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- 68 Senators voted in favor of opening up debate on a new gun control agreement which would close gun show loophole, and also require background checks for firearms sold online.
- 16 Republican Senators supported ending the filibuster, including former NRA favorite Pat Toomey (R-PA), who helped to draft the bipartisan proposal. source
- 65% of voters believe that President Obama has a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans after being reelected last month. That includes 45 percent of the Republicans surveyed as well.
- 64% of voters believe that President Obama also has a mandate top protect programs like Medicare and Social Security during his next term. Considering Senate Republicans are now relying on filibusters of their own proposals related to the “fiscal cliff,” something tells us that Speaker Boehner was probably correct in telling House Republicans not to make holiday plans this year. source