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David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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President Ronald Reagan (seated) and Chief of Staff James A. Baker III are pictured in the Oval Office of the White House. (University of Texas)

Former Reagan aide James Baker: President regretted apartheid veto

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, who served as President Ronald Reagan's chief of staff, said Sunday he's sure the 40th president regretted vetoing an anti-apartheid bill — a veto that Congress ultimately overrode in 1986. Published December 8, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, speaks during the Values Voter Summit, sponsored by the Family Research Council, on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Sen. Rand Paul: Supreme Court needs to re-examine Fourth Amendment

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Sunday that in light of recent revelations about data mining by the National Security Agency, the country needs a serious examination of privacy and the Fourth Amendment — and he pledged to take the fight to the country's highest court if necessary. Published December 8, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, speaks during a GOP fundraiser in Charleston, S.C., on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

As the unemployed wait, lawmakers debate about extended benefits

Congressional Democrats and Republicans are fighting over whether to extend unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of the month — a top priority for President Obama — and appear at odds over how exactly to pay for the approximately $26 billion that a one-year extension would cost. Published December 8, 2013

Buyers form trusts to get guns that are off-limits

The federal government is moving to crack down on what it says is a burgeoning scam where people who are not allowed to own firearms under their own name create a trust or corporation, and then legally have the gun transferred to that trust. Published December 5, 2013

** FILE ** A police officer leads two women and a child from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children, on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks)

Support for stricter gun laws drops: poll

Support for stricter gun laws appears to be fading as the first anniversary of the Connecticut school shootings in Newtown approaches, according to a new poll unveiled on the same day some of the 911 tapes from the Sandy Hook shootings were released. Published December 4, 2013

A vote on a bill that would extend a ban on undetectable plastic guns was delayed until Tuesday so that bill sponsor Rep. Howard Coble, North Carolina Republican, could be present to vote. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Extending plastic gun ban just first step?

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. Published December 2, 2013

Gun-buying spree wanes after post-Newtown high

Federal gun-purchase background checks ticked up in October, but analysts say the surge in applications to buy guns, which peaked in the months after the Newtown school shootings in Connecticut, likely has leveled off. Published November 28, 2013

** FILE ** (Associated Press)

Mental health record checks little-used

Fifteen states have submitted fewer than 100 total mental health records to the federal government's instant check system, marking what gun control advocates said is a major flaw in the system. Published November 27, 2013

Rep. Trey Radel, Florida Republican (left), sits in a smoking section Tuesday behind the Hazelden addiction treatment facility in Naples, Fla. The freshman congressman is receiving treatment at the facility during a leave of absence after pleading guilty last week to a misdemeanor cocaine possession charge. (associated press)

Radel resists Republican calls for his resignation

Embattled Rep. Trey Radel is resisting calls from fellow Republicans to resign, as a spokesman said Tuesday the freshman Florida Republican is focused on rehabilitation and returning to work. Published November 26, 2013

Rep. Trey Radel, Florida Republican, takes a moment to himself as he addresses the media at his office in Cape Coral, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Earlier in the day, Mr. Radel pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession and received one year's probation. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Scott McIntyre)

Rep. Trey Radel's top priorities: Finish rehab, return to work

Embattled Rep. Trey Radel thus far is resisting calls from fellow Republicans to resign his seat, as a spokesman said Tuesday that the the freshman Florida congressman is focused on rehabilitation and returning to his job. Published November 26, 2013

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, halted Senate action on a bill last week to renew the plastic weapons ban. He objected because it was introduced just hours before the chamber adjourned.

Recess to complicate push to renew plastic gun ban

The federal law banning undetectable plastic guns expires in two weeks and Congress is on a Thanksgiving vacation, making it likely the law will lapse — and opening up at least a temporary problem. Published November 25, 2013

Authorities say Adam Lanza killed his mother at their home and then opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people, including 20 children, before taking his own life, on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/NBC News)

Newtown shooter Adam Lanza acted alone, had no clear motive: report

Newtown gunman Adam Lanza acted alone in the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children and six educators dead but did not have a clear motive for killing his mother, carrying out the school slaughter, and then killing himself, according to a State's Attorney's report released Monday. Published November 25, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, speaks to reporters following a meeting of the party's House lawmakers on the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pelosi open to piecemeal approach on immigration

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she would be open to a piecemeal approach on immigration if that's what Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, chooses to do. Published November 21, 2013