Political Headlines - April 18, 2013


  • Wider checks on guns rejected in Senate: Compromise legislation to expand mandatory background checks for gun sales failed Wednesday in the Senate. Globe Washing bureau reporters Tracy Jan and Matt Viser detail.
  • Mass. Senate hopefuls explain gun views: Four of the five candidates running in the state's Senate election said they would have voted to expand federal background checks for gun purchases. Globe politics reporter Joshua Miller outlines.
  • Leaders take the stage after horror: A small platoon of politicians and officials showcased an instinct to seize the moment and present the optics of tragedy as positively as possible. Globe columnist Joan Vennochi explains.