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New details suggest senior Trump aides knew Jan. 6 rally could get chaotic

Text messages and interviews show that Stop the Steal leaders fooled the Capitol police and welcomed racists to increase their crowd sizes at the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, while White House officials worked to both contain and appease them. ... Read more»0

6 questions officials still haven’t answered after weeks of hearings on the Capitol attack

More than 15 hours of testimony failed to answer fundamental questions about the Capitol attack. Among them: Why national security officials responded differently to BLM protesters than to Trump supporters. ... Read more»0

Death penalty report: Taping interrogations valuable

A report advocating death penalty reforms finds that false confessions in capital cases can be limited by recording the questioning of suspects. ... Read more»0

What researchers learned about gun violence before Congress nixed funding

President Obama has directed the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence as part of his legislative package on gun control. The CDC hasn't pursued this kind of research since 1996 when the National Rifle Association lobbied Congress to cut funding for it.... Read more»0

How the NRA undermined Congress' last gun-control push

Last month, President Obama unveiled sweeping proposals on gun control. To get a sense of what the NRA might do, it's helpful to look at how it scored a victory during the last major federal initiative to tighten gun control.... Read more»0

Home builders lobby weakens drywall legislation

A bill heralded by lawmakers as a victory for thousands of homeowners harmed by contaminated drywall was weakened after input from the homebuilding industry.... Read more»0

Mass shootings do little to change state gun laws

While legislators in Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, New York, Texas and Colorado sometimes contemplated tightening rules after rampage shootings, few measures gained passage. In fact, several states - including Arizona - have made it easier to buy more guns and take them to more places. ... Read more»0

Study: Soldiers suffer concussions during training

A new military study has found that almost 6 percent of soldiers who took hand-to-hand combat courses at a Texas Army base were struck in the head and suffered symptoms the Pentagon says are consistent with concussions.... Read more»0

Specialized rehab rare for brain-injured soldiers

Although 230,000 soldiers have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, only 20 at a time get advanced personalized rehabilitation at a new state-of-the-art treatment center — and they must stay in the military to do so. ... Read more»0

Congressman slams military's brain testing program

Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., took to the House floor on Thursday to denounce flaws in the military's cognitive testing program and garner support to fix it following a ProPublica and NPR story on the issue earlier this week.... Read more»0

Testing fails soldiers, leaves brain injuries undetected

A measure requiring the military to test soldiers' brain function before they deployed and again when they returned has failed to deliver, offering injured soldiers the appearance of help, but not the reality. ... Read more»0

More than half Iraq, Afghanistan vets treated for psychological problems

More than half of all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans treated in VA hospitals since 2002 have been diagnosed, at least preliminarily, with mental health problems.... Read more»0

American-made drywall emerges as potential danger

Two years after thousands of Americans learned that defective Chinese drywall had contaminated their houses, a new group of homeowners say they are experiencing similar problems—but their homes are built with drywall made in the U.S.... Read more»0


Business gears up to fight new workplace safety rule

As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the White House are trying to minimize their differences, a brewing battle at OSHA over a workplace injury reporting rule illustrates how tough that could become given the administration's pro-labor leanings.... Read more»0