Beto Vows to Take Fight to Trump in Return to Campaign Trail

Former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke restarted his presidential campaign Thursday after a 12-day hiatus in the wake of a mass shooting that left 22 people dead in his hometown, promising to ditch traditional early campaign stops for places where President Donald Trump “has been terrorizing and terrifying and demeaning our fellow Americans.”

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Reported Hate Crimes on the Rise, but Federal Prosecutions Drop

Federal authorities say they plan to pursue hate crime charges against the 21-year-old white man accused of shooting and killing 22 people – most of them Latino – at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, less than two weeks ago. But research shows such prosecutions have been relatively rare over the past three decades and have dropped in recent years.

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Gun-Control Backers Worried About Changing Federal Courts

California has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, including a ban on the type of high-capacity ammunition magazines used in some of the nation’s deadliest mass shootings. How long those types of laws will stand is a growing concern among gun-control advocates in California and elsewhere.

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