So far, protests at the Texas capitol aren’t exactly getting crazy.
Editor’s note: Our very own SFB writer Seth Millstein is on the scene in Texas this morning; he’ll be sending along photo updates throughout the day. — Ernie @ SFB
Today, President Obama announced sweeping set of policies, including 23 executive orders, aimed at reducing gun violence. The unveiling was the result of the Joe Biden-led task force Obama formed last month in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, and proposed policies include an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, and improved access to mental health care. The Washington Post calls it “the most expansive gun-control policies in a generation,” and the fact that the president issued no less than 23 executive orders suggests that he wants to avoid congress as much as possible with this (which, given his first term, is understandable). Here’s the flashy White House document outlining the proposals, here’s a list of the executive orders (one of which, somewhat amusingly, is “Nominate an ATF director”), and here’s audio of the event (courtesy of Matt Keys). Photo credit: AP source
“This may be a moment in Senate history, when a senator made a proposal that, when given an opportunity for a vote on that proposal, filibustered his own proposal…I don’t think this has ever happened before.”
A creepy interactive video demonstrates the downside of Facebook using… Facebook. It also demonstrates the potential of socially-enabled interactivity. “Stalkertainment” in its finest hour, folks.