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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.
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.
Rep. Mike Thompson, a gun-owning Vietnam veteran hand-picked by House minority leader Nancy Pelosi to forge a bipartisan agreement on gun legislation in the House, unveiled a companion background check bill Tuesday that has bipartisan support. That puts pressure on House Republican leaders to bring up gun legislation if it can pass the Senate.The Thompson Read More
Gun-control foe Cruz has ‘cordial’ phone conversation with daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal, agrees to disagree on gun control
@sentedcruz because she was gunned down in Sandy Hook.I DESERVE TO BE HEARD! — Erica Lafferty (@E_Laffs2) April 9, 2013 Erica Lafferty will be heard. The 27-year-daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung may not have the money to come to Washington to lobby for gun-control legislation. So she’s using a Read More
ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted a compromise that will move a gun control bill through the U.S. Senate, saying Congress will “fundamentally fail to act on a societal scourge” by expanding background checks without reinstating an expired ban on semi-automatic “assault weapons.” “This is a Congress that is captive of the extremists, Read More
Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Sen. Dianne Feinstein Monday night that he would drop her assault weapons ban from the package of gun control legislation he intends to bring to the Senate floor. From the outset of her quest to re-enact a version of her 1994 assault weapons ban in the wake of Read More
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a 20-year veteran Democrat, clashed fiercely with Tea Party-backed newcomer Ted Cruz of Texas, when the freshman began lecturing the Californian about the Constitution during a debate over Feinstein’s assault weapons ban. The ban passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party line vote. The clash was reminiscent of an exchange Feinstein Read More
The National Rifle Association has more in common with the White House and Congress than you think. Its switchboard has been overwhelmed since the Dec. 14 massacre at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. So much so that the organization’s lobbying arm recorded this very telling greeting for its callers: “Your call is very important to Read More
Continuing coverage of the Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Sen. Feinstein’s proposed assault-weapons ban: The crowd at the hearing, boisterous at other times, was utterly hushed as Newtown’s Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Newtown victim Jesse Heslin, testified, the father’s grief pouring across the room like a tsunami wave. Most of the Republican members of the Read More
Continued coverage of the Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Sen. Feinstein’s proposed assault weapons ban: Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, who have been conservative outliers on many issues in the opening days of this Congress, certainly voiced their opposition to an assault-weapons ban, but they showed the political acumen to be much more measured Read More