Political Headlines January 15, 2013: New York Passes Major Gun Control Laws; First Since Newtown Shooting

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New York Passes Major Gun Control Laws; First Since Newtown Shooting

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New York Govenor Andrew Cuomo has signed the first gun-control measures to be enacted since the rampage killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.

Lawmakers have expanded the state’s ban on assault-style weapons, restricted the capacity of magazines and required mental health counselors to speak up when they believe their patients may do harm.

“This is a gun control bill, if you will, that actually exercises common sense,” Cuomo said. “The first point is people who are mentally ill should not have access to guns.”…READ MORE

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Political Headlines January 15, 2013: President Barack Obama to Make Gun Violence Recommendations this Week

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Obama to Make Gun Violence Recommendations this Week

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-15-13
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President Obama is expected to detail a broad plan this week to curb gun violence, setting the stage for what could be the largest Congressional battle over gun legislation in decades.

Obama is reviewing the recommendations of Vice President Joe Biden’s task force, which were delivered to him on Monday, and could outline his plan publicly as early as Wednesday….READ MORE

History Buzz January 18, 2013: President Barack Obama gets a second chance at Inaugural address for the ages

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Obama gets a second chance at speech for the ages

Source: AP, 1-15-13

Sixteen presidents before Barack Obama got a second chance at giving an inaugural address for the ages. Most didn’t make much of it….

Indeed, expectations for inaugural eloquence are low these days, giving Obama some breathing room as he prepares for Monday.

“Most inaugural addresses are just pedestrian,” said Martin J. Medhurst, a professor of politics and rhetoric at Baylor University. Their function is ceremonial; they lack emotion and urgency.

After reading all 56 inaugural addresses to date, presidential historian Charles O. Jones found: “A lot of them, frankly, are highly forgettable.”

And second inaugurals? Even worse.

“Reality has set in,” Medhurst said. “You don’t have these grand visions for change you had when you were first coming into office.”…READ MORE

Political Headlines January 15, 2013: House Sends $50 Billion Sandy Aid Package to Senate

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House Sends $50B Sandy Aid Package to Senate

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-16-13

Approves $50.7 Billion In Hurricane Sandy Aid

Seventy-nine days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the northeast corridor of the country, the House of Representatives voted Tuesday evening to approve about $50 billion of additional relief for the region impacted by last fall’s super storm.

The vote, 241-180, passed mostly behind Democratic support, winning 49 votes from Republicans and 192 votes from Democrats. Just one Democrat opposed the legislation, while 179 Republicans voted against it….READ MORE

Political Headlines January 15, 2013: New York Dem. Sen. Chuck Schumer Decides to Support Chuck Hagel’s Nomination for Secretary of Defense

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Hagel Scores Backing from New York Dem. Chuck Schumer

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-15-13

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Chuck Hagel’s prospects just got a bit brighter. New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer offered his blessing Tuesday morning after a 90-minute meeting with Hagel Monday, saying he approves of President Obama’s pick despite previous reservations on Middle East policy.

“When Senator Hagel’s name first surfaced as a potential nominee for secretary of Defense, I had genuine concerns over certain aspects of his record on Israel and Iran,” Schumer said in a written statement. “Once the president made his choice, however, I agreed to keep these reservations private until I had the opportunity to discuss them fully with Senator Hagel in person.  Based on several key assurances provided by Senator Hagel, I am currently prepared to vote for his confirmation. I encourage my Senate colleagues who have shared my previous concerns to also support him.”…READ MORE

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