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Obama Senate Gun Defeat

Christina Wilkie

Busch Beer Heir Deals NRA Serious Blow | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Adolphus Busch IV, heir to the Busch family brewing fortune, resigned his lifetime membership in the National Rifle Association on Thurs...

Howard Fineman

Washington Proves Again It's Where Change Goes To Die | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics

I saw Vice President Joe Biden in the Senate late last week and asked him about the chances of passing the gun reform legislation expanding background checks. Usually the soul of confidence and good cheer, Biden gave me a weary smile. "I've got my fingers crossed," he said. That wasn't enough. By a vote of 54-46 -- short of the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster -- the U.S. Senate proved once again that Washington is the place where change goes to die. This wasn't merely the Senate being what the Founding Fathers envisioned: the "cooling saucer" for the hot coffee of legislative emotion. This was the Senate, constricted by its own rules and the laser-focused fire of the NRA, being the slaughterhouse of public will.