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In Wake of Florida Massacre, Gun Control Advocates Look to Connecticut

There is no doubt that there are limits to state and local gun laws. Cities like Chicago and Baltimore, with rigorous gun laws, also have two of the highest murder rates in the country. The black market for illegal guns has thrived in those cities, with gang members and criminals turning to the streets to get firearms.And the drop in fatal shootings in Connecticut has occurred in the context of a broad, long-term decline in violent crime across the country. Citing F.B.I. statistics, the Pew Research Center reports that violent crime fell 48 percent from 1993 to 2016.Gun-rights groups say the problem is not the guns, but the individuals using them. They argue that laws alone are no panacea, and that social issues like mental illness and unemployment must be addressed to help curb gun violence. Some gun advocates have also called for more training and security for those who legally and responsibly maintain guns.Still, with little appetite in Congress to take on gun control, the debate is playing out at the state level, with Connecticut seen as a model for gun-control advocates.PhotoIn April 2013, Gov. Dannel P. […]

Trump Blames Obama and Democrats for Failing to Stop Russian Meddling

In another tweet on Sunday, Mr. Trump, who has tried since the campaign to sow doubts about who was behind the election intrusions, said that he had “never said Russia did not meddle in the election,” quoting a comment he made in a 2016 presidential debate.“I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer,” Mr. Trump wrote. “The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia — it never did!”Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.Mr. Trump also praised remarks by one of his chief antagonists, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, that criticized Mr. Obama’s muted response to the Russian threat. But at the same time he called the congressman “the leakin’ monster of no control.”“Now that Adam Schiff is starting to blame President Obama for Russian meddling in the election, he is probably doing so as yet another excuse that the Democrats, lead by their fearless leader, Crooked Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 election,” Mr. Trump wrote.The president in the past has traded bitter Twitter messages with Mr. […]

Florida, Mueller, Olympics: Your Weekend Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview ____ Photo Credit Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press 10. Finally, did you keep up with the headlines last week? Test your knowledge with our news quiz. Continue reading the main story And a friendly reminder: It’s not all bad out there. In this roundup of uplifting stories, we have snowboarder Chloe Kim’s “hangry” tweets, a postal stamp featuring Mr. Rogers, above, and an easy way to make kids happier and healthier. […]

To Stir Discord in 2016, Russians Turned Most Often to Facebook

Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, said the indictment laid bare how effectively Facebook could be turned against the country.PhotoRussians used inflammatory posts and ads on Facebook ahead of the 2016 election.“Facebook built incredibly effective tools which let Russia profile citizens here in the U.S. and figure out how to manipulate us,” Mr. Albright said. “Facebook, essentially, gave them everything they needed.” He added that many of the tools that the Russians used, including those that allow ads to be targeted and that show how widespread an ad becomes, still pervade Facebook.Facebook, with more than two billion members on the social network alone, has long struggled with what its sites show and the kind of illicit activity it may enable, from selling unlicensed guns to broadcasting live killings. The company’s business depends on people being highly engaged with what is posted on its sites, which in turn helps make it a marquee destination for advertisers.When suggestions first arose after the 2016 election that Facebook may have influenced the outcome, Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, dismissed the concerns […]

News Analysis: Trump’s Conspicuous Silence Leaves a Struggle Against Russia Without a Leader

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News Analysis: Indictment Makes Trump’s Hoax Claim Harder to Sell

On Friday afternoon, after Mr. Trump left Washington for his Palm Beach, Fla., estate, the White House issued a defiant statement claiming that the investigation had uncovered no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.GraphicThe Propaganda Tools Used by Russians to Influence the 2016 ElectionThirteen Russian nationals have been charged with illegally trying to disrupt the American political process through inflammatory social media posts and organized political rallies.OPEN Graphic“It’s time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions,” the president said in a statement.In a tweet, Mr. Trump played up Mr. Mueller’s assertion that the Russian operation had begun in 2014, well before he declared his candidacy. “The Trump campaign did nothing wrong — no collusion!” he wrote.Far from being rattled, Mr. Trump was elated, according to his advisers, because he viewed it as evidence that Mr. Mueller now knows who the malefactors are — and they do not include him or members of his team. (The indictment refers to campaign officials who met or communicated with Russians, but says they were “unwitting.”)Yet Mr. Trump sidestepped the fact that he has stubbornly denied Russia’s interference, even after two assessments by the nation’s intelligence agencies concluded that Russia had meddled […]

California Today: California Today: Six Decades of Jasper Johns at the Broad

Some notable loans from other museums include “Three Flags,” (1958); “Flags” (1965), and “Device.” We have also added two major number paintings, “Figure 7” and “Figure 5.”California Online(Please note: We regularly highlight articles on news sites that have limited access for nonsubscribers.)PhotoSpeaker Paul D. Ryan discussed the school shooting during his weekly news conference on Thursday.Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times• Congress has been unable to pass even modest legislation on guns despite several mass shootings, including the one on Wednesday. “This isn’t going to stop,” a frustrated Senator Dianne Feinstein told her colleagues. “And we become culpable when we do nothing.” [The New York Times]• The Senate has blocked three measures — including one backed by President Trump — that were aimed at resolving the fate of the Dreamers. The lack of consensus leaves uncertainty about whether any solution can be reached. [The New York Times]• State Senator Tony Mendoza has sued the State Senate for suspending him amid a sexual misconduct investigation. He is seeking reinstatement. [The Associated Press]• Peter Thiel, the billionaire investor and co-founder of PayPal, is relocating his home and personal investment firms to Los Angeles from San Francisco […]