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July 24, 2015

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Get To Know The Anti-Islam Conspiracy Theorist 2016 GOPers Just Can't Resist

The Gist: Frank Gaffney, a fringe anti-Islam activist who runs the Center for Security Policy, is hosting a number of GOP candidates at a national security summit over the weekend.

3 Dead, Including Gunman, In Shooting At Louisiana Theater

The Gist: A lone gunman killed three people including himself and wounded nine others during a screening of “Trainwreck” at a movie theater in Lafayette. 

Obama: I've Been 'Most Stymied' On Gun Control Issues While In Office

The Gist: President Obama told an interviewer that gun control is the issue he wishes he could have taken stronger action on during his time in the White House.

From The Reporter's Notebook


As TPM's Catherine Thompson points out, nearly every GOP presidential candidate was invited to the New Hampshire National Security Summit on Saturday, with a few notable exceptions: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The Center for Security Policy's Frank Gaffney, one of the event's organizers and a noted anti-Islam activist, told The Intercept last month that he "fiercely opposed" Christie's presidential campaign and was "undecided" about Bush.

Agree or Disagree?


"Trump is a monster Republicans helped create. He is nothing more than a louder, shameless example of what the GOP has become." – Michael Arceneaux

Say What?!


– The Ohio State University quarterback Cardale Jones tweeted about the #BlackLivesMatter movement and was told to focus on football. He fired back with this tweet. 

BUZZING: Today in the Hive


From a TPM Prime member: "Section 3 of DOMA was just such a law. However, it was struck down, at least in part, because Congress has no constitutionally granted authority to regulate or define marriage, meaning that this a power reserved to the states. Section 2 of DOMA, which provides that no state shall be required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, however, has not been ruled unconstitutional because the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the Constitution specifically gives Congress the power to define how acts of one state shall affect another. The recent ruling makes it moot, however, since no state can avail itself of this Congressional authorization without running afoul of the 14th Amendment."

Related: Remember when the Supreme Court struck down DOMA?

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What We're Reading


How the NYPD abused citizens in the name of data, and how one cop exposed it. (Five Thirty Eight)

An unwritten rule about academic poaching has been thrown out the window. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Hillary Clinton strongly defends Planned Parenthood. (MSNBC)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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