McAuliffe takes aim at guns with “modest” proposals in Virginia

There’s no outrageous slant to this article at all. Really.

On Monday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) proposed legislation to address those issues. The bills would keep guns out of the hands of stalkers, domestic abusers and sexual batterers, as well as anyone convicted twice or more on a charge of assault and battery.

The governor’s package would also require private dealers at gun shows to conduct background checks for buyers, just as federally licensed firearms dealers are required to do under state law. Gun shows would be staffed with state police officers who could perform background checks on the spot.

The proposals offered by Mr. McAuliffe, himself a gun owner, are modest. That they were immediately dismissed by pro-gun lawmakers as a political ploy is a measure of the lawmakers’ extremism. It also reflects the overwhelming influence of the National Rifle Association, the pro-gun lobby that has contributed more than $1.7 million to Virginia candidates running for state and federal office in the past three years.

The NRA pushed lawmakers in 2012 to scrap a state law, in place for 19 years, limiting handgun purchases by individuals to one per month. Mr. McAuliffe proposed reinstating that limit, which Republicans also declared a non-starter.

In a state that is closely divided along party lines, 71 percent of voters polled by The Post in 2012 said they favored the one-gun-a-month limit. In 2013, nine out of every 10 people polled by the (Norfolk) Virginian Pilot said they favored background checks for people who buy firearms at gun shows.

In proposing his legislation, Mr. McAuliffe presented evidence correlating gun possession with murders committed in settings where domestic violence has occurred and showing that handgun buyers convicted of violent misdemeanors are much more likely to be reconvicted on similar charges than those who don’t buy handguns.

That’s not likely to make a dent in the GOP- controlled legislature, which, cosseted by NRA dollars, is immune to evidence.

via McAuliffe takes aim at guns with modest proposals in Virginia – The Washington Post.

Obama Intends to Lift Several Restrictions Against Cuba on His Own

President Obama will move as soon as next month to defang the 54-year-old American trade embargo against Cuba, administration officials said Thursday, using broad executive power to defy critics in Congress and lift restrictions on travel, commerce and financial activities.

The moves are only the beginning of what White House officials and foreign policy experts describe as a sweeping set of changes that Mr. Obama can make on his own to re-establish commercial and diplomatic ties with Cuba even in the face of angry congressional opposition.

“The embargo is a container — it’s been that way since President Eisenhower — that’s had regulations and laws put into it and taken out of it and mixed about,” said John Kavulich of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council. “President Obama is saying, ‘I’m going to leave a shell, but it’s going to be a proverbial Easter egg — it’s going to be hollow.’ ”

Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, characterized the plan for rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba as a “disaster.”

A billboard in Havana with Fidel Castro and the Cuban Five, left, spies who infiltrated exile groups in South Florida and who were also freed on Wednesday.

The Treasury Department will issue a series of regulations to ease agricultural exports and establish banking relations, administration officials said, and the Commerce Department will move to allow United States companies to export construction and telecommunications equipment, among other things, for sale in Cuba.

The State Department is also starting a review that could lead to Cuba’s removal from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, clearing away a major impediment to Havana’s ability to trade and access banking services around the world.

Taken together, the actions will render the embargo “a lot more holes than cheese,” said Robert L. Muse, a Washington-based lawyer who specializes in American laws relating to Cuba. “The president went big on this, and that produces a momentum of its own, so I expect that we’ll see these things go further and faster than anybody would have anticipated.”

It is not clear when Mr. Obama might nominate an ambassador, a move that would set the stage for contentious confirmation hearings. “We would anticipate that we will have an embassy before we would make a nomination,” said Roberta S. Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs.

via Obama Intends to Lift Several Restrictions Against Cuba on His Own – NYTimes.com.

Obama making a major decision without including the other branches of government? That’s a shocker.

Poll: Chris Christie at Bottom of GOP 2016 Candidates

A new NBC News-Wall Street Journal survey shows that Chris Christie is at the bottom of the pack among the 2016 GOP hopefuls, with the fewest number of voters saying they could support him for the nomination.

The December 10 poll found that a low of only 27 percent said they could support the New Jersey Governor. Fully 53 percent said they could not support him for 2016.

Christie had the worst showing of the major candidates, but neither former Florida Governor Jeb Bush nor failed 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney fared well, either.

For Bush, 57 percent said they could not support him while only 31 percent said they could. Romney received 63 percent against with only 33 percent in support.

via Poll: Chris Christie at Bottom of GOP 2016 Candidates.

Top Ten Left-Wing Goals of the Obama Administration in Its Remaining Two Years – Breitbart

Yes, satire.

Now that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have launched their new friendship initiative with Cuba, progressives are thinking more optimistically about what else might be possible in the remainder of the president’s term. After all, since the November 2014 elections, Obama has moved sharply left on immigration, climate change, and net neutrality. So why shouldn’t the Left hope for more?

What might be next on the Obama agenda? Breitbart News has obtained one such to-do list:

10. Marijuana to be completely decriminalized under the ever-expanding doctrine of “prosecutorial discretion.” In the meantime, the administration will push for a complete ban on all tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

9. The Federal Communications Commission to reimpose the “Fairness Doctrine” on radio; the FCC to further study whether the same Doctrine can be applied to cable TV news.

8. Jane Fonda to be named Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Ted Turner to be named Ambassador to the United Nations.

7. Wind-energy turbines to be made mandatory across the country, except for Cape Cod, The Hamptons, Malibu, and other coastal enclaves, where such turbines are forever forbidden.

6. The FDA and EPA to team up and decide that coal is a carcinogen. Meanwhile, solar panels are to be included in school lunches.

5. The Presidential Medal of Freedom to be awarded to Alec Baldwin, Michael Bloomberg, David Brock, Wendy Davis, Sandra Fluke, Arianna Huffington, Bill Maher. Michael Moore, and Rosie O’Donnell.

Continued via Top Ten Left-Wing Goals of the Obama Administration in Its Remaining Two Years – Breitbart.

The Ultimate Inversion

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We Need More Teachers Like This… Especially in Higher Education

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Click to enlarge… worth it

Student Demands Finals be Postponed… Professor’s 1-Word Response Is PERFECT.

I had a teacher in college that would have responded the same way, if at all. He was that teacher you loved so much you took every class he taught. Not saying I did that…

Ok, yes I did.

Mark Kirk Abandons NRA, Second Amendment: Joins Dems to Confirm Anti-Gun Surgeon General

According to Roll Call, Kirk’s abandonment of the NRA and the Second Amendment is part of his greater attempt “to moderate his voting record in the run-up to 2016 given that he will be a top target for Democrats in a blue state.” In other words, he’ll supposedly sacrifice the defense of gun rights and distance himself from the NRA for the appearance of being a centrist when his name appears on the ballot in two years.

The problem with this plan is that Kirk voted for gun control in April 2013 too. What was his reasoning then? Was he already trying to moderate? He also opposed lifting the ban on firearm possession at “federally controlled water project sites” in May 2013, although the purpose behind ending the ban was to allow campers and visitors to possess guns for self-defense.

It should be noted that Kirk is straining to distance himself from the NRA just over a month after more than 91 percent of NRA-endorsed candidates won in the midterm elections.

via Mark Kirk Abandons NRA, Second Amendment: Joins Dems to Confirm Anti-Gun Surgeon General.

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