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Daily Archives: December 19, 2012

A magazine with newly manufactured 5.56mm cartridges.

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A magazine with newly manufactured 5.56mm cartridges.

Majorities Back Ban on Assault Weapons, High-Capacity Ammo Clips

As President Barack Obama today called for legislation to restrict assault-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, a new poll shows more than six in 10 Americans backing such a move. In the CNN/ORC International survey, 62 percent supported limits on both the weapons...

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Former White House press secretary James Brady, his son Scott, and his wife Sarah visit the Brady Briefing Room at the White House.

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Former White House press secretary James Brady, his son Scott, and his wife Sarah visit the Brady Briefing Room at the White House.

Brady Debuts Online Videos as Gun-Control Battle Heats Up

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence today debuted a trio of online videos featuring actors, a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting and the parents of a young woman killed in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting. The actors’...

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, center, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, during a news conference in Washington on Dec. 18, 2012.

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, center, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, during a news conference in Washington on Dec. 18, 2012.

`Largest Tax Increase in History:’ One Author, or Two Brinkmen?

House Speaker John Boehner is trying to turn the tax tables. At first, it was President Barack Obama who was promising a bill that protects 98 percent of the American public from tax increases when the Bush-era tax cuts expire...

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Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

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Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Norquist: `Plan B’ OK by Tax Pledge

In Washington, up is often down. No is sometimes yes. And a pledge isn’t necessarily a pledge. Grover Norquist, famously the author of a pledge against tax increases that most members of the House of Representatives have signed, reports today...

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A customer purchases an AK-47 style rifle for about $1200 at a sporting goods store on Dec. 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois.

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A customer purchases an AK-47 style rifle for about $1200 at a sporting goods store on Dec. 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois.

Obama: `Weapon of War’ Has No Place in American Communities

A “weapon of war” — President Barack Obama’s term today for the semi-automatic assault rifle used in the slaying of schoolchildren and educators in Newtown, Connecticut, a weapon that he is urging Congress to ban. The president, vowing that he...

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The 12th-century Dresden Codex, also known as the 'Codex Dresdensis', one of four historic Mayan manuscripts that still exist in the world and that together suggest modern civilization will come to an end on December 21, at the Saxon State Library in Dresden, Germany.

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The 12th-century Dresden Codex, also known as the 'Codex Dresdensis', one of four historic Mayan manuscripts that still exist in the world and that together suggest modern civilization will come to an end on December 21, at the Saxon State Library in Dresden, Germany.

Will the World End Friday? U.S. Geological Survey Weighs In

In a release today billed as a “USGS Feature Story,” the hard-core scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey examine assertions coursing through the blogosphere that the world will end on Dec. 21 because the Mayan calendar says so. The gist...

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Michigan State Police in riot gear push back protestors who are blocking a street during a rally at the state Capitol to protest a vote on Right-to-Work legislation on Dec. 11, 2012 in Lansing.

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Michigan State Police in riot gear push back protestors who are blocking a street during a rally at the state Capitol to protest a vote on Right-to-Work legislation on Dec. 11, 2012 in Lansing.

Michigan’s Snyder Less Popular After Right-to-Work Bill

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s popularity has taken a beating since he backed a right-to-work bill during the legislature’s recent lame duck session. Republican Snyder’s approval rating dipped to 38 percent, with 56 percent of voters disapproving of his job performance,...

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President Barack Obama is Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

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President Barack Obama is Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Obama Time’s `Person of the Year’

President Barack Obama, who won re-election last month and is the “author of a new America,” is Time magazine’s Person of the Year for a second time, the publication said today. The president joins 12 others who have been honored...

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People arrive on a school bus at Newtown High School for a memorial vigil attended by President Barack Obama for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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People arrive on a school bus at Newtown High School for a memorial vigil attended by President Barack Obama for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Washington Daybook: Newtown Response

President Barack Obama will assign Vice President Joe Biden to lead efforts to find ways to curb gun violence after the Dec. 14 massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school, according to a White House official. Obama will make a...

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President Barack Obama shown in Times Square in New York.

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President Barack Obama shown in Times Square in New York.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 242

That’s the number of electoral votes in the states that Democrats have won in six straight presidential elections. The tally includes 18 states and the District of Columbia. The total of 242 electoral votes is just 28 below the 270...

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