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Shalala To Fight Trump If Elected To Congress

Former Clinton cabinet member Donna Shalala is vying to win the Democratic nomination to flip a Florida district long held by popular GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, but her sights are already set on President Donald Trump. (March 8)

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to solve the gun problem with small steps (HBO)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich acknowledged in an interview with VICE News that the gun reforms he announced this week fall short, but that they’re the “best I can do” in the face of political headwinds in his state. 

“I’m not a miracle man. I’m just a guy trying to do the best I can to maneuver in what was a difficult environment,” Kasich said. 

The Ohio Republican, who will close out his second and final term as governor this year, on Thursday unveiled six gun reform proposals crafted by a bipartisan working group he convened last year on the issue. The proposals largely bring Ohio law in step with federal law, with two additions: closing holes in the background check system, and creating a new kind of protective order to take guns away from potentially violent people. 

They come just two weeks after Kasich lambasted President Trump for showing a lack of leadership on guns in an interview on CNN, where he expressed support for universal background checks and a ban on bump stocks.

“We need leadership out of the executive. This is a great opportunity for commonsense steps that can be taken just in the area of background checks,” he said.

Speaking to VICE News this week, Kasich defended his own proposals, saying they’re what’s achievable in the Ohio legislature.

“Are there other things that I would like to see in this? Of course there are. But this is the best that I can do to be in a position where I can be optimistic about some changes,” he said.

Kasich pointed to the political power of staunch gun-rights advocates as the main obstacle in getting broader reforms passed.

“What happens here is there are people who believe that [Second Amendment] rights should not be violated in any way. And they will go to legislators. And they will do everything they can to stop it and/or to defeat them.”

As the last man standing in the 2016 GOP presidential primary — who refused to endorse Trump even after dropping out of the race — Kasich has continued to criticize Trump well into his presidency, fueling buzz that he’ll try for another presidential bid in 2020. And he notoriously refuses to rule out the prospect when asked — telling VICE News simply “there’s no opening” in 2020, presuming the president runs for reelection.

“So that’s kinda hard.” 

If there were an opening — if Trump were, for some reason, not to run for reelection? “I don’t know what can happen in the future,” Kasich said. “I don’t know what I’m gonna do when I’m done.”

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Congress Debate on Gun Control Stalls Vote

The Senate was poised to consider to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), though votes were not yet scheduled amid resistance from within the GOP ranks. (Feb. 27)

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Trump on Memo: ‘Lot of People Should Be Ashamed’

President Donald Trump says a newly declassified GOP memo alleging FBI abuses shows, “a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves.” (Feb. 2)

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One Dead in GOP Train Collision in Virginia

A train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck on Wednesday. No lawmakers were reported to be injured, but the White House said one person was killed and another was seriously injured. (Jan. 31)

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Senator Orrin Hatch Retires after 40 Years

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said Tuesday he will not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the Senate, opening the door for former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to run for his seat. (Jan. 2)

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Trump Hails Legislative Accomplishments For 2017

President Donald Trump paid a post-Christmas visit to firefighters in West Palm Beach, Florida. Greeting the first responders he touted his legislative accomplishments, including the GOP tax bill, also saying the country’s “doing well.” (Dec. 27)

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Senate Dems Blast GOP Tax Bill After Trump Win

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other key Senate Democrats blasted the GOP tax legislation one day after President Donald Trump signed it into law. Schumer said the Republican party has led with a credo of “help the rich, hurt the middle class.” (Dec. 21)

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15 Arrested at NYSE for Protesting Tax Bill

Fifteen people were arrested Tuesday for blocking the entrance to the New York Stock Exchange to protest the GOP tax plan overhaul. (Dec. 19)

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Brady: New Tax Code for New Era of Prosperity

Rep. Kevin Brady spoke Friday about the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation would slash tax rates for big business and lower levies in each tax bracket. The GOP plans to muscle the $1.5 trillion through Congress next week. (Dec. 15)

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