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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, answers a question as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., center, listens and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, looks on during a Republican presidential primary debate, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Republicans face-off in eighth debate showdown

- The Washington Times

Three days out from votes being cast here in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, most of the candidates in the shrinking GOP presidential field will be have a golden opportunity in a debate Saturday night to deliver their closing argument to undecided voters.

In a Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, former President Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown, in Plains, Ga. Carter's battle with cancer, which put a spotlight on his faith and led to an outpouring of support, is among the state's top stories of 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Jimmy Carter: ‘I would choose Trump’

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump isn’t shying away from recent praise by Jimmy Carter, saying the former Democratic president has “good taste” after he chose the business magnate over Sen. Ted Cruz as his favorite GOP candidate.

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Missouri Democrat proposes gun ban for domestic abusers

- Associated Press

While there's consensus in some other Republican-dominated states to ramp-up laws to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a Missouri proposal to do that appears to have little chance in the GOP Legislature.

Committee suggests domestic violence gun law for New Mexico

- Associated Press

New Mexico lawmakers' push this year to crack down on violent crime doesn't include legislation that would strengthen laws to keep firearms from domestic abusers - despite recommendations from a state review team and a trend that has seen other states take such action.

Kansas won't join effort to tighten domestic abuse gun laws

- Associated Press

Kansas appears unlikely to join more than two dozen states that have passed laws in the last two years making it more difficult for domestic abusers to possess weapons, a state representative who introduced a similar law during the 2015 legislative session said.

More than 5,700 charged under Joshua's Law since inception

- Associated Press

In 2014, New Hampshire enacted a law that expressly created a domestic violence charge to cover cases of abuse involving intimate partners. The enactment of a specific domestic violence charge allowed the names to be entered into a federal database that prohibits people convicted of such charges from purchasing or possessing a firearm. Here at a glance are key details of what is known as Joshua's Law:

Utah joins push to keep guns from domestic abusers

- Associated Press

Utah legislators quietly changed a state law last year to keep in an attempt to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous domestic abusers, following a nationwide trend of state legislative action on a rare area of consensus in the polarized debate over guns.

Small group of NY lawmakers make biggest outside incomes

- Associated Press

Reform advocates, most voters and Gov. Andrew Cuomo want to help clean up scandal-scarred Albany by prohibiting the state's 213 legislators from making serious money on the side.

Massachusetts has tough gun laws, fewer domestic killings

- Associated Press

Massachusetts has some of the toughest gun laws in the country and relatively few fatal domestic violence shootings of states with similar populations. Here's a look at the number of killings and the laws meant to help curb the violence in the state:

Domestic violence, gun-control groups divided over gun bill

- Associated Press

Advocates for domestic violence victims in Virginia who've long sought to toughen the state's gun laws are praising a rare compromise in Richmond that could finally shepherd into law a measure that would strip abusers of their gun rights.