Monday, April 1, 2013

Barack Obama - #4459 - Obama Uses Executive Power to Move Gun Control Agenda Forward - Townhall (2) Byron York: Democrats Set to Jam Immigration Reform Thru Senate - Washington Examiner (3) Gun Groups Promise Fight as U.N. Inches Toward Override of Second Amendment - Washington Times (4) Dems Donors Threaten to Withhold Cash from Senators Who Don't Vote for Background Checks - American Thinker (5) Virginia Governor Says No to Common Core Curriculum in Federal Interference in School System - American Thinker

Obama Uses Executive Power to Move Gun Control Agenda Forward. - The Hill - President Obama is quietly moving forward on gun control. The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership.The executive steps will give federal law enforcement officials access to more data about guns and their owners, help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, and lay the groundwork for future legislative efforts. It is unclear whether the National Rifle Association will challenge any of the executive actions in court. A spokesman for the NRA did not return a request for comment.  Read more........

(2) Byron York - Democrats Set to Jam Immigration Reform thru Senate - Washington Examiner - Given the enormity of the changes that would result from comprehensive immigration reform, Senate Democrats wouldn't try to rush a bill through the Judiciary Committee before the public gets a chance to know what's in it -- would they? In the past few days, even though proposed reform legislation from the so-called Gang of Eight hasn't even been written, there have been strong indications that that's exactly what Democrats intend to do. More than a week ago, most of the Republican members of the committee wrote a letter to Chairman Patrick Leahy asking that the panel take its time considering a reform proposal. It took years, and a hundred hearings, and hundreds of witnesses, to reach an agreement when reform was last passed in the 1980s, the senators argued. This time, the committee shouldn't hurry a bill through committee in a few weeks.  Read more........



(3) Gun Groups Promise Fight as U.N. Inches Toward Override of Second Amendment - Washington Times American gun rights advocates said Thursday that they remain determined to block a far-reaching U.S. agreement on international arms sales, warning that the pact could lead to a national firearms registry and disrupt the U.S. gun market, even as the accord ran into an unexpected last-minute snag in negotiations in New York. Objections from North Korea, Syria and Iran prevented negotiators from clinching a deal by acclamation on the proposed U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, although diplomats and private advocacy groups say they still anticipate an overwhelming positive vote when the world body's General Assembly votes on the agreement next week.  But American gun rights activists insist the treaty is riddled with loopholes and is unworkable because it includes “small arms and light weapons” alongside battle tanks and combat aircraft in its list of weaponry subject to international regulations. They do not trust U.N. assertions that the pact is meant to regulate only cross-border trade and would have no impact on domestic U.S. laws and markets. “Our main concern is that civilian firearms are included in the scope of this treaty,” said Thomas Mason, executive secretary for the Americas at the World Forum on Shooting Activities, which counts the National Rifle Association as a member and opposes the U.N. treaty. Read more.......

(4) Dem Donors Threaten to Withhold Cash from Senators Who Don't Vote for Background Checks - American Thinker -With red state Democratic Senators remaining skittish about embracing Obama's gun proposals, at least two top Democratic donors are stepping forward and vowing to withhold any and all future financial contributions from any Democrats who don't support the centerpiece of Obama's plan: Expanded background checks. Kenneth Lerer, a New York businessman who is chairman of Buzzfeed.com, and David Bohnett, a technology entrepreneur and philanthopist based in Los Angeles, are both major financial supporters of Democratic candidates, having each given scores of large contributions over the years. They are both key players in the political fundraising world and wield influence among other donors and fundraisers. Neither will give another dime to any Senate Democrat who does not support expanded background checks... Read more......

Common Core Curriculum - Virginia Governor Says 'NO' to Federal Interference in School System - American Thinker - In his weekly "Ask the Governor" spot on the Jimmy Barrett Show on WRVA in Richmond, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell didn't mince words when asked about whether his state would buy into the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I don't want to have a federal bureaucracy monitoring whether or not we are having the right programs in our schools. [snip] The bottom line is we don't need the federal government with the Common Core telling us how to run our schools in Virginia. We'll use our own system which is very good. It's empirically tested. Many critics of the CCSS say the Department of Education has usurped the rights of individual states by setting up an offer which the states find hard to refuse. Race to the Top, the DoED's competitive grants program, asks states to apply then rates them on a 500 point scale. 70 of those points include agreeing to change over to the Common Core. Even if they didn't win funds from RTTP, all but two states have chosen to implement CCSS. Read more.......

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