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Profiles Of The Simply Spineless: Heidi Heitkamp, US Senator Of North Dakota

Mary Buffett | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Mary Buffett

Several years ago after the Newtown massacre, when Adam Lanza took his rage out on a classroom defenseless students and teachers, I wrote a piece castigating a number of Democratic Senators who dug their heads into the sand and refused to close basic background check loopholes.

Half of Gun Owners Support an Assault Rifle Ban, So Why Are Politicians Still so Afraid of the NRA?

Mike Weisser | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Researchers who focus on policy issues traditionally look for majority opinion as a guide to what may or may not be possibly changed in the public domain. But the fact that slightly less than half of all gun owners support the ban on assault rifles is a finding which needs to be considered on its own terms.

Amanda Terkel

West Virginia Democratic Senate Candidate Hesitant To Back Manchin-Toomey Gun Bill | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- West Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Natalie Tennant is not yet sold on legislation expanding background checks for gun purchases, ...

Republican Senator Makes Endorsement In Key Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced on Friday his endorsement of Ben Sasse for the Nebraska Senate seat soon to be vacated by retiring Republican Mike J...

Manchin And Toomey Team Up Again On Background Checks

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) have teamed up once again to introduce legislation involving background checks. But the bill they'r...

Another Month, Another 50 Women Dead

Martha Burk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

Before Domestic Violence Awareness Month is over, at least 20 more women, and some of their kids, will be fatally shot by abusers. Cause of death: lack of action in Congress.

Jason Cherkis

Lawmakers Listen To Constituents On Syria, On Gun Control Not So Much | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In arguing against President Barack Obama's proposal to attack Syria over its use of chemical weapons, congressional lawmakers have cite...

Amanda Terkel

Rural Dem Senate Candidate Would Oppose Background Checks As Too Weak | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Senators who blocked a broadly popular attempt to reduce gun violence by requiring universal background checks for gun sales have ...

In Our Sights

Jim Worth | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Jim Worth

Until we become smart enough to recognize what other civilized countries have found -- that stricter gun control saves lives -- we're destined to repeat the tragedies of Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, and Virginia Tech again and again and again.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senators Attacked Over NRA Influence | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive group CREDO Action launched a new attack Wednesday targeting the senators who voted against legislation to expand background...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Red State Democrats Unfazed By Background Check Backlash | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) considers holding another vote on legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers, ...

NRA Launches Ad Backing Kelly Ayotte

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

The National Rifle Association is running a new television spot in support of Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who recently voted against bipartisan legisl...

Jennifer Bendery

Republican Senator Says He May Support Background Checks | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that he could support tighter background checks on gun sales -- something he declined to do last ...

Rob Portman Faces Heat For His Vote Against Background Checks

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

Sen. Rob Portman's (R-Ohio) vote against bipartisan background checks legislation followed him home during the congressional recess, with protests at ...

Sam Stein

Manchin Tells Reid He's Already Got A 'Couple More Votes' On Background Checks | Sam Stein | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats believe that they have several new votes in favor of a bill that would expand background checks for gun buyers, after w...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Former GOP Senator: Nothing Unreasonable About Background Checks | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) said Thursday she would have supported legislation to expand background checks for firearm pu...

Amanda Terkel

Toomey: Republicans Opposed Background Checks Because They Didn't Want To Help Obama | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) revealed that some members of his party opposed expanding background checks for gun sales recently because they didn't want to...

NRA Influence Swayed Gun Vote

The Center for Public Integrity | Alan Berlow and Gordon Witkin | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

By Alan Berlow and Gordon Witkin May 1, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit...

Baucus Hit Over Controversial Vote

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee began an ad campaign Wednesday attacking Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) for his vote against gun buyer background...

The Least Popular Senator In America: I'm 'Below Pond Scum'

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) addressed a recent poll that declared him the most unpopular senator in the country after his vote against expanding backgro...

Republican Targeted By 'Horrified' Constituents

Concord Patch | Tony Schinella | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

A number of concerned citizens, backed by NH Project for Safer Communities and Granite State Progress, held a press conference at the Legislative Offi...

Jason Linkins

For Background Checks, Is There Life After Legislative Loss? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

When the Senate voted to frustrate the efforts of Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to strengthen the existing system of background c...

Gun Responsibility Should Be Led By Gun Owners

Mike Weisser | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Mike Weisser

I'm a real-life gun guy. I own a gun shop and I have sold more than 15,000 guns. I'm also a member of the NRA. The NRA won because people like me, people who really know what guns can do when they are irresponsibly used, didn't have a way to make their voices heard.

GOP Senator's Gun Stance Has Surprising Effect

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

Sen. Pat Toomey's job rating is at a record high following the Pennsylvania Republican's sponsorship of legislation to expand gun background checks, a...

GOP Senator: Obama Is To Blame For Failure Of Background Checks

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) blamed President Barack Obama Tuesday for the defeat in the Senate of legislation to expand background checks. "I would sug...