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Why would Trump want to buy Greenland?

In the span of five days, the idea of the United States buying Greenland went from one step above rumor to grounds for cancelling a state visit to Denmark.  Talking with reporters on the White House south lawn Aug. 21, President Donald Trump said it was “just an idea,” but a good one. He then pivoted to the Danish reaction to the sale of its territory. “I thought the prime minister's statement that it was an absurd idea, was nasty,” he said.

What job could be next for the Democratic presidential candidates?

Running for president isn’t easy. And it’s especially tricky if you have to decide in the middle of the campaign whether it’s better to leave the race to run for another office. That’s the situation that faced former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who quit the presidential field on Aug. 15 and is keeping his options open about a 2020 run for Senate, where he could challenge GOP Sen. Cory Gardner. An early exit also enabled U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell time to defend his California congressional seat in 2020.

What’s behind the dubious claim that psychiatric drugs fuel mass shootings?

One question hangs over every mass shooting: How could a person plot and execute such horrific violence? In the search for answers, psychiatric drugs have emerged as a culprit. One viral list that gets to the heart of this belief catalogues several dozen assailants and the psychiatric medicine they were said to be on.  For example, the list includes the case of Eric Harris, one of the Columbine High School shooters, who the Washington Post confirmed had been prescribed the antidepressant Luvox.

The death of Michael Brown, legal facts and Democratic messaging

Two Democratic presidential candidates recently observed the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown’s death by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. — a case that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement as well as days of unrest locally. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tweeted, “Michael Brown’s murder forever changed Ferguson and America.” See Figure 1 on   Sen.

The Fredo flap and the nuances of an insult

CNN’s Chris Cuomo has apologized for exploding at a man who called him Fredo as Cuomo was out with his family. An Aug. 12 video of the encounter captured Cuomo saying, “Punk a– b—— from the right call me Fredo,” and “they use it as an Italian aspersion.” “It's like the 'N-word' for us,” Cuomo said.  The two men nearly came to blows and the raw emotion fueled an eruption on Twitter.  President Donald Trump joined the storm, tweeting Aug. 13, “I thought Chris was Fredo also.

Andrew Yang’s universal basic income proposal, explained

Andrew Yang says the next president needs to do almost the opposite of Donald Trump, and “the opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math.” Yang, a 44-year-old entrepreneur running for the Democratic nomination, also has a big idea that has become the central element of his campaign: giving every American $1,000 a month. “If you've heard anything about me and my campaign, you've heard that someone is running for president who wants to give every American $1,000 a month,” Yang said at the second presidential debate in Detroit.

Fact-checking claims about the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton

In the days since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, we’ve seen a flood of theories, facts and figures to explain the attacks and why they happen in the United States so frequently.  If you’ve been reading our site this week, you know well that some of what’s offered as fact on TV and social media is not really accurate. To help you keep it all straight, we’ve rounded up in one place all of the claims we have fact-checked this week from politicians on both sides, TV pundits and social media users.

Why do some people think mass shootings are staged every time?

The mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, weren’t coordinated by a shadowy, leftist branch of the government. The media haven’t “changed the identity” of the shooters, and the Ohio gunman did not actually die in 2014. But thousands of social media users still shared those conspiracies as a way to suggest the attacks were either planned or didn’t happen at all. PolitiFact found dozens of Facebook posts that promoted “false flag” conspiracy theories after the mass shootings on Aug. 3 and 4.

Despite Trump remarks on El Paso and Dayton, it's a weak link between video games, mass shootings

Addressing the nation after mass shootings on consecutive days left at least 31 dead in Texas and Ohio, President Donald Trump suggested that violent video games  — despite a lack of much hard evidence  — are partly to blame. “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” Trump said. “This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately.” Republican Texas Lt. Gov.