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Warren, on debate day, proposes Social Security boost of $200 per month

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Declaring that “it’s getting harder to save enough for a decent retirement,” Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday unveiled a plan to increase monthly Social Security benefits by $200 for every current and future beneficiary.

The plan, which the Massachusetts Democrat touted as “the biggest and most progressive increase in Social Security benefits in nearly half a century,” was released hours before Warren joins nine of her 2020 rivals for the third-round Democratic primary debate.

WARREN SAYS DEMOCRATS ‘CAN’T CHOOSE A CANDIDATE WE DON’T BELIEVE IN BECAUSE WE’RE SCARED,’ IN LIKELY JAB AT BIDEN

Warren said that the “typical Social Security benefits today are quite small,” noting the average beneficiary receives $1,354 a month, or $16,248 a year. Nearly 64 million Americans are Social Security beneficiaries.

“And here’s the even scarier part: unless we act now, future retirees are going to be in even worse shape than the current ones,” she stressed.

Warren’s proposal also calls for updating what she describes as “outdated rules to further increase benefits for lower-income families, women, people with disabilities, public-sector workers and people of color.”

The populist senator — who has released one progressive policy proposal after another this year as she runs for the White House — says she’ll pay for extending the solvency of Social Security by nearly two decades with revenues from her plan to tax the wealthiest Americans.

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Warren included an independent analysis from Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi that indicated the senator’s plan would “immediately lift an estimated 4.9 million seniors out of poverty, cutting the senior poverty rate by 68 percent.”

Zandi also claimed that Warren’s proposal – which calls for raising contribution requirements on the top earners and boosting average benefits by nearly 25 percent for those in the bottom half of income distribution – would produce a “much more progressive Social Security system.”

As Social Security recipients live longer, the number of beneficiaries is projected to surge to 80 million people. And a slowing population means fewer younger workers to pay into the system, raising solvency concerns.

The latest projections from the Social Security Board of Trustees indicate the reserves used to partially fund the system are expected to be depleted by 2035.

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Warren, on debate day, proposes Social Security boost of $200 per month

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Declaring that “it’s getting harder to save enough for a decent retirement,” Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday unveiled a plan to increase monthly Social Security benefits by $200 for every current and future beneficiary.

The plan, which the Massachusetts Democrat touted as “the biggest and most progressive increase in Social Security benefits in nearly half a century,” was released hours before Warren joins nine of her 2020 rivals for the third-round Democratic primary debate.

WARREN SAYS DEMOCRATS ‘CAN’T CHOOSE A CANDIDATE WE DON’T BELIEVE IN BECAUSE WE’RE SCARED,’ IN LIKELY JAB AT BIDEN

Warren said that the “typical Social Security benefits today are quite small,” noting the average beneficiary receives $1,354 a month, or $16,248 a year. Nearly 64 million Americans are Social Security beneficiaries.

“And here’s the even scarier part: unless we act now, future retirees are going to be in even worse shape than the current ones,” she stressed.

Warren’s proposal also calls for updating what she describes as “outdated rules to further increase benefits for lower-income families, women, people with disabilities, public-sector workers and people of color.”

The populist senator — who has released one progressive policy proposal after another this year as she runs for the White House — says she’ll pay for extending the solvency of Social Security by nearly two decades with revenues from her plan to tax the wealthiest Americans.

THE LATEST FROM FOX NEWS ON THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

Warren included an independent analysis from Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi that indicated the senator’s plan would “immediately lift an estimated 4.9 million seniors out of poverty, cutting the senior poverty rate by 68 percent.”

Zandi also claimed that Warren’s proposal – which calls for raising contribution requirements on the top earners and boosting average benefits by nearly 25 percent for those in the bottom half of income distribution – would produce a “much more progressive Social Security system.”

As Social Security recipients live longer, the number of beneficiaries is projected to surge to 80 million people. And a slowing population means fewer younger workers to pay into the system, raising solvency concerns.

