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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speaks at a news briefing after the Senate defeated a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on firearms purchases and close the so-called gun show loophole.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speaks at a news briefing after the Senate defeated a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on firearms purchases and close the so-called gun show loophole.

Blumenthal on Gun Laws: ‘America Won’t Take No for an Answer’

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, the state where 20 elementary school students were gunned down in December, says that advocates of new gun legislation are not giving up after being unable to overcome a Republican-led filibuster to expand background...

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Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ speaks onstage at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

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Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ speaks onstage at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

Booker’s Backers: Jason Kidd, Victor Cruz, Rob Reiner, Ron Howard

Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, New Jersey, raised $1.9 million for his 2014 Senate campaign in this year’s first quarter, including donations from well-known figures in sports, entertainment, lobbying and finance. Jason Kidd,  point guard for the New...

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Sen. Jeff Flake meets with the public on March 28, 2013 in Prescott, Arizona.

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Sen. Jeff Flake meets with the public on March 28, 2013 in Prescott, Arizona.

Kelly to Flake: Had Your Chance

Now it gets personal. The failure of gun-control legislation in the Senate will come with as many political repercussions as the passage of a bill would have generated. Mark Kelly, the retired astronaut married to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the...

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World heavyweight champion Jack Johnson with his wife, visiting Paris in 1910.

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World heavyweight champion Jack Johnson with his wife, visiting Paris in 1910.

An Easy Decision for the U.S. Senate: Boxer Jack Johnson

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: On a day when senators couldn’t agree on any proposals to deal with the burning issue of the moment, gun control, they were able reach consensus on divisive events of a century ago — now...

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

Heitkamp Gun-Control Vote Puts National Polls in Perspective

As they vow to continue their fight, backers of the expanded firearm background-check measure derailed in the Senate today — beginning with President Barack Obama — are pounding away at poll results showing that 90 percent of American voters support the...

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