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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.
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)