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Acting ATF director Todd Jones appears headed for confirmation

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The NRA decision to neither fight nor support the nomination clears the way for senators from pro-gun states — Democrats as well as at least some Republicans — to vote for ATF nominee Todd Jones without fear of political repercussions. [Read More]
Categories: guns, White House

ATF Acting Director gets quizzed in confirmation hearing

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ATF Acting Director B. Todd Jones on Tuesday advanced his bid to be the embattled bureau’s first confirmed director in seven years, telling a Senate panel he was committed to raising the profile of “an agency in distress.’’ With just over 5,000 employees and a $1.1 billion budget, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and   [Read More]

“Fast & Furious” report criticizes ex-U.S. Attorney for leak

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The former U.S. attorney in Phoenix who oversaw the controversial “Fast & Furious’’ gun-trafficking investigation inappropriately leaked a document to Fox News in an apparent effort to denigrate an ATF whistleblower, the Justice Department inspector general concluded Monday. [Read More]

NRA offers plan to arm, train school personnel

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A National Rifle Association task force on Tuesday recommended a training program to help arm school personnel as a way of preventing a repeat of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took 26 lives in Newtown, Conn. [Read More]
Categories: General

Over the cliff we go

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The House of Representatives prepared to recess late Monday without voting on a tax measure, guaranteeing the nation would go over the much-feared fiscal cliff. The Senate nevertheless remained in session to possibly vote on a deal that reportedly would wipe away Bush-era tax cuts for those earning over $400,000 individually and $450,000 for couples filing [...] [Read More]
Categories: General

NRA’s big announcement: Put guns in ‘every school that wants it’

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The embattled National Rifle Association today stuck to its guns — in the hands of “good guys’’ — as the best answer to school shootings such as the one in Newtown, Conn., that took 26 lives. Speaking at a long-anticipated news conference, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre was not in the least bit defensive [...] [Read More]

NRA breaks silence, pledges ‘meaningful contributions’ to prevent further massacres

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The National Rifle Association on Tuesday broke its silence over the Newtown, Conn., tragedy just enough to say it would offer “meaningful contributions” aimed at preventing another mass-shooting incident. Faced with a crescendo of calls for gun control in the wake of last week’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which a gunman armed with [...] [Read More]

True the Vote’s impact said to be negligible

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Civil rights lawyers on Tuesday said the national poll-watching effort of Houston-based True the Vote had fizzled even as the organization’s founder, Catherine Engelbrecht, said it was still responding to a deluge of complaints. [Read More]

DOJ sending voting observers to 23 states

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With Election Day only four days off, the Justice Department is planning to send 780 observers to polls in 23 states including Texas, California and New York. [Read More]