A controversial package of Democratic gun control bills cleared the state house today, and now head to the state senate. As Bente Birkeland reports, the bills still face strong opposition from Republicans and some Democrats.

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July 1, 2016 | NPR · The gunmen reportedly took hostages at the eatery in an upscale neighborhood with many foreign embassies. It’s not clear whether there are any casualties or how many attackers might be involved.
 

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July 1, 2016 | NPR · Between Jan. 20, 2009, and the end of 2015, the White House says, the U.S. carried out 473 airstrikes in places that weren’t in “areas of active hostilities” — such as Iraq or Afghanistan.
 

July 1, 2016 | NPR · This comes after Monday’s landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion. Since then, new restrictions on the procedure have also been rejected in Alabama, Mississippi and Wisconsin.
 

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July 1, 2016 | FA · Steven Spielberg’s latest movie is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1982 children’s book about a big friendly giant. Critic David Edelstein says the BFG is “pure joy” — especially in its second half.
 

July 1, 2016 | FA · John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of the band X discuss punk’s early days. “Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there,” Cervenka says. Originally broadcast May 2, 2016.
 

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July 1, 2016 | NPR · The Legend Of Tarzan tries to reinvent the story as an indictment of colonialism, but it lacks the wit or liveliness of the Tarantino revisionist histories it seems to be trying to emulate.
 

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July 1, 2016 | NPR · The pianist and educator shows off her classical chops in a solo during “It Could Happen To You.”
 

July 1, 2016 | FA · John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of the band X discuss punk’s early days. “Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there,” Cervenka says. Originally broadcast May 2, 2016.
 

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July 1, 2016 | NPR · The new video from Jamie xx, for the song “Gosh,” is a small wonder to behold.
 

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