Obama’s aggressive gun control agenda; Obama must return to table on debt ceiling

January 16, 2013

Obama to announce most expansive gun-control agenda in generations: “President Obama on Wednesday will formally announce the most aggressive and expansive national gun-control agenda in generations as he presses Congress to mandate background checks for all firearms buyers and prohibit assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. The announcement will set off a fierce confrontation with Congress over an issue that has riven American society for decades. Obama’s far-reaching firearms agenda has at best tepid support from his party leaders and puts him at loggerheads with Democratic centrists.” (Washington Post)


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NRA’s new ad calls Obama ‘elitist hypocrite’: “The National Rifle Association released a new video on its Web site Tuesday calling President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for having Secret Service protection of his daughters at school but saying he was “skeptical” about installing armed guards in all schools.” (Washington Post)

Unconstitutional Texas bill would make enforcing federal gun laws a felony. (ThinkProgress)

How President Obama’s executive orders on guns might doom a big bill. (Washington Post)

Why debt limit must be used to force a balanced budget: “Yes, starting down a path towards balance will require looking through the budget. What mostly drives our trillion-dollar deficit and our $16 trillion debt are unfunded entitlement promises. But getting back to balanced spending is not the only reason to reform Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; we either reform these programs, crush future taxpayers with higher taxes, or erode the economic security of future generations,” write Mike Needham, Tony Perkings and Chris Chocola. (Politico)

Obama must come back to the table: “President Obama made it clear in his Monday press conference that he will not negotiate with Congress about raising the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. He’s in charge,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth. (Washington Examiner)

Room for Debate asks: The arid northern African state of Mali once seemed like one of the continent’s rare stable democracies. But a coup, an influx of Libyan arms after the fall of Muammar el-Qaddafi, and an uprising by well-financed militants have led to Islamists controlling the north. Even as they face off against French troops protecting the south, the stronghold raises the specter of a new base of terror just south of the Sahara. With Islamist groups in Mali connecting with militants from Libya, Nigeria, Algeria and elsewhere, how can northern Africa avoid fostering terrorism and becoming the next Afghanistan? (New York Times)

AEI’s Jonah Goldberg: The myth of an impure GOP. (National Review)

CFR’s Peter Orszag: In China, slowdown in a bigger threat than growth. (Bloomberg)

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