U.S. Commerce Secretary nominee Penny Pritzker received $54 million last year from an offshore trust in the Bahamas, according to a disclosure report that describes an empire of casinos, hotels, energy companies and family trusts that may be worth more than $2 billion.
The Senate defeated a plan to expand background checks for firearm purchasers, imperiling President Barack Obama’s bid for new gun-control measures four months after 20 schoolchildren were shot to death in Newtown, Connecticut.
President Barack Obama’s bid for new gun-control measures will be defeated today unless Senate Democratic leaders succeed in a final push to pick up the votes needed to expand background checks for gun purchasers.
Two days after the slaying of 20 first-graders at a Connecticut schoolhouse shocked the nation, President Barack Obama climbed a White House stage with an emotional appeal: It was time to fix the nation’s gun laws.
The National Rifle Association used the threat of an election-year backlash to tamp down U.S. Senate support for expanded background checks on gun sales -- even though the lobbying group lost almost every race it spent money on during the 2012 campaign.
The U.S. Senate voted to advance a scaled-back version of the gun-safety agenda President Barack Obama proposed after the shootings of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.