Ailsa Chang http://wfpl.org en Gun Control Lobby Takes Note Of Opposition's Success http://wfpl.org/post/gun-control-lobby-takes-note-oppositions-success For gun control advocates hoping to see federal gun laws tighten after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., 2013 was a disheartening year. A narrow provision to expand background checks failed in the Senate.<p>For gun rights activists, the death of that legislation proved once more their single-issue intensity and decades-long grass-roots organizing were enough to prevail. Those are also valuable lessons for their opponents.<p><strong>A 'Voice' For Lost Children</strong><p>It may have been the year gun control legislation collapsed in the Senate, but Shundra Robinson is grateful for 2013. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:56:39 +0000 Ailsa Chang 8026 at http://wfpl.org Gun Control Lobby Takes Note Of Opposition's Success Senate Gets A Dose Of Scolding With Its Morning Prayer http://wfpl.org/post/senate-gets-dose-scolding-its-daily-prayer It's easy to tune out when the Senate goes through its morning rituals. The president pro tem calls the chamber to order; there's the Pledge of Allegiance. One morning could sound like any other.<p>Except for the past two weeks. Barry C. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:53:43 +0000 Ailsa Chang 7200 at http://wfpl.org Senate Gets A Dose Of Scolding With Its Morning Prayer With Government Shutdown Looming, All Eyes Turn To House GOP http://wfpl.org/post/government-shutdown-looming-all-eyes-turn-house-gop As expected, the Senate passed a bill Friday to keep the government funded through mid-November — without stripping any funding away from the president's health care law.<p>Now the action returns to the House, where Republicans earlier in the week tied the measure to defunding the Affordable Care Act. With the threat of a shutdown looming three days away, the question is now, what will the House do?<p>On Friday before the Senate vote, even the Senate chaplain hinted that the squabbling and mounting anger on Capitol Hill had gotten out of hand. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 10:27:46 +0000 Ailsa Chang 7016 at http://wfpl.org With Government Shutdown Looming, All Eyes Turn To House GOP Syria Resolution Could Be A Hard Sell On Capitol Hill http://wfpl.org/post/syria-resolution-could-be-hard-sell-capitol-hill Twenty-four hours after President Obama announced on Saturday that he'll wait for congressional authorization before launching strikes on Syria; members of Congress attended a classified briefing at the Capitol.<p>For days, most of the discontent among members of Congress has been about not being included in the deliberations on Syria, about not getting the chance to vote. Now that they've gotten their way, each member of Congress will have to go on the record.<p>"Right now, I would say, if the vote were today, it would probably be a no vote," Republican Rep. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 11:45:02 +0000 Ailsa Chang 6693 at http://wfpl.org Syria Resolution Could Be A Hard Sell On Capitol Hill