One month after the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, gun control is on the national agenda. The White House will outline its proposals this week, and national surveys are showing a majority of Americans support options such as requiring background checks for both private and gun-show sales.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
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About the program: Six of Alaska’s First Ladies since statehood met in Juneau during the summer of 2005 to share their memories about the Alaska Governor’s house, a house they all once called home. See the ballroom, used to host USO dances during World War II, two Chippendale chairs that are the oldest pieces of furniture in the house, an original Territorial Seal that had been painted over and not revealed until the major 1986 renovation, and the infrequently seen First Family’s private living area.
President Obama has changed course from 2009, allowing bigger donations and corporate money. Advocates for overhauling campaign finance laws wonder what happened to the president’s old pledge to change the way Washington works.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The White House and Pentagon are weighing how many troops will need to stay after the combat mission ends in 2014. Today, the two leaders are meeting at the White House and taking questions at a joint news conference.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The Republican leadership has installed immigration hawks to chair the House Judiciary Committee and a subcommittee that would be charged with drafting immigration bills. And a veteran Democrat has left another coveted committee to join the judiciary panel and help push through possible changes.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The president is moving to fill two key posts on his national security team. If confirmed, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (a Republican) would lead the Pentagon. John Brennan, the president’s counterterrorism adviser, would be at the Central Intelligence Agency.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
California Democrat Eric Swalwell, one of the youngest new members of Congress, defeated a 40-year incumbent for his seat. But his first challenge in Washington might be getting people to pronounce his name correctly.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The House speaker is trying to emerge from a blow from his own party. But if John Boehner can pull off a bipartisan agreement to avert the fiscal cliff, he could come out of this better off.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
If, as the White House indicated on Tuesday, President Obama takes the lead in a movement for more effective gun control now that he’s been stirred to action by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, it would mark a significant break from his pattern so far as chief executive.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
This morning, the signs are pointing to an agreement being reached soon to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. Of course, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have tried to strike a “grand bargain” before, only to have it fall apart.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us