April 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In anticipation of Senate votes this week on a proposed expansion of criminal background checks for firearms sales, one gun-rights organization broke with the powerful National Rifle Association on Sunday to urge support for a compromise drafted by Sens. Joe Manchin, (D., W.Va.), and Patrick Toomey, (R., Pa.). The endorsement by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms - which calls itself the second-largest gun rights organization in the country behind the NRA, claiming 650,000 members and supporters - is one of several moves over the last few days that have provided a boost to the hopes of proponents of background-checks.
April 15, 2013
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan Senate proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers gained the backing of one Republican and the potential support of a second Sunday as sponsors said the vote expected this week was too close to call. "It's an open question as to whether or not we have the votes. I think it's going to be close," said Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The plan would "strengthen the background-check system without in any way infringing on Second Amendment rights," Maine Sen. Susan Collins said in a statement explaining her support for the measure.
April 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan Senate group is likely to announce a proposal to overhaul the nation's immigration system in the next several days, and a committee hearing could be held on the legislation as early as next week, people familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. Members of the group said they were close to completing an agreement on the comprehensive proposal that is expected to include a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants and could serve as the template for a deal between Congress and the White House.
April 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A raucous public debate over the nation's flawed immigration system is set to begin in earnest this week as senators finalize a bipartisan bill to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country, and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally. Already, negotiators are cautioning of struggles ahead for an issue that has defied resolution for years. An immigration deal came close on the Senate floor in 2007 but collapsed amid interest group bickering and an angry public backlash.
April 6, 2013 |
As the confetti fell from the ceiling and President Obama took the stage for his 2012 victory speech, there may have been a factor he forgot to thank - social media. And as Republican candidate Mitt Romney learned of his defeat, there may have been a factor that wasn't foremost in his mind - social media. In a world where people yearn for information at lightning speed, where perception via social media sites like Twitter and Facebook can be a candidate's best friend or worst enemy, it has become increasingly crucial for today's politician to master the information technology of the day. Kevin Arceneaux, an associate professor of political science at Temple University, has watched the use of social media grow from 2004, where they played a minor role, to the present day, where they have become "a central tool for campaigns.
April 5, 2013 |
THE PRIMARY election season for the 2016 presidential cycle may be three years away but we've already noticed one name missing from the pack of would-be contenders in several polls. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum , who finished second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2012 Republican primaries, is not getting much pollster attention. That stood out to us because Romney finished second in the 2008 Republican primaries to U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who finished second in 2000 to former Texas Gov. George W. Bush . McCain and Romney went on to win the GOP nomination for president in their next attempts.
February 18, 2013 |
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Republican opponents of former Sen. Chuck Hagel's stalled bid to become defense secretary said Sunday that they probably will allow his Senate confirmation vote to proceed unless material more damaging to the nominee surfaces in the coming week. Critics said the decorated Vietnam combat veteran is a "radical" unqualified to lead the U.S. military. "No, I don't believe he's qualified," Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), said on NBC's Meet the Press of his fellow Republican.
February 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are pushing ahead with a vote Tuesday on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary, rejecting Republican demands for more financial information from Hagel in a politically charged fight over President Obama's second-term national security team. In a brief statement, Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said the panel would meet Tuesday afternoon with the "intention to vote on the nomination after the members have an opportunity for discussion.
December 6, 2012 |
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge , will stay in the hospital a bit longer for treatment of severe morning sickness. The news she is with bairn has exploded the brains of the world. Snooki of Jersey Shore has sage advice for Kate: "It's hard, but don't stress out! Enjoy your pregnancy and be excited. " Kate's said to be feeling better, especially after William, Duke of the Same Cambridge , visited her. TV news from all over Newt Gingrich ran into NBC's Parks and Recreation filming at the St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis.