Supporters of gun-owners’ rights spent almost $1.5 million during the first three months of this year -- a 61 percent increase over the same time last year -- to defeat Senate proposals restricting firearm purchases after the slaughter of 20 elementary school students in Connecticut.
Postal workers intercepted a letter addressed to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker that preliminary tests showed contained poisonous ricin, with lawmakers learning of the incident while they were being briefed yesterday on the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Federal authorities detained a Mississippi man suspected of mailing letters to President Barack Obama and a U.S. senator that initially tested positive for the poison ricin and heightened tensions after the Boston bombings.
Washington went into terrorism- alert mode as authorities reported preliminary tests showed a letter sent to President Barack Obama contained the poison ricin and suspicious packages triggered a temporary lockdown in parts of two Senate office buildings.
President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget offers those Senate Republicans who have shown they’ll negotiate with the administration a possible path to restarting talks on a multiyear deficit-reduction plan.
HCA Inc ., the hospital chain bought four years ago in a $33 billion leveraged buyout led by KKR & Co. and Bain Capital LLC, filed to sell shares worth as much as $4.6 billion in an initial public offering.