Yesterday, before Obama got in front of America to give his annual State of the Union adress, he signed an executive order that allows private companies and the government a higher degree of collaboration on cybersecurity threats. It’s kind of like CISPA, except without all the bullshit and with a promise of privacy and civil liberties protection. We’ll see.
I suppose at some point, someone in the White House thought it would be a good idea to officially ask the dirty, stupid, unwashed masses of the Internet for their opinion on national policy and what they got was a flood of idiotic petitions asking for Death Stars and a national Pokemon and deporting Piers Morgan and free cupcakes every Tuesday. So now, the White House has upped the required number of signatures for review from 25,000 to 100,000.
Obama’s big gun control announcement: He wants permanent assault weapons ban, background checks on all gun purchases
Earlier today, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden outlined their first proposed steps of gun control measures in the wake of last year’s string of deadly mass shootings. The main things Obama and Biden want on the table is a permanent assault weapons ban, a ban on high capacity magazines and mandatory background checks on anyone who buys a gun, whether it’s a store or a gun show or private dealer.
Exactly 150 years ago today, on January 1 1863, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, freeing the slaves in the rebellious southern states and laying the groundwork for a complete abolition of slavery in the United States. And 150 years later, America’s first black president marked the historic anniversary.
With Hillary Clinton leaving the State Department in January, and with his first pick Susan Rice having dropped out of the nomination process, President Obama today officially nominated Senator John Kerry to become the next Secretary of State. Kerry’s nomination is expected to sail through with little objection, meaning we get to see plenty of Kerry’s ugly mug in the next four years. Joy.