Sen. Bob Casey now supports assault weapons ban

December 20, 2012

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: 

* Vice President Biden convened the first meeting of the Obama administration’s interagency working group established in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut school last week. “We have to take action” to curb gun violence," Biden said. Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) said he will "take under advisement” recommendations the task force comes up with. 

* Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) has changed his stance on gun laws in the wake of the the mass shooting. He will now support measures to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

* The nation's largest gay rights organization called comments former Nebraska GOP senator and possible secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel previously made about gay people "unacceptable." The Human Rights Campaign is calling on Hagel to repudiate a 1998 remark about gay philanthropist James Hormel, who would go on to become ambassador to Luxembourg and the nation's first openly gay ambassador. "I think it is an inhibiting factor to be gay — openly aggressively gay like Mr. Hormel — to do an effective job," Hagel said at the time.

* How did Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) react to Newark Democratic Mayor Cory Booker's announcement that he is exploring a 2014 Senate run? "This is not the time for political distractions and the Senator will address politics next year," Lautenberg's spokesman said

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:

* Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) has told labor allies that he will run for the Senate if Sen. John Kerry (D) leaves his seat to join the Obama administration. 

* Retiring Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) has reportedly received calls to reconsider his decision not to run for governor in 2014. Democratic Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Dustin McDaniel recently admitted to an inappropriate relationship with an attorney he met during the 2010 campaign. Ross ruled out a gubernatorial bid this year. 

* Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna (R) said he wants to get behind a 2016 presidential contender that understands GOP needs to rebrand itself or risk "irrelevance." The 2012 gubernatorial nominee who lost to Democrat Jay Inslee (D) plans to join a private law firm when he leaves office next year and said, “I want to take a break from public service." 

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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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