Quote of the day.
"President Obama has lived in the district now for four years, and has seen firsthand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children, and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress."Keith Maley, White House spokesman, announcing that President Obama's limousine will display the D.C. license plate reading "Taxation without Representation" during inauguration activities and through the remainder of his term.
1. Faith leaders launch gun control push.
Dozens of prominent faith leaders launched a push Tuesday for gun control, using the post-Newtown climate to argue there is a spiritual imperative for action on gun violence.
2. Evangelicals mobilize 100,000 churches for immigration reform.
Calling reform a religious imperative, the Evangelical Immigration Table is asking Christians across the country to engage in 40 days of praying and reading scriptures related to immigrants and immigration, what the groups dub the "I Was a Stranger" challenge.
3. Obama to announce most expansive gun-control agenda in generations.
President Obama on Wednesday will formally announce the most aggressive and expansive national gun-control agenda in generations as he presses Congress to mandate background checks for all firearms buyers and prohibit assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
4. Defense nominee Hagel goes on the offensive.
After weeks of uncertainty, the White House appeared to gain the advantage in the battle over former Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination as Defense secretary when a pivotal senator voiced support and Hagel distanced himself from past positions on Israel and Iran.
(Los Angeles Times)
5. Ranks of working poor increasing.
Nearly a third of the nation’s working families earn salaries so low that they struggle to pay for their necessities, according to a new report.
6. France launches ground campaign against Mali rebels.
French troops launched their first ground operation against Islamist rebels in Mali on Wednesday in a crucial action to dislodge al Qaeda-linked fighters who have resisted six days of air strikes.
7. Internal forces besiege Pakistan ahead of voting.
Barely a year after fears of a possible military coup plunged Pakistani politics into chaos, the country is in crisis again — this time besieged on multiple fronts by forces that threaten the civilian government just a few months ahead of elections.
(New York Times)
8. Aleppo university blasts kill at least 82.
Two explosions tore through one of Syria's biggest universities on the first day of student exams on Tuesday, killing at least 82 people and wounding 162, Syria's U.N. envoy told the U.N. security council.
9. As IAEA arrives in Tehran, Iran braces for full force of U.S. sanctions.
As Iranian officials prepare for a new round of negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), U.S. sanctions set to hit Tehran in February have Iranians worried that billions of dollars long stuck in bank accounts outside the Islamic Republic could soon become cemented in place.
(Christian Science Monitor)
10. First nations groups set for protests as part of Idle No More day of action.
A day of action threatened by native leaders who are frustrated with the approach taken by the federal government in dealing with their issues is upon us but it is unclear how widespread and sustained the disruptions will be.
(Toronto Globe & Mail)