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Walmart’s C.E.O. Steps Into the Gun Debate. Other C.E.O.s Should Follow.

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Midday Tuesday, Doug McMillon, Walmart’s chief executive, sent me a surprise email. He shared a series of policies the company was about to make public about combating gun violence since the mass shooting that killed 22 people at one of his El Paso stores last month.

Mr. McMillon’s email was a reply of sorts to an open letter I had written to him, along with the outcry he heard from scores of Americans, calling on him to use his leverage as the leader of the country’s largest retailer to create a model for more responsible gun-selling practices.

Under Mr. McMillon, Walmart already had stopped selling assault-style guns and raised the age requirement for all gun buyers to 21. But five years into his tenure as chief executive of a company based in Arkansas that reaches into virtually every corner of the country, he had been reluctant to speak publicly against gun violence, fearing a political and customer backlash. Yet he forcefully entered the debate on Tuesday.

In his own open letter to Walmart employees, Mr. McMillon, a boyish-looking 52-year-old from Jonesboro, Ark., with a measured disposition, said the company would stop selling ammunition used for handguns and military-style weapons, completely end the sale of handguns and discourage anyone from carrying weapons in his stores (even in “open carry” states).

In a series of letters to congressional leaders and President Trump, Mr. McMillon called for a debate about reauthorizing the assault-weapons ban and to finance research on gun violence.

Mr. McMillon’s move could prove to be a watershed.

His decision to engage in a meaningful conversation about responsible gun sales in America could give license to other business leaders to enter the conversation.

Until now, many top executives in corporate America — with some notable exceptions — refused to acknowledge the roles they could play in curbing the epidemic of gun violence. They invariably pointed to politicians in Washington as the ones who were responsible for solving the crisis.

For example, Al Kelly, the chief executive of Visa, whose network has been used repeatedly to carry out mass murders, has ducked any attempt to even discuss what his company could do to help. Mr. Kelly likes to say, as he did earlier this summer, “We are in the business of facilitating legal commerce. That’s what we do. Our job is not to set or interpret, but to follow the law.”

Mr. Kelly and other chief executives might want to study Mr. McMillon’s example. He has chosen not sell certain products even though they are legal.

“It’s clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable,” Mr. McMillon wrote to employees.

Years ago Walmart imposed age limits and background checks on gun sales that go beyond federal law. For example, the company requires a “green light” on a background check — meaning that it receives an affirmative go-ahead from the government — but federal law allows retailers to sell the weapon if the background check has not been returned by the government within three business days. Walmart also videotapes the sale at the register, which is also not required by federal law. And Mr. McMillon’s new policy of discouraging customers’ open carrying of weapons in his stores, even when the applicable state law allows for it, is a demonstration for business leaders that common sense can prevail.

Mr. McMillon said he wanted to share the company’s processes with other retailers. “We are exploring ways to share the technical specifications and compliance controls for our proprietary firearms sales technology platform,” he wrote. “This system navigates the tens of millions of possible combinations of federal, state and local laws, regulations and licensing requirements that come into effect based on where the firearm is being sold and who is purchasing it.”

Critics will argue that Mr. McMillon isn’t going far enough, and it is true that he could have gone further, for example by endorsing a ban on assault weapons rather than simply calling for a congressional debate. Another argument is that Walmart should stop selling guns altogether.

But discontinuing all gun sales would only undermine the company’s role in helping develop more responsible processes throughout the industry. My open letter to him suggested he continue to sell some guns because it would give him leverage over the system in a way that would be impossible otherwise.

Prominent gun control like former Representative Gabrielle Giffords congratulated Mr. McMillon.

“Walmart’s action is another sign that the private sector has had enough with America’s gun violence crisis,” she said in a statement. “Addressing a problem this big requires leaders from across American society to be part of the solution. Walmart’s announcement should be applauded by all Americans, and I’m hopeful it will inspire elected leaders to follow in their footsteps.”

Hopefully the inspiration isn’t confined to politicians — or to Mr. McMillon. Which C.E.O. will be next?

