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Obama town hall on gun violence: Voters can break NRA 'stranglehold' on Congress

Obama town hall on gun violence- President Barack Obama appeared on national television Thursday night in a town hall meeting to discuss a highly controversial issue that's taken center stage this week -- gun violence in America -- which he addressed with new executive orders intended to tighten gun controls in the United States.

The president appeared on the CNN special, titled Guns in America: Obama Town Hall, with host Anderson Cooper. During the live telecast from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Obama spoke of his new efforts to fight gun violence, reflected on tragedies of the past and took questions from concerned members in the audience.


Team Trump all over the map on Morocco 'mistake'

Trump faux pas re Morocoo videoDonald Trump’s lawyer is taking back a statement he made earlier Tuesday that a video clip used in Trump's new TV ad was a mistake.

"I wasn't aware of the question as stated, knew little about the ad or campaign strategy, but after connecting with the Trump campaign, I understand it was done that way to demonstrate that the United States has become a dumping ground for other countries who are continually taking advantage of us. I do not speak for Mr. Trump or the campaign," Michael Cohen, the Trump Organization's executive vice president and special counsel to Trump, told POLITICO in an email.


Obama unveils gun plan, says arms lobby 'can't hold America hostage'

ObamaPresident Barack Obama was reduced to tears Tuesday as he recalled the lives of children killed by gun violence in America, and resolved to keep firearms away from those who shouldn’t have them through executive action that would bypass an Republican-led Congress that had proved intransigent on the issue.

With tears running down his cheeks, Obama said that every time he thinks of the first-graders murdered in a mass shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, it gets him mad. “By the way, it happens in the streets of Chicago every day,” he added in reference to the daily toll of gun violence in cities across America.


NRA tweets image with bullets next to photos of NYC lawmakers

NRA tweets photos with bullets targeting lawmakersThe National Rifle Association targeted a pair of Brooklyn state legislators with an image of bullets next to pictures of the two gun control advocates.

America’s 1st Freedom, an NRA publication, tweeted the image of Democratic State Sen. Roxanne Persaud and Democratic Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon Monday morning.

The organization showed its staunch opposition in a blog post  to a bill the lawmakers announced last month limiting ammunition purchases over a 90-day period.


The Gay-Hating Pastor Bankrolling Ted Cruz

Farris WilksRight outside this little town, there’s a tiny church that wants to change the world. And, thanks to the billionaire pastor’s backing, it just might be able to get that done.

The church is the Assembly of Yahweh, and its pastor, Farris Wilks, happens to be one of the most powerful new players in presidential politics. Farris, along with his brother Dan, made his fortune off the fracking boom and is using part of it to back Sen. Ted Cruz in his bid for the White House.


Trump and His Debts: A Narrow Escape

Trump an dhis debtsOn Labor Day weekend in 1990, as Donald Trump faced the worst crisis of his career, he and Wilbur Ross Jr. headed to Atlantic City, N.J., for talks at Mr. Trump’s opulent Taj Mahal casino, which had just opened but was already on the verge of missing a bond payment.

Mr. Ross, as an expert on distressed assets, represented bondholders. Mr. Trump brought him to the seaside town for talks, in a helicopter bearing the name “Trump” in giant red letters.

“The bondholders were obviously quite angry,” Mr. Ross says. “Their initial inclination was to throw the rascal out.”


Two N.J. papers slam Christie's record as governor

Christie slammed by two NJ papers- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may have garnered an endorsement from an influential New Hampshire newspaper, but the broadsheets back home are not rooting for him.

Two New Jersey newspapers -- The Asbury Park Press and The Courier News -- published staff editorials slamming Christie's track record as governor. Both editorials reviewed a joint reader survey on Christie's job performance. According to both papers, Christie received mostly C's and D's in many areas.

The Asbury Park Press editorial, published Friday, found three reasons for Christie's low approval ratings in New Jersey:


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