The latest projections from the Social Security Board of Trustees indicate the reserves used to partially fund the system are expected to be depleted by 2035.

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Democrat’s ‘I Will Not Yield’ Speech Turns Into New War Cry Against GOP — Video of North Carolina state Rep. Deb Butler resisting what she called Republican “trickery” is going viral.

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They told the democrats and the media there would be no votes in the morning because of the memorial service. As soon as the republicans had enough members to vote, they called for it.

I live here and I hate these assholes. They had the nerve to go on TV and justify their actions by saying “They were there to work and that the terrorists win if we disrupt our days not working.”

Edit: This is what NCGOP R-Moore said in regards to their vote:

“I’ve made it clear. I’ve said it from right here, on the floor, everywhere: If I see an opportunity to override this budget, this veto, I was gonna take that vote,” Moore said.

“If they didn’t want it to pass, all they have to do is show up for work,” he said.

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Tom Homan’s fiery clash with AOC, Tlaib and other House Dems detailed on ‘Fox & Friends’

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Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan faced personal attacks from House Democrats at a congressional hearing Wednesday afternoon, and the hosts of “Fox & Friends” recapped the fiery clashes Thursday morning.

Homan, in a “Fox & Friends” appearance Wednesday before his testimony, vowed to push back strongly on Democrats’ “false narratives” about immigration enforcement.

The House Oversight Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee hearing was called to examine the Trump administration’s decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to defer deportation for medical treatment and other hardships.

Homan was called “bigoted” during the hearing at one point by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

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“I think it’s important to really make sure that the jingoistic, bigoted testimony of Mr. Homan is called out as nearly completely untrue, as being an outrage, and as a former official directing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, he should know better,” she said.

“What did I say was inaccurate?” Homan shot back, as Chairman Jamie Raskin, D-Md., intervened to restore order.

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“I just think it’s important that it’s not accepted as accurate testimony,” she said. She went on to question other witnesses on the panel, but did not ask anything of Homan.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., told Homan he will be remembered as “ruthless and inhumane” toward asylum-seekers, while Homan also battled Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.N.Y., and called on lawmakers to instead change the laws they don’t like that ICE and other agencies are enforcing.

Host Katie Pavlich said Democrats seem to have “forgotten conveniently” that Homan served in the Obama administration, and many of the problems at the border date back to 2014.

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“Instead of coming back with some kind of argument, [Wasserman Schultz] just tried to move on and say his testimony should not be accepted,” she said.

Host Brian Kilmeade said Democrats are not used to someone pushing back with facts on their anti-Trump rhetoric about the border.

“Can you imagine someone sitting in front of you and saying ‘your bigoted policies’ and start ripping you apart and expect you to just turn your microphone off and move on? She called him a bigot!” he said.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Facebook Took Down A Fact-Check Of An Anti-Abortion Video After Republicans Complained

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This doesn’t even touch on the cost of carrying to term a complicated pregnancy.

I had complete placenta previa coupled, twice, with preterm labor contractions.

I had to have twice-weekly doctor appointments/ultrasounds for the better part of two years of my life, bed rest (extensive time off of work or limited work), two c-sections (one emergency), and one three week NICU stay.

If I didn’t have the insurance that we had at the time, having kids absolutely would have bankrupted us.

The NICU stay alone came in at nearly $100,000, and the surgeries about $20k each, IIRC.

None of that addresses the cost of the baby itself once you’re out of the hospital.

It’s very easy to tell someone they shouldn’t have an abortion when you have good insurance, a flexible job, paid maternity leave, etc.

If you’re a regular hourly worker and you come down with even a minor pregnancy complication, your “choice” is abortion, or possibly not being able to properly mitigate a life-threatening condition, and/or financial devastation.

And the fuck heads in Congress who call themselves “pro-life” were the ones most vehemently opposed to insurance companies having to cover maternity and prenatal care.

