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national lead

April 3rd, 2013
10:50 AM ET

Enforcing gun laws on the books is easier said than done

By Jake Tapper

President Obama heads to Denver, Colorado, today to make a push for improved background checks for handgun purchases, legislation that the National Rifle Association opposes.

The one priority that everyone in the gun debate seems to agree on is that the laws on the books should be enforced to keep guns out of the hands of those whom, society has ruled, should not have them – felons, or those with adjudicated emotional and mental problems, or those with domestic violence restraining orders.

Simple, right?


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politics lead

April 3rd, 2013
09:22 AM ET

Not only Democrats are ready for Clinton – Republicans are, too

Just two months have gone by since Hillary Clinton became a private citizen and stepped out of the spotlight for the first time in decades, but already the political world is watching every move she makes in preparation for the 2016 election.

The GOP prepared reams of research documents to use against her back in 2008, but a lot of their ammunition went unused. Republican operatives are openly worrying about a Clinton coronation in 2016, so they plan to make use of it early.

To that end, groups such as the America Rising super PAC – led by Mitt Romney's former campaign manager Matt Rhoades – are gearing up. Defining Clinton on their terms is the first order of business.

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