Quote of the day.
"Everybody who comes through our door are people with problems, not problem people. There's a big difference. We treat everybody with respect when they arrive here.” Joe Wojton, co-director of God’s Love homeless shelter in Helena, Montana.
1. Liberal think tank wants assault weapons ban, background checks.
The Center for American Progress is recommending 13 new gun policies to the White House — some of them executive actions that would not require the approval of Congress — in what amounts to the progressive community’s wish list.
2. Obama will seek citizenship path in one fast push.
President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.
(New York Times)
3. Evangelical Christians prepare for ‘largest ever grassroots push on immigration.’
Though the groups began holding broader discussion two years ago, Monday will serve as the campaign's first concerted push on immigration, with the goal of getting meaningful immigration reform through Congress in 2013.
(CNN Belief Blog)
4. Hawks on Iraq prepare for war again, against Hagel.
To Mr. Hagel’s allies, his presence at the Pentagon would be a very personal repudiation of the interventionist approach to foreign policy championed by the so-called Vulcans in the administration of President George W. Bush, who believed in pre-emptive strikes against potential threats and the promotion of democracy, by military means if necessary.
(New York Times)
5. Double trouble: House GOP eyes default, shutdown.
House Republicans are seriously entertaining dramatic steps, including default or shutting down the government, to force President Barack Obama to finally cut spending by the end of March.
6. Mali Islamists counter attack, promise France long war.
Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels launched a counter-offensive on Monday in central Mali after four days of air strikes by French warplanes on their strongholds in the desert north, promising to drag France into a long and brutal Afghanistan-style ground war.
7. Egypt court orders retrial for Mubarak.
An Egyptian court has accepted an appeal by ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his former interior minister Habib el-Adly, allowing them to be retried over the killings of protesters in the 2011 uprising.
8. Assad confident he can control Syria.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains confident that he can ride out the maelstrom engulfing his country, casting into doubt prospects that intensified efforts to negotiate an end to the bloodshed can succeed.
9. Israel evicts tent protesters at West Bank E1 settlement.
Israeli police have evicted Palestinian and international activists from an area of the West Bank where Israel is planning fresh settlement building.
10. Iran unable to get life-saving drugs due to international sanctions.
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians with serious illnesses have been put at imminent risk by the unintended consequences of international sanctions, which have led to dire shortages of life-saving medicines such as chemotherapy drugs for cancer and bloodclotting agents for haemophiliacs.