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West Point cadet candidate, 20, dies after falling from rock ledge

A 20-year-old West Point cadet candidate died after falling from a rock ledge in upstate New York over the weekend, officials said.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point said Benjamin Bochtler died Sunday after injuries sustained from a fall on Saturday.

New York State Police responded to a 911 call around 11 a.m. and found the unresponsive man at a cliff-diving spot known as Fawn’s Leap in Hunter, N.Y., Police Capt. Michael Drake said.

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West Point cadet candidate Benjamin Bochtler. (Courtesy of Christopher Bochtler)

“Investigation revealed the victim was hanging onto a rock ledge when a portion of the rock broke from the ledge, causing the victim to fall,” Drake said. “Life-saving measures at the scene were unsuccessful.”

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West Point Commandant Col. Joshua Higgins said Bochtler “had an incredible smile and infectious positive attitude. He was everyone’s friend.

He said Bochtler “was a prior-enlisted combat veteran who set a tremendous example and used his experience in the Army to help his fellow cadet candidates. His warm personality and that big smile made a lasting impact on everyone at USMAPS [U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School].

“Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, and friends.”

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USMAPS prepares candidates to qualify for, and later graduate from, West Point.

Bochtler served in the Army for three years before coming to USMAPS and deployed to Afghanistan from April 2018 until January 2019, the military academy said.

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He was from Nebraska and played lacrosse at USMAPS.

The town of Hunter is about 75 miles north of the military academy.

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Ocasio-Cortez ties climate change to Hurricane Dorian damage in Bahamas: ‘This is what climate change looks like’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said Tuesday that climate change was to blame for Hurricane Dorian‘s devastating impact on the Bahamas.

“This is what climate change looks like: it hits vulnerable communities first,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Tuesday.

Dorian’s punishing winds and torrential rain battered the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, which have a combined population of about 70,000 and are known for their marinas, golf courses, and all-inclusive resorts.

The Grand Bahama airport was under 6 feet of water and at least five deaths were reported.

HURRICANE DORIAN’S PATH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The freshman New Yorker dismissed “climate deniers” who claim the latest hurricane has nothing to do with climate change.

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“I can already hear climate deniers screeching: ‘It’s always been like this! You’re dim,’ etc. No. This is about science & leadership,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “We either decarbonize & cut emissions, or we don’t & let people die.”

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‘A Disastrous Outcome’: In Bahamas, Hurricane Cripples Rescue Efforts

NASSAU, Bahamas — Desperate residents stranded on rooftops amid swirling currents. Rescue efforts stalled by flooded vehicles and roads turned to rivers. Communications in ruins and basic infrastructure — including shelters, hospitals and public buildings — under water.

And all around, vicious winds and crashing waves brought on by Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful storms recorded in the Atlantic, continued to whip the low-lying islands of the northwestern Bahamas for a second day.

“It’s not just the power and ferocity of the storm, it’s also the length of time it spent over Abaco and Grand Bahama,” said Marvin Dames, the minister of national security of the Bahamas. “That’s a disastrous outcome.”

Seven people have died, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at an evening news conference, although the toll may yet climb. Children were among those killed, Mr. Dames had said earlier.

[How to help the survivors of Hurricane Dorian.]

Hurricane Dorian first made landfall in the Bahamas as a category 5 storm on Sunday, but then it lingered, pummeling the low-lying Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands, blocking even a basic accounting of the number of victims and the destruction. The true extent of its toll is only beginning to emerge as the storm began to pull away.

Cindy Russell, a resident of Marsh Harbour whose home was destroyed, said she had no words to describe what Dorian left in its wake.

“It’s like we just need to be rescued and put on another island to start over again,” she said. “Complete devastation.”

Though the hurricane, now a category 2, was pushing its way toward Florida, it was not expected to clear the islands well into the evening on Tuesday.

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A video from a helicopter flyover showed entire neighborhoods reduced to unrecognizable fields of rubble, houses crushed into splinters and boats tossed into heaps like toys. About 60 percent of the land is under water, satellite company Iceye said Monday. That includes the airport. All around, massive waves curled toward the island, delivering new blows.

“Storm surge is the number one killer in a tropical storm,” said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, speaking of the rising of the sea that results from the wind and pressure changes brought on by a storm.