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E.C.B. Acts to Head Off Threat of Recession in Europe

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FRANKFURT — The European Central Bank took steps on Thursday to stimulate the eurozone economy, moving to head off a downturn before the problem gathers momentum.

In a bid to increase lending, the bank increased the de facto penalty it imposes on commercial banks that hoard cash. The bank’s Governing Council also said it would begin another round of bond purchases, a form of stimulus known as quantitative easing. The bank will buy 20 billion euros’ worth of bonds every month starting in November.

In normal times, banks earn interest when they deposit money in central banks. But since 2014, the European Central Bank has imposed a so-called negative interest rate on such deposits to pressure commercial banks to lend more. On Thursday, the central bank changed this deposit rate to minus 0.5 percent from minus 0.4 percent.

Analysts had expected an interest-rate cut Thursday, but there was considerable debate whether the bank would go further and restart purchases of government and corporate bonds. Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, has been signaling since June that measures to head off a recession would be necessary, absent an improvement in the economic outlook. Inflation has been stuck well below the official target of 2 percent.

Mr. Draghi, whose term ends in October, has faced growing criticism that easy-money policies and record low interest rates are fueling asset bubbles and undermining the profitability of commercial banks.

In response, on Thursday the central bank took steps to ease the pain of negative interest rates, saying that some bank holdings will be exempt from the penalty, a practice known as tiering.

Central banks around the world are cutting interest rates and trying to encourage borrowing as more and more indicators point to a global slowdown. Last week, the People’s Bank of China cut the amount of money that banks are required to keep in reserve, a step that will increase the amount available for lending and that will lead to lower interest rates. The Federal Reserve is expected to cut interest rates at its next meeting on Sept. 17-18 in Washington.

The European Central Bank’s action on Thursday amounted to a pre-emptive strike as economic indicators signal slowing growth in the 19 countries of the eurozone. Many analysts predict that Germany is about to slide into recession, dragging down the rest of the bloc. Trade wars and Britain’s chaotic attempt to leave the European Union have made business managers uncertain about the future and reluctant to invest in expanding factories or hiring new workers.

But the measures will also raise questions about what other options the central bank has if the eurozone economy continues to deteriorate.

The benchmark interest rate is already at zero, and the central bank’s balance sheet includes 2.6 trillion euros, or about $2.9 trillion, in government and corporate bonds purchased as part of a so-called quantitative easing program. The purchases are intended to drive down market interest rates by creating demand for government and corporate debt.

In December, the bank announced it would stop adding to its stock of bonds, though it has continued to reinvest the proceeds when bonds mature. Analysts say that the bank has limited scope to restart the quantitative easing program because it already owns such a big chunk of the market.

As a result, some economists have begun speculating that the central bank could consider more radical action, particularly if it looks like there is a danger of deflation. Some economists have begun urging the central bank to consider printing money and distributing it directly to citizens.

The eurozone economy probably needs to get a lot worse before the central bank would consider such an idea, which would be unprecedented and highly contentious. Nothing is likely to happen before Christine Lagarde replaces Mr. Draghi as president of the central bank at the beginning of November.

Mr. Draghi will preside over one more monetary policy meeting, on Oct. 24, before handing power to Ms. Lagarde.

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E.C.B. Acts to Head Off Threat of Recession in Europe

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FRANKFURT — The European Central Bank took steps on Thursday to stimulate the eurozone economy, moving to head off a downturn before the problem gathers momentum.

In a bid to increase lending, the bank increased the de facto penalty it imposes on commercial banks that hoard cash. The bank’s Governing Council also said it would begin another round of bond purchases, a form of stimulus known as quantitative easing. The bank will buy 20 billion euros’ worth of bonds every month starting in November.

In normal times, banks earn interest when they deposit money in central banks. But since 2014, the European Central Bank has imposed a so-called negative interest rate on such deposits to pressure commercial banks to lend more. On Thursday, the central bank changed this deposit rate to minus 0.5 percent from minus 0.4 percent.

