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The Senate And Its Finicky Filibuster Relationship

This week, the Senate passed a rules change to make it just a little harder for members to start a filibuster. Some think it's not enough action, and others think it's too limiting, but most agree that a compromise is better than nothing. Weekends on All Things Considered host Robert Smith talks with political scientist Sarah Binder about how the filibuster grew in to such a road-blocking nuisance in the first place, and asks Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., what these changes will mean for the senate filibuster.

Gun-Control Advocates Should Listen More, Obama Says

In an interview with The New Republic, the president said that those who dismiss the traditions of hunting "out of hand make a big mistake." The comments come amid his administration's efforts to push gun control in the wake of the shootings last month in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children were killed.

The GOP And Taxes: In The States, It Can Get Complicated

Republican Mike Pence just began his term as Indiana governor with a plan to cut the state income tax rate, joining Louisiana's Bobby Jindal, Wisconsin's Scott Walker, Nebraska's Dave Heineman and other GOP governors in pushing for similar plans. But some Republican state legislators aren't convinced.
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Biden Talks Gun Control With Virginia Leaders

Vice President Joe Biden met with Virginia state leaders to discuss a comprehensive approach to ending gun violence.


Obama Administration Takes Gun Control Fight Outside Washington

With gun control legislation facing obstacles in Congress, the president's political team is looking for support outside the Beltway. On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden held a round-table discussion in Richmond, Va., with people who worked on gun safety after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting.

For GOP Comeback, Leaders Urge Stepped-Up Outreach

"I will talk to a head of lettuce if I can get them to vote Republican," says Sharon Day, the newly re-elected Republican National Committee co-chair. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says the GOP needs better relationships in "minority communities, urban centers, college towns."