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Deputy White House spokesman Josh Earnest speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on March 27, 2013. (Associated Press)

White House: Vote on assault weapons ban is 'progress'

White House spokesman Josh Earnest disputed criticisms that President Obama has not engaged enough on gun control since the December shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn. saying Wednesday the fact that the U.S. Senate will be voting on a ban on so-called assault weapons "represents progress" on the issue.