Expanded background checks on gun purchases, immigration reform and other key goals for the president over the next three years threaten to be crowded out and ultimately relegated to the political graveyard if President Obama is unable to make a deal with Republicans on the government shutdown and debt ceiling. (associated press)

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Expanded background checks on gun purchases, immigration reform and other key goals for the president over the next three years threaten to be crowded out and ultimately relegated to the political graveyard if President Obama is unable to make a deal with Republicans on the government shutdown and debt ceiling. (associated press)