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Debating the Second Amendment: Roundtable participants

With the gun control debate raging after the mass school shooting in Newtown, CT, Need to Know examines the history of the Second Amendment and how it shapes the discussion today. Ray Suarez anchors a panel including: George Mason Law School professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, former New York Times foreign correspondent and editor Craig Whitney, and [...]

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AZ House Bill 2281

The Tucson law states: THE LEGISLATURE FINDS AND DECLARES THAT PUBLIC SCHOOL PUPILS SHOULD BE TAUGHT TO TREAT AND VALUE EACH OTHER AS INDIVIDUALS AND NOT BE TAUGHT TO RESENT OR HATE OTHER RACES OR CLASSES OF PEOPLE… A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR CHARTER SCHOOL IN THIS STATE SHALL NOT INCLUDE IN ITS PROGRAM OF INSTRUCTION [...]

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Prescriptive policies for medical malpractice

Opinion in America is often sharply divided over medical malpractice litigation. Some say that the advocacy system in the only sure way for patients to get proper redress. Others, including those wanting to simplify and cap lawsuits through tort reform, believe the system is wasteful, churning out settlements at a high cost to taxpayers and doctors alike.

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Update: Tainted drywall law weakened

The bill doesn’t actually set preventative standards. Instead, it asks an industry association committee comprised mostly of drywall manufacturers and builders to develop voluntary limits on sulfur content in drywall for the government to enforce.

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5 terms to know about taxes

The 1%: This past presidential election discussed the top 1% of income earners in the U.S. but many wonder just what income bracket that percent is. According to the Washington Post, as of 2010, the top 1% “had a minimum income of $516,633.

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Five federal policies on guns you’ve never heard of

Suevon Lee, ProPublica U.S. gun policy is set by both state and federal law. ProPublica previously published an explainer on the ways states have eased gun restrictions. But federal policy, too, has become more gun friendly in recent years — and we’re not just talking about the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that struck down the [...]

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  Jeff Greenfield on the lessons of tragedy

What is clear is that what happened in Newtown, as with all such cases, is that it forces us to ask: Is this how we want things to be, and if not what do we do about it?

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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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