Gavin Newsom

9 Magazines | 7,415 Articles | 36,050 Followers | 8 Likes | @GavinNewsom | Former SF mayor & 49th Lt. Gov. of California. Dedicated to equal rights & the economic recovery of California. Author of Citizenville, available now: amzn.to/TLXFUF

The best career advice you never hear in graduation speeches

“Follow your passion” is the stupidest career advice I’ve ever heard. Why? Because my passion in life is for singing bad karaoke. My friend Dodgy …

Job Satisfaction

Gun Violence And Mental Health Laws, 50 Years After Texas Tower Sniper

For some people, the attack on police officers by a gunman in Dallas this summer brought to mind another attack by a sniper in Austin 50 years ago – on Aug. 1, 1966. That's when student Charles Whitman stuck his rifle over the edge of the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin and started …

American South

California Lt. Gov.: Even if Trump wins, 'beginning of the end' for GOP

Even if Donald Trump is elected the next president of the United States, it could be "the beginning of the end" for the national Republican Party that nominated him, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom predicted Thursday.<p>Pointing to his own state as an example, Newsom discussed the difficulty of …

Donald Trump

Firefighters battling California blaze face hot, dry conditions on Tuesday

(Reuters) - Firefighters in drought-hit California who are battling a 50-square-mile wildfire could be hampered by triple-digit heat, wind gusts up to 30 mph and low humidity on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.<p>About 3,000 firefighters have been fighting to contain the so called …

California

Donald Trump Thinks Crime Is Out of Control, Hillary Clinton Thinks Gun Violence Is Growing. They're Both Wrong.

Remember that time that Republican presidential nominee talked about he was the "law and order" candidate who alone could take back the night from …

Crime

NRA Co-Hosts 'Shoot-Out' During Republican Convention

<b>Editor's note:</b> After publication, British oil giant BP — which had been identified in an earlier version of this story as a co-host of this event — responded to an earlier <i>Rolling Stone</i> request for comment. "BP supports a number of organizations, including the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's …

Republican Convention

NBA pulls All-Star Game in North Carolina over LGBT law controversy

The National Basketball Association is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, after the state passed a law banning anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and did not move to moderate or repeal it, the league announced Thursday.<p>“Since March, when North Carolina …

North Carolina

High water mark: active marijuana ingredient found in U.S. town well

DENVER (Reuters) - Residents of a small farming community in eastern Colorado have been warned to avoid drinking the town’s water after THC, the psychoactive agent in marijuana, was found in one of its feeder wells, authorities said on Thursday.<p>A public works employee in Hugo, a town of about 800 …

Marijuana

The Armed Citizens of the Republican Convention

Ohio is an open-carry state, so many people at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland are toting firearms. For some, it's about protecting police. For others, it's about keeping protesters safe. <i>The Atlantic</i> spoke with two of these gun-wielding civilians about why they’re armed at the RNC.

Republican Convention

NRA lobbyist makes case for Trump

The National Rifle Association on Tuesday sent its chief lobbyist to the GOP convention for the first time ever, a sign of the group's deep apprehension over a potential Hillary Clinton presidency.<p>Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s lobbying arm, excoriated the presumptive Democratic …

Liberal News

Dems urged to retool their guns message

Democrats itching to slug it out with the National Rifle Association this fall need to stop attacking the gun-rights group — and start sounding a little more like them, particularly when it comes to respecting freedom and safety.<p>While Democrats think they have a winning election year issue, a group …

Liberal News

California student among dead in France Bastille Day attack: UC Berkeley

(Reuters) - A California university student who has been missing since Thursday's Bastille Day attack in Nice is among those who died after a truck driver deliberately plowed through a crowd, killing at least 84 people, University of California, Berkeley, said on Sunday.<p>Nicolas Leslie, 20, was one …

Bastille Day

Guns are a concern as Republican National Convention protests begin

A top police union official asked Ohio’s governor to temporarily ban guns outside the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland after the shooting of several police officers in Louisiana renewed fears about the safety of this week’s political gathering.<p>But a spokeswoman for Gov. John …

Protest

Cleveland police union urges governor to suspend 'open carry' gun law

The head of the Cleveland police union called on the governor of Ohio to declare a state of emergency and to suspend laws allowing the open carrying of firearms during the Republican national convention, following the killing of three officers in Louisiana on Sunday.<p>“I don’t care what the legal …

Policing

Pence echoes Trump's call for immigration ban

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence echoed presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s call for an immigration ban Friday night in an interview on “Hannity.”<p>“I am very supportive of Donald Trump’s call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorists represent a threat to the United …

Mike Pence

You can't bring a water gun to protest the RNC, but you can bring an AK-47

If a single sentence could capture the madness about to hit Cleveland, it's this: You can't bring a water gun to demonstrate outside the Republican National Convention, but you can bring an AK-47.<p>As tens of thousands of Donald Trump supporters and opposing activists begin arriving for next week’s …

Guns

Has the U.K. government really turned its back on climate change in the reshuffle?

