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Polls Plummet For Senators Who Voted No On Gun Background Checks

Anyone who doubted that senators could suffer political fallout for their opposition to expanding background checks on gun buyers may want to talk to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

Justice O’Connor: Maybe Bush V. Gore Was A Mistake

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says she has second thoughts on whether the Supreme Court should have accepted Bush v. Gore — the deeply controversial case that effectively decided the 2000 presidential election.

White House: More Evidence Needed On Syria’s Chemical Weapons Use

The Obama administration requires more evidence and thorough intelligence assessments on Syria’s use of chemical weapons before it can clearly declare a “red line” was crossed, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

With Or Without Reform, Immigration Lawyers In Short Supply

With immigration a hot-button issue in Washington, some version of immigration reform is likely this year. Even so, immigrant activist Sandra Sanchez concedes that the country might not be ready for an overhaul of its immigration laws.

Justices Let Stand Block On Alabama’s Tough Immigration Law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a lower court ruling that effectively bars Alabama from enforcing an anti-immigration law that was considered one of the toughest in the nation.

Breaking a sports barrier, NBA’s Jason Collins comes out as gay

(Reuters) – Jason Collins, a veteran center in the National Basketball Association (NBA), announced on Monday that he was gay, breaking one of the final frontiers in U.S. sports and society.

North Korea issues new military threats on founder’s birthday

(Reuters) – North Korea made new threats of military action on Monday as the reclusive nation celebrated the anniversary of its founder’s birth, stoking tension on the peninsula with a new “ultimatum” to South Korea in the stand-off over its nuclear program.

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