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December 19, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama committed himself to placing gun control at the top of his second-term agenda, redoubling his intention to tackle the problem of gun violence in spite of daunting political obstacles that have frustrated similar efforts for years. Appearing before reporters in the White House briefing room Wednesday, Obama sought to erase any doubts that he is prepared to stake his prestige on combating what he called an "epidemic of gun violence. " Although he spoke in the aftermath of the massacre last Friday at a Connecticut elementary school, he placed the issue in a broader context, specifically mentioning people killed since then in the "lesser-known tragedies that visit small towns and big cities all across America every day. " As a first step, Obama gave Vice President Joe Biden the task of coming up with specific proposals before the end of next month.
December 13, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Eric Bledsoe is constantly being told to slow down some. The Clippers' third-year point guard has been instructed to stay in control and think the game through a little bit more. Fortunately for the Clippers, these reminders have begun to sink in. "My decision-making has gotten better," Bledsoe said. "You can tell that I haven't really turned the ball over like I usually have. I'm trying not to get out of control, not going too fast. Now I'm fast and in control.
April 18, 2013 | By Doyle McManus
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) formally suspended the Democrats' drive for new gun control legislation Thursday, shelving his party's bill after Wednesday's defeat of its centerpiece, a measure for expanded background checks on gun purchasers. But Reid, along with President Obama and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), insisted that they are determined to fight on. “This debate is not over,” Reid said. “In fact, this fight is just beginning.” Are they whistling in the dark?
August 17, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Liberty Media informed the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday that it had acquired more than 48% of Sirius XM Radio's shares and intends to push that amount above 50% in order to take control over the New York satellite radio company. Liberty disclosed the plan several months after it failed to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to grant it control over Sirius based on its ownership of 40% of the company's shares.  Sirius' chief executive, Mel Karmazin, rebuffed the takeover attempt at the time, saying Liberty's argument that its 40% stake was sufficient to gain control was akin to proclaiming "Forty is the new 50. " Liberty's chairman, John Malone, might have taken that barb to heart.
January 6, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - George Deukmejian was not a flashy governor. Wasn't a spellbinder. But he was a bold leader on a perilous front: gun control. In a state that prizes entertainers and celebrities, Deukmejian twice got elected governor anyway. He was the quiet-spoken, strong-willed type. "Iron Duke," they called him. Gary Cooper would have been perfect for the part. Think "High Noon. " We're coming up on the 24th anniversary of Iron Duke's outdrawing the gun lobby to enact the nation's first assault weapons ban - an action hardly anyone could have predicted, given his political past.
February 6, 2013 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Action in Washington over the next few months on gun control, immigration and fiscal policy will set the stage for a fierce midterm election battle next year, with control of Congress the ultimate prize. Republicans are expected to keep their majority in the House, and history would suggest they might expand their numbers in the sixth year of a two-term presidency. But the Democrats' hold on the Senate is at risk, with competitive 2014 contests for at least nine of their seats - seven in states Mitt Romney carried in 2012.
February 10, 2012 | By Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
For days President Obama had been hammered over a regulation in the 2010 healthcare law that required religiously affiliated hospitals, charities and universities to provide birth control coverage for their female employees even if that conflicted with church teachings. On Friday he tried to end the debate with what he called an "accommodation. " The employees still will be offered free birth control coverage. But the benefit will come directly from their insurers, and no religious groups' money will be used.
There are endless ways to film a face, particularly one with such a rich landscape as Isaach De Bankole's -- cheekbones rising sharply over deep valleys, thundercloud eyes gazing straight into the gathering storm, a wide plain of a forehead riding high above, and two thick rivers that rarely smile below. In "The Limits of Control," Jim Jarmusch's absorbing and visually mesmerizing new crime thriller, the filmmaker risks everything on the power of De Bankole's face to carry us through.
March 25, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez
BAGRAM, Afghanistan - The U.S. handed over control of the prison at Bagram air base to the Afghan government Monday, resolving a major sticking point that had been complicating relations between Washington and Kabul as both countries brace for the departure of most U.S. troops by the end of 2014. Assuming control of the detention facility at the U.S.-run air base had been a key demand of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who in recent weeks has stepped up his anti-American rhetoric and ratcheted up tension between Kabul and Washington.
December 19, 2012 | By Doyle McManus
President Obama's pledge on Wednesday to press for new gun control measures was an important commitment -- even if, despite his protests, it might look like just another Washington commission. Only one week ago, gun control wasn't on Obama's second-term agenda at all. Now, after the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn., it's right at the top. “I will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this,” Obama said.
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