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Arizona House approves carrying concealed guns in school zones

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Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday evening to repeal a law that bans the concealed carrying of guns within 1,000 feet of schools.

Senate Bill 1474 would allow anyone over the age of 21 to carry a properly licensed firearm inside any educational institution. It would also forbid university administrators from adopting any policy “that restricts or prohibits the carrying or transporting of a concealed weapon” on school grounds.

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While the measure still has yet to clear the Arizona Senate, it is seen as likely to pass, although it is not yet clear if Gov. Jan Brewer (R) will sign it. She was, however, endorsed by the National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest gun lobby.

Every single Democrat in Arizona’s House voted against the bill, but it was still approved due to the overwhelming number of elected Republicans in the state’s government.

The proposal’s backers claim their bill would enable parents who carry guns to bring their children to school without having to park 1,000 feet away, or risk arrest by dropping them off at the front of the building. They also point to text in the legislation that would still allow universities to prohibit guns inside their buildings, provided there is a gun safe near the premises.

The state’s largest colleges estimated last month that the bill could end up costing them over $13 million for the construction of gun safes outside of their buildings, along with an additional $3.1 million annually for enhanced campus security. Individual gun safes can cost anywhere between $200 to more than $1,000 each.

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Arizona does not require permits to purchase or carry most handguns, rifles and shotguns, but they must be carried openly if the owner transports them out of their residence or business. The state only issues concealed weapons permits to individuals who submit fingerprints, undergo a background check and pass a firearms safety course.

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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In extreme crises, conservatism can turn to fascism. Here’s how that might play out

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5 movie "Back to the Future," Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) travels in a time machine from the 1980s to the 1950s. When he tells people of the '50s he is from the '80s, he is met with skepticism.

1950s person: Then tell me, future boy, who's President of the United States in 1985?

This article first appeared at Salon.com.Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.

1950s person: Ronald Reagan? The actor? [chuckles in disbelief] Then who's vice president? Jerry Lewis [comedian]?

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Body language expert dissects the power dynamic at play in the iconic Nancy Pelosi photo

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Last week, President Donald Trump met with Democrats at the White House to discuss the way both sides could work to fix the President's mistakes in Syria. Democrats left the White House saying that the President had another meltdown during the meeting, which prompted Trump to claim Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was the one who had a meltdown. He then posted photos of Pelosi sitting quietly and another photo of Pelosi standing and pointing at him.

Body language expert Dr. Jack Brown posted the photo and gave his own analysis of what he believed was happening in the photo.

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Internet cracks up at possible fake Mitt Romney Twitter account — and wants him to ‘run against Trump as Pierre Delecto’

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UPDATE: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has confessed to the account being his. When an Atlantic reporter called to ask for comment and ask if he was the account, Romney replied, "C'est moi."

Slate reporter Ashley Feinberg wrote that she may have discovered a secret Mitt Romney Twitter account under the name Pierre Delecto.

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