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Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Joe Manchin goes to war with the NRA

The West Virginia Senator seems to be trying to reverse long-held assumptions about gun politics, in hopes of revising gun reform in the Senate later.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:18 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Ted Cruz is turning out to be a very skillful demagogue

The Senator from Texas offers up a stream of misdirection and distortions about Manchin-Toomey.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:55 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 05/28/2013

Mike Bloomberg's group will keep hitting red state Dems over guns

Gun reformers see a long, hard slog ahead.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:50 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Kelly Ayotte, staunch advocate for gun safety? Not.

It's hard not to notice that those defending Ayotte's vote against Manchin-Toomey emphasis her support for background checks.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:40 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Republicans struggle to justify vote against expanded background checks

The fact that Republican Senators are still explaining their vote against Manchin-Toomey is alone a sign that they're on the defensive, at least to some degree.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:15 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 05/06/2013

No, the gun fight is not over

A gun control advocate tells me that Senator Johnny Isakson indicated he may be open to changing his vote on Manchin-Toomey.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:00 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 05/03/2013

The gun fight is far from over

The gun control forces are not going away; the politics of this issue are shifting; and Obama is willing to play a long game.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  12:01 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Pat Toomey confirms it: Obama is right about GOP

By Greg Sargent  |  02:28 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Republicans are feeling a bit of pressure on guns. Will it matter?

Kelly Ayotte takes a beating at a town hall meeting, and Jeff Flake slides in the polls.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:29 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/25/2013

The NRA doesn't think the gun fight is `over'

In an unusual move, the NRA is running ads lending support to a Democrat -- Max Baucus -- even though the gun bill has already been defeated.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/24/2013

On guns, Dems hold the sensible middle ground

Even Fox News' polling shows overwhelming support for expanding background checks. Has Fox joined the liberal gun-grabbing conspiracy?

By Greg Sargent  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 04/22/2013

What Chris Christie's support for gun control says about GOP

The New Jersey governor's national ambitions could be complicated by his embrace of gun reform in his home state.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:29 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Why Dems will keep pushing on guns

The hidden lesson of the Manchin-Toomey defeat is that Dems have every incentive to keep pushing gun control, all the way through 2016.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:25 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Will there be any fallout for killing background checks?

Senator Jeff Flake takes a big hit from the Arizona Republican and from Gabrielle Giffords' husband.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:35 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 04/18/2013

An insult to the Sandy Hook families

When Republicans claim that the White House is using the families as "props," they are suggesting the families are incapable of thinking for themselves.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:13 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Newtown families will look on as Senate sinks Toomey-Manchin today

By Greg Sargent  |  01:19 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Newtown families ask for meeting with Mitch McConnell

McConnell's office initially turns down the request, but families intend to keep up the pressure.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:04 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 04/15/2013

ACLU: Toomey-Manchin bill would make national gun registry less likely

Not long ago, conservatives widely cited the ACLU's "concerns" about gun legislation to make their case that it was a threat to privacy. Now, however, the ACLU confirms that its concerns have been resolved -- and that it thinks the Manchin-Toomey proposal would make a national gun registry less likely.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:10 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Down to the wire for expanded background checks

Will red state Dems kill the Toomey-Manchin compromise?

By Greg Sargent  |  11:35 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Conservative pro-gun Senator demolishes arguments against background checks

Senator Tom Coburn has sent a letter to colleagues pitching his own plan on background checks. In the process, he has demolished the right's leading arguments against expanding them.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:13 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 04/11/2013

What will John Boehner say to Gabrielle Giffords?

The Arizona shooting victim and former Congressional colleague of the House Speaker wants him to allow a vote. How will Boehner reply?

By Greg Sargent  |  04:56 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Hard right's gun filibuster crashes and burns

Nearly one third of the United States Senate doesn't believe the Senate should even debate a problem that's killing thousands of Americans each year.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:05 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 04/10/2013

A big, big step forward on gun control

The alliance between Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin has the potential to change the gun debate.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:55 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Is GOP filibuster of gun bill collapsing?

Contra Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, at least seven Republicans now support moving to debate on the gun proposals.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:58 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Why Republicans don't fear public opinion on guns

Republicans are well aware that many Americans don't know what it is they're actually opposing.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:55 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 04/05/2013

Why expanded background checks are not dead

Dems are in quiet negotiations with GOP Senator Pat Toomey over a possible compromise, which would represent a real breakthrough.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:14 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 04/04/2013

A silly `gun rights' talking point

Why the argument that we should enforce current law first before expanding background checks is bogus.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:31 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 04/03/2013

The GOP and the black helicopter crowd

Republican opposition to the U.N arms trade treaty shows why we can't solve the country's problems.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:32 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Why expanding background checks would, in fact, reduce gun crime

A leading expert in gun policy responds to the leading conservative arguments against the proposal.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:51 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Don't let Senators off the hook on guns

Every Senator who opposes expanded background checks needs to be asked whether they want the current background check law repealed. If they support it, how is expanding the law a threat to Constitutional rights?

