Brianna Gurciullo

Brianna Gurciullo

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Reporting for POLITICO Pro. Former reporter for the Chicago Tribune, OpenSecrets and News21. GWU and GW Hatchet alumna.

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Politico

McCaskill, Gillibrand slam judge in Stanford rape case

McCaskill said there were “a lot of reasons to believe” that the case’s outcome would have been different if Turner had a different -- less privileged -- background. “Justice is supposed to be blind, but in this case I think it was peeking,” McCaskill said.

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Politico

Why Trump may be costing Democrats millions for their convention

The GOP is struggling to raise cash from corporate donors, and now Democrats are feeling the pinch.

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Politico

Inside Trump's 'privatized mercenary force'

A POLITICO investigation revealed that Trump has assembled a privately funded security and intelligence force with a far wider reach than other campaigns’ private security operations.

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Chicago Tribune

Habitual stowaway returns to court as judge seeks plan of action

The case highlights a problem many in the court system find frustrating and seemingly unsolvable: what to do with people who commit crimes but are too poor or mentally ill to live on their own.

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Chicago Tribune

While hoverboards are all the rage with kids, parents have safety concerns

Those who found a hoverboard under the Christmas tree — or got one soon after the holidays — may be running out of places to take it. Dozens of consumers have reported fires or injuries, and Illinois universities have told students returning from winter break to leave the devices at home.

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The Washington Post

Marijuana law creates confusion but finds growing acceptance in District

Instead of being sold at shops and generating new tax revenue, marijuana in the District can be grown at home and shared.

Politico

POLITICO Influence: Akin Gump, Kasowitz for KBR

Memories from Johnny’s Half Shell — Ross forms JFC in challenge against Burr — Cammie Croft to FWD.us

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Chicago Tribune

About 100 'Black Christmas' protesters block shoppers on Mag Mile

Throngs of protesters descended Thursday on the Magnificent Mile, the city's busiest shopping district, in hopes of barring last-minute shoppers and disrupting commerce for local retailers to call attention to the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by a police officer.

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago shipmaster recognized for recruiting at-risk youth

Stevenson, 59, is now a yacht captain and consultant for a maritime academy that is expected to open this fall in Chicago's Riverdale neighborhood.

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Center for Public Integrity

The marijuana legalization movement begins in the states

Leaders in the pro-legalization movement said the question is no longer whether the federal government will treat marijuana like alcohol – but when. They say the question is no longer whether the states will legalize, regulate and tax marijuana sales – but how.

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opensecrets.org

Issue Profile: Guns

Two suspects who opened fire in a California social services center on Dec. 2, 2015, killing 14 people and injuring 21, once again turned the national spotlight on the debate over gun ownership.

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opensecrets.org

Getting schooled: 1 in 10 members of Congress has student loan debt

With the astronomical cost of a college education taking an increasingly prominent role in the 2016 presidential campaign, 53 lawmakers – about 10 percent of Congress, including nonvoting members of the House – know firsthand about the lingering debts that can follow a few years of study.

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opensecrets.org

Pharmaceutical industry, under scrutiny for prices, has history of big political wins

The industry has never lacked for resources to amplify its voice in politics and policy making. Since 1999, pharmaceuticals/health products has poured more money annually into lobbying than any other industry, including $229 million last year alone.

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opensecrets.org

Center stage in funding debate, Planned Parenthood is no political pushover

Among reproductive health organizations that lobby federal officials, Planned Parenthood appears to spend the most. In 2014, Planned Parenthood paid out three-and-a-half times as much to lobby as the second-highest-spending group, the Center for Reproductive Rights.

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opensecrets.org

Clinton money-in-politics plan would benefit candidates like…Bernie Sanders

The idea is that with a greater focus on small donors, Clinton’s plan could lead to a diminished role of super PACs and other groups that can take unlimited contributions and have proliferated since the Citizens United ruling.