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Politics Mar 05

How the NRA flexes its political muscle

The NRA's deep pockets leave the impression it effectively purchases loyalty from lawmakers. But the NRA actually donates small amounts of money to candidates when compared to the large sums it spends on potent get-out-the-vote operations and ad campaigns.

Politics Jan 20

Signs of government shutdown spotty but symbolic

Symbols of American promise became emblems of American dysfunction on Saturday when a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration forced scores of federal government agencies and outposts to close their doors.

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