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Lawmakers quietly resume negotiations on gun control

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke with reporters about immigration reform, intelligence leaks, and other issues on June 11.


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke with reporters about immigration reform, intelligence leaks, and other issues on June 11.

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders in Congress and the White House renewed their push for gun legislation on Thursday, just months after it was defeated in the Senate, amid delicate talks on a new background-check measure that advocates hope could change enough votes from no to yes.

But those negotiations met a warning from Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate majority leader, who said he would not accept any bill that is substantially weaker than the one defeated in April.

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“The bill that passes the Senate must have background checks and not a watered-down version of background checks,” Reid said in the Capitol, flanked by the families of Newtown, Conn., school shooting victims.

Quiet talks between senators Mark Begich, an Alaska Democrat, and Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, officially do not exist. Both senators voted no in April, and aides to both deny the existence of negotiations or legislation.

Other senators, however, are openly acknowledging and encouraging the effort and say the talks are building momentum.


Clinton affirms her intention to work at family foundation

CHICAGO — As she considers another White House bid, Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to work in the nonprofit world on issues like improving early childhood education, promoting the rights of women and girls, and finding ways to improve the economy.

At a Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Chicago, Clinton said the foundation would be her home base on a set of public policy initiatives close to her heart.

‘‘What I think we have to be about is working together, overcoming the lines that divide us, this partisan, cultural, geographic divide,’’ Clinton said. “Building on what we know works, we can take on any challenge we confront.”

Reflecting the entire family’s involvement, the foundation has been renamed the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.


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