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The grassroots group Moms Demand Action is calling for its 100,000 members to march for "gun sense" during the Fourth of July. (image from Moms Demand Action)

Moms Demand Action march against the gun lobby on July 4

Fireworks and barbecues do not lead the activities of Moms Demand Action this week. "Having gun sense is patriotic," declare organizers from the 100,000-member group founded last December after the Newtown shootings. Its membership will march in more than than a dozen cities on Thursday.

Reince Priebus to Latinos: the GOP has changed

"Republicans know we can't truly represent America until we're engaged in every community and every state. The old GOP didn't do a great job of that. But the new GOP - the Growth and Opportunity Party - is doing things differently," Mr. Priebus says.

Bush/Palin 2016 called 'the GOP's only chance'

In the constantly shifting equations of potential Republican hopefuls for future president and vice president, former Florida governor Jeb Bush name has been tied with another former governor: Sarah Palin. The pair have now been framed as a "the GOP's only chance" in the race

A pair of mayors bolt from Bloomberg's anti-gun group

Not all mayors want to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the well-funded and aggressive activist group founded in 2006 by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. There's not a single mayor in the states of Alaska, Montana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming who has signed up, in fact.

Here comes the sunny skies: President Obama pivots to climate change

There's been so much stormy weather around the White House in recent weeks that it's no wonder that President Obama has heeded the radar and returned to the familiar, vapid region of climate change. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama heads to Georgetown University to remind his green-minded pals that he has not forgotten a promise of five months ago.

Glenn Beck on Washington: 'I despise that city'

"There are many things I don't believe in anymore, and Washington is one of them. And I despise that city now. Because it has just become a symbol of corruption to me, a symbol of grotesque growth, where the rest of us are suffering in the rest of the country," Mr. Beck said.

Mayor Bloomberg's food composting edict could create a Manhattan feast - for rats

"But we live in a big city, not on a farm, and while composting is a great idea in certain circumstances, it doesn't make sense to mandate that all New York residents save their rotting food," says one risk expert. "Consider the increased risks from disease-carrying vermin, a problem the city still hasn't conquered, from all of the pre-compost material sitting around."