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The House voted Tuesday to renew a ban on undetectable plastic guns, sending the bill to the Senate, where Democrats must decide whether to accept it as is or pick a fight that could cause them to break the Dec. 9 deadline when the ban expires.
Gun rights groups are rallying to try to stop any extension of a federal law to ban undetectable plastic guns, saying that if the House GOP passes something Senate Democrats will turn it into a broader gun control push.
The dividend of three decades of "getting tough on crime" is a decade of reductions in violent-crime rates. Incarcerating more criminals for longer periods has been an effective way to reduce crime.
President Obama has finally found some people to take him up on the idea of raising taxes on the rich. A small group of millionaires wants to force everyone else to fill government coffers, but don't expect them to chip in themselves.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak personally thanked Congress Thursday for ratifying a long-awaited free trade agreement between the U.S. and his country the day before, saying the deal strengthened what already was "one of the closest, most important economic relationships in the world."
The American patent system, although rarely recognized for the role that it plays, has been a tremendous factor in the success of our country. It made possible the technological lead that has given us the edge over competitors and enemies. Yet, there are powerful forces, especially in the electronics industry, that would dramatically change, if not destroy, the patent system that has served us so well for over 200 years.