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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Universal background checks may have best chance in Congress

President Obama hugs 8-year-old letter writer Grant Fritz during a news conference on proposals to reduce gun violence, Wednesday in the South Court Auditorium at the White House. Obama and Biden were joined by law enforcement officials, lawmakers and children who wrote the president about gun violence following the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last month.