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Biden-NRA talks: Executive orders, universal background checks and the Bill of Rights

Joe Biden’s talks with NRA: “Most of the attention, understandably, is on Biden’s suggestion that the president will consider using executive orders to do things he couldn’t possibly accomplish legislatively. The imperial presidency is always troubling, but when it rubs up against the Bill of Rights it is especially so. But what I find to be arguably the most disturbing — and definitely the most annoying — part of Biden’s remarks is this nonsense about if it saves only one life, the White House’s actions would be worth it,” writes AEI’s Jonah Goldberg. (National Review


Biden sees emerging accord on ‘universal background checks’ for gun buyers: “Vice President Biden said Thursday he sees an emerging consensus around “universal background checks” for all gun buyers and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines as he completes the Obama administration’s broad study of ways to curb the nation’s gun violence. But the National Rifle Association, a participant in an afternoon meeting with Biden, strongly rejected what it called “an agenda to attack the Second Amendment” and indicated it would have nothing more to do with the vice president’s task force on gun laws.” (Washington Post)

Inside Biden’s gun control agenda. (Washington Post)

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One Republican’s last ditch effort to undermine Obamacare: ‘Break the law and engage In civil disobedience.’ (ThinkProgress)

Make the cabinet more effective: “A strengthened cabinet could promote frank and creative deliberation, help coordinate policy across government and make sure all members are delivering the same political message. All of this could go far in staving off the inertia and drift so common in presidential second terms,” writes Progressive Policy Institute’s Raymond Smith. (New York Times)

Sandy and the entitled: “Washington isn’t interested in chopping entitlement spending. In fact, both parties are now creating a new entitlement: no-questions-asked disaster aid, on demand and without apology,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas. (Washington Examiner)

Wait, didn’t the fiscal cliff deal originate in the Senate? “If you thought the policy side of the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” is bad, did you notice that there’s a constitutional problem too? I’m sure there’s more than one, actually, but this one was easy to spot without even digging into the gory details,” writes Cato’s Ilya Shapiro.  (Cato)

Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas: “Toward the end of his State of the State extravaganza Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo alighted for one minute on the Long Island Power Authority: “The time has come to abolish LIPA, period,” he said of the state-run power authority. And he promised: ‘We want to do it in a way that protects the ratepayers and freezes the rate for a period of years.’ It’s going to be pretty hard to make those numbers add up.” (New York Post)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.



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Allen McDuffee · January 10, 2013