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One Murphy's Gun Safety Group Backs Another Murphy
Rep. Patrick Murphy among Democrats winning support of Sen. Chris Murphy

Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy says that 2016 has marked a "sea change in the fight to reduce gun violence," as he announces three new congressional endorsements from his gun safety initiative. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy will roll out a new set of political endorsements on Thursday that are built around his effort to promote gun safety.

The Connecticut Democrat has made measures such as expanded background checks for gun buyers a personal cause since the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his home state. And he has increasingly taken his campaign from the Senate floor to the ballot box.

Senate Rejects Resolution Blocking Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia
Backers say vote still puts kingdom on notice about its conduct

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., portrayed the vote on the resolution as a way of putting Saudi Arabia on notice about its conduct in Yemen. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate on Wednesday voted down a rare attempt to block an arms sale to Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. counterterrorism partner but one that has fallen into disfavor with a number of lawmakers due to the kingdom's involvement in the war in Yemen and lingering suspicions about its role in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Though senators voted 71-27 to table a resolution that would block the sale, the measure's bipartisan backers, Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., portrayed it as a partial success. They argued the vote sends a strong signal to Riyadh and to the Obama administration that a significant portion of Congress is unhappy with Saudi Arabia’s apparent negligence in preventing civilian casualties in its 18-month bombing campaign in Yemen, as well as its broader role in the fight against terrorism.     

'Newtown' Film Screening Dovetails With Dems' Gun Message
Examines families who lost children in Connecticut school shooting

Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, seen addressing a school group on the U.S. Capitol steps, has emerged as a leading advocate of enhanced background checks. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call file photo)

PHILADELPHIA — When organizers of the Impact Film Festival decided on their lineup of topical documentaries they would show at this year’s Democratic National Convention, they could hardly have expected that their screening of “Newtown” would come on the day Democrats chose to address the issue of gun violence head-on in prime time.  

But that’s what happened, and the movie about the aftermath of the December 2012 mass murder of schoolchildren and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut was screened just a few hours before Erica Smegielski and Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, along with others touched by gun violence, were scheduled to address the party gathering.  

Obama: Orlando Families Want Gun Control, 'Don't Care About Politics'
President says gun 'debate needs to change'

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, as Rep. Corrine Brown looks on, after arriving at the Orlando International Airport on Thursday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Thursday called for new federal gun control measures after a meeting with family members of victims of Sunday’s Orlando mass shooting , saying the parents he met there “don’t care about politics.”  

After the president and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. laid 49 white roses — one for each Pulse nightclub patron killed — at a memorial in the Central Florida city, Obama told reporters the family members’ collective grief “is beyond description.”  

Remembering Heroic Sandy Hook Teacher, Murphy Yields the Floor
Special education teacher could have escaped, but she stayed with student as both were shot fatally

President Barack Obama presents a 2012 Citizens Medal to the family of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Anne Marie Murphy. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. Christopher Murphy ended his filibuster early Thursday by recalling an emotional story he shared during his first speech in the Senate.  

He stood next to a picture of smiling 6-year-old Dylan Hockley, who was killed in the December 2012 massacre of kids and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Murphy's home state of Connecticut.