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File Photo: Daniel Martino protests outside the Supreme Court as justices hear arguments in the case of New Jersey Boy Scout leader James Dale April 26, 2000 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the Boy Scouts have a...

Boy Scouts' proposal says it's OK to be gay--until you're 18

04/22/13 02:59PM

The Boy Scouts of America may be changing its policy of discrimination based on sexual orientation. 
 In a controversial resolution released on Friday, the group proposed lifting its ban on gay scouts--a significant shift in policy for one of the nation’s largest and most prominent youth development institutions--while still maintaining its current position excluding gay adults as potential leaders. If approved, the policy would take effect on Jan. 1, 2014. 
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A U.S. Capitol Police hazmat vehicle is parked at a mail processing facility for Congressional mail in Prince George's County where a letter addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., tested positive for ricin, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Hyattsville, Md...

Elvis impersonator arrested for ricin-positive letters sent to senator

04/18/13 03:01PM

Sen. Roger Wicker has not only met the Mississippi man accused of sending a suspicious letter to his office in Washington, D.C., but he once hired the suspect for a short stint. The Mississippi Republican lawmaker told reporters Thursday that he had met Paul Kevin Curtis—a Tupelo, Miss., man arrested for sending a letter that initially tested positive for the poison ricin—when he hired Curtis to perform as an Elvis impersonator at a party. "I have indeed met him," Wicker said. "He was very entertaining." read more

National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013.  (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Wayne LaPierre: Most influential man in world?

04/18/13 12:52PM

Time magazine unveiled its annual list of the 100 most influential people in world on Thursday, one day after the Senate torpedoed several measures to expand gun control. Given the Senate's cave to the National Rifle Association lobby it should come as no surprise that NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre made the cut. 
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File photos: (L) Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, speaks at a news conference at the house triangle with other members of the House Natural Resources Committee on energy provisions in the House Republican budget on March 29, 2012.  (Photo By Tom Williams...

Really? Congressmen connect Boston bombings to anti-immigration reform ideology?

04/17/13 03:20PM

Here we go again. 
 Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on Tuesday drew a tenuous connection between Monday’s attack at the Boston Marathon and lawmakers’ lengthy push to reform the nation’s immigration system. King argued that given the unsubstantiated rumors suggesting a foreign national could have been behind the bombings, lawmakers should proceed with caution on immigration legislation. 
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File Photo: Rhino 500 handguns are on display at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits on April 14, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images, File)

New NRA ad slams Obama: ‘Listen to America’s police instead’

04/17/13 12:06PM

The National Rifle Association is out with a new web ad in a last-ditch pitch to put pressure on lawmakers into voting against a bill that would expand background checks for firearm sales, set to take place Wednesday. 
 The ad, which diminishes the recent gun control pushes from President Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, cites the findings from a March survey conducted by, an organization primarily supported by ad sales from companies (including firearm manufacturers) that make products for law enforcement officials. 
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A U.S. Capitol Police hazmat vehicle is parked at a mail processing facility for Congressional mail in Prince George's County where a letter addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., tested positive for ricin, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Hyattsville, Md...

Man arrested for sending suspicious letters to Obama, Congress

04/17/13 11:45AM

UPDATED at 7:30 p.m. Two federal officials tell NBC News that agents have arrested a man from Tupelo, Miss., as a suspect in the mailing of the intercepted letters that initially tested positive for ricin. A joint FBI/Secret Service investigation is underway after a letter addressed to President Obama was intercepted and initially tested positive for ricin on Tuesday. read more

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick speaks as Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, middle, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers, far right, listen at a news conference in Boston Monday, April 15, 2013 regarding two bombs which exploded in...

Desperately seeking Tyler: Boston victim wants to thank her hero

04/16/13 07:04PM

Amid the tales of horror that follow any tragedy like the one experienced Monday in Boston, come the stories of compassion and heroism--like this one, heard at the end of Tuesday afternoon’s police press conference. 
 “We visited a young woman named Victoria,” said Mass. Governor Deval Patrick at the end of Tuesday’s briefing, “who is in the hospital because of serious shrapnel wounds.” 
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On the sixth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting, Colin Goddard, who was shot four times, leads a moment of silence for the 32 victims, along with the '3,300 lives lost to gun violence since the Newtown shooting,' outside the U.S. Capitol in...

Around-the-clock vigil honors Va. Tech anniversary

04/16/13 01:11PM

Anthony Brown. Sherrie Ann Boyd. Ross Alameddine. Christopher Carter. Ryan Clark. Leslie Sherman. These six individuals were included in a list of names of the people who were killed by gun violence since last year's tragedy in Newtown, Conn. On Monday, gun control advocates, survivors, and family members of victims began an around-the-clock vigil on Capitol Hill to read a list of names of individuals who ranged from children to adults, all from different parts of the country, who have died at the hands of a gun. read more