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Kyrie Irving called LeBron James to apologize: ‘I wanted to be the guy who led us to a championship’

Kyrie Irving said he called LeBron James to apologize to him for criticizing his leadership while they were teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Microsoft pledges $500 million to tackle Seattle’s housing crisis

In what is the largest pledge in its 44-year history, Microsoft is spending $500 million to address the housing crisis in Seattle that’s been exacerbated by the influx of tech-fueled growth.

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Where do criminals get their guns?

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This is a question which has regularly shown up for many years in the gun control debate. It’s also a question that Democrats and their enablers in the media really hate to discuss. Where do most criminals obtain the firearms they use when committing gun crimes? The reason the question is taboo in some circles is that the answers force us to consider what is to be accomplished by placing more constraints on the law-abiding when they seek to legally purchase new firearms.

A new study has been published which provides at least some of the answers to these questions and Robert Verbruggen at National Review examines it this week. The common talking point from the crowd pushing for more background checks and closing the “gun show loophole” is that criminals have an easy time of it. The facts found in this report beg to differ.

From the Department of Justice. It’s nothing earthshattering, but it’s a good update to old surveys of prison inmates.

Among prisoners serving time for a crime during which they possessed a gun, about half got their weapons either on the underground market (43 percent) or through theft (6 percent). Meanwhile, 10 percent bought guns from a retail source, including 0.8 percent who bought them at gun shows.

Another 11 percent of the time, someone else bought the gun for them, either as a gift or as a straw purchase (situations I wish the survey separated). Roughly 15 percent got guns from family and friends (buying, renting, trading, borrowing). And 12 percent of the time, the guns were either brought to the crime by someone else or found at the scene.

That’s a shift from the previous study done by the Justice Department in the 90s which showed that nearly one-quarter of criminals claimed to have stolen their gun and only six to eight percent bought them legally. Of course, these studies are based entirely on criminals who are interviewed in prison, so there’s an open question as to how well the figures represent the criminal population as a whole.

Still, the trends mostly remain the same. Nearly half of the guns used in crimes were bought on the black market where no background checks ever take place. Between ten and fifteen percent obtained them on the “gray market” via illegal straw purchases or sales from friends who similarly violated the law. At the bottom of the list, there are less than one percent purchased at gun shows and perhaps ten percent who purchased them legally.

The ten percent figure was a bit higher than the old study, but there’s an important aspect of that figure to keep in mind. In virtually all of those cases, the person hadn’t been convicted of a crime before the one they were arrested for. We know this because they were able to purchase the gun from a licensed source and thus would have had to pass a background check anyway. There is nothing in our legal system which allows us to predict criminal activity before it takes place and block the sale of the weapon except in the rare cases of those who have been legally adjudicated as being unstable.

I don’t object to changes in the background check system as much as some other Second Amendment advocates, provided the changes actually produce positive results and aren’t introducing even more intrusive processes for law-abiding gun owners. If we need to fine tune the process for gun shows in some cases we could certainly consider it. But everyone repeating the myth that criminals are easily able to purchase guns from legal outlets should read this study and rethink their position.

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Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton still in ‘an early stage’ of their relationship despite alleged feud, says royal expert

Despite reports insisting duchesses Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are feuding, one royal expert insisted the two women are still getting to know each other.

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Florida deputy fired after multiple false drug arrests, 9 releases, officials say

A Florida sheriff’s deputy was fired and nine people were released from jail after tests revealed that the substances used in some of his narcotics arrests were not actually drugs.

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Oh my: Jackson Lee fired staffer in retaliation to lawsuit against CBCF over alleged rape?

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Did Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee fire a staffer for suing the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation over an alleged rape? A new lawsuit takes aim at the Texas Democrat for retaliation in an attempt to quash the plaintiff’s attempts to seek justice through the civil courts. Buzzfeed picked up on the filing last night after it first appeared on the US district court docket in DC yesterday afternoon:

A former staffer for Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee claims in a new lawsuit that the lawmaker retaliated against her and fired her because she was planning to pursue legal action over an alleged rape by a former employee of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

The woman, identified in court papers by the pseudonym Jane Doe, alleges she was raped in October 2015, when she was a 19-year-old intern for the CBCF, by the foundation’s intern coordinator at the time, Damien Jones. The woman said she reported the alleged rape to police and told several people, including Rep. Terri Sewell, her former boss and a distant relative of her mother’s, but did not pursue legal action at the time.

Several years later, when Jane Doe was working for Jackson Lee, the woman decided she did want to pursue legal action, and told Jackson Lee’s chief of staff Glenn Rushing in early March 2018. The woman alleges that she asked to speak with Jackson Lee about it, but a meeting never happened, and several weeks later she was fired. Jackson Lee is chair of the board for the CBCF.

