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Political Perspectives At Home And Abroad

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Spectators browse a gun show in Houston. Gun regulations are taking center stage in the Senate, following a Democratic-lead filibuster.

Democrats in the Senate hold the floor in a 14-hour filibuster designed to force a vote on gun regulations. The measures, expected for votes next week, would restrict gun purchases for suspected terrorists and expand background checks. But the likelihood of passage seems low as the parties disagree on how to enforce the measures.

And the race for the White House continues with the split between GOP nominee Donald Trump and the Republican establishment widening. And Bernie Sanders continues his fight against Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton. How is the race viewed on the international stage?

Host Frank Stasio talks with The Political Junkie Ken Rudin, writer and law professor Jedediah Purdy and Deutsche Welle journalist Maya Shwayder.

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.