Congress

2:36pm

Thu March 7, 2013
NPR Story

Senate Committee Passes Bill Meant To Reduce 'Straw Purchases' Of Guns

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 4:13 pm

The first major gun bills in nearly two decades had their first hearing in the Senate on Thursday, including an assault weapons ban and a ban on so-called "straw purchases." Still, even in the aftermath of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., the legislation faces an uphill battle. Ailsa Chang talks to Melissa Block.

1:57pm

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Senate Approves Nomination Of John Brennan As CIA Chief

John Brennan testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, on February 7, 2013.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

After an epic filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul that lasted into the early morning hours, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm the nomination of John Brennan as the country's next Central Intelligence Agency director.

As we reported, Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, stood on the floor of the Senate for nearly 13 hours, repeatedly asking for an explanation of the Obama administration's targeted killing program.

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7:52am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Will Breaking Bread Break The Deadlock In D.C.?

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 11:38 am

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., gave a thumbs-up Wednesday night after he and other GOP senators had dinner with President Obama.
Olivier Douliery/pool Getty Images

Wednesday night it was dinner with a small group of Republican lawmakers.

Thursday it's lunch with 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

Next week, the president is due to have lunch with more Republican senators.

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7:12am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Today: First Key Votes On Gun Laws Since Newtown Shootings

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 10:52 am

Guns on display at a show in Fort Wayne, Ind., last month.
Brian Cassella MCT /Landov

Update at 12:45 p.m. ET. One Measure Approved So Far:

"The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation Thursday making gun trafficking a federal crime as lawmakers cast the first vote in Congress to curb firearms since December's horrific shootings at a Connecticut elementary school," The Associated Press writes.

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5:44am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Nearly 13 Hours Later, Sen. Paul Ends His Filibuster; Here's The Video

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 11:45 am

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., during his filibuster.
Senate Television AP

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