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Capitol Hill Reaction To Gun Mayhem Varies

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill struggle with looming deadlines on taxes and spending cuts, they now face another big question: What, if anything, can Congress do to prevent more massacres like the one last Friday in Newtown, Conn.? Some Democrats are pushing for tighter restrictions on guns and ammunition. In their way stands the Republican-run House.
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Single-Issue Solidarity Behind NRA's Clout

The National Rifle Association ranks among the most effective advocacy groups in America. It reaches its members almost every way imaginable — and it gets them to volunteer for campaigns and educates them on how to vote.
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Analysis: Sen. Mikulski May Slide Into Intel Position In Senate Shuffle

The senior member of the Senate, Daniel Inouye, died Monday at the age of 88. Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper says that while his colleagues mourn his passing, a broad shuffling of committee leadership is expected as a consequence.

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Bill Offering Hiring Protections To D.C. Ex-Cons Shot Down

A bill championed by D.C. Council member Marion Barry that would have offered legal protection to ex-convicts applying for jobs was voted down in a contentious final meeting of the 2012 legislative session.

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Michigan's Snyder Vetoes Bill Allowing Concealed Guns In Schools

Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would have allowed concealed pistols to be carried in schools and other places where they had been banned. The Michigan legislature had approved the legislation when its lame-duck session ended Thursday — one day before the Newtown school shootings.
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Obama Finding Gun Control Voice, Which Had Gone Quiet In White House

If, as the White House indicated on Tuesday, President Obama takes the lead in a movement for more effective gun control now that he's been stirred to action by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, it would mark a significant break from his pattern so far as chief executive.
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NRA Issues Statement Amid Calls For New Gun Control Laws

The National Rifle Association of America has broken its silence to comment on Friday's gun violence that ravaged a tight-knit Connecticut community, releasing a statement in which the gun-owners' rights group said it "is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."
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Boehner, Obama Closer To A Fiscal Cliff Deal But Not There Yet

Negotiations continued between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday to avoid the fiscal cliff. Earlier in the day, Boehner prepared his fellow House Republicans for the likelihood that taxes will have to rise on top earners. He's also now talking about a "plan B" if talks fail to come to a deal. Tamara Keith joins Melissa Block from Capitol Hill.

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