Analysts had expected an interest-rate cut Thursday, but there was considerable debate whether the bank would go further and restart purchases of government and corporate bonds. Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, has been signaling since June that measures to head off a recession would be necessary, absent an improvement in the economic outlook. Inflation has been stuck well below the official target of 2 percent.

Mr. Draghi, whose term ends in October, has faced growing criticism that easy-money policies and record low interest rates are fueling asset bubbles and undermining the profitability of commercial banks.

In response, on Thursday the central bank took steps to ease the pain of negative interest rates, saying that some bank holdings will be exempt from the penalty, a practice known as tiering.

Central banks around the world are cutting interest rates and trying to encourage borrowing as more and more indicators point to a global slowdown. Last week, the People’s Bank of China cut the amount of money that banks are required to keep in reserve, a step that will increase the amount available for lending and that will lead to lower interest rates. The Federal Reserve is expected to cut interest rates at its next meeting on Sept. 17-18 in Washington.

The European Central Bank’s action on Thursday amounted to a pre-emptive strike as economic indicators signal slowing growth in the 19 countries of the eurozone. Many analysts predict that Germany is about to slide into recession, dragging down the rest of the bloc. Trade wars and Britain’s chaotic attempt to leave the European Union have made business managers uncertain about the future and reluctant to invest in expanding factories or hiring new workers.

But the measures will also raise questions about what other options the central bank has if the eurozone economy continues to deteriorate.

The benchmark interest rate is already at zero, and the central bank’s balance sheet includes 2.6 trillion euros, or about $2.9 trillion, in government and corporate bonds purchased as part of a so-called quantitative easing program. The purchases are intended to drive down market interest rates by creating demand for government and corporate debt.

In December, the bank announced it would stop adding to its stock of bonds, though it has continued to reinvest the proceeds when bonds mature. Analysts say that the bank has limited scope to restart the quantitative easing program because it already owns such a big chunk of the market.

As a result, some economists have begun speculating that the central bank could consider more radical action, particularly if it looks like there is a danger of deflation. Some economists have begun urging the central bank to consider printing money and distributing it directly to citizens.

The eurozone economy probably needs to get a lot worse before the central bank would consider such an idea, which would be unprecedented and highly contentious. Nothing is likely to happen before Christine Lagarde replaces Mr. Draghi as president of the central bank at the beginning of November.

Mr. Draghi will preside over one more monetary policy meeting, on Oct. 24, before handing power to Ms. Lagarde.

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Jennifer Lopez on Super Bowl Halftime Show: ‘I can’t say I wouldn’t love it’

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Amid rumors she might headline the Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show, Jennifer Lopez says the idea sounds great…”in theory.”

Lopez, 50, said starring in the famed annual performance is “something we’ve talked about for many years, and, you know, it would be nice. It would be nice. I can’t say I wouldn’t love it.”

“I don’t know,” the “Hustlers” star said on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” Wednesday. “I know everybody’s asking me. They’re starting to think that I’m telling people things. I don’t know anything yet!”

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The triple threat seemingly joked when host Kelly Ripa said she feels the Super Bowl — scheduled for Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami, Fla. — “is really just something that happens around the concert.”

“Yeah, really,” Lopez responded. “I think most of the girls feel that way.”

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Lopez similarly told NBC’s Hoda Kotb on her SiriusXM show Tuesday she doesn’t know whether she’s performing for the LIV Halftime Show.

A source told Entertainment Tonight that “J. Lo” and the NFL “have been in talks for a while, but there are many factors that go into the deal before it’s official.”

“Jennifer has been saying for a while she wants to perform at the halftime show and it looks like her dream may come true,” the insider said. “Jennifer has had an incredible career that spans over decades and this platform would give her the biggest stage ever to showcase it. Jennifer has already worked with the NFL this year promoting the season, so things are looking good.”

