Wiretap: Want to end gun violence? Find new answers

Fresh blood

E.J. Dionne argues in The Washington Post that those looking for an answer to gun violence need to find new arguments. He proposes that the many Americans who feel this way also have the right to say they don’t want to be anywhere near guns.

Still agree?

On one side, Ayatollah Ali Khamanei has seemed to back away from several previously agreed positions. On the other, five former Obama advisers have written an open letter saying they are concerned that a treaty might fall short of the administration’s announced standards. And so the question is, can John Kerry and the Obama administration still pull off a nuclear agreement with Iran as negotiators head toward a deadline? Via The New York Times.

Slavery flag

If you’re unclear about what the Confederate battle flag stood for, here’s the explanation in the words of those who led the Confederacy during the Civil War. Yes, it really was about slavery. Via The Atlantic.

Supreme decisions

The big Supreme Court rulings everyone has been waiting for are expected to come at the end of this week and the beginning of next. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the showdown between Antonin Scalia and, yes, Spider-Man. Via The New Yorker.

Strange bedfellows

Obama gets a big win for his legacy with help from Republicans and opposition from Democrats. Stranger things have happened. Maybe. Via The Washington Post.

Why bother?

Donald Trump and Bobby Jindal have both announced they are running for president. Which announcement should be the bigger news? Well, Trump is second – that’s right, second – in a Fox News national poll. He comes in just behind Jeb Bush. And people are asking why Jindal is even bothering to run. Via The National Journal.

The wire

A Cato Institute project puts together a series of tweets from a former Baltimore cop explaining the brutal actions he had done and seen as a Baltimore cop. Via Vox.

Small things

The anti-PC police can be just as oppressive as the PC police. But The Daily Beast asks whether the University of California has really gone too far this time in the micro-aggression wars?  Cass Sunstein writes in Bloomberg that the answer to a sometimes-difficult question is an easy one: Yes.

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