Michael Merritt

34 Flips | 1 Magazine | 66 Likes | 3 Following | 1 Follower | @MMERRITT35 | Keep up with Michael Merritt on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Michael Merritt”

Concealed carry reciprocity isn't enough. What about drugs, driving and sex?

Massachusetts and Alabama should have to honor each other's gun and drug laws. Same deal on other states' prostitution, driving and age of consent laws.<p>Left-wing radicals are upset that the Republican-controlled House recently passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. It is now up to the …

Guns

‘He Would Probably Be a Dictator by Now’

Two charter leaders of the #NeverTrump movement assess Year One.<p><i>Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.</i><p>Last year, Eliot Cohen rallied dozens of fellow veterans of Republican administrations, people like him who had served in the upper reaches of the …

Political Science

Americans Don't Really Understand Gun Violence

Why? Because there's very little known about the thousands of victims who survive deadly shootings.<p>The massacre in Las Vegas this October earned a macabre superlative: the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, with 58 innocents killed and more than 500 injured. The outpouring of attention and …

'It's the Grandparents Stealing From the Grandchildren'

There’s a fiction at the heart of the debate over entitlements: The carefully cultivated impression that beneficiaries are simply receiving back their “own” money.<p>One day in 1984, Kurt Vonnegut called.<p>I was ditching my law school classes to work on the presidential campaign of Walter Mondale, the …

How Special Forces Bury the True Cost of America's Wars

When specialized (and glorified) units do the dirty work—and sustain the casualties—the normal political constraints on military power are lost.<p>Over the past 16 years, a profound transformation has been underway in how America wages war. Starting under George W. Bush after 9/11, and accelerating …

Joseph Ellis: GOP is trying to erase over 100 years of history

<b>(CNN) —</b> As Mark Hanna, a Republican senator best known for helping to steer William McKinley into power, famously said in the 1890s: "There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money. I can't remember what the second is."<p>The Republican tax plan is still in the process of …

Income Inequality

The 10 Events You Need To Know To Understand The Michael Flynn Story

If the saga of Michael Flynn feels like it's been hanging over President Trump's head since Inauguration Day, that's because it has.<p>The story of how Trump's first national security adviser came to plead guilty to lying to FBI investigators and cooperate in the special counsel's Russia investigation …

Donald Trump

Deeply unpopular Congress aims to pass deeply unpopular bill for deeply unpopular president to sign

Something odd is happening on Capitol Hill.<p>It’s not odd that Republicans are pushing for a tax bill that’s tilted toward business and the wealthy. It’s a return to the argument that benefits at the top trickle down to workers in the form of more jobs and better pay. (Whether this would actually …

Republicans

Closing Of The Canadian Academic Mind

If you have ten minutes, it would be well spent listening to this secretly recorded meeting between Lindsay Shepherd, a graduate student at Canada’s …

Student Government

Sandy Hook Families' Lawyer To Connecticut Justices: Adam Lanza Heard Gunmaker's Marketing Message

Connecticut<p>Supreme Courtjustices spent more than 90 minutes Tuesday peppering attorneys for some victims of the 2012Sandy Hook Elementary Schoolmassacre and the manufacturer of the gun used by the shooter with questions about the merits of a lawsuit filed by the families seeking to hold Remington …

Guns

Cartoon: How low will they go

<i>Support independent cartooning — join Sparky’s List! And remember, if you missed out on the sold-out Kickstarter career compilation, the second</i> …

Patriotism, Taxes, and Trump

From Robert Reich Blog<p>Mnuchin: It's Very Hard Not To Give Tax Cuts To The Wealthy<br>(Image by YouTube, Channel: The Young Turks) Permission Details …

Middle-class

Undercover Police Officers Draw Guns, Throw Punches... Against Other Police Officers

Police in Detroit, Michigan, have launched an internal investigation after an undercover operation last week seemed to go terribly wrong.<p>The Detroit …

Crime

Small-town SWAT teams proliferate in Western Massachusetts

Some terrific journalism here by the Valley Advocate, an independent paper in Western Massachusetts.<p>An analysis of hundreds of pages of police records and incident reports, obtained through public records requests, shows that small-town police departments like Ludlow are amassing enormous arsenals …

Law Enforcement

Hey GOP, Want to Cut the Burden of Government? Cut Spending.

By: Ryan McMaken <br>Washington, DC is currently in the middle of a the "tax reform" process, which as Jeff Deist, points out, is " a con, and a shell …

Economics

We're all playing 'Survivor' now

The truth is dead on the Right. It has been replaced by tribalism. And the fact is, it’s been that way for a while.<p>My first exposure to this came …

Mormonism

Ray Kurzweil on Turing Tests, Brain Extenders, and AI Ethics

Inventor and author Ray Kurzweil, who currently runs a group at Google writing automatic responses to your emails in cooperation with the Gmail team, …

Q&A: The Ethics of Using Brain Implants to Upgrade Yourself

Anders Sandberg considers the future of brain enhancements Illustration: AlamyNeurotechnology is one of the hottest areas of engineering, and the …

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film.<p>But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many …

Guns

Bernie Sanders warns of 'international oligarchy' after Paradise Papers leak

US senator warned that leak of documents exposing offshore tax havens show ‘rapid movement’ toward a group of billionaires controlling the global economy<p>Live updates: billionaires and firms exposed by Paradise Papers<p>Bernie Sanders has warned that the world is rapidly becoming an “international …

Corruption

Why WikiLeaks Was Right: Rigging the Democratic Way

Photo by thierry ehrmann | Public Domain<p>It took some time of muzzling and concealment before the horror, but various Democrats have finally come …

Government

On September 1, 1970, soon after President Nixon expanded the Vietnam War by invading neighboring Cambodia, Democratic Senator George McGovern, a decorated World War II veteran and future presidential candidate, took to the floor of the Senate...

Seventeen days after the Twin Towers fell in an apocalyptic mushroom cloud of smoke and ash, Congress passed with a single dissenting vote an …

War

Republican Is Not a Synonym for Racist

Conservatives must reckon with their policies’ discriminatory effects. That would be more likely if liberals stopped carelessly crying bigot.<p>Is American conservatism inherently bigoted? Many conservatives would be enraged by the question. Many liberals suspect the answer is yes.<p>These different …

The Islamic State and the Limitations of Cruelty

The fate of ISIS reminds us that those who pose as superhuman savages often cannot stand up to payback by their outraged victims.<p>The Islamic State …

Islam

Write Without Thinking of the Result

Write without thinking of the result in terms of a result, but think of the writing in terms of discovery, which is to say that creation must take …

Writing

The Deep Unfairness of America’s All-Volunteer Force

As far as we know, the phrase “all-recruited force” was coined by Karl Marlantes, author of <i>Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War</i>, a book that …

Military

Here's What Can Happen to Your Brain And Body When You Shoot a Gun

It's a full-on experience.<p>You look down the sight of a gun, take aim, slowly exhale, and pull the trigger.<p>What happens next is an explosion of …

Self Defense

CAIR’s Congress? 3 Democratic candidates you need to know about

This election season, there are several candidates running for office who are connected to the terror-tied Council on American Islamic Relations …

''The Very Rich Will Benefit'': Trump's Proposed Tax Plan Makes It Clear

Donald Trump (R) with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (C), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch (L) and other members of congress and …