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Rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation will produce the Halftime Show through its partnership with the NFL. Jay Z previously said no decisions had been made for a headline act, despite rumors of Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull — whom all have ties to Miami — being considered for 2020.

“You take four artists and everyone thinks they’re playing the Super Bowl, and it’s almost like this interview process,” he said. “I think the process could have been more definite.”

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“We had this conversation, you can’t go to a city, plop a show down and then leave. Like, at least speak to the community. Speak to the guys that’s on the ground organizing things and trying to make things better, in that sort of way,” he said. “Tampa’s next [in 2021]. I love Tampa, but I have no idea who’s from there, who would perform.”

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Business Leaders Call on Congress to Act on Gun Violence

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In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America, the chief executives of some of the nation’s best-known companies sent a letter to Senate leaders on Thursday, urging an expansion of background checks to all firearms sales and stronger “red flag” laws.

“Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety,” the heads of 145 companies, including Levi Strauss, Twitter and Uber, say in the letter, which was shared with The New York Times.

The letter — which urges the Republican-controlled Senate to enact bills already introduced in the Democrat-led House of Representatives — is the most concerted effort by the business community to enter the gun debate, one of the most polarizing issues in the nation and one that was long considered off limits.

The debate and the decision to sign — or not sign — are a case study in how chief executives must weigh their own views and the political risks to their businesses.

“To a certain extent, these C.E.O.s are putting their businesses on the line here, given how politically charged this is,” said Chip Bergh, chief executive of Levi Strauss, a company whose denim jeans have long been a symbol of America. Mr. Bergh spent the last several days trying to cajole his peers into joining him and gun control advocates like Everytown, which is funded in part by Michael Bloomberg. “Business leaders are not afraid to get engaged now,” he added. “C.E.O.s are wired to take action on things that are going to impact their business and gun violence is impacting everybody’s business now.”

Mr. Bergh said he was encouraged by the conversations. “The tide is turning,” he said, citing a spate of recent polls that show a majority of Americans in both parties support background checks and red flag laws. “People were starting to be much more open-minded,” he said, even when the discussion didn’t conclude with a signature.

Yet he is also bracing for a backlash. “This has been spun by the N.R.A. as we’re trying to repeal the Second Amendment,” Mr. Bergh said. “Nothing is further from the truth.”

The movement has gained momentum since last month, when a shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso killed 22 people. A day later, nine people were shot and killed in Dayton, Ohio.

“Gun violence in America is not inevitable; it’s preventable,” the business leaders wrote. “We need our lawmakers to support common-sense gun laws that could prevent tragedies like these.”

In addition to the expanded background checks, they are pressing the government to let federal courts issue temporary orders keeping guns out of the hands of people considered at risk of violence, under what is known as a red-flag law.

A week ago, Walmart, the largest retailer and employer in the country, wrote its own letter to Congress, pushing for a debate over reauthorizing an assault weapons ban. It also announced that it was removing certain ammunition and guns from its shelves and would discourage “open carry” in its stores. Other retailers followed suit by changing their open-carry policies, including Kroger, CVS, Walgreens and the Wegmans grocery chain.

The letter signers on Thursday include the leaders of Airbnb, the Gap, Pinterest, Lyft, the Brookfield Property Group and Royal Caribbean.

Missing from the list, however, are some of America’s biggest financial and technology companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, some of which debated internally whether to sign the letter.

Two companies that signed may raise eyebrows in Washington: Thrive Capital, whose founder, Joshua Kushner, is the brother of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, and Bain Capital, the private equity firm co-founded by Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah.

The letter is the latest example of the business community’s stepping into a sensitive political area — sometimes reluctantly — during the Trump presidency. Business leaders have criticized Mr. Trump’s immigration policy and his response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va. On guns, the president has on several occasions offered support for stronger firearms policies before stepping away.

