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Obama agenda: The gun push begins

“President Barack Obama is launching an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence, underscoring the growing political consensus over tightening gun restrictions following the horrific massacre at a Connecticut elementary school,” the AP reports. “Obama is tasking Vice President Joe Biden, a longtime gun control advocate, with spearheading the effort. In remarks from the White House on Wednesday, Obama will outline a process for pursuing policy changes following the school shooting, though he is not expected to call for specific measures.”

“President Obama supports efforts to reinstate an assault weapons ban as part of a comprehensive plan to address gun violence, his spokesman said Tuesday,” USA Today writes. “Press Secretary Jay Carney added that Obama would back proposals to close the ‘gun show loophole,’ which allows people to buy weapons without background checks.”

And: “The president spoke by phone Tuesday with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democratic gun rights supporter who said he is re-thinking his position in light of Friday's shooting.”

The NRA broke its silence with a statement yesterday and will hold a news conference Friday.

Barack Obama is Time’s Person of the Year.

Obama’s job approval hit 57% in a CBS poll. Congress, on the other hand, comes in at just 11%.

Bloomberg: “White House officials have approached American Express Co. (AXP) Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Chenault about joining President Barack Obama’s second-term administration, possibly as Treasury secretary, according to two people familiar with the matter.”

Obama may be traveling to Hawaii next week, possibly Monday.