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Monday, January 14, 2013

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George Wenschhof

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Obama To Hold Press Conference This Morning - scheduled for 11:30 AM ET.  The President is expected to address the debt ceiling and gun control.  Don't be surprised if comprehensive immigration reform is not also mentioned.


Biden Meeting With House Democrats Task Force On Gun Violence - Today, vice president Joe Biden will meet with members of the task force to discuss recommendations he will present to President Obama tomorrow.  You can read more here.


Maryland Governor O'Malley Pushes Forward with Strong Gun Control Measures -Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will seek to institute some of the nation’s strictest gun-licensing requirements, ban assault weapons and restrict visitor access to schools in one of the most expansive government responses sought to last month’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Perhaps most controversially, O’Malley (D) will ask the General Assembly to force prospective gun owners to provide fingerprints to state police, complete a hands-on weapon-familiarization and gun-safety course, and undergo a background check to be licensed. The Washington Post has more here.


Gallup Poll: American Support For Tougher Gun Laws Rises - 38% now want tougher gun laws following the tragedy at Newtown, up from 25% one year ago.  43% remain satisfied with current gun laws. has more here.


Napolitano To Remain in Cabinet - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will remain in President Obama’s Cabinet at the start of his second term, a White House official confirmed to The Hill.

Napolitano is the latest member of the president’s Cabinet to choose to stay on. She joins Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, all of whom the White House said would remain in their posts last week. has more here.


Hagel To Meet With Senator Schumer Today - Secretary of State nominee Chuck Hagel with meet with Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY).

The meeting is shaping up to be a key test of Hagel’s support ahead of what will be a contentious confirmation. Schumer has told aides he could back Hagel, depending on their talks, the report says. Schumer’s support could sway other Democratic senators to also publicly back the nominee.

In the meeting, Schumer, a strong supporter of Israel in Congress, will press Hagel to explain his views toward the U.S. ally and Iran, according to a report in The New York Times.


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