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Proposal to expand background checks floated on Hill

Discussions around legislative fixes to mass shootings heated up Wednesday as the attorney general returned to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers about proposed gun bills, including a measure that would expand background checks for buyers.

Lawmakers skeptical anything on gun control could pass Congress

Skepticism abounds that any measure significantly changing the nation's laws related to gun control will gain enough Republican support in the Senate to pass, coming a week after President Donald Trump's tours of Dayton and El Paso. But Trump's aides and congressional officials have begun early stage talks on some possible responses.

Trump mulls options in the wake of 2 mass shootings

As President Donald Trump weighs legislative and executive options to address gun violence in the US, his own instinct to expand background checks is butting up against intense pressure from gun rights advocates, who are pressuring him that such a move would harm him politically.

Senate Democrats pivot to health care

Senate Democrats are quickly shifting their focus away from the polarizing Brett Kavanaugh fight and plan to intensely focus on health care in the final weeks of the midterm election season.

Getting to yes: How the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh

Just minutes had passed after the conclusion of the historic and emotionally-fraught congressional hearing where Christine Blasey Ford accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her three decades ago, and the four senators who would decide the fate of arguably the most contentious Supreme Court nominee in history quietly gathered in an ornate third-floor Capitol office.

What Kavanaugh's confirmation would mean

Thursday was a very good day for Brett Kavanaugh -- maybe his best day since being chosen as Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee back in July. Friday was even better, as his confirmation to the court appeared to be sealed with three key senators deciding he's worthy of being confirmed.

Trump urges West Virginia voters to reject Don Blankenship

President Donald Trump on Monday urged voters in West Virginia to reject controversial Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship in Tuesday's primary, stepping into a contest where establishment Republicans have grown increasingly worried that the ex-con coal baron could win.

Trump tells senators 'You're afraid of the NRA'

President Donald Trump asked Sen. Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican who's worked on a bill to strengthen background checks for gun purchases, whether he left a proposal to raise the gun purchasing age to 21 out of his measure because senators are "afraid of the NRA."