks to school or not.
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Venice's Thomas Kensinger is a star on many fronts
Venice defensive end and tight end Thomas Kensinger is an avid hiker and Boy Scout with a 4.27 grade-point average and an interest in attending MIT.
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Deutsche Bank Hits Another Bump on the Road to Recovery
Stumble over a cloud computing contract with Google drives up the cost of the lender’s ongoing overhaul.
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What U.S.-China tension means for fighting climate change
The rest of the world may suffer the consequences if the U.S. and China don't work together on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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The Supreme Court case that could gut America’s gun laws, explained
Supporters of gun control and firearm safety measures hold a protest rally outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear oral arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York on December 2, 2019. | Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images More than a century of gun laws are potentially on the chopping block. For nearly all its history, the Supreme Court kept its distance from gun policy. Now it’s about to decide a case that could radically reduce the government’s power to regulate guns. The Second Amendment states explicitly that it exists to protect “a well regulated Militia,” and until fairly recently, the Court took these four words very seriously. As a unanimous Court explained in United States v. Miller(1939), the “obvious purpose” of the Second Amendment was to “render possible the effectiveness” of militias, and the amendment must be “interpreted and applied with that end in view.” Because the kinds of militias that concerned the framers in the 1790s are now an anachronism, Miller’s approach gave states broad authority to regulate guns. That all changed with the Court’s 5-4 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), which held for the first time in American history that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own a gun for personal “self-defense.” And yet Heller was only a partial victory for the gun lobby. The Court’s opinion is thick with language explaining that “the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited,” and it even enumerates several very important limits on gun rights. As conservative Justice Samuel Alito complained in a 2020 opinion, this has meant that lower courts “have decided numerous cases involving Second Amendment challenges to a variety of federal, state, and local laws,” and that “most have failed.” In other words, the constitutional right to own a gun is both stronger now than it was at any point in the first 217 years of the Second Amendment’s history, and weak enough that state and local governments can prevent most Americans from carrying a gun on city streets and in other heavily populated areas. But that’s likely to change soon. Next Wednesday, November 3, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. (NYSRPA) v. Bruen, a challenge to a 108-year-old New York state law requiring anyone who wishes to carry a handgun in public to demonstrate “proper cause” before they can obtain a license allowing them to do so. It’s relatively easy in New York to get a license to carry a gun for limited purposes — the plaintiffs in NYSRPA include two men who already have a license permitting them to carry a gun for hunting, for target practice, and while in areas not “frequented by the general public.” One is also licensed to carry a gun while commuting to and from work. But neither plaintiff obtained an unlimited carry license, and New York courts require that someone who seeks such a license must “demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community or of persons engaged in the same profession.” The petitioners sued, along with a New York gun-rights group, claiming that they are entitled to an unrestricted license. The implications of this case go far beyond these two plaintiffs and New York state. The current Court, with its 6-3 conservative supermajority, may very well dismantle the limits on the Second Amendment articulated in Heller. It could completely rewrite the federal judiciary’s approach to gun-rights litigation. And the Court could potentially force crowded cities to adopt the same permissive gun rules that apply in the most conservative, rural parts of the nation. NYSRPA could be the Court’s most significant Second Amendment decision since Heller, and it could prove just as revolutionary as that 2008 decision. Under existing law, the government still has fairly broad authority to restrict gun use Heller broke with more than two centuries of judicial history when it held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to self-defense, not just a right to state-run militias. But while this holding was a paradigm-shifting victory for gun-rights advocates, it came with many caveats. Justice Antonin Scalia’s majority opinion in Heller includes a long list of limits on the Second Amendment. “Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill,” Scalia wrote, nor “laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.’” The government may also ban “dangerous and unusual weapons,” so the regulation of machine guns and similarly destructive weapons is still valid. This language, retired Justice John Paul Stevens revealed shortly before his death in 2019, was inserted at the insistence of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Because Heller was a 5-4 decision, Scalia needed support from all four of his conservative colleagues, or else he’d lose his majority. And that meant Kennedy could wield a great deal of influence over the final opinion. But Kennedy retired in 2018 and was replaced by the much more conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Then liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in 2020, was replaced by conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett. As lower court judges, both Kavanaugh and Barrett wrote opinions calling for an expansive approach to the Second Amendment. It’s far from clear, in other words, whether there are still five justices who will respect the mitigating language in Heller. Many of the “longstanding prohibitions” on gun use that are now perfectly legal could soon be declared illegal. Kavanaugh, moreover, is one of the judiciary’s most outspoken dissenters from the consensus approach to the Second Amendment that federal appeals courts have come up with since Heller. At least 10 federal appeals courts — every court to hear a Second Amendment case since Heller, in fact — have applied what federal appellate Judge Stephen Higginson describes as a “two-step analytic framework.” Under this framework, “severe burdens on core Second Amendment rights” are subject to “strict scrutiny,” the most skeptical level of review in most constitutional cases. Meanwhile, “Less onerous laws, or laws that govern conduct outside of the Second Amendment’s ‘core,’” are subject to a more permissive test known as “intermediate scrutiny.” Applying this framework, federal appeals courts determined that restricting “the right of a law-abiding, responsible adult to possess and use a handgun to defend his or her home” burdens the “core” of the Second Amendment. Similarly, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down an Illinois law prohibiting nearly anyone from carrying a loaded gun outside their home, reasoning that because no other state had a similar law on the books — and “few states did during the nineteenth century” — the law infringes upon core Second Amendment rights. Many lesser restrictions on gun rights, however, were upheld by lower courts. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals applied the two-step consensus approach when it upheld the New York state gun licensure requirements now before the Supreme Court in NYSRPA. Other courts upheld a federal law preventing people with misdemeanor domestic violence convictions from possessing a gun, and some federal appeals courts have affirmed laws banning semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. Perhaps that explains why a right flank within the lower courts harshly criticized this consensus framework. One of those critics was Kavanaugh, still a lower court judge at the time, argued in a 2011 dissenting opinion that this framework should be abandoned. “Courts are to assess gun bans and regulations based on text, history, and tradition,” Kavanaugh claimed, “not by a balancing test such as strict or intermediate scrutiny.” Notably, both the plaintiffs challenging New York’s licensure law and the state attorneys tasked with defending it spend the lion’s share of their briefs applying this “text, history, and tradition” standard to New York’s law. So it seems that, at the very least, the lawyers litigating this case seem to think that it is very likely the Supreme Court will adopt Kavanaugh’s approach. So how, exactly, does the “text, history, and tradition” test work? If the merits briefs filed in NYSRPA are any sign of how lawyers should approach this “text, history, and tradition” inquiry, it largely involves citing a lot of laws and court decisions from hundreds of years ago, then arguing about whether those old laws resemble the specific law now before the Court. The plaintiffs, represented by Republican lawyer Paul Clement, argue that “founding-era cases, commentaries, and laws on both sides of the Atlantic … confirm that the founding generation understood the Second Amendment and its English predecessor to guarantee a right to carry common arms for self-defense.” Drew Angerer/Getty Images Paul Clement speaks to the press outside the Supreme Court after oral arguments in a gun-rights case against the City of New York on December 2, 2019. New York’s lawyers, meanwhile, cite many of the same historical sources but make a more nuanced argument that “any right to bear arms outside the home permits a State to condition handgun carrying in areas ‘frequented by the general public’ on a showing of a non-speculative need for armed self-defense in those areas.” Thus, they argue, states may apply stricter gun-control rules in cities and other population centers than they can in more sparsely populated areas. Both briefs spend a simply ridiculous amount of time discussing a 1328 English law known as the “Statute of Northampton,” which provided that individuals may not “go nor ride armed by night nor by day, in fairs, markets, nor in the presence of the justices or other ministers, nor in no part elsewhere, upon pain to forfeit their armour to the King, and their bodies to prison at the King’s pleasure.” The state argues that this nearly 700-year-old law did exactly what it says it did, while the plaintiffs point to a pair of 1686 cases which, they argue, narrowed the 1328 law to apply only to people who carry arms in order “to terrify the King’s subjects.” Similarly, the plaintiffs quote a bevy of old decisions by state supreme courts, mostly in the South, suggesting that early Americans had broad gun rights. We learn about an 1833 decision by the Tennessee Supreme Court, the opinion in which cited the state constitution when it said that “the freemen of this state have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defence”; an 1846 case out of Georgia, which found that “a prohibition against bearing arms openly, is in conflict with the Constitution, and void”; and an 1840 Alabama Supreme Court decision holding that “the Legislature cannot inhibit the citizen from bearing arms openly, because [the constitution] authorizes him to bear them for the purposes of defending himself and the State.” Meanwhile, New York musters up its own array of centuries-old laws and court opinions to justify its understanding of the Second Amendment. In its brief, we learn that the Old West settlements of Dodge City, Kansas, and Tombstone, Arizona, required anyone entering them to leave their guns at the city limits — visitors to Tombstone even encountered a sign reading “THE CARRYING OF FIREARMS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.” New York also cites early 19th-century manuals instructing law enforcement to “arrest all such persons as in your sight shall ride or go armed.” They quote a colonial New Jersey provision making it unlawful to “ride or go armed with sword, pistol, or dagger,” though the law made an exception for “strangers, travelling upon their lawful occasion thro’ this Province, behaving themselves peaceably.” A Virginia law enacted three years before the Second Amendment was drafted imprisoned people who go “armed by night []or by day, in fairs or markets.” A Massachusetts law enacted a few years after the amendment was ratified incarcerated individuals who enter populated areas “armed offensively, to the fear or terror of the good citizens of this Commonwealth.” The state’s brief, in other words, paints a more nuanced picture than that of the plaintiffs — arguing that different parts of the US had different gun laws and that city dwellers often had to put away their guns, except when traveling through sparsely populated areas where they had to rely on their own armaments for protection. As it turns out, much as the devil can cite Scripture for his purpose, so too can lawyers on both sides of the Second Amendment quote “text, history, and tradition” to justify the outcome they prefer. This confusion over history will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the Heller decision and Stevens’s dissent in that case. Like the merits briefs in NYSRPA, Scalia’s opinion is replete with citations to early American laws and old English legal treatises. But so is Stevens’s dissent, which quotes at length from both founding-era state constitutions and early drafts and proposals for what became the Second Amendment. The five conservative justices looked at text, history, and tradition in Heller, concluding that the Second Amendment should be interpreted in the way conservatives prefer. Meanwhile, the four liberal justices — who looked at the exact same text and historical sources —determined that the Second Amendment should be interpreted in the way liberals prefer. The pre-Heller approach to the Second Amendment, which largely left gun policy up to elected lawmakers, avoided this problem of motivated reasoning. Sure, liberal lawmakers (especially those in cities) were especially likely to pass stricter gun laws, while more conservative lawmakers (especially those in rural areas) were especially likely to support expansive gun rights. But these lawmakers stood for election. If the people didn’t like their state’s gun laws, they could elect a different legislature. That ship sailed in 2008 with the Court’s decision to make gun policy the domain of an unelected judiciary. And, if the briefs on both sides of NYSRPA are any indication, all parties appear convinced that the current slate of justices will care a whole lot more about what a 14th-century English law had to say about gun rights than they will what the people of New York have to say in 2021.
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McConnell endorses Herschel Walker's Senate bid in sign of growing GOP establishment support
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is backing former football star Herschel Walker's Senate bid in Georgia, a sign that the Republican establishment is aligning behind Walker after initially holding concerns about the GOP candidate's viability.
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