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My latest at the Post.

Upshot: Policymakers need to deal with reality to reduce gun deaths. Everything else is just distraction and wishful thinking. 
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Looking for a new word for anchor baby?

Here's my suggestion:

"Greatly exaggerated phenomenon I use to express both my disdain for immigrants and signal my resentment of the continued growth of the welfare state despite the two not being closely related"

Doesn't really roll off the tongue, does it? Okay, maybe this:

"Undesirable brown child."
I don't usually write about immigration because it's not my specialty, but I do know a thing or two about language. Earnest People™ are asking what term they should use instead of "anchor babies" because critics (rightly) bel...
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A must read from a former officer who recounts many instances of abuse and misconduct during his tenure in Baltimore. 
Michael A. Wood Jr. is a retired Baltimore police officer. This morning, he tweeted a series of troubling, illegal, and disturbing incidents he witnessed while on the force. I have Storified them below. Warning: these tweets ...
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Me on the shameful episode in Spokane and the meaning of black identity
She lied about herself in an attempt to be accepted.
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"Calling any drug use an “epidemic” harkens back to the overblown crack scare of the 1980s, which fueled the arguments for mandatory minimum sentences and 100:1 crack-to-powder sentencing disparity. In a recent Heritage Foundation event on the future of marijuana policy, a medical expert frankly stated that only about 10 percent of drug (and alcohol) users become problem users. Unfortunately, most calls for diversion to treatment do not distinguish between the minority who develop drug problems and the 90 percent of adult users who do not experience significant negative health or life effects."
What Secretary Clinton proposed today was a large amount of federal and state spending on tools that are already being misapplied throughout our country.
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ME! In your inbox! Okay, so maybe this isn't the gift of your dreams, but at least I got your attention. Last week I started publishing a newsletter, Taken Liberties. It'll be weekly(-ish) so it's not going to be a daily thin...
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My latest is a personal essay at Vox on why I choose to own guns.
My grandfather used his gun to protect his family from the KKK. My father was a police officer. I own several guns, and I've got no intention of giving them up.
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I wrote about why the DOJ should not have indicted Dylann Roof.
The primary responsibility for prosecuting Dylann Roof belongs to South Carolina.
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Gun control has done a lot of things in America, but protecting black people has never been one of them. My latest in Vice.
Before politicians call for new gun laws in the wake of the Charleston shooting, they might consider how those laws have disproportionately affected black Americans.
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Short version: incentives are skewed very heavily in police officers' favor
Between close relationships with prosecutors, secretive police culture, and laws that protect officers from taking personal responsibility for their actions, the obstacles to police reform are stifling.
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"What we’re seeing in the streets of Baltimore is a criminal justice system without accountability and a police force that is suffering a foreseeable crisis of legitimacy."
NB: Given the sensitive nature of the subject, I reiterate that this is my opinion and should not reflect the views of my employer. -JPB The unrest that is afflicting Baltimore in the wake of the arrest and death of Freddi...
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Hey all. I've started a newsletter. First issue out today. Sign up here!
Basically, a collection of what's going on in my head. Little bit of me, little bit of what and who I'm reading. Criminal justice, civil liberties, race, and history will be the focuses, with a dash of sports or humor because I have no other hobbies. Email Subscribe. TinyLetter's Privacy Policy ...
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