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Senate Already Looking Past Monday's Doomed Votes on Gun Control
As the Senate prepares to vote Monday on four likely doomed measures to stop terrorists from buying guns, the real work will occur off the chamber’s floor as members from both parties try to bridge their still-wide gap on how best to solve the problem. Both sides are resigned to the likelihood that
Daily fantasy sports state-by-state tracker
With upwards of 75 lobbyists already working in more than 30 states, the efforts by leading daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators -- most notably DraftKings and FanDuel -- to clarify the legal status of their game have resulted in some preliminary successes across the country. According to the Wall
Hillary Clinton Rebukes Senate for Voting Down Gun Control Proposals
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sharply criticized members of the U.S. Senate today who voted against a proposal just a day earlier aimed at preventing known terrorists or those suspected of being a terrorist from purchasing guns. “Last night, the Senate voted down a law to block
Elizabeth Warren Only Female Democratic Senator Missing From Hillary Clinton Endorsement Event
One by one tonight, 13 female Democratic senators took the stage inside the packed ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC to raise money and announce their support for Hillary Clinton . But it was the person missing from the group who stood out most. Elizabeth Warren , the progressive
Four High School Students Form Bond With Vietnam Veteran's Family
For many of the four million annual visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., the 58,261 names on the stark, V-shaped wall are just that: names on a wall. Viewed collectively, they represent an American loss. Separately, each name represents a story that, for most visitors, is
Fiery Scene After Train Derails in North Dakota
An early-morning oil train derailment today has led to the evacuation of a small town in North Dakota. About 40 residents of Heimdal, North Dakota, were forced to leave their homes around 7:30 a.m. today after the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tanker car derailed and caught fire. In a statement,
What's Behind the 2014 Midterm Election Cycle's Trendiest Attack Line
This midterm election cycle’s trendiest attack line has put incumbent members of Congress in a no-win situation. The more time these lawmakers spend away from the committee rooms of Capitol Hill , the more vulnerable they are to attacks for not meeting the most basic requirements of public office.
Senate Dems Join GOP to Block Justice Nominee Who Defended Cop Killer
Seven Democrats took a rare step Wednesday and joined Republicans to oppose President Obama’s pick to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The Senate failed to advance the nomination of attorney Debo Adegbile by a vote of 47 to 52 as eight Democratic senators...
A Manic Monday As Debt Ceiling Deadline Approaches
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES CASH, MONEY, WOES: Stock market futures are down sharply this morning on investor worries about the threat of a U.S. government debt default. Unless there’s a deal this week to raise the debt ceiling, business leaders, economists and stock market...
Senate Leaders 'Optimistic,' But No Shutdown-Ending Deal Yet
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was “optimistic” about the prospects of the Senate striking a deal to end the government shutdown and avert a default, but at least two major sticking points remain and it is still not clear whether any...