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President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Conn., Monday, April 8, 2013. Obama, with relatives of those killed in the shooting...
President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Conn., Monday, April 8, 2013. Obama, with relatives of those killed in the shooting...
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President Obama gave a passionate plea last evening in Connecticut, invoking Congress not to pull political stunts but instead give the victims of the Newtown school shooting massacre a vote on gun safety laws, including expanded background checks. But as he delivered his speech, the Republican leader of the Senate announced that he would be joining 13 of his colleagues to filibuster a vote on gun safety. Mitch McConnell has been the number one obstructionist since President Obama took office–famously vowing to make Obama a one-term president. Can this president shame the GOP for putting Guns Over People and remaining blindly beholden to the NRA at a time when more than 90 percent of Americans favor expanding background checks?

Three years before the next presidential election, and it’s a rare situation for the sitting vice president: Joe Biden would be the underdog should he choose to run. But Politico’s Roger Simon says Hillary Clinton is not a sure thing.

Nate Silver’s Five Thirty Eight blog has compiled the list of most endangered governors in the country.

One of those struggling governors is Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, once a rising star in the Republican party. Jindal’s poll numbers have taken a beating and he was forced to scrap plans to eliminate the state’s income tax and replace it with a higher sales tax, which would disproportionately hurt the poor of his state. TPM points out that Jindal’s collapse is bad news for the national party.

The Democratic rivals for John Kerry’s Senate seat debated last night in Massachusetts.

Rick Santorum says it would be ‘suicidal’ for the Republican party to support same-sex marriage.

ThinkProgress writes that today’s Republican Party wouldn’t support Margaret Thatcher. Like most conservative icons, she wouldn’t be extreme enough for today’s right-wing crowd.

A new study by the group Citizens for Tax Justice finds that the United States takes in less tax revenue than all but two industrialized countries. So much for the Republican argument that Americans face an overwhelming tax burden.

Sen. Marco Rubio and other Republicans want an explanation for Beyonce and Jay-Z’s trip to Cuba.

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