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              From left, Shirley Tan, Jay Mercado, and their twin sons Jashley Mercado, and Jorien Mercado, both 16, from Pacifica, Calif., walk to the Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesda

    From left, Shirley Tan, Jay Mercado, and their twin sons Jashley Mercado, and Jorien Mercado, both 16, from Pacifica, Calif., walk to the Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesda

    Posted: 4/24/2013 3:53:30 PM EST
    From left, Shirley Tan, Jay Mercado, and their twin sons Jashley Mercado, and Jorien Mercado, both 16, from Pacifica, Calif., walk to the Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, to lobby Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. Shirley is undocumented and Jay in an American citizen. They have been together for 27 years and have raised Jashley and Jorien. They and other gay rights activists are lobbying Senators today pushing to change the immigration bill to allow gay Americans to sponsor visas for their same-sex partners the way straight Americans can. Democrats are treading carefully on a proposed addition to the bipartisan immigration overhaul. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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              Jay Mercado, left, and Shirley Tan, third from left, and their twin sons Jorien Mercado, second from left and Jashley Mercado, both 16, of Pacifica, Calif., wait on Capitol Hill in Wash

    Jay Mercado, left, and Shirley Tan, third from left, and their twin sons Jorien Mercado, second from left and Jashley Mercado, both 16, of Pacifica, Calif., wait on Capitol Hill in Wash

    Posted: 4/24/2013 3:53:29 PM EST
    Jay Mercado, left, and Shirley Tan, third from left, and their twin sons Jorien Mercado, second from left and Jashley Mercado, both 16, of Pacifica, Calif., wait on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, to meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. Shirley is undocumented and Jay is an American citizen. They have been together for 27 years and have raised Jashley and Jorien. They and other gay rights activists are lobbying Senators today pushing to change the immigration bill to allow gay Americans to sponsor visas for their same-sex partners the way straight Americans can. Democrats are treading carefully on a proposed addition to the bipartisan immigration overhaul. At the far right is Kelly Costello of Maryland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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              This handout photo provided by the US Attorney's office shows a  gun at the scene where Floyd Corkins II shot a security guard at the Family Research Council in Washington last year.  P

    This handout photo provided by the US Attorney's office shows a gun at the scene where Floyd Corkins II shot a security guard at the Family Research Council in Washington last year. P

    Posted: 4/22/2013 2:08:22 PM EST
    This handout photo provided by the US Attorney's office shows a gun at the scene where Floyd Corkins II shot a security guard at the Family Research Council in Washington last year. Prosecutors say a Virginia man who planned a mass killing at the Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group should spend 45 years in prison for his plot. Corkins pleaded guilty to three charges in February: interstate transportation of a firearm, assault with intent to kill while armed and committing an act of terrorism while armed. The first charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and the two other charges carry a maximum 30 years in prison. Sentencing is set for April 29. (AP Photo/US Attorney's office)
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              This handout photo provided by the US Attorney's office shows a backpack, gun, ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches at the scene where Floyd Corkins II shot a security guard at the

    This handout photo provided by the US Attorney's office shows a backpack, gun, ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches at the scene where Floyd Corkins II shot a security guard at the

    Posted: 4/22/2013 2:08:22 PM EST
    This handout photo provided by the US Attorney's office shows a backpack, gun, ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches at the scene where Floyd Corkins II shot a security guard at the Family Research Council in Washington last year. Prosecutors say a Virginia man who planned a mass killing at the Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group should spend 45 years in prison for his plot. Corkins pleaded guilty to three charges in February: interstate transportation of a firearm, assault with intent to kill while armed and committing an act of terrorism while armed. The first charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and the two other charges carry a maximum 30 years in prison. Sentencing is set for April 29. (AP Photo/US Attorney's office)
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              FILE - In this March 30, 2013 file photo Italian President Giorgio Napolitano meets reporters at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome. With a heavily polarized Parliament unable so

    FILE - In this March 30, 2013 file photo Italian President Giorgio Napolitano meets reporters at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome. With a heavily polarized Parliament unable so

    Posted: 4/21/2013 11:28:38 AM EST
    FILE - In this March 30, 2013 file photo Italian President Giorgio Napolitano meets reporters at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome. With a heavily polarized Parliament unable so far to agree on a new president for Italy, 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano yielded on Saturday, April 20, 2013 to pleading from political leaders to be a candidate for a second term and quickly end an impasse which has thwarted efforts to form a government in the recession-mired country. Napolitano, citing his advanced age, had repeatedly refused to be a candidate for an unprecedented second seven-year term. But he said in a statement after lobbying from the leaders that he "cannot help but take on the responsibility toward the nation." (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)
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              FILE - In this May 15, 2005 file photo newly elected Italian President Giorgio Napolitano reviews mounted Cuirassiers during his installation ceremony as 11th Italian president at Quiri

    FILE - In this May 15, 2005 file photo newly elected Italian President Giorgio Napolitano reviews mounted Cuirassiers during his installation ceremony as 11th Italian president at Quiri