The first cabinet reshuffle for Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May, completed Thursday, went beyond just shifting heads of departments around. …

Climate Change

US government releases proposed guidelines for smart guns

Smart weapons will need a 'security device' to prevent unauthorized use.<p>Federal authorities have just released a set of recommended guidelines to define the minimum technical requirements that law enforcement agencies expect from smart guns. The proposed baseline specs cover just pistols for now, …

Guns

From guns to impeachment, lawmakers planting their political seeds

Farmers and members of Congress have a lot in common.<p>Both plant seeds. Both tend their crops. Both hope to reap a good harvest.<p>But the seasons vary slightly on the farm and Capitol Hill. The farm harvest comes in September and October. The crop for politicians comes in at the ballot box in …

Impeachment

'60 Minutes' likely to get first joint Trump and VP interview

Donald Trump's first interview with his vice presidential pick will likely be with "60 Minutes," sources at the CBS show confirm.<p>Though those sources declined to specify who that nominee is, several news reports are pointing to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. The interview is expected to be conducted by …

Donald Trump

EX-DEA AGENT: Trump’s border wall would 'serve no purpose’ in the war on drugs

Retired DEA agent and "Deal" author Mike Vigil spent roughly 20 years undercover in Mexico and Colombia. Vigil argues that GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's proposal to build a wall on the Mexican border will not stop drug cartels from sending drugs into the United States.<p><i>Produced by</i> …

War

Black Gun Owners Speak Out About Facing a Racist Double Standard

"I immediately feared for my life," says Mark Hughes, the man misidentified as a Dallas shooting suspect last week<p>Cory Hughes marched in Florida after Trayvon Martin was shot, in Ferguson for Michael Brown and in Baltimore for Freddie Gray. Last Thursday, the Black Lives Matter activist stood in a …

Police Shootings

Obama criticized for gun control comments during Dallas memorial speech

President Barack Obama was criticized on Twitter for a statement about guns during a speech in Dallas to honor the victims of last week's attack.<p>After delivering a set of unifying remarks, Obama veered into more controversial waters.<p>"It's easier for a teenager to get his hands on a Glock than it is …

Democrats

LISTEN: Funeral After Funeral, Obama Calls For Healing And Action On Guns

Following the deadliest attack on law enforcement since Sept. 11, President Obama and former President George W. Bush attended an interfaith memorial on Tuesday to honor the five law enforcement officers killed during a peaceful protest in Dallas.<p>"Faced with this violence we wonder if the divides …

Funerals

Donald Trump Said “Ask The Gays,” So We Did — With This Poll

We surveyed LGBT Americans, in partnership with the polling firm Ipsos, in a first-of-its-kind poll on guns, Islam, and immigration in the aftermath of Orlando.<p>A new BuzzFeed News–Ipsos survey of LGBT Americans finds Donald Trump’s policy proposals following the Orlando shooting have gained little …

Donald Trump

After Dallas, Black Gun Owners Take Stock

The deaths last week of three African-American men in encounters with police, along with the killing of five Dallas officers by a black shooter, have left many African-American gun owners with conflicting feelings; those range from shock to anger and defiance. As the debate over gun control heats …

Dallas

A Month After Orlando, Capitol Vigil Marks Inaction on Guns

A month to the day after the shooting that left 49 people dead in an Florida gay nightclub, a House committee held a hearing on legislation that LGBT …

Paul Ryan

Republicans could be poised for a battle over gay rights at the GOP convention

The Republican party could be poised for a fractious proxy battle over LGBTI rights after activists on the party platform committee announced they had sufficient support to potentially force a vote on the convention floor.<p>Republican supporters of more gay-friendly policies would use a “minority …

Gay Rights

McCarthy: No Gun Bill This Week, But Dallas Response Possible

The House will not vote on its delayed counterterrorism and gun control package this week, but it may offer a legislative response to the Dallas …

Dallas

G.O.P. Platform Committee Welcomes First Gay Member but Not Gay Marriage

CLEVELAND — Rachel Hoff on Monday became the first openly gay person to sit on the Republican Party’s Platform Committee.<p>But, she would not make history a second time. Facing overwhelming opposition and fighting back tears as she spoke to the committee, Ms. Hoff, a delegate from the District of …

Same-sex Marriage