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The NRA’s new threat: ‘We will fight gun control laws in the courts’

Wayne LaPierre — the National Rifle Association honcho who doesn’t believe any court in the land should ever have jurisdiction over those who own, carry and use guns — has one use for the legal system:  He intends to use courts to fight any gun control laws that pass Congress. Said LaPierre when Field & Steam magazine asked him about how the pro-gun organization might react to any new laws: There will definitely be legal challenges. The Second Amendment is one of our most basic freedoms and we’re going to stand up for this freedom in every way possible, whether
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Republicans propose funding measure to help Pentagon, avoid government shutdown

Republicans controlling the House moved Monday to give the Pentagon more money for military readiness while easing the pain felt by such agencies as the FBI and the Border Patrol from the across-the-board spending cuts that are just starting to take effect. The effort is part of a huge spending measure that would fund day-to-day federal operations through September — and head off a potential government shutdown later this month. The measure would leave in place automatic cuts of 5 percent to domestic agencies and 7.8 percent to the Pentagon ordered by President Barack Obama Friday night after months of
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Former Obama staffers try their hand at influence peddling

President Barack Obama learned in his first term that he couldn’t change Washington from the inside, saying in the heat of his re-election race: “You can only change it from the outside.” Months later, his former White House aides and campaign advisers are embracing Obama’s words as a call to action. Obama veterans are building a wide network of deep-pocketed groups and consulting firms independent of government, the Democratic Party and traditional liberal groups, a sweeping — if not unprecedented — effort outside the White House gates aimed at promoting the president’s agenda and shaping his legacy. From campaign strategists
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Politics: Black and white labels in a shades of gray reality

From an early age, Americans are conditioned to see the world in sharp contrast — black-and-white labels in a society where the reality is many shades of gray. The details, the subtleties? Well, those be damned. Look at Walt Disney World, which attracts visitors by reducing a complex national heritage to its most basic elements.There’s so much more to Main Streets throughout America — much more to frontier times, visions of the future and even other nations — than the narrowly-conceived scenes at the theme park. This thinking extends beyond its gates, and is endemic today in Washington, where Democrats
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Biden helps stage voting rights march re-enactment

The vice president and black leaders commemorating a famous civil rights march on Sunday said efforts to diminish the impact of African-Americans‘ votes haven’t stopped in the years since the 1965 Voting Rights Act added millions to Southern voter rolls. More than 5,000 people followed Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma’s annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee. The event commemorates the “Bloody Sunday” beating of voting rights marchers — including a young Lewis — by state troopers as they began a march to Montgomery in March 1965. The 50-mile march prompted
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Sen. Mitch McConnell’s own history of racism

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who claims recent Tweets about his Asian-born wife are “racist attacks” should know a thing or two about racism because he has come under fire for his own racist remarks about President Barack Obama. Last year, an advance text for a McConnell speech said: “For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems.  He hasn’t been working to earn reelection. He’s been working to earn a stop on the PGA tour. McConnell’s comments surfaced in late 2009 in The Atlantic Magazine, leading some top Democrats and pundits to call for his resignation
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Mitch McConnell claims racism in Tweets about his Asian-born wife

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell lambasted a liberal group on Saturday for criticizing the Asian heritage of his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, calling its Twitter messages “racial slurs” and “the ultimate outrage.” “They will not get away with attacking my wife in this campaign,” McConnell told about 100 home-state supporters at a Republican dinner in Winchester. “This woman has the ear of @McConnellPress — she’s his #wife,” the group Kentucky Progress tweeted on Feb. 14. “May explain why your job moved to #China!” McConnell forcefully defended Chao, who was born in Taiwan and who moved to the U.S.
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Obama, GOP continue to blame each other for sequestration

Severe spending cuts now the law of the land, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans refused Saturday to concede any culpability for failing to stave off what both parties acknowledged was a foolhardy way to slash $85 billion in federal spending. The still-fragile economy braced itself for the gradual but potentially grave impact of the across-the-board cuts, which took effect Friday night at the stroke of Obama’s pen. Hours earlier, he and congressional leaders emerged from a White House meeting no closer to an agreement. Even as they pledged a renewed effort to retroactively undo the spending cuts, both parties
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Karl Rove to GOP: Time to diversify

GOP strategist Karl Rove said Saturday that rebuilding the Republican brand in California will be a tough task that will require them to diversify and create a strategy to spread their message to a wider audience. Referring to the state party’s deep losses in recent years, Rove said it needs to focus on larger themes of restoring jobs and reducing government spending. He also said the party must recruit candidates who reflect the diversity of the country, and in particular, California. By next year, Hispanics will overtake whites as the state’s largest demographic group. “We need to be asking for
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Sequestration: So much for Obama’s second-term agenda

Just hours after across-the-board spending cuts officially took effect, President Barack Obama pressed Congress on Saturday to work with him on a compromise to halt a fiscal crisis that threatens the economy and his broader domestic policy agenda. The failure by Obama and Republicans to agree to halt the $85 billion ‘sequester’ cuts virtually guaranteed that fiscal issues would remain center stage in Washington for weeks, crowding out Obama’s proposals to reform immigration, tighten gun laws and raise the minimum wage. The economic effects of the spending cuts may take time to kick in, but political blowback has already begun
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