http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/08/politics/08GUNS.html The White House backs an extension of the 9-year-old federal ban on certain assault-style weapons, despite strong opposition by a strong ally of President Bush--the National Rifle Association. The extension legislation will be introduced today by Senate Democrats. The New York Times writes that "the White House appears to have made a bold political calculation: that the risk of alienating a core constituency is outweighed by appearing independent of the gun lobby . . .
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