Arson Destroyed Knoxville Planned Parenthood Clinic, Officials Say

Investigators have not identified any suspects in the arson case. The health clinic, in Knoxville, Tenn., was shot at by someone last year.

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‘Ghost Guns’: Firearm Kits Bought Online Fuel Epidemic of Violence

They are untraceable, assembled from parts and can be ordered by gang members, felons and even children. They are increasingly the lethal weapon of easy access around the U.S., but especially California.

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‘This Was a Failure’: Biden’s A.T.F. Pick Says White House Left Him Open to Attack

David Chipman’s defeat was a loss for gun control groups, which saw the appointment of a strong director as the most important move the president could make on guns.

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Why Are We Still Going Great Guns?

The subject is guns. The password is safety.

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20 Years After 9/11, Top National Security Posts Sit Empty

Two decades after the Sept. 11 attacks, there are again dozens of unfilled Senate-confirmed national security positions.

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White House to Withdraw David Chipman’s Nomination to Lead A.T.F.

Two senators who caucus with the Democratic party, Angus King and Joe Manchin III, soured on Mr. Chipman’s nomination.

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Biden Aims to Bolster Police Departments as Homicides Increase

The president made clear that he intends to approach crime prevention by investing in, rather than defunding, the police as he waded into an urgent national debate over policing.

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How Congress Has Undermined Gun Regulators

In a rarity, the A.T.F. may soon have a director. But the agency still faces N.R.A.-backed limitations.

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Republicans Attack Biden’s A.T.F. Pick in Confirmation Hearing

If confirmed, David Chipman would inherit an agency seriously depleted by the National Rifle Association’s campaign to undermine it.

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Who Sold That Gun? Nobody’s Telling.

Amazing the things our government keeps secret.

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How the A.T.F., Key to Biden’s Gun Plan, Became an N.R.A. ‘Whipping Boy’

The federal agency tasked with enforcing gun laws has been hamstrung for years by the firearms lobby. Now, the president’s plan to rein in gun violence hinges on the A.T.F.’s success.

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Ghost Guns: What They Are, and Why They Are an Issue Now

One of the actions taken by President Biden to curb gun violence was to crack down on the proliferation of firearms that are assembled from kits and do not have serial numbers.

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Biden Takes Initial Steps to Address Gun Violence

With legislation in Congress stalled by Republican opposition, the president ordered a crackdown on “ghost guns” and said the epidemic of shootings was “an international embarrassment.”

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Biden to Announce Executive Actions to Tackle Gun Violence

President Biden is expected to announce his plan, including a measure to try to stop the proliferation of so-called ghost guns, on Thursday.

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3 Teens Charged in Denver House Fire That Killed 5 From Senegal

The authorities said there was no indication that the August 2020 arson was a hate crime but described it as one of the most heinous cases they had investigated.

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How a String of Failures Led to the Capitol Siege

Poor planning among a constellation of government agencies and a restive crowd encouraged by President Trump set the stage for the unthinkable.

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Teenager Killed After Hand Grenade Bought at an Antique Mall Explodes

Officials said that more of the World War II-era grenades, which had been thought to be inactive, may have been sold this summer at an antiques mall in North Carolina.

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Cities Say They Want Federal Agents Fighting Crime, Not Protesters

Rejecting the deployment of camouflaged federal agents, big-city mayors said the Trump administration should use its resources to help tackle problems like gun violence.

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Police Find Body in Building Burned Down During George Floyd Protests

The body was found at the site of a Minneapolis pawnshop that was set on fire just days after the death of Mr. Floyd.

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Fortress Washington: Authority vs. Liberty

Like the country it supposedly answers to, Washington has been on edge, hovered over by low-flying helicopters and patrolled by law enforcement agents from a stew of federal agencies.

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