I covered the Clinton administration for seven years. I don’t remember ever seen details of how much it costs to spend a night or two in Paris or London or any other place for that matter.CNN anchor Wolf Blizter • Discussing his surprise at a recent report detailing the costs of Vice President Joe Biden’s recent trip to Europe. The price tag was hefty — in Paris, for example, he spent nearly $500,000 on a single-night hotel stay. According to the State Department, the costs are actually normal, largely because, for security reasons, the administration often has to book out full hotels for the vice president to stay in. While the costs struck Bush Administration officials as high, they said they understood why they might fly so sky-high. source
We’ll take steps to find out who did this, and if they’re within the boundaries of the United States, we’ll prosecute them.L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck • Discussing the Russian website that leaked much of his financial info, along with the alleged personal info of a number of major celebrities, such as Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Beyonce and Jay-Z. Why he was included in such company, he’s not 100 percent sure, but he assumes his association with the Christopher Dorner case played a role.
With the recent tragedy on everyone’s minds, some people are looking for a cause and culprit other than the shooter. Unfortunately some are blaming media, including video games, for violent behavior in individuals. We know this isn’t the case; banning or regulating media content even more won’t solve the issue.Entertainment Consumers Association president Jennifer Mercurio • Speaking on the recent meeting between Vice President Joe Biden and executives of major video game companies, as part of Biden’s task force on curbing gun violence. The video game industry, which drew blame from NRA chief Wayne LaPierre during his controversial post-Sandy Hook press conference, has pushed back rather firmly against the notion that their products bear any responsibility to America’s gun violence epidemic. source
There is a surprising, so far, a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks. Not just close the gun show loophole, but total, universal background checks, including private sales.Joe Biden re: the proposals being considered by his gun control task force. John Hickenlooper, the Democratic Governor of Colorado, echoed this same sentiment today. In addition, Biden said that he’s “never quite heard as much talk about the need to do something about high-capacity magazines as I’ve heard spontaneously from every group that we’ve met with so far,” and said that the president has given him until Tuesday to present a set of recommendations as to how best prevent future incidents like the one in Newtown. source
I want to make it clear that we are not going to get caught up in the notion (that) unless we can do everything we’re going to do nothing. It’s critically important (that) we act.Vice President Joe Biden • Reiterating the Obama Administration’s focus on strengthening U.S. gun control legislation in the near future, during discussions with representatives from top retailers, gun-safety advocates, and victim’s groups. President Obama wants to see a return of the assault weapon ban, the closing of the gun show loophole, and a limiting of high-capacity magazine purchases. The Associated Press report also claims that Vice President Biden promised action from President Obama, even if Congress forces him to issue an executive order on the matter. source
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