Joe Manchin
  • In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security Chairman Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks to witnesses, during a hearing, to examine Hurricane Sandy, in Washington.

    Backing the president's push for tough new gun control laws could imperil lawmakers in his party up for re-election next year.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 12, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT
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  • Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., right, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., finish a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, announcing that they have reached a compromise on background checks for gun buyers in the aftermath of the horrific Connecticut school shootings in December 2012.

    Conservative effort to prevent debate on expanded federal regulations in the wake of Newtown, Connecticut shooting fails.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 11, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT
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  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters following a Democratic strategy session at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Reid said he plans showdown vote on gun control on Thursday.

    Small but mounting number of Republicans appear willing to buck a conservative effort to prevent debate on new firearm controls.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 09, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT
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  • In this Dec. 17, 2011 file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Striving to become a media-favored "problem-solver" and build a reputation as pragmatic and effective; "No Labels" group offers sanctuary from warfare.

    LAST UPDATE : Jan 14, 2013, 12:40 PM EST
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  • Tasha Devoe, left, of Lawrence, Mass., joins a march to the National Rifle Association headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.

    Hints of support from conservatives come as White House aides say curbing gun violence will be a second-term priority for President Obama.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 18, 2012, 12:03 AM EST
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  • ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Friends of coal are certain they know the enemy.

    They fault President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency for new clean air rules they deride as a devastating blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that has been the lifeblood of Appalachia for generations. The agency standards imposed earlier this year tightened limits on existing coal powered-plant emissions while guidelines on restricting greenhouse gases could affect new plants as early as 2013.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 10, 2012, 2:30 AM EST
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