Inside the Beltway: GOP adults in the room

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MUELLER’S NEW LIFE

He took over as FBI director on September 4, 2001, a week before terrorist attacks on American soil changed the nation. Robert Mueller served a dozen more years before stepping down on Sept. 4, the longest-serving director since J. Edgar Hoover.

Now what?

A Vietnam veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former Justice Department litigator, Mr. Mueller is returning to the practice of law. He also will become Georgetown University’s first “distinguished executive-in-residence,” serving as an unpaid faculty and student adviser unaffiliated with any specific academic department.

“There are four areas that I’m interested in — national security, cybersecurity, organizations in transition and leadership,” Mr. Muller says, adding that he looks forward to being associated with a university with “Jesuit values, dignity and integrity.”

POLL DU JOUR

57 percent of Americans say “better mental health care” would play stronger role than stricter gun laws role in preventing mass shootings in the U.S.; 74 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of Democrats agree.

52 percent of Americans say stricter gun laws will not make a difference in preventing future mass shootings; 59 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats agree.

40 percent overall say that making gun laws stricter would help prevent such events; 14 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of Democrats agree.

48 percent say gun control law should be made more strict; 20 percent of Republicans and 73 percent of Democrats agree.

29 percent overall say the laws should not change; 46 percent of Republicans and 17 percent of Democrats agree.

16 percent say the laws should be made less strict; 29 percent of Republicans and 3 percent of Democrats agree.

45 percent say the days following a mass shooting are “the right time” to have a national discussion about gun laws; 19 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A YouGov/Huffington Post survey of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted Sept. 17-18.

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