To make this even more interesting, the man named in the allegation still works in Democratic electoral circles. Jones most recently worked on Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s senate campaign in Texas. The O’Rourke organization told Buzzfeed that they hadn’t heard anything about this before getting their call, but that the team “no longer has a relationship with Damien Jones.”

There are a number of elements that have to be satisfied in this lawsuit and story, starting with the alleged rape itself and the CBCF’s legal liability to it, before we get to retaliation by Jackson Lee. The lawsuit against Jackson Lee contains the elements of Jane Doe’s complaint against Jones and the CBCF. Doe alleges that the CBCF required her and other interns to participate in a 2015 fundraising event at their headquarters. She alleges that Jones separated her from other interns, asked her out to dinner, and plied her with alcohol during and after the dinner. Doe suggests that Jones might have drugged her drinks at his apartment, and pressured her to smoke marijuana.

At some point, Doe tried to contact someone for a rescue:

At one point that evening, Ms. Doe texted her friend Victoria Gray, stating: “Help,” “I’m want t [sic] to go home,” and “I’m ready to cry.” Ms. Gray responded and asked where Ms. Doe was. Ms. Doe replied that she did not know, and “I need you” and “No joke.” Ms. Gray asked Ms. Doe again where she was, and to send her “pin” location via text so that Ms. Gray could send a car to pick her up. Ms. Doe attempted to do so, but her phone was unable to send Ms. Gray the specific address. Ms. Doe then sent a number of messages that are indiscernible, mostly just jumbles of letters. Ms. Gray asked who she was with, and Ms. Doe replied that she was with her “[intern] coordinator.” Ms. Gray told Ms. Doe to have that person call her. Ms. Doe responded “[I don’t know] how” and “Help.” Ms. Gray then asked again for the address so that she could send a car for Ms. Doe, but Ms. Doe stopped responding to her text messages.

Jones then allegedly had sexual relations with Doe without her consent, leaving her with pain in her vagina, hip, neck, and mouth, along with nausea and a potential urinary tract issue. Jones denied having any sexual contact with Doe when she challenged him, but she went to a hospital for a sexual assault exam anyway:

Also that day, Ms. Doe went to the hospital where a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner administered an exam. The examiner noted swelling and redness in Ms. Doe’s pelvic area, swelling on her lower back, and that one of her finger nails was broken. The examiner also noted blood and a “yellow stringy discharge” coming from Ms. Doe’s cervix and vagina. The examiner took Ms. Doe’s pants as evidence, gave her medication, conducted a toxicology test, and swabbed several areas of Ms. Doe’s body.

That turned out to be important, as the lawsuit alleges that Jones’ DNA was found on her breast, although a DNA test on the sperm produced an insufficient profile. That would indicate that a sexual encounter took place, but still leaves open whether any consent had been given. Despite the police investigation, it doesn’t appear charges were ever filed in the case. However, the next year, Doe notified the CBCF that she might pursue legal action against them, although she decided against it at that time.

The year after that, Doe got a job with Jackson Lee, and then found out that Jones was interested in taking a job in the same office. The CBCF had extended an invitation to Jones to speak at an event two months prior to Doe’s hiring, even though the group was well aware of Doe’s allegation. Doe got the office to refrain from hiring Jones, but she alleges that her desire to proceed with the lawsuit against the CBCF as expressed to her supervisor on March 9, 2018 led directly to her termination on March 29th. She was told that her termination was due to “budgetary issues,” but Doe alleges that two other less senior staffers were retained at or above her own salary at that time.

If that’s the case, it certainly seems like a retaliatory firing. In the private sector, that proximity alone would raise all sorts of red flags. That would also be separate from any consideration as to the veracity of the underlying allegation of rape and the liability of the CBCF for it if it happened. The CBCF lawsuit may have gone nowhere anyway, but this lawsuit could have legs.

Politically, it’s a disaster for Jackson Lee. It just smells bad, as though her office threw a potential date-rape victim under the bus to protect Jackson Lee’s own vested interests. Doe throws a couple of other issues into the lawsuit, alleging that Jackson Lee uses her congressional staff for campaign activities, that could also get her into some hot water with the Ethics Committee. However, it’s the #MeToo backfire potential that holds most of the risk for Jackson Lee — assuming the media digs into this story.

That’s probably not going to happen, though. For one thing, the lawsuit is complicated, and the media likes simpler #MeToo stories. For another, they much prefer those with male villains. And finally, most of the media will be loathe to attack a Democratic woman for running roughshod over a rape victim, even if she did. Kudos to Buzzfeed for digging into this, but keep expectations low for follow-ups by any other major outlets.

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