In Freeport, the largest city on Grand Bahama, Sarah Kirkby watched helpless as a massive tidal flood poured in and inundated her house.

“It was absolutely terrifying,” she said. “I have never seen water come in like that. You don’t realize the power until you’re in it.”

Some local rescue efforts began on Tuesday, she said, as the water began to recede, with neighbors manning Jet Skis to rescue people trapped on their roofs — but it was unclear where they might go, since many shelters were also flooded or damaged by the storm.

Though the hurricane, now a category 2, began to slowly creep away from the Bahamas on Tuesday, it was not expected to clear the islands until close to midnight.

[Live updates as the storm turns toward the southeast coast of the United States.]

Aid agencies staged in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, grew frustrated through the day, waiting on standby to deliver desperately needed supplies. Few helicopters were able to take off for the hardest-hit areas because of high winds, low visibility and limited space.

“There’s an overabundance of people to help,” said William M. Holowesko, general manager of Odyssey Aviation in Nassau, which became a de facto staging ground for relief flights Tuesday.” So there is that pent-up frustration on many different fronts.”

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Maps: Track Hurricane Dorian’s Path

Maps tracking the hurricane’s path as it makes its way toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

American government helicopter crews — mainly from the United States Coast Guard but also from Customs and Border Protection — have been conducting evacuation missions.

Responders were trying to take advantage of a window of opportunity after the eye passed over Grand Bahama to try to rescue people, but many police cruisers and other emergency vehicles were under water.

“Some of the bigger vehicles, dump trucks and fire engines, are trying to get through the water,” Kevin D. Harris, director general of the Bahamas Information Service, said. “Grand Bahama is flat, and you can imagine the devastation we are going to incur.”

There was so much water that government offices, including the government radio station, had to leave the lower floors.

The islands in the northwestern Bahamas that were hit the hardest — the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama — are 30 feet at their highest point, and the storm surge reached up to 23 feet, not counting the waves, said Joel Cline, the Tropical Program Coordinator at NOAA.

Photographs from flights over the island show trees sheared of limbs and leaves and saltwater ponds covering swaths of land where homes once stood. Some houses had their roofs ripped clean off, while others were reduced to piles of debris mired in water. All around, a rough ocean lapped at the low-lying islands.

On Tuesday, people continued to seek shelter at the Grand Lucayan Resort and Casino on Grand Bahama, said Michael Scott, who is the chairman of the government-owned hotel.

“It’s a catastrophic and dystopian mess,” he said, estimating that more than 400 people were now being cared for at the hotel. “Other shelters which have been compromised are having their people decanted into our facility.”

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Destruction in the Abaco Islands, on Tuesday.CreditTerran Knowles/Our News Bahamas

To bring more people to safety, he said, “we’re going to have to use big trucks and big vehicles.”

Passenger cars and even emergency service vehicles had been trapped by the floods, according to photos and videos shared by text message from residents on the island.

On the Abaco Islands, east of Grand Bahama, officials believe whole towns have been wiped out. The area, whose population includes Haitian migrants living in shantytowns like the Mudd and Pigeon Peas, is especially vulnerable.

Caribbean disaster response managers say that they may not be able to get any firsthand information out of the islands until Wednesday.

The Bahamas are no stranger to hurricanes. But Dorian, with sustained wind speeds of 185 miles per hour, ranks as one of the strongest to ever make landfall, tied with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane.

The powerful storm’s sluggish pace — it crawled over the island at about 1 mile per hour from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning — ensured steady, brutal destruction, with harrowing images of residents among the ruins of their homes surfacing on social media.

More than 200 people have placed frantic rescue calls to emergency officials, including a government minister, who was also trapped with his family in his own attic.

It is not unheard-of for storms to stall. Hurricane Betsy stalled for a day and a half off the coast of Florida in 1965. More recently, Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America in 1998 and Hurricane Wilma lingered off the coast of Cancun in 2005, according to Mr. Feltgen, of the National Hurricane Center.

“Storms stall, they’re steered by the weather pattern that surrounds them, so if that weather pattern is in equilibrium, then the storm will stop,” he said. “It’s an atmospheric tug of war.”

