Gun control historically has been one of the most divisive issues in Congress, between the parties and even inside the Democratic coalition. Yet some in President Obama’s own party say he has put together a gun agenda that is sweeping without being too painful for most Democrats to support.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
You’ve heard of the war on women, the war on religion, and more recently even the war on the Second Amendment. Washington is full of so-called wars. But a war on Wi-Fi?» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Tuesday may be one of the few to call for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Some worry that the House hearing signals Republicans’ continued opposition to compromise.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
“My overall worldview has never changed,” said the former senator, who has been nominated to be secretary of defense.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Federal spending cuts may have hurt the U.S. economy’s fourth quarter growth. But don’t count on that changing the dynamics of the current debate over the sequester, the ax poised to start hacking $1.2 trillion from federal spending if Congress fails to stop it by the March 1 deadline.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The president endorsed the proposals unveiled Monday by a bipartisan group of senators. He called for a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million illegal immigrants. But he avoided issues such as how long those in the country illegally could be forced to wait before applying for citizenship.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
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 roundtable discussion in Richmond, Va., with people who worked on gun safety after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Congressional Democrats are reintroducing legislation to ban assault weapons but the measure faces long odds even after last month’s mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
When Congress first wrote the bill 20 years ago, it required a check up every few years. But the Congress that just wound down failed to agree on another round of the legislation.