A Gun In The House, Covering The Black Death Beat, and The GOP’s Plan To End Birthright Citizenship

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August 20, 2015

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GOP Has Plotted For Years To End Birthright Citizenship

The Gist: For years, legal minds on the far right have been laying out a plan to stop granting citizenship to children born on U.S. soil regardless of their parents' legal status.

Armed 'Patriot' Guarding 'Muslim-Free' Gun Store Accidentally Shoots Himself

The Gist: The local sheriff said the “patriots” guarding the store were holding their guns with their fingers on the triggers and had “no idea about weapons safety.”

Missouri Lawmakers Respond To Sexual Harassment Of Interns By Suggesting Intern Dress Code

The Gist: GOP lawmakers suggested a “modest, conservative dress code” will “help everyone keep their focus on legislative matters.”

From The Reporter's Notebook


After Donald Trump called for an end to birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, Ben Carson was one of several Republican candidates who quickly followed suit. But according to TPM's Caitlin MacNeal, Carson seemed to feel the need to prove his conservative chops again on Wednesday when he suggested that he would be open to using drone strikes at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Agree or Disagree?


Josh Marshall thinks that now that Donald Trump is defining the GOP’s policy agenda on issues like immigration, he’s become the party’s de facto leader.

Say What?!


"I’d much rather find out whether or not anchor babies are actually citizens."

– Trump said an amendment removing birthright citizenship would "take too long," and he believes the right lawyers would show that the policy doesn't hold up in court.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive


From a TPM Prime member: "Decades ago, I was in the same situation. Lots of vandalism around my home–although I got skipped since I lock and padlock everything–not sure how I got the habit of doing that since I grew up where nothing was locked. Anyway. I had a lot of business relationships with police officers of various ranks and they emphatically told me not to do it. A gun in the house was a lot more likely to cause me a lot more problems…accidentally shooting the wrong person; having someone in my household find and use the gun either intentionally or accidentally; aiding a possible attempted suicide to become a fatality. The list goes on."

Related: Remember the Michigan man who shot himself while trying to teach his girlfriend about gun safety?

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What We're Reading


How black reporters report on black deaths. (NPR)

For Central American migrants, the journey through Mexico has become a gauntlet of violence at the hands of criminals, drug cartels and even the authorities. (The Nation)

Science isn't broken, it's just plagued by a universal problem: it's really hard. (Five Thirty Eight)


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