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President Obama addressed the country hours after a gunman killed nine and wounded more than a dozen at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Despite Obama’s passion, little movement seen on guns

- The Washington Times

For the 15th time in his nearly seven years in office, President Obama last week consoled the nation and demanded action on gun-control legislation — but America’s most recent mass shooting likely will serve as another reminder that the president’s bully pulpit simply isn’t powerful enough to drive change on the complex, contentious issue of Second Amendment rights.

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers question from members of the media during a news conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

U.S., partners zeroing in on massive Asia trade deal

- The Washington Times

Negotiators for the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations were laboring into the night Sunday as they neared completion of a massive free trade deal long sought by President Obama, who now faces a backlash in Congress over his administration’s last-minute move to restrict tobacco companies’ access to a proposed international dispute settlement panel.

A "surge" in Republican preference for those with new ideas and different outlooks likely drives the popularity of "outsider" candidates like Donald Trump and Ben Carson. (Associated Press)

They want new ideas, different approach: Republican yen for outsider candidates has ‘surged’

- The Washington Times

GOP voters prefer outsider candidates in the White House race: The penchant for a presidential hopeful with “new ideas and a different approach has surged — with virtually all of the increase coming among Republican and Republican-leaning voters,” notes a Pew Research Center poll. “Today, by more than two to one (65 percent to 29 percent), Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters say it is more important that a candidate have new ideas than experience and a proven record. Just five months ago, GOP voters valued experience and a proven record over new ideas, 57 percent to 36 percent.”

Donald Trump has been pushing the Republican Party into areas where many candidates prefer not to be. He has helped force immigration to the top of the issues for many Republican primary voters and sent fellow candidates scrambling to recalibrate their own stances. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump: Obama ‘great divider’ on guns

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump on Sunday said President Obama made himself a “great divider” of Americans by pushing for more gun-control laws in response to last week’s mass shooting at an Oregon community college.

Despite considerable political baggage, former President Bill Clinton may convince some voters to support his wife. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton campaign sending Bill out on the trail

- The Washington Times

They’d kept him off the trail for months, but Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign is finally deploying former President Bill Clinton, accepting the political risks he brings as worthy tradeoff if he can shore up support for his wife among longtime Democrats and build enthusiasm among Hispanic and black voters.

House Committee on the Budget Chairman Tom Price, Georgia Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

House budget-minders tee up moves to dismantle Obamacare

- The Washington Times

House Republicans announced Friday they will forge ahead next week with efforts to dismantle Obamacare through a fast-track budget process, wasting little time after three panels recommended ways to repeal the 2010 law’s most unpopular mandates, taxes and regulations.

Hispanic Chamber dings Trump for passing on forum

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said Friday that Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a question and answer session scheduled for next week “only deepens our community’s already negative perceptions of him.”

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, listens as he gets the endorsement of former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

John Kasich calls for Syria no-fly zones, warns Russia to comply

- Associated Press

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday the United States should establish no-fly zones and sanctuaries along Syria’s border with Jordan and Turkey, and warn aggressors, specifically Russian President Vladimir Putin, that they violate those buffers at their own risk.

Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, left, and Donald Trump talk before the start of the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ** FILE **

Donald Trump leads Ben Carson by 9 points: poll

- The Washington Times

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a 9-point lead in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination over retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, among a potential GOP electorate that now says it prefers new ideas and a different approach over experience and a proven record, according to a poll released Friday.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, left, Stephen Breyer, center, and Clarence Thomas, leave St. Mathews Cathedral, after the Red Mass in Washington on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The Supreme Court's new term starts Monday, Oct. 5. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Familiar, divisive social issues on Supreme Court agenda

- Associated Press

The Supreme Court is starting a new term that promises a steady stream of divisive social issues, and also brighter prospects for conservatives who suffered more losses than usual in recent months.

FILE- In this Sept. 14, 2006 file photo, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice listens to a reporter's questions in her Mineola, N.Y. office. Rice barred her prosecutors from keeping handguns, even at home; her office said the goal was safety. Although her successor, current acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas loosened the policy, prosecutors are still prohibited from carrying guns at work. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)

NY district attorney's policy barring guns prompts debate

- Associated Press

After a suburban district attorney in New York barred her prosecutors from keeping handguns, even at home, her office said the goal was safety. But the now-changed restriction has touched off debate about whether prosecutors should be packing heat.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 photo, High Bridge Arms general manager Steve Alcairo reaches into a display case of handguns while being interviewed in San Francisco. High Bridge Arms, the last gun store in San Francisco, is scheduled to close on Oct. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

San Francisco's last gun store closing doors for good

- Associated Press

The only gun store in San Francisco is shuttering for good, saying it can no longer operate in the city's political climate of increased gun control regulations and vocal opposition to its business.

Vice President Joe Biden waves to the crowd after he speaks, during Human Rights Campaign National Dinner at  Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in  Washington, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Biden backs transgender military service as US weighs policy

- Associated Press

Vice President Joe Biden is throwing his unequivocal support behind letting transgender people serve openly in the U.S. military, as the Obama administration considers whether and when to lift the longstanding ban.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs after speaking to campaign supporters, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Franklin, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Trump defends 2nd Amendment following Oregon shootings

- Associated Press

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday channeled 1970s action star Charles Bronson in defending Second Amendment rights in the aftermath of the shooting at an Oregon community college that left nine dead.

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013 file photo, Troy Newman, head of the Kansas-based Operation Rescue, holds an anti-abortion sign outside his headquarters housed in a closed abortion clinic in Wichita, United States. American anti-abortion activist Newman is expected to be deported from Australia amid concerns that he could incite violence. Newman was detained at Melbourne Airport on Thursday, Oct. 1 after trying to enter Australia even though officials had canceled his visa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Australia to deport American anti-abortion activist

Associated Press

An American anti-abortion activist is expected to be deported from Australia, after the nation's highest court ruled Friday that he posed a threat to public order amid concerns he could incite violence against women.