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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?
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.
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 14, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Amid growing international concern over U.S. control of the Internet, the federal government plans to relinquish control of policy making for the Web to the “global Internet community.” The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday that it has asked the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers to bring together interested groups from around the world to come up with a plan to transition oversight of the Web. Governments have complained that the United States had too much influence over the Internet, particularly in light of revelations of online surveillance by the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies.
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.
July 22, 2012 | By Don Lee and Morgan Little
Energized by the horrific shooting violence in Aurora, Colo., the national debate over gun control has taken on new force but shows few signs that the issue will emerge as a major campaign theme. On news talk shows Sunday, Democrat and Republican lawmakers clashed on the issue, while state and local leaders and police commissioners wondered aloud whether stricter control of firearms could have prevented someone like the alleged gunman, James Holmes, a graduate student in neurosciences, from carrying out the early Friday movie-theater assault that killed a dozen people and injured 58 others.
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