Nov 28, 2017

Failure to log Texas shooter's conviction was part of much wider problem

A group wait in line to enter the Sutherland Springs Baptist Church to view a memorial. Photo: Eric Gay / AP

An Air Force review revealed that there have been 60,000 unaddressed cases since 2002 of airmen that "'potentially' merited inclusion" in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), according to the Business Insider.

Why it matters: Devin P. Kelly, who killed 26 people in a Sutherland Springs, Texas church, should not have been allowed to own a firearm, but the Air Force failed to enter his domestic violence conviction into the database. The Air Force said in a statement that "training and compliance measures were lacking" at Holloman Air Force Base, where Kelly was stationed, despite policies and procedures being in place.

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Trump administration backs Oracle in Google fight

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The Trump administration is siding with Oracle in the database giant's dispute with Google before the Supreme Court — a move that comes as Oracle's founder hosts a high-dollar fundraiser for the president.

Why it matters: Billions of dollars — and, Google argues, the future of software innovation — are at stake as a long-running copyright dispute between the two giant companies heads to the Supreme Court next month.

Established VCs turn to "super angels" to grow their network

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Thanks to companies like AngelList and Carta that make it easier than ever to set up small VC funds, a new generation of so-called “super angels” is cropping up — and established venture funds are backing them.

Why it matters: Just like the boom in scout programs a number of years ago, it’s all about the deal flow.

Scoop: Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout

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Deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates will be reassigned as a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, the National Security Council said Thursday — and a senior White House official said that the administration "rejects" the rumors that she is "Anonymous."

Why it matters: Coates has battled claims that she is the still-unknown Trump administration official that penned a New York Times op-ed and book critical of President Trump.