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Democrats Side With Obama's Gun Control Proposal

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Within minutes of President Obama unveiling his new gun control proposal, many Republicans rejected the plan in its entirety. Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran says the president needs to borrow a page from his own re-election campaign.

"You go back to the grassroots," says Moran. "You work from the bottom up, the people within individual congressional districts."

Virginia Democrat Bobby Scott supports the president's new measure, but says the debate needs to be broadened to address tragedies that often don't make headlines.

"Specifically, we also have to make recommendations to address violence generally, and that must be done with a comprehensive approach," he says.

Both sides of the gun debate are deploying lobbyists on Capitol Hill, and most aren't expecting this Congress to make any drastic changes to the nation's gun laws.

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.
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Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

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Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

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