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Victories often contain the seeds of future defeats. So it is -- or at least should be -- with the Senate's morally reprehensible rejection of expanded background checks for gun buyers.

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In the wake of Monday's deadly Boston Marathon bombings, should we urge the Senate to proceed with the gun control debate as scheduled? Or should we condemn both chambers of Congress and the president for doing too little, too late to deal with the problem of mass violence and what some have termed the nation’s culture of death?The Boston Marathon blasts took the lives of three people. They also threaten to take another casualty, postponing, if not entirely derailing, the Senate debate on gun control.

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West Virginia's Gov Joe Manchin III has picked a successor to the late US Sen Robert Byrd, and the new recruit is a young whippersnapper at that He's 36-year-old Carte Goodwin, and he's also a Democrat, but his party can't get too excited (continued).

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