Vice President Joe Biden is renewing his push on gun safety, as the NRA conference gets underway in Houston. Biden travels to South Carolina, an early 2016 primary state, but The Washington Post says his chances of becoming president remain a “long shot”.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the administration is reconsidering its opposition to arming the rebels in Syria. He’s the first administration official to say it, but he was quick to point out that no decision has been made and it’s just one of several options on the table. But who are the rebels? Many have ties to Islamic fundamental groups an even al-Qaeda, and ensuring our weapons don’t fall into the wrong hands would be a very tricky proposition if the administration decides to move ahead.
Here’s Talking Points Memo on what President Obama meant when he said he needed a “permission structure” to enable Republicans to work with him.
The Unkindest Cut: The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports on how the sequester cuts to cancer clinics have Republicans lobbying for a fix.
Rhode Island is the tenth state in the country to approve marriage equality.
Colorado is taking the lead with a major voting rights expansion bill.