“President Barack Obama’s broad effort to reduce gun violence will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun control,” AP writes. “Obama was to announce the measures Wednesday at a White House event that will bring together law enforcement officials, lawmakers and children who wrote the president about gun violence following last month’s shooting of 20 young students and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.”
The Washington Post calls what he will announce “the most aggressive and expansive national gun-control agenda in generations.”
The Post says Obama’s executive orders, even if more narrow than what Congress could pass, could doom a congressional bill because of the perception that “Obama is trying to run our democracy like a dictatorship.”
Politico: Before President Barack Obama can even launch his campaign-style blitz for new gun control measures, there are strong indications that any comprehensive legislation restricting weapons and ammunition won’t even see a vote on the House floor. Interviews with multiple House Republicans from the Midwest and Northeast reveal almost zero appetite to vote on any sort of sweeping gun bill.
Politico: “President Barack Obama’s wide-ranging gun control proposals to be unveiled Wednesday will include a new federal gun trafficking law — long sought by big-city mayors as a way to keep out-of-state guns off their streets.”
National Journal also notes the difficult path for gun-control measures.
The NRA is bringing Obama’s kids into it. The gun rights advocacy group, a day after launching a “Practice Range” app, is up with a new website and video hitting Obama called, “NRA Stand and Fight.”
Here’s the script: Are the president’s kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. But he’s just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security. Protection for their kids. And gun-free zones for ours.”
“Senator John F. Kerry and his wife hold an array of international investments that could pose conflicts of interest for him as secretary of state, and an ethics review is already underway to determine whether he needs to divest holdings, put them in a blind trust, or recuse himself from some discussions, according to Obama administration officials,” the Boston Globe reports. “Kerry’s 2012 financial disclosure statement details some of the investments that could be seen as problematic if, as expected, he is confirmed as secretary of state. Among them: shares in a Canadian oil company that is lobbying for the Keystone XL pipeline; a stake in Brazil’s energy giant, which was recently accused by Congress of flouting UN sanctions against Iran; and a large investment in a private equity firm seeking deals across Asia.”
Flashback: “Stake in Keystone Pipeline Is Potential Conflict for Susan Rice."
Bloomberg: “President Barack Obama is close to naming Denis McDonough as his fifth chief of staff, with an announcement coming as soon as this week, according to a person familiar with the matter.”
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is leaving his post in March.
Politico looks at his legacy.
“President Barack Obama had fewer press conferences during his first term than George W. Bush, Bill Clinton or George H.W. Bush,” Politico writes. “Presidential scholar Martha Joynt Kumar did the math and found that with Monday's conference, Obama has done a total of 79 over four years. That's 10 fewer than George W. Bush, 54 fewer than Clinton and 63 fewer than George H.W. Bush. He did manage to beat out former President Ronald Reagan, who had only 27 press conferences during his first term, although many of those were evening conferences carried live during prime time across the nation.”