Submerged vehicles in Freeport on Grand Bahama on Tuesday.CreditRamon Espinosa/Associated Press

A sense of unity bound those suffering under the weight of the hurricane. Some in the Bahamas who were less affected by the storm took to social media to amplify the calls for help.

Crystal A. deGregory, a historian in Nashville, Tenn., was visiting her family in Freeport when Hurricane Dorian made landfall. She spent all of Monday fielding frantic calls for rescue from her relatives.

Her sister, cornered by rising water, children in tow, cried for help on social media. Ms. deGregory began to post as well, offering addresses and details to rescuers on Twitter.

“I was terrified,” she said. “It was an indescribable feeling.”

On Tuesday, many residents faced the terrifying choice between staying in their rapidly-flooding homes or plunging into the volatile waters to seek shelter.

Tim Aylen, a Grand Bahama resident, waded through chest-deep storm surges with his wife and young son, spurred on by fear and horror. He barely had time to make the decision to flee.

“You open the door, and the water’s just pouring in,” he said. “You think, ‘No, that’s going to flood the house.’”

In that frantic moment, he made the call to leave the house, rather than flee to the attic. With their belongings in bags, his family and their three dogs forded the rushing water.

“We have experienced a lot of hurricanes in our time, but nothing like this,” he said.

Mr. Aylen said that once his family was secured in a nearby shelter, he assisted with the search and rescue of people torn from their homes.

“This little girl, she just jumped into my arms and she was screaming,” he recalled.

Sam Teicher, an American who moved to Grand Bahama Island 18 months ago to set up a coral farm saw his project destroyed by the storm. It was meant to restore dying reefs near the island.

On Tuesday Mr. Teicher saw firsthand the wreckage left by Dorian.

“The water seemed to stretch for miles,” Mr. Teicher said. “It was kind of like looking at those scenes of bayous with the trees coming out of the swamp — except that’s where people live.”

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Illegal immigrant linked to Kate Steinle killing still faces federal gun charges, US attorney says

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A California appeals court ruling overturning the illegal-gun-possession conviction of an illegal immigrant who allegedly killed a woman on a San Francisco pier in 2015 has no effect on federal prosecution against him, officials said Tuesday.

Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate, a Mexican citizen who had been deported five times, was acquitted in November 2017 of first- and second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and assault with a semi-automatic weapon in the death of Kate Steinle. He was convicted of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The case drew national attention because of Garcia-Zarate’s immigration status; it became a rallying cry for supporters of tougher immigration policies.

KATE STEINLE MURDER CASE EXPLAINED, FROM TRUMP’S COMMENTS TO DOJ ARREST WARRANT

Last Friday, the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco overturned the gun-possession conviction on grounds that the judge failed to instruct the jury that it could acquit Garcia-Zarate on the theory that he briefly possessed the weapon.

“The state court ruling has no legal effect on the federal prosecution, which will continue,” said David Anderson, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California.  “A repeatedly deported, previously convicted felon has no right to possess a firearm under federal law, even if California extends him sanctuary.”

Prosecutors argued the failure to give the jury instructions was moot since Garcia-Zarate admitted he fired the weapon. The three-judge panel disagreed and overturned the conviction.

Garcia-Zarate, 48, remained in federal custody awaiting trial on the gun possession charge, the Justice Department said.

Steinle, 32, died on July 1, 2015, after she was struck by a bullet while walking with her father and a family friend on Pier 14 off the Embarcadero in San Francisco.

The gun had been stolen from a car belonging to a federal Bureau of Land Management agent. Garcia-Zarate claimed he found the gun and accidentally fired it.

Many activists tied Steinle’s death to San Francisco’s sanctuary-city policies, and the case became a regular talking point during then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign rallies.

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Garcia-Zarate was released from police custody three months before the shooting after a drug case against him was dropped.

He faces up to 10 years in prison. His attorney told The Associated Press his trial is expected to begin Jan. 13. The San Francisco district attorney office also has been weighing its options, spokesman Alex Bastian previously told Fox News.

Fox News’ Judson Berger and Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report. 

