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NRA ad claims Hillary Clinton is threat to gun rights

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The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT): 7:45 p.m. On the same day Hillary Clinton is set to claim the Democratic presidential nomination, the National Rifle Association is coming out with an ad saying Americans’ “right to own a gun for self-defense is at risk in this election.” The group says it plans to begin airing the 30-second ad on Thursday. It features a rape victim who confronted President Barack Obama over gun right at a town…

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A divided Senate answers Orlando with gridlock on gun curbs

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A divided Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns on Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando’s mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in gridlock anyway — even over restricting firearms for terrorists. In largely party-line votes, rejected were one proposal from each side to keep extremists from acquiring guns and another shoring up the government’s existing system of required background checks for many firearms purchases. With the chamber’s visitors’ galleries unusually crowded…

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Vern Buchanan wants Congress to quickly fund President Obama $1.9 billion request for Zika

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When it comes to pushing for Congress to allocate the $1.9 billion request to handle the Zika crisis, Barack Obama has no greater advocate in Congress than Sarasota Representative Vern Buchanan. The GOP lawmaker penned a letter to congressional leaders on Tuesday, urging them to listen to the medical experts and appoint a conference committee immediately to come together to pass the full amount requested by the White House and most Democrats. “The cost of delay is unacceptably high,” Buchanan writes in a…

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Alan Grayson: At least they’re not calling me Hitler

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Democrat Alan Grayson has been dubbed “Angry Alan” by his Senate opponent, compared to Republican Donald Trump for his penchant for earning headlines with his mouth and has become the whipping post for some in the Washington party establishment who hope he loses Florida’s primary. But he said things could be worse. “At least they’re not calling me the Adolf Hitler of the Democratic Senate race. They haven’t quite gone there yet. It’s only a matter of time before they…

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Joe Biden plays nice while picking sides in Florida Senate race

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Vice President Joe Biden might be taking sides in Florida’s Democratic Senate primary, but unlike Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, he’s not getting nasty about it. Biden campaigned with U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy at a downtown Orlando soul food restaurant Thursday, the day after Reid quarreled with Murphy’s opponent, Congressman Alan Grayson. Reid has asked Grayson to drop out of the race, saying he has no moral compass, is disgraceful and that he has a low opinion of him. Biden,…

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Bob Graham latest big name Democrat to back Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate seat

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Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham has endorsed Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate. “To be a U.S Senator requires a number of talents, one of which is to be an effective ambassador for your state in Washington, particularly a state that has as diverse a population, economy, range of interests, international relationships, as does Florida,” Graham said in a conference call organized by the Murphy campaign. “That ambassadorial role is extremely important. I’m confident that Patrick, with his…

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

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Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Republican presidential candidate John Kasich; Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Kasich, McConnell; Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. ___ CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Kasich; Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C. ___ CNN’s “State of the Union” — Kasich, McConnell, Priebus. ___ “Fox News Sunday” — McDonough, Kasich, McConnell.…

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