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How Republicans can ride the blue wave

By Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst
Democrats may have tradition on their side -- the party of the President usually suffers during midterm elections -- but the GOP has the support of gun rights advocates, evangelical Christians, and anti-immigration hardliners, writes Julian Zelizer
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A suspected member of Iraq's Naqshbandi group sits handcuffed at a press conference following his arrest in Baghdad on January 3, 2012. Iraq's interior ministry held a security briefing to present the confessions of 21 men accused of being involved in attacks across the country and belonging to the Naqshbandi group backed by Izzat al-Duri, executed dictator Saddam Hussein's number two who is still on the run. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

This bipartisan bill is Congress' chance to fix our failing prison system

By Van Jones and Mark Holden
On Friday, President Donald Trump and members of his administration joined the nation's criminal justice leaders for a half-day Prison Reform Summit at the White House. The event brought formerly incarcerated leaders, elected officials and advocates from both sides of the aisle together with federal government officials to build support for the bipartisan movement to fix America's prison system.
A Pearland Police armored vehicle stands ready in front of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, in response to a shooting on Friday morning, May 18, 2018. (Kevin M. Cox/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

Something important was different about this shooting

By Juliette Kayyem, CNN National Security Analyst
As tragically familiar as school have become, the Santa Fe, Texas shooting does not fit the models we have seen before, writes Juliette Kayyem, and its lessons are key.
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Thoughts and prayers this isn't true in Texas

By James C. Moore
Texas, like the rest of the nation, may be too far gone to turn away from where guns have taken us. We might have unconsciously resolved to live with recurrent tragedies caused by easy availability of guns to almost anyone, regardless of their mental stability or disturbing past, writes James Moore.
A man berated employees and customers for speaking Spanish in a New York restaurant, describing them as undocumented and threatening to call immigration officials in a rant captured on video.

Hey 'Speak English' guy, you forgot something.

By Jay Parini
It's safe to say that even though the man at the deli expressed the thought in such a painfully rude and public way, millions of his fellow Americans feel pretty much the same way as he does. They're wrong, writes Jay Parini, but are they 'bad people'? No, something else.

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