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West Point cadet candidate, 20, dies after falling from rock ledge

A 20-year-old West Point cadet candidate died after falling from a rock ledge in upstate New York over the weekend, officials said.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point said Benjamin Bochtler died Sunday after injuries sustained from a fall on Saturday.

New York State Police responded to a 911 call around 11 a.m. and found the unresponsive man at a cliff-diving spot known as Fawn’s Leap in Hunter, N.Y., Police Capt. Michael Drake said.

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West Point cadet candidate Benjamin Bochtler. (Courtesy of Christopher Bochtler)

“Investigation revealed the victim was hanging onto a rock ledge when a portion of the rock broke from the ledge, causing the victim to fall,” Drake said. “Life-saving measures at the scene were unsuccessful.”

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West Point Commandant Col. Joshua Higgins said Bochtler “had an incredible smile and infectious positive attitude. He was everyone’s friend.

He said Bochtler “was a prior-enlisted combat veteran who set a tremendous example and used his experience in the Army to help his fellow cadet candidates. His warm personality and that big smile made a lasting impact on everyone at USMAPS [U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School].

“Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, and friends.”

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USMAPS prepares candidates to qualify for, and later graduate from, West Point.

Bochtler served in the Army for three years before coming to USMAPS and deployed to Afghanistan from April 2018 until January 2019, the military academy said.

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He was from Nebraska and played lacrosse at USMAPS.

The town of Hunter is about 75 miles north of the military academy.

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Facebook says Homeland Security can’t make fake accounts

Facebook said on Tuesday that it would be against its rules for the Department of Homeland Security to create fake profiles to monitor the social media of foreigners seeking to enter America.

“Law enforcement authorities, like everyone else, are required to use their real names on Facebook, and we make this policy clear,” Facebook spokeswoman Sarah Pollack told The Associated Press in a statement. “Operating fake accounts is not allowed, and we will act on any violating accounts.”

The company already communicated its concerns and policies to DHS and it will shut down fake accounts, even if they’re run by undercover law enforcement, according to Pollack.

Facebook’s statement came on the heels of a report that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had reversed a previous ban on the practice of officers creating fake social media profiles.

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Facebook has a strict policy against fake accounts. (Reuters)

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In a statement on Friday, Homeland Security told AP that fake accounts would make it easier for agents reviewing visa, green card and citizenship applications to search for fraud or security threats.

The DHS effort would also be in violation of Twitter’s rules.

Both platforms have made strides in automatically blocking and shutting down fake accounts on a daily basis.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Next Arena for Criminal Justice Reform: A Roof Over Their Heads

NEW ORLEANS — When Thad Tatum was released from a Louisiana prison after serving 28 years for armed robbery and the attempted murder of a police officer, he found his trials were far from over.

Mr. Tatum, who has used a wheelchair since he was stabbed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, has had to prove he could make it on the outside. He graduated from a program to help people with disabilities learn to live alone and met with a case manager for three months before he received a Section 8 voucher from the Housing Authority of New Orleans.

But when he tried to cash in that voucher, Mr. Tatum, 58, found it had been suspended — because of his conviction.

Bipartisan efforts to overhaul the criminal justice system, backed by President Trump, have so far focused on getting people out of prisons and thinning the largest population of incarcerated people in the world. Understandably so: In the toughest parts of New Orleans, some children are raised singing a nursery rhyme seemingly written to prepare them for incarceration at the penitentiary, better known as Angola.

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Mr. Tatum recounted the song he learned as a child, during an interview with The New York Times.

But once released, some formerly incarcerated people struggle simply to find a place to live. Public housing authorities and private landlords refuse to rent to them, labeling them public safety risks, sending them to the streets, to homelessness — and often back to prison, for offenses like sleeping in public spaces and panhandling.

“It was a heartbreaking thing,” Mr. Tatum said.

