Friday, January 18, 2013
President Obama said the laws, including universal background checks and a renewed ban on assault rifles, would lead to "fewer atrocities like the one that happened in Newtown."
Friday, January 18
Alongside Vice President Joe Biden and a group of children who had written in support, President Barack Obama signed a proposal to Congress on Wednesday to strengthen United States gun laws. These included universal background checks, limiting the number of bullets in a clip and renewing a ban on military-grade assault rifles. "If America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown," the president said. Obama listed some specific measures, including a 10-round limit on magazines for firearms, and asked Congress to confirm Todd Jones to fill the long-dormant role of chief for the Bureau of Alchol, Tobacco and Firearms — and briefly mentioned other …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
A new smartphone app provides live streaming, among other things. Also, check developments leading up to Monday's events.
Thursday, January 17
President Barack Obama's inauguration for his second term is Monday, January 21, in Washington, D.C. And not surprisingly, you can keep track of events as they happen in the palm of your hand. According to The Washington Post, the Presidential Inaugural Committee has developed a new smartphone app to enable features such as live streaming and a schedule of the day's events. Also, users can search for volunteer events in Suwanee and Gwinnett that are keyed to Sunday’s National Day of Service, and share information with others via Twitter, Facebook, e-mail and text message. In other inauguration news: -- Are you or anyone you know planning to attend President Obama's inauguration? What are your expectations for Obama's second term? Share …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Join the national conversation in the top stories of the week. involvement.
This column is designed to offer a platform to discuss national stories on a local level. Share your opinion in the comment section! ---------- The war in Afghanistan may be coming to a close sooner than expected. According to Reuters, President Barack Obama and Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai met to discuss "the handover of combat operations in Afghanistan to Afghan forces." The transition should be complete by 2014, with a few residual forces left behind, according to President Obama. "Afghans will have full responsibility for their security," he said, "and this war will come to a responsible end." As the U.S. troops leave, NATO forces would come in for a "support role," according to Reuters. There are currently still 66,000 troops…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The congresswoman introduced legislation to rescind the increase, and called the raise a "cynical effort on the part of the president." The full transcript of her speech is below.
OUTSIDE MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Minnesota's Sixth District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann introduced legislation Tuesday to take away a recently approved pay increase for members of the U.S. Congress. The increase was part of President Barack Obama's executive order. She spoke on the House floor Tuesday morning against the increase. Bachmann issued a statement saying, "We have a spending problem in our country and we should be looking for areas to cut spending, not increase it." Her full address on the House floor is transcribed below, and is in the attached video. I, too, was shocked when I saw that the president of the United States, out of nowhere, at no request from any member of congress, had issued a unilateral executive order. Which …
Monday, November 26, 2012
United we stand, divided we fall. After a divisive presidential election, the country now must heal and move forward. But how?
After billions of dollars and almost two years of constant campaigning, there's very little difference in Washington. The Presidency, the House and the Senate remain as they have been since 2010. Despite all the rhetoric, no one party was given any overwhelming mandate by the voters. They are still each blaming the other side for the gridlock and the gridlock remains. So where do we go from here? How do we come together? What do you think our elected officials need to do to unite the country? What do we as individuals need to do to learn tolerance of each others views?
Friday, September 7, 2012
Who had the best speech of the Democratic National Convention? Do you rate the president's speech as the best, or not? Take our poll or comment.
President Barack Obama may have had to change his location -- shutting out thousands of people from seeing him live -- but inside the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., he still captured the devotion of many. He accepted the Democratic Party's nomination, and then went on to tell the American people that he's done much to get the country back on track, leading with the federal assistance to automakers. And, there's a key difference with before and now, he added: "I'm no longer just a candidate; I'm the president." -- Did you like the president's speech? Did it make a connection with you? Let us know in the comment section. -- Since he's been in office, the president said jobs have been created, trade agreements signed that benefit…
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Do you think the president's speech swayed any undecided voters?
Our Patch live blog of the State of the Union has wrapped up, but that doesn't mean the discussion is over! The White House has offered to answer a few questions submitted by Patch users across the nation now that the speech is done. It's a great opportunity to take your question right to Washington without leaving home. The result will look something like this video of first lady Michelle Obama answering a fitness question. To submit your question, post it in the comments below with your real name, the town where you live and, if you'd like, your Twitter handle. You have until 11 a.m. Wednesday to post your question. And if you missed the live blog, just hit the "play" button above to review the lively discussion from your fellow Patch …
Friday, August 12, 2011
Freshman representative predicts record turnout and says America is going to win because of it.
Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) is already looking forward to next year. Speaking at the Aug. 11 Founding Fathers Tea Party Patriots meeting at the Flying Machine in Lawrenceville, Woodall said the packed town hall meetings and the passion of his constituents are good indicators that 2012 will bring a record turnout at the polls (see video). “I’ve told anybody that will listen that 2012 is going to be exciting,” he said. “It’s going to be exciting, I’ll tell you, because everybody that President Barack Obama inspired to turn out to the polls in 2008 -- they are all coming back again.” The Democrats are not the only ones who will return to the polls, he added. “Everybody that the Tea Party and 9-12 and other conservative groups inspired to come …