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Cue the NRA: 'Bloomberg's Coming for Your Guns'

Mike Weisser | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics
Mike Weisser

I can see it now. The NRA annual meeting is about to kick off in Indianapolis and I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts that every speaker at the banquet and other public events will be told to say something nasty about Mike Bloomberg's new campaign to "get rid" of guns.

Giffords' Solution To Gun Control Reform In Congress: Change Congress

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who survived a 2011 mass shooting that killed six and wounded 13, marked the one-year anniversary of the U.S...

Dems Have Modest Goals A Year After Big Defeat

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-cont...

Will New York City Lead the Fight Against Employment Discrimination?

Amy Traub | Posted 04.11.2014 | New York
Amy Traub

The nation's for-profit credit reporting companies, which developed credit reports as a tool for lenders, have sought new markets for their product and aggressively marketed them to employers -- evidence be damned.

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...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week reminded us once again of the costs of accepting lowered expectations as the new normal. On Wednesday, a 5-4 Supreme Court decision struck down overall limits on campaign donations, further ceding our political system to the highest bidder in the guise of "free speech." On the same day, Ft. Hood, Texas suffered its second mass shooting in five years, as a married father of four, in a fit of anger, killed four people, including himself, and wounded 16 others. Senator Harry Reid introduced a background checks bill the next day, but it will likely suffer the same fate as the one that failed last year even with the support of 90 percent of Americans. The week ended with yet another middling jobs report, with just 192,000 added in March. All three of these things should spark urgent calls for reform and change, because accepting them as the new normal only guarantees more of the same.

Armed, Locked and Loaded: The Worst and Most Intimidating Gun States

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

No one should feel safe in the following states. These are states with the most Wild West gun laws where you are most likely to encounter someone -- anyone -- with a gun. And it is time to take a stand and do something about it.

Should You Run A Background Check On Yourself Before Looking For A Job?

Kenneth Coats | Posted 03.06.2014 | Business
Kenneth Coats

While most job seekers spend hours polishing their resume and choosing their interview attire, most don't give much thought to background checks. But ignoring what might pop up on a criminal or credit background check is a mistake that could spell the end of your dream job.

Universal Background Checks Study Makes Strong Case For New Policy

New Republic | NORA CAPLAN-BRICKER | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

During last year’s battle over gun control, the pro-gun side did more than passionately invoke the Second Amendment: They claimed that gun control d...

Repeal Effort Of State's Strict Gun Control Laws Fails

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

Colorado's controversial ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines larger than 15 rounds will remain law after a House Democrats killed an effort to r...

Ben Hallman

Foreclosure Industry Says It'll Do A Better Job Of Screening Its Workers After Widespread Break-Ins | Ben Hallman | Posted 01.30.2014 | Business

After hundreds of lawsuits and thousands of complaints, banks are finally pushing for reform in one of the darkest corners of the housing market. Unde...

U.S. Brings Fraud Charges Against Firm That Vetted Snowden

Reuters | Sakthi Prasad | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

By Sakthi Prasad Jan 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department accused United States Investigations Services (USIS), ...

California Bill Seeks To Regulate Homemade Guns

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state lawmaker proposed Monday that California extend its requirement that gun buyers undergo background checks and regi...

Expanding Background Checks Necessary, But Not Enough

Josh Horwitz | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Merely expanding background checks is not enough. We must strengthen the system itself so that individuals with a history of dangerous behavior can no longer clear its low bar.

Obama Announces Executive Action On Background Checks

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — The Obama administration is announcing a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchase...

Discharge Petition: The Right Wing Is Anti-Rights

Jarryd Willis | Posted 02.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Jarryd Willis

Asians and Hispanics will be 50 percent of new voters for 21 GOP districts in 2014. They will be 40-49 percent of new voters for 10 districts and 30-39 percent of new voters for 32 other districts. That's 63 Republican controlled districts in which many new voters will care about where their Congressperson stands on issues of immigration reform.

Gunpowder and Blood on Their Cold, Dead Hands

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

This grim anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., killings, with 28 dead, reminded us of that moment back in 2000 when Charlton Heston made his defiant boast at the NRA convention that gun control advocates would have to pry his rifle from his "cold, dead hands."

Job at Newtown

Gary Hart | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Gary Hart

Newtown is a very dark cloud growing over the bright promise and hope of America. It cannot be merely accepted as a fact of modern life. It must be addressed and dealt with in the best ways the human mind and heart may devise. We are not permitted to forget and move on.

Remembering Newtown, and Gun Control

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The families of Newtown victims have done a lot to push for gun control and their work will surely continue to make a difference both in terms of public awareness and also legislation, but the burden of restoring sanity to a nation gone gun crazy should not fall to them alone.

Here's A Look At All The Gun Control Laws Congress Has Passed Since Newtown

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., sent a shockwave through the collective conscience of the nation. The images of distraught ch...

Sam Stein

The Newtown Moment That Came And Went | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There have been many instances of mass gun violence during the presidency of Barack Obama. Some faded away without much public recogniti...

Michael McAuliff

Pelosi Hits GOP: Does Less Work Than 'Family of Retirees' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following reports that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was not even going to try to pass an immigration bill, House Minority Leader ...

When Guns Do Kill People

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

America's love affair with guns has now reached a zenith (or a nadir, depending on how you look at it), wherein no amount of carnage seems to be able to change our basic fondness for owning guns.

It's The Unsafe Access (Stupid)

Daniel Gross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Gross

When James Carville said ,"It's the economy, stupid," it wasn't meant to insult anyone. It was to emphasize a point that should be obvious, but had instead been obscured by over-complication. We need to apply that same sense of pragmatism to the national conversation about guns.

Dave Jamieson

Lawsuit Alleges Massive Corner-Cutting At Firm That Vets Defense Contractors | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Another former investigator has sued the private, for-profit firm that performs many of the security clearance checks for U.S. governmen...