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Virginia Republican Getting Heat For Supporting Efforts To Stop Gun Trafficking

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Scott Rigell was one of the first Republican lawmakers to sign onto gun control legislation. The bill he supports increases penalties on people caught trafficking guns. That didn't sit well with the National Association for Gun Rights, which put up ads in Rigell's district, saying the Republican wants to "pass Obama's gun control."

Rigell says that's an utter distortion. "There's no infringement whatsoever. The bill is very narrow in scope. It's good legislation, so I'm glad I sponsored it."

But the attack ads show how much pressure is on Republicans, and even Democrats, to keep the nation's gun laws unchanged. Rigell says he has no regrets.

"I certainly knew that there was some risk in standing next to my Democratic colleagues as a Republican on this issue, but there's risk in doing what one thinks is right."

Rigell also notes that he opposes universal background checks and banning assault weapons.

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Crepes For Cinco De Mayo? Chef Pati Jinich Explains Por Qué

The holiday commemorates a Mexican victory against French invaders, whose culinary imprint lingers. In her new cookbook, Jinich explores Mexico's evolving cuisine and its many immigrant influences.
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The Environmental Cost Of Growing Food

Economists are working on ways to put a price on the environmental damage of growing food. Take sugar: Half of what we eat comes from beets, half from cane. Each has an impact, in very different ways.
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The Politics Hour - May 6, 2016

Metro announces its maintenance plan--and the service disruptions it will cause. Election watchdogs question Baltimore primary results. And Republicans in our region are put on the spot about supporting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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'Captain America' Is Trending In Nigeria But You Might Be Surprised Why

Nigerian netizens are using the hashtag #CaptainAmericaInNigeria as a vehicle for cheeky social and political commentary.

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