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Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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Ben Carson pointed to the San Bernardino shootings as proof that there are gaps in the U.S. immigration system during a Friday conference in Arizona. According to the Washington Post, the Republican presidential candidate said that shooter Tashfeen Malik’s easy passage through the U.S. visa vetting process should be the “end of the argument” for accepting refugees from Syria.

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The New York Times called America’s lack of gun control regulations a “moral outrage” in an editorial published on page one of Saturday morning’s paper. The strongly worded piece labeled all mass shootings “acts of terrorism” and called for outlawing some large categories of weapons and ammunition for civilian ownership.

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After months of public pressure, Donald Trump has agreed to release his medical records. The Republican presidential candidate made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday, promising that his medical report will “show perfection.”

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Donald Trump knows that violent attacks like Wednesday’s shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California, which left 14 people dead, are good for his presidential campaign. In the early morning hours on Thursday, he retweeted a post from a supporter who said that “his poll numbers jump every time instances like this occur.”

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