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By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday introduced a measure intended to prevent gun sales to people on government watch lists, only to draw demands from Democrats for stronger proposals and a warning of possible new protests. A week after Democrats ended a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor to call for gun legislation after the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, said lawmakers will vote next week on a measure giving government authorities three days to convince a judge that someone on a terrorism watch list should not be allowed to obtain a firearm. "It is a responsible measure that confronts this threat while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens," House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican stalwarts Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie are at the top of Donald Trump's short list to be his vice presidential running mate, sources said, but the real estate developer is casting a wide net that also includes several U.S. senators and other governors. With less than three weeks to go until he is formally nominated at the Republican National Convention as the party's candidate in the Nov. 8 election, Trump's search for a No. 2 has intensified. Other names to watch include three U.S. senators, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Jeff Sessions of Alabama, and two other governors, Mike Pence of Indiana and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Republicans close to the campaign said this week.