Three years ago, the housing agency in New Orleans, acting on new guidance from the Obama administration, made a change. The Department of Housing and Urban Development had notified housing agencies and owners of federally assisted housing that they could not use arrest records in admissions decisions. The notice was part of the administration’s overall goal to provide second chances for formerly incarcerated people: “The opportunity to secure an affordable, decent place to live is part of an effective second chance,” said the HUD secretary at the time, Julián Castro, who is now a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Houses in the Fischer Development, a government housing project in New Orleans.CreditWilliam Widmer for The New York Times

So the Housing Authority of New Orleans shortened the length of an applicant’s past that would be subject to a criminal background check and created a process for interviewing applicants on a case-by-case basis. People with convictions would be reviewed by a three-person panel under guidance that would make clear distinctions between offenses.

Assault and battery and theft, for example, would prompt further review only if a person was applying within three years of conviction or one year of release from prison. Drug possession would demand further review only if the screening was coming within one year of conviction or release.

Multiple convictions within the previous 10 years would demand further review, but even then, an applicant would at least get a chance.

From August 2016 to March 2019, the Housing Authority of New Orleans received 52 panel review requests. Only one person has been denied.

“If you give people an opportunity to sit down and talk about the issues in a safe setting where you can really dig into ‘What was the issue? Is that still an issue?’ there’s really hardly anybody that you would say you wouldn’t move into public housing and Section 8,” said Maggie Merrill, the agency’s director of asset management.

But the vast majority of people on housing assistance are not given apartments in traditional public housing but instead vouchers to rent from private landlords. Even people who clear the housing authority’s review process might find themselves denied a roof over their heads after landlords conduct their own background checks.

“If you’re a landlord that’s on our voucher list as someone that accepts our vouchers, and we’ve issued a voucher, I don’t feel that the private landlords should be doing yet another background check,” said Dolfinette Martin, a resident representative who sits on the review panel and is the operations manager at Operation Restoration, a nonprofit that advocates for women who were formerly incarcerated.

Dolfinette Martin is on the New Orleans Housing Authority’s review panel and is the operations manager at Operation Restoration, a nonprofit that advocates for women who were formerly incarcerated.CreditWilliam Widmer for The New York Times

Before Earl Hagans, 44, was released from prison after a five-year drug possession sentence, he dreamed about life on the outside.

“I go home, you know, looking good,” he said. “I’m going to get the nice job. The house. We get the girl. Man, I thought it was going to be smooth.”

It has not worked out that way. He moved into his sister’s spare bedroom until their father, who has Alzheimer’s, moved in, sending Mr. Hagans to the couch.

He tried to get help from Volunteers of America of Southeast Louisiana, which provides residential re-entry services. But “you had to be homeless in order to get a place there,” he said.

He recently did get his own place, but he bears the scars of his struggle. “The housing issue is so big for people coming home because we live under this reign of being dictated: ‘You can’t live here. You got to live where I tell you to live,’” he said.

In New Orleans, landlords are within their legal rights to conduct their own criminal background checks, but several other cities and locales — such as Seattle, Newark and Cook County, Ill. — have ordinances that limit how private landlords can determine admission decisions based on criminal records.

The issue has even reached the 2020 presidential race. Senator Kamala Harris, Democratic of California and a White House hopeful, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, released the Fair Chance at Housing Act, which would require public housing authorities and owners to consider all mitigating circumstances when making screening determinations based on criminal activity.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, who is also running for president, has proposed criminal justice measures that would help reduce the “collateral consequences that hamper re-entry to formerly incarcerated people who have served their time — from restrictions to occupational licensing to housing to the disenfranchisement of over three million returning citizens.”

Kiana Calloway, 41, a housing organizer for Voice of the Experienced, a nonprofit that advocates for formerly incarcerated people, is pressing for New Orleans to adopt an ordinance similar to other cities’.

Kiana Calloway is pressing New Orleans politicians to adopt an ordinance limiting how private landlords can determine admission decisions based on criminal recordsCreditWilliam Widmer for The New York Times

When Mr. Calloway was released after a 17-year prison sentence for two counts of first-degree murder — which he began serving when he was 16 — he applied to more than 10 apartment complexes in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes. The landlords never replied. For four years, Mr. Calloway slept on his mother’s sofa.

“Why let me out of prison if I can’t live like a citizen?” Mr. Calloway said.

Roy Brumfield, 45, on probation and living in a transitional home for people with mental health issues, said he is hesitant even to apply for housing when he sees a question about an applicant’s criminal background.

