HONOLULU/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday proposed two new gun control regulations aimed at clarifying restrictions on gun ownership for the mentally ill and strengthening a database used for background checks before firearm purchases.
The measures are the latest step in a year-long push by President Barack Obama to tighten U.S. gun laws in the wake of a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children were killed.
#Obama is playing golf with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and his son today. Unusual change from normal Hawaii golf group of friends.
After making a few shots on the golf course in front of a small crowd, #Obama tells onlookers “Happy New Year” and walks away.
From Hawaii, #Obama wishes Barbara Bush a speedy recovery.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors, a key figure in fiscal talks with Congress, is considering leaving the White House next year, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Nabors, a former deputy director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and a former head of legislative affairs, has been a top negotiator for the administration in talks with lawmakers over budget and deficit issues.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama prepared to release an independent panel’s review of U.S. intelligence practices on Wednesday in a prelude to announcing a broad set of new policy procedures aimed at reining in the National Security Agency.
Spurred into action by revelations of U.S. surveillance by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, Obama will announce next month some constraints on the intelligence community to ensure American officials are focusing on foreign threats and not simply gathering information because they have the capability to do so.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will meet on Wednesday with a panel he appointed to review privacy issues related to government surveillance programs, days after the group submitted a report and recommendations on their findings, the White House said.
Obama has faced criticism from allies at home and abroad who have called for him to rein in spying activities since June, when former spy contractor Edward Snowden exposed classified details about the scope of U.S. National Security Agency surveillance of emails and phone calls.