Some of the letter signers plan to lobby lawmakers in Washington, but it is unclear how much money, if any, the companies may devote to this issue.

Some executives signed on without hesitation. Others mulled it, often creating a raucous debate inside their offices and among their boards of directors, only to decide that the political risk was too high. More than a half-dozen executives spoke about their deliberations on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of conversations.

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook did not sign, although he told colleagues and peers that he agreed with stricter background checks, two people involved in the conversation said. With Facebook under federal scrutiny — and contending with a drumbeat of criticism from Republicans who contend that the company’s platform silences conservative voices — Mr. Zuckerberg has decided that activism on this issue would only intensify the spotlight on the company, these people said. Others inside Facebook made the case that it was a moral responsibility to press for more responsible gun sales laws.

Similar concerns were raised by the leadership at Google, whose YouTube unit was the site of a shooting last year. Google recently announced an internal policy that would make it hard for the company to consider signing the letter. That policy includes this line: “Our primary responsibility is to do the work we’ve each been hired to do, not to spend working time on debates about non-work topics.”

Uber’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, signed. His company’s policy bans guns from its vehicles, either for drivers or passengers. Once he signed, Lyft, Uber’s main rival, signed as well.

Several executives said one of the biggest practical worries was whether taking such a stance would lead to in-store confrontations with angry customers carrying guns. Would they be putting their employees in danger or even just in an uncomfortable discussion about a divisive issue?

Even banks like Citigroup and Bank of America, which both publicly distanced themselves from gunmakers this year by ending lending and banking relationships with manufacturers, declined to sign the letter. After they made their positions public this year, the banks were rebuked by Republican lawmakers. Louisiana passed a law preventing the banks from working on bond offerings for the state.

“I personally believe the policies of these banks are an infringement on the rights of Louisiana citizens,” the state’s treasurer, John Schroder, said at the time. “No one can convince me that keeping these two banks in this competitive process is worth giving up our rights.”

For better or worse, business leaders are increasingly carving out positions on social issues. It’s not new — and the Hobby Lobby fight against the contraceptive provision of the Affordable Care Act shows us that such positioning does not confine itself to progressive causes — but it is growing.

In some cases, those maneuvers have happened out of necessity, as when top executives could not count on a strong response from Washington after the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. That touched off a flurry of calls between some of the country’s top finance executives about how to handle a conference being hosted by Saudi Arabia, whose crown prince had been implicated in Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance.

But over the last three years, businesses have become engaged on social issues like immigration, climate change and race in a way that would have been unfathomable a decade ago. On Thursday, businesses turned to the problem of gun violence.

The letter suggested that background checks on all gun sales were a “common-sense solution with overwhelming public support.” A number of polls have put backing for such policies above 90 percent.

The market is demanding action — and businesses are listening.

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How Democracy Died in North Carolina. Republicans sneaking through a budget bill while Democrats attended a 9/11 ceremony exemplifies how the Tar Heel State’s political institutions have been decimated by right-wing rule.

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The fact that the GOP had promised Democrats they would hold no substantive votes during the 9/11 ceremony, however, was a stunning betrayal of trust. At a news conference following the override vote, House Democratic leader Darren Jackson noted that the legislature runs on trust, with too many processes in place for everything to be put in writing.

Clearly, President Trump isn’t the only Republican willing to break long-standing norms. Around the country over the past couple of years, GOP legislators have attacked the independence of the judiciary, limited media access, and placed new curbs on protests.

“What this means for Democrats is that it’s really not enough to win the governorship in a state like North Carolina,” says Philip Rocco, a political scientist at Marquette University. “If you can’t exercise the formal and informal powers of the office, what kind of prize is an election?”

Reynolds, the UNC professor, wrote a widely noted article in 2016 pointing out that, by international standards, North Carolina was no longer a fully functioning democracy. By at least one measure, “North Carolina’s overall electoral integrity score … places us alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone,” he wrote.

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