VIDEO: Kerry Arrives As New Sec’y of State

Newly sworn in Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for work for the first time Monday, greeted by cheering State Department workers. The former senior senator from Massachusetts, Kerry is the first sitting chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to become secretary in more than a century. Kerry succeeded retiring secretary Hillary Clinton. There will now be a special election in Massachusetts to elect a senator to fill the remaining years of Kerry’s Senate term. “I want to thank President Obama for his trust in me to take on this awesome task, and for his trust in you, every single one of you, and what you do every single day,” he told State employees. Kerry also joked how he … Continue reading

President Obama Stands Up

I found myself more moved today by President Obama, than I ever have been in the past. Today, he spoke my language. Today, President Obama spoke to America about the liberal/progressive values that hold us all up as one nation, together. Is it because he “hears the clock ticking on his last chance to use the power of the presidency on the causes he cares about.” Perhaps… If anyone were wondering whether Obama wanted to lower expectations for his second term … no, he apparently does not. President Obama, in his speech “became the progressive leader that many liberals thought they were getting when they voted him into office four years ago.” Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post notes: This was a speech that could … Continue reading

President Obama Re-Frames the Issue of Guns

In his press conference on gun control today, President Obama turned the gun rights/gun control argument in a very different direction, “away from the Second Amendment and toward rights and themes at the core of other foundational documents, as he unveiled his package of gun proposals.” By invoking The Declaration of Independence, the First Amendment, and the Gettysburg Address, President Obama “cast a new and different meaning on another familiar political phrase, the right to life.” “The right to worship freely and safely, that right was denied to Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The right to assemble peaceably, that right was denied shoppers in Clackamas, Oregon, and moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado,” Obama said in an explicit reference to the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. … Continue reading

New TIME/CNN Poll Shows Public Favors Stricter Gun Laws

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

President Obama’s 23 Planned Executive Actions On Gun Control

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