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NPR
4 min read

Debate Over Silencers: Hearing Protection Or Public Safety Threat?

There's a wall-long mural in the manufacturing area of SilencerCo, in West Valley City, Utah, that shows a crowd of people with muzzled mouths. One's holding a sign that says, "Fight the Noise." Another says: "Guns don't have to be loud." As a leading manufacturer and seller of gun silencers — or suppressors, as they're more accurately called — SilencerCo wants to quiet guns. Congress may soon help in the effort. Silencers are one of the most heavily regulated products in the gun industry. Lawmakers are pushing legislation that would loosen those long-standing federal regulations, making silen
The Atlantic
2 min read

Why Westminster?

If, as police suspect, the deadly attack near the British Parliament on Wednesday proves to be an act of terrorism, it will depart from the recent pattern of terrorist attacks in the West. In the post-9/11 world of the counterterrorism surveillance state and the internet-radicalized lone-wolf attacker, terrorists typically don’t use sophisticated weapons that might tip off authorities, and it’s easiest not to strike at heavily fortified targets. Instead, they often use easily accessible, relatively crude weapons (knives, guns, vehicles) against “soft” targets (nightclubs, Christmas markets, cr
The Atlantic
5 min read
Politics

Giving the Military More Money Won't Make It Win More

Donald Trump’s military policy is a win-win proposition: The United States will win, and then it will win some more. Last week, the White House released its proposed budget, which calls for $639 billion in defense spending—a $54 billion increase from 2017 levels—along with massive cuts for diplomacy and foreign aid. Congress is likely to amend these plans, but they nevertheless signal how the administration views defense policy. A core tenet of the emerging Trump doctrine is that more military spending will translate into victory on the battlefield. According to the president, “We have to star
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From the Editors

Light bulb…

Readers of Yuval Noah Harari will be drawn to this inspiring history of humanity that focuses on what has separated humans from the rest of the animals on Earth: creativity. Fuentes convincingly argues that our imaginative powers are essential to our ability to alter our environments and ourselves, and to the incredible achievements that resulted.

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Ashley M., Scribd Editor
From the Editors

Out of the shadows…

Full of fun, shocking tidbits along with a comprehensive overview of the life of an aging prince now on the cusp of becoming king. Smith takes Prince Charles out of the shadow of his mother and shines the spotlight on his accomplishments and pitfalls with a sympathetic touch.