“Why pay $25 for an application fee when you know you’re going to get turned down?” he said.

Sara Pratt, a civil rights lawyer and former fair housing official at HUD, said all landlords should “take the lead on being responsible on this and should take a second look at what reasonable criteria are.” But for all of the local efforts underway, she added, the answer was already on the books: the Fair Housing Act. It just needs to be enforced.

The Obama housing department issued a notice in 2016 telling both public and private landlords that the use of convictions in admissions decisions could be considered a violation of the law.

“African-Americans and Hispanics are arrested, convicted and incarcerated at rates disproportionate to their share of the general population,” the notice said. “Consequently, criminal records-based barriers to housing are likely to have a disproportionate impact on minority home seekers.”

The Trump administration is searching for a new course. “Being arrested should not be the sole basis to deny a person housing,” said Hunter Kurtz, HUD’s assistant secretary for public and Indian housing. He added that public housing authorities should “balance the critical housing needs of those with arrest records with the legitimate safety and security needs of their residents.”

“If HUD learns that public housing agencies are not striking this proper balance,” he said, “we will take the appropriate actions.”

Oliver Francis was released from prison in 2018 after 42 years and has struggled to find housing.CreditWilliam Widmer for The New York Times

Oliver Francis, 66, has just started the application process. While in prison, he taught self-help programs and coached people preparing for re-entry. But he is aware that landlords may reject his housing applications because of his 1978 conviction of first-degree murder, a crime for which he served nearly 42 years in Angola.

“I’m still paying for something that I already done paid for,” said Mr. Francis, who lives with his sister.

After getting released after 28 years in Angola, Mr. Tatum earned a degree in psychology from Southern University. He now works as a case manager at the Advocacy Center, which administered the program he graduated from, and he lives by himself in a unit his family owns.

“Once you come home, you paid your dues to society and you should be able to function or be able to at least have the opportunity to function like any other normal citizen,” he said.

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White House releases video blasting Washington Post after outlet criticized Trump

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The White House released a video on Tuesday lashing out at The Washington Post after the venerable news outlet published a report claiming President Trump’s summer was “lost” and that his advisers saw it as “a period of missed opportunity and self-sabotage.”

“Did the Amazon Washington Post take the summer off?” the White House’s video read — referencing Trump’s frequent reminder that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns the publication.

Showing The Post’s headline declaring a “lost summer,” the video stamped a giant, red “fake news” sign over it.

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The video includes footage from multiple media outlets — including Fox News and Fox Business Network — reporting on actions taken by the Trump administration. That included things like signing executive orders on veterans’ student loan debt and sanctions on Iran. 

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It also pointed to, among other things, his decisions on “public charge” criteria for admitting immigrants, meeting with foreign leaders, visiting mass shooting survivors, traveling to North Korea, and putting forth an executive order on the Affordable Care Act.

But The Post asserted that the summer had reinforced critics’ perception of Trump as “incompetent, indecisive, intolerant and ineffective.”

The story, published on Sunday, carried the headline “Trump’s lost summer: Aides claim victory, but others see incompetence and intolerance.” It cited critics like Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, who said Americans would remember the summer for its trade war with China and the resulting economic uncertainty.

“In the final lull before the 2020 campaign starts to intensify this fall, Trump could have worked strategically to solidify his position and broaden his appeal,” The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker wrote. “Instead, his words and actions this summer served to further divide the country and to harden public opinion about the ever-polarizing president.”

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Although the White House provided The Post with a list of accomplishments for its report, the paper seemed to discount those when it cited Trump’s critics.

“But some White House aides and outside Trump allies offer a grimmer view, describing an administration in which the president has crashed through the remaining guard rails,” Rucker and Parker wrote.

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“The chief of staff is still in an ‘acting’ role and jobs that multiple aides once handled are now being filled by fewer staffers, and the president and his team failed to drive a sustained message or capitalize on what they view as winnable fights on the economy and immigration.”

The Post’s article pointed to controversies between Trump and freshman congresswomen collectively known as “the Squad,” as well as the sharp criticism that Trump had for Baltimore.

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Judge Orders Trump to Restore Reporter’s White House Badge

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