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Christopher W. Cox, chairman of the NRA’s Political Victory Fund, said Friday that the organization strongly opposed the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, and it had warned lawmakers that the NRA would weigh that vote when it came to its endorsements.

“The vote on Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the court, along with the previous year’s confirmation vote on Sonia Sotomayor, are critical for the future of the Second Amendment,” Mr. Cox said.

Mr. Cox then indicated that the NRA would not endorse Mr. Reid. However, he stopped short of saying whether the group would support Mr. Reid’s opponent, Republican Sharron Angle, or stay neutral in the race.

An NRA spokesman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the group would stay out of the race entirely. The organization did not respond to numerous requests from the Associated Press for comment.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama board OKs tax report

President Obama’s economic advisory board says any attempts to simplify the complicated federal tax code will produce lower taxes for some people and higher payments for others.

The board, led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, says some of those affected could be middle-class families that Mr. Obama has promised to shield from tax increases.

Mr. Obama tasked the panel to review the pros and cons of three tax issues: simplifying the tax code, getting people to pay up and overhauling the corporate tax structure.

The report does not recommend any options over others.

Mr. Volcker says the goal is to set out as clearly as possible all the competing considerations and hope that the administration and Congress will draft legislation or put into place practices that can make it easier to navigate the tax system.

EPA

Bid to ban lead in ammo denied

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday denied a petition by five environmental groups to ban lead in hunting ammunition, saying the issue is not within the agency’s jurisdiction.

The EPA said it did not have the authority to enact the ban, aimed at protecting wildlife, under the Toxic Substances Control Act, as the groups had requested.

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