Sarah Ferris

Sarah Ferris

Staff writer @ The Hill

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The Washington Post

Lack of data makes it hard for background checks system to work ...

Research over the past decade shows that it’s nearly impossible to predict which individuals will commit gun violence, let alone find them through NICS.

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The Washington Post

After gun tragedies, Connecticut and Arizona take different paths ...

Shortly after the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting, Connecticut’s six ­highest-ranked lawmakers decided to write new lawsinstead of allowing committees to take control.

The Washington Post

Two states, a nation apart on guns

Four months after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., lawmakers banned 115 types of semiautomatic firearms. Four months after the shooting of a congresswoman and a federal judge in Tucson, lawmakers in Arizona declared the Colt Single Action Army Revolver the official state gun.

The GW Hatchet

Former, current employees warn of repressive culture for escalating complaints

Interviews, letters and lawsuits from 11 current and former employees describe a dysfunctional system for escalating concerns, amounting to what one former official called a “culture of repression.”

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Virginia House of Delegates: “The place where gun bills go to die.”

A group of pro-gun legislators and lobbyists has guarded the Second Amendment in Virginia for decades

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Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Federal Program Fails To Keep Mentally Ill From Guns | Florida ...

Federal Program Fails To Keep Mentally Ill From Gun...

The Washington Post

Maine governor blocks aid for illegal immigrants - The Washington ...

Maine governor blocks aid for illegal immigrants - ...

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The GW Hatchet

Top faculty leader accused of slander attack against Doug Guthrie

The Faculty Senate executive committee chair is under investigation for allegedly making claims that the former business school dean had inappropriate relationships with senior University officials and was taking extra profits from GW's work in China.

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The GW Hatchet

After tragedies, campus begins healing process - The GW Hatchet

As students look to cope with the losses of Asma and senior Lynley Redwood, they have found support across campus. Reminders for students to seek help, give hugs and call home have cascaded after the third tragedy to strike GW in about three months.

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The Washington Post

Arizona's highest court will decide Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion ...

Arizona's highest court will decide Jan Brewer's Me...

The GW Hatchet

Mourning a brilliant mind lost in 'a dark place'

As Chris Keefer spoke to more than 200 of his son’s former classmates on Friday, he held his wife, Christine, and daughters tightly, just like he did Tuesday night when the family learned of Sean’s death and comforted each other by staying in one bed.

The Keefers, who live in West Linn, Ore., had last heard from Sean on Sunday night. The family had missed his call while the four of them played a board game, but then couldn’t reach him.

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The GW Hatchet

Billionaire donor, without connection to GW, puts faith and money in ...

The University sealed the gifts at a crucial time, just the way it’s drawn up in fundraisers’ playbooks: a slow courtship that aligned donors’ interests with GW’s priorities.

The revolving door: Congress to K Street

About 58 percent of nearly 100 Beltway lobbyists with Texas clients have at least one former insider on their payroll, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis of House and Senate lobbying disclosure forms.

Houston Chronicle

Texas officials have no legal authority to unilaterally implement voter ID law

The Texas attorney general and secretary of state both said the state would begin enforcing laws requiring photo identification for voters. But Lyle Denniston, a legal scholar who has covered the S...

Houston Chronicle

Texans outpace congressional colleagues on big donations

Texas congressional candidates rely far more heavily on large donors than office-seekers in other states do, a Houston Chronicle analysis of federal campaign data for the 2012 election cycle found.