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  • Gun control advocates take new look at strategy

    Gun control advocates take new look at strategy
    WASHINGTON — After a year that produced limited results, at best, for their cause, advocates of new gun-safety laws are recalibrating strategy, hoping to find more success at the ballot box and upset the conventional wisdom that opponents of gun control have an iron grip on Washington.
  • New breed of Senate Democrats drove filibuster change

    New breed of Senate Democrats drove filibuster change
    WASHINGTON — After pushing through one of the most significant rule changes in Senate history, Majority Leader Harry Reid struck a solemn tone: "This is not a time for celebration." But behind closed doors in a room off the Senate floor, some of...

    Senate votes to ban discrimination against LGBT workers

    Senate votes to ban discrimination against LGBT workers
    WASHINGTON — A bill to extend historic new protections to gays in the workplace won easy Senate approval Thursday, bolstered by rare bipartisan support that illustrated the dramatic shift in the politics around gay rights amid growing public...

    Budget talks to ward off another government shutdown begin

    Budget talks to ward off another government shutdown begin
    WASHINGTON — With another government shutdown looming as soon as January, congressional negotiators convened Wednesday to attempt to reach a budget compromise and end the brinkmanship that has left the capital lurching from one fiscal crisis to...

    Frank Lautenberg dies at 89; Democratic senator from New Jersey

    Frank Lautenberg dies at 89; Democratic senator from New Jersey
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey, the last World War II veteran in the Senate and a stalwart Democrat who led congressional battles over three decades to toughen gun laws, ban smoking on planes and crack down on drunk driving,...