By Greg Sargent  |  01:12 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Rand Paul's important concession on guns

We keep hearing that Senator Paul is far less predictable ideologically than his Tea Party caricature suggests. He could prove this to us by giving expanded background checks a serious look.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:43 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Top donors threaten Dems: Do the right thing on guns, or no more money

Major financial supporters of the Democratic Party vow to withhold money from any Senate Democrats who lack the courage to embrace expanded background checks.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:56 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Three red state Dems flirt with instant political self destruction

Senators Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, and Kay Hagan appear open to supporting background checks. That's a start, but there's a lot more to do.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:57 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/22/2013

New compromise on gun background checks floated

The chances of a bipartisan compromise on background checks are slim, but not nonexistent.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Senators moving forward on background checks without Tom Coburn

Senators working on a proposal to expand background checks remain optimistic that it can win Republican support.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:06 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Now here's some real movement on gun control

Later today, Senators will announce bipartisan support for a key piece of Obama's gun control agenda.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:36 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Liberals to Dems: No more cozying up to the NRA

Dems are now realizing that gun control is good politics for them -- and liberal groups may seek to make it a litmus test issue in Dem primaries.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:23 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Why the Senate talks on guns have hit a snag

The sticking points are serious, but hardly insurmountable.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:06 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Bipartisan deal close on expanded background checks

There is emerging common ground on the basic policy goal here, which is very good news.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:39 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Bipartisan group of Senators focused on expanding background checks

There's been an odd silence about ongoing discussions, which could bode very well.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:44 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/05/2013

GOP's "makeover" is purely cosmetic

On the same day as Eric Cantor's big "rebranding the GOP" speech, GOP leaders show no movement on three of the most pressing issues of the moment: Taxes, immigration, and guns.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:54 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eric cantor, guns guns guns, john boehner, Republicans

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Will House GOP really line up against law enforcement on guns?

The House GOP has still not said whether it will oppose allowing the anti-trafficking and background check proposals to come to a vote. They may be hard for Republicans to oppose.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:54 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Oklahoma woman who fought off intruder, a gun rights symbol, favors background checks

Sarah McKinley, who has been widely cited by conservatives as a poster girl for gun rights, tells me people should have to get background checks to get guns. But she opposes the assault weapons ban.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:18 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Behind the histrionics, a consensus is forming on universal background checks

A bipartisan group of Senators is quietly working on a background check proposal.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:35 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Gabrielle Giffords' husband smacks down Wayne LaPierre

Mark Kelly and Dick Durbin successfully unmask the "gun rights" argument as a total sham.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:38 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Will GOP really oppose efforts to limit gun trafficking?

The relentless media focus on the assault weapons ban has allowed lawmakers to dodge the politically difficult question of whether they really oppose efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:39 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Don't write off GOP support for Obama's gun proposals

Dems are quietly eying several dozen House Republicans who may be induced to support the less controversial aspects of Obama's gun reforms.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:26 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Real movement: Joe Manchin, NRA darling, comes out for universal background checks

A key red state "gun rights" Dem comes out for the centerpiece of Obama's gun proposals.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:04 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 01/24/2013

On guns, no end to the skittishness from red state Dems

Senator Joe Manchin won't say whether he is willing to even entertain the idea of universal background checks.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:45 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns, national rifle association

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Red state Dems squeamish about gun background checks

Red state Dems squeamish about gun background checks

By Greg Sargent  |  12:55 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Marco Rubio's 'reformer' mask slips

The Florida Senator's absurd response to Obama's gun proposals belies his image as the face of Republican reform.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  03:15 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Reagan's solicitor general dismisses right's fantasy about Obama "tyranny"

Charles Fried says Obama's executive actions on guns are standard assertions of executive power.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:39 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Don't discount the possibility of action this time

The relentless focus on the assault weapons ban is misguided. It's very possible some of the measures Obama proposed will pass -- and that would be a real achievement.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:49 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 01/16/2013

The NRA as 'insurgent outlier'

The organization's new video about the President's daughters should alienate its Democratic allies.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:41 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns, national rifle association

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Why gun politics are no longer dangerous for Democrats

Opposition to gun law reform persists only among constituencies that are less and less important to the Democratic Party.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:34 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 01/14/2013

The Morning Plum: The debt ceiling is the GOP's problem. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Again: If Republicans want to threaten to destroy the economy to get their way, it's their problem.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, guns guns guns, Morning Plum, platinum coin

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 01/11/2013

A small crack in wall of GOP opposition to gun reform?

GOP Rep Phil Gingrey of Georgia says he's open to certain specific gun control measures.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:38 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns guns guns, Republicans