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Grassroots Alert: Vol. 25, No. 32 8/24/2018

Swing and a Miss: “Experts” Analyze Brett Kavanaugh’s Sports Writing for Clues to Judicial Philosophy
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Swing and a Miss: “Experts” Analyze Brett Kavanaugh’s Sports Writing for Clues to Judicial Philosophy
We’ve said it before: The media’s output has become so ludicrous and detached from common experience – particularly as it concerns law and politics – that it’s difficult at times to determine what it’s even trying to do. This week’s example comes to us courtesy of The New Yorker, a publication that indulges in a variety of genres, including what purport to be analyses of current news, cultural essays, and humor pieces. Their pitch line for would-be subscribers is, “Read something that means something,” with a reference to the outlet’s “award-winning journalism.” But the August 27 issue has an article about President Trump’s latest nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court that is so devoid of value or intellectual rigor that, if it has any meaning at all, it can only be that the publication has erased any distinction between “thought piece” and satire.
What Really Drove the Early ‘90s Crime Wave?
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What Really Drove the Early ‘90s Crime Wave?
A funny thing happens when you read a study: you actually come to understand the authors’ premise, their evidence, and their conclusion.
HSUS and PayPal Become…Pals?
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HSUS and PayPal Become…Pals?
PayPal, the world’s largest money transfer service for online transactions, has aligned itself with the animal “rights” extremists at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) through a deceptively named campaign called Paws United for a Cause! PayPal has pledged to match donations made to HSUS through its Facebook page, up to a total of $100K, through August 31.
Israel Liberalizes Firearms Licensing Regime and Iraq Reexamines Gun Control
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Israel Liberalizes Firearms Licensing Regime and Iraq Reexamines Gun Control
A pair of Middle East countries are reexamining their approaches to gun control. Earlier this month, Israel moved forward with its previously announced plans to make firearms more widely available to the civilian population. In nearby Iraq, the government has shifted policy to allow for Iraqi civilians to legally acquire firearms for self-defense.
Join Us at the 2018 NRA Women’s Leadership Forum Summit—September 14-16!
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Join Us at the 2018 NRA Women’s Leadership Forum Summit—September 14-16!
Join like-minded women from all across the country who share a passion for protecting the Second Amendment at a fall Summit in Hot Springs, Virginia. You’ll hear from an incredible line-up of speakers featuring national political leaders, journalists, NRA leaders, and other Second Amendment Advocates. 
Read NRA's Brief on Initiative 1639 to Washington State's Supreme Court
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Read NRA's Brief on Initiative 1639 to Washington State's Supreme Court
Late on Friday, the Washington Supreme Court issued a ruling overturning the Thurston County Superior Court's ruling which barred I-1639 from the ballot.  Their holding basically means no one—not the Secretary, not the Courts—may bring a challenge to enforce compliance with the Constitution and statute on the challenged grounds. Washington Supreme Court puts gun-regulation measure I-1639 back on November ballot   The Washington Constitution specifies few requirements for the initiative process, but the first one is this: “Every such petition shall include the full text of the measure so proposed.”
University of Utah Instructor Ostracizes Concealed Carriers
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University of Utah Instructor Ostracizes Concealed Carriers
In an outrageous attempt to punish anyone exercising their Second Amendment rights, a University of Utah instructor tried to isolate concealed carry holders by forcing them into a tiny corner in the back of the classroom. The unnamed graduate teaching assistant told her students on the first day of class this week that anyone carrying a firearm would be forced to stand in a “3 x 3 taped square on the floor in the very back of the classroom.” 
Outrage of the Week: New Mexico Principal Bullies Pro-Second Amendment Student
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Outrage of the Week: New Mexico Principal Bullies Pro-Second Amendment Student
The last person you expect your kid to be bullied by is his school principal. But that's exactly what Lisa Riley, the mother of a recent high school graduate from Carlsbad, New Mexico, says happened to her son.

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University of Utah Instructor Ostracizes Concealed Carriers
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