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Bessent: More time for Kirsten Gillibrand to lobby for votes

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., listens to a fellow

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Hurry up and wait.

That's the story of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's crusade to move the prosecution of sexual assaults in the U.s. military out of the chain of command.

Her revolutionary amendment to strip commanders of that authority and give it to professional military prosecutors was queued up for a vote this week in the U.S. Senate. With 53 senators publicly backing it (and maybe a...

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Bessent: Background checks are the heart of gun reform

A women fires a handgun at the

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The assault weapons ban is the flash point in the congressional debate over gun violence, but the wrangling over background checks is the battle to watch. Requiring the checks for all gun sales is the true heart of reform.

The howls of protest have been loud and long since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the bill that will come to the Senate floor next month will not include a ban on...

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