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WASHINGTON — A single conversation on the Senate floor Monday illustrated the challenges senators face in pushing a bipartisan measure to extend background checks to most gun sales. Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), the chief author of the proposal,...
WASHINGTON — After four months of debate and maneuvering, the Senate headed for a showdown over gun control — a series of back-to-back votes on rival plans Wednesday afternoon that could end in the collapse of the entire effort. The...
WASHINGTON -- Michigan Democrat Carl Levin announced Thursday that he would not run for reelection in 2014, adding to an exodus of experience in the chamber. Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is the sixth sitting senator to decide...
This post has been updated, as indicated below.WASHINGTON -- Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, the last of the World War II veterans in the Senate, is retiring at the end of this term, he said Thursday. Lautenberg, who turned 89 last month, had been planning to run for reelection in...
WASHINGTON – Senators from both parties are expressing enthusiasm for pushing a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. But while immigration politics appears to have changed in the wake of sweeping Republican rejection...
WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Assn.’s proposal Friday to finance a National Model School Shield Program in which armed volunteers would be stationed at every school in America was quickly slammed by gun control advocates who accused the...
NEW YORK -- The 2012 presidential election is over, Ohio has certified its vote, even Rep. Allen West has conceded. So where’s a political junkie to turn his or her attention throughout the long, cold winter? Perhaps New Jersey, a state known...
WASHINGTON – Brian Schatz knew this much about Washington before departing Hawaii on Wednesday to start his new role as a U.S. senator – it was cold. And so, barely hours after Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced that he was...
After months of speculation about whether he’d challenge popular New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the state’s top job in 2013, Newark Mayor Cory Booker has finally come to a decision: He won’t. Instead, he said in a web video and an...
NEW YORK -- First he appeared with President Obama, a Democrat, after Hurricane Sandy. Then he and his fleece jacket showed up on “Saturday Night Live,” mocking mayors who ignored his evacuation orders. Now New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is...
PolitiCalIt appears that Gov. Jerry Brown is game for a cross-country rivalry with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie....
L.A. Times Tech BlogDrinking and driving? Don't look to Apple for help. In an update of its App Store review guidelines Wednesday, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant explicitly banned apps that warn drivers of DUI checkpoints not disclosed publicly by police. "Apps which........
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