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January 16, 2013
Today, President Obama announced sweeping set of policies, including 23 executive orders, aimed at reducing gun violence. The unveiling was the result of the Joe Biden-led task force Obama formed last month in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, and proposed policies include an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, and improved access to mental health care. The Washington Post calls it “the most expansive gun-control policies in a generation,” and the fact that the president issued no less than 23 executive orders suggests that he wants to avoid congress as much as possible with this (which, given his first term, is understandable). Here’s the flashy White House document outlining the proposals, here’s a list of the executive orders (one of which, somewhat amusingly, is “Nominate an ATF director”), and here’s audio of the event (courtesy of Matt Keys). Photo credit: AP source

Today, President Obama announced sweeping set of policies, including 23 executive orders, aimed at reducing gun violence. The unveiling was the result of the Joe Biden-led task force Obama formed last month in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, and proposed policies include an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, and improved access to mental health care. The Washington Post calls it “the most expansive gun-control policies in a generation,” and the fact that the president issued no less than 23 executive orders suggests that he wants to avoid congress as much as possible with this (which, given his first term, is understandable). Here’s the flashy White House document outlining the proposals, here’s a list of the executive orders (one of which, somewhat amusingly, is “Nominate an ATF director”), and here’s audio of the event (courtesy of Matt Keys). Photo credit: AP source

13:21 // 1 year ago
January 9, 2013
Politico reveals three members of President Obama’s cabinet who willbe retained in Term Two. No huge shockers here, although there were whispers a few months back that Holder might be resigning after the election. There’s no word as to exactly how long Holder, Sebelius and Shineski will stay on, but unlike Tim Geithner, Hilda Solis and Hillary Clinton, they won’t be leaving anytime soon.

Politico reveals three members of President Obama’s cabinet who willbe retained in Term Two. No huge shockers here, although there were whispers a few months back that Holder might be resigning after the election. There’s no word as to exactly how long Holder, Sebelius and Shineski will stay on, but unlike Tim Geithner, Hilda Solis and Hillary Clinton, they won’t be leaving anytime soon.

17:13 // 1 year ago
nbcnews:


Solis to step down as Labor Dept. head
(Photo: Richard Vogel / AP file photo)
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will not return in President Barack Obama’s second term, the White House confirmed Wednesday.
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"Over the last four years, Secretary Solis has been a critical member of my economic team," President Obama said in a statement,” as we have worked to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and strengthen the economy for the middle class.”

nbcnews:

Solis to step down as Labor Dept. head

(Photo: Richard Vogel / AP file photo)

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will not return in President Barack Obama’s second term, the White House confirmed Wednesday.

Read the complete story.

"Over the last four years, Secretary Solis has been a critical member of my economic team," President Obama said in a statement,” as we have worked to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and strengthen the economy for the middle class.”

(via nbcnews)

16:46 // 1 year ago
January 7, 2013

First reactions to President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense…

  • Sen. Inhofe (R-OK): "In the months and years ahead, the Defense Department will be confronted with significant challenges from budget issues to Afghanistan policy. … I am aware of the serious concerns about some of [Hagel’s] policy positions, his record, and some of his comments that have been publicly reported. I will be seeking clarification from him about these concerns as his nomination proceeds." source
  • Sen. McCain (R-AZ): ”I have serious concerns about positions Senator Hagel has taken on a range of critical national security issues in recent years, which we will fully consider in the course of his confirmation process before the Senate Armed Services Committee.” source
  • Rep. Cantor (R-VA): "Recent reporting has made clear that Senator Hagel’s views and inflammatory statements about Israel are well outside the mainstream and raise well-founded doubts that he can be trusted to manage the special relationship the United States shares with our greatest Middle East all." source
  • Barney Frank:With the attack coming out of the right, I hope he gets confirmed.” source
15:14 // 1 year ago
December 31, 2012

President Obama gives pay raises to Congress, VP Biden

  • $900 bump in Congressional pay has been authorized by President Obama, a move made in the midst of failed “fiscal cliff” negotiations. Congressional leaders will see slightly higher raises than their rank-and-file counterparts, with Senate leaders receiving a $1,000 boost and an extra $1,100 going to the Speaker of the House as well. The raises are the first since a pay freeze was instituted in 2010.
  • $6,379 pay raise was also given to Vice President Joe Biden, but the pay raises didn’t stop there. In addition to Vice President Biden and members of Congress, President Obama authorized an increase in wages for district and circuit court judges as well. Think this was the right time to hand out pay raises to members of Congress? source

EDIT: More context here.

19:54 // 1 year ago
December 28, 2012
14:32 // 1 year ago
December 21, 2012
We just have to do the right thing. So call me a hopeless optimist, but I actually still think we can get this done.
President Obama • Discussing the current state of the fiscal cliff negotiations ahead of the Christmas holiday. Obama is headed to Hawaii for Christmas, and members of Congress are headed home. ”I met them halfway on taxes and I met them more than have way on spending. In terms of actual dollar amounts, we’re not that far apart,” the president said regarding the deal. House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” tax plan fell on deaf ears earlier this week, adding to the uncertainty of whether or not there will be a deal. If the two sides can’t come up with a deal by the end of the year, a set of automatic spending cuts commonly referred to as the “fiscal cliff” will take effect.
18:19 // 1 year ago
December 19, 2012

"The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing:" This morning, President Obama announced the formation of what’s essentially a gun control task force—a policy team tasked with crafting concrete proposals to reduce gun violence. The group will be headed by Vice President Biden, and its proposals will be due on the President’s desk “no later than January.” Obama emphatically rejected the notion that the team is a “commission;” he insisted that it will not “be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside." He also pledged to speak of the proposals, whatever they may be, in his State of the Union address next year.

20:32 // 1 year ago
December 18, 2012
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December 17, 2012
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