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Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

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The conservative group Americans For Prosperity may have taken a step that eventually forces it to reveal its donor base, which has so far remained anonymous thanks to federal law, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

But after it became involved in a Nevada Senate race last month, a state law could mean the Koch-funded group loses its ability to avail of federal protections against disclosure. Democrats are said to be pressing the issue.

The Sun reports:

In a complaint filed Thursday, the Nevada Democratic Party asked Secretary of State Ross Miller to investigate whether the nonprofit organization must report the contributions it received to fund mailers attacking state Senate candidate Kelvin Atkinson, a Democratic assemblyman from North Las Vegas.

Under federal law, political nonprofits such as AFP can escape disclosure requirements by not including words such as “vote for” or “defeat” in political messaging.

Under state law, it doesn’t matter whether those words are used or not.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday demanded that the two candidates for president step up and explain how they intend to avoid future tragedies like the horrific shootings in Aurora, Colo.

"This really is an enormous problem for the country, and it's up to these two presidential candidates," he said on CBS' "Face The Nation." "They want to lead this country and they've said things before that they're in favor of banning things like assault weapons. Where are they now, and why don't they stand up? If they want our votes, they better."

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In the wake of the horrific Aurora, Colo. shooting, one of the few vocal proponents of gun control in Congress this week plans to advance a bill to crack down on high-capacity ammunition clips.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) will advance legislation this week to ban the sale of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition at a time, his office confirms to TPM, as was first reported by the Huffington Post.

"[H]e will be pushing it this week," Lautenberg's spokesman Caley Gray said in an email.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday downplayed the relevance of gun laws to the Aurora, Colo. massacre that left a dozen people dead and at least 58 wounded.

"Everything should be looked at, but to think that somehow gun control is -- or increased gun control is -- the answer, in my view that would have to be proved," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

The senator said gun-rights advocates "would be glad to have a conversation." But "to somehow lead to the conclusion that this was somehow caused by the fact that we don't have more gun control legislation -- I don't think it's been proved."

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) on Sunday lamented the lack of support she gets in Congress for her outspoken advocacy in favor of stricter gun safety laws.

"A lot of politicians know it's the right thing to try to fight for something to save lives," she said on NBC's "Meet The Press." "They don't have a spine anymore. They pander to who's giving them money."

Conservative columnist George Will said Sunday that the Aurora, Colo. shootings have little to do with the nation's gun laws, describing it as the product of an isolated, deranged individual.

"That's what the problem is -- an individual's twisted mind," he said on ABC's "This Week" roundable. "There is a human itch in the modern age to commit sociology as soon as this happens and to piggy-back various political agendas on a tragedy. And I just think we ought to resist that. ... There are dereanged people in the world."

Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, also appearing on the roundtable, similarly argued that the tragedy didn't have much to do with gun laws. She said the more relevant issue is mental health.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), whose district covers Aurora, told CBS' "Face The Nation" Sunday that he supports reinstating the 1994-2004 federal assault weapons ban in the wake of deadly shootings in the city.

"I think this is really a congressional issue that has to be dealt with," he said. "You know, should we rinstate the assault weapons ban? I think we should. And I think that's where it starts."

The NCAA will on Monday announce "corrective and punitive measures" against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, according to a statement.

ESPN reports that "the penalties will be significant," while a source tells CBS News they'll be "unprecedented."

Appearing Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), called the Aurora shooter a "terrorist" -- in the apolitical sense of the word.

"I think the political will come. But at this point, you know, in a funny way, this guy is a terrorist," he said. “He wasn’t a terrorist in the sense of politics but for whatever twisted reasons that we can barely even imagine, he wanted to create terror. He wanted to put fear in people's lives."

 

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