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How Gun Nuts Excuse Murder

The firearms fanboys have been more creative than usual, scrambling to defend their precious weapons in the wake of the massacre in Santa Barbara. It’s only made their excuses lamer.

10,000 Troops to Keep Al Qaeda Out

The White House and the Pentagon are once again wrangling over how many U.S. forces will fight in Afghanistan. Will there be enough to keep a resurgent al Qaeda out?

Did Christians Get Gay Marriage Right?

The marriage equality fight is all but won. Will the future of marriage be boring as hell, or a Bible-thumper’s idea of Sodom and Gomorrah?

Food Is the New W.M.D.

As the U.N. debates how to get assistance to 3.5 million people inside Syria, those in the areas hardest to reach say humanitarian efforts are becoming part of the conflict itself.

New York’s Holograph King

Forget the recent resurrections of Michael Jackson and Tupac—those weren’t real holograms, says Jason Sapan, who took The Daily Beast on a tour of his ‘Holographic Studios.’

The Clinton Apostates’ Makeup Orgy

Democrats who passed over Hillary to endorse Barack Obama in 2008 know they’re on the enemies list—and they’re jumping on the Clinton 2016 bandwagon as early as possible.

The British Empire Is Alive and Well

To kick off the Commonwealth Games, a baton standing in for the Queen travels the globe with a special message from the regent to her (former) subjects, who give it the royal treatment.

My Campaign Donation to a Bigot

In a GOP runoff today, candidate T.J. Fabby has attacked his foe for accepting Muslim money. But now Fabby has too. I know. I sent it.

How the GOP Made Life Easier for Dems

Providing fodder for endless attack ads, challengers to Democratic incumbents in three tough Senate races voted for a budget even more draconian than Paul Ryan’s.

Senator to renew gun control push after California shooting spree

Senator Richard Blumenthal said on Sunday he wanted to revive gun control legislation rejected by Congress in the wake of the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre, saying it could have helped prevent this weekend's deadly California shooting spree. Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, said on CBS's "Face the Nation" program the legislation, which failed last year, could be revised to emphasize the mental condition of potential gun buyers. "Obviously, not every kind of gun violence is going to be prevented by laws out of Washington," he said. On Friday night a 22-year-old college student identified as Elliot Rodger allegedly stabbed three people to death in his apartment in Santa Barbara, California, and then drove through the city and fatally shot three others with handguns he had legally bought.

Top CIA officer in Afghanistan mistakenly named by White House: report

The White House inadvertently included the name of the top CIA official in Afghanistan on a list of participants in a military briefing with President Barack Obama that was distributed to reporters on Sunday, the Washington Post reported. The newspaper said the official, identified as "Chief of Station" in Kabul, was named as being among those at a briefing with Obama during the president's trip to Bagram Air Base near the Afghan capital. The list of names was sent by email to reporters traveling with Obama on his surprise Afghanistan visit and included in a "pool report" shared with correspondents and others not on the trip.     The Post said the White House issued a revised list deleting the CIA official's name after it recognized the mistake.     The newspaper said its White House bureau chief, Scott Wilson, who was on the trip, copied the original list from the email provided by White House press officials and included it in a report sent to a distribution list with over 6,000 recipients.     After he spotted the reference to the station chief, Wilson asked White House press officials in Afghanistan if they had intended to include that name, the Post said.     "Initially, the press office raised no objection, apparently because military officials had provided the list to distribute to news organizations," the Post added.

First lady set to respond to school meal critics

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards, holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the health guidelines.

Obama to promote math, tech aid at science fair

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to diversify and strengthen the nation's technological workforce, President Barack Obama is hosting the White House's annual science fair with an emphasis on the achievements of girls and women and with new initiatives to improve science, technology, engineering and math education.

Tea Party appears poised for big victories in Texas run-offs

By Marice Richter DALLAS TX (Reuters) - Texas conservatives are hoping to win two major Republican run-off elections on Tuesday, for lieutenant governor and attorney general, underscoring the Tea Party’s enduring influence in the state. Those two races were left undecided after no single candidate crossed the 50 percent threshold in the March 4 Republican primary, setting the stage for what has been a bruising run-off election between establishment candidates and conservative challengers who have the backing of both the Tea Party movement and its Texas star, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Tea Party favorite State Senator Dan Patrick took 41.5 percent of the vote in the four-candidate March primary, and is favored to win on Tuesday. The three-term incumbent, David Dewhurst, finished with 28 percent.

With nod to veterans' scandal, Obama pays Memorial Day tribute

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama paid tribute on Monday to fallen U.S. military men and women during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery that highlighted a veterans' care scandal that has engulfed his presidency in recent weeks. Just hours earlier, Obama returned from a surprise trip to Afghanistan, where he thanked troops for a mission that will conclude formally at the end of this year.

People-smugglers now eyeing New Zealand: PM

People-smugglers are looking to target New Zealand now that Australia's tough border protection policies have effectively "closed down" that country to asylum-seeker boats, Prime Minister John Key said Tuesday. While the voyage to New Zealand from places such as Indonesia and Sri Lanka is potentially far more perilous than trying to reach Australia, Key said people-smugglers and asylum-seekers were willing to take the risk in the wake of Canberra's clampdown. "We take this very seriously ... we know it's very hard to come to New Zealand, no one's arguing it's an easy distance or journey," he told TV3. "But the reality is that as Australia closes down as a destination for asylum-seekers, they are trying to open up new frontiers and one of those is New Zealand."

China police seize 1.8 tonnes of bomb material in Xinjiang: govt

Police in China's restive Xinjiang seized 1.8 tonnes of bombmaking material and detained five people, authorities said Tuesday, following a string of deadly attacks blamed on militants from the Muslim Uighur homeland. China vowed a year-long crackdown on terrorism over the weekend with violence blamed on separatists from Xinjiang increasingly targeting civilians and spreading far outside the western region in recent months. Last week five suspects killed 39 people and wounded more than 90 in a car and bomb assault on a market in the regional capital Urumqi, in an attack condemned as terrorism by both Beijing and Washington. Officers in and around Hotan in southern Xinjiang "destroyed two explosive-making dens and seized 1.8 tonnes of raw material that the gang planned to use to make explosive devices, along with a large amount of partly finished explosive devices", reported the regional government's Tianshan website.

Oldest-ever congressman facing tough primary test

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A 91-year-old Texas congressman who first won his seat when Jimmy Carter was president faced the toughest test of his political career Tuesday from a Republican primary challenger barely half his age.

Europe's leaders meet to analyse eurosceptic poll wins

European leaders hold a summit in Brussels Tuesday, their first chance to digest the stunning success of eurosceptic and far-right parties at EU polls which has shaken the continent's political landscape. France's President Francois Hollande called Monday for Brussels' power to be reined in after what newspaper headlines called an "earthquake" in Europe. That tremor was delivered by European voters backing eurosceptics in a stinging rebuke to Brussels, with France's National Front (FN) and Britain's UKIP leading the pack of anti-EU parties.