Virginia House Passes Assault Weapon Ban

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The authors write, “Lawmakers in the Virginia House narrowly passed a bill banning assault-style weapons as Democrats continued using their newfound political clout to push ahead on a slate of gun-control bills.” Photo credit: Martin Ehrensvärd / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Puerto Rico’s Energy Insurrection (Mili)

From the Intercept: “Puerto Rico’s power failures inspired a rooftop solar movement. But officials are undermining it — in favor of natural gas.”

DHS Buys Phone Location Data, Shirking 4th Amendment (Mili)

The author writes, “Sidestepping the need to obtain a search warrant, the Department of Homeland Security has reportedly been accessing phone location data belonging to millions of Americans by buying it straight from private marketing firms. The data is drawn from seemingly ordinary phone apps, including mobile games and weather apps.”

Environmental Groups Take One Last Legal Shot to Stop Border Wall (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “In a last-ditch effort to halt construction of the border wall across sensitive, protected areas in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas, the Center for Biological Diversity, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Defenders of the Wildlife and Southwest Environmental Center are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to answer a question: Has President Donald Trump overstepped his executive powers in executing legislative powers, thus blurring the lines between the two separate and equal branches of the federal government in building a wall along the southern border?”

What Happens When QAnon Seeps From the Web to the Offline World (Chris)

The author writes, “About a dozen candidates for public office in the United States have promoted or dabbled in QAnon, and its adherents have been arrested in at least seven episodes, including a murder in New York and an armed standoff with the police near the Hoover Dam.” 

The Changing Face of British Culture, in Photos (Chris)

From Huck: “The British Culture Archive uses photography to ‘document, highlight and preserve’ the transformations of UK society.”

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