Editor’s note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, is a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. He is the author of eight books, including a new novel, “Patriots,” and a post-election e-book, “Why Romney Lost.” Frum was a special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002.
(CNN) — Massacres such as Newtown are horrifying and heart-rending. They are also nothing like the typical American gun murder.
The typical murder has one victim, not many. The typical murder is committed with a handgun, not a rifle. And in the typical murder, both the perpetrator and the victim are young black men. Blacks are six times as likely as whites to be the victim of a homicide. Blacks are seven times as likely to commit a homicide.
The horrifying toll of gun violence on black America explains why black Americans are so much more likely than whites to favor gun control.
Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama will unveil Wednesday a package of gun control proposals that, according to a source, will include universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will announce the proposals, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday.
January 15, 2013
Washington (CNN) — A package of gun control proposals, including a ban on assault weapons, will be unveiled on Wednesday by President Barack Obama in response to the last month’s Connecticut school massacre, the White House announced.
Psychopathic killer …? Here’s your trophy, Javier Bardem.
Sadistic cannibalism …? No problem, Anthony Hopkins.
Chatty Nazi …? You’re welcome, Christoph Waltz.
Washington (CNN) — It was just a few words and a joke at that. But Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas broke his seven-year long silence on Monday when he spoke at oral arguments.
He made fun of lawyers from Yale, his law school alma mater.
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Congress, Polls(CNN) — It’s really no surprise: Americans aren’t thrilled with Congress.That’s the finding of a new poll from Gallup, which shows the legislative branch has an approval rating of 14%.But that’s not Congress’ low point in approval.
Join Young Democrats of Georgia and Georgia AFL-CIO tomorrow as we protest Representative Phil Gingrey’s deplorable statement defending Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment, and continue to press for his resignation.
Posted: 4:25 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
By Jim Galloway
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A conversation between U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey and his constituents went viral this week after the topic turned to rape and abortion and Gingrey appeared to defend controversial comments by a pair of his fellow Republicans on the topic.
Many People thought that President Obama’s re-election would unshackle him from many of the political pressures which shaped his first term and allow him to carry out the agenda which he had always secretly wanted to pursue for America. However, I believe that few of us thought that that agenda was to stack his cabinet with old white men. Many of whom represetn the exact entrenched governmental institutions that the President believed we needed a “Change” from in 2008.
Continue Reading: Obama’s Diversity Problem
- One student, 16, fired at two students with 12-gauge shotgun, critically wounding one and missing the other at Taft (California) Union High School on Thursday morning, police say
- Police: Suspect put gun down after teacher and someone else talked to him; wounded student airlifted to hospital
- Below are the latest updates as they come to us. Also, you can read our full story.
Continue Reading: California School Shooting
Bill Clinton spoke Wednesday at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. | AP Photo
Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday he hopes former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other gun-control activists bring change to the country in the wake of the Newtown massacre, calling the proliferation of high-capacity weapons “nuts.”
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Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that President Barack Obama and Democrats are “planning a gun grab” in wake of the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 kids and six others dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
- Jan. 3, 2013: Rep. Barney Frank stands outside the Capitol during his last day in Congress. (AP)
Washington – Barney Frank just can’t seem to stay away from Congress.
One day after retiring as a 16-term Democratic representative from Massachusetts, Frank announced that he had asked Gov. Deval Patrick to send him back to D.C. – this time as in interim senator to fill the seat of Sen. John Kerry, who was nominated for secretary of state.
Continue reading: Barney
Chuck Hagel — a man without a party… And a man who has a tough confirmation fight ahead… The nut of the Hagel fight, and why Obama is sticking with him… Kerry-Hagel-Brennan — a Team of Loyalists… McConnell on the upcoming fiscal fight… White House’s “far broader” and “more comprehensive” campaign to curb gun violence… And Hillary Clinton returns to work.
Continue Reading: Hagel II
- The end of 2012 was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s fond farewell at State Department
- But illness and injury sidelined her for the past three weeks
- Benghazi leaves questions about her legacy as top U.S. diplomat
- What is the next chapter for Clinton?
Continue Reading: Hillary
Senate Democrats and Republicans are far from sold on President Barack Obama’s expected nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.
In fact, Obama’s decision to tap the Vietnam veteran and outspoken former Republican senator is likely to spark another nasty fight with Congress right on the heels of the fiscal cliff showdown and just before another likely battle royal over the debt ceiling.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/chuck-hagel-takes-fire-from-capitol-hill-85805.html#ixzz2HGGFB9Yy
President Obama could simply declare the debt ceiling unconstitutional and be done with it.
Advocates of this approach cite the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states that the “validity of the public debt of the United States . . . shall not be questioned.”
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The President and Congressional leaders are considering new efforts at gun control with the 113th Congress inspired by the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Efforts range from the revival of the 1994 Assault Weapons ban, banning the selling of extended ammunition magazines, banning the sell of ammunition online, limiting the accessibility of weapons with removable clips and requiring background checks for weapons purchased at gun shows. Though valiant, these efforts will not and cannot limit the true plague of gun violence in America’s cities…
Washington (CNN) — If all the recent wrangling over the fiscal cliff has revealed anything, it’s how tense and strained President Obama’s relationship is with Republicans in Congress.
And Obama’s relationship with Congress reached yet another low Thursday when House Speaker John Boehner confirmed to CNN that he has told House Republicans he will no longer negotiate legislative deals with the president.
And in an opinion piece on Thursday, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas faulted the president for all the fiscal brinksmanship since 2010. The new No. 2 Senate Republican also suggested that “[i]t may be necessary to partially shut down the government in order to secure the long-term fiscal well being of our country.”
From MSNBC.COM/POLITICS (1/4/2013)