The sour senator above is Mitch McConnell. He is minority leader in the Senate and he has used the filibuster over 300 times to block Senator Harry Reid who is Majority Leader of the Senate. It is Harry who should be making news as he guides legislation through that body and into law. Mitch McConnell failed decisively in his personal and party war on Barack Obama. Although the President won the election, Mitch labors on unchanged.
HEY, MITCH: WE WON THIS!@#!
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By Justin Sink
President Obama will “actively support” efforts by Democrats to reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons next year, the White House announced on Tuesday.
Press secretary Jay Carney said the president would back Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) when she introduces legislation at the opening of the next Congress to ban certain assault weapons in the United States.
Carney said the president would also support other gun-control efforts, including legislation to close the so-called “gun show” loophole and prevent
English: Jay Carney, American journalist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips.
The president has reached out to lawmakers who have expressed a new willingness to consider gun restrictions in the wake of Friday’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 27 people, including 20 children. Carney said Obama has been ”heartened” by the willingness to consider such measures from Democrats who have been strong supporters of gun rights.
Obama spoke on Tuesday with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a long-time member of the National Rifle Association who this week said “everything should be on the table” to address gun violence. FULL ARTICLE
By Scott Stump, TODAY contributor
U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps asked, and his partner Ben Schock said yes.
On Saturday night, Phelps was photographed getting down on one knee in what is believed to be the first same-sex marriage proposal ever made in the White House. The couple’s engagement came 14 months after the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy officially ended, and the joyful photo was quickly passed around on social media shortly after it was posted online by the American Military Partner Association. The proposal occurred while Phelps and Schock were taking a Christmas tour of the White House together.
“Such a special night surrounded by wonderful people in an amazing place, and the best is still yet to come,” Phelps wrote on his Facebook page. “Thanks for all the wonderful greetings and messages, and thanks to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for lending us your home for the occasion!”
“Such a wonderful night for us, and it’s received so much attention on Facebook!’’ Phelps also wrote on his blog. “Really, the only thing on my mind was making it a memorable and unforgettable night for Ben. Thank you all for the well wishes!!” FULL ARTICLE
Boehner moves to Plan B
By Erik Wasson
Speaker John Boehner told his conference on Tuesday he will move to a Plan B in fiscal cliff talks with the White House that would raise tax rates on annual income above $1 million.
Boehner (R-Ohio) announced the plan to his conference behind closed doors after a flurry of negotiations with President Obama that made it appear the two sides were moving closer to a deal.
Boehner is not cutting off talks with Obama and told members his “Plan B” is less than ideal.
But he told members that with time dwindling before massive tax increases on all taxpayers occur in January, the House must also have a back-up plan.
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By Mike Brunker, NBC News
NBC News’ Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and members of his network production team were freed from captors in Syria after a firefight at a checkpoint on Monday, five days after they were taken prisoner, NBC News said early Tuesday.
“After being kidnapped and held for five days inside Syria by an unknown group, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country,” the network said in a statement.
The captors were unidentified and were not believed to be loyal to the Assad regime.
Engel, 39, along with other employees the network did not identify, disappeared shortly after crossing into northwest Syria from Turkey on Thursday. The network had not been able to contact them until learning that they had been freed on Monday.
The network said there was no claim of responsibility, no contact with the captors and no request for ransom during the time the crew was missing.
After entering Syria, Engel and his team were abducted, tossed into the back of a truck and blindfolded before being transported to an unknown location believed to be near the small town of Ma’arrat Misrin. During their captivity, they were blindfolded and bound, but otherwise not physically harmed, the network said. FULL ARTICLE
By NBC’s Frank Thorp
House Republican leadership considers a new proposal from the White House to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff “a small step in the right direction” but aides say that “there are still substantive issues that are unresolved.”
The lack of an outright rejection of the White House’s most recent proposal is noteworthy, hinting that both sides may be willing to come to an agreement with just 13 days until the New Year.
The reaction comes after the White House proposed Monday what they call a $2.4 trillion dollar deficit reduction package, including $1.2 trillion in new revenues and $1.22 trillion in spending reductions.
Included in the revenue increases is the expiration of the Bush-era tax rates for incomes of $400,000 and more, marking the first time the White House has moved on their stance of raising rates on incomes of $250,000 and more. The $1.2 trillion in increased revenue is also down from the $1.4 trillion in new revenues the White House included in their last proposal. FULL ARTICLE
A Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and ammunition is seen in Seattle, March 27, 2006. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)
Law enforcement officials said that Adam Lanza was armed with four firearms when he started his rampage at a Connecticut elementary school Friday that ended in the deaths of 20 children and seven adults, but nearly all the killing was done with just one of the guns: a .223 caliber Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle.
Lanza used the rifle, a modified civilian version of the military’s M-16 similar to the popular AR-15, as he stalked through the school and opened fire on children as young as five. Dr. H. Wayne Carver, the medical examiner who investigated the massacre, told reporters over the weekend that all of Lanza’s victims had been shot more than once.
The killing ended when Lanza took his own life, this time using a handgun, officials said.
Bushmaster, headquartered in North Carolina, bills itself on its website as the leading supplier of AR-15-type rifles in the U.S. and offers more than a dozen different models in various calibers.
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