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Republicans Enlist History in Fight Against Filibusters
Byrd and the Republicans aren't the only ones combing through history in the filibuster debate. The Gun Owners of America, a Second Amendment group even more hard-line than the National Rifle Association, is reminding its members that the filibuster has been used in the past to block a ban on semiautomatic guns, .50-caliber weapons, a ban on gun-show sales, and a trigger-lock mandate.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) appears to be making some progress in her move to the middle in preparation for a 2008 presidential race.
While Democrats and Republicans vie for voters on social issues, the middle class is taking an economic beating, according to the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy. The group, affiliated with Andrew Young, the Democratic former mayor of Atlanta, ranked 14 congressional votes of interest to those earning between $25,000 and $100,000. It reports that the average "middle class score" dropped from 61 to 43 percent in the House in 2003, and from 76 to 52 percent in the Senate in 2003. The group reported a "precipitous plunge" in the middle class score for GOP lawmakers over the period.
The left-wing food fight continues on American campuses. Conservative commentator David Horowitz was hit by a pie Wednesday night while delivering a lecture at Butler University in Indianapolis. This follows the March 30 pie strike on Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, March 30 at Earlham College, Richmond, Ind., and an April 1 dousing of Pat Buchanan with salad dressing at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.