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David Petronis of Mechanicville, NY, upper left, owner of a gun store, talks with a potential customer at his table during the  annual New York State Arms...
David Petronis of Mechanicville, NY, upper left, owner of a gun store, talks with a potential customer at his table during the annual New York State Arms...
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More than three months after the school shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut lawmakers approve what they call the strictest gun safety laws in the country. But why can’t the nation get it together and pass meaningful gun safety legislation that would help prevent future massacres? It’s because of this: Check out the unvarnished view of what the NRA thinks of America – Talking Points Memo has compiled a must-see collection of 16 covers of the NRA’s magazine. This is scary stuff. And when it’s preventing legislation that vast majorities of the country support, it’s keeping democracy from happening.

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is the latest Democrat to endorse marriage equality. But a Republican Congressman from Arizona who has a gay son is still opposed.

Is Chief Justice John Roberts trying to trap Justice Anthony Kennedy into upholding the Defense of Marriage Act? Check out the article in Talking Points Memo.

Besides being a very tight race between two high-profile candidates, the Virginia governors race is seen as the first test of Hillary Clinton’s potential 2016 campaign.

Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford is the candidate to beat in today’s runoff election in South Carolina. The winner faces Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch – sister of Stephen Colbert – in the general.

A Republican congressman says illegal immigrants are turning America into a “sinking ship”: Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania has a track record of being against immigration, and the white working class voters in his home town of Hazleton are a test case for whether the Republican Party’s evolution on immigration risks leaving its core voters behind.

Let Me Start: Democracy in inaction

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