| Apr 17, 2013
| 7:15 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan effort to expand background checks is in deep trouble as the Senate approaches a long-awaited vote on the linchpin of the drive to curb gun violence. As the showdown draws near, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 8:56 AM
"We think it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show. No loopholes anywhere for anyone." — National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, in testimony before the...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 9:45 AM
WASHINGTON -- Terrorism is speech -- speech that gathers its audience by killing innocents as theatrically as possible. The 19th-century anarchist Paul Brousse called it "propaganda by deed." Accordingly, the Boston Marathon attack, the first successful...
| Apr 20, 2013
| 6:00 PM
One of the phrases repeated often by advocates of stricter gun laws since the Dec. 14 Newtown school massacre has been: "If not now, when?"
That rhetorical question became a literal one Wednesday when a federal gun-control bill crashed and burned in the...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 3:25 AM
WASHINGTON - Terrorism is speech -- speech that gathers its audience by killing innocents as theatrically as possible. The 19th-century anarchist Paul Brousse called it "propaganda by deed." Accordingly, the Boston Marathon attack, the first successful...
| Apr 26, 2013
The sordid results of Senate voting on April 17 reflect clearly the loss of common sense and the courage to stand up to the political clout of the National Rifle Association. When the vote count became public, two thoughts came to mind. First was the word...
| Apr 28, 2013
The NRA has won the battle but lost the war. The best thing that happened to gun control is its defeat in Congress. Today's losers (Obama, Democrats, the 90 percent of Americans who support sane legislation) will be tomorrow's winners. Today's winners...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 5:08 PM
For the better part of a decade, Jill Crowther-Peters has portrayed the widowed seamstress who stitched the Star-Spangled Banner, but on Thursday she had the chance to really feel what it was like to be her.
Crowther-Peters, dressed as 19th-century...
| Aug 21, 2012
If it hasn't completely vanished down the memory hole, you might recall that last week a man walked into the headquarters of the conservative Family Research Council with a backpack of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and bullets, said something like "I don't...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 4:35 PM
The attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) at the start of 2011 provoked knee-jerk reactions among amateur pundits who were all too quick to place the blame on Sarah Palin, who'd posted a map on the Web with cross......
| Dec 19, 2012
If you're thinking that last week's tragedy in Newtown, Conn., makes it likely that Congress will soon pass stricter federal gun laws, remember this: People thought the same thing in 2011, after a gunman shot into a Tucson crowd, killing six and...