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Bill, Melinda Gates Donate $1 Million To Gun Control Campaign

AP | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expan...

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Signs Overhaul Of Gun Laws

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed an extensive package of gun control measures on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. The legi...

Sabrina Siddiqui

The House Finally Voted For Something That Would Improve Background Checks

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a measure that would boost funding for the nation's background checks system, less tha...

Congress Robs Peter To Pay Paul

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is cutting back armed air marshals but increasing funding to deal with a surge in unaccompanied immigrant children. It's...

If Obama Is Actually Coming For Your Guns, He's Really Terrible At It

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

Conservatives have said President Barack Obama is "coming for your guns" and had a "strategy" to get reelected and then "erase the Second Amendment fr...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Democrat Calls For Bringing Back Gun Control Bills

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Sunday that he plans to press Senate Democratic leaders to take another crack at passing gun cont...

State Firearm Laws Could Reduce Gun-Related Injuries in Children

Kate C. Prickett | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Kate C. Prickett

Regardless of where one comes down on the debates about gun control, everyone seems to agree that keeping firearms out of the hands of unattended children is a good idea.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week began the way so many do: with more tragic gun violence, as three people were killed in two shootings at Jewish centers in the Kansas City area, part of the 86 killed by guns in the U.S. every day. "We are united in our condemnation of this heinous attack," said Attorney General Holder. "These acts cannot be ignored." And yet, one year ago this month, the Senate rejected even a modest background check bill, despite the support of 90 percent of Americans. In the wake of the Kansas shootings, Michael Bloomberg's $50 million gun control effort, "Everytown for Gun Safety," unveiled its first ad. We "have another chance to stop a child from being killed," it said. We do, but only if we refuse to lower our expectations. As Gabriel García Márquez, who died on Thursday, wrote, "It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams."

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

Mike Weisser | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 05.21.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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."