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These days, most dispatches from Washington focus on petty partisanship, posturing, impasses and a political culture that rewards confrontation. Here's a respite: a story of kindness, comity, generosity reaching across the political divide. It's about...
Tags: Coma, Judges, Crime, Law and Justice, Joe Biden, Elections
It pains me to congratulate the National Rifle Association, but the organization's aid to the U.S. Senate's defeat of background checks for gun purchasers was an impressive victory — against common sense. Although there is widespread...
Tags: Tea Party Movement, Elections, Ted Cruz, U.S. Congress, Culture
Call Washington BureauHad Sen. Pat Toomey's amendment to expand background checks passed, Pennsylvania's other U.S. senator said Monday that it would not have been enough to curb gun violence. Bob Casey spoke about gun control, an issue he "evolved" (Washington speak for...
The U.S. Senate minority's squelching of debate and votes last week on any meaningful legislation to reduce gun violence has unfortunately become the rule, not the exception. Not much can get done in the Senate under the tyranny of the minority, when it...
The Dallas Morning NewsAmid continuing evidence of the Republican Party's internal tensions, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has taken the year's most significant step in reorienting the GOP toward a more open and inclusive stance on the crucial issue of immigration. Rubio's...
Change of SubjectFriday's print column It was dismaying. Not that the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a major gun-control proposal that would have required universal background checks prior to all firearm sales. But that such a proposal, popular though it is in......
WASHINGTON -- The Senate formally shelved further consideration of gun legislation Thursday even as supporters of a plan to expand background-check requirements vowed to keep pushing the issue. The decision to set the bill aside came after a showdown...
The Bill of Rights is full of mischief. Bad guys often beat the rap, religious zealots can run amok, and citizens can deny entry to authorities who are only trying to find out what's being hidden. Worst of all, people are allowed to be self-reliant...
WASHINGTON -- The gun bill was going down, but Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who reached a compromise to try to save it, went to the Senate floor Wednesday morning to give it one more try. In an unorthodox tactic, he appealed directly...
WASHINGTON — Supporters of stricter gun laws have organization, money and — after the Senate blocked an expansion of background-check requirements — fury. What they don't have is a clear path to changing the political arithmetic of the...
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) wants his colleagues in Congress to know that he is appalled by the failure of the Senate to pass a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would have mandated background checks for firearms buyers. “What happened this...
It was dismaying. Not that the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a major gun control proposal that would have required universal background checks prior to all firearm sales. But that such a proposal, popular though it is in opinion polling, wasn't...
Tags: Elections, Interior Policy, U.S. Senate, Firearms, Mark Kirk
Apr 23, 2013 |Story| Allentown Morning Call
Apr 21, 2013 |Column| Chicago Tribune
Apr 22, 2013 |Story| Allentown Morning Call
Apr 22, 2013 |Story| Hartford Courant
Apr 22, 2013 |Story| South Bend Tribune
Apr 18, 2013 | Chicago Tribune
Apr 18, 2013 |Story| Los Angeles Times
Apr 20, 2013 |Column| Allentown Morning Call
Apr 19, 2013 |Column| Orlando Sentinel
Apr 18, 2013 |Story| Los Angeles Times
Apr 17, 2013 |Story| Glendale News Press
Apr 19, 2013 |Column| Chicago Tribune
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