GUN LEGISLATION: “Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., unveiled legislation Thursday that would reinstate and considerably expand the expired federal ban on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.
“Opposition from Republicans, the National Rifle Association and potentially some Democrats, however, spells trouble for the measure … ” — Roll Call 1/24/13
Hartford, CT — “Under heightened security, including the rare use of metal detectors inside the Legislative Office Building, gun owners warned that they shouldn’t have to give up their rights after Adam Lanza killed his mother, then murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.
“Some warned that gun ownership is a check on governmental tyranny and charged that Obama has an agenda to disarm them and take away rights guaranteed under the state Constitution and the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.” — ctpost.com 1/29/13
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT: “[M]any are wondering why Republican House leadership, particularly Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), are so opposed to the provisions protecting Native American women on tribal reservations.
“… [W]hat are Republicans like Cantor still so concerned about that they’re willing to hold up the landmark law that funds services, strengthens law enforcement for domestic violence, and increases accountability for offenders?
“Here’s everything you need to know about the GOP’s opposition to new protections for Native women on tribal lands:” — Think Progress 12/11/12
“The 22 Senate Republicans who voted against reauthorizing the popular Violence Against Women Act this week include a trio of presidential aspirants, a pair of tea party rookies and the chamber’s most high-ranking GOP members.
“Democrats were most surprised by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s vote against reauthorizing the law, which still passed the Senate by a wide margin. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and South Dakota Sen. John Thune, both eyeing the White House, also voted against the bill.” — New York Daily News 2/13/13
JENNIFER GRANHOLM ENDS HER POLITICAL TALK SHOW: “Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm bid goodbye to her Current TV show “The War Room” Thursday night with a blend of right-now political discussion and good humor.
“The show ended with correspondent Brett Erlich singing a song with the chorus “Goodbye Gov, with love.” And throughout the hour, there were flashbacks from the show’s yearlong run.” — Detroit News 2/8/13
“To raise much-needed cash, the agency plans to lease out land to private developers who will then build some 3 million square feet of luxury apartments smack in the middle of Manhattan housing projects.”
“The high-end units will be built on top of parking lots, community centers, playgrounds and baseball fields within NYCHA developments, according to tenant leaders and elected officials who have been briefed on the plan.” — New York Daily News 2/6/13
PENTAGON PREPARES TO BUY THE MOST EXPENSIVE WEAPON EVER BUILT: “The F-35, designed as the U.S. military’s lethal hunter for 21st century skies, has become the hunted, a poster child for Pentagon profligacy in a new era of tightening budgets.”
“The price tag … has nearly doubled since 2001, to $396 billion. Production delays have forced the Air Force and Navy to spend at least $5 billion to extend the lives of existing planes.” — TIME 2/25/13 Edition