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Southern Baptist Leader: 'Gun-Free Zones Are A Fantasy'

Robert Siegel talks to Dr. Richard Land, director of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and whether Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has changed his views on gun control.
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Hollywood Execs Shift Programming After Newtown Shooting

Entertainers are making shifts in their programming because of the killings in Connecticut. The premiere for the violent movie Django Unchained was cancelled and a reality show about a funeral was delayed until January, among other moves.
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Obama Moves Forward On New Gun Legislation

President Barack Obama said that gun control would be a "central issue" in his second term on Wednesday. He also announced that Vice President Joe Biden will head up a panel that will offer proposals by mid-January to curb gun violence. The announcement, however, turned to an impromptu press conference, in which the president pivoted to questions about the fiscal cliff. He said the events in Newtown, Conn., should "give us some perspective" on the debate and urged quick action in Congress.
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Robert Bork's Supreme Court Nomination 'Changed Everything, Maybe Forever'

Known as a charming and witty man in private, Bork, who died Wednesday, was dour and humorless in his Senate confirmation hearings, and his answers seemed to play into the stereotype liberals painted of a man who cared little for the public. His Senate rejection changed the way future nominees have testified.
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Boehner: House Will Pass 'Plan B' Fiscal Cliff Legislation

With days ticking down to the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts deadline, President Obama took his case to the American public again on Wednesday — and House Republicans were not happy about it. House Speaker John Boehner responded with a statement that barely lasted a minute as the House prepared to vote on competing plans to avert the tax hikes but which do not address the spending cuts.
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What Are The Odds Of Gun Control Changes?

Given President Obama's embrace of the issue, there appears to be no doubt that Congress will debate gun control legislation in the coming year. Its chances for passage depend largely on the present mood of outrage sustaining itself for months to come.
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Let Teachers Carry Guns? Some State Lawmakers Say Yes

Proponents make the case that shootings such as Friday's in Newtown, Conn., could be prevented or stopped if teachers with permits to carry concealed weapons could bring their handguns to school.

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