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After Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) announced on Tuesday that there were not enough votes in the state senate to pass a bill allowing residents to open carry handguns, a state gun group responded with threats.

Tarrant County Open Carry said it will not accept the lawmakers' decision to drop the bill for now and plans to identify Republican lawmakers who do not support the legislation.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from Republicans, Loretta Lynch promised a fresh relationship with law enforcement and with Congress on Wednesday at confirmation hearings to become the nation's first female black attorney general.

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Potential GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told CNN in a "Snapchat interview" on Tuesday he had a warning for any unmanned drones that might fly over his house.

"I've got a shotgun," he said.

Paul was responding to a question that came a day after an off-duty intelligence officer who reportedly had been drinking accidentally crashed a small drone onto the White House lawn.

The senator was asked whether unmanned aerial vehicles should be banned.

"Drones should only be used according to the Constitution," he said, adding: "But if they fly over my house, they better beware."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill Wednesday to authorize President Barack Obama's war against Islamic State militants, saying Congress should not wait to see if the White House sends over its blueprint of what the legislation should say.

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