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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.


'Washington Post' Reporter Explores How Pop Culture Influences Views Of Police

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Washington Post reporter Alyssa Rosenberg, who has written a series for the paper about how Hollywood and pop culture has influenced the way the public perceives police.

In 'Appetites,' Bourdain Pleases The Toughest Food Critic (His 9-Year-Old)

Anthony Bourdain's new cookbook features comfort food he cooks for his young daughter. "She's who I need to please, and if she's not happy, I'm not happy," he says.
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The Politics Hour - October 28, 2016

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton joins us as the new series "Good Girls Revolt" based on her early civil rights work debuts.


Qualcomm Spends Big Money To Get In The Car (Chip) Business

The smartphone chipmaker has agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors for $38 billion. The deal allows Qualcomm to rely less on the smartphone industry. NXP makes semiconductors for cars.

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