Matthew Dallek, a visiting scholar at the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center, teaches history and politics at the University of California Washington Center. He is author of The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan’s First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics. He worked as a speechwriter for House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt and Federal Communications Commission Chairman William E. Kennard.
Polls show that overwhelming majorities of Americans, and even of NRA members, favor universal background checks.
The Costa Concordia luxury cruise ship keeled over after it ran aground off the coast of Italy.
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