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  After Newtown

As the country comes together to grieve the loss of life in Newtown, a national conversation has begun about how to better protect and serve our communities in the face of catastrophe. The questions of how to respond to these tragedies face us all: government at all levels, educators, mental health professionals, the media, and […]

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Easing gun laws

by Suevon Lee, ProPublica Friday’s deadly rampage at a Connecticut elementary school marked the 13th mass shooting in the United States this year. Among the 11 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, more than half took place in the last five years. During the same period, states have often relaxed their gun laws, making it easier […]

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  Helping children understand

Dr. Jeannie Pasacreta, both a resident of Newtown, CT as well as a psychologist offers advice on how to speak to kids about the school shooting tragedy that ravaged her town.

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Best reporting on guns in America

by Blair Hickman, Suevon Lee and Cora Currier, Dec. 14, 2012 Update: With today’s shooting in Newtown, Conn., this article, first published July 24, 2012, unfortunately seems relevant again. In the wake of last week’s shooting in Aurora, Colo., we’ve taken a step back and laid out the best pieces we could find about guns. […]

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Drones as counterinsurgency tools

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica | Nov. 27, 2012 On Sunday the New York Times reported that the Obama administration, prompted by the possibility of losing the election, has been developing a “formal rule book” to govern the use of drone strikes, which have killed roughly 2,500 people under President Obama. One aspect of the piece in […]

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  The road ahead

No rest for the weary may be a serious understatement. Just days after winning a second term in the White House, President Barack Obama is faced with the same Republican-led house that thwarted many of his biggest policy goals over the past four years. And time may be running out to reach across the aisle. […]

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Petraeus resigns from CIA

Petraeus is a decorated war veteran who has served in a number of different roles — most notably as Commander of the United States Central Command and subsequently as Commander of the U.S. and ISAF forces in Afghanistan.

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  What’s at Stake: Foreign policy

The heated rhetoric doesn’t offer much of a guidepost on how either would navigate the challenges ahead.

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Border Patrol series prompts OIG investigation

Juan Carlos Frey reports in his blog, the in-house oversight arm of the Department of Homeland security has added an investigation of the Rojas death and use of excessive force by border guards in general to its 2013 strategic plan.

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VII The Magazine: On the line

According to a recent Pentagon report, there were 154 suicides among active-duty troops in the first 155 days of this year. In this video, Ashley Gilbertson documents call responders working for the Department of Veteran Affairs in Canandaigua, N.Y., who are talking vets back from the edge.