The Benghazi Kabuki theater continues as House Republicans push on with “hearing” that some are calling a witch hunt. An apt description… Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told CBS’ Face the Nation that ”some critics of the administration have a “cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces.”” Gates, a Republican who was appointed by then-President George W. Bush in 2006 and agreed to stay through more than two years of President Obama’s first term, repeatedly declined to criticize the policymakers who devised a response to the September 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. “Frankly, had I been in the job at the … Continue reading
Gun safety advocate, Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN), told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes today that “his office is receiving anonymous threats, warning the Congressman to watch his back.” “I have never, ever in all my life feared for my security, and I’m not fearful of it now,” Nolan began. “But I’m a little more [fearful] than I ever had been before. We’ve been getting a lot of not very thinly veiled threats and calls into my office. You know, things like, ‘you tell Nolan he better watch his back’” And gun enthusiasts wonder why the rest of us want to see the laws changed. The 2nd amendment trumps no one’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
President Obama used his weekly address to the nation to stay on message with gun control today. In his address he said: “My administration is taking a series of actions right away — from strengthening our background check system, to helping schools hire more resource officers if they want them, to directing the Centers for Disease Control to study the best ways to reduce gun violence,” Obama said. “But the truth is, making a real and lasting difference also requires Congress to act — and act soon.” President Obama urged Congress to pass legislation that requires “a universal background check for every gun buyer, ban assault weapons and limit magazines to 10 rounds and appropriate more federal funds to get more cops … Continue reading
A new TIME/CNN poll released today shows that “55% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as President, compared to 43% who disapprove,” and that polling ration also “mirrors the public appetite for tighter restrictions on guns, with 55% of respondents favoring stricter gun control laws and 44% opposed.” The new poll also showed that “Vice President Joe Biden’s approval rating has spiked to 59%, up from 54% in December, amid high-profile turns negotiating the fiscal cliff deal and spearheading Obama’s firearms task force.” Get involved… Via Phonebank.org on Faceboook: Call the Congressional Switchboard today (202-224-3121) and let them know why they need to stop ignoring gun violence! Call your Representative to ban High Capacity Magazines here. Call … Continue reading
Via Talking Points Memo, a list from the White House of the “23 executive actions President Obama plans to take to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre”: 1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. 2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system. 3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. 4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks. 5. … Continue reading
Focus. Sit down. Worry about fixing the country today, THIS year, before you worry about imaginary fiscal disasters years in the future. That’ll do more for your grandchildren’s financial security than your fantasies about how you’ll show your new ribbon at the “Entitlement” dance. Continue reading
Just one day after retiring from the House, Barney Frank, said today “that he has asked Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to send him back as an interim senator when Sen. John Kerry becomes secretary of state.” Frank noted that a short time ago he wasn’t interested in returback to the Hill, “But [the fiscal cliff deal] now means that February, March and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial history.” Governor Patrick isn’t letting on who he’ll nominate but “other names mentioned as a possible caretaker for Kerry’s seat include former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and former Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Margaret Marshall — who crafted the historic ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in the … Continue reading
2011 deja vu: Boehner’s questionable Freudian symbolism and self-chosen gavel: sometimes a cigar ISN’T just a cigar, nor a gavel merely a gavel Continue reading