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Interactive Map: Crime in New Jersey

Crime in New Jersey rose by 3 percent in 2011, according to the 2011 Uniform Crime Report recently released by state officials.

A total of 217,073 index crimes — seven offenses tracked by the police — were committed in the state last year, about 6,200 more than in 2010. That works out to a crime rate of almost 25 per 1,000 people. All of the increase was among nonviolent crimes — burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft — which numbered 189,900. There were 10 fewer violent crimes — murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault — in 2011 than in 2010.

“The latest crime data shows a slight increase in the overall crime rate in New Jersey,” said Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa in announcing the release of the data. He added that “the factors that influence crime trends are complex and interwoven” and said that law enforcement officials would continue to work to combat crime “during what remains a tough economic time for much of our state and our nation.”  Click here to continue reading this story.

Appeals upholds EPA authority over emissions

An appeals court on Thursday denied a request from industry groups to rehear a case in which the court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change regulations.

The industry challenge failed to win a majority vote by judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for an en banc (before the entire bench) rehearing of Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, which sought to challenge the EPA’s power to address greenhouse gas emissions.

In their dissenting opinions, Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Janice Rogers Brown attacked the majority decision with flourish, detailing grievances with this summer’s ruling. And like the original opinion, one judge again cited a Schoolhouse Rock song, this time turning to “Three Ring Government.”  Click here to continue reading this story.

N.R.A. Leader, Facing Challenge in Wake of Shooting, Rarely Shies From Fight

WASHINGTON — David Keene — big-game hunter, éminence grise to conservatives, and now head of the National Rifle Association — was explaining last month why people are buying more guns these days.

“Today,” Mr. Keene told a roomful of conservatives in Hawaii, “guns are cool.”

That, of course, was before the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school dramatically revived the once-moribund debate over gun control.

With the N.R.A. set to hold its first news conference on the shootings Friday after a weeklong silence, Mr. Keene is facing perhaps the biggest threat in decades to his organization’s gun rights stance.

He finds himself in the difficult position of persuading Americans outside the N.R.A. that guns are, if not “cool,” at least not the stark danger that President Obama made them out to be this week. “His instinct is to fight back and make his case as strongly as he can — that’s been his modus operandi for as long as I’ve known him,” said Craig Shirley, a conservative author and former business partner and occasional hunting buddy of Mr. Keene.  Click here to continue reading this story.

DCCC’s Israel Cautious About Whether House Is in Play

New York Rep. Steve Israel hesitated Thursday when asked if Democrats could win back the House in 2014.

“I’m not willing to say that. It’s way too early. We’ll pick up seats in 2014,” the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said in an extended interview with CQ Roll Call. “If we do win the House back in 2014 — and I’m not saying we will — it will be because of the infrastructure that we put in place before the end of 2012.”

The typically bullish Israel repeatedly declared that his party could win the speaker’s gavel in the months leading up to the November elections. They fell woefully short of doing so, although the DCCC netted a respectable eight seats.

But 2012 proved to be a damaging cycle for House Democrats in another way.  Click here to continue reading this story.

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