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Jared Lee Loughner
Shame on the Senate; send 'em all home
Bill Press writes that the failure of the gun background check compromise has caused him to lose faith in the political system.

Let me begin this column with an apology. Once a week, I pick an important issue and offer my reasoned analysis, based on the facts, of what it all means and how we should react. But there are times when the intellect fails and the heart and gut take over. And this is one of them. In the spring of 1968, I walked into the McCarthy for President office in San Francisco and signed up as a volunteer. That was my first taste of politics, and I've been involved in politics ever since, both as practitioner and observer. I've managed local, statewide and national campaigns, raised money for candidates, served as Democratic state chair of California and run for statewide office. I've...