After being banned from the press conference this morning, Sen. Chuck Schumer celebrated the news of a break-through deal on expanding background checks for gun purchases in a brief conference call with local reporters.
"Shame on us if we've forgotten," President Obama said at a White House event this morning as part of a national "day of action" to demand new gun laws.
The Steve Kornacki project on MSNBC is another example of knowledgable hosts doing wonky stuff on television, reversing a trend in that medium. [Tom McGeveran]
Vice President Joe Biden: "[T]here has been no support that has been more consequential than that coming from Mayor Bloomberg." [Dana Rubinstein]
Fast buses are a hot political issue for City Councilman Brad Lander and the Progressive Caucus. [Dana Rubinstein]
"It's never a good idea to steal the president's thunder," Vice President Joe Biden told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference this morning, in an impassioned speech about the need to maintain strong ties between the United States and Israel.
Biden, who nudged the administration on same-sex marriage last year, was foreshadowing President Obama's visit to Israel later this month, his first trip since becoming president.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg won a big victory in Illinois last night, and, unlike some of the other races where his super PAC has been involved, this one was all about guns.
It's not exactly news at this point when Hillary Clinton dominates an early 2016 poll, even when she's posting an eye-popping 80 percent net favorability rating, like she did among Democrats in a University of New Hampshire poll released yesterday.
Clinton's ability to clear-cut the field is well-establish, at least for the moment, and the real jockeying is among those hoping she won't run.
President Obama appeared alongside Hillary Clinton on "60 Minutes" last night, for a rare joint interview, a few days before Clinton officially departs as Secretary of State.
The idea for the interview came from Obama himself.
"I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say thank you cause I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest Secretary of States that we’ve had," he said.(1)
WASHINGTON—Cheez-its and pretzels. These were the hors d'oeuvres served at Barack Obama’s inaugural ball Monday night.(2)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this afternoon thanked the White House for its "bold" gun control plan, while also taking credit for much of what's in it.
President Obama announced this morning that he will press Congress to pass an expansive agenda of "commonsense" new gun laws, including a new ban on assault weapons and extended magazines, a new system of universal background checks, and tougher penalties for gun trafficking. The president also announced 23 new executive orders that would promote more comprehensive background checks and gun research.
President Obama suggested this afternoon that the gun indstury has profited from the gun-control fears stoked in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
"As far as people lining up and purchasing more guns, I think we've seen for some time now that those who oppose any commonsense gun control or gun safety measures, have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that the federal government is about to take all your guns away," he said. "There's probably an economic element to that. It's obviously good for business."
A month after a gunman killed 20 small children and six adults at a school in Connecticut, Mayor Michael Bloomberg brought his campaign for gun control to Baltimore.
After a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden this afternoon, the National Rifle Association issued an unsigned statement that said it had come prepared for a "meaningful conversation" but was "disappointed" with the discussion.
Congress has passed a last-minute deal to avoid the fiscal cliff that both parties can be furious about.