Chad’s Morning Brief for 01.21.13
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of January 21, 2013. Give Chad your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11 am.
1. Inauguration Day (link)
President Obama was officially sworn in on Sunday, but today is public version of the inauguration. According to FOX News:
Sunday's subdued ceremonies are a function of the calendar and the Constitution, which says presidents automatically begin their new terms at noon on Jan. 20. Because that date fell this year on a Sunday -- a day on which inaugural ceremonies historically are not held -- organizers scheduled a second, public swearing-in for Monday.
A crowd of up to 800,000 people is expected to gather on the National Mall to witness that event, which will take place on the Capitol's red, white and blue bunting-draped west front. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who famously flubbed the oath of office that Obama took in 2009, was to swear the president in both days.
Once the celebrations are over, Obama will plunge into a second-term agenda still dominated by the economy, which slowly churned out of recession during his first four years in office. The president will also try to cement his legacy with sweeping domestic changes, pledging to achieve both an immigration overhaul and stricter gun laws despite opposition from a divided Congress.
Not much is expected out of Obama's address today. For many, it will be a day of celebration. For others, it won't be too much of a celebration.
Will you watch today's inauguration events?
2. Gun Appreciation Day (link)
Gun Appreciation Day was held over the weekend and Texas was home to one of the 49 protests held across the nation.
The rally, organized by Guns Across America, a gun rights organization, was one of 49 protests occurring across the nation. It coincided with Gun Appreciation Day, a response to a national gun debate incited by the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six staff members of Sandy Hook Elementary were killed by a gunman.
Roughly a thousand people attended the rally, and after a failed attempt to start a chant of “U.S.A,” the crowd gathered together with shouts of “Texas!” and “Freedom!” A large sign reading "Come and Take it" featuring a semi-automatic weapon where a cannon normally would sit loomed over the crowd as protesters waited for the event to begin.
It's good to see people fighting for the Second Amendment out there. More voices need to be heard in order to send a message to Washington.
3. A Fuller Understanding (link)
President Obama is seeking a "fuller understanding" into what happened in Algeria. If you've missed the news, I'm not surprised. Not much has been made of the conflict in Northern Africa with Islamic Terrorists.
"The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the families of all those who were killed and injured in the terrorist attack in Algeria,"Obama said in his first comments on the hostage crisis.
Obama's written statement was issued by the White House after the Algerian army carried out a dramatic final assault to end a siege by Islamist militants in which 23 hostages were killed, many of them believed to be foreigners.
The statement made no mention of Americans who were caught up in the hostage crisis. One American has been confirmed dead, and a source close to the crisis said two Americans were among those freed as the Algerian army closed in.
Some Western governments had expressed frustration at not being informed of the Algerian authorities' plans to storm the remote complex, but U.S. officials had remained cautious in their comments as the situation unfolded.
"The blame for this tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it out," Obama said. "We have been in constant contact with Algerian officials and stand ready to provide whatever assistance they need in the aftermath of this attack."
"We also will continue to work closely with all of our partners to combat the scourge of terrorism in the region," he added.
"This attack is another reminder of the threat posed by al Qaeda and other violent extremist groups in North Africa," Obama said. "In the coming days, we will remain in close touch with the government of Algeria to gain a fuller understanding of what took place so that we can work together to prevent tragedies like this in the future."
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