Many policymakers who oppose tighter gun laws have said gun ownership is important to women's safety. The writers and journalists of the 'Beauty Shop' share their thoughts on the role gender plays in the gun debate.
This week, bi-partisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill to make it harder for convicted felons to get guns. They hope the move will help reduce illegal gun sales and violence. Host Michel Martin talks with one of the bill's sponsors, Congressman Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat.
The economy may be on the rebound, but life is getting tougher for some people in the middle class. With rising gas prices, insurance costs, and higher payroll taxes, people are feeling squeezed. Host Michel Martin asks if there's any financial relief in sight.
Virginia lawmakers have passed two bills that would make voter ID laws stricter, although one of them would also require the government to provide funding for an education campaign to warn alter voters to the changes.
The effort to overhaul immigration laws continues in Washington, D.C. On Capitol Hill, the House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the matter Tuesday, and scores of businesses and other interest groups sent representatives to the White House to meet with President Obama.
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