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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, center, completes signing legislation at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Thursday. that includes new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, a response to last year’s deadly school shooting in Newtown.

Connecticut adopts some of the nation’s toughest gun-control laws with bipartisan support. Here’s the Time report.

Following up on the commentary in The Bee on Wednesday by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, West Wing Reports says that President Obama raised $3.25 million for Democratic candidates at last night’s fund-raiser in San Francisco. We’ll have something to say about Obama’s latest ATM venture in California on Friday’s editorial page.

In Friday’s print edition of The Bee, we will run a column on North Korea by Paul Brandus, one of the top independent journalists covering the the White House. But you can read the column right now by clicking here.

The California Constitution apparently is toothless when it comes to the law requiring Assembly and Senate candidates to live in their districts for one year to be eligible to run for office. The Bee’s John Ellis has the story.

Our Letter of the Day is from Mark Hays Pearson of Fresno, who writes on Ayn Rand. Read it here.

Will Thursday’s VP debate actually matter on Nov. 6?

The campaign’s lone vice presidential debate will be held Thursday evening at¬†Centre College in Danville, KY. The big question is whether the 90-minute encounter between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan will have any impact on undecided voters in the presidential contest.

It should be an interesting debate. You have the gaffe-prone vice president facing off against one of the smartest members of the House of Representatives. But don’t count out Biden, the veteran politician. If he can stick to his talking points, he could help the Democratic cause. But when he strays from the script, look out. Ryan is always well-prepared and he will be looking to build on the debate performance of his running mate, Mitt Romney.

But the expectations will be high for Ryan, so he must live up to the advance billing. Biden, on the other hand, will benefit from his reputation for misspeaking. If he does well, that could be considered a victory. Biden is expected to go after Ryan and Romney Thursday night, and we’ll have to see how the voters react to an aggressive posture by the vice president.

The VP debate starts at 6 p.m. California time. There are two other presidential debates — Oct. 16, which will be a town hall format at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, and Oct. 22 at Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL. That final debate¬†will have the same format as the first debate in Denver.

President Obama, who did poorly in the first debate, is going to want voters to have long forgotten his performance in Denver by the time the third debate is concluded. Romney, of course, is going to keep reminding voters of the first debate.

The race is close, and all the debates will have an impact — even Thursday’s vice presidential debate.