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When to label violent acts as “terrorism”

Daniel Byman, senior fellow in Foreign Policy in the Center for Middle East Policy, explains which acts of violence in the United States fit the description of terrorist acts. He discusses the Las Vegas shooting, the killing in Charlottesville, and other recent violent acts and makes recommendations on how legal and political forces should respond to terrorist acts in the most effective way.

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