Washington Post: "The NRA's recent successes on Capitol Hill -- as well as a string of victories in state legislatures across the country -- demonstrate the effectiveness of the group's strategy to overcome a post-Newtown tilt toward gun control. The organization has drafted and circulated legislation, mobilized its members and continued to put pressure on politically vulnerable lawmakers. At the same time, groups attempting to promote stricter gun- control measures have faltered."
"New restrictions that a couple of months ago seemed possible, even likely, such as bans on assault weapons and universal background checks on gun purchases, are now in doubt."
reports Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) "threat to filibuster any new gun restrictions is gathering steam, as a dozen of his Republican colleagues have now signed onto his plan."
The Week looks at the final four Senate Democrats who have not yet indicated their support for same-sex marriage: Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tim Johnson (D-SD), and Mark Pryor (D-AR).
In honor of the legendary film critic Roger Ebert, who died earlier this week, The Fix reprints his reader-generated list of the best political movies of all time.
The two leading vote-getters were The Candidate, the 1972 film starring Robert Redford and 1992′s Bob Roberts with Tim Robbins in the lead role.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that "unless nominations start moving swiftly through the Senate, another round of dramatic rules changes may be in the offing," Roll Callreports.
Said Reid: "All within the sound of my voice, including my Democratic senators and the Republican senators who I serve with, should understand that we as a body have the power on any given day to change the rules with a simple majority, and I will do that if necessary."
When Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) "last appeared with a bipartisan group of senators to discuss their plans for a broad overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, he looked optimistic, apple-cheeked -- and slightly nervous," the New York Times reports.
"Given the disdain some conservatives reserve for Republicans who consort publicly with Democrats, he had reason to be."
"The next time Mr. Rubio is likely to appear with his colleagues in the eight-person bipartisan group could be an even bigger moment, when its members officially introduce joint immigration legislation this month. The probable tableau seems ready-made for problems in the 2016 Republican presidential primary fight in which many expect Mr. Rubio to partake: images of Mr. Rubio, smiling and celebrating alongside Democratic senators and maverick Republicans as he claims co-authorship of an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws that many Republicans will reject."
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