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Beyond Guns: N.R.A. Expands Agenda
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WASHINGTON Fresh off a string of victories in the courts and Congress, the National Rifle Association is flexing political muscle outside its normal domain, with both Democrats and Republicans courting its favor and avoiding its wrath on issues that sometimes seem to have little to do with guns.

The N.R.A., long a powerful lobby on gun rights issues, has in recent months also weighed in on such varied issues as health care, campaign finance, credit card regulations and Supreme Court nominees.

In the health care debate this year, for instance, the N.R.A.s lobbyists worked with the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, to include a little-noticed provision banning insurance companies from charging higher premiums for people with guns in their homes.

The N.R.A. worked out a deal last month exempting itself from a proposal requiring groups active in political spending to disclose their financial donors. Its push this spring for greater gun rights in the District of Columbia served to effectively kill a measure once seemingly assured of passage to give the district a voting seat in Congress.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/us/politics/13nra.htm...
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  -Beyond Guns: N.R.A. Expands Agenda groovedaddy  Jul-13-10 11:09 AM   #0 
  - Fuck the fucking NRA.  katandmoon   Jul-13-10 11:14 AM   #1 
  - You just made Charlton Heston roll over in his grave! n.t  groovedaddy   Jul-13-10 11:15 AM   #2 
  - Only his rifle sticking out keeps him from rotating continuously.  TheCowsCameHome   Jul-13-10 11:57 AM   #14 
  - Hear, hear!  damntexdem   Jul-13-10 11:32 AM   #8 
  - Supporting Constitutional rights isn't right-wing. Denying rights isn't progressive.  Statistical   Jul-13-10 11:50 AM   #13 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-14-10 03:48 AM   #24 
  - The usual tag-team approach by the "controllers." nt  SteveM   Jul-14-10 01:35 PM   #25 
  - Both. She has never made a civil post in the Guns forum.  GreenStormCloud   Jul-14-10 06:45 PM   #29 
  - Yeah!!  Glassunion   Jul-14-10 07:34 PM   #31 
  - Oh NYT. I dispute these have "little to do with guns".  Statistical   Jul-13-10 11:16 AM   #3 
  - The NRA supporting the conservative agenda?  onehandle   Jul-13-10 11:18 AM   #4 
  - What exactly in there was the conservative agenda?  Statistical   Jul-13-10 11:19 AM   #5 
     - Killing DC voting rights and stopping Democratic nominees. nt  onehandle   Jul-13-10 11:25 AM   #6 
        - Loss of DC voting rights was done 100% by Democratic Congress  Statistical   Jul-13-10 11:27 AM   #7 
        - Uh-huh. Meanwhile...  onehandle   Jul-13-10 12:14 PM   #15 
           - So you admit the NRA supports Democratic candidates.  Statistical   Jul-13-10 12:23 PM   #17 
           - Statistical, I have to disagree with you.  beevul   Jul-13-10 08:01 PM   #22 
           - The Modern NRA is made by gun-control advocates. Who can't let up. nt  SteveM   Jul-14-10 01:38 PM   #27 
        - That bill was pulled by DEMOCRATS and was never allowed to go to the floor for vote.  OneTenthofOnePercent   Jul-13-10 11:40 AM   #10 
        - Be careful.  Callisto32   Jul-13-10 07:34 PM   #20 
        - No, stopping D.C.'s anti-2A stance, stopping others' anti-2A stance. Questions? nt  SteveM   Jul-14-10 01:36 PM   #26 
  - If they stick to RKBA, I'm ok with the NRA  AtheistCrusader   Jul-13-10 11:35 AM   #9 
  - Likewise they had no opinon on DC voting rights.  Statistical   Jul-13-10 11:42 AM   #11 
  - Here is the connection.  GreenStormCloud   Jul-13-10 11:44 AM   #12 
     - Thanks. (and statistical too)  AtheistCrusader   Jul-13-10 12:18 PM   #16 
  - The quality of NYT reporting has greatly gone down hill.  ManiacJoe   Jul-13-10 12:39 PM   #18 
  - What do you expect from a newspaper  MisterBill45   Jul-13-10 09:12 PM   #23 
  - Wait.  Callisto32   Jul-13-10 07:32 PM   #19 
  - Still on Guns: NRA Maintains agenda. (nothing to see here, move on)  Glassunion   Jul-13-10 07:58 PM   #21 
  - Pretty punk reporting. The NYT is becoming a mediocre anti-2A rag...  SteveM   Jul-14-10 01:45 PM   #28 
     - The Sierra Club and AARP are a bunch of right-wing yahoos, dontcha know. (n/t)  benEzra   Jul-14-10 07:23 PM   #30 
 

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