Senate Gun Bill; Toomey Bucks GOP; Lawsuit Over FISA Court

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Part 1: White House  Outlines Budget Proposal

The White House yesterday outlined in more detail Obama’s budget proposal. With tax increases on the wealthy and cuts to Social Security, the proposal is getting criticism from both sides. We talk to Mark Rom, Government Professor at Georgetown University

Part 2: Senate Moves Ahead with Gun Bill, Kills Filibuster Effort

The Senate has moved forward with a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers with 68 senators voted for cloture, eliminating threats of filibuster. The compromise bill focuses on background checks and does not contain any other restrictions such as limiting magazine clip sizes or banning assault weapons characteristics. We talk to Graham Wilson, Professor and Chair of the Boston University Political Science Department.

Part 3: Toomey Tactics: Sen. Pat Toomey Bucks Party, Endorses Background Check Expansion

Senator Pat Toomey broke ranks yesterday in negotiating the gun deal with Democrats with Republicans calling him a traitor. For more on this we have on the line Michael Hoffman, a Democratic political consultant in Pennsylvania who has closely followed Senator Toomey’s senatorial career.

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