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Political News Round-Up: Jan 6 hearings, gun safety legislation

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Empty chairs are seen before the opening public hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 9, 2022. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

Dr. Sharon Wright Austin, Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida joins Dr. Kaye to weigh in on the January 6 insurrection hearings as well as U.S. senators reaching a bipartisan deal on gun safety legislation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s closest campaign advisers, top government officials and even his family were systematically dismantling his false claims of 2020 election fraud ahead of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

But the defeated president seemed “detached from reality,” clinging to outlandish theories to stay in power.

That's the assessment from former Attorney General William Barr's testimony presented at Monday's House hearing investigating the insurrection.

The panel is delving deeper into what it calls the “big lie,” the defeated Republican president’s false claims of voter fraud.

The panel says Trump's falsehoods provoked a mob of his supporters to attack the Capitol.

Senate bargainers have announced the framework of a bipartisan response to last month’s mass shootings.

It's a noteworthy but limited breakthrough offering modest gun curbs and stepped-up efforts to improve school safety and mental health programs.

The proposal falls far short of tougher steps long sought by President Joe Biden and many Democrats. Even so, Biden embraced the deal, and enactment would signal a significant turnabout after years of stalemate in Congress.

Twenty senators, including 10 Republicans, are calling for passage.

That's potentially crucial because at least 10 GOP votes will be needed in the Senate.

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