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Senate rejects four gun control measures

The fight over gun control laws continues as four separate measures failed a Senate vote Monday. Senators from both parties say they couldn’t find enough common ground on the proposals that would have ensured tighter regulations on background checks for gun purchases.

Each measure would have needed at least 60 votes to proceed and reports say the votes fell mainly along party lines.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn) sponsored one of the failed measures and led a near 15 hour filibuster last Tuesday in order to push for a vote on gun control.

“I’m mortified by today’s vote but I’m not surprised by it,” Murphy says Monday evening. “The NRA has a vice-like grip on this place.”

Murphy says he was at his breaking point after the largest mass shooting in U.S. history took place last Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people.

A fifth opinion which would bar people on the government’s no-fly list from buying guns is expected to be introduced today.

#TrumpSoPoor: Trump campaign funds trail behind Clinton

Donald Trump and the Republican party have a lot of ground to make up against Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, according to May 31 fundraising figures.

The Federal Election Commission’s filings say Trump had just $1.29 million on hand as of the end of May, compared to Clinton’s $42.46 million.Presumptive republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign raised $3.1 million from donors in May, and Clinton’s campaign raised $26 million.

After spending, Trump started June with less than half of his raised funds. Clinton was still competing against Bernie Sanders through the first week of June, so her spending number has not yet been reported.

The hashtag #TrumpSoPoor is spreading on social media as users laugh at the nominee’s cash crisis:

‘Strawberry Moon’ appears on Summer Solstice, first time in 67 years

The summer is officially here and the first day or summer, June 20, ended with a rare sight for stargazers. The night sky was lit up with a “strawberry moon”, which is a nickname June’s full moon.

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center says the “strawberry moon” hasn’t been seen since 1949. The next one will be in 2062.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac says the name “strawberry moon” was given by the Algonquin Native-American tribes because it happens right at the height of the season when strawberries are harvested. Other names for this month’s full moon are the “hot moon” and the “rose moon.”To watch a full explanation on the strawberry moon, click here.

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