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Gun Safety, Gridlock, and the Demise of Congress

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

The fact is that Congress does not need some sort of invitation from the White House in order to do their job. To take affirmative action toward addressing our nation's problems, Congress should put aside its letterhead and stop writing letters to the President and federal agencies asking them to take action.

Your Opinion Is Irrelevant; The Senate Has Been Assimilated by the NRA

Bob Cesca | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Who exactly does the NRA represent -- its card-carrying members who were mostly in favor of expanding background checks or the gun manufacturers who thrive on being able to easily sell their machines of death?

The Faces of Shame (PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Rana Florida

Do Americans really value the right to bear firearms -- and not just any firearms, but ones that are designed to kill as many people in as short a time as possible -- more than they do the safety of their children?

Toomey-Manchin II: The Five Senators We Need the Most

Michael Wolkowitz | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics
Michael Wolkowitz

As we focus spotlights on the people who voted the wrong way, let's also focus on the people who could turn them around.

Lost in Boston's Carnage...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The Senate fails the nation....

Progressives Attack Democrats For Voting Against Background Checks

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced on Friday a new ad attacking Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) for his vote against background checks. ...

Democrat Promises To Challenge Rob Portman For His Vote Against Gun Control Bill

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

Ohio State Rep. Bob Hagan (D) was so incensed by Sen. Rob Portman's (R-Ohio) vote against background check legislation on Wednesday that he quickly we...

What Do We Tell Our Children?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

As we teach our youth to put the weapons down and better their lives, what are we to tell them when so many in Washington have failed us so cowardly?

Senator Gets Facebook Heat For Controversial Gun Vote

Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) has been in a tough position lately. The red state Democrat, up for reelection in 2014, is one of only three Senate Democrats...

Obama: 'This Was A Pretty Shameful Day For Washington'

Reuters | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

(Adds details, background) By Mark Felsenthal and Steve Holland WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama,...

Ryan Grim

Hero Of Tucson Escorted Out Of Capitol For Shaming Senate | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Patricia Maisch, a hero of the Tucson shooting that left six dead and another 13 wounded, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ar...

Amanda Terkel

John McCain Backs Background Checks Deal, Breaking With Vast Majority Of GOP | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the hours leading up to the Senate vote on background checks, the few remaining undecided Democrats and Republicans began announcing ...

Sam Stein

Background Check System's Holes Exposed In 2009 Investigation | Sam Stein | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The New York Times on Wednesday morning ran a data-heavy investigative piece on the number of gun sales over the Internet that don't inv...

Amanda Terkel

Harry Reid Comes Out For Assault Weapons Ban | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), a lawmaker who has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association in the past, came out on ...

Manchin Accuses NRA Of Lying, Makes Big Admission

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) admitted Wednesday that his background check amendment did not have the votes for passage, and said in a television appeara...

Sam Stein

Background Check Vote Set Even As Outlook Grows Dire | Sam Stein | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Months of legislative work will come to a head on Wednesday at roughly 4 p.m. as the Senate takes up amendments to gun legislation that ...

Jennifer Bendery

Joe Biden Says The Votes Are There To Pass Gun Background Checks Measure | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he thinks the Senate has the 60 votes needed to pass a measure to expand background checks on...

Palin Issues Harsh Threat On Popular Gun Control Measure

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin vowed Monday to oppose any lawmaker who supports legislation expanding b...

Sam Stein

Background Check Bill May Be Altered To Woo Rural Lawmaker Support | Sam Stein | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With legislation to expand the background check system for gun sales on the skids, the senators behind the compromise are contemplating ...

Senator Urges Colleagues To Stand Firm On Background Checks

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics

* Resist political pressure to vote no, Manchin tells senators * Debate over Senate plan has become a race to 60 votes ...

Amanda Terkel

Democratic Senator Comes Out For Manchin-Toomey Compromise | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) announced his support for the compromise on gun background checks on Monday, joining 51 of his colleagues. ...

Senator Stokes Fears About Federal Gun Registry

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

The federal government is already barred from creating a database of every single gun owner in America. And under background check legislation being w...

Sam Stein

WHIP COUNT: Gun Control Vote Will Be A Nail-Biter | Sam Stein | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will consider a compromise bill this week to expand the current background check system for gun purchases. The bill, which is...

Zach Carter

Rubio Argument Against Background Checks Exposes Logical Glitch in NRA Talking Point | Zach Carter | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Sunday that he does not support expanding criminal background checks for the purchase of firearms, arguin...

Giffords To Make Huge Push On Capitol Hill

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will push for background check legislation by seeking meetings with a number of Republicans and Democrats, ac...