    Posted: 4/20/2013 1:53:53 PM EST
    FILE - In this May 15, 2005 file photo newly elected Italian President Giorgio Napolitano reviews mounted Cuirassiers during his installation ceremony as 11th Italian president at Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome. With a heavily polarized Parliament unable so far to agree on a new president for Italy, 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano yielded on Saturday, April 20, 2013 to pleading from political leaders to be a candidate for a second term and quickly end an impasse which has thwarted efforts to form a government in the recession-mired country. Napolitano, citing his advanced age, had repeatedly refused to be a candidate for an unprecedented second seven-year term. But he said in a statement after lobbying from the leaders that he "cannot help but take on the responsibility toward the nation." (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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              FILE - In this May 15, 2006 file photo newly elected Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, right, followed by former President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, waves as he arrives at the Quirinale

    FILE - In this May 15, 2006 file photo newly elected Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, right, followed by former President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, waves as he arrives at the Quirinale

    Posted: 4/20/2013 1:53:52 PM EST
    FILE - In this May 15, 2006 file photo newly elected Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, right, followed by former President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, waves as he arrives at the Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome for his installation ceremony as 11th Italian president. With a heavily polarized Parliament unable so far to agree on a new president for Italy, 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano yielded on Saturday, aPRIL 20, 2013 to pleading from political leaders to be a candidate for a second term and quickly end an impasse which has thwarted efforts to form a government in the recession-mired country. Napolitano, citing his advanced age, had repeatedly refused to be a candidate for an unprecedented second seven-year term. But he said in a statement after lobbying from the leaders that he "cannot help but take on the responsibility toward the nation." (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, File)
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              FILE - In this May 15, 2006 file photo newly elected Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, left, waves as he sits in his car with outgoing Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, on their wa

    FILE - In this May 15, 2006 file photo newly elected Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, left, waves as he sits in his car with outgoing Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, on their wa

    Posted: 4/20/2013 11:48:37 AM EST
    FILE - In this May 15, 2006 file photo newly elected Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, left, waves as he sits in his car with outgoing Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, on their way to the Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome. With a heavily polarized Parliament unable so far to agree on a new president for Italy, 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano yielded on Saturday, aPRIL 20, 2013 to pleading from political leaders to be a candidate for a second term and quickly end an impasse which has thwarted efforts to form a government in the recession-mired country. Napolitano, citing his advanced age, had repeatedly refused to be a candidate for an unprecedented second seven-year term. But he said in a statement after lobbying from the leaders that he "cannot help but take on the responsibility toward the nation." (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)
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              FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013 file photo Italian President Giorgio Napolitano arrives for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. With a hea

    FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013 file photo Italian President Giorgio Napolitano arrives for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. With a hea

    Posted: 4/20/2013 11:48:37 AM EST
    FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013 file photo Italian President Giorgio Napolitano arrives for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. With a heavily polarized Parliament unable so far to agree on a new president for Italy, 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano yielded on Saturday, April 20, 2013 to pleading from political leaders to be a candidate for a second term and quickly end an impasse which has thwarted efforts to form a government in the recession-mired country. Napolitano, citing his advanced age, had repeatedly refused to be a candidate for an unprecedented second seven-year term. But he said in a statement after lobbying from the leaders that he "cannot help but take on the responsibility toward the nation." (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
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              FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013 file photo Italian President Giorgio Napolitano arrives for a meeting with German President Joachim Gauck at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany. With a heav

    FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013 file photo Italian President Giorgio Napolitano arrives for a meeting with German President Joachim Gauck at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany. With a heav

    Posted: 4/20/2013 11:48:37 AM EST
    FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013 file photo Italian President Giorgio Napolitano arrives for a meeting with German President Joachim Gauck at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany. With a heavily polarized Parliament unable so far to agree on a new president for Italy, 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano yielded on Saturday to pleading from political leaders to be a candidate for a second term and quickly end an impasse which has thwarted efforts to form a government in the recession-mired country. Napolitano, citing his advanced age, had repeatedly refused to be a candidate for an unprecedented second seven-year term. But he said in a statement after lobbying from the leaders that he "cannot help but take on the responsibility toward the nation." (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
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              FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000 file photo, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo, left, gets ready for a pheasant hunt in Savannah, N.Y., as New York assemblymen Di

    FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000 file photo, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo, left, gets ready for a pheasant hunt in Savannah, N.Y., as New York assemblymen Di

    Posted: 4/8/2013 1:48:25 AM EST
    FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000 file photo, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo, left, gets ready for a pheasant hunt in Savannah, N.Y., as New York assemblymen Dick Smith, center, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Michael Bragman, right, of Cicero, N.Y., stand with him. Lobbying for gun control in the United States sometimes means showing how much you like firearms. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose state recently passed some of the strictest gun control measures in the country, often reminds people he is a hunter. (AP Photo/Michael Okoniewski, File)
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              FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 file photo provided by the White House, President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md. Lobbying for gun control in the

    FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 file photo provided by the White House, President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md. Lobbying for gun control in the

    Posted: 4/8/2013 1:48:25 AM EST
    FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 file photo provided by the White House, President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md. Lobbying for gun control in the United States sometimes means showing how much you like firearms. The White House released this photo of Obama in an effort to silence skeptics of his claim in an interview that he has actually shot a gun. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza, File)
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              FILE - In this file photo of Jan. 17, 2013, Yoko Ono, left, and her son Sean Lennon visit a fracking site in Franklin Forks, Pa., during a bus tour of natural-gas drilling sites in nort

    FILE - In this file photo of Jan. 17, 2013, Yoko Ono, left, and her son Sean Lennon visit a fracking site in Franklin Forks, Pa., during a bus tour of natural-gas drilling sites in nort

    Posted: 3/30/2013 1:33:17 PM EST
    FILE - In this file photo of Jan. 17, 2013, Yoko Ono, left, and her son Sean Lennon visit a fracking site in Franklin Forks, Pa., during a bus tour of natural-gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania. Ono and Lennon have formed a group called “Artists Against Fracking,” which has become the main celebrity driven anti-fracking organization. A formal complaint filed with New York’s lobbying board asks it to investigate whether Artists Against Fracking is violating the state's lobbying law, according to the document obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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              FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2007 file photo, former Ohio Rep. Bob Ney arrives at U.S. Federal Court in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner says Ney is a disgraced congressman who went to

    FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2007 file photo, former Ohio Rep. Bob Ney arrives at U.S. Federal Court in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner says Ney is a disgraced congressman who went to

    Posted: 3/7/2013 1:38:39 PM EST
    FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2007 file photo, former Ohio Rep. Bob Ney arrives at U.S. Federal Court in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner says Ney is a disgraced congressman who went to jail and that Ney's criticisms of Boehner in a new book are "baseless and false."Boehner was asked at a news conference Thursday about Ney's reported accusations in his book that Boehner was more interested in playing golf and drinking than making policy and that in 2006 Boehner had reneged on a promise to get him a job if Ney left Congress. Boehner says Ney is making false statements in order to sell his book. Boehner said, quote, "It's sad." Like Boehner, Ney is an Ohio Republican. Ney spent 11 months in prison for his involvement in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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              This photo taken March 7, 2013 shows House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner says former Republican colleague Bob Ney is a disgr

    This photo taken March 7, 2013 shows House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner says former Republican colleague Bob Ney is a disgr

    Posted: 3/7/2013 1:38:39 PM EST
    This photo taken March 7, 2013 shows House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner says former Republican colleague Bob Ney is a disgraced congressman who went to jail and that Ney's criticisms of Boehner in a new book are "baseless and false."Boehner was asked at a news conference Thursday about Ney's reported accusations in his book that Boehner was more interested in playing golf and drinking than making policy and that in 2006 Boehner had reneged on a promise to get him a job if Ney left Congress. Boehner says Ney is making false statements in order to sell his book. Boehner said, quote, "It's sad." Like Boehner, Ney is an Ohio Republican. Ney spent 11 months in prison for his involvement in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  •  - Scout statue at the Boy Scouts of America Boy Scouts of America Museum and Family Center in Irving

    Scout statue at the Boy Scouts of America Boy Scouts of America Museum and Family Center in Irving

    Posted: 2/6/2013 9:18:23 PM EST
    The statue of a scout stands in the entrance to Boy Scouts of America Museum and Family Center in Irving, Texas, February 5, 2013. Boy Scouts of America board members are holding a three-day meeting in which they will consider ending a controversial national ban on gay membership, sparking a flurry of lobbying from groups both for and against the change. REUTERS/Tim Sharp
  •  - Scout statue at the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving

    Scout statue at the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving

    Posted: 2/6/2013 9:18:23 PM EST
    The statue of a scout stands in the entrance to Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas, February 5, 2013. Boy Scouts of America board members are holding a three-day meeting in which they will consider ending a controversial national ban on gay membership, sparking a flurry of lobbying from groups both for and against the change. REUTERS/Tim Sharp
  •  - Scout staute at the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving

    Scout staute at the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving

    Posted: 2/6/2013 9:18:23 PM EST
    The statue of a scout stands in the entrance to Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas, February 5, 2013. Boy Scouts of America board members are holding a three-day meeting in which they will consider ending a controversial national ban on gay membership, sparking a flurry of lobbying from groups both for and against the change. REUTERS/Tim Sharp
  •  - Scout staute at the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving

    Scout staute at the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving

    Posted: 2/6/2013 9:18:23 PM EST
    The statue of a scout stands in the entrance to Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas, February 5, 2013. Boy Scouts of America board members are holding a three-day meeting in which they will consider ending a controversial national ban on gay membership, sparking a flurry of lobbying from groups both for and against the change. REUTERS/Tim Sharp
  •  - The Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving

    The Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving

    Posted: 2/6/2013 9:18:23 PM EST
    The Boy Scouts of America signage is pictured at its headquarters in Irving, Texas, February 5, 2013. Boy Scouts of America board members are holding a three-day meeting in which they will consider ending a controversial national ban on gay membership, sparking a flurry of lobbying from groups both for and against the change. REUTERS/Tim Sharp


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