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The GOP will tolerate no deviation on gun control: Witness the rapid rejection of Chris Jacobs.

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That didn’t take long. Just days after Congressman Chris Jacobs announced he would support gun control measures in the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo and Texas, he withdrew as a candidate for re-election. The GOP just wouldn’t have it. Analysis here from The Buffalo News and The New York Times.

The Washington Post reported a few days ago there have been 232 mass shootings in the United State so far this year. And that was before more carnage this weekend.

Finally, a meaningful investment in the Central Terminal.

The American Prospect asks: “Why are police so bad at their jobs?” The story offers some interesting data on crime and clearance rates. Among the conclusions: cops are solving fewer and fewer crimes nationally. Investigative Post tackled the issue last year and found that while violent crime in Buffalo has declined, we still rank as one of the most violent cities in the nation. And most crimes go unsolved, especially homicides.

The Guardian published an opinion column that puts the ongoing epidemic of mass shootings in a historical context. Which is, America has a violent past, rooted in racism and genocide, which helps to explain our violent present.

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Vice reports that Amazon operates its business is a most Big Brother manner. Employees are watched like hawks. To paraphrase the Police, “every step they take, every breath they take, every move they make, Jeff Bezos is watching them.”

Want gun control? Go to Japan. Or Canada. The beer is better up north, too.

For you political junkies, Open Secrets has done a deep dive on lobbying. Want more? Governing magazine explains the history behind primaries.

A business reporter for The New York Times talks about what’s wrong with American capitalism and the press that covers it. He offers an interesting take on what’s gone wrong.