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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Defends Obama Actions On Gun Control

January 21, 2016
Carrie Johnson | NPR
Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Obama's recent executive actions intended to expand background checks for gun buyers. But Republicans question their usefulness and the motives behind the actions.
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Obama to Leave Empty Seat for Gun Victims in State of the Union Audience

January 9, 2016
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Obama plans to leave an empty seat in the House gallery next week when he delivers his final State of the Union address to symbolize the victims of gun violence in the United States, a senior administration official said Friday.
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Clinton camp sees gun control issue as a way to get to Sanders’s left

January 9, 2016
Anne Gearan, John Wagner | The Washington Post
Seeing gun control as a rare opportunity to outflank Sen. Bernie Sanders from the left, Hillary Clinton sought Friday to paint the Vermont senator as out of step with liberal Democrats and now also with the White House.

Executive Action on Guns, North Korean Nuclear Threat and Countdown to Iowa & NH

January 8, 2016
Obama proposes changes to curb gun violence, North Korea claims h-bomb test and Donald Trump takes aim at Clinton and Cruz
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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords injured in 2011 Tucson shooting

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January 14, 2011
On January 8, 2011, an armed gunman opened fired at a "Congress on Your Corner" event in Tucson, Arizona. Six people were killed and 13 others were injured including U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In the five years that have followed, Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, have become fierce advocates for gun reform, and just this week they were at the White House as President Obama announced new executive action to curb gun violence. Among his proposals: more money for mental health screening and increased requirements for background checks.
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As Obama tries to bridge divide on guns, it seems as wide as ever

January 8, 2016
Juliet Eilperin, David Nakamura | The Washington Post
Ahead of President Obama’s town-hall-style event on guns Thursday night at George Mason University, the campus police chief sent an email to students alerting them that protesters might show up outside the venue with their firearms.
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White House, GOP Vie to Entice Voters

January 7, 2016
Carol Lee, Stephanie Armour | The Wall Street Journal
As the spotlight shifts from policy makers in Washington to the presidential campaign trail, the White House and congressional Republicans are looking for ways to energize their parties’ voters—and perhaps attract some from the other side.
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Small-Bore? President Obama's Actions on Guns Make Marginal Changes

January 6, 2016
Pete Williams | NBC News
The conservative blogosphere, normally quick to accuse President Obama of overreach by executive order, is noticeably muted in response to his latest actions on guns.
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