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Gun control is not the "third rail of politics" for Democrats any more. They're forcing Senate Republicans to declare their opposition, and the issue could be a major one in the November election.

Also on the program, will new media bring Millennials into organized labor?

Photo: Melody Siewell leaves flowers at a memorial outside Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, after a mass shooting there left 10 dead. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

McCarthy Stuns GOP by Dropping Out of Speaker Race 6 MIN, 30 SEC

A political earthquake today on Capitol Hill. After making a pitch to the Republican caucus today, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters he had the votes to replace John Boehner as House Speaker. But then, McCarthy dropped out, stunning a Republican Conference meeting, "I'll stay on as majority leader but one thing I found from talking to everybody is if we want our party to be strong we need a new face to help do that."

Veteran political reporter Reid Wilson is editor and chief political correspondent for Morning Consult

Reid Wilson, The Hill (@PoliticsReid)

Gun Control, Back on the Front Burner 34 MIN, 44 SEC

With Republicans in the majority, gun control has almost no chance on Capitol Hill. But last week's mass killing in Oregon has changed the political calculus. Today, Senate Democrats promised to block other action until GOP members are forced to vote against background checks and other provisions. Next week, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders will display their differences in the party's first presidential debate. We look at the prospects for maintaining momentum for gun control until the November election.

Jesse Byrnes, The Hill (@jessebyrnes)
Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review (@charlescwcooke)
Robyn Thomas, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (@smartgunlaws)
David Hemenway, Harvard School of Public Health (@HarvardChanSPH)

Byrnes on Clinton's gun-control plan
Cooke on the Democrats' gun-control plan as yet another wasted opportunity
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence on need for more leadership on gun-control
Hemenway on the NRA and a scientific consensus on guns
Morning Consult on registered voters backing tougher gun-control laws

Millennials Are Unionizing 8 MIN, 38 SEC

The decline of manufacturing in the US has meant a decline of organized labor, but new media may be leading the Millennial Generation back to the future. First, employees of Gawker Media joined the Writers’ Guild and this week workers for the Huffington Post announced plans to do the same thing. Jonathan Timm writes for Salon, BuzzFeed and the Atlantic Magazine, which published his recent article, "Can Millennials Save Unions?"

Photo: AFGE

Jonathan Timm, Salon / BuzzFeed / Atlantic (@jdrtimm)

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