Places where politics were all consuming and all important are invariably places with big problems. America is now such a place.
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The gun lobby created the movement that threatens to swamp it.
You have to be personally ambitious, occasionally ruthless, to seek the U.S. presidency, but you don't have to be sleazy or a demagogue. That's where the Bushes part ways with Donald Trump.
The political context around Hillary Clinton has changed. Donald Trump has transformed her from a transactional candidate to a conviction candidate.
Yet another deadly shooting in America, but the gun fetishists still refuse to acknowledge the need for even a minimal dose of common sense.
As growing economic autonomy among American women reshapes breadwinning and gender roles, it's getting tough out there for tough guys. So it doesn't take much imagination to grasp the